Riverview Restaurant

3.5
168 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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The Riverview Restaurant offers a modern menu using the finest local and seasonal ingredients. With the best riverside setting in Guildford and a great ambience, it is the perfect place to dine.
The Riverview Restaurant is open for matinee and evening shows but can also be booked for special occasions and functions.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Thursday & Saturday, 12pm to 2pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5.30pm to 8pm
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Phone number
01483 569334
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Pace
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Neighborhood
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.5based on all time ratings
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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Twice we have booked online rather than telephoned direct as we usually do.
On both occasions the restaurant denied all knowledge of the bookings.
Fortunately they weren't full and we got served. We will telephone direct in future.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We booked a table for 4 people 24 hours before but on arrival got 'told off' for booking late, not a good start, the resturant was half full!
Vegetarian choice was poor and no pudding that was gluten free.
Main courses were tasty but over priced.
Waiting service was good and had plenty of time before the theatre started.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was beautifully cooked and presented in a calm, attractive atmosphere. The service was good although the non-discretionary service charge was a little high for the amount of service received.

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T
London
24 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great place to meet before going to the Theatre. You need to be there no later than 6:15 for a7:30 performance. It can be a little noisy as the ceiling holds the sound in.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food very mediocre - with such a lovely setting - what a waste of a space. Service was good, but due to lack of staff, they were turning customers away - only third full. Surely not good for Profits. It could be brilliant, but not at the moment. Do not like the 12.12per cent automatically added on Bill as it can be missed. Really not good value.

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NG
London
42 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Service and staff excellent and location useful, but little else to recommend this restaurant: starter soup was small volume, barely warm (due to design of bowl I suspect), lacked seasoning and was too thick, other starter of scallops was tasty; main of twice baked cheese souffle was delicious but tiny - starter sized! and came with tomato sauce that had no seasoning - as if they just poured out a jar of passata; fish main very tasty but with a salad that had tinned mandarins and little flavour; dessert cheese nice but supposed to come with walnuts and didn't, honey and orange dessert turned out to be dense sponge cake with tinned mandarins.
Next time we go to the theatre we'll try the bar food area next to the restaurant where the food looked better and cheaper.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service are very good. However, as we visit the theatre at least 15 times a year and my wife is a coeliac we feel that the menu is not changed frequently enough.

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a
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was good; the starters and the mains. The haunch of venison was very generous and beautifully tender.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We found the restaurant pretentious with prices well above the quality of the food. We both had monk fish which was bland served with pureed something that was tasteless. The diced potatoes were squishy. The servings left us needing the desserts and we thought we could hardly go wrong with cheese and biscuits: we were wrong. Cheese served right out of the fridge is hard and tasteless. Fortunately the show cheered us up.

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P
Surrey
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

In an ideal situation for attending a show at the theatre this restaurant has a captive audience and the main reason we went there was it's location. Parking only once in Guildford with little walking is a great bonus, especially when bringing friends with mobility challenges. I booked on line and got an email confirmation at 00.03 on New Year's day! In spite of that the restaurant had no record of our booking but hurriedly laid a table and managed to serve us.
The food was good, interesting and well cooked. The waiter and waitress were attentive and helpful, but there should have been three of them. The service was slow as the kitchen seemed to be serving the cafe as well and many meals went out of the restaurant.
My granddaughter ate in the cafe and was served a jacket potato that was not fully cooked. She didn't complain at the time, neither did she eat it. An expensive plate of baked beans!
I would not choose this restaurant if there was an alternative nearby.

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A
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It would have been the perfect occasion for a pre theatre lunch if the children on the next table
would not have been so terrible noisy, they were blowing constantly into their whistles creating an unpleasant atmosphere. It got a bit better after we complained. The food was very good, the service a bit slow.

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H
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We tried the Riverview for a pre-theatre dinner on a Saturday evening. The place was busy but not noisy, with a comfortable, informal feel. Service was prompt and friendly and the food was good without being showy or elaborate. The wine list was a bit restricted, but the Spanish red we had was perfectly drinkable. Overall, this was a pleasant, good-value meal that set us up nicely for the evening's performance.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal - there was a mix up with ur first course order so not all meals came together. Food good - not large portions but adequate. Nice atmosphere and staff helpful and friendly. Very convenient for the theatre.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a pre-theatre table for my mothers birthday and she is a very discerning diner! I discovered on the day that she had eaten there a few years ago and was less than impressed. The stage performance of King Charles III that followed our lunch was excellent, however it was the Salmon en Croute and our experience at the Riverside restaurant that has become thie best memory from our day!

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GL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My partner and I chose two courses, main and dessert so I will just comment on those. The venison with celeriac was nicely presented but the portions were quite modest. For me living in France I felt the meat was over-cooked and lacked some garlic to bring the flavor to the fore. My partner felt her portion of chicken too small but enjoyed the dish. We both had the plum and almond tart for dessert, I felt the acidity of the plums was rather masked and didn't contrast against the almonds.

The Merlot wine (Pays d'Oc) was very smooth but for me lacked the stronger tannins that we have in Bordeaux.

The service was correct, I am always surprised when I am not asked if everything is correct with the meal, that's a chance to sell more wine! My partner's white wine (ChileanSauvignon blanc was excellent, we also have excellent SB whites in Bordeaux. Not many people know that!

I must say that the espresso coffee was out of this world, I almost believed I was in Italy!

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Menu, food and service very good. The bill was not helped by the 12.5%, admittedly optional, service charge, it would have been churlish to change that given the very attentive service, I would like to be assured that it all went to the staff.
There were only two tables in use - ours and one other, not overly impressed that they were right next to each other !

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V
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I made a pre-theatre (6.30 pm for an 8pm show) booking via the Internet, which worked very well. The restaurant itself is quite pleasant, our order was taken quickly and the food brought promptly - in fact, the starters arrived when we had hardly begun the pre-dining bread and olives. The waiter was helpful.

The food (soup and trout pate starters, pork and chicken mains) was very good, although the vegetable portions were very small, just as the order for bread brought only two tiny rolls. We were happy with the amount of meat. The only coffee available was filter, not our first choice, but fine.

There is a 12.5% 'discretionary' service charge.

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CJ
London
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not up to the usual standard for food or service. The beef was fine but the cod was overcooked, dry and chewy. We pointed this out and were given deserts on the house. And the service was ok but not as crisp as usual.

But it's still a good venue for pre-theatre dinner.

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2
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were pleased to be able to eat in the building and the restaurant was convenient and attractive, and the service very good - although the food was a little slow in coming, but we have plenty of time.

We thought the beetroot starter sounded delicious but in the event was a bit sparse and not very tasty. Our mackerel was OK but the cod was a bit overcooked and on the pricey side. The desserts were very good.

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Q
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have dinner here when we go to the theatre. Staff are friendly and professional. The food's great, with excellent choices for vegetarians, and such good value.

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CJ
London
28 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were a bit worried as we walked in as all the front of house staff seemed to have changed. But all was well, excellent service. And the food was very good as usual.

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T
Surrey
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have had pre-theatre lunches at the Riverview Restaurant in the past which have been excellent and good value with a choice of a two or three course meal at a set price. Our visit last Saturday was a great disappointment, the set price menus have disappeared and it is now all A La Carte. We choose the braised pork chop with parmentier potatoes, when the dish arrived it was just a plate of beige, the pork chop had not had the fat trimmed and the potatoes were very pale and had obviously not been near a frying pan.
For dessert we choose the chocolate tart with berry coulis, the pastry was so hard it was difficult to break and the filling was not very chocolatey, the plate was decorated with a few squiggles of coulis, but the appearance would have been much improved with a garnish of some berries.
This meal was not worth the money we paid and we will not be returning. In future if we need a meal before the theatre we will visit another restaurant in Guildford.
When we arrived in the restaurant Saturday lunchtime we were surprised there were only two other tables occupied, by the end of the meal we could see why. The Yvonne Arnaud has a captive audience and they should make use of this and offer a restaurant with great food and prices.

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JB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The service was prompt and both people who served us were charismatic and communicative.
We had baked cod for our mains which was disappointingly dry. The outsides of the fish portion were so dry that I could not chew them. The chowder was good and full of flavour. should have been more to help soften the fish.

I had bread and butter pudding to follow. It was very dry, more the consistency of bread pudding. I expect a bread and butter pudding to be soft with just a crispy top and plenty of sultanas. There was very little fruit in the portion I had.

Coffee was good!

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OT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good pre-theatre restaurant, relaxed atmosphere. The food was very good, much better than we had expected! Menu was small but offered a good range of dishes.

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AC
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Choose the fish option for starter and main. Extremely good, well presented and value for money. Service was fine, although a little slow towards the end of the meal. Didn't have time to order a suit as I would have missed the start of the theatre production. Restaurant was busy on the evening and probably not enough Staff. That said, have no real complaints as both starter and main course were very nice.

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TR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, value (went for the '2 courses for £15), service and semi-casual ambience.

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K
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but do not think quality is as good as it used to be. Food between courses was a bit rushed.

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C
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely restuarant, however the starter was very bland, main course so,so, not much choice especially for vegetarians. On the whole disappointing.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Our visit to this restaurant was a real disappointment. Service in a virtually empty restaurant was pleasant but very haphazard. No bread basket. Three of us ordered the vegetarian option for our main course. This was some sort of carrot fritter with a pea shoot salad. It was dry, tasteless and not worth the £10 price tag. The other main we had was a chicken salad which was also very dry. Despite booking for 6.30 in order to see a show at 8pm there was a rush to get the bill and coffee for what reason I know not. The coffee tray was left on the counter for a while and we almost went up to get it ourselves. We asked for the bill 2 or 3 times. Best thing was the pudding, super sorbets and ice cream. The view is lovely and the staff did smile and were very polite. I feel sad to be negative, not my nature, but the food needed improvement.

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d
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very strange experience, was contacted by the restaurant to say our booking should not have been taken, but may have no shows, so still welcome to try. Ended up eating in a virtually empty restaurant. Food was OK, but not value for money, service hit and miss. Overall a disappointment.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The meal was disappointing
The starter was not homemade bread as stated but ordinary white cut sliced
There was a mistake over the first course as olives were brought to table which were not ordered
the main course was satisfactory
Service was fine

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TD
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always good service, menu and pleasant surroundings. Good view of the river in very pleasant ambience. Enjoyed our meal!

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always pleasant and so convenient for theatre and shopping......river view charming

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A
Surrey
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellant pre theatre meal at the Riverview Restaurant at yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Small menu but a varied choice the food was presented well and nicely cooked . The service was superb bearing in mind they have added pressure to make sure everyone finishes in time for the performance. A very relaxing start to the theatre. Have already booked again to do same thing

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service very poor waited 45 mins between starter and main course therefore not enough time to choose dessert or have a coffee . price much to expensive for main course as vegetables are extra .
Bill was incorrect. Not a good experience at all. This was our 3rd visit in 3 months we will not try again .

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C
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having arrived late a feeling pressured the staff made sure service wa sprompt, wuick and friendly without rushing us. The restaurant is calm and in a great seting. Better in the Summer tough when you can see the river!
A great meal set us up for the theatre - Three Lions. Hillarious and made all the better for a good meal deforehand.

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CJ
London
28 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food again but we noticed an improvement in service this time. So much so that we had plenty of time before the performance. Improvements in both the kitchen and the waitresses.

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Q
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

How refreshing to have a veggie option that isn't based on goat's cheese (hate it) or mushrooms (boring). The vegetable cobbler was really lovely - proper vegetables, perfectly cooked with a really tasty sauce and the cobbler topping was yummy.

My fellow diners loved their (non veggie) choices and we all enjoyed our puds - especially the cappuccino pannacotta, mmmm.

The service was prompt, and friendly and, little thing, but my mother said "How nice to see such sparklingly clean glasses and cutlery."

Bit chilly in the winter if you sit by the windows - so wear some layers as the view is worth it.

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G
Surrey
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Four of us dined and we all opted for the beef. Although the beef was tender there was not a lot of it as there was a large piece of gristle that went through the centre of it, I have to say more gristle than beef. Will not be eating in the restaurant again, may try the bar food next time.

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TD
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined here, as we have several times before, prior to a matinee performance at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre (Sister Act - VG!).

The food was good and excellent value, especially for Friends of the Theatre who enjoy a 10% discount. Very pleasant and helpful staff, looked after us really well, very nice view beside the full height windows of the river and canal. The venue has been partially refurbished and is quiet and relaxing, probably about 1/3 full whilst we were there.

Very enjoyable meal - always on our list if we visit the theatre!

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