River Exe Cafe

4.6
838 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 (Tuesday - Saturday)
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.
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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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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
When you visit us at 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. There is limited on-road parking around the Marina itself. There is a Car Park at the Marina (EX8 1DU). If this is full the other option is a 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.
Additional
Full Bar, Outdoor dining , View
What 838 People Are Saying
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EP
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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E
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Really good money spinner. Really awful restaurant.

My fresh paella priced at 25 quid came with seafood, chorizo, and chicken.

It was dreadful, the chicken came in the form of a deep fried chicken wing. If it wasn’t expensive it would be laughable.

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DG
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic fresh seafood in a unique and picturesque setting!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about our water cafe visit was on point. The water taxi was prompt and a comfortable ride....even blankets were provided. The cafe itself is lovely with beautiful views across the water. The food was gorgeous and all the staff were lovely. We honestly couldn’t fault it and had a lovely time celebrating our wedding anniversary there.

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C
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience

Got to try it to believe it

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CB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our second visit this year. Second visit we took friends with us. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the last Saturday of the season but was as good as our first visit. Love it. Everything about it was good. Thank you to everyone at the River Exe Cafe and thank you also to the Puffin Taxi service.

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v
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal, came for my husband birthday. We did have a long gap between course, which was fine, we were given the bill just after we had been given our dessert, which I thought was strange as before we paid as we were leaving. We did fine out that the generator had gone down so things took a little longer. I did feel a bit like we were being pushed out. I’m sure they did mean to make us feel this way. All in all we would come back excellent food.

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j
10 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely setting on the water. water taxi costs £5 pp return time booked is time of boat taxi
This was our second visit, family birthday, group of 12 service faultless, food delicious
Really enjoyed Caribbean mussel.s Reopens April 1st
Unfortunately long wait for next visit
Bookings need to be made sometime in advance

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YM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Although fully booked until the end of September it was well worth the wait. Loved the provision of the water taxi and everything on board the Exe Cafe. Very easy to book online. Wonderful food and ambience. A truly unique experience.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First visit to the cafe for a birthday surprise and it was lovely. The staff made a great effort to see that we had everything we needed. I love that there is space it's not over crowded and u don't have to squeeze past people. I will definitely be returning next year.

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J
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed everything from the boat trip to the excellent food. Service for dessert was a bit slow but all other courses and drinks great.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely adored our meal and overall experience at your cafe! Everything was fresh and local and the whole idea of your cafe is so different and beautiful. You were also fantastically welcoming with our 2 year old daughter. Thank you for a lovely memory within our holiday!

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CG
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful setting to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed our seafood platter, just a shame the lobster had only just arrived with us on the boat trip over, so we could not sample it too. Very friendly staff and definitely a place we will visit again.

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P
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Attentive, friendly staff who serve your every need. Great menu with something for everyone. Even though there is a specific time to leave after your meal, you don't feel rushed. Arriving by water taxi is a fun way to arrive for a meal and returning in the dark, seeing all the lights and the rising of a golden moon was magical.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another wonderful meal in a beautiful location. We visit ever year and it never fails to impress.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic way to spend the last warm day in September and just before you close for the winter. Another yummy lunch with everything perfect.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very pleasant lunch with friends in beautiful sunshine. Excellent food and a good wine list. Definitely return again.

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D
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience. We look forward to coming again next year.

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JH
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal experience started with the river taxi from Exmouth. Cheerful taxi people and the menu to ponder over. A great welcome as we arrived and superb food. The Lyme bay scallops followed by a half lobster were delicious. A glorious sunny day too! We didnt want to leave!

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TM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience which is a must if you are in the area. You have to book beforehand or you won't get the water taxi across to the cafe. Service is excellent and the food is great what more could you want.

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IM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service by very mice staff who were extremely helpful.
Food was great and beautifully presented.
We weren’t rushed through the meal and the views were great

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CW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting, fun water taxi ride to get there, fresh locally sourced sea food, friendly relaxed service, what more do you want.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really lovely lunch experience from start to finish. Thank you

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SM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience with fantastic food!! We loved it

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MB
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved this place! My wife and i went for a special birthday meal and loved it. From the water taxi down to the food. we had the cracked crab amazing! Would recommend a visit to anyone. We will be booking up to come again next season.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Devon. Great food, amazing staff and such a beautiful setting. I’ve been s for lunch and dinner and loved both experiences just as much. Go go go, it’s perfect. Thanks to all the team that made my Nans bday so special...again x

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AR
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have wanted to try for ages. Well worth the wait. Fish special was amazing

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G
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We wanted somewhere special to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary, and the fine dining at the River Exe Cafe was just perfect. It was our third visit, and probably our best to date. Part of the experience is the little water taxi there and back. Coming out of Exmouth marina and making your way up the Exe to the floating cafe helps to set the mood. A clever touch is that the day's menu is given to passengers shortly after boarding, and, with the taxi taking about 20 minutes, there's plenty of time to choose your dishes. Once we were settled - at a window overlooking the Exe - we went for Exe mussels (with Devon cider and smoked bacon) and Lyme Bay scallops as starters, accompanied by Piccolo Prosecco Brut. Both starters were well presented, were cooked to perfection and tasted exquisite, complemented beautifully by the wine. From the day's specials, we both had half a lobster with salad as a main. Again these were delightful, particularly as the lobsters had been well prepared. Our desserts - fudge brownie and a coffee ice cream - were simple dishes that rounded things off well. The service was also good, with attentive staff on hand. All in all, a highly memorable fifth wedding anniversary meal. Well done to the River Exe Cafe - it really is one of Exmouth's finest gems.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’d heard about River Exe Café from friends and seen the website.

From the river taxi there and back to the actual restaurant itself, this is a unique dining experience.

The food and the service were also faultless.

I would highly recommend River Exe Café and hope to visit again next year

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M
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our third time this year, we love it.Food amazing,staff lovely. Great for special occasions.Easy to book online. See you next year.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Long awaited birthday meal, expectations exceeded, excellent food and service, good value, something different. Will definitely return!

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OR
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience started with a boat trip, which was very pleasant. There was someone on the raft at the arrival point and we were escorted to our table.
The food was excellent, as was the service.
We shared a platter - ideal for the two of us.
An excellent ‘special occasion’ experience, but probably too expensive to enjoy on a regular basis.

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H
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely birthday lunch the food was superb with lovely sea
Views. Taxi boat was fun too

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S
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about this experience was amazing from the puffin taxi boat to take us to the location to the food and ambience. I would defintitely come here again.

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C
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food in a unique location. Staff are very friendly, all good

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AM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Really good experience. Friendly staff. Amazing location

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TC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A must for the seafood fanatic. Worth travelling the length of the country to eat the delicious food and stay in Exmouth for the night.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good fun getting the puffin taxi to the cafe. Food was lovely although a little pricey. We had a great meal though. Will definitely return and would recommend a visit.

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LY
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

we were on holiday and were lucky to get a table at the river exe . Its a grey experience being picked up and taken by water taxi . The food was good and the staff were friendly and attentive

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TS
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the full experience from the boat ride. To the scenery
The meal was delicious and very tasty the batter was so light on the fluffy fish superb

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