The River Exe Café is a custom built floating restaurant which is located in the beautiful surrounding of the Exe Estuary. It's only accessible by boat, either by a Puffin Water Taxi or by your own boat. We are open from 1st April to the 30th September each year.

During the season, we open Tuesday to Sunday, we do open on bank holiday Mondays. When there's a bank holiday Monday, we then close the following Tuesday.

All Bookings are secured with a deposit, which are subject to a 24 hour cancellation fee. Please ensure all guests are entered at the point of booking (including babies and children) This is so the taxi does not go over its licensed capacity.

If you wish to make a larger group booking with us (11 guest an over) this will come through to us an an enquiry, we will then get back to you with our availability. Bookings are now being taken for 2023

Getting to us by Water Taxi

A return river cruise with the Puffin Water Taxi is automatically booked for when you reserve a table.

The booking time you select is your water taxi departure time, tables are booked from half past the hour on arrival at the restaurant.

You have 2 hours to enjoy the fine food, drink and views aboard then the taxi will pick you up and drop you back to Exmouth.

The entire experience is 3 hours from start to finish. A Return taxi fares is £7 per guest (14+ years of age) travelers under 14 are free.

Taxis depart from Exmouth Marina, Visitors pontoon EX8 1XA

Have more questions about the Puffin Water Taxi? Please visit our FAQ pages for all the answers

All bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

All cancellations are subject to our Delivery, Returns & Cancellation Policy

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Please ensure all guests are added when making a booking. If the Table you want is not available please see the booking tips section below

Do you have your own boat?

Guests arriving by private craft can now secure restaurant reservations using the booking from below.

Tables are booked from half past the hour for 2 hours. More information on own boat bookings can be found on our FAQ Page

Did you know you don't have to have a restaurant reservation to enjoy the River Exe Cafe? If you have a private craft, canoe or even paddleboard you can stop by for a light bite and a drink from 12pm until close. Just look for the flags flying on our pontoon, that signals we are open. We have a section of the outside seating just for you! Our ‘Boaters Menu’ is available to order from the outside hatch from 12:30pm-8:30pm (6:30pm on Sundays) The Kitchen is closed between 4:30-5:30pm Tuesday to Saturday. Outside tables are offered on a first come first served basis. 

For guests wishing to visit us by paddleboard or canoe please be aware that the River Exe has a large tidal range and mobile sandbanks so please factor in the tides and weather for your journey. The Exe Estuary management partnership has put together a handy Exe Estuary Water Users code.

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Booking tips

Bookings for the River Exe Cafe usually open mid summer for the following year, if you would like to be informed when the booking system opens get in contact with us.

Each hour we can accept 24 guest, if the time you want is not available, this means we have reached the capacity for that hour so hit the 'see alternative' function when prompted, this will display all the reservation for that table size until the end of the season.

Tables of 2 are our most popular table size, if that table size isn't available it may mean that they are all reserved. Why not bring some friends! Try searching for an increased table size, you may have more luck.

Weekend tables and Friday nights are always the first tables to get booked up, most of our availability is now in September and during the week.

We don't hold a waiting list so the best way to get a table is by checking the booking system the day before you want to come. All of our guest are asked to confirm their tables 24 hours before their reservation. This is generally when we start to see spaces and tables opening up. It's also worth calling us on the day you want to come (often around 10am is best) we can then offer you any cancellations for that day or the next.

NEW for 2022 THE UPPER DECK

Drone shot of the restaurant at sunset

How the upper deck works

The new Upper Deck is offered to guests with a restaurant reservation on a first come first served basis. It offers 360 degree unspoilt views of the River Exe and a totally unique dining experience. It is open to the elements so only offered on days with suitable weather conditions.

There is a flat fee of £50 per table for your 2 hour reservation. This area is for over 14s only. We have 3 tables available each sitting up to 5 guests. You can express an interest in sitting upstairs in the 'special request' box when making a reservation.