It took us three years to go, a mix of having too many other options for Italian in London and never being able to get a reservation the times I tried. Guess I was lucky last week when I called and they had us on a waiting list, offering us a table a few days later.
The River Cafe is in Hammersmith, almost Fulham and sits by the Thames. I imagine going there earlier must be very nice for the view.
The food is truly Italian, perfect produce put together in the nicest of ways. I am not eating meat these days so I couldn't try the Secondi Piati but they all read wonderful. The Mozzarella di Bufala for starter and the Zucca pasta I picked were divine, flavors on point. Their wine and drinks list is also very smart. So is the service.
Compared to other great Italians (here) in London price is a bit on the high side. If you would like to avoid surprises get an idea by checking their sample menu here. Expect to see some famous faces so be ready to put on your best one! Like you belong :)
Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA
+44 (0)20 7386 4200