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“Good Food, atmosphere could be improved” 4 of 5 stars
Review of River Canteen - CLOSED

River Canteen
Spring Gardens | Pulteney Weir, Bath, England
01225 424800
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Price range: $0 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good Food, atmosphere could be improved”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The location is great. The menu is straight forward Italian. Our pizzas were excellent but the starters, while of a good standard were a little overpriced given the portion size and that no bread basket was provided. In our experience traditional Italian does include some bread and this would have helped our preceptions of value for money. The service, on the whole, was excellent and we enjoyed chatting to one of the business partners who is clearly a 'natural' at delivering genuinely good customer service. but one member of staff seemed like he needed to relax and smile a bit more - his interaction with his colleagues seemed to spoil the atmosphere a bit - maybe he was having a bad day but it just took the edge of things for us.

Visited January 2013
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English first
Bristol
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Certainly not a Canteen!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were spending a New Year 4 night break in a B&B hotel in Bath. We were given a 15% off voucher for this Italian restaurant. We had a bit of a difficulty finding it but it was well worth the effort. Unfortunately Bath was rather deserted being the New Year and there was only one other couple dining. However this did not spoil the great food and service. I had the flambe pancakes with pinapple apparently his own recipe fantastic. Would like to return in the summer to appreciate the view overlooking the weir.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bath, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Family night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The food was lovely, specially flambe pancakes made by Enzo (highly recommended).
The staff were very attentive and friendly at all times, service excellent.
Very good value for money.
Great setting as well, looking out over the weir.
We will definitley be calling again.
Thank you Enzo and everyone there.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A lovely dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Went with my mum, aunt and a friend for a Xmas celebration. The staff were absolutely lovely, really attentive. Food and ambience were great and overall it was a really wonderful evening. .

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Decent food, weak service and no atmosphere”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I went here on my first night in Bath, standard rough guide recommendation, and was really disappointed.

It took me a ridiculously long time to be seated (I had assumed because it was full capacity- it wasn't) then ages to be served. Then they forgot about my drink for a painfully long time, and got my order wrong. The food, when it finally came, was fine. Standard italian fare, nothing to rave about but perfectly good. But the service was weak, there was absolutely no atmosphere and I left disappointed.

Don't go if you can avoid it.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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