The Rainforest Cafe London

2.8
1794 reviews
£26 to £40
American
A family favourite the world over, Rainforest Cafe is an exciting restaurant with a faithful fan base. Recreating the Amazon forest in all its colourful glory, complete with oversized ferns, animatronic features (elephants, gorillas, a jaguar and a crocodile) and even regular, though thankfully rain-free, ‘thunder storms’. Rainforest Cafe is perfect for families and offer American Diner style dishes, with a wide range of children’s options which will eventually tempt them away from the lifelike creatures of the jungle and the spectacular waterfalls hidden amongst the greenery .
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KathyF
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday surprise for my 27 year old daughter. She used to have her birthday parties there as a child, but we haven’t been back in 19 years, so it was a lovely surprise for her. Our waitress Molly was so lovely and super efficient. We loved the whole experience and it brought back such lovely memories.

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Joanna
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I am so sad to say but we were quite disappointed with the rain forest cafe. It was nothing like I remember when I visited them in the states on holiday years back. I'd never been to the London one and we brought my daughter for her 3rd birthday. She loved the theme and the animals etc but overall my husband and I thought it was pretty poor. It all looked really tired and run down, the seats and tables were all wonky and needed moving and shuffling or tissue put under the legs. The food seemed like it had come out the microwave and we overheard another table saying the same thing. Some of the moving animals looked broken in places and like they needing fixing and repainting etc. The toilets were pretty grim the whole place just needs alot of cleaning up to be honest, re-painting and fixing up. And the food needs A LOT of improvement. Our waitress was lovely (sweet friendly purple hair young lady with a some funky tats on her fore arms) but everything else was just not good. The whole place seems very run down. I was really hoping to love it and was so excited to bring my husband and my daughter there for the first time but it just did not live up to expectations at all I'm sorry.

Thanks and best wishes

Joanna

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LeeOlsen
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely be coming back at some point food was amazing and the staff were brilliant very happy people the atmosphere in there was also amazing my little girl loved every minuet of it …… definitely recommend to others superb experience

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Notacritic
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The overall experience would have been better if there was better service and possibly not a service charge for what you don’t actually receive. After paying £70 for two steaks and 2 drinks along with the service charge I thought this was a little over priced. It took 15 minutes to be asked what to order and my whole experience was 45 minutes.

The food;
I believe the steak was cooked how I asked, however the mash, would have been better off having Asda prices own version of microwave mash as this is what it felt like within the mouth and was impossible to squish which meant I had to chew. The best part was possibly the 6 green beans gotten with it.

The atmosphere and ambience was mesmerising to look at but was ruined by the service!

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Aqua
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice cafe, nicely decorated, amazing for kids and their special occasions. Staff was good, friendly & helpful. Maybe too slow, as waiting time for menu was quite long. Should pay attention to cutlery given to customers (ours wasn’t clean, and this just annoys me badly). And last thing-food-well overpriced, would recommend to update menu as its quite basic and nothing very great to choose.

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CarolineM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Really fun theme for children but looking a bit tired now, time for a re-vamp? Vinyl cover tables all felt a little tacky. Food was very underwhelming and over priced! I had the Ribs which had hardly seen any bbq sauce at all, should’ve come with bbq sauce in side but had ketchup instead. Mozzarella sticks starter sat on top of ?? Looked like dried nail clippings? Think it was deep fried onions but not sure… didn’t eat these. Drinks in plastic cups. Toilets need a good clean and refurb too. Not worth £75 for single course, sides and soft drinks fir Two of us!!!

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Hannah
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Do not eat here!! My experience at the Rainforest Cafe was a complete and utter disappointment. After visiting several others in the US which are incredibly ran I was SHOCKED by the sheer painful experience this was. From the shocking, off-theme pop music which completely ruined the experience, to the lack of atmosphere, ‘kids party’ feel, we felt uncomfortable the whole time and couldn’t wait to leave. The food was cold, dry and somewhat inedible not to mention the extortionate price tag!?! It appeared the waitress was preoccupied (despite it being very quiet), not welcoming or attending to any needs at all. The cocktails were small, overpriced and had little to no alcohol. Finally the toilets were absolutely appalling, no toilet wasn’t blocked, dirty and undated. In short I may as well have thrown £60 in the street and would never return to that restaurant. Hands down the worst restaurant experience I’ve ever had.

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DarrenO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The place is outstanding by decor, amazing and loved by children.
Our waitress was very nice and friendly. Three star for service are given due to all people packed next to each other in small space, in time of pandemic while the 3/4 of the restaurant are completely empty. No social distance allowed between seated tables.

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EmmaA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Poor food. Like microwave meal. No lift so had to carry pram down stairs, considering it’s a child’s restaurant that’s poor. Baby changing facility is poor. Waitress was not interested in us at all. We left loads of our food and she didn’t think to ask if there was an issue.

Only good thing is my 1 year old liked the surroundings.

£70 for two mains and a child’s dinner. An two soft drinks. A glass of Diet Coke £4.50

Overpriced

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Victoria
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was OK. I had wanted to take our toddler here for months, we saved it for my birthday so we could take him somewhere he would enjoy. In it’s day it would have been fantastic, but you just get that sense that nothing has been updated for at least two decades. But our toddler enjoyed it, the food was ok (just nowhere near as good as other places nearby) and the waitress was sweet and did try really hard even though she was way too overworked!

MC
MatthewC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Location and decoration was great but service was slow and poor. Actually see people leave as we’re waiting to be served. The place was not busy. Food was similar to what you would get in harvester but not sane price - over £100 for mum dad and 4 year old

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CourtRP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Beautiful restaurant but the staff aren’t the best the main lady that was serving us was good but very hard to get her attention and the other staff didn’t even bother with us. We asked at the start to be moved to another table which they didn’t do although there were many empty tables. When it came to ordering there were a few things on the menu unavailable which was quite annoying. Food was okay nothing special especially for the amount of money it costs. Mainly disappointed at the fact that my booking asked me what the reason for booking was and I booked for an anniversary and this was not acknowledged at all during any part of the visit

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WadhaA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very bad service and the food was the worst. I had to wait for more than 20 minutes for my order to be taken!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible.
Dirty restaurant, Awful food !!! Incredibly slow service.
We left before our desert arrived as we were waiting over 35 mins after ordering
Dusty wall and ceiling decor dirty floors
Food was mediocre at best stale bread felt like microwaved up food
Waitress forgot anything I asked for And no where near enough staff on duty
Over £100 for three main meals two adults one child no alcoholic drinks ordered one coke ape
Juice and table water

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robertk
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Ok so nobody to welcome us, until a member of staff said what please and then disappeared with his cup of coffee. Server eventually helped us out who was lovely and made us feel very welcome. Food arrived quickly was hot but was not worth the price. Experience overall was ok but nothing like the one in Florida. When asked for a volcano dessert it was placed on the table with no theatre or fun. Wasn't very busy and £110 for 2 of us was a tad heavy. Felt like it lacked leadership. Plus the music didn't fit the style either with modern music rather than styled to fit.

Overall 4/10 only saving grace was the lovely young girl.

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sandras
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service1ambience5

The restaurant is very nice, lovely decor and great for kids. However the food needs a lot of improvement. The burger I had was so gristly I was unable to eat it, the Chips were soggy. I have visited the rainforest in Florida where the food is amazing, so very disappointing!

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CandiceC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The atmosphere was nice and my daughter enjoyed it. The service was fine. However the food was disappointing. The adults meals were just ok and the kids meal was not nice, the chicken was dry and the chips stale.

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Ajklopyigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Dark, noisy and average food. Service was not great.

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JessT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

the experience was as follows:

- Doors did not open until 12:10pm and our reservation was for 12pm
- no sign posted lift
- we were seated and my daughter was given coloured pencils with her menu
- the QR code didn’t work in order to access the menus
- got given a menu for food but not drink
- had to flag down a member of staff for the third time to ask for a drinks menu
- when we ordered there were no smoothies & milkshakes available
- our order wasn’t taken until 12:25
- our food arrived and the pasta was over cooked and very unpleasant. The spicy chicken wings were dry and devoid of sauce. the blue cheese dip was very low quality and unpleasant
- nobody came to check that our food was ok
-had to again flag down a member of staff to send back pasta and asked for chicken nuggets instead
-we got the chicken bites at 12:58
-then when I wanted to leave I tried to pay at the host station as no waiting staff were around and she said “no” and that I had to go back to my table.
- then I realised I’d misplaced my sunglasses and when I asked the same member of staff if she could check my table she checked the wrong table and said there was nothing they could do. Could they not have taken my number in case they got handed in? A lost property system perhaps?

Overall my daughter enjoyed herself as she is 2 and liked the animals an decor. The staff were nice but really unhelpful and the service was incredibly poor. I would describe this experience as appalling to be honest, and would never recommend it based on today.

CL
CurtisL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was mediocre whilst the price was high range! Our waitress was lovely whilst other staff were so rude! My husband received the wrong meal, the waiter that came over snatched it off my husband huffed and stormed off, no apology! The wait time was really long as well.

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RichardN
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

looking tired and food looked like it had been kept warm to long: reheated?

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AbbieT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Ordered our drinks, but took 30 minutes to arrived (the restaurant wasn’t busy) then when we finally got the drinks they were wrong! Food was okay but not great and not worth the money

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere, food was ok. Not the greatest but very very polite staff and helpful

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michaelg
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to take young kids. Great experian e for them they will love it.

JC
JeanetteC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

iT WAS A GREAT PLACE TO EAT. THE FOOD WAS NICE, THERE WAS A VARIETY OF CHOICE AND THE CHILDREN'S MENU WAS GOOD. THE PLACE FELT JUST LIKE BEING IN THE RAIN FOREST.

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RafaelaT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was supposed to be a great experience for my daughter - and it was. But, I don’t know if it is Covid related or not, but it felt like they were short staffed (everyone was really kind and everything, but, when they were running thought the restaurant, you could see the tension in their eyes). The women’s restroom was disgusting, things are broken, the toilets weren’t working.

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KimC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Have been here before some time ago. Accepting the difficulties with covid I was really disappointed with the experience. I brought my granddaughter. The cup you could take home was not a a availability. Cocktails came in a boring water glass. No milkshakes and they ran out of lemonade. Service was appalling. We asked for cutlery which didn’t arrive and no salt or pepper offered for our food and no offer of Mayo or any other condiments. I would not waste my money again

AW
AnthonyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Atmosphere lacked
Service very poor
Food basic
No ambience
Not what I expected at all!

SG
SharonG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

After previously looking at the reviews before booking - l found the service prompt even as it was a busy lunchtime the food good and exceptional value for money. Tables were cleared as soon as they became empty. With the added ambiance of the sounds of the rainforest and animals. Great place for families. Would highly recommend. Only downside is the shop upstairs very overpriced.

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IndiraC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

My experience was miserable because they was incident in the table next to our table. The staff was inexperienced didn’t reacted and they was not organisation they kids was upset because of the incident. The staff didn’t even bother to approach our desk to give us reassurance instead I was charged £30 for service charge which I contested. I asked to speak to the manager the only response was the staff was young although they are working in a responsible place full of young children.

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EmmaOwen
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Experience very good for kids. Poor the worst quality I've ever been to. The music had swearing words in it especially for a children's restaurant not good and our waitress didn't have a clue what she was doing nor dod she have a clue about the menu she was serving. Not good or trusting for allergies or trusing information given when ordering. Didn't want to complain as i didn't want my little girl to have a bad experience but never again. Shame as the dubai restaurant is run completely different and would recommend to anyone. Also not a manager in site to answer any further questions we had.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Well where to begin!
Looking very tired. Thrown one scrappy laminated menu (very limited!) between two!

Menu is so limited for this kind of establishment.

Desserts was awful.. £22 for three bits of dry brownie round dreadful cheap ice cream and squirty cream … terrible

No condiments.

Sloppy presentation. Waitress was very inexperienced but thoroughly nice.
Food served in baskets not on plates - it’s not the 70s! No lime in my lime and soda.
Bathrooms are looking very tatty!

Come on … you had months to get it back up to scratch … won’t be coming back in a hurry.

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ClaireD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Still a great concept and the children loved the visit to the restaurant because of the theme. The food was terrible though - limited choice, poor quality, very basic and overpriced. Staff seemed jaded. Toilets unclean and in need of a refurb.

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LauraM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

We visited as a family of 4 mainly for the experience of the surroundings. It seemed brighter- to as dark as it has before. The food was absolute standard- nothing great to say considering the price of it! The toilet facilities were awful. Totally appreciate low staff but maybe the facilities should be pushed up a priority for the staff there and prices should definitely be reviewed for the standard of food served.
Other than that staff were friendly and attentive.

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Courts
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was a little cold, maybe just preference but big portions so worth the value of the food

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ZoeA
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Upstairs was amazing. But unfortunately we were sat downstairs which was not so great! Not much or anything atmosphere down there or animation

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AlisonA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Toilets were absolutely disgusting..said they were cleaned 30 mins before i got in there..they stank. We were sat down and waited 15 mins before order taken. My main came out and no cutlery...i asked 3 members of staff and 12 mins or more before i got a knife and fork. Wont be returning any time soon.

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CandyB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The food was terrible, ordered a vegetarian pasta which came with Parmesan (not listed on menu) which isn’t veggie and had to be sent back so decided not to risk another meal. Someone else ordered corn on the cob sides and the corn was disgusting, so overcooked and inedible. All good was cheaply and poorly made for an extortionate price. The kids pasta meal was ok, son enjoyed it. The prices are ridiculous, £5 for a bottle of Lipton’s ice tea, £5 for a small glass of cheap from concentrate watered down OJ. The only thing going for the place is the novelty for the kids. Otherwise it’s the worst restaurant I have been to. The poor staff were overrun and you could tell a lot of people felt the same as us with the quality. The servers were very friendly and we’re working under a lot of pressure.

The toilets were another level… the ladies toilets were overflowing with faeces and toilet paper. Not one cubicle was clean. It was disgusting. Won’t return.

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TerriS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The place is amazing. Our children loved the theme. The service was quick and very good. The downfall is the food, its easily over priced and quite limited. For what we paid as a family of four, I would have expected the quality to be much better.

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tinaM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Toilets dirty
Didn’t get seated until 20 mins after table had been reserved for
Food took ages and was over priced for quality
Overall disappointed

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The Rainforest Cafe London is rated 2.8 stars by 1794 OpenTable diners.

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