River Exe Cafe
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Last Water Taxi leaves Exmouth Marina at 8PM.
12 Midday - 9PM (Sunday)
Last Water Taxi leaves Exmouth Marina at 6PM.
We are open on Bank Holidays closing the Tuesday that follows instead.
An absolutely excellent experience. The taxi was on time and an entertaining journey. The welcome onto the cafe, second to none. Service, outstanding and the menu was varied and extremely palatable. Even in mid - April and the start of the season everything was in place and professionally presented. The Exe Cafe is a wonderful addition to the "Devon" experience. Highly recommended, well done to everyone involved in making the event so enjoyable and unforgettable
Absolutely amazing as always. Such a friendly team. The best location for a restaurant on the planet and above all the fish so fresh it was like it had literally jumped straight from the river onto my plate.
It was a great night...we were on the egde of the restaurant far right..it was a litlle chilly.
Still great experience x
Wonderful evening. The food was delicious, staff were very friendly and helpful. Lovely experience. Our friends were very impressed and enjoyed themselves immensely. Thank you.
Can't beat the overall enjoyment of this restaurant experience starting with the water taxi passing a basking seal en route, a wonderfully cosy pontoon in the middle of the river, great food with a delightful varied menu and excellent attentive service. Always enjoy going here, should be twice the size !!
We took 4 friends for lunch on Saturday. Usual lovely taxi trip out to the cafe. Our table was ready for us and we were made very welcome. There was a table of about 14 young women opposite to us, who had obviously had a really good time and were very noisy, talking loudly and laughing. We couldn’t hear ourselves speak, but good luck to them. They were having fun, but it was a bit of a relief when they left! We had splendid food, excellent service, including offers to take photos for us. Our friends really enjoyed the experience. We’ll be back, as always!
Lovely food, staff so very helpful and friendly. Great experience, couldn’t fault it.
Absolutely amazing experience fantastic food, friendly fast service! Would highly recommend it
Great food and service. Small issue resolved without hesitation. Slightly noisy on this occasion as there was a large table with several children. (Unusual given the late slot). That said, children's meals looked awesome and I certainly didn’t hear any if them complaining. If dining early in the season, do wrap up. Water taxi was good. Perhaps a quicker boarding would have been nice whilst left shivering on the quayside. We’ll be going again! As long as there is capacity! :-)
A lovely early evening with the sun setting on the river. Warm interior both in temperature and welcome. Would highly recommend it.
We’ve now been twice and it’s been a fantastic experience. Boat trip was great each time. The Staff friendly, food fantastic. Beautiful views. Will be back again!
This was an amazing visit to celebrate my wife's birthday. We extended the invite to two of our friends too who are visiting from Australia - they were blown away.
The food - exceptional
The staff - very attentive
The location - beautiful.
Thank you to all the staff for making my wife's birthday a memorable one!
I will definitely be back very soon.
Excellent lunch with great wine. Will definatley go again and have the clam chowder
Food was brilliant. Rich, tasty and fresh. Service really good. And arriving by boat is a nice novelty.
This place just ticks all the boxes for a great day out. Amazing location, excellent food, relaxed atmosphere, good service and not over priced.
Lovely April evening meal. So fun getting the boat across and seafood was delicious
What a fantastic experience! Would 100% recommend! Perfect timing to see all in daytime and night time! Sees the whole evening through. The food was beautiful. Could not fault at all! Will be back!! :)
The setting is lovely and the food was delicious and not overpriced like I though it would be, considering where you are. The staff were really attentive and friendly. I would definitely go back.
Absolutely fantastic meal with my wife and daughter, really enjoyed the food and it was a lovely setting will definitely be back again.
Absolutely brilliant. Food was amazing, lobster with chili was the best I've tasted. Can't wait to go back
Best venue we’ve ever been to!
Absolutely fabulous, will definitely visit again, loved the whole experience of going over to the restaurant in the puffin taxi, all in all a memorable day and the location is beautiful
Absolutely loved every minute. Great food, great setting and perfect place to celebrate in a different way
We’ve visited the cafe many times since it first opened and it’s always been great
We are so lucky to have The River Exe Cafe floating on the Estuary just down from our house, we have not been disappointed in the many times we have been either for food, just a drink or one of the comedy nights they held!
Thanks Guys and keep up the good work ! Ben
A really unique and memorable experience, great food and friendly staff. Thank you!
I loved this experience; a unique way to dine. We were greeted by a member of staff as we came off the water taxi and promptly shown to our table. The menu was varied and I thoroughly enjoyed the baby squid for starter. All the food was very well presented and the staff were friendly and efficient. I would definitely recommend this experience.
Lovely lovely lovely. It was just all really great. Lovely food, incredible views and wonderful staff.
Birthday meal for the family. Food and service excellent as always.
Always great. The best Devon Surprise. Just a great experience all round with the best food and surrounding.
Absolutely stunning. We had a wonderful lunch. Staff are attentive and extremely pleasant.
Lovely food....good friendly service...excellent atmosphere...lovely sunny day
Great food and service. Was a cold day, were quickly moved into the warmer side. Staff made it a special birthday visit. Thanks
What a fantastic experience from start to finish. The water taxi, the warm welcome, the amazing food, the beautiful setting all come together to make an unforgettable experience.
Children and dogs are all welcomed and the relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to be. It was a grey rainy day when we visited and yet the weather didn't affect our enjoyment at all as they were well set up for the usual English weather. Can't wait to go again!
Can’t wait to go back the whole experience was fantastic.
A wonderful evening and superb food. Everything was so well organised starting with river taxi, the service and the return river taxi home.
We have been looking forward to visiting the River Exe Cafe for a while now and eventually coordinated our annual holiday with the opening of the cafe. It was easy to book a table and the team responded via Facebook when we had questions about our reservation.
The water taxi made the dining experience a real treat and the skipper was polite and helpful on both our journeys.
The fishy sharing platter was an excellent starter followed by a generous portion of succulent mussels as our main.
The pudding of Chocolate Brownie, however, did not match the exceptional menu and was disappointing and disproportionate in cost to the starters and main.
Our dining event was negatively impacted by the temperature of the eating area. We recognise it was early in the season but it was still very cold despite being dressed for winter. We were provided with blankets but ended up eating our meal with our coats and hats on. We would recommend it to friends and family but I would advise plenty of warm clothing.
Through word or mouth and glowing recommendations, I had to see what all the excitement was about the river exe café!
I can say I certainly was not disappointed!
Firstly, I booked this as soon as it opened for the season for my 22nd birthday (technically a day later as my bday was the 31st March and the café didn’t open until the 1st April) regardless, it was an experience to remember.
After driving down for the 7:00PM dinner slot to catch the water taxi, we cruised across the ambient, gentle rippling water with the sun setting in the background. 15 minutes later and a lovely talk with the other dinner guests, we glided up to the pontoon and were greeted by the lovely staff. Stepping on board we were shown to our seats and settled into our seats while the day drew to a close.
After ordering the carb salad, I went to take some photos and in less than 15 minutes the food was on the table. The size of the main course was just right ( as Goldilocks would say) but I just wish there was more crab and it took less time to break the shell to get to the white meat.
The service overall was very efficient and we never had to wait or get the attention of the staff. They were friendly and made you feel at ease, as if you had been friends with them for years.
My only constructive criticism was that there was two birthdays on the day at our 7:00PM slot and I did not feel like these events were made to be special or accommodated. Even if there was a written sign or some balloonson both of the parties table, I think it would have made the whole evening even more special and something to remember.
Overall, being a foodie it was up there with some of my favourite restaurant experiences. I look forward to dining in a few years to see if anything has changed.
I would recommend this café to anybody for a new experience and is proud of eating sustainably, local produce.
Gorgeous place with amazing food and great staff! Would highly recommend
The whole experience was amazing! The boat ride up to the cafe was really unique and added excitement to the day as you wondered where exactly the cafe was. The menu was amazing with such variety. The portion sizes were generous and we love how the ingredients were locally sourced. Really looking forward to going again next season.