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River Exe Cafe

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River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
+44 7761 116103
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food here was absolutely amazing! Lovely location to visit for a different setting! Staff were great too!

1 Thank Nicola H
Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Oh where do I start...was easy to phone for reservations where they then organised the little ferry to transport you there...From the lovely greeting when stepping onto the floating restaurant heaven and then given plenty of time to read the diverse menu..then comes the delicious food..I've had everything from the basket of lobster and crab right through to the burger..all... More 

1 Thank Mandy S
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66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The Café on the Exe is really unique, being located on a platform in the middle of the Exe estuary. As you can imagine, it is all the better in good weather. We have been several time, the latest being in September, at the end of their season, when it was grey and windy, but we still enjoyed it. It’s... More 

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had the pleasure of a great day out, that also included a really fantastic lunch. The Exe Cafe can only be reached by water taxi or ferry and this just adds to the experience. We were treated to a great commentary by the skipper of the water taxi as we passed the mussel beds where the... More 

2 Thank CockneyRebel6
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A boat trip to a wonderful floating restaurant is an absolute treat. The fresh fish menu is superb and the staff always friendly. I have been three times and will go again.

1 Thank sinicho
Yatton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

A real treat of a lunch on a floating barge. Weather was superb which helped and food was fantastic. River taxi there and back was fun but we felt slightly organised and dictated to because of set timings of travel. Fish and chips were scrumptious and definitely will be back next summer!

1 Thank HaywardHeather
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

An absolute treat! My family and I took the water taxi from Exmouth marina to the restaurant which in itself was a lovely trip. All food and drink is locally sourced and freshly cooked on site. The food was fabulous (I had crab whilst my family all had fish and chips) and the views spectacular. Situated right in the middle... More 

1 Thank Sophie H
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I took four of us out for a meal on 6.9.16 for an early birthday treat for my brother and his wife. Before even getting to the cafe,we enjoyed a superb evening twenty minute water taxi ride just getting there. The setting sun was spectacular and started the evening in great style.On arrival there was a lovely bubbly atmosphere and... More 

3 Thank billyb0yx9
Northants, UK
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Found this whilst looking for a restaurant with a sea-view and you can't get much better than a restaurant floating in the middle of the river Exe estuary! So we booked and the restaurant also arranged a water taxi for us - so the evening became a nice little adventure for our 3 year-old boy too. The food and service... More 

1 Thank Dan_jf
Long Hanborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I visited this floating restaurant for a second time and the experience was just as good as the first. Very easy booking experience, very professional staff and wonderful food. Compliments to the Chef. I can't wait to visit again next season. I have even bought my Devon family vouchers for Christmas. Thank you River Exe Staff.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$50
Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 7761 116103
The River Exe Cafe is a floating barge just off the Ski lane on the River Exe, and is in the heart of Exmouth’s water sports fraternity, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing to name just a few, however it is also situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, protected by Natural England. Open from April to September only . The Exe Estuary is home to many rare birds and creatures including Avocets, Osprey and of course our friendly grey seal. With the potential to take up to 100 people on board the Cafe has been designed very much like the “Ski in Ski out” wooden chalets found on the ski slopes of many ski resorts, but with the intention that the quality of food and service exceeds all expectations of the external look and feel. The barge has a licensed bar and covered outdoor space with heaters and indoor seating to relax well into the evening without suffering the cold. Customers to the barge really are of all ages and walks of life, ranging from the usual river users and water sports enthusiasts to bird watchers, artists and holiday makers. Special events such as birthday parties, anniversaries, stag & hen parties to corporate & team building days can be arranged. Private and exclusive use of the barge is also available.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?