The River Deck Cafe

4.4
467 reviews
$40 and under
Australian
The River Deck Café is a unique regional destination worth traveling for, offering an unforgettable culinary experience with exceptional food, service, atmosphere and charming outlook.

Nestled in the much loved Noreuil Park alongside the picturesque Murray River and iconic plane trees, the River Deck Café offers a truly unique experience with distinctive dining amongst a buzz of surrounding activity (such as bike riding, canoeing, paddle boarding, and kids playing in the park).

Enjoy the warmth of the cosy fireplace in winter or savour the fresh country air in the warmer months on the open deck – The River Deck Café offers a vibrant atmosphere no matter what time of the year or the weather conditions.

Sip, sample and savour the River Deck Café’s sophisticated and mouth watering dishes created from locally grown produce by our incredibly talented team, Mauritian head chef Ludo Baulacky and Belgian born restauranteur Alex Smit.
What 467 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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johnf
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Very graciously prepared a meal not listed on the menu; good size helpings.

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MeredithJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely family lunch. The service was fantastic and the staff made my elderly parents very comfortable. We all had wonderful meals no complaints at all. Will definitely be back.

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Maddie
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just live this place. I recommend to every person I know to have go here it's not just a meal it's a total experience.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Unfortunately I can’t give a five on food as there was a power outage and we could not get our mains we did however, have entree of olives and a dozen oysters which both were lovely. I have already booked in two weeks for my partners birthday. We were seated outside as requested with booking and it was lovely. The food we saw delivered looked fantastic

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RondaT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful place to lunch. The service personnel were cheerful, polite and well informed. Our food was delicious, we had the fish platter between two. There was a blackout so we couldn’t pay as we left so they called us and we paid over the phone which was convenient. Remember to book.

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Most of the food was great. The steak was a miss, but the desserts and the service was fantastic.

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TiannaE
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely lovely food as always, service was quick and easy. Lovely staff also.

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Unimpressed
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

We booked a table for Sunday morning for 4 adults and 2 highchairs. On arrival there were no high chairs organised for our table. Our waitress went to obtain 2 high chairs and placed them oddly on one side of the table (they needed to be placed next to an adult seat for the child to have assistance). We requested we move one of the 3 tables forming a bigger table so each high chair could be placed at the end of the table and therefore each child could be assisted by adults when eating. The waitress didn’t want to move the table due to distancing rules, which we didn’t really understand because moving out a table completely would create in face more distancing between tables.
The waitress then gave us some water for our table, unfortunately it had bugs floating in the water and extra green floaties.
Then it came to ordering our meals. One of us had an allergy to avocado and requested the Avo Smash meal with no Avocado and an egg instead. The bottom of your menu states you will endeavour to cater for allergies. Our waitress said a flat out no when requesting a meal with alterations. We then asked therefore for more time to look at the menu to choose something different. About 5 minutes later the waitress stated the chef will allow the alterations after all and we could order that Avo Smash with no avocado. Not sure why she couldn’t have gone and checked with the chef in the first place.
And then we waited for our meals. And waited some more and some more. And then some more! Finally the meals arriving. Saving grace for this restaurant was the fact the meals were delicious and thoroughly enjoyed. However, the customer service of our waitress was horrendous. Won’t be back in a while, and won’t be recommending friends or family to visit if they are seeking good table service.

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KylieE
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was well presented delicious service was good

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pelican
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

I was really looking forward to lunching here again. The menu looked good compared to the cut-down versions many eateries have doing during covid. The reality was disappointing. We had the seafood and chips platter for 2. The chips were good, if somewhat overly plentiful. The oysters were good, if strangely served with top shells replaced. The calamari was ok. The flathead was dry and tasteless - possibly frozen or maybe just overcooked. The prawns were tasteless. The smoked salmon portion tiny. One of the wait staff was good but the other was brusque and made us feel that she resented us not being ready to order after a very short time .

Maybe we just chose badly and other dishes would have been better. I've had lovely meals here in the past but this fell way short of our expectations. I'll probably give them another chance at some stage

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SusanO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Sunday lunch. Lovely sitting outdoors. Friendly staff

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IanB
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting.
Friendly attentive staff.
Very nice food.

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NoelleO
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

I was disappointed in my meal. I had enjoyed this dish on a previous visit and so chose it once again. It was the duck with wild rice. Unfortunately the meat was over-cooked and dry and with just the rice as an accompaniment, I did not finish the serve.

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IanG
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Keep up the good work, our serving person was excellent😃

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DonnaR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The sea food platter for 2 was cold. Cold chips and fish They reheated it. Wasn’t worth the money

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Anne
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Keep dogs away, one barked the entire lunchtime.
The girls were lovely, the food tasty.

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RayS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Pleasant outlook, modern cuisine, service was very good, small criticism the still water was room temperature on a warm day would have been more welcome if it had been chilled.

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RobynF
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have been there a few times but Sunday’s breaky was the best we have had there. Presentation of food was stunning and tasted delicious. It was also very organized with Covid safe regulations in place. Lovely morning thank you.

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JarrydS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and delicious food. Will definitely go back there again.

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JeffL
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place excellent food, service was excellent and reasonably priced,

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MayEr
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The waitress who served us was phenomenal, however the manager named James (?) made us feel awkward and unwelcome. He was quite rude. Thankfully the young woman serving us was fantastic or I would have been quite unhappy overall. Food was nice but a bit pricey. Side salad was underwhelming but flathead and prawns were superb.

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GailS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

I love the Riverdeck but unfortunately it is overpriced for what is provided. The variety this time around was disappointing and more on the expensive side.
There needs to be more reasonable choices at lunch time without the high costs.

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The location is perfect. Service was very efficient and the staff are pleasant and engaging. The food presentation excellent and creative, fresh and flavourful.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic lunch.

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KerrieE
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very good food, and staff were pleasant. Atmosphere was lovely

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PatB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely venue and situation. Wine by the glass rather expensive but good value for meals

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jaco
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

Service was good, the open chicken burger was great value for money , buddha bowl was very boring with not much taste, ingredients were very chewy and not cooked well, just lacked something ,overall though we would come back for lunch again

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BecH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was fantastic & always is at the River Deck. Due to the reduction in seating due to COVID, it was a lot easier to talk to each other as generally at capacity it can be quite loud. Food is always delicious and a great view. Will always return.

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Atmosphere was great and staff were friendly. Unfortunately the bacon was very much overcooked. I

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MissSandra
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was lovely, generous serves!
The waitress was really friendly too unfortunately ddnt get her name

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place to catch up with family and friends. Good menu and great service. Will visit again next time in Albury.

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FaithL
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting outstanding service amazing food 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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IsabellaC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Services was terrible, food was absolutely disappointing. Not fresh at all and certainly not up to the standard the restaurant believes it holds.

Very disappointed overall.

The River Deck Cafe
Responded on 28 October 2020

Hi Isabella, thank you for your comments, I've looked into your experience with your waiter and we are implementing changes to ensure that it's not repeated. We hope you might give us another chance in the future and experience what we aim to offer. Kind regards, Alex

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JamieT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Service and atmosphere great. COVID conditions implemented well. Unfortunately the prawn in the seafood basket covered by a crusty covering was not shelled and was rather embarrassed spitting out numerous shells and ended up coughing a bit due to the shell which didn't help my embarrassment considering the COVID situation.

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AngelaS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic experience at River Deck, I love the different food choices, makes a nice change from the standard bacon and eggs fare of other places.

Staff are wonderful and friendly and who could beat the location??!!

Thanks again for a fabulous experience

The River Deck Cafe
Responded on 28 October 2020

Thank you Angela!

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Anon37
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Decent food overall. Rosti was very overcooked but the rest was good.

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LynnO
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great surroundings. And the best food.
Thank you to wonderful staff for efficient & caring service.

The River Deck Cafe
Responded on 28 October 2020

Thank you LynnO ! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Regards, Alex

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TanyaH
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Seafood basket for two - flathead dry and over done, 4 prawns, more chips than needed, had to wait for cutlery and had to ask for the glass of wine ordered, arrived before others and they were served first

The River Deck Cafe
Responded on 28 October 2020

Thank you for your feedback TanyaH. We are constantly reviewing and discussing feedback. We are always happy to address any concerns at the time, and I appreciate this mightn't have been possible during a busy service, like last Friday. Kind regards, Alex

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Trusty
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Disappointing. The QRCode system linked to menu does not work on all phones causing unnecessary delay in ordering. Significant when dining time is SO short. Ordered a main meal and coffee. Didnt get meal til 25 min into our 75 min allocation. Took the rest of our time to eat a very generous sized salad requiring substantial chewing. On ordering our coffees, we were advised we had no more dining time available and would have to collect it at takeaway window and drink it outside (in the rain!) Not impressed to say the least. Just relieved that l hadn't invited a friend from out of town to experience this obvious rationalisation i.e. to move as many customers through in the shortest amount of time for the greatest financial gain.
We realise that all dining venues are experiencing limitations due to NSW social distancing rules. However, we regularly support local dining enterprises and have never experienced this embarrassing scenario. Could l suggest a little more generosity with time allocation and set time blocks for mutual business/consumer convenience?

The River Deck Cafe
Responded on 28 October 2020

Thank you for your comments Trusty, we have discussed your experience with the team that served you and have made some changes accordingly. Generally, we believe that 25 minutes to meal delivery from arrival is acceptable when we have a busy lunch service (which last Friday - Grand Final Day was). I think it's fair to say that we've all had a terrible year and we are doing the best we can. Thank you for the feedback and we hope we can offer you a more pleasing visit next time. Thanks, Alex

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RuthG
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

River deck consistently impresses! The menu is varied, food is always fresh and flavoursome. We love the outlook, it is always an enjoyable experience going to the river deck.

FAQs

The River Deck Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 6023 5980.

The River Deck Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 467 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 reservations at the moment.