Cantina del Ponte

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£25 and under
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Italian

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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

New Years Eve Menu: 4 courses for £85 pp, Second sitting

Enjoy a bespoke four-course menu from our Head Chef Michele, priced at £85 per person, from 7pm - 10.30pm

Terms and Conditions: New Years Eve Menu: 3 courses for £85 p/p. Offer includes tax, excludes service charge.
Available from 7pm - 10.30pm

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 31 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Tue 19:00-22:30

Pasta Brunch 2/3 courses for £15/20, add a bottle of prosecco for £20

Enjoy our pasta brunch menu with 2/3 courses for £15/20, add a bottle of prosecco for £20

Terms and Conditions: Available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 3pm. Excludes service charge.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 19 October 2019

Ends: 11 April 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00

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 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 March 2020

Availability: Daily 17:30-20:00

New Years Eve Menu: 3 courses for £50 p/p, Early bird menu

Enjoy a bespoke three-course menu from our Head Chef Michele, priced at £50 per person.

Terms and Conditions: New Years Eve Menu: 3 courses for £50 p/p. Offer includes tax, excludes service charge.
Available from 6pm - 7pm.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 31 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Tue 18:00-19:00

Christmas Day Menu, 4 courses for £75

Enjoy our Christmas Day Menu, in Italian style with a delicious 4 course menu created by Head Chef Michele Tricaricio priced at £75.

Terms and Conditions: On Christmas Day we are open for lunch from 12pm to 4pm

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 25 December 2019

Ends: 25 December 2019

Availability: Wed 12:00-18:00

Set Dinner 2/3 courses for £20/ £23 with a glass of fizz

Set Dinner menu 2/3 courses for £20/£23 with a glass of fizz. Available Monday - Sunday.

Terms and Conditions: Available Monday - Sunday. Available from 7.00pm until 8.00pm until closing. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 September 2019

Ends: 17 March 2020

Availability: Sun 19:00-20:00 22:00-23:30
Mon-Wed 19:00-20:00
Thu 17:30-19:00 22:00-23:30
Fri-Sat 19:00-20:00

Set Lunch 2/3 courses for £13/£15

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

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2017

Ends: 18 March 2020

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

What 4400 People Are Saying
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RB
London
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

CV
1 review
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.

P
London
7 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

SS
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely food! Found a good deal online

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
14 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.

P
London
8 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
14 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
47 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!

P
London
8 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
17 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

Y
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I could recommend this place but I think overall it's a bit expensive for what it is.
The service is excellent coming from the guys, but ladies are not that nice and it looks like they are not happy to work where they work (this doesn't include the hostess)

TA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue . Food and service were exceptional

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and great food!
Friendly staff specially the lovely Oana.
We will be back!

RB
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoy our lunch on the beautiful terrace nice service and warm Wellcome
The portion was generous as usual and really good value for money
Impressive view definitely a place to go for enjoy a classic Italian food

Will come back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Poor service - almost 20 minute wait for a drinks order. Not offered any further drinks throughout the night.

Tuna carpaccio very good - steak special and tomato basil pasta average.

Expensive for what it was.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

So disappointing. I can't actually comment on the food because our table was so awful and waiter unhelpful that we just left. I requested a special table as it was my birthday but it seemed that the restaurant had taken no notice to this request, we had a table right by the door. The restaurant was super loud and we felt crammed in, so I asked if we could sit outside even though it had been raining, it would have been quieter and more intimate for us. But I was told that the terrace was closed and there was no apology for that. We didnt really feel welcome so we left.

GG
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my partner for his birthday and we really enjoyed it the food was delicious and the service was good the lady who attended us was very friendly and very smiley.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous night out with friends, amazing service, best value for money I have ever had in London and delicious food. Ambience was fantastic especially with the opera singer who was really great.

PJ
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service

d
London
47 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food as always. Great offer of food on the set menu too. Always like eating here if in the area. Also great views of the river on these summer nights.

RB
London
14 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

we never left hungry after visit cantina, simple plate from the italian classic genorous portion
and super quality product
thank you to all the staff to make our visit and meal enjoyebale as usual

wait for come back

PA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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