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River Cafe

51 Bell St, Fish Quay, North Shields, NE30 1HF

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  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Tuesday: 17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday to Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 17:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00.

Eat here a lot. Wonderful food, lovely staff and very clean.

Paula 04 September 2018
from Newcastle

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Awarded a prestigious Bib Gourmand Award for 5 successive years, River Café is a stylish quayside restaurant showcasing British delicacies cooked with French style, all with great views of the River Tyne.

Tastes of the local area on the River Café menu include seafood specialities like market fish with lemon butter and fresh greens, while other creative recipes feature combinations of oven-roasted chicken, slow-cooked hen's egg, toasted corn and grittes. Sunday lunches treat diners to classics like Wellington Estate roast beef and sides of cauliflower cheese, black pudding mash or thrice cooked chips.

Creative cocktails at River Café in Tyne & Wear include the Baileys Honey Bee made with Baileys, Famous Grouse and honey, while the dessert menu showcases indulgent treats like chocolate pavé with popcorn and caramel.

Boasting elegant style and views out onto the quayside, River Café is an 11-minute walk from North Shields Metro Station.

River Cafe

51 Bell St, Fish Quay, North Shields, NE30 1HF

Contact +44 1912966168

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Customer reviews for River Cafe

4.8 ((((( (based on 238 reviews)
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Recommended for

  • dinner (190)
  • lunch (177)
  • value (153)
  • views (143)
  • romantic (71)
  • private dining (43)
  • business (31)
  • large parties (30)
  • child friendly (24)
  • trendy (23)
  • luxury (15)
  • afternoon tea (5)
  • entertainment (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • ((((( 18 September 2018 by Heather from North Sielda

    Lovely food at very reasonable prices! Great wine list and friendly staff.
    We’ll definitely dine there again!

  • ((((* 12 September 2018 by Stuart from North Shields

    Booked in for Sunday Lunch and requested a table with a river view. Had a table with a view over the river. Pre drinks of sprkling wine and the excellent 3 kings Apache ale was followed by a bottle of Nero Diavala(run out of Shiraz) Nice starters of tomato soup and goats cheese and beetroot salad followed by Roast beef with all the trimmings. Beef was medium and cooked to perfection. Service was just right pace and good number of other diners in the restaurant made for a cosy atmosphere.

  • ((((( 12 September 2018 by Steve from North Shields

    We liked everything about our Sunday lunch from the quality of the food over all three courses, the lovely view over the river and the attention of the staff. Well Done. It was very good value and the vegetables were lovely, the beef was very tender and we will come back for more. Recommend the house wine.

  • ((((( 4 September 2018 by Paula from Newcastle

    Eat here a lot. Wonderful food, lovely staff and very clean.

  • ((((( 27 August 2018 by Kathy from Wallsend

    We have eaten on many occasions with you and been impressed every time. On one occasion we came was a family of 4 plus a baby. Your staff couldn’t have been more helpful to my daughter in law. It was much appreciated by all of us. Food is always well presented and very tasty. Views of the river are a bonus too. The “catch of the day” is always a favourite and the accompanying veg is a good selection. Should say that for someone who struggles to digest partially cooked vegetables (as is the norm everywhere these days) they could do with a bit more cooking. The restaurant is a friendly place to stop for lunch. Booking is recommemded as it’s very popular. We will see you again soon.

  • ((((( 23 August 2018 by Naomi from Tynemouth

    The meal we had at River Cafe was wonderful, I ate there with 4 friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Each course had wonderful flavours, and none were too large, so perfect for 3 courses. We all had the roasted apricot starters, very tasty, I shared mains with someone so we had the fish and the risotto - they sat perfectly together. Then I had the fool for desert, it was a grapefruit one, and again the flavours were at the right level of intensity and mixed with the chantily cream, wonderful smooth. One of my friends had the chocolate desert and was raving about that. All in all a very good meal, excellent service and a great night out without breaking the bank!

  • ((((( 19 August 2018 by JK from Northumberland

    As ever ... lovely food, excellent service and remarkable value.

  • ((((( 9 August 2018 by Jude from Wallsend

    Food was fab , second visit now and would really recommend it.

  • ((((( 6 August 2018 by Carol from North Shields

    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at River Cafe. All four of us chose different options and every dish was delicious and beautifully presented. There was a good range of choices for all tastes including a vegetarian option. The wine list was varied and sensibly priced. My only comment for an improvement has nothing to do with food! We really wanted a window seat but there aren't any tables for four next to a window. There's loads of free parking immediately outside and the location is interesting if you enjoy watching the various boats using the river. We will definitely return, and will recommend to our friends and colleagues.

  • ((((( 5 August 2018 by Frank from whitley bay

    excellent meal.good choice of dishes.
    althoughit was not important to us the service was slow

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