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“What an amazing day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of River Exe Cafe

River Exe Cafe
Ranked #5 of 127 Restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $51
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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“What an amazing day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

We realise we were spoilt by the amazing weather BUT, what a fantastic café, location and staff. We thoroughly enjoyed the water taxi which took us to the café, this made the experience even more enjoyable. The food was as good as we have had in Michelin restaurants with excellent service and a perfect location. What a clever idea, Richard, we were impressed and will be back. Recommend booking, this is a barge in the middle of the estuary, therefore there are limitations (e.g. they can't nip to Waitrose if they run out of ice)!! and the staff want your experience to be the best. Ignore the negative comments re the phone, they have got it right, face to face customers come first! Thank you all.

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“Fabulous resturant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Went for the second time on saturday with 6 family members who didn't know where they were eating. Everyone loved it. Great setting, fabulous atmosphere, wonderful staff and great food. One of those menus where there are so many dishes you want to eat. Had the mussels in Carribean sauce - will have to have that again

  • Visited July 2013
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“You will not be disappointed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had an excellent meal last night. We chose the mixed sea food platter for two plus a scrumy pud. Quite excellent. Service very good. Very much a can do approach. Nothing too much trouble. First visit this year...........more to come no doubt
Only problem was the outboard didn't start first click and with loads of people watching........you know how it is!!!!

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“You will not be disappointed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

All tables booked( no surprise), however they did manage to fit us in. Good management of covers I would say. A very much can do approach. What a fantastic meal. We had the mixed sea food for two plus some scrummy pud. All staff had a very happy approach which made for a very pleasant evening. Only problem the out board didn't start first click having cast away the line. All was well shortly after!!!
Go there you will not be disappointed

  • Visited July 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“A unique cafe restaurant on the water.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Not much to look at, being a barge with a slanted wood shed on it, but the modest appearance hides a great welcome by host Richard the manager and fabulous food produced by the chef team headed by Chris. The seafood naturally is superb, the location unique especially as the sun sinks in the evening. Well worth a visit but booking is advised. The regular water taxi will get you there from Exmouth.

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