The River Shack

4.7
220 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
At The River Shack we are not interested in fuss or formalities, we simply want to provide delicious food and drink in a relaxed and beautiful setting. Luckily the views in themselves do most of the work...

Along with the rest of our fantastic team, we look forward to meeting you down at the creek!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 220 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
ambience
4.5
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulieD
Devon
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food. Good service, Fab location ❤ Will defo be returning

MD
MandaD
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great venue and lovely limited menu. Staff very friendly. Love it.

CE
ClareE
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful spot by the river, managed to park which could be a problem at peak times, pretty little village, good value, tasty food!

EC
EileenC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting and good service. It is a very limited menu and does not seem to change although the Specials help to make it different.

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NY1123
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for breakfast, the food was amazing and good value. The service was excellent, and one of our party can not tolerate gluten and the staff were very well-informed and went out of their way to help.

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NeilY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both excellent. The staff were particularly helpful to my daughter who is a celiac. Can’t wait to go back.

HW
vipHWDS
London
112 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our favourite local never ceases to deliver !

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MarkF
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, fantastic and interesting food. Great quality ingredients.
Will be returning!!

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Ashishs
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place, staff were amazing and location is to die for. Highly recommended. Food quality was amazing…so good we went twice, once for breakfast then for an evening meal.

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JujuD
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely spot on the Dart with freshly produced food served by super helpful, friendly staff!

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Lucy
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place! Great pizza, beautiful setting and the most warm and welcoming staff.

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HelenD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Idyllic setting, friendly staff and delicious food.

SG
SallyG
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch after using our dinghy up river from Noss. Excellent food and lovely waiting staff. Amazing location and great find!

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Roger
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here 3 times this week for brunch, lunch and dinner and never disappointed. Great location and ambience with really polite and helpful staff.

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CaroleB
Devon
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I arrived a little early by boat, with my friend to this beautiful setting by the river. We were greeted by a delightful waiter who offered us a drink whilst we waited for the table. We were then shown to a lovely table under a pergola right by the river. Our charming waitress then brought some delicious fish tacos and crab salad. We had a lovely bottle of crisp cold white wine. All in all it was a perfect lunch. Thank you! We will be back!

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SarahB
Devon
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place been coming for years, great setting perfect service and delicious food!!!

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SueT
Devon
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a local born and bred here in Torbay and I can honestly say this is the most beautiful setting to dine at.The menu caters for all dietary requirements and is really tasty.
The owners and their staff are welcoming and attentive nothing is too much trouble.
It’s a good idea to book on the website to guarantee a table at the time you would like

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Jezza
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was lovely very chilled

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wrog
Devon
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely spot, Lovely staff, Lovely food. Just don't tell everyone.

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Dina
Devon
94 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing find! We have boated there three times to The River Shack this summer from Ditsum, mooring on a visitors bouy and coming in on our tender. The warm welcome is wonderful and the table seating brilliant and I haven’t even started on the food yet. It’s all so fresh and delicious. Good daily menu and then some lovely specials on the board. Try it - I assure you that you won’t be disappointed. Thank you to everyone there.

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LisaB
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food.Thankfully staff allowed my girls to have adult sized portions of the child’s pasta dish-otherwise they would have struggled to find something they liked.Very busy-but excellent place to eat, next to mill pond.

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WarrenF
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a nice place to eat. Great location but parking cost always annoying. Maybe a refund on the parking if you are eating in the river shack

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DianaT
Devon
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch at the River Shack. Service was prompt and friendly, food was really good quality, and we sat in breezy shade on a hot day and had a really pleasant family time. Highly recommended.

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StephenC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely breakfast blessed with fine weather made our visit one of those cherished family events.

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AmandaR
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Nice setting but my husband spent most of our visit in the queue for the car park.
Took my daughter for a birthday lunch, but she couldn't find anything she liked on the menu, so just had some chips & a brioche roll. Had made a special request when booking, but nobody acknowledged it.
Portion sizes very small, & definitely not value for money. As it was her birthday my daughter wanted a dessert, but no dessert menu :-(
On a positive note, the waitress serving our table was lovely & very jolly, but would not return.

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AlisonC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All good here. Great service and food was of a very high standard

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brendonf
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views , lovely food and very friendly staff

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SophieD
Devon
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting, good was delicious, staff, even though extremely busy were friendly and helpful.

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michaelS
Devon
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice meal Menue a bit limited . Eating of wooden boards not my personal preference. Seats not very comfortable. Situation great. Wonderful views.

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NickiH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food, and pleasant, efficient staff. What more could one wish for?

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LindaN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous simply cooked fresh seafood in beautiful setting.

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Blodwyn
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great veiws,interesting local menu.
Unfortunately the mussels had gone but the fresh mackerel delicious.

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MikeS
Devon
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff. Great food. Only criticism is that they have no baby changing facilities at all. Awkward.

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AngelaS
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at the River Shack. A wet and windy day, fortunately in the sheltered area but still getting a bit chilly after a while. That was the only downside and clearly not the venue's fault. Food was delicious and reasonably priced compared to similar places in the South Hams. Very friendly staff generally but special mention for a particularly chirpy lady with a singing background.

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PeterW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Thank you Will and Faye and all your friendly staff.

TD
ToDineFor
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful location, great ambience, delicious locally- sourced food and drinks, lovely staff - an absolute must!

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Roger
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Great service and wonderful atmosphere.

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Suzy2
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Waited nearly an hour for food , meals didn’t arrive together, fish tacos were barely warm and the tacos had become hard. The pizza when it arrived was good. The salted caramel brownie was unpleasantly salty, the Eton mess consisted of soft strawberries ,a slimy red sauce ,warm cream and no evidence of meringue. Portion was very small considering the £7 price The girls serving were pleasant and could have sold us more drinks but we were not on their radar. We have been coming to the River Shack for a few years and were pleased that it had become popular under new management, however they need to address their quality of food & service before we go again

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AllanM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent site. Katie and her fellow colleagues looked after us very well. Crab starter superb.

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Freddie
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, front of house excellent, v friendly service, relaxing, quality food.

FAQs

The River Shack is rated 4.7 stars by 220 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.