The River Cafe

The River Cafe

Italian | West London

Built as a canteen for Ruth Rogers' husband's architecture firm, this riverside restaurant is one of London's truly iconic dining spots - launching countless careers (Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall) from its kitchens and serving up wonderful (if spendy) Italian food.

Restaurant details

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
Nearest tube: 
HammersmithNearest station: Hammersmith
Telephone number: 020 7386 4200
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
More info: 
  • Private Hire available
  • Wheelchair access


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Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA


Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10

Critics' score: 10
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on December 06, 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." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on November 24, 2008
"...the layoff here at The River Cafe has only served to reinvigorate this once weary veteran to a point where we could see it being around for at least another twenty years." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Marina O’Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on November 18, 2008
"But now that our enthusiasms are jaded by cynicism and recession, does the hidden Hammersmith warehouse still look as fresh and as good? Astonishingly, yes it does." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed by November 16, 2008
"This place is still one of a handful of consistently five-star restaurants in London..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on November 01, 2008
"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, soft and sweet with being roasted slow, slow, slow, with lots of garlic and thyme and vegetables and a perfect risotto Milanese." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 15, 2008
"He was as happy with that as I was with chargrilled marinated lamb with salsa verde and the chickpea and Swiss chard stew called inzimino. All building blocks had been skilfully tapped into place." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jasper Gerard Telegraph
Reviewed on October 09, 2008
"Rarely can such a large restaurant have maintained these incredible standards for so long; it just doesn't do bad meals." READ REVIEW