Cottons Vauxhall

4.1
432 Reviews
£25 and under
Caribbean
Cottons latest addition brings the exotic vibes of the Caribbean to this enviable riverside location on the south bank, featuring an indoor restaurant and rum shack bar and additional seating on the sunny river-facing outside terrace.

Typical Cottons dishes include jerk chicken; homemade curried mutton; and Cottons most popular vegetarian dish Chaguanas Dinner Plate - chana dhal curry served with black eyed bean, chick pea and callaloo fritters, and plantain. All jerk meats at Cottons are grilled and smoked over coals and oak wood chips with hickory and pimiento and covered in Cottons homemade jerk sauce.

Cocktails are predominantly rum-based featuring Cottons originals like Sorrell Sling – beefeater gin, homemade sorrel squash, fresh lemon, creme de casssis and soda water; Cottons Punch and Killer Doppi made from four different rums.

Support Cottons Vauxhall during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 432 people are saying
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4.1
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FayM
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience to dine there. Food & cocktails amazing . The staff , especially the manager , very accommodating. All the staff are friendly & always helpful .

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RyanD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

You forgot to put through our order and we was sitting there for a extra 40 mins plus staff was rude

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ShaniaH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manuel 10/10 service really good and the other guy but I forget his name

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent, food delicious and all round positive happy vibes! Sheltered from the weather. Cannot fault it!

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Maz1
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Recommend fish platter for two. Request table by Riverside. Excellent location, easy to get to. Only complaint, food can be too salty but might be my palate

RJ
RJJJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I’ve been to cottons a few times and it’s always been 10/10. Unfortunately the food didn’t cut it this time. I know there is potential so I will be back eventually. Maybe it was a bad day

LJ
LavernJ
London
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing , Tropical island feeling , almost thought I was in the Caribbean!!

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Glad
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all had a lovely evening. Will be returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I used to come here and get the jerk platter to share a lot before the pandemic and the meat was really disappointing, it just seemed over cooked and too chargrilled, all black. The Mac and cheese portion is about a quarter of the size it used to be as well!

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ZophieP
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience5

Only negative thing was after 2hrs been told to leave due to booking slots. Wont return to Cottons until that is removed

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MayowaF
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our host Emmanuel, was absolutely amazing. Never stopped making us laugh, he made the night extra special. Even told us about the brunch ! It’s another date for me 😍

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SarahN
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Everyone was lovely, servers and everything was nice.

But the food was absolutely awful, we ordered and food came out in two mins, obviously they were just on hold precooked and reheated. This mean to the food was cold and chewy and unappealing. Wouldn’t go back there for food.

Plus side, the cocktails were nice but overall the experience was expensive and disappointing

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Pollyanna
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Everything started off very pleasantly, our waiter was very helpful and we didn't wait long for drinks. We both started with cocktails, my friend had a Mai Tai and I had the rum punch, which were quite nice, we then moved on to wine. For our main courses my friend ordered the Pumpkin, spinach & aubergine sambal, which she enjoyed and couldn't finish because she was so full. I ordered the Jerk half chicken and I was really disappointed. I grew up with Caribbean neighbours and their Jerk chicken was incredible. That said, they never used a half chicken, it was always chicken thighs or drumsticks. I think it's incredibly difficult to cook a half chicken and get it all cooked perfectly, so the drumstick and thigh was cooked really well but the breast was really dry and that's a real pet hate for me. I also found the rice and peas dry and undercooked, they came with extra sauce but to be honest that didn't really help. After we had finished eating another staff member came over and joked with us being all friendly, which was nice, however that all changed once the clock turned 10pm and we were the last two people there, we had absolutely no problem with them cleaning up around us, but what I did take exception to was the same 'friendly' staff member coming over and saying 'you need to leave in 10 minutes'. Had you looked to the other restaurant beside us there was a lot more people still there and they were being much louder than my friend and I. I totally respect that this is a residential setting and I know that there are rules that you need to clear outside areas by a certain time (10:30pm I think) so we were always planning to be gone before then, but being told in this way really put a sour twist to the end of our evening. I will not be back.

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JasminS
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, it’s why I always love coming back. Even tho it was outdoor seating only there is a lovely setting and staff are so friendly. Food is amazing, drinks are amazing. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Really recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole team were wonderful, service was great, it is chilly in the cold but that isn’t anyone’s fault.
Food was delicious

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AntoniaN
London
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It is just too very cold. Please dress warm. But the food is good and the service is also. Food might take some time but its worth it

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Maria
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food wasn’t nice very flavourless and cocktail was over priced they don’t do happy hour and cocktails was very weak. Wouldn’t recommend here to anyone it’s didnt taste like Caribbean food fried chicken was the worst

MW
MrsWhite
London
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Need more heaters outside for smaller parties i.e 2/3 people

Music outside - louder

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Hazzabaijan
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Amazing food. Venue location is top tier next to the river. Will defo. go back.

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Carrie
London
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slightly overpriced compared to local Caribbean food however you pay for being on the Thames. Portions could be larger and food overall good but not everything was good. Good venue for special occasion but not a regular haunt as too pricey.

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Aisa
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place, staff are very kind also, food was great, had a nice time

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service. Customer service was fantastic! Extremely happy with everything and the FOOD! Out of this world.

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SuzieM
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The jerk half chicken was very tasty but the rice and peas what a bit dry. The oxtail and butterbean stew was good and the plaintain was lovely but the coleslaw was a bit rough. The rum cocktail tasted great but too small for £11. The staff were friendly and efficient. We were sitting outside because of the Covid restrictions and it got a bit nippy towards the end of the evening. Used tissues were left in plant pots by previous diners which was a bit off putting.

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Leish
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Please bring back your Stew Chicken it was my only favourite dish of yours and was gearing up for it to find it wasn't on your menu.
Cannot stress that enough!
Fruit punch needs more strawberry syrup!!!But lovely presentation just a bit too much ice.
Saltfish fritters amazing!!!!
Jerk chicken absolutely perfect.
Also the cinnamon doughnuts were amazing keep these forever I will be back!
Please provide soap in ladies toilets there was two empty bottles full of water in them!
Alcohol gel gives me a bad reaction so I rely on soap to clean hands after using the toilet.

KC
KayshaC
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Staff could be more friendly especially when being greeted at the entrance. The staff was very abrupt and dis not get a warm welcome.
First impressions count for another.

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esss
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very lovely meal. The flavours and spice were really nice! For the price the portion could have been slightly bigger, and the oxtail could have done with more meat on the bones. The cocktail was really nice too! Great atmosphere, views and accommodating service. Would definitely go again and try something new!

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SandraD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed my daughter's 21st birthday. Has a lovely time. Friendly staff.

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Tyrone
London
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Pretty good place. Large portions. They rush you out within 90 mins to max profits.

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TamunoT
London
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The food was ok BUT...
1. The food was cold! (We ordered a platter and everything on it was cold)
2. We were issued to sit at a wet & sticky table with a drink spilt below it (We had to request for it to be cleaned)

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michellep
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The prawns starter was not worth the price, it was cold and overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The host was really helpful and understanding

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never any complaints when I go Vauxhall Cottons. Love the improved recipe for the ‘Cottons curried mutton’ as well more authentic now.

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TarciaS
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The weather was not niece, eating outside the food got cold really quick and my dish was really burned.

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vipmartinidoc
London
85 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

A rainy cold day, but we were well sheltered under the canopies with heaters. Service was very pleasant and prompt. Cocktail a little weak, Merlot OK. Food was reasonable and generous portion sizes, although choice a bit limited.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were friendly and attentive. Our drinks and food came in good time and was all delicious.
We went when it was raining but everywhere is well covered and it was warm. Good social distancing measures in place

CJ
CleopatraJ
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

terrible food service ok but not great didnt have items on menu didnt know what sides came with what main not great plantain as it was hard the cocounut sauce tasted soapy

SB
SanaaB
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This place was really nice. The starters were so delicious but the main chickpea curry was a little bit of a let down afterwards. The jerk salmon however was also delicious.

Plan on heading back to try their bottomless brunch

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Kamikaze
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The manager was rude and also said we had to move table in the middle of our meal for someone else to sit where they seated us

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dlike
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and kind staff. Amazing food and drinks. Would deffo come again

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Corinne
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Amazing service!!! Lovely restaurant!!!!

FAQs

Cottons Vauxhall does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Cottons Vauxhall also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8037 9555.

Cottons Vauxhall is rated 4.1 stars by 432 OpenTable diners.

Cottons Vauxhall does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.