Cantina del Ponte

4.2
4360 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
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

Bank Holiday: Bottomless risotto menu with free-flowing prosecco

Enjoy bottomless risotto from a choice of 3 dishes, as well as bottomless prosecco for £20 per person

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 27 May 2019

Ends: 27 May 2019

Availability: Mon 12:00-15:00 18:00-21:00

Kids Eat Free

To celebrate half-term & (hopefully) to make life a little easier for the parents… we want to welcome Kids to eat free at Cantina for the week. Your littl’uns can take their pick from our Kids menu and it will be on us!

Terms and Conditions: Kids eat free all day, every day, provided they’re under 12, eating from the kids menu, accompanied by an adult ordering a main meal. Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 27 May 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:30-15:00 17:30-23:30

Set dinner 2/3 courses for £20/ £23

Set dinner menu 2 courses for £20 and 3 courses for £23. Available Monday - Sunday.

Terms and Conditions: Available Monday - Sunday. Available from 5.30pm - 7.00pm and from 10.00pm until closing. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 22 October 2018

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Daily 17:30-19:00 22:00-23:30

Set Lunch 2/3 courses for £14/16.50

Set Lunch 2 courses/£14.00 or 3 courses/£16.50. Available Monday - Sunday lunch.

Terms and Conditions: Available Monday - Sunday lunch. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2017

Ends: 30 June 2019

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

What 4360 People Are Saying
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PA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced for what it is. My wife found her meal was over cooked and chewy. The staff was friendly but over pushy and interrupted conversations inappropriately to push their wares. It is a shame as I have always thoroughly enjoyed previous visits.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Food was excellent. Very good service too.
Only downside was that food quantity was below average. But it was so good!!

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D
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very nice. The main courses are a bit smaller than the menu make them sound, so worth getting a side dish to share with them. The waiters were a bit all over the place; we finished our starters only to have the whole table cleared and a dessert menu thrust in our face! We lost our bread, so had to order some more and generally the waiting staff seemed a bit confused!

In the end it was fine. The food was good, the atmosphere and location are pleasant and the staff were friendly, if a little discombobulated!

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H
London
154 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pre-theatre meal at Cantina del Ponte before visiting the Bridge Theatre - 5 minutes' walk away. Very good value on the pre-theatre menu. Starters very good (spicy meatballs and burrata), main courses - chuck beef was good; pan-fried salmon slightly disappointing - the tomato sauce was rather overwhelming and it was difficult to pick up the flavour of the salmon. Atmosphere good, fairly busy even at 5:45 - the only complaint was the awful music! Overall, a good pre-theatre venue and excellent value.

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FC
London
184 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is very good, the staff are great, the outside terrace is wonderful, the riverside view (Tower Bridge) is stunning, the deals are terrific value (£16 for two courses). Do you need to know anything else? We will be back.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They were very busy with big groups but made a special effort with us and were very kind

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MN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Opera singer not necessary noisy impacted conversation.
Went for special menu. The beef stew main was delicious BUT a starter portion!! My 6 2" husband left hungry!
Charged for expensive red and not the cheaper option I asked for!
Service slow.
Wont be back....

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LC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I came here on a Bank holiday Monday with my family to celebrate my Mums birthday. A great location in Butlers Wharf, the restaurant was lovely. Food good if a little pricey ( but given location that’s understandable) and the service was excellent. They were good enough to get my mum a little dessert and candle for us to sing Happy Birthday. Really nice afternoon. Recommend

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

60th Birthday meal for a friend

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

never miss the expectation attentive service and amazing food always with quality ingredients

one of the best italian choice in the area

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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were 10 minutes late arriving as my friend had a fall on the way there. As we'd booked the set menu we were just late for that but she rushed us so we could still have it. Unfortunately we didn't get a choice of extra vegetables which would have been good with the salmon.
They were very slow bringing the one dessert one of my friends had ordered as their 2nd course.
Overall ok but nothing special

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time at this lovely and lively restaurant. Our kids stayed until 9:30pm and the staff were very attentive and accommodating. Imagine it is great in the summer to sit outside as the view of the bridge was beautiful.

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BW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night..😁😁
Terrific food, service was efficient and unobtrusive.
Highly recommended..

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H
London
154 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Once again visited Cantina del Ponte before going to the Bridge Theatre, which is just 5 minutes' walk away. As usual, the staff were very welcoming and service was efficient - apart from a longish wait for the main course, though this wasn't a problem. The food was very pleasant, and value on the set menu is outstanding.

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GI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with this location, amazing food, staff and location.

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I live locally and eat here regularly. The food is really good and seasonal variations. Fantastic service and good value.

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LC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A special 60th birthday celebration with 9 of us. Good food and service, but marred by a charge of £5 per person for having a birthday cake that we bought ourselves - £45. A bit steep by any standards. Shame.

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V
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good option for pre-theatre dining for the Bridge Theatre. The set menu had a good range of options and the portion sizes were generous enough. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.

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H
London
50 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Great food & service. Quite noisy.

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AW
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, great food and good value. This visit was for a works night out. I'll definitely be back with family!

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Much noise during the dining ,the restaurant is small and and the tables nearly.
I took lobster fettuccine and the pastas were too cooked and soft ,the sauce very simply, I made better at home.
We paid for the bread ,focaccia and finally everything made a lot of money.It seems cheap but it isn’t ,the portions are smalls .

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Y
London
38 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

No real ambience as place was quite loud. Service was ok but not super attentive. Food was mediocre, some dishes like the veal seem overpriced whilst the pasta is good.

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good environment,beautiful view. A little bit expensive

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HP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Risotto for two got almost a round of applause.

The staff very accommodating of us, even though we were quite late.

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s
London
95 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue on the river. Excellent food and attentive service.

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing meal with a friend, original Italian food with a good selection in the menu

friendly service in a proper Italian way

waiting to come back in summer with open terrace

one of my favourite restaurant

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

It started with a phone call 2 hours before we were due to say that the kitchen was closing at 3, our reservation was at 2.30, so we had to order as soon as we got there.When we got there they looked surprised at us walking through the door. The service was lack lustre. They gave us the menu’s, cake to take out order and said the kids could only have pasta ( why not tell us at the time of giving us the menu?) The place is due a paint as it looks shabby and the toilets aren’t great.
Our food was also Incredibly salty, we all reacted with red faces and being very thirsty. We won’t be returning.

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RF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was very Professional , the only thing that let the evening down was the food .just ok not amazing

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MW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Not the best experience. Food was average and the restaurant has poor acoustics. Our main concern was our server who had bad body odour that made it most unpleasant during the service.

Had to request a bowl for fish shells as well as Parmesan cheeses and black pepper. Normally these are brought out at any good Italian restaurant.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great venue - super food - fabulous atmosphere and really attentive staff!

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite Monday dinner

One of my favourite Italian restaurant in the area even for a last minute dining
I always fell Wellcome like at home
Simple and taste Italian food and attentive service

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My go to word for our meal was ‘nice’.
Nice food, nice place, service a bit slow.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic experience. Great food. Reasonable value.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We had the evening standard set menu which was 2 courses and a glass of wine for £15 or 3 courses and a glass of wine for £20.
The food was well seasoned and good portion sizes, this was also brought out in good time.

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LD
London
21 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went before a meal before seeing matinee at the news Bridge Theatre and it’s a great location for that. The staff were lovely and food wholesome flavoursome Italian fare.
My only suggestion is that the bruschetta would be better if it was toasted both sides, it would only take a moment more but would have been much better.

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L
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed by the slow service even though we had alerted staff when we arrived that we only had just over an hour to eat and had ordered straightaway. We were served by different staff at the table and noone seemed to keep track of our order. We waited over 30m for main course and had to ask twice for dessert that I'd ordered at the outset. The polenta crust bream tasted of burnt oil. Panna cotta with berries was fine but had to eat in a rush.
And the bill had 12.5% service automatically added which we feel on this occasion was not deserved but were in too much of rush to get to theatre to quibble. Not good value.

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d
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice food, friendly staff, good value and nice location - would be lovely in the summer!

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice wine and the set menu offers good value but the risotto was a bit dry and did not seem very fresh. The location is lovely and the service was great though!

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h
London
18 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food at great value, the view is amazing and the service was impeccable - great find for our group and would definitely eat here again.

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N
London
146 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Too few staff on for a Friday evening, so service was rather hit and miss. Food was very good as usual.

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