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River Cafe, North Adelaide (SA)
River Cafe, North Adelaide (SA)
River Cafe, North Adelaide (SA)

Italian Wine bar

River Cafe

9.1/10
1544
War Memorial Drive, 5006 North Adelaide (SA)See map

Average price A$65

30% off the 'a la carte' menu

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MENU

Valentines day menu 2023 A$85

This preset menu includes: entree antipasto platter + Mains choice + Dessert

Restaurant menu

Last update: January 2023
Average price A$65
American express Welcome
House-made focaccia w/ hummus
A$10
Calamari fritti
A$18
with garlic aioli, lemon and rocket
Salt baked beetroot, young leaf, walnuts and ricotta (GF) 16
A$16
Valentines day menu 2023 A$85
This preset menu includes: entree antipasto platter + Mains choice + Dessert

Dietary options

Gluten free, , , , Vegan, Vegetarian dishes

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River Cafe, North Adelaide (SA)
River Cafe, North Adelaide (SA)
River Cafe, North Adelaide (SA)
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Reviews

9.1/10
Excellent1544 reviews
9/10

Food

9.2/10

Service

9.1/10

Ambience

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  • Phil G.
    Phil G.

    February 4, 20231 review

    10/10

    We returned to the River Cafe after some time, due to many factors not associated with the restaurant, which we had found to be of a high standard. It continues to be an excellent restaurant. With the very generous discount, it was also great value. We will be back in the very near future.

  • Petra K.
    Petra K.

    February 2, 20231 review

    10/10

    Delicious food - very comprehensive menu - best barramundi ever. Gorgeous location- would highly recommend this little gem! Easy parking is a bonus.

  • John T.
    John T.

    January 28, 20231 review

    5.5/10

    Restaurant is tired. Menus lack excitement and mainly pasta. I had the Marinara, it was expensive and had no sauce, no fish and no squid, just a few prawns and mussles. Service was also average by a newly trained uni student. Not recommend.

    River Cafe (Owner)

    Oh dear this is not what we like to read we prefer the claps and lip smacks received from the table on the night. No Uni students either, even so John we all have to start somewhere. Quick efficient and friendly is what we offer and you were not left wanting on the evening. We take your comments on board and thank you for choosing us on the Fork 30 percent discount offer for your anniversary.

  • Julie b.
    Julie b.

    January 25, 202310 reviews

    10/10

    Brilliant as always. Our ‘go to’ place for any special occasion because it is always good. Of course for any occasion as well. Food was delicious, tasty and so fresh,. Special plate with my husband’s birthday wishes

  • Sylvia F.
    Sylvia F.

    January 21, 20234 reviews

    10/10

    Stunning views.

  • Sue M.
    Sue M.

    January 18, 20234 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent meal, friendly but professional service, lovely setting. Can’t wait to return.

  • Jan A.
    Jan A.

    January 13, 20234 reviews

    8.5/10

    The staff were very welcoming and the waitress was brilliant. The food was delicious - we chose to share the tapas menu, which was a good choice. We shared 6 of the tapas dishes, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We will be back!

  • Sue S.
    Sue S.

    January 11, 20235 reviews

    8/10

    This was our first visit to the restaurant. It was a great view and good menu choices despite not everything available. The decor was nice but the furniture a little outdated and could do with an upgrade. Food was very well presented. I had octopus ceviche which was d

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  • Bruce A.
    Bruce A.

    January 4, 20232 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent river location with city views. Welcoming and efficient staff. Food choice great and quality to match. Excellent

  • Julie b.
    Julie b.

    December 30, 202210 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent venue for casual meal or special occasion. Never disappoints. It is our “go to” place for special occasions like our wedding anniversary last night. Always recommending to others

  • Tom S.
    Tom S.

    December 17, 20221 review

    7.5/10

    The food was fantastic. Great entrees and lovely mains. The negative was the “noisy-ness” of the room. Not very busy but two tables each had someone who thought we all wanted to hear what they had to say. We didn’t.

    River Cafe (Owner)

    Great to hear you enjoyed your meal. Perhaps we can seat you where we think it is best next time. We have made a note with your details for your next visit. Regards river management.

  • Daniel T.
    Daniel T.

    December 16, 2022126 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent food and service, just a beautiful place to dine for a special occasion. We will be back in March for my birthday.

    River Cafe (Owner)

    Thank you Daniel We look forward to your next visit

  • Dianne H.
    Dianne H.

    December 14, 202245 reviews

    8/10

    I always like coming to the River Cafe. Fantasic service with a beautiful setting. Great for a group of 4-5 (may have trouble hearing if you have more). Food is noramly a 9/10 for me but this time is was more of a 7/10. Pasta and Chicken were yummy, but the veal was meh. Salt n pepper squid is the best!

    River Cafe (Owner)

    Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry you didn’t enjoy your first try of a classical saltimbocca and that it also wasn’t what was expected. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Evy M.
    Evy M.

    December 10, 20223 reviews

    8/10

    We had a lovely night. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was very nice however, as pescatarian/vegetarians, there weren’t quite enough options for us. Otherwise I would recommend it.

  • Matt C.
    Matt C.

    December 10, 20228 reviews

    9/10

    Wait staff had a poor knowledge of wine and how to decant it. Apart from that, generally service was good. The food was amazing.

  • Simone H.
    Simone H.

    December 10, 20221 review

    7/10

    The windows were filthy and apparently the male toilet smelt really bad of urine , food was average and over priced but service was good

    River Cafe (Owner)

    Thank you for using your discount voucher with us. The windows are professionally cleaned however rain drops marks were visible on Saturday evening hardly filthy by any standards and out of our control. The rest rooms are also cleaned daily and we will look into your comments. We pride ourselves in offering value dishes freshly prepared by our team of chefs. We have not passed on the recent food cost increases in full and a good look around at our competitors will confirm this. We find it difficult to understand how thirty dollars is expensive in todays climate when lots of venues have fixed menus We are disappointed you found your chicken premium Angus steak and garlic bread average and wish you had commented on the evening.

  • Barbara Erichsdotter C.
    Barbara Erichsdotter C.

    December 7, 20221 review

    8/10

    It's a great venue, but I had hoped that we would be seated where we could have a proper view of the city, rather than to the car park. The food and the staff were good. I found the whole process of organising the dinner for 16 people a little awkward, as I wasn't able to just add a set amount to the per head cost for coffees, so everyone who had coffee had to go and pay for them at the end of the evening. I would still go back there.

    River Cafe (Owner)

    Glad to hear you had a good time As explained to fit so many on one table this can only be in one location completely along the eastern side with the water feature and a rifle view to the city. We are fortunate every table has a view. Beverage packages are available as on our web site however A la carte beverages were chosen for the table and an itemised account provided

  • Neal Ashley C.
    Neal Ashley C.

    December 3, 202244 reviews

    10/10

    Food and service consistently the best. I always dine at River Cafe when visiting Adelaide and when I arrived for dinner wonderful to be welcomed as a former guest. The restaurant was fully booked for Christmas parties and same high standards maintained. Well done and thanks.

    River Cafe (Owner)

    Thank you for your review I will pass on to all concerned

  • Gregory T.
    Gregory T.

    November 30, 202232 reviews

    9.5/10

    All 6 of us enjoyed the food & service in a fantastic setting. We had a variety of meals and each was rated very highly. Sadly we missed out on the dessert but had coffee & affogato instead.

  • Susan E.
    Susan E.

    November 29, 20222 reviews

    10/10

    The restaurant is quite lovely. The food is very good, however the serves are a little small. The service was very good. Can’t complain about anything. Have been going there for years.

Tripadvisor reviews

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More information

Closing time

Please note that we are open on New Years Eve. Bookings can only be made via phone. Please call us on 08 8211 8666

How to get to the restaurant

War Memorial Drive, 5006, North Adelaide (SA), Australia

About the restaurant

Please note that we are open on New Years Eve. Bookings can only be made via phone. Please call us on 08 8211 8666

Five star dining at its best

Looking for a five star venue with winning views and a fine dining menu? Then look no further than River Cafe in North Adelaide. This waterfront restaurant has an eclectic European menu featuring the very best from land and sea. Start with a serving of oysters and some arancini balls before advancing to the mains… will you choose the twice cooked duck or the crab linguini? Make sure you save room for dessert as the passion fruit semifreddo and the chocolate budino are hard to go past. If you're looking for a celebration spot or a special occasion venue the River Cafe can cater.

Best Dish: slow braised beef cheek.

Features

European, , Tapas, , Great view, , , , Valentine's Day

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