River Exe Cafe

4.6
883 reviews
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£41 and over
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European

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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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Neighborhood
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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 883 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from beginning to end - water taxi, service and food all excellent!!

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous birthday lunch with friends the only negative thing was the amount of time allocated for each booking. We would have loved to had a dessert but there was not enough time.

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LC
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our trip out in boat weather could of been better enjoyed my birthday treat

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S
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night...we were on the egde of the restaurant far right..it was a litlle chilly.
Still great experience x

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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 !!

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GS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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OT
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, staff so very helpful and friendly. Great experience, couldn’t fault it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience fantastic food, friendly fast service! Would highly recommend it

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J
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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! :-)

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely early evening with the sun setting on the river. Warm interior both in temperature and welcome. Would highly recommend it.

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KN
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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PO
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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NG
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch with great wine. Will definatley go again and have the clam chowder

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HA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was brilliant. Rich, tasty and fresh. Service really good. And arriving by boat is a nice novelty.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place just ticks all the boxes for a great day out. Amazing location, excellent food, relaxed atmosphere, good service and not over priced.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely April evening meal. So fun getting the boat across and seafood was delicious

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!! :)

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GS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal with my wife and daughter, really enjoyed the food and it was a lovely setting will definitely be back again.

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant. Food was amazing, lobster with chili was the best I've tasted. Can't wait to go back

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N
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!
Lovely welcome!
Best venue we’ve ever been to!

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SM
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved every minute. Great food, great setting and perfect place to celebrate in a different way

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R
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve visited the cafe many times since it first opened and it’s always been great

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B
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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PO
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A really unique and memorable experience, great food and friendly staff. Thank you!

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KD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lovely lovely. It was just all really great. Lovely food, incredible views and wonderful staff.

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal for the family. Food and service excellent as always.

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RW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. The best Devon Surprise. Just a great experience all round with the best food and surrounding.

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning. We had a wonderful lunch. Staff are attentive and extremely pleasant.

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S
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food....good friendly service...excellent atmosphere...lovely sunny day

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Was a cold day, were quickly moved into the warmer side. Staff made it a special birthday visit. Thanks

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LL
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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m
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back the whole experience was fantastic.

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OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening and superb food. Everything was so well organised starting with river taxi, the service and the return river taxi home.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

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.

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