The River Café
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Member Reviews (6)
- The River CaféMember ofFamily TravelersJul 04, 2012
The prices are high, but the food is so good it’s worth it. I once read somewhere that the best Italian food in Europe can be found at the River Café — meaning even better than Italy itself. I’m sure that made the Italians angry… and perhaps it was a generous compliment, but the food is really that good. The restaurant is located on the Thames and has a grassy courtyard separating it from the river. On a sunny day you can sit outside and let your kids run around while you finish your meal. Otherwise, they have paper and crayons to keep your kids entertained inside. Perfect for family brunch on the weekend. Just make sure to book well in advance.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- The River CaféMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 1Sep 11, 2013
A London culinary institution perhaps now better known for its range of best-selling cook books than the restaurant itself; amongst others celebrity chef Jamie Oliver cut his teeth here. Ingredients are flown in fresh every day, so you'd be hard-pressed to find a more adventurous and flavour-packed Italian menu outside of Italy. The kitchen is integrated with the restaurant, so food preparation is part of the theatre of eating here.
- The River CaféJul 05, 2012
17/20; Food 8/10, Ambience 4/5, Service 5/5. Located directly on the Thames (sadly quite rare for decent restaurants in central London) in a well-lit space refurbished a few years ago. Open plan and very busy, with tables arranged in between wall to ceiling glass to the river and a long service counter on the other. Unique space, made all the more so by a giant wood-fired oven at one end. Definitely very buzzing when full, which it is often due to its reputation. Average age is a little on the older side, but atmosphere is energetic. Food is central Italian classics pure. Menu changes daily, but the variations of Antipasti, Primi and Secondi includes delights from risotto done pure - relying on its own flavour rather than the heavy creaminess often seen elsewhere, linguini with fresh artichokes and wild mushrooms - again very light and fresh, to, on our visit, a melt-in-your-mouth veal shin and a sublime rhubarb,grappa and champagne pannacotta. Service is as attentive and friendly as can be, in our experience. Recommended!