Cantina del Ponte

4.2
4332 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • 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

Set dinner 2/3 courses for £19.50/ £22.50

Set dinner menu 2 courses for £19.50 and 3 courses for £22.50. Available Monday - Sunday.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 22 October 2018

Ends: 30 March 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-22:00
Mon-Sat 17:30-23:00

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
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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MW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
11 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
142 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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s
London
68 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another lovely time in this beautifully located restaurant that offers real Italian food and great value deals.

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S
London
25 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live next door - always great but a shame to hear people are on the move. I hope standards are maintained

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely dinner with friend the service always attentive especially alessandro our waiter really looking after our table and suggest us the best plate to choose
really good quality food and good choice

really nice atmosphere next to tower bridge

waiting to go back

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BV
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Very quiet for a Friday lunchtime - only two other people there when we arrived - so therefore distinctly lacking in atmosphere. Service was very good as would be expected given there were more staff than customers....

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

amazing lunch very attentive service, and always a really good quality of food
always a best choice for a typical italian meal

waiting to come back

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B
Italy
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a booking for an alternative to turkey for Christmas dinner. This was a set menu and it provided a wide choice.

The food was very good and of a high quality considering the numbers of people being served and I enjoyed myself very much indeed.

My only criticism, if that is fair? Is that there was too much food for me personally. I am not a big eater and the restaurant served up way too much for me. This is such a small issue but it is worth noting as I don't like to waste food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice traditional Italian food , spectacular location

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good tables. Great views of tower bridge. Food for a date . Good food.

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M
London
16 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Cantina never fails to deliver. Everything was excellent, and the only negative for me is that the room is slightly noisy

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OT
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and tasty Italian food!

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HM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good italian meal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very speedy service and great food on a set menu for pre-theatre dinner.

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j
London
74 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal at Cantina del Ponte. Have been a few times and it's always been a very pleasant place to eat whether you are sitting inside or out.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience , they had live opera singing the night we dined there. Food was amazing and the lovely choice of wine. Service was impecable and having live singing really rounded off the night lovely.

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GL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sun was going down and my wife and I were at the Tower. We used the Open Table app and found this Gem on the other side of the Thames.

We loved the Bean Soup and the Beef and Veal Meatballs, which were expertly prepared. We feasted on the Cod with Lentils and the excellent Pasta.

Manuel, our server, was a wonderful. He and the entire staff were attentive to our needs. As a matter of fact, after our delicious meal I forgot my reading glasses and received a phone call and met Manuel halfway for the hand off.

Highly Recommended!!

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Switzerland
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you ask for bread, they charge you but you get 3 different kind of bred. Two different kind of foccacia (thin and crispy or fluffy), one normal bread. It was very delicious and it's worth the money! I was just surprised, that there was no normal free bread served.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great italian restaurant! The quality of food is astounding. Very friendly staff especially the general manager Fabio.

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SG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic views of the tower bridge an add bonus with outside seating! The food was great and good value for money. And we were looked after very well by the staff. Thank you to all the lovely staff.

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B
London
16 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A relaxed atmosphere where groups can talk and have fun while eating delicious Italian food

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The venue is great for a nice after dinner walk. My pork dish was un edible very tough pork. It would be nice if they just didn't charge me for it but instead the waiter gave one free dessert. We already ordered 3 desserts for 3 people. So really a 4th dessert to smooth over my disappointment of main course.

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K
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good lunch, limited menu but good value only service let it down

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SA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Took visiting family with some dietary needs: pescatarian, gluten-free. There was plenty on the menu to satisfy.

It got busy towards the end of our evening and service slowed right down. We were offerd complimentary coffee as an apology.

The setting is second to none, right on the river and the outdoor tables are, of course, stunning in the spring and summer months. The atmosphere inside is warm and inviting and the tables comfortable.

My only criticism is that if you bring the customer something to the table that they did not order (in this case a bread basket), then that should be complementary. It's appearance on the bill was unexpected

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N
London
142 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good options on the set menu, all offering excellent value. Between four of us we had most of the options available and we really enjoyed them all. Friendly helpful staff and the riverside location make this a great place to go.

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H
London
150 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ate at Cantina del Ponte before visiting the Bridge Theatre - just 5 minutes' walk away. Lovely friendly welcome from the staff, who provided excellent service throughout the meal. When we arrived at 5:45 we were the only customers, but the restaurant was full and buzzing by the time we left at 7:15. The set menu was very good value, and despite only four choices per course, I had great difficulty in deciding what to eat - they all looked good. Eventually I settled for the veal & beef meatballs followed by roasted cod - both very good. Great views over the Thames, too.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Restaurant stops serving at 3pm on Sundays. We had to wait over 15 min for our drinks. Nice food, poor service.

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IC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location scenically great food. Will go back later in the evening next to enjoy a bigger crowd

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely two course lunch from set menu. Excellent value and great view of Tower Bridge. Would definitely go again.

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