River Exe Cafe

4.7
1176 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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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 1176 People Are Saying
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DL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a lovely evening celebrating our daughter’s graduation from Exeter Uni. Admittedly we were lucky enough to have a super summers evening and sunset. We enjoyed the food and friendly staff. Would definitely return to this unique location. Water taxi was efficient and friendly too, supplying blankets for the chilly return journey.

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EA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant place and experience. Would be excellent for a nice lunch. You are on timetable a bit with the boat schedule. We rushed from graduation to find out boat will be leaving 15 min later than scheduled but if you aren't on a tight deadline, there isn't much to flaw.

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Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Would recommend. Excellent adventure with great service and food.

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MP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The interior would be more suited to a roadside cafe than a high quality restaurant, but this is a minor problem when you see the food going past to the other diners. Both our meals were delicious, I had the thai green curry which was a taste sensation. The wine was lovely and the whole experience was great. Very well priced too. We will definitely book again when next in that part of the country! What a fantastic night

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JT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent.

Good food great service and an atmosphere that is unique. Amazing views and such fun being in the middle of the water with access only by boat.

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PM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Water taxi driver very funny. Fantastic lunch, best fish and chips ever. The batter was so light and crisp. Service amazing. How on earth they produce such a menu from their kitchen is wonderful.

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c
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant. It offers amazing food, a fab ambience and a unique experience being only accessible by boat. The truffle chips are one of the best things I've ever eaten and the mussels are so plump and fresh. The staff are friendly and there is a lovely relaxed feel to the place. Cant wait to go again

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MN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A unique setting for a special occasion or just a nice treat. My partner and I loved the food and the whole experience was excellent. The boat trip to & from the restaurant was beautiful and the boatman really friendly & helpful. Great food, nice atmosphere, good service and dog friendly. Would definitely recommend.

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c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous evening, beautiful weather, gorgeous food - definitely be back

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RP
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for my birthday, my 8 year old daughter said it was the best meal she'd had in a long time, and her Dad is a chef!!

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SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived by water taxi and from start to finish the experience was faultless. The menu choice was good, the staff attentive and the food was delicious - not to mention the amazing views!
Have recommended to friends and family and hope to return again soon.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

We visited the Cafe 2 years ago and everything about it was fabulous. This year, the food was excellent but service extremely poor. We felt rushed having to give our order when we had plenty of time as the cafe closes early on Sunday. The waitresses were far too casual and we had to ask for lemon for my vodka tonic, clean cutlery, no small forks for eating oysters, no forks with deserts only spoons, extra napkins. No attention to detail whatsoever. There should be more professionalism in a restaurant of your caliber. Very disappointing experience this time around.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a treat. From the water taxi ride over to the wonderful food and attentive service, what a fantastic experience - one that you have to keep reminding yourself that you’re sitting in the middle of the estuary enjoying such fine food, although the great 360° views are a bit of a give away. We can’t wait to return and soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous

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1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Different experience,great for special occasions but a mission to get to if you are coming from Dawlish side of river ,why can't the river taxi call at Starcross, makes no sense and would be worth the trip more often

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous location and the food was amazing! Everyone from the water taxi crew to the waiting staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a beautiful sunset too. Can't fault it and so looking forward to a return trip!

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NS
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has to be my 5th or 6th trip out to the river exe cafe and every single time I have the best experience from start to finish. The food is excellent with plenty to choose from whatever your dietary requirements.
Miss it at your peril

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G
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food in a beautiful location. Will visit again.

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DM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always! Chris is the most wonderful chef, producing delicious food in a tiny kitchen!!

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KR
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a treat of an evening - water taxi there and back just adds to the experience! We were fortunate enough to visit on a Summer's evening and all 6 of us loved our meals. I shared the scallops as a starter and a Caribbean Platter for main and both were delicious! You are on a turnaround schedule to catch your water taxi back again, but the restaurant is run very smoothly, with staff being friendly and attentive, not pushy. A great night out!

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AF
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great setting. If you love seafood then this is a bucket list place. Nom nom nom

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was a nice evening, very relaxed atmosphere and the boat trip added to the experience.

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MW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quite simply one of the best experiences and food that i have ever had.The Staff were very welcoming and efficient, the food arrived quickly and was of a very high standard.I wouldn't hesitate to come back again.

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s
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Very didissapointed cramped in a corner table very noisy indicated I was disabled and deaf

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A
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

3rd time to the river exe cafe. Such a lovely environment and lush food. Will always recommend and keep coming for our yearly trip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening celebrating my mums birthday, 10 of us had a fantastic time, food delicious and service excellent .

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MT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our trip to you was a present from our families, and we really enjoyed the experience. The boat ride was the start of it and was fun even though the sea was a bit on the choppy side. On arrival we were shown to our table by the window with a view of Starrcross. I really enjoyed the whole crab and my husband had the mussels in cider, both very good. Would certainly recommend to others.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food loved the experience but terrible seating, ruined the evening by being so uncomfortable eating. They need to re think comfort. Its not just about the food, spend some of the profit on good seating.

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CI
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a really lovely meal thank you and the fish platter was to die for!! Great experience!!

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L
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

This was our second visit to River Exe Cafe, but unfortunately the food was not as good as the first time we visited. The location is a one-off and when the weather is fine it's a lovely boat trip out to the venue.
The staff are friendly and attentive...... we will try it again on another occasion.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most wonderful setting the best food and service high quality, highly recommended

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AI
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really lovely dining experience which started with the water taxi across the estuary.
Prompt service and delicious food.
Will definitely visit again. 😊

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NM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish. Food and service was both excellent

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PR
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Superb food and location. Unique day out. Love the local wines on offer too.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Very pleasant afternoon, the food and service were also very good, and we would recommend this place. Water taxi also very efficient and on time.

Bob and jenny

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C
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous meal, setting and staff.
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MW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took friends to the cake on the Exe,
It was great,
Everyone in my party had a great memoriable experience

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r
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent ambience and food. Unique experience. I have only one point and that is on the boat there was a couple with a small child and a baby. We think they were charged for the baby (half price). This may be incorrect but if so it would be much better PR to allow babies free and children who will be eating half price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome!!!

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LO
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

A really superb evening for my mums Birthday - food and drinks were lovely, service superb and setting incredible. 100% want to come again.

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