Cantina del Ponte

4.1
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4414 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Cantina del Ponte is inspired by the three Rs that make Italian food truly great: rustic, robust and reasonably priced. A classic trattoria, the service is as welcoming as you might expect, the food is delicious and authentic and there’s even a riverside terrace overlooking the less classically Italian view of Tower Bridge.

Special Offers

Valentine's Day: 3 courses with a glass of fizz £39.50

Enjoy three courses with a glass of fizz for £39.50pp this Valentine's Day at Cantina

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 February 2020

Ends: 14 February 2020

Availability: Fri 17:30-22:15

Pre-Theatre menu - 2/3 courses for £20/ £23 & a glass of fizz

Pre-Theatre Menu - 2/3 courses for £20/ £23 with a complementary glass of fizz. Available Monday - Sunday. 5.30-8pm

Terms and Conditions: Available Monday - Sunday. Available from 5.30pm - 8pm. Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 March 2020

Availability: Daily 17:30-20:00

Set Lunch 2/3 courses for £13/£15

Set Lunch 2/3 courses for £13/15. Available Monday - Friday lunch.

Terms and Conditions: Available Monday - Friday lunch. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Available 12 - 3pm.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2017

Ends: 31 May 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00

Evening Standard: 2/3 courses & a glass of wine £15/£20

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 26 December 2019

Ends: 9 February 2020

Availability: Daily 12:00-15:00 17:30-20:30

What 4414 People Are Saying
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 20£ menu has an incredible good quality/price. We enjoyed it a lot and will come back again!

VM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, we went for our anniversary last Saturday and it was wonderful, food very tasty and delicious, service quick and the staff friendly. I'll see you soon 😍

C
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good quality with an affordable price. attentive service We really enjoy our meal all the dishes was tasty and generous
We really loved our tiramisu’ for dessert

s
London
121 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I have said that I wouldn't recommend Cantina, but we went on a quiet night and the place was empty with no atmosphere. The meal was not encouraging either because after our initial tasty mackerel starters, which were like cichetti, the rest of the meal lacked on many levels. The seafood linguine was rather salty , but worse still was unimaginately served in an aluminium pan! It has been known for years that aluminium is highly reactive to acidic foods like tomato and can affect the taste... not a good idea. On top of this the desert we ordered, Tiramisu, was pathetic, it looked old and tired, tasted very watery and was the worst one we'd ever had. We left it. This was not a good experience. The restaurant is in a lovely location but seriously needs to look at what it serves and how it delivers food.

R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Christmas Italian atmosphere on the river side We been at cantina several times one of our favourite Italian choice in the area
Food is Always outstanding tasty and generous we got a selection of starters arranged from the chef
Then lasagna and pork cheek as main
All really delicious
Staff always friendly and attentive
Wait for next visit

RB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience on pasta brunch that’s a weekend deal nice to have a chef live prepare our pasta
Tasty and well presented always attentive service
One of our new spot for the weekends

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Lovely atmosphere, nice views along the river and food very tasty

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great restaurant. Food was delicious and right on point. The place can be a bit cosier though. It is really noisy and resembles a bit a canteen.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant on the side of the Thames. Fairly scenic, the restaurant has a nice feel to it. The pre-theatre set menu is good value for money, although some vegetables would benefit on the side. Staff were accommodating and lovely. Would recommend.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food amd very nice service

c
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Bargain set lunch. 3 courses for £15 for a delicious and generous beef carpaccio, a competent pollo pizzaiola and good cheese with tasty mermelatta is already good and when you add the riverside situation and view, this must be one of London's best set lunch deals. The restaurant was quiet Thursday lunchtime, so lacking a little in atmosphere, but service was efficient , informative and friendly. Only criticism was that the cheese was served with a too small piece of wafer bread to accompany it, but it would be churlish to gripe at this price!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, great location. Unfortunately staff is putting pressure on guest to eat quickly and leave.

RB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time been here for try pasta brunch
Definitely made our day smiley staff and happy chef at outside station with cheese wheel for the live show
The menu is a really food value for money
And the fresh past with sauce on your choice are really tasty

Thank you to all the staff

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration.
Anna was a good host. She is an asset for the establishment.

SV
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Good food and serving staff.
PreFix menu was good value comes with a glass of fizz which my husband had it. I ordered food from normal menu then saw next table was given 2 glasses complimentary prosecco which obvious when I asked why I didn't get one. The host lady explained that she only could offer to VIP customers no matter what and how much I spent first time she couldn't be bother to please everyone... understandable but the way she explained it was a bit unfair.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decide to come for a meal after a friend suggestion
Definitely was a good one we really enjoy our meal really friendly staff and nice Italian atmosphere we been impressed from the quality And the generosity of the food
Good selection and menu well balanced on price The starter and the main course was really tasty
Wait for come back

b
London
69 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went with high hopes but overall, although there was nothing specifically amiss, we were rather disappointed. The service was a bit patchy (when it was good it was very, very good but..), the food was OK (the antipasta meat plate was monotonous) and the wild boar a bit too heavy for our stomachs. It was not cheap either.
Having said that if we are in the area we would probably return at some point.

O
London
65 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had an enjoyable meal all ordered off the brunch menu. Starters perfect as they are individual, mains not the same even though they came out the kitchen as individual portions they where mixed at the table and not divided equally.
The restaurant it’s is tired and dirty, unloved and forgotten.

SS
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely food! Found a good deal online

R
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night on one of my favourite Italian restaurant in this area
I always find a charm welcome and friendly service
Food is always generous and seasonal with a really high quality product
Plus a little touch of truffle ( special menu )
Thanks to our waitress for the suggestion
Best Italian choice next to the river
Wait for our next visit

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious, and service was excellent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really liked the place location and friendly staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

On arrival the place seemed very nice and had a nice atmosphere. We was placed by the window and right next to the door, so everytime it opened you got a chill. We was given a menu and expected to order straight away without any thinking time. The starter was not the best and the options are very limited. I order the rather ridiculously priced lamb, which was tiny and covered in fat. The best thing about the main was the mash! The wine was absolutely terrible and we left it on the side. There is also a shocking service charge which didn't go down well. Overall the experience left me rather disappointed and hungry. We ended up going home and ordering a takeaway. We wanted to get out and have a lovely evening but we didn't!!

RB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing dinner on the riverside
Real Italian atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff
The food was amazing and real value for the quality we got
Even on the truffle menu which is running in this period
(We tried couple of dishes and was superb)
Definitely come back

FC
London
191 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We go here from time to time as a group, taking advantage of their set lunch offers (while spending rather more on wine). Thew staff are invariably very helpful, the food good and the prices reasonable - especially given its stunning riverside/tower Bridge view location. We will be back....

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was over salted and service was average

DE
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a nice evening. The weather was perfect for an outdoor meal. The staff was friendly and the service was good. There are other items on the menu I would like to try, so I would go back.

R
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite Italian restaurant in the area
I been here few times and I always felt Wellcome
The staff is always friendly and professional
And the food tasty and with good value
For the quality you get

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Really poor service - staff just didn’t know what they were doing! So many things went wrong I don’t even have the energy to list them all. Food was average. Good price because of the evening standard deal. If you want average cheap eats with a good view and don’t mind faulty towers style service then you won’t be disappointed.

H
London
52 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value with the Evening Standard offer. Nice to be seated outside for river & people watching & a great view of Tower Bridge.

RB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner in proper Italian way
Staring from a nice Wellcome from the staff
Really classic and quality food
We got a generous and rally tasty meal

Thank you for the lovely experience

JB
London
48 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not outstanding, but a pleasant meal at a stunning location.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I actually could not believe how rude the staff were. Table wasn't ready when we arrived (fine), so went to the bar but were roundly ignored by all staff for 15 minutes, and treated like a nuisance and an inconvenience when I asked a passing waitress if we might be able to order a drink (inexplicably we were told we were going to have to wait another 10 minutes before this would be possible). Eventually left after 20 minutes of being ignored by various staff, despite asking three times if we could order a drink. Have eaten here a few times over the last 5 years but appears to have gone downhill. In all fairness it was a relatively busy Thursday evening, but I can't recall ever having been treated with as much contempt by restaurant staff as I was here.

m
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location on the Thames in a less busy place than the tourist mobs between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Clever design, menu a little limited but satisfactory. Wine list could be improved and with a few not overpriced wines. Would recommend it

LR
London
42 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We had a deal so it was very good value & the food was excellent. Sadly the service was very slow which was a shame. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside & it’s a gorgeous location & very good for people-watching!

R
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

one of my favourite italian restaurant in this area
we got a table on the terrace one of the best view in the city everything accomplished of a really tasty food
and friendly service
we take a selection of starters and couple of main corse all of them nice and good quality
the prize are really balance for the area

definitely come back

RK
London
22 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The negatives:-
Staff other than the supervisor / manager are a bit useless.
We ordered a portion of potatoes after placing our food order, the waitress said ‘you have to order with them’ randomly pointing at another staff member.
Orders butter with our bread, never materialised.

The positives:-
Excellent location, beautiful restaurant.
Delicious food, had the special aubergine parmigiana- delicious
For main shared the special - cacio pepe tartufo nero pasta served in the percorino cheese wheel. Stunning dish.
Desserts - good.
Wine list - good & well priced.

We ordered our bottle of wine and waited over 20 mins until we finally asked again. At which time I told them we’d be on our second bottle by now. The supervisor / manager was very professional and immediately served us, took our order, offered us free Aperol aperitif, free starter along with our 2 starters.

We were also given free desserts & free after dinner drinks. So they correct their issues well and we highly appreciated their efforts.

OVERALL- too good to miss, just stay on top of the staff and you’ll have a lovely time.

Stunning wall mural depicting old Italy.

Love the food & area so will be back for sure.

M
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Same old story, not enough service staff to manage volume in the restaurant. We had a lovely meal, however had a hard time getting refills for drinks and no offer of Dessert - which we would have taken them up on had they asked.

After what seemed like an excessively long time waiting for staff to check on us (they made no eye contact as they rushed by several times) we eventually managed to signal for the bill and leave.

Compliments to the kitchen - service team needs to do better!!

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic Italian cuisine.
Great location and wonderful staff. I will be back ASAP .
Thank you Cantina.
Steve Pallett