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River Exe Cafe

River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
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Ranked #5 of 112 restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $66
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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
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

High quality food served informally. Very family friendly. Remember to add £5 return per person for the water taxi from Exmouth Harbour to your budget.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Went there last night, we are a family of four all loving seafood and while on holiday in exmouth thought it would be worth trying, it was everything they say it is. We were lucky it was a lovely sunny evening, had it been cloudy the boat trip would have been freezing so take coats and jumpers. The food really... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you're looking for a place to eat that is different and quirky, this is a place to try. It's quite exciting getting the water taxi out into the estuary to the cafe which really is in the middle of the river. We had a lovely welcome once 'on board', the food was really good and the two hours we... More

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United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We paddled here on our paddle boards, great spot! Lovely and only spoiled by the slowness of service, up your game with the service and we will be back.

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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Let's face it, it's not everyday you eat on a floating platform in the middle of the estuary. It's a cafe not a restaurant but the food is of a really good standard, a decent menu and range of drinks. Head to Exmouth Marina and catch the water taxi.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Excellent food, but terribly uncomfortable seating (folding metal chairs). I'm sure there are better garden chairs available which could be used in this exposed setting. Good menu and helpful staff.

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Rekem, Belgium
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We celebrated my son's birthday with a meal at the River Exe Cafe and had a really enjoyable evening. The boat rides were good fun and part of the quirky charm of the experience. We had a warm welcome and very attentive service throughout our meal. The food was delicious, we had scallops, herrings and mushroom for starters, hake, crab,... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My wife and I visited the River Exe Cafe last September for the first time and had an excellent meal, with great service from their Team. Today we went back once more with two friends who hadn't been to the 'Cafe' before. There is always a worry if you return to a restaurant where you have great memories of a... More

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Truro, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Food bland with watery sauces. Overcooked scallops (how?) Goan curry was unbelievably bland & no depth to the taste. Meal constantly interrupted by people leaning over table to get blankets because they were cold. (Store them somewhere else please!) No time for coffee as table needed for next sitting & water taxi was leaving. The only thing that makes it... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have been lucky enough to have had lunch twice on the River Exe Cafe in the last month. Both times the weather was perfect and the staff and food could not have been better. What a boost to Exmouth to have this wonderful restaurant!

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