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Outdoor waterside seating at The River Shack - The River Shack, Totnes, Devon

The River Shack

4.7
4.7
897 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
At The River Shack we are not interested in fuss or formalities, we simply want to provide you with delicious food and drink in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

You can dine right by the waters edge on sunny days, shelter in our waterside marquee on rainy ones, or relax by our log burner inside on the cooler days.

The views in themselves are worth the trip, but wait until you try the food! Our menus are creative, seasonal, rustic and delicious.

Along with the rest of our fantastic team, we look forward to meeting you down at the creek!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Café, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu, Sun 9:30 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01803 782520
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Char Buckland
  • Neighbourhood
    Paignton
  • Parking Details
    Parking available on site at £5/day. Spaces can be limited on sunny peak days so make sure to arrive early.
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 897 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Best Ambience

  • Devon

    Great for brunch

  • Devon

    Child-Friendly

  • Devon

    Healthy

  • Devon

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Devon

    Great for scenic views

  • Devon

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Devon

    Contemporary British

897 Reviews
  1. KatherineH

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the river shack has been on my list for a while, and I'm so glad we finally stopped here. So good that we had dinner and came back for breakfast! Many thanks to all the staff for such a lovely visit.

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  2. PhilipG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our very favourite restaurant. Wonderful food and great service.

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  3. ZoeA

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening , delicious food and fabulous service

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  4. JessWJ

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The river shack delivers every time :-) Wonderful staff, delicious food, incredible setting in a friendly village and to top it off it’s an amazing place to bring kids. What’s not to like?!

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  5. tinos

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice for brunch. Great food, ambience and location. Highly recommend.

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  6. TracyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit and did not disappoint, lovely menu choice freshly made, relaxed atmosphere

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  7. PaulK

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Setting, service and the food is all outstanding.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot. Friendly and efficient service. Will definitely come back. Thank you

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  9. GennyW

    Jersey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely location and appealing menu. What’s not to like!

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  10. MartinT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were welcomed and looked after very well. We were offered a table of our choice where the view was wonderful. The food was very good and service was attentive. Thought the wine selection was limited and perhaps a house white and red at around £20 would be a good addition! All in all a good experience which we enjoyed, thank you.

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  11. LauraW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We travelled from London down to torquay, and wanted to find a gem nestled away within a beautiful location with good reviews. We found a beautiful location, but we were thoroughly put out firstly by the car park which charges a day rate of £6 to patrons, and that's before you've eaten. We booked prior to arriving, yet upon arrival no booking could be found. It was located afterwards without apology. The customer service was appauling, with a very unwelcoming atmosphere. It was clearly a place for the locals and being outsiders, we felt uncomfortable. The food was 'mediocre' and despite their only being 2 tables of guests we couldn't request how our eggs were cooked. Despite the website saying during busy periods they cannot fulfill this. The food is over priced, and not freshly sourced as you would expect. Overall its a beautiful setting, it just lacks a friendly welcome and has a very dull atmosphere. We would not return.

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  12. PipC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    no more to say thankd for having us - excellent evening

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal friendly staff beautiful area watching wildlife

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  14. Maze

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Booked as teenage friendly choices - pizza and burgers. Restaurant called to say last minute changes so no pizza, but burgers were still on. When arrived apologies given but there were no burgers so we left.

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  15. JamesH

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As returning customers we were not disappointed. Lovely welcome, food and service. We brought friends who were highly impressed.

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  16. AnnaS

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely as usual. Good choice of food, great service and amazing location. Great choice of wine including Lebanese which was a delight

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  17. LeoN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great setting and attentive staff. Food was good and the service was prompt. Great for a quick cuppa or full meal. Nice the parking was free (after 5pm). Definitely recommend!

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  18. KarenD

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic pizza, excellent local beer and great ambience

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  19. RosyS

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Fabulous location, appealing menu. Main dishes relatively small portion - light lunch size. Enjoyable food. Service was slow but friendly. NB Car parking at location is £6 - not owned by River Shack. We sat outside on a lovely sunny day and enjoyed our lunch and the view. Unusual but delicious chocolate flapjack for 'afters'.

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  20. Chris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    What a beautiful setting this place has, it was fortunate the sun shone brightly on us! I call this a place because it’s not really a restaurant more a cafe, so with that in mind the menu is small like a cafe, and very relaxed. Don’t go thinking attentive restaurant as it’s not! The service was pretty lack lustre! Lovely waitress but not overly attentive, no napkins, no offer of another drink until we’d almost finished our meal etc Food was nice though small portions, no puddings. I’d visit again but probably for tea not lunch.

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  21. HilaryB

    Surrey

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have a bite to eat, wonderful views, good food and service. Thank you

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  22. PaulH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice food, nice location, pleasant staff, not too pricey & you get a decent amount of food for your money. I’d recommend booking in advance if you’re going on a Saturday evening though.

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  23. Suze

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the fresh pizzas and the chilli honey! Such a great spot and always super friendly and helpful service.. my Dad has Parkinson’s and the staff always assist with any special seating requests.

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  24. NaoW

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good, not too long a wait for food however service was poor, food was dropped on the table without a word, didn't ask if we wanted any condiments, never asked how it was. Waited over 40 minutes after finishing our meal but no one came to offer us the dessert menu or ask if we wanted anything else, they seemed more focused in just getting new customers in and sat down at tables than worried about the ones they already had.

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  25. RebeccaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time we have visited but a favourite place to eat - beautiful scenery, great food, very friendly and helpful staff

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  26. Rebecca

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve visited the river shack on a number of occasions, but never tried their pizzas. We weren’t disappointed. The bases couldn’t have been thinner with a fine bubbled crust. Delicious toppings all perfectly balanced. Highly recommended

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  27. ChrisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Food, Beautiful Setting, Lovely people What more do you want >

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  28. MonaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    beautiful place, friendly staff and amazing food!

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  29. ClareE

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food we enjoyed everything. Friendly service too

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  30. CathS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely evening, good service, fabulous pizza and less exciting nachos but we were asked for feedback on the new menu and so we said it needed a little more pepping up. Really nice way to spend an evening.

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  31. MarkL

    Herefordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Specials were limited today. Maybe due to wedding. But still great for something a little different. Prices now on high side.

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  32. SteveS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Lovely setting but food only average and overpriced for what it is. Service was also slow despite it not being that busy when we arrived.

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  33. ShydaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding 👌. Service was fabulous. Would definitely go back

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  34. FionaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great venue. First class service. Limited menu but good quality and a bit alternative. Really enjoyable experience but didn’t appreciate having to pay for parking!!

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  35. Garyw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a great find in stoke Gabriel. A walk a long the river and watch people crabbing. We really where surprised at our good the food was Me and my wife shared our dishes We had fried tomatoes, then had the nutritional salad bowl with holumi and a spicy chicken wrap All excellent and washed down with a karaff of wine It’s a must if you are nearby They also have there own pizza oven for stone baked pizzas

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  36. DebbieW

    Worcestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous setting, very friendly staff and the pizza was delicious- haven’t had such a nice meal in ages. Had the pizza special with Brie and figs-Devine. Followed by the chocolate brownie and ice cream - thanks to the recommendation from the maitre D! Great that the dog can attend too and a lovely walk for him too. Thank you The River Shack

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  37. PhilipJ

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food and excellent service We had a table overlooking the lake which was great

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  38. LucyW

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal and lovely service. The kids loved the pizza’s and the brownies. Highly recommend! Thanks to all.

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  39. TraceyM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful location & relaxing atmosphere. Our food was delicious and the staff are friendly and welcoming. We visited as we were are on holiday, but definitely recommend a visit.

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  40. AngelaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Delicious lunch time food. The setting is wonderful and the staff friendly, hard working and efficient. It has a friendly bustling atmosphere and plenty of choice of dishes to suit everyone in the family.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The River Shack is rated 4.7 stars by 897 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The River Shack

Mill Hill, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6RD

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Paignton
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu, Sun 9:30 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Café, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking available on site at £5/day. Spaces can be limited on sunny peak days so make sure to arrive early.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Char Buckland
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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