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River Exe Cafe

River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
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Ranked #2 of 112 restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $68
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
Worcester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Have just returned from an afternoon aboard the cafe. From the time we were picked up from Exmouth Docks by the river taxi to our return we were very impressed by the friendliness shown by all the people involved in the operation including the taxi. Food was excellent and well priced. A unique restaurant. Do try it.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We went to the river exe cafe for a friend's birthday and the food was absolutely amazing. I've eaten at Michelin star restaurants and the food here definitely equals that quality. Unfortunately i had to give a 4 for service because despite there being quite a few staff serving and not being overrun with customers we were a little neglected... More

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Devon, UK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We had lunch on 18 July at the River Exe Cafe and already we're planning our next visit! The staff were friendly and well-trained, the menu varied and interesting, it was difficult to choose! Lovely fresh food, very well cooked and fabulous views. A bit on the pricey side, and the weather was far from perfect, but we will go... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Lovely trip from Exmouth Docks by water taxi, super welcome from the friendly staff. Varied menu with good selection of daily specials. All served up whilst watching boating/water skiing action all round. Food was superb and served freshly cooked in as short a time as that implied

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I visited The River Exe Cafe on Thursday lunchtime,10/7/14. I went with my wife and two friends,who live locally.Catching the river taxi was very easy,no fuss,and really good fun.The views from close to water level are great ,and we got to the restaurant in no time. We were seated inside as our friends had requested,next to a huge window that... More

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Senior Reviewer
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

What an original venue. A pontoon in the middle of the Exe Estuary. Most important to book your ferry space. Good food nice staff and wonderful location. Sadly the sun only shone briefly but it was warm. As for the toddler she was amused with waiving at boats and water skiers and the great box of paints and games on... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

When ever i get the chance to take the boat out, i look forwards to coming here for a meal as a treat, every time i have eaten here i have always enjoyed the food and surroundings.the staff are really nice and the location is brilliant. spend ages watching the water skiers and passing boats The place can get very... More

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2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Firstly the food and service were fantastic. We could not in anyway fault these areas. Our only issue was with the arrangments for getting to the venue. We were never told when booking a table that we would have to pay for the water taxi. It was only when on the taxi that the driver asked us for £5 a... More

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Mortehoe, Woolacombe
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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94 reviews 94 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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