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River Exe Cafe

River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
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Ranked #2 of 109 restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $69
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood, Vegetarian, British
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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
Mortehoe, Woolacombe
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I had wanted to visit for a while now, so went recently for my birthday but I wish I hadn't. It was a freezing day, which can't be helped obviously, but the cold coffee we ordered to try and warm us up could. We were the first customers of the day and they said the coffee machine hadn't had time... More

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Newbury UK
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93 reviews 93 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Love the location and river taxi to get to the cafe. Food was good but I have had a lot better in Exmouth. Would still recommend for the ambiance, views and novelty factor. Foodies will likely be disappointed.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

A really excellent lunch - such a wide choice confronted us, it was difficult to select. Local fish brilliantly cooked and presented. Every dish, seven different fishy ones for our party of four, was declared delicious. (There are meat choices if you would rather!). The puds, too, were scrumptious - the best raspberry cheesecake I've ever had! The Eton mess... More

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

we were a party of seven accommodated at short notice,the food was excellent and because the return water taxi was booked for two hours later there was no pressure to release the table. Local wine from Pebblebed vineyard from just a few miles away is to be recommended. All in all a really nice experience and one not to be... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Superb evening, excellent food, brilliant atmosphere, great staff - wonderful! Our second visit, better than ever. A really enjoyable time on a perfect evening. We will certainly be back, in fact will be in a couple of weeks, cant wait!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

I have just had the most lovely evening - the food is amazing,the staff are very friendly , service is quick and a great atmosphere. I feel so lucky to have this special place on our doorstep. We will be back and will be recommending this excellent floating restaurant to all our friends.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We had looked forward for several weeks to having lunch at The River Exe Cafe and it did not disappoint. From the moment we arrived at the Exmouth dock to be taken by the river taxi the café had arranged for us, we had just the best time. The taxi gave us a short tour of the estuary as we... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We managed to get a last minute booking on a beautiful summer's evening and arrived with great expectations. We were left standing waiting for 10 minutes for which an apology was given but it was apparent that guests of greater interest had arrived at the same time on their own boat. We order a bottle of wine to be told... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We love this place. We are regular visitors to Exmouth and this is the one lunch venue that we try to include each year. Open during summer months only, there is nothing to beat it on a nice day. You can sit inside or out and if you get cold blankets are available. The staff are friendly and attentive. The... More

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great seamless service - just book a table and the water taxi is also booked by the restaurant. I've now been here about half a dozen times and the food/service levels remain constantly high - unlike some restaurants which have good and bad days! Thoroughly recommended.

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