The Riverfront

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Description

The Riverfront Cafe, Bar and Restaurant located next to Waterloo Bridge has stunning views of the River Thames and makes for a lovely venue for eating, drinking or both. Also Located very close to BFI IMAX Cinema and the National Theatre, this Waterloo venue is a good place to visit for a drink before or after a film at the cinema or show at the theatre, so much so, The Riverfront often has themed seasons in accordance with the BFI cinema, making the visit a little more interesting.

The drinks list is nothing out of the ordinary with all the regular beverages you would hope to find, a list of wines, beers and cocktails for whatever is your fancy and some delicious meals off of a British menu to accompany your drink if you get a little hungry.

Do not wait to visit this venue when you are going to the cinema or theatre, this is a lovely spot in London to eat good food and have a few drinks with lovely views, whether you stop off after work for a few, or you plan a visit with friends or family. It's very British and modern decor is inviting and familiar, with displayed food in and on counters and the outside seating area is definitely to be considered on a summers day.

Do not miss their late DJ night every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There's also a private patio to hire for your summer party for up to 100 people.

Info

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
09:00 23:00
09:00 23:00
09:00 23:00
09:00 01:00
09:00 01:00
09:00 01:00
10:00 22:30

Special Opening Hours

Day Open Close Notes
Thursday 23rd February 2017 - -

Location

The Riverfront
BFI Southbank , Waterloo, London, SE1 8XT

Area:
South London

Nearest station:
Waterloo (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £4.00
Pint of Real Ale £3.95
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.95
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.10
Cocktail £7.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £9.00
Bottle of House Wine £17.50
Bottle of Champagne £42.00

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A word from the chef:
Went for a drink but now you're peckish? One to try that hits the spot is Romney Marsh Lamb Chops with Gratin Potato (£14.50), or the Scottish Mussels and Chips (£12.50).

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Exclusive Venue Hire 80 100 N | A From £1000 From £2000
Summer Party Private Patio Outdoor Space 100 £1000 £1500
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Been quite a few times now. Food, drinks and service always good. The macaroni cheese was so hot tho. By the time it had cooled enough to eat it had dried out. visited The Riverfront on 15 Feb 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you have had an overall positive experience with us. I will be passing this message onto the kitchen so that they can deal with the mac and cheese issue. Have a great day The Riverfront Team
17 Feb 2017 by
4

Good service. Good food (though had run out of nachos at 6:30!) and salad had too much dressing on it. But portions (in general) were very generous, hot and tasty.Not too pricey (approx £20pp 1 course, sides + wine). Also VERY convenient for BFI. Def will go again. visited The Riverfront on 11 Feb 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review! I will pass the message across to the kitchen about the salad and nachos so that does not happen again. Thanks The Riverfront Team
12 Feb 2017 by
4

Lovely staff, but the food was cool when arriving at the table. visited The Riverfront on 05 Feb 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. I will pass the message on to our kitchen so that this is not the case next time. Thanks The Riverfront Team
06 Feb 2017 by
3

The squid was a little tough, otherwise there was great food. visited The Riverfront on 03 Feb 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. I will pass the message on to our kitchen so that this is not the case next time. Thanks The Riverfront Team
04 Feb 2017 by
4

Lovely space. Helpful friendly staff. Great DJ. THANKS. visited The Riverfront on 03 Feb 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon Regards The Riverfront Team
04 Feb 2017 by
5

A very disappointing meal. The Vegetarian Burger was not available and this left me with few options. My friend couldn't have his first choice either as they were out of avocados. Not great for a Monday evening !! visited The Riverfront on 30 Jan 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, I am very sorry to hear about this experience you had. I am going to pass this message on to the kitchen so that this is not repeated in the future. Once again, our sincerest apologies, The Riverfront Team
31 Jan 2017 by
2

Over priced for the quality and size of food. Sorry! visited The Riverfront on 30 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017 by
2

Expensive for a pretty average meal and sitting by the draughty window but a great location, good view and pleasant setting. Always popular. visited The Riverfront on 28 Jan 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We hope to have you again soon in the near future. Regards The Riverfront team
29 Jan 2017 by
3

Food was awful. Service ok. visited The Riverfront on 28 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017 by
2

Friendly staff and lovely service. Amazing food! visited The Riverfront on 28 Jan 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We hope to have you soon again Regards The Riverfront Team
29 Jan 2017 by
5

Slow service. Food was average, but comfortably satisfying. visited The Riverfront on 27 Jan 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We take each one seriously and therefore, I will be sure to pass the message on about the slow service that you received so that it does not happen again. Thanks The Riverfront team
28 Jan 2017 by
3

A useful location adjacent to the BFI and overlooking the river. Efficient service and nicely prepared food from a concise menu with daily specials. Rather pricey bottled beers. A BROOKLYN LAGER (spelled LARGER on the menu!!!) at £5.00 seemed rather ambitious. Very noisy room and draughty if seated next to the poorly insulated windows on cold nights (which open in the summer). visited The Riverfront on 23 Jan 2017
24 Jan 2017 by
3

The lunch for 13 was excellent. The food was a. Little slow to come but we had allowed for this so no problem. Many thanks visited The Riverfront on 07 Jan 2017

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review. I will be sure to pass the message on to our waiting staff and kitchen so that we ensure that you have a much quicker experience next time. Happy New Year The Riverfront Team
09 Jan 2017 by
4

Average food nothing to get excited about... visited The Riverfront on 06 Jan 2017
07 Jan 2017 by
3

Food was very mediocre. Think brunch should continue to 12pm. visited The Riverfront on 23 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We will be sure to take your recommendation into consideration. Happy New Year The Riverfront team
29 Dec 2016 by
3

It was a quiet evening, the restaurant wasn't full. We still had to flag a waiter down to get drinks and orders taken, the bill, etc.. Overall, slow service or understaffed or both. They have a captive audience there though, as many diners carry on to see a film at the BFI. So there's no incentive to improve the level of service. visited The Riverfront on 27 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Our sincerest apologies for your experience here at the Riverfront. It is our goal to improve all our standards with the customer service and food in 2017 so hopefully we can promise a better quality dining for you. We hope to see you again. Regards The Riverfront team
28 Dec 2016 by
1

Good location and good service provided to us during the evening visited The Riverfront on 21 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review! Hope to see you return in 2017 Regards The Riverfront team
23 Dec 2016 by
5

Delicious food. Good service Music too loud and intrusive visited The Riverfront on 22 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We shall take this into consideration and hopefully next time the music isn't so loud! Happy New Year The Riverfront Team
23 Dec 2016 by
4

Excellent coffee. The food was tasty and atmosphere friendly. I had the vegetarian breakfast and it could have been much hotter. I wonder if it stood on the side waiting for other people's eggs to be cooked? I would certainly come again. Not overpriced either although I think that 12.5% service charge is a bit cheeky. I know it's voluntary but when entertaining guests one doesn't like to carp! visited The Riverfront on 22 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. I will be sure to let the kitchen know about your vegetarian breakfast so that it wont happen again in the future. With regards to the service charge, this is the standard rate across London restaurants. We hope to see you again however! Happy New Year The Riverfront Team
23 Dec 2016 by
4

Fabulously tasty & affordable menu at The Riverfront for our department Christmas lunch. The Riverfront team dealt with us seamlessly (we were a group of 48) from pre-ordering to the day & the whole afternoon went brilliantly. The place cards with everyone's orders on helped everything run super smoothly & the crackers were a nice touch. All that topped off with the location, ensured a perfectly festive London lunch out on the river. Special thanks to Delfina who arranged everything & Teresa who looked after us on the day - we will definitely be coming back! visited The Riverfront on 15 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Great to hear that you and your staff has a good Christmas lunch! We look forward to having you again in 2017. Happy New Year The Riverfront team
22 Dec 2016 by
5

Thank you for a lovely office Christmas lunch, the food was excellent and the whole team was happy and content with their food. A couple of points; a colleague would have wanted some cranberry sauce with his food (we ate from the Christmas menu) and this was not possible also another colleague was trying to get the waitress' attention a couple of times and was ignored. I particularly liked the fact we did not have to pay deposit for the Christmas lunch, that is one of the reasons we booked with you. visited The Riverfront on 19 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. I will let the chef know about the cranberry sauce issue so that this does not happen again. Glad you had a great Christmas lunch. Happy Holidays
20 Dec 2016 by
4

I was disappointed with the service as we arrived early (1145) to he ahead of the lunch rush. Friendly service but firstly our order wasn't sent to the kitchen which I suspected so asked waitress to check. She then placed order. By now we were behind a large group who'd just placed their orders. When food arrived my burger had no cheese as advertised so I asked them to add it. Food was taken away and 15 minutes later my family are nearly finished and I still don't have mine back. Again dealt with in a friendly way and they did actually take that dish off the bill. Staff were nice but the restaurant is big and maybe can't cope with the numbers... Food was all very good nonetheless. visited The Riverfront on 17 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, I am deeply sorry for your experience waiting for your food. Please accept our apologies. We are currently looking for ways to make the kitchen more efficient to prevent situations like this happening again. Thanks
18 Dec 2016 by
3

Great food ,bar was very slow/busy but otherwise really pleased. visited The Riverfront on 16 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review, we greatly appreciate it. Happy Holidays
17 Dec 2016 by
3

Very noisy. Food not great but service good visited The Riverfront on 16 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review. We have been very busy during this festive period, and as you know, this will make the noise levels go up as we have many bookings for Christmas parties etc. Hopefully the next time you visit us it would not be as noisy as you experienced. Have a great day,
17 Dec 2016 by
2

Great burger but loud and overpriced. visited The Riverfront on 13 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. I will speak to the staff about the music levels. Have a great day
14 Dec 2016 by
3

We had our Christmas Party here and it was lovely, the staff were great and the canapés we ordered tasted delicious - well recommended. visited The Riverfront on 08 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your Christmas party. We hope to welcome you soon again!
14 Dec 2016 by
5

The best aspect of my visit was the service which was friendly and attentive. I had a burger, which was pretty good, and the sticky toffee pudding which was tasty and a generous portion. They have a cocktail menu, the one I tried was good. Overall it was fine, nothing special and maybe a little on the pricey side for what you get, but I'd probably return. Simon visited The Riverfront on 08 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, We hope to welcome you at the Riverfront again soon. Happy Holidays
09 Dec 2016 by
3

Great service splendid food perfect location visited The Riverfront on 03 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, We hope to welcome you at the Riverfront again soon. Happy Holidays
05 Dec 2016 by
5

Really enjoyed the food at The Riverfront - great place to get something to eat before cinema visited The Riverfront on 01 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, We hope to welcome you at the Riverfront again soon. Happy Holidays
04 Dec 2016 by
4

Nice social venue, staff are professional and lovely One note: There seems to be a serious shortage of indoor seating these days! I'm sure you're losing customers because of this. visited The Riverfront on 03 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, We hope to welcome you at the Riverfront again soon. We will definately take your reccomendation into consideration. Happy Holidays
04 Dec 2016 by
4

Food was fab, service very good, noise excessive. A speaker crackling out something from a dj or whatever was too loud, drowned out conversation and induced tinnitus. This deters further visits until it's sorted out. visited The Riverfront on 02 Dec 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, We hope to welcome you at the Riverfront again soon. We will have a look at the speakers so that this probelm does not persist. Happy Holidays
03 Dec 2016 by
3

Overall I had a nice meal and the staff were nice. When I arrived I was standing by they 'wait here to be seen' kind of bit and lots of people were walking past me and getting tended to. The restaurant was quite quiet and I was hanging around for a while before anyone came to me. The lady in charge looked after me but she had other staff members who just seemed to be distracted. We saw the waiters hanging around their work station and we were trying to make eye contact to get service. I felt like I had my invisibility cloak on. The food was tasty. But the mushy peas accompanying the fish were miniscule. For £14 I would expect to at least get a spoonful. It came in a tiny tub. There was more tartare sauce than peas which seemed bizarre. Chips in a separate tub is also totally unnecessary. visited The Riverfront on 01 Dec 2016
02 Dec 2016 by
3

Great vibe. The pineapple and sage mojito is incredible. visited The Riverfront on 30 Nov 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Thank you for your review. We glad you like our cocktails and we hope to welcome you again very soon :)
01 Dec 2016 by
5

Great vibe. The pineapple and sage mojito is incredible. visited The Riverfront on 30 Nov 2016

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, We hope to welcome you at the Riverfront again soon to try more cocktails :) Happy Holidays
01 Dec 2016 by
5

Went here for a drink with a friend I haven't seen in a while to catch up. We had a couple of glasses of wine each and some lovely food. It was a nice environment and we had a good time.

Reply from The Riverfront

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review, We hope to welcome you at the Riverfront again soon. Happy Holidays
24 Dec 2012 by
4

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