Spice Merchant - Henley On Thames

4.3
35 reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
Spice Merchant restaurant offer a refreshing approach to authentic Indian cuisine. Our thoughtfully created menus are the masterpieces of our Oberoi-trained chefs, and include both traditional and modern dishes, and a wide selection of seafood and vegetarian specials. Spice Merchant award-winning restaurant use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, and all of our meat is fresh, British and sourced from reputable suppliers. More than 90 per cent of our fish also arrives either alive or fresh, from carefully selected and respectable fish mongers. When you dine at a Spice Merchant restaurant you’ll see how no compromises are made. Every dish is made from scratch and every wine has been chosen to complement the menu. Come and dine with us and you’ll discover the unique Spice Merchant experience for yourself!
What 35 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StuartC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outside seating area worked well. There is a heater but wrap up warm.

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LaurenF
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food - lovely service will absolutely be back

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HenleySpice2021
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

Noisy rude fellow diners

Generally overpriced

Portion sizes mixed making ordering a bit of a lottery

Maybe one for the rugby drinking crowd.....

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NaaA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Tikka masala and butter chicken tasted like a jar of sugar had been poured into it. Sickly sweet!

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StuartB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal and chatty service. Had great madras and butter chicken with sag aloo. Well done

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timothyb
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the servicer we had was quite polite and attentive.

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CharlieH
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good set up food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We will definitely go again. Lovely to sit and eat and see the river as well

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CharlieH
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father Christmas which was great

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Aroma
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A pop-up songstress; an excellent meal - prawns with aubergines highly recommended; social distancing but still convivial. Very good - especially in the circumstances.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always
Great service good atmosphere and ambience with some lovely red Poinsettias to brighten the mood and give a Christmas feeling.
Food was excellent as always and we were well looked after by the staff.
Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank you very much

JL
JanL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service as always and lovely setting

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ChrisH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food, beautifully cooked. Prompt and efficient service without being intrusive, plus a view of the Thames

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RaveDave
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal, good service and high-quality food. Recommended but not great value.

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vipMandyR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely food and staff

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BillR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A trusty favourite in Henley. Truly delicious Indian cuisine served in a friendly fashion

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DonS
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal and the staff were very responsible with regard to Covid so made the evening very enjoyable.

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PaulS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Some good and original choices prepared and served well. Prices are expensive

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Gwyneth
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Really nice restaurant, very spacious; so no issues for social distancing.
Attentive service but the most expensive curry I have EVER had!
2 pints of Cobra, 4 Popadoms, 1 Chicken Tikka Masala, 1 Chicken Madras, 1 Mushroom rice & 1 pilau rice = £61.48 !!! Wow

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CharlieH
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service they were really helpful with my son and his friends

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BenT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Seriously tasty food, went for the Lamb Vindaloo and great amount of spice. Also, biggest onion bhaji I have ever seen and also very tasty. Drinks not great but not going there for fancy cocktails. Really enjoyed it!

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IeuanK
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked Spice Merchant purely based on location, while my wife and I stayed at the Red Lion Hotel on the same street. I can say that the food and service was second to none, and my wife (born in India) said it was the best food she had ever tasted outside of India!
The ambience was very nice, all staff attentive and the owner/manager also spoke to us in a warm manner.
The only reason for not giving full marks is because the price of a bottle of red wine was a bit steep, at £24 for house red!
Not a reason to not go for a visit and we would certainly go again if and when in Henley.

JK
JKPlanner
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in difficult times during Covid but they handled it well and I’d recommend it fully

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous very well organised and socially distanced

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nights
London
73 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend the Indian twist on the classic afternoon tea. Great food, lovely service. Can’t fault it really. Will definitely go back

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AdrienneY
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome, attentive staff and really good food. We will be back soon.

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Squizzlekins
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been since out of lockdown but wow! Well worth the wait! We had a superb meal and the service was top class. I had the monkfish curry and my husband had Chicken Razzala as our main, and the chicken lollipop and lamb chops to start. The food here is a different class from your usual curry house and the prices reflect that.
A real treat....thank you so much.
I highly recommend eating here

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AloiseP
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We regularly eat Indian food and I truly believe that the food at The Spice Merchant is exceptional. The food was Fresh and served in a timely polite manner.

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Hibbers
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the food is superb, the service is very good - very expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual the standard of food and service was exceptional but why has this restaurant put its wine prices up so high? A meal here with wine propels the bill into special occasion territory. Please Spice Merchant have a couple of bottles of house wine on the menu.

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Barb
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening celebrating a birthday, the food was amazing as was the wine. Not the cheapest place but you get what you pay for!

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Ozzie24
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very expensive for an average Indian ,40 quid for a bottle of wine ,onion Barjy xl large was very nice , very nice inside it was half full with people on August bank holiday, over all average but very pricey

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2015
Overall2food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was welcoming, had a pleasant atmosphere and gave an overall impression of order and cleanliness.
We went with friends and on arrival at 7.30 on a Wednesday evening we were the only customers. One other table became occupied later in the evening.
The staff were attentive and the food was good with enough choice on the menu, but be warned they are on the expensive side.

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Boj390
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nice place and bigger than you think from outside. Didn't like the 20% yip being automatically added.

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Garyev
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was lovely especially the monkfish starter. Service was very good too and quite a large dining area at the back which.
Should let you add your own service charge though for only 4 diners and not automatically add 12.5%.
Albeit it was worth it.

FAQs

Spice Merchant - Henley On Thames offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01491 636118.

Spice Merchant - Henley On Thames is rated 4.3 stars by 35 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.