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“Disappointing Sunday Lunch”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of River Restaurant

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River Restaurant
Ranked #55 of 92 Restaurants in Dartmouth
Price range: $0 - $65
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Torquay, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Disappointing Sunday Lunch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We have stayed and dined at the Dart Marina for many years in all its incarnations! We are now lucky enough to live close by and chose to have Sunday Lunch their with friends in the re-vamped restaurant. Whilst the restaurant manager was warm and welcoming, other staff were mostly cheerless. The location of the restaurant and view is lovely although the new decor is rather bland and colourless, fresh flowers on the table would have been nice. The music did nothing to add to the atmosphere as it was pop music and played through one tinny speaker in the corner. As this is a large restaurant on several levels this was wholly inadequate. However, the main complaint we had is about the food which was not good. My companions had smoked haddock fishcakes to start but sadly there was no taste of fish although they looked fab and were nicely presented. We all chose the Blackawton Lamb for our main course and for us this was overcooked and had the texture of re-heated meat, it was sliced in slabs like a gammon steak. The roast potatoes seems to be deep-fried and were very hard to eat. The veg of French beans and carrots were well cooked and colourful. Desserts were very nice except there was a huge discrepancy in the sizes served at different tables - my husband was very upset to see that the lady at the next table had a mango rice pudding twice the size of his although she clearly didn't like hers and sent it back to the kitchen! My Blackberry Mousse was served in a glass but there was no plate on which to rest the rather large spoon between mouthfuls. Cheeseboard was good with all local cheeses. All in all though disappointing and with the wines starting at £26 per bottle not a good experience.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Doesn't Live Upto Menu and Price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

Having seen the reviews on Trip Advisor I thought I might be slightly disappointed but it was the only menu (on a sunday) that really interested me.

The menu, portions and price I found a bit pretentious. The pretentious would have turned to fine dining if the flavours were there but unfortunately they weren't. The starters and mains lacked flavour, however, I did really enjoy my dessert

The Service was good up to the point we had to ask for the bill twice, the second time being told we had to wait because Reception were busy!

The view over the river is nice but inside lacked atmosphere and is bit sterile

Would I recommend, probably not

  • Visited August 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Over-priced, waste of great location. Not optimising potential!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012 via mobile

The service here is never good, it's painstakingly SLOW. It's like pulling teeth getting a drink. They have just done re-furb on restaurant, but true to form, or lack of, they are not opening it for lunches, ever, as they can't seem to figure out how to turn over a large restaurant after breakfast. This is prime location, riverside and should be buzzing, but they can't be bothered.There is no vision from this lot, it's top down as staff all nice, but owner has no clue, all money, no vision or willingness to maximise venu or deliver to customers. Big let down for all us locals & visitors. Too expensive as you don't get any added value, service to outside tables, lunch in nice restaurant, consistency or enough well-trained staff. Shame.

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United Kingdom
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160 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“VERY GOOD QUALITY RESTAURANT”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2011

We had dinner with a group of family and friends. Pre dinner welcome was very good and the meal itself was ample and tasty. The restaurant makes an effort to provide vegetarians with a variety of options - a welcome change from goat's cheese or risotto or nothing that one experiences in many restaurants. Service was excellent; prompt and attentive without being intrusive. Refreshingly, the wine waiter offered tap water as the first option for non drinkers. It's a pleasure not to have a hard sell for overpriced bottled water.

The dining room is a very pleasant environment and although it was full the staff were able to maintain high quality service. The view of the river from our window table was an added bonus. The cost of the meal was very reasonable.

After leaving Dartmouth I checked the bill more closely and discovered that I had been undercharged; a number of drinks had not been added to the bill. When I called to pay for the drinks I was told that the manager was grateful for my willingness to pay the shortfall but was waiving the cost of the drinks, a response that one is not likely to encounter in many restaurants.

  • Visited December 2011
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“lovely food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

well presented food with attentive staff
Sweet worth having Creme brulee-mmm!

Visited November 2011
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