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River Exe Cafe

4.7
497 reviews
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£41 and over
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European
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays

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About

River Exe Cafe provides a totally unique experience offering high quality dining with a difference. We are a custom built floating restaurant surrounded by water; serving great tasting, locally sourced food and drink. Our aim is to create a venue that maximises the incredible river views that the Exe Estuary offers. Guests are encouraged to sit back and enjoy all that Devon offers in creating a modern British Menu; Great Food, Great Wine and Great Times.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of Operation
12 Midday - 11PM (Monday - Saturday)
Last Water Taxi leaves Exmouth Marina at 8PM.

12 Midday - 9PM (Sunday)
Last Water Taxi leaves Exmouth Marina at 6PM.
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Phone number
07761 116103
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Chris Dayer
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Parking Details
When you visit us at The River Exe Cafe you will catch the Puffin Water Taxi. The Water Taxi departs from Exmouth Marina; the Visitors Pontoon outside The Point Bar, EX8 1XA. The Water Taxi is £5 per person payable to the Boatman on the day. There is limited on-road parking around the Marina and no parking at the Marina itself. The more guaranteed option is the Car Park at the end of Camperdown Terrace EX8 1EJ. This is a 5-minute walk to the Water Taxi departing point.
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Public Transit
There is a regular bus service into Exmouth Town Centre. There is also a Land Train and Train Links into and out of Exmouth Station. The Train Station and Town Centre are approximately a 15-minute walk to the Visitors Pontoon. If you are travelling from Starcross, you can catch the Starcross Ferry to Exmouth Marina and join the Water Taxi there.
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Full Bar, Outdoor dining , View
What 497 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Superb! Delicious food in a wonderful setting. We visit the River Exe cafe each year for a birthday and anniversary treat, it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great venue for special occasions. Unique place for a great sea food platter. Will book again soon.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing location, great food & friendly service! Puffin Taxi good fun!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Good overall experience. Only real negative was the price of desserts.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic restaurant in an amazing setting. It was a great experience by all, service was brilliant and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful evening and would definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant to our friends and family.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The whole experience was very pleasant, but I would call a 'fun dining' rather than a 'fine dining' experience; My plaice at £22.00 was very ordinary, not very fresh, a small helping with odd, rather tasteless purple potatoes....

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

This place has the total wow factor. From the welcome by the boatman on the quayside, to setting foot on deck at the cafe, and returning to the quay after your meal, we were completely blown away.
The food is so fresh and had excellent presentation, the service is both professional and very friendly.
This is a must do experience if you’re lucky enough to have booked early to obtain a table.
Thank you to all staff at the River Exe Cafe.
Totally amazing.....

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
We had the most amazing afternoon for my mums birthday. It was her first time and she has stated it was the best birthday ever.
The waitress we had was amazing, the food was such a high standard & the whole experience was phenomenal.
Alan the puffin water taxi man made my 8 year old nephew Max’s year by making such a fuss of him, he is now the envy of the school.
Thank you to everyone we absolutely loved it and will be back.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

We came here for an anniversary dinner. We gorged on seafood and were not disappointed. Lovely staff, from the river taxi (what a great way to start an evening) to the personal service at the table that we received. The sun setting whilst we ate prawns, mussels, crab, scallops and fish of the day, and the ambiance was enough to make this a fantastic evening which I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

We had an amazing time at the River Exe Cafe.
The service was very good, the location stunning and the food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

We had the goats cheese mousse and the seafood platter. Absolutely delicious, the atmosphere was great, sun was shining and the whole experience was one I’d love to repeat very soon!

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Been there twice now and enjoyed the food and location .bit expensive but would still come again .very enjoyable afternoon .

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Stunning location food drinks and company back again in July can’t wait

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2.0Dined on 8 June 2018

It was ok. Had far better meals for half
The price locally. Everyone was friendly enough and the setting was obviously very nice. Just disappointing after hearing rave reviews to find
It very well average and very expensive for what we had. Glad we Experienced it but wouldn’t go again. Go to the Mexican in town for Mussels instead or their home made burger. Fab

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3.0Dined on 8 June 2018

The table we sat at had a really noisy party behind us and we couldn’t here ourselves to talk too.
The price for food was a bit expensive considering it was only fish and chips

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

The attention to detail and the warmth of welcome by staff was superb.
It made a special evening with a visiting cousin, in spite of cloudy weather!
Anne Eyre

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

great service and given everything has to be bought in was good if somewhat overpriced...

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We have been to the Exe Cafe every year for the last 4 or 5 and although the prices and popularity have increased, we still love it here. It is the complete experience from the trip out on the water taxi to the shabby-chic cafe anchored in the midst of the estuary and the delicious fresh food...especially the fish, which makes a trip here so memorable. The staff are swift and deliver with the right degree of attentiveness, the food is well cooked and presented and the location is idyllic...especially on a sunny day. Would urge you to visit the cafe but am reluctant as it will make it harder for me to book in when I want to go again!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Lovely Food, great wine, superb location!
Locally sourced food in an idyllic cafe. A must visit for any seafood lover!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

A great experience as always , the hake was delicious!!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We went here on a beautiful evening. Was picked up and taken on a lovely trip to the cafe. The food arrived quickly and was perfect. Was lovely to watch the sun come down on the water I highly recommend this whole experience and will be going back

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We had a fantastic meal to celebrate a birthday an all round wonderful experience helped by the gorgeous evening weather wise 🌞🌞

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Stunning location and something completely different.

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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

12 of us enjoyed a really different lunch outing. It started with Alan and the water taxi - a very smooth and entertaining crossing. Once on board we were looked after by Jonny (sorry if I have spelled it incorrectly) exceedingly well. 4 of our group had the sharing platters (see photo), of which they spoke very highly; the rest of us had individual dishes which were also delicious - my Hake was particularly good. The Tarte Tatin (see photo) for pudding was to die for! We had several bottles of South African Chenin Blanc which really complemented the food. To crown it all the weather was perfect, and although we sat inside it felt very airy.

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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

We were very impressed with our visit to River Exe Cafe. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. We were catching up with old friends and this was the perfect place.

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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Efficient pleasant service - well organised
Food well cooked but quite pricey main courses.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

A perfect sunny day, we could have been in the Mediterranean so that was a real bonus and meant we could sit outside - amazing.

From the pick up at the docks to the return journey home we had a brilliant time - a real 'experience' as much as to enjoy delicious local food and savour the atmosphere.

Delicious local food and beautifully presented.

Staff were professional and competent as well as friendly and willing to help.

The 'window' allocated of 2 hours on the Café was just enough, especially with a nearly 5 year old who couldn't have sat still for longer than that period of time. Luckily I had brought colouring and activity books, maybe they could provide something child friendly menu to colour or something bespoke to generate something related to the Café such as fish/sea scene to colour or activities (like a maze or a spot the difference or a word search) to include the sound ones more? Happy children = happy parents and possibly a bigger tip!

All in all a great afternoon and I can't wait to go back.....

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Excellent! Excellent food and service! Everyone very friendly and couldnt do enough for you. Just a shame there was a rather large table being rather loud, couldnt really hear one another. But cant stop people having fun was just bit hard to hear. Apart from that a lovely experience! Me and my partner had a babysitter for a night so was lovely to do this and will do it again!

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Great venue - especially on a sunny evening. But make sure you've got something warm to put on for the cool bit on the ferry and outside on the deck.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Fantastic setting, food and service

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Lovely evening, great food! Just a shame that the evening was foggy!

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

What an amazing find! Beautiful setting, fantastic views, and the best fish platter I’ve ever tasted (and I’ve had a few!)
Highlight for the boys, fish aside, was being able to steer the boat back to the harbour side! 100% recommend!

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Excellent meal! Even wrote ‘Happy Birthday’ on a menu for myself and my town!
Lovely evening!

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

A wonderful experience despite the weather. Staff very good and food excellent

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2018

A well organised restaurant offering good food and a stunning setting.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

As you can see, I have marked it with the best possible scores.
One word sums it up.....FANTASTIC

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Fab day out..Fun and a bit different.. Perfect timing for our return boat 🚤 taxi 🚕

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

A lovely warm welcome from efficient and well informed staff. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was fabulous and the scenery magnificent. A wonderful unique restaurant and a great experienced. Highly recommend. Suitable for all ages and ocassions. Our party catered for ages between 13 and 76 years and everyone had a great time .

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Excellent food & wonderful ambiance. The views from the restaurant are beautiful and transport from the marina on the water taxi make it feel like a really special experience.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

50th Birthday

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