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Cottons Vauxhall

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209 reviews
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£25 and under
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Caribbean
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.

Typical Cottons dishes include jerk chicken; homemade curried mutton; and Cottons most popular vegetarian dish Chaguanas Dinner Plate - chana dhal curry served with black eyed bean, chick pea and callaloo fritters, and plantain. All jerk meats at Cottons are grilled and smoked over coals and oak wood chips with hickory and pimiento and covered in Cottons homemade jerk sauce.

Cocktails are predominantly rum-based featuring Cottons originals like Sorrell Sling – beefeater gin, homemade sorrel squash, fresh lemon, creme de casssis and soda water; Cottons Punch and Killer Doppi made from four different rums.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 209 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EthanB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Visited a few days ago, I had reservations and arrived at the acquired time. Was not seated until half an hour of arriving. We were not attended to by a waiter/waitress for another half our and when we were they said they were going to a different table first. Baring in mind the table he went to did not make reservations and walked in which was not allowed as they were fully booked. Previously some customers were turned away as they didn’t make a reservation however these girls had walked in on their own without queuing and then were seen to before us and we had been waiting to be served for over 45 minutes.
After we finally ordered our food and drinks we then had to wait another hour for our STARTER! Not even a drink first. We got our starters and our drinks came 15 minutes after. By that time we had finished our starter as we couldn’t wait. Almost another hour after our drinks we then got our mains which were delicious.
However, I took my leftovers home and planned to eat them for lunch the next day. To my surprise the pork was raw and pink inside. The pork I ate while at the restaurant was fine and not raw but the One bit I took home was completely inedible.
It’s very disappointing that me and my partner had to endure this, this was the first and possibly last time visiting Cottons Vauxhall.

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LuisG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food and drinks were good.

We reserved a table for two and got to the restaurant on time, but our order arrived 1 hour later (not exaggerating).

Staff was friendly but they looked very stressed, as if they didn’t know what they were doing. We felt ignored for a very long time and it was very difficult to get the waiters’ attention.

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Trevor
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

we had a great time what more can you say - great crowd, lovely staff, enjoyable evening

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Georginad
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the drinks were lovely and strong!

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Mel1010
London
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely date night with a lovely view of the Thames. The food was amazing and all staff including the door staff were exceptional! Will definitely come back again.

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Sacelle
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The while dining experience was value for money. Initially the customer service was quite slow however once we relayed our concerns, service improved immensely. They were really attentive and allowed us adequate time to eat our meal without feeling hassled.

I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible..... starters took 1hr 20 mins to arrive and was extremely disappointing.... another 1 hr +for main. Again disappointing chargrilled everything..... could barely distinguish what it was. Unfortunately I will not be returning unless I’ve eaten a meal elsewhere first!

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FayM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Words just cannot explain !!
Food - out of this world . The jerk sauce ...,,,,yummy !!!
Staff -Gracious.
Scenery - amazing
I have no negatives about cottons . Already booked to go again !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was nice

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Vettie
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service from staff and a beautiful venue - love it one of my favourite places to go eat in south London

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AndrewP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food cold, mac and cheese poor, waiter kept squeezing them self between me and the plant. At the end paid for the bill an another waiter asked me if I wanted the bill again. Lack of communication. Felt like they wanted us out as it was getting to end of closing time.
Overall a very bad service.
Drinks were okp

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GabrielaG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was nice, but a bit overpriced, nice atmosphere.

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TracieM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I think Cottons has changed over the years. The food is okay but not as great as it used to be. The rice portion I had was not in proportion to my meal(it was tiny!!) a few tweaks and it could be back to a 10!!

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Braveheart
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and drinks, great atmosphere and service but the main meals are a little overpriced in my opinion.

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ClareisaKL
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so tasty and loved the outdoor set up. I will be coming here again!

JB
JamelB
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Caribbean food in London hands down great atmosphere

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RV20
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great outdoor space. Tasty food and friendly staff. A little slow on service and quite expensive but would still recommend overall.

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ShayeD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink was amazing am most definitely coming back x

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Cottons and I’ll definitely be going back. The service, drinks, food and atmosphere were lovely. My family and I were there to celebrate my Birthday.
We were made to feel welcome and all staff wore their face masks when approaching our table.
The food arrived in good time and tasted devine.
I will definitely be back.

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Lilly
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a brilliant vibe, would defo go again!

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Davinia
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely venue and enjoyed the food but we had to wait a while for drinks and food to come. Overall an enjoyable experience, we will come back

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got seated quickly and our order came out quickly! The workers were really friendly and helpful when we wanted to move table.

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Melissa
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time visiting, will definitely be coming back the food was phenomenal and the cocktails were 10:10

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Helz
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The service was poor unfortunately staff were very slow at serving and we often had to wave our arms around to get noticed. Seemed like the manager was also very unapproachable. Food and cocktails has always been good here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Helpful staff, ordered dinner and cocktails. Didn’t have to wait long for anything and staff were very attentive.

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DazMarshall
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails have a kick, superb staff & lovely view of the river. Never been? Come on try it! I luv it!

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Oni3
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience5

All of the meat items came out burnt. The jerk sauce wasnt tasty at all very bitter and watery. The seafood items were not much better quiet bland lacked any carribean flavour ,vibe or style. The cocktails were a 2/10 in flavour and quality. The best part about my visit was the music and the staff. The playlist was fantastic , real carribean vibes. The service timinig was off but thats understandable due to Covid19 implications. However , when there was service it was 10/10 very friendly and enthusiastic staff. Overall, Spent over £100 for 2 people and left hungry and unsatified . So big thumbs down on this occasion.

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AudreyD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Saltfish fritters is a good starter. Fish or jerk platter for mains. The jerk pork is very good as well. Cottons cocktail and reggae rum punch 👍🏽

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AlishaM
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely efficient staff, yummy food (needed to be a little more spicy) I would recommend and visit again x

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Victoriao
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bottomless rum punch is sooooo recommended. The punch was sweet and i could taste the alcohol. The pancakes was absolutely divine. Had a great time.

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SanLam
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went for the bottomless brunch and had tasting food. The service was also good.

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IEatOutTooMuch
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Poor service. I'm going to caveat my review as we are just coming out of lockdown and it might be that they were just getting going.

Bad;
Took 20 minutes to take a first drinks order even though the restaurant looked at about 25% capacity at the very max.
Starters were bland (garlic prawns)
Food was brought out and then the server disappeared without providing knives and forks - it was cold when I managed to get someone's attention.

Good;
Waitress was extremely polite
Main dish was huge
Location is brilliant
Door man is polite

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Geea
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience2

Manager was very rude and impolite and from the start. Took ages for waiters to take orders. Our Tiger prawns were brought out cold. And when asked to swap for something else they refused. Gave us shots as a “nice gesture” the manager still didn’t apologise and was avoiding us the whole night. The cocktails were the only good thing and the view. Other waitresses were also helpful they helped us when we had an issue. We didn’t feel comfortable at all and it ruined our evening. Also everyone else’s food was cold and bland. Curried mutton and jerk chicken.

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CharlesM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening, the food was nicely presented and tasted excellent.

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PrashS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the food. Good sitting area overlooking the river.

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AshleyR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my partner on a date, and we had an amazing time. Food was great, cocktails were amazing, and the staff were so attentive and just amazing. Highly recommended.

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Jazz
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening, the service was great. The covid measures were executed with ease and were non-disruptive to the experience.

The food was amazing! though I would say the prawn starter is not the best value for money but it was tasty and everything else we ordered definitely was good value for money.

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HarrisD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, great staff

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PatD
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal and drinks at Cottons. Fabulous location and good value and prices for London .
The service was good and staff very attentive. Looking forward to returning in the future.

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tatiannar
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was seriously abysmal food took over 1.5 hours to come to us and that was just starters!!! We had to continually get up to get service from the waiters even though it wasn’t busy at all. Ridiculous service not t mention there was hair in our food multiple times. Yuck

FAQs

Cottons Vauxhall does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Cottons Vauxhall also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8037 9555.

Cottons Vauxhall is rated 4 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

Cottons Vauxhall does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.