The River Café
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, People watching, Relaxation, Special occasions, Trendiness
Expert review of The River Café
You’ll need to book well in advance to secure a table at this perennially popular Italian where the young Jamie Oliver was first discovered. Its founders, Ruth Rogers and the late Rose Gray, have produced their own series of hit cookbooks, and are famed for simple, rustic dishes using the best ingredients money can buy.
The menu changes twice daily and with the seasons yet there are plenty of staple dishes that appear year after year – and in the cookbooks you can buy as souvenirs. My favourites tend to involve fish from the wood-fired oven, such as turbot flavoured with capers, anchovies and rosemary and served with roast tomatoes and fresh borlotti beans. The risottos and pasta are lovely too. If available, try their Italian twist on the classic English dessert summer pudding, made with berries cooked in valpolicella wine.
Classy informality with plenty of people-watching. The light, bright dining room has a large open kitchen lining one wall. On summer evenings aim for a table amongst the herbs in the garden.
Young, trendy but usually friendly.
In an office development at the edge of a residential area. Note there are no river views from the restaurant, though you can walk by the Thames before the meal. Best go by car or taxi.
Don’t be fooled by the word café, this is a pricey restaurant: starters are £14-£16, mains £30-£45, desserts £8-£8.50. Wines start at £17.50 a bottle.
More information on The River Café:
- Price guide:
- Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA
- 020 7386 4200
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 12.30pm-5pm, 7-11pm; Sun 12.30pm-5pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Tuscan, Wood roast