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Waterfront Cafe

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Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
+44 1491 833732
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is what it says a Cafe and should not try to emulate restaurants. The dining area was far too small to accommodate the number of covers booked. The staff were friendly and helpful although the owner was rather terse under the pressure. They have a reputation for great breakfast and riverside snacks which they should concentrate on. Acoustics in... More 

Thank grannieOxford
chris p, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Grannie oxford We are not open in the evenings during the winter months ? More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for a coffee with my little boy. My mocha was really tasty & he was happy with his babycino! It's a lovely setting with an impressive amount of seating & clean toilets. The information board by the toilets is a great touch, too! Only downsides were that I felt the staff could have been a little bit more... More 

Thank annalucy04
Windsor, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have breakfast here regularly. A great meeting place for bikers and cyclists after an early morning ride. The food is excellent. Home made cakes are wonderful as is the coffee. Plenty of outdoor seating right on the Thames.

Thank Jan F
Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited the Waterfront twice in last 2 weeks. Took our 4 yr old grandson and the kids menu is very good, portions maybe a bit large for a 4 year old though. Service is great and staff extremely friendly. Only had a short wait for our meals even though they were really busy. It is very popular with locals... More 

Thank pattyroyal
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped near by the cafe for a weekend with my partner came here after a lovely walk down the river Thames and then for some breakfast the day after it is a beautiful place food cooked perfectly 😁 would return if every close again

Thank Jojo2791
Eridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can for lunch here with my family it was a beautiful day and we sat outside in the sunshine. The setting is wonderful but the good unfortunately was not. I ordered a mushroom burger expecting a vegetarian burger made of mushroom and so on. What i got was a large grilled mushroom in a bun!! Unbelievable 👎

Thank travelswithmyrigger
chris p, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Customer Please see extract from menu you ordered from- "Waterfront vegetarian burger - Whole flat mushroom topped with marinated peppers and melted three cheese mix, served with tomato salsa, served in a multi seeded brown or white roll, house chips & leaf garnish Not sure why you would think that in minced up mushroom. Our menu describes every item... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had belated breakfast here and even in sheeting rain, looking out onto the river is lovely. The food (Eggs Benedict Royale) was great - even kept 8-yr old grandson quiet - and the service first class. I have been before when the weather was better and sat outside watching the boats enjoying coffee and cakes. A lovely way to relax.

Thank jktraveller73
Reading, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've driven past here lots of times and commented that it certainly seemed popular with all the cars parked on the roadside outside. There is a car park but it soon fills up. The cafe overlooks the River Thames and we had seen it as we walked the Thames Path. It would make a good break if walking the Thames... More 

Thank ES1211
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only thing is it can get rammed especially on a sunny day - great spot though right on the river thames

Thank Caroline L
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110 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having travelled from Tring for triple Birthday celebrations. Having been here several times before. On this occasion I was disappointed. I know it's a cafè restaurant. I know it's very busy and hugely popular. I get all of that. I feel that the tables are in need of updating. They are looking somewhat shabby and almost dirty looking. Yes there... More 

Thank Grimsby247

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $19
European, British, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Wallingford  >  Benson
  • Phone Number: +44 1491 833732
The award winning Waterfront Cafe is situated in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, perched on the banks of the River Thames at Benson.The cafe is open seven days a week throughout the year serving food all day. During the summer months (April-September) the evening bistro is open Tuesday - Sunday evening until 10pm - Mondays 8am until 6pm.The idyllic setting makes it a perfect place to watch the stunning sunsets over the river with a glass of wine.Opening at 8am the cafe is ready to serve the early risers breakfast. A traditional full English, Eggs benedict, bacon sandwich,freshly baked Croissants and Danish pastries are just some of the choices available. Daily homemade specials are excellent value and always popular with the regulars. Alternatively we offer our all day menu with a wide range of homemade favorites, lighter plates and freshly baked baguettes which can always be taken away for those on a tight schedule.The cafe is also renowned for its impressive selection of homemade cakes and desserts and is popular with those with a sweet tooth. Ice creams or cream teas can also be enjoyed on the large patio - weather permitting!During the summer months the evening bistro comes alive and offers an additional menu which allows our chefs to showcase their culinary talents.

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