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The River Café London Reviews from The Last Year
fantastic place, highly recommended 💯
Awesome atmosphere and decorum
I was blown away. From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with an awesome atmosphere and exquisite interiors that set the perfect tone for the evening. The attention to detail in the decor and ambiance was truly impressive.
Superb quality of Service
all round bliss
The Restaurants' food, drinks, dinning layout and overall atmosphere was awesome.
River Cafe never fails with exceptional food, drink and service every time. Excellent produce always perfectly prepared and delightful staff (including the lovely valet team).
Disappointed, overrated & overpriced
We had been looking forward to our dinner, the reputation built up over the years excited us!! We arrived on time, regrettably we booked a table outside, convinced when we booked the outside area was protected, enclosed & heated! On arrival we tried to check our coats, reception suggested we keep them as area was cold, negative start before we sat down! Booked table for 4, table shown to us was set for 4 but only had 3 chairs, poor show for this pricey overrated joint! Best part of meal was the focaccia. We each ordered a starter, 2xAperagus-bitter, i x crab very small portions for £35, i x pasta, overpriced too, probably. Mains Pigeon-Tough, tasty. 2x Veal, served cold, was supposed to slow cooked for hours?? i l complained, they took the dish away and replaced with same Luke warm portion, no improvement. For over £100 for 2 courses each not good enough!! By this time we'd had enough, paid the bill and left. Polite and kind waiter advised they did not charge for one of the veal portions. Obviously they realised the food was definitely not up to scratch! London has many wonderful restaurants, serving amazing. This one misses the boat by a mile, exists due to their celebrity clients only! Sadly we wont be back
HOW did they get a Michelin Star?
My husband and I were very excited to try The River Cafe. Our daughters had given us a generous gift voucher because it was my Birthday and they knew we had already booked our reservation. We had a booking for 18:30. We were informed from the time we booked that we would be seated outdoors....no issue for us. We arrived early at about 18:05. The hostess informed us that the dining area wasn't open but offered us the bar where we might order a beverage. We sat at the bar for at least 20 minutes. We were never even acknowledged much less offered a drink. Once our table was ready I expressed my frustration with the situation and wasw met with all kinds of "Oh Im so sorry......"We were seated outside and our candles were never lit. The food was certainly not exceptional. The lady seated next to us was offered a refund for her main (steak) as it was "sinewy". The sommelier was excellent and our waitress was OK.
Disappointed and underwhelmed
We've been meaning to dine at the River Cafe for more than 20 years and we finally got around to it this week. We went for the Winter Set Lunch menu which offered a reasonable array of choices. However, when the main (primi and secondi) dishes came they were a tad on the small side. I could have accepted this had the food tasted as good as it looked but it did not. For a start they were lukewarm rather than hot. The dishes lacked the robustness I was expecting in fact I would describe them as insipid with the overriding flavour of salt. The dolci were excellent but, that's not really enough to save an entire menu. I was extremely disappointed and, I am struggling see how they have a one star Michelin rating because compared to other one stars the River Cafe is way off the mark.
Booked a lunch for a special treat with my wife - didn’t qualify for set lunch menu so was easily £60 a head more expensive. Our issue wasn’t financial more that we were rushed through starter and main and at £35-£40 an item it was unnecessary. Wine also rushed through so we had to ask for a pause after mains to try to enjoy the experience. I also moved seat as our waiter clearly being trained on the job was either permanently hovering over me or being animatedly advised at a volume louder than our table conversation. Mains were crashed down on our table with my wife’s crashed down with the server leaning over me. Fast serving, unwarranted rapid wine top ups, leaning and talking over us are small yet unprofessional things which you don’t expect to spoil your experience when paying high prices at an infamous venue. We visited last 3 years ago in the evening and had far better more experienced staff. A real disappointment given our expectations and prior excitement. I doubt we will visit again for a while but appreciate dining experience is usually only as good as the staff and service. So disappointing.
Very disappointing lunch. Prices have dramatically increased and quality of of food has fallen. Mozzarella starter was tired, tasteless and rubbery, and if it came from Italy it was a very long time ago. The River Cafe used to be stand out quality but now very middle of the road, Has the management taken its hand off the tiller ? Or has all the energy gone into the new shop and on-line deliveries. Service still very attentive. John Adams
Saved by the Winter Set Menu !
Four of us went for lunch today. We each had the three course Winter set menu plus a bottle of wine and a round of coffees. Came to £85.00 per head or £340.00 for the four of us. While the a la carte menu at River Cafe is extortionate to the point of absurd (£29.00 for a puntarelle salad as an antipasto - Mamma mia !!!!) the set menu is not bad at all. I had taglierini al ragu (First class-pasta that was far better than, say Brutto) and coscia d' agnello ai ferri - the lamb was pink and superbly cooked. The accompanying contorno of finocchio was delicious. That was followed by a scoop of zabaglione gelato that was also alcoholic and memorable. The test of a good restaurant is if it is offering you something that you couldn't remotely do at home - and here it passed with flying colours. I lived in Rome and that taglierini was as good as anything you can get in Italy. Positive points: restaurant buzzing and full on a weekday lunchtime, lovely and bright and the service smart and impeccable and lots of it. No muzak. The Tuscan bread offered at the start was excellent. Negatives: don't you dare go near the a la carte menu unless you're stinking rich or totally mad. Mains are around £55.00 !!!! Wine list is one of those ones that has a couple of bottles at £45.00 and everything else is madly priced. But ...I expected to be disappointed and wasn't. As long as you stick to the set menu you won't be bankrupt.
Now no longer what it was.
It used to be a place thats aim was to make people feel good, now just a place to make money. A sad demise. Ok food with child sized portions. If I have a main of spaghetti vongole I expect more than one clam and a few strands of spaghetti. Scallops as a main? Don’t expect to get more than two small ones. Allergic to cream but can eat ice cream with your desert. Well that’s an hefty extra charge. If I was surprised by all this you only had to listen to the tables crammed in around us to realise the all had the same comments. You shouldn’t leave a restaurant feeling cheated. A feeling only made worse by seeing staff tucking into plates piled high with food the other side of the window whilst you struggle to get your bill.
Having arrived in London for a few days we were excited to get a cancellation for lunch for our party of 7, that was until we got there and were shown to our table, (the only vacant table in the restaurant), this table was right next to the open fire oven, which was way too close to this oven with that level of heat, also staff constantly buzzing around this particular area. It didn't exactly exube ambience at this table. This seating should not exist in this particular spot. The main course was enjoyable, however for afters the chese selection option was really dismal in presentation , we opted for 3 cheese option and were presented with 3 rough cut cheeses on a plain white plate with no form of decorative presentation, this was accompanied by thin flatbread that crumbled wen trying to pick it up. Let's just say at the price we were paying we felt deflated in the experience we had.
Overpriced perhaps. But very good.
As an Italian who had parents in the Italian catering business, I am picky when it comes to Italian food. I’ve been to most places in town but I must say the food here was the most authentic and tastiest. It was kept simple, as good Italian food ought to be. So if you are one who wants all the Knightsbridge glitz, this isn’t for you. Having said that, it’s expensive. My monkfish thought was huge…but the scallops as a main, was minimalist. A lovely sunny day by the river added to the experience. I would certainly recommend it, but bring money.
Beautiful restaurant with terrific servers.
I had the linguini al vongole to start. I found it a tad salty and maybe only 5 clams. I followed with a delicious monkfish. I find $100 pounds for lunch rather high. It's my first day visiting. I can't say if the restaurant is expensive or London is
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Read about the site in NYT and bought a reservation at Mother Wolf in LA 2 days later. Worked great and the food was amazing!!!
Got the reservation (that I couldn't get anywhere else) and was able to entertain a group of friends at the infamous Bern's Steakhouse.
Wonderful! My parents are visiting and we have wanted to go to Nobu Malibu for years. I tried getting a reservation myself but it was next to impossible. So glad I was able to buy a reservation on appointment trader for a decent price!
Was very hesitant going into this experience but am glad to say that it worked out very well ! will definitely use appointment trader in the future
I was veeeeeerry skeptical that this would work, particularly at a restaurant as hard to get into as Nobu Malibu, and it was perfect! We had lunch outside on the patio and it was fabulous!
Just wanted to take a second to shout out the reviewer team. Even though they probably review hundreds of listings and bids a day, they still take the time to leave great comments and respond relatively quickly. Thanks!
I got a reservation to Don Angie, which I've been trying to book for weeks! I am very happy with this service.
Super simple, easy, and fast to secure reservations for hard-to-get restaurants and locations!
This app has opened my world up to so many wonderful new experiences I would never have the chance to have without access to this awesome app! 10/10!
Was a little nervous at first but was pleased to see that the booking went through flawlessly.
Was able to snag an indoor table at Don Angie through an absolutely seamless worry-free process.
This is a crazy holiday season in NYC and I was very pleasantly surprised to see that AppointmentTrader works! Will be using again!
Worked so well! I was a bit nervous, but everything went very smoothly. purchased the reservation, and got into the restaurant seamlessly.
So glad I came across this app :)
I didn’t have my hopes high as it was a party of 4. In 24 hours I had a carbone reservation available! I was very happy as my family really wanted to come here
So easy and had a prime time which I can never seem to get on normal res apps. So worth it
instead of waiting weeks I got my 4 charles reservation instantly
I was skeptical, and I still don't really know how they managed to find this hard-to-find reservation, but it was a win-win from my point of view, and I'll use this service again.
Got a last minute reservation, dinner for 2 at Delilah Las Vegas: super impressed! The process was simple, transaction seamless. We had an amazing time! Couldn’t be happier! 😍
Ok at this point I've attended a reservation purchased on AT by a friend and sold a reservation personally. Both worked pretty smoothly, nothing sketchy about it. A few areas for improvement including a way to more directly communicate between buyers and sellers, but the app always seems to be in development. AT customer support is really(!) responsive and helpful too if you have questions!
As a seller, I like the fact i have the ability now to transfer money out of my AT account and into a bank account. Makes getting the money much easier then the process before.
Got to go to places otherwise unreachable
Very easy to get into one of the hardest restaurants to reserve in New York.
It can be under your name or a name you choose! Some reservation offers already include the AppointmentTrader Transfer Service which will transfer the reservation in to your name. If its not included you can add it on after buying the reservation for a small fee. One thing on that though: As many reservations become available at last minute, taking a reservation in someone else name is quick and great for privacy. Most reservations on AT are listed with a virtual phone number, so all you need to do is present the phone number at the hostess stand and you are good to go!
I was waiting on the transfer for name but it hasn’t happened yet and my reservation is tonight , will it be an issue that is hasn’t changed into my name yet
Same goes for 4 Charles and I Sodi
Agreed. Ultimately not addressing this month after month is clearly resulting in a drop in certain venue’s rankings & sales.
Thats unfortunate but you can always get your money back if they cancel the reservation.
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Your bid has been “matched” with a reservation. From the time a reservation has been located, the seller of the reservation must connect with moderator to give transfer information for reservation. If the seller;however, does NOT respond to reservation transfer, then your bid is reprocessed and returns to the first step, which is connecting your request to a reservation.
Hey @EvocativeFold67, welcome to appointmenttrader! Once the reservation is in your portfolio, you definitely own the timeslot, the review team would not have approved the trade if the reservation wasn't confirmed - so you are going :-) Judging from your post you bid today and are going tomorrow - don't worry as long as you initiated the name transfer, you are good - the transfer service has to work with the opening hours of the reservation team of the respective venue. You will likely see the transfer confirmation a couple hours before your reservation time.
Mostly from people who don't need their reservations or appointments any longer. AT has no relationship with places listed and acts as a platform connecting buyers and sellers making sure that listed reservations are real and that privacy is not compromised when transacting.
Hey @FluffyStar64, thanks for the question! When you place your bid the amount gets transferred in a deposit account, the second you either cancel your bid or a few minutes after the bid expires the funds are moved back into your main account from where you can refund it to your payment method or use for other transactions.
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