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River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
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Ranked #3 of 111 Restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $61
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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
Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Excellent restaurant, and even when the weather is not so good it's a great place to go. Thank you for a lovely day.

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Taking Dutch part of the family for an amazing meal. As always great food, they especially liked the trip out on the boat, the atmosphere and of course the local food, the teenager loved the fish and chips. Service was a attentive - and fun.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We have returned to enjoy a summer trip to this barge on the Exe several times since our first visit in the Spring of 2013. It has got even better. The choice of fish dishes has improved as has the quality of the cooking. The young and attractive staff work hard when the place is full but never seem to... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

This café is unique and well worth the effort to reach it. A boat trip from either Exmouth or Starcross by water taxi is needed unless you can persuade a friend to deliver you. We sailed down the river Exe from Topsham which was a wonderful way to arrive. The food is local, varied and tasty. I still don't understand... More 

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Exmouth, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I went here with my family to celebrate my wedding and it was a great place to hold a celebration.. the boat taxi added to the whole experience . The staff were great and the food tasty .

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Orlando, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

After all the reviews of this restaurant i was looking forward to our meal, i was visiting from Florida to see an old friend. The boat trip was fun and the location was amazing. we were shown to our table and it was squashed in a corner with the sun straight in my eyes. We were ignored for nearly 15... More 

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Hong Kong, China
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

An experience restaurant that exceeded expectations in most respects. A lovely boat ride from Exmouth Marina delivered us to a floating restaurant in the middle of the gorgeous Ex estuary. Unfortunately, on the evening we booked the weather was not good enough to sit outside but this hardly detracted from our enjoyment. The service was informal and friendly and the... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Food is pretty good, service friendly, but setting is brilliant. Great to get the water taxi out into this cafe in the middle of Exe estuary. Sunsets across the water, on a summers eve. Fabulous!

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Whole experience wonderful, from water taxi to water taxi. Food excellent, in an unusual setting in the middle of the estuary. Service second to none, and cannot wait until the next opening, sometime in 2015

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Nice food with lots of choice, they were very pleasant and made me something off the menu, me being a vegan! Lovely people & not too expensive!

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Additional Information about River Exe Cafe

Address: River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
Phone Number: 07761116103
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exmouth
Average Prices: USD 9 - 61
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood, Vegetarian, British

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