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River cafe

#2,577 of 19,596 Places to Eat in London
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1A Station Approach | Next to Putney Bridge Station, London SW6 3UH, England
020 7736 6296
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12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great cafe

Brilliant, family run greasy spoon. Great atmosphere from Italian family, fab service. Wish it would poem on a Sunday for breakfast!

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
Lisa R
via mobile
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Brilliant, family run greasy spoon. Great atmosphere from Italian family, fab service. Wish it would poem on a Sunday for breakfast!

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Thank Lisa R
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I've spent 4 months working around the corner and staying at the Premier Inn nearby. I went in here one morning and had 2 poached eggs on toast and a cup of tea. The food, atmosphere, service and price were spot on. As it happens a couple of weeks went by and I missed breakfast due to some early starts... More 

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1 Thank Stuart J
Brussels, Belgium
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

So you're in London and looking for a special place to eat some of the best Italian food available in a comfortable yet down to earth style? Then The River Café might be what you are looking for. This legendary contemporary designed restaurant at the border of the Thames offers you the best in a normal way, without the fuzz.... More 

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Thank Dirk G
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I absolutely love this place! It's directly opposite Putney Bridge tube station and is 100% worth a visit for either a take or sit down meal. It's a great family run business and thing I like even more is that they remember what each customer has whenever they return. Whenever I walk in they ask if I want my usual... More 

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Thank Dan E
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

Come here twice a week for my scrambled on granary with crispy bacon and tea. Great service and prompt service. It is a cafe that delivers what the label says! If you want your Starbucks do you really want to risk something individual and distinctive? No chains for me!

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Thank TeleOp
Southampton, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

After doing the Fulham/Palace 5k I decided it was time to stuff myself with the best greasy spoon cafe in London, yes it was only 11:30am Saturday morning but who cares... I haven't been here for about 5 months, and so look forward to a decent plateful of sausages, eggs, chips and beans... washed down with coke, and a carrot... More 

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Thank Dave9960
Yorkshire
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Lovely little café opposite Putney Bridge tube station. The family are so welcoming and the breakfast was excellent. Also very good coffee!

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Thank YorkshireFolk18
Newbury, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

On the occasional visit to London & where possible I try to make a beeline for this Rivers Cafe (not the pretentious one near Hammersmith). This is very much a family run joint with Ma & Pa snr still at work while their son takes the orders and the cash. Am guessing this is a film set designers dream as... More 

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Thank Biriyaniboy B
hamburg
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123 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

this cafe was recommended to us by a friend who owns an apartment in the area. atmosphere is great and the food ver good. it is fast and super friendly. definitely a returner!!

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Thank welltravelledHamburg
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We regularly visit this friendly, Italian-family-run cafe. It can be relied on to offer a selection of everyday English food. No fancy cooking, just a cafe meal, but they've been doing this for many years, and we feel at home there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1A Station Approach | Next to Putney Bridge Station, London SW6 3UH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: 020 7736 6296

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?