River Exe Cafe

4.6
803 reviews
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£41 and over
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European
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  • 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.
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Full Bar, Outdoor dining , View
What 803 People Are Saying
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Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really good experience. Friendly staff. Amazing location

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JW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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TS
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal with incredible surroundings! Why aren’t you open all year round?!

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our fourth visit to the cafe and as always the food was delicious. The only downside this time was the waiting time for our food. The reason for having to wait longer than usual I believe was because there were 6 of us and 2 different platters were ordered. The food was definitely fresh and all served at once. Can't wait for next season!

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AH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be one of the most exciting restaurants I’ve ever visited. Fabulous food with locally caught fish, that was the best I have tasted! A lovely warm welcome & a fantastic fun way to get there by water taxi. Highly recommended!

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MC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food, service was very good, the 2 hour turn around was only just adequate a little long would have been better, prices have gone up on last year and the menu is more condenced

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GT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegetarian options, the stuffed butternut squash with Tuscan bean chili was delicious. Good selection of my favourite tipple: gin, including some local ones. Staff were really friendly and welcoming, nice relaxed atmosphere. Water taxi ride made it feel like a proper "occasion" and the views of the sunset were outstanding. Will definitely be going back when they open again next year.

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CB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cafe is run like clockwork from the taxi across to the cafe, to the staff meeting you off the boat and showing you to your table. The food is excellent and the staff are some of the best, everyone has a smile and are keen to make sure you have a great experience. I would recommend this to everyone who is in the area. M

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LE
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super venue and fun arrival by boat! The transfer service works splendidly.
Really great food and excellent service from very friendly and helpful people.

Might be a bit tricky if the weather is poor but the platform is rock solid and the boat service very secure.

Highly recommended for an unusual venue but enjoyable meal.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a lovely treat on a nice day. 25 min boat trip followed by the most delicious meal - Neptune Platter with lobster- bit pricey but worth it for special occasion. We were given a perfect table and the service was really friendly, timely with just the right amount of attention. Although 2 hrs allowed, this wasn't quite long enough for us but that maybe because we were really savouring the occasion. it would have been a rush to fit in coffee. This is the only reason we gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Otherwise a great experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully cooked meal, promptly served with a smile

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P
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic experience! The food was impeccable and extremely delicious! It was my first time here and I am looking forward to returning in the summer months!

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MM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening. Beautiful setting, great staff, fabulous food and just such a special experience. Definately coming back next year when open for any celebration or reason to go out for a great and different night. Thank you guys so much.

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B
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my Dad for an early tea, he didn’t have a clue where he was going as he hadn’t heard of the River Exe Cafe before. He was due to go into hospital for an op a couple of days later and it was a great distraction that didn’t disappoint. We had the fish and chips ( I had curry sauce too, which was just as good as ever) and drinks.
Dad went to take some photos from the deck and then our meals arrived, I was going to go and get him but the waitress said just point him out and I’ll let him know. The food was delicious and hot.
From the minute we arrived and boarded the Puffin Water Taxi until our return to the Marina it was a fun experience and all the staff involved were very friendly and efficient.
Thanks for a great time (Dad is doing well) Mum has FOMO so will have to try and fit another trip in before the season ends!

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S
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! The menu is incredible and the settings even better

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MB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit - this time I treated my brother as a belated birthday gift - he was very impressed by the whole experience. Neither of us are huge seafood lovers but thorough enjoyed what we had (burger & fish & chips - not very adventurous, I know!) We particularly liked the St George cider, produced a few miles up the road. Staff were very friendly and helped make for a very relaxed atmosphere. The pilot of the water taxi explained a lot about how everything gets onto the cafe, which was very informative, adding to a great day out. Thank you once again.

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A triple celebration for my son (new job), my grandson (heading to university) and granddaughter (excellent GCSE results! A fun experience on a lovely late summer's evening with the added experience of sailing across the river!!

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JF
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good birthday dinner for my wife with a special outlook in the middle of the sea

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

This was my second visit and my choice of food left me disappointed

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RM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant restaurant, will definitely return next season!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time, food was excellent and as I have a severe allergy it was great that they knew what was in their food and were able to tell me what I could or couldn't eat. The Eton mess was the best I'd ever had.

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G
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our third visit to this restaurant, which is always exciting. There were a few power outages this time and they didn't have the wine we wanted but, even so, we would still go again because it is an adventure and generally a very good experience.

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OT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience at the River Exe Cafe on Saturday when we celebrated my husbands birthday. The whole thing from getting on the water taxi to eating at the restaurant and the return was super. The food in particular was glorious - we will be back next year!

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JW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent,keep up the good work.thank you very much for a lovely evening

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SW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent and quirky experience for a special celebration! Bottle of wine, 4 starters, 4 mains, 2 deserts, and the water taxi £227. A tad expensive but worth the money for a unique venue. Food was excellent, service great....would have liked longer on board.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Our 7 year old son joined us too, and loved ‘driving’ the water taxi back. Nice informal setting.

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TD
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The quirk here is the river taxi that is needed to get to the restaurant - a short 15 minute boat trip (small extra cost) that begins a very different experience

The food overall is good quality however did feel the platters are over priced

Some options/items were unavailable however poor replacement offered with no Reduction in price

Due to the restaurants locations expect slightly higher than average prices for everything from drinks to nibbles

Extremely friendly and bubbly staff that give 150% effort and always with a smile

Unsure if I could recommend this as a special occasion venue due to the casual dress code

Will revisit but during the day for a late lunch rather than evening meal

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BG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for looking after us during our visits in summer 2018. See you soon.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and what a stunning location. Waiting staff could not be nicer

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all round. Especially recommend the Thai Green mussels!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice will definitely go back. Outstanding food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Super cool restaurant, and staff are great too. Anything on the menu is great especially the monkfish. Can't to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as is usual. An asset to the community and great for a special occasion.

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S
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The boat trip was fantastic !! Then we arrived at the floating restaurant.
Great friendly staff and a magic place to dine with special people in your life.
The food was amazing and services was brilliant.
The most picturesque place to wine and dine.
stunning views.
One down side the two hours were over in a flash! !😢
Will be back !!!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience from start to finish. The water taxi across the Exe estuary to the restaurant was spectacular and the sunset was beautiful.

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PT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for a special treat. Excellent food and experience.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Our main course lunch took one hour and twenty minutes to arrive (we didn’t have starters). We didn’t have time for desert and could only have filter coffee as no time for anything else.

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