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“A little gem in West London!”
Review of The River Cafe

The River Cafe
Ranked #932 of 22,557 Restaurants in London
Price range: $26 - $65
Cuisines: Italian, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A little gem in West London!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

We arrived early and had champagne cocktails at the bar - I had a classic and my friend had a special which was pomegranate based. Both were nice but the classic was amazing. We sat for our meal on time and despite it being late afternoon it was buzzing! A great mix of people - young and old. Chicken liver pâté was great as was the lobster / seafood starter. The main was fab - can fish get any better?! I finished with creme brûlée and we were given a sample of burnt caramel ice cream - weird flavour but strangely enjoyable. Will definitely go back there but at £100 per head for 3 courses and drinks, will need to save up first!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank MNG1969
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“What's not to like?, but bring £££”
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

A sophisticated ambiance, handsome open kitchen, clean contemporary decor, modern wood fired oven, very good food. The only drawbacks are the price and the fact that you need Magellan to help navigate the back streets to fond it.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“my birthday treat!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Food was absolutely amazing, So good, I had seconds! ( two vegetarians dining).
Setting was lovely too.

Visited July 2012
Thank MacTuffin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“expensive, but worth it”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Perfect ingredients expertly prepared and served with friendly efficiency; quality of food clearly top notch: complete absence of cheffy shenanigans is a blessed relief, allowing freshness and flavour to shine - generous portions too. Interesting wine list, exclusively Italian as far as I recall, with standard markup. Buzzy atmosphere but a bit hard to find when arriving on foot!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank nissabella
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Chichester England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Superb restaurant”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I just turned up at the River Cafe on Sunday without a reservation. The restaurant was packed, and we were told that unless we had a reservation we would only be able to eat at the bar - about to leave the Manager appeared and immediately gave us a table if we could vacate within 2 hours which was fine.
We had a wonderful lunch, the food was very well presented, the menu being quite different,and the service was excellent all the way through, obviously it is rather pricey, but you certainly get what you pay for!!

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Linda H
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