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River Exe Cafe

River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
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Ranked #2 of 113 Restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $65
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The River Exe Cafe is a floating barge just off the Ski lane on the River Exe, and is in the heart of Exmouth’s water sports fraternity, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing to name just a few, however it is also situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, protected by Natural England. Open from April to September only . The Exe Estuary is home to many rare birds and creatures including Avocets, Osprey and of course our friendly grey seal. With the potential to take up to 100 people on board the Cafe has been designed very much like the “Ski in Ski out” wooden chalets found on the ski slopes of many ski resorts, but with the intention that the quality of food and service exceeds all expectations of the external look and feel. The barge has a licensed bar and covered outdoor space with heaters and indoor seating to relax well into the evening without suffering the cold. Customers to the barge really are of all ages and walks of life, ranging from the usual river users and water sports enthusiasts to bird watchers, artists and holiday makers. Special events such as birthday parties, anniversaries, stag & hen parties to corporate & team building days can be arranged. Private and exclusive use of the barge is also available.
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We have been patiently waiting for the right time to come and try the famous river exe café and we were not disappointed. As part of our booking the Café booked our river taxi, we had a beautiful ride over to the café and even saw a seal. The food was outstanding and the mussels were the best we have... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It is great fun getting on the water taxi at Exmouth and taking the half hour trip to the restaurant. The welcome when you get there is very warm, and it is a really fun place to be. My wife and I both had scallops to start with, and felt that the Mornay sauce and lardons drowned the delicate flavour.... More

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We were taken by boat for our birthday treat arranged by my son and partner. A experience not to be missed. Food and service was without fault and all our needs were attended to. Would recommend a hat and sunglasses as sitting in the shade can be difficult. The drink flowed and we all relaxed in the afternoon sun. The... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ate here in a group of four. Somewhat expensive, but worth every penny. A wonderful experience on a nice day

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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We ate here yesterday. Managed to get a booking within two days. Great experience and the food was awsome. The staff very friendly and helpful and we will definately be back, before the 30th when they close we hope!!

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Woking, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

To get a reservation here proved quite elusive, but now I have eaten there all I can say is it's was worth the wait. picked up the very efficient river taxi from Exmouth harbour who took us up river to the restaurant. We were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who showed us straight to our table and... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is truly a unique dining experience. The location is stunning in the middle of the Exe Estuary. The only draw back was that you need to take a water taxi and we did feel a bit rushed as we were given a time to be collected and as the restaurant is small, they wanted to turn the tables round... More

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The River Exe Cafe gave us a really enjoyable evening. The water taxi rides to and from the restaurant were wellorganised and ghood fun especially as blankets were provided for the tripback. The menu choice was excellent and everyone in the group really enjoyed the meal. There was a good choice of win and the staff were very friendly, helpful... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

You must book or you will be disappointed. Staff are friendly and seafood fresh and tastey. We had been told about the sand eels and most of us thought they were nicer than whitebait. The mussels are always good if you like them and there are always specials on the board. A lovely place to eat at in a superb... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Considering where this restaurant is located the quality of the food & service is superb. A ten minute taxi/boat ride from Exmouth out to the restaurant is a great start! We had a 5.00pm booking so it was still light and the weather was great and the sea/river was calm. Our party had various dishes including mussels, fish and chips... More

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