River Cafe
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Address: Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 7386 4200

Michelin starred Italian riverside restaurant in Hammersmith, founded by legendary duo Ruth Rodgers and the late Rose Gray.

This restaurant has 1 Michelin Star

Latest reviews of River Cafe

Cheese_and_Biscuits

Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

24 April 2014

Three big, soft scallops, grilled to a perfect browned crust and surrounded by broad beans, chilli and rainbow chard, were also a fantastic eat. (…) All I can tell you is that I know how much a dish of scallops, broad beans and chard cost in most other restaurants I’ve been to, and that figure has never threatened to approach £36…

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Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

17 October 2012

Antipasti (seared squid with dried chilli, wild oregano, anchovy, tomato and fresh cannellini beans) and primi (fresh spinach tagliatelle with pork slow-cooked in Soave with rosemary and bay leaf) had more of a wow factor, and were generous portions…

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Edward Smith, Rocket and Squash

13 February 2012

The perfection to which the food is sourced, cooked and compiled is not actually that simple to achieve, not least because the lunch and a la carte menus change daily. Moreover, there’s a tremendous warmth in the room. We thought it was great…

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Gourmet Chick

Cara Waters, Gourmet Chick

13 September 2010

The food at The River Cafe serves as a complete explanation for why Italian food is as its best when it is at its most simple. High quality ingredients, punchy flavours and a relaxed atmosphere…

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What the Critics say

Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

17 October 2012

Antipasti (seared squid with dried chilli, wild oregano, anchovy, tomato and fresh cannellini beans) and primi (fresh spinach tagliatelle with pork slow-cooked in Soave with rosemary and bay leaf) had more of a wow factor, and were generous portions…

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John Walsh, The Independent

6 December 2008

It was an epic lunch. It was Homeric. It was intensely satisfying and incredibly filling, every dish thoughtfully prepared, lovingly flavoured, marinaded, stuffed or seasoned, before being put through the transformative alchemy of the wood-burning stove…

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Marina O'Loughlin (Metro), Metro

18 November 2008

Or how about gnocchi, so light and pillowy they’re like ingesting clouds but packed with flavour from earthy cavolo nero, pine nuts and Selvapiana olive oil (the oil is exquisite, a riot of sweet, bitter, grassy, peppery)…

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Giles Coren, The Times

1 November 2008

The menu hasn’t changed, in that it always changes. Twice a day. I had some things I’ve always enjoyed before: lovely fresh squid grilled with lots of chopped fresh red chilli and rocket, and then the classic stinco di vitello…

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JasperGerard

Jasper Gerard, The Telegraph

9 October 2008

Rarely can such a large restaurant have maintained these incredible standards for so long; it just doesn’t do bad meals. And though we like to think we could cook this at home, it is the herbs and juices that make these dishes – and getting those just right is fiendishly hard…

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AA Gill, The Sunday Times

16 June 2008

It represents everything you hate: peasant food made absurdly chic and expensive, served to smug, parasitic liberals. Well, I know where I stand. I know where I belong. I’m on the inside, smirking out…

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RichardVines

Richard Vines, Bloomberg

22 June 2007

The River Cafe pasta can be superb. The first time I tried it, it tasted better than what I’d eaten in Genoa not long before. Yet this week a dish of tagliatelle with Scottish girolles, parsley, garlic and parmesan was disappointingly under-seasoned…

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MichaelWinner

Michael Winner, The Sunday Times

29 April 2007

The food at the River Cafe is superb. Every dish has a taste and a simplicity which makes it near-perfect. I have never had a bad course. It’s unquestionably the most reliable good grub to be had in London…

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What the Bloggers say

Cheese_and_Biscuits

Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

24 April 2014

Three big, soft scallops, grilled to a perfect browned crust and surrounded by broad beans, chilli and rainbow chard, were also a fantastic eat. (…) All I can tell you is that I know how much a dish of scallops, broad beans and chard cost in most other restaurants I’ve been to, and that figure has never threatened to approach £36…

Read full review »
Edward Smith, Rocket and Squash Avatar

Edward Smith, Rocket and Squash

13 February 2012

The perfection to which the food is sourced, cooked and compiled is not actually that simple to achieve, not least because the lunch and a la carte menus change daily. Moreover, there’s a tremendous warmth in the room. We thought it was great…

Read full review »
Gourmet Chick

Cara Waters, Gourmet Chick

13 September 2010

The food at The River Cafe serves as a complete explanation for why Italian food is as its best when it is at its most simple. High quality ingredients, punchy flavours and a relaxed atmosphere…

Read full review »
Andy_Hayler

Andy Hayler, andyhayler.com

14 December 2008

A clutch of “hot poached” Scottish langoustines with sea salt were served in their shells and were of good quality, correctly cooked though “hot” was a little optimistic. Pleasant ingredients, simple presented, cooked properly and seasoned, but to be honest this is something you could easily make at home…

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