Cottons Vauxhall

3.6
75 reviews
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£25 and under
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Caribbean
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  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
Cottons latest addition brings the exotic vibes of the Caribbean to this enviable riverside location on the south bank, featuring an indoor restaurant and rum shack bar and additional seating on the sunny river-facing outside terrace
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RJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Caribbean food I’ve had in London - the closest to home-cooked you’ll find. Go to this branch if you want more of a restaurant vibe - the one in Brixton is more like a cafe. Very much worth the price!

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

I love cottons, Vauxhall... I came because the food in Camden was superb and in shoreditch as well. The cocktails here are great , the staff and the atmosphere is lovely and the girl with the braces made our night just amazing. Definitely recommend.

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

The family and I loved everything about Cottons, especially the igloo with the Christmas lights and the river view, which would also be a great romantic setting as it was very intimate.

Loved the cocktails (we took advantage of the happy hour menu) and the food (decided on the mixed jerk grill platter to try a bit of everything)! We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu, see you again soon!

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

Really good dinner with friends.
Only issue was that the young lady who waited on us, couldn’t remember what we ordered. She wrote it down, but asked about 3 times.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food were nice the atmosphere was also good.......

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KR
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We went here for a special occasion and asked for a seat with a view, the view was of a lone dance instructor showing 2 older men some steps on a dance floor (made from removing some tables). The DJ played RKelly only from 6pm to 7.20pm. At this time the tables were replaced and speed dating started. My 9 year old then asks what is speed dating. She was sat right next to one of the tables being used so we could hear everything. On top of this a loud bell rang every minute for them to change. The food was also not good. I had the jerk platter, came with a thick sweet sauce all over it. Not like any jerk I have ever had. The website did not mention speed dating was taking place. Very disappointed, special occasion ruined. Would not recommend.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food every day of the week. Better service during the weekday as it's a lot quieter.

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v
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was ridiculously good. It was RIDICULOUS. Went with my boyfriend for his birthday and we shared a mixed grill platter. We don’t drink so I got iced tea and he got mango juice. Bill came to like £38 which is very fair for the quality of food. Portion was perfect, we just about finished everything. 11/10 would recommend and my mouth is watering thinking about my return. MY COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF!

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N
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We arrived half an hour early and our table was already set up. Hostess was very friendly and helpful. We had 4 kids with us and they were not judged for have a lil walk around and giggle when they got restless. The food portion size was great and yummy, everyone ate well. Will definitely return x

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UR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible service and the food wasn't good either, probably would never go back

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was ok , I found the service poor, was sat at table for 30 min before I was asked for drinks order. Then Had to get up several times and approach the bar staff to remind them of drinks orders. First time in my life I’ve not paid service charge.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit and my friends’ first. We really enjoyed the food and would happily return and also recommend it to other people

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JV
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was delicious, once it finally arrived. The wait was a little too long.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good value food. Very nice menu. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Had the bottomless brunch which had a good choice. The cocktails are really nice too.

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Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice place by the bank. Food was good.

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JA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a lovely evening but we sat outside which was a bit cold. It was also very quiet because it was the day after the Bank Holiday but we quite liked that - we were able to talk uninterrupted by other diner's chatter. The bar tender was fantastic and I really appreciated the rum selection. I must say I did not enjoy the food overly much that night but I have been there before and the food was much better. I would still recommend it very much.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful staff. Food was delicious. Definitely will visit again.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my group's first visit to Cottons Vauxhall. Food was excellent and we would definitely return

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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Made a booking for 5 including a child of 8 who was made welcome with the child’s menu and a picture with pencils to colour in. The adult menu was fantastic, the food arrived hot and well presented. Our dishes were outstanding, the ribs, chicken, fish, mac, everything on point. The cocktails were great along with the service.

Pity they didn’t play any reggae music but definitely going again!!!

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LN
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice ambience, varied menu, good portions, good music. However we had to ask more than once for the drinks we'd ordered and for the bill. Given that it was a special occasion (60th birthday) this was a bit annoying. Dessert menu was a little limited and no gluten free range. However we were given a free drink for the birthday boy!

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W
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice atmosphere, however a little disappointed with the food. The meat in my dish was extremely fatty and the portion size huge in relation to the accompanying rice. Great cocktails though!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service at the restaurant is poor. The food took forever to come so did the drinks. Not worth the money

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JD
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at Cottons. The location was perfect for a lovely summers evening. The food was great, rum punch was spot on and the ambiance was fun. Have already recommended to friends and plan on returning very soon

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food and views. Nice summer spot. Service was good also. Made accommodation for a birthday booking. Would recommend.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cottons was a real gem to find. The service was good and the food was delicious. The happy hour cocktails were very good and not the usual watered down drinks that some establishments serve. Would highly recommend.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is great but unfortunately the service is yet to be improved (too slow). The rest is fine.

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CA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table for 8:15 yesterday and my friend and I were turned away at the door and was told ‘we currently aren’t selling any food, there is no more food’ ???? How can a restaurant run out of food. This was extremely disappointing as my friend had travelled far from where she lives to come and have dinner with me. Very disappointed

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TW
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was amazing, a real buzz to the whole thing. The servers were almost all really friendly and enthusiastic, although rushed off their feet meaning service was a little bit slow at times. I would whole heartedly recommend Cotton's and will definitely be going back.

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CA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We waited an hour for our food but once it came it was okay. The waitress was nice and the manager gave my sister and I a free drink for graduating on that day which made up for the long wait.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went there for my husbands birthday, it was lovely. We ate outside as we're currently having a heatwave in Britain and the atmosphere was amazing.
Food was lovely, we had a mixed platter , the flavours were beautiful and the mocktails/cocktail were delicious. Staff were also very friendly too! Will deffo visit again😊 (prices are reasonable for the quality of the food)

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LP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place, busy atmosphere. Cocktails are amazing nice place to be on a friday night

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices

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T
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my 1st visit here after seeing friends come here, the food & location was excellent especially as the weather was good, service was a bit slow but wasnt that bothered as the ambience was nice, manager served us at the end with the bill, very pleasant & will defo return here with my partner for a spot of lunch.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Last Friday I spend a nice evening at Cottons with four friends. Cocktails were very good and the Happy Hour deal was very convenient, therefore the service was unfortunately very bad. Our waitress was not polite at all, she wasn't welcoming or smiling and she even ignored us when we tried to reach her attention for a few requests.
It is such a pity because the location is amazing and we could have enjoy our experience even more.

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FA
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This is the second time of being at restaurant but this time the service wasn’t great. We got there 6:15pm and didn’t leave until nearly 10pm because drinks and food came late. Maybe it was just a bad day.

The atmosphere and view was amazing though.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here a few times now and would recommend visiting. The setting on the river is great, the food delicious and the staff very friendly. Looking forward to our next visit.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Even though I booked, I still had to wait 15 minutes for my table. I waited an hour for my drinks and waited almost 2 hours for my food. I will NEVER go here again. The waitresses and waiters ignored us and it wasn't just us as there were tables next to us in the same situation. When I finally got a waiter's attention and asked him about my order, he gave me my food straight away but it was COLD. THIS MEANS IT WAS LEFT OUT. It was an absolutely awful experience.

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I can honestly say in all my years dining out, I've never encountered or witnessed such bad service. It's not that the staff weren't friendly, they were.....it was just so so slow. Up to 45 minutes to receive drinks and even longer for food. Then when the bill came, we were charged incorrectly!!!
On the plus side, on a summers day the location can't be faulted and the food was delicious.
Bottom line, don't go if you're in a rush to eat.
Cottons work on your service and you'd get 5 stars across the board.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was greasy and over cooked, the best thing about it was the cocktails. Definitely won’t visit here again. All 3 waitresses who served us were not very engaging and their facial expressions weren’t friendly or welcoming.

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