River Exe Cafe
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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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Wonderfully cooked meal, promptly served with a smile
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!
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.
Incredible! The menu is incredible and the settings even better
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!
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.
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!!
Very good birthday dinner for my wife with a special outlook in the middle of the sea
This was my second visit and my choice of food left me disappointed
Brilliant restaurant, will definitely return next season!
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.
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.
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!
The food was excellent,keep up the good work.thank you very much for a lovely evening
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.
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.
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
Thank you for looking after us during our visits in summer 2018. See you soon.
Great food and what a stunning location. Waiting staff could not be nicer
Great experience all round. Especially recommend the Thai Green mussels!!
Super cool restaurant, and staff are great too. Anything on the menu is great especially the monkfish. Can't to go back.
Very nice will definitely go back. Outstanding food and service.
Excellent as is usual. An asset to the community and great for a special occasion.
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.
One down side the two hours were over in a flash! !😢
Will be back !!!
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.
Great venue for a special treat. Excellent food and experience.
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.
Had a lovely time, the meal was excellent. Made a regular get together exceptional.
From getting picked up, to the waitress waiting on arrival to show us to our table, all drinks, food and desserts came in good time, the food was beautiful, and coffee to finish were all of a great quality, will be back again before the season is out! Highly recommend..
A lovely evening out at an unusual venue. We were there for a wedding anniversary. Taxi from Exmouth worked well, & food was great (we had the fisherman’s seafood platter to share); the only negative was that the restaurant was chilly & we needed to keep jumpers & jackets on to keep warm - there is a heater but the staff felt it was noisy so kept turning it off.., Apart from that, a good evening out.
Outstanding - I will be back!
I had oysters, scallops and lobster with local organic fizz - absolute bliss