Spice Merchant - Henley On Thames

4.3
43 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
AUGUST 11-14 HENLEY ROYEL REGATTA WALK IN ONLY

Spice Merchant restaurant offer a refreshing approach to authentic Indian cuisine. Our thoughtfully created menus are the masterpieces of our Oberoi-trained chefs, and include both traditional and modern dishes, and a wide selection of seafood and vegetarian specials.

Spice Merchant award-winning restaurant use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, and all of our meat is fresh, British and sourced from reputable suppliers. More than 90 per cent of our fish also arrives either alive or fresh, from carefully selected and respectable fish mongers.

When you dine at a Spice Merchant restaurant you’ll see how no compromises are made. Every dish is made from scratch and every wine has been chosen to complement the menu. Come and dine with us and you’ll discover the unique Spice Merchant experience for yourself!
What 43 people are saying
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4.4
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4.0
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3.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BarryJ
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some of the best food in Henley

They were able to accept a party of 6 at short notice and made us feel very welcome

LD
LDW55
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely food - so yummy; I cannot recommend the food here enough. The staff are so lovely too; always checking we had everything we needed. Had a lovely evening and will definitely be back. We had two taster menus and various other dishes - so delicious! Definitely recommended ::))

MC
MichaelC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful position by the river in Henley, food excellent, service discreet and very efficient.
I will return as soon as possible!

AL
ALANO
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food here is really delicious, but the service is sooo slow! We had our 7yo with us and really it should have been a lot quicker. We were either alone or with only one other table the whole time. Last time we went it was busier and we had 3 young kids, but still the service was painfully slow. Please improve this.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great

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AlisonS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very imaginative menu and beautifully presented dishes.

JH
JaneH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, when we visited it was still in lockdown so 'outside' , definitely a cut above other Indian restaurants in terms of food quality and variety of flavour, expensive but worth it

SD
SumitD
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The description about open air could have been better. The food was really good though

SC
StuartC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outside seating area worked well. There is a heater but wrap up warm.

LF
LaurenF
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food - lovely service will absolutely be back

HS
HenleySpice2021
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

Noisy rude fellow diners

Generally overpriced

Portion sizes mixed making ordering a bit of a lottery

Maybe one for the rugby drinking crowd.....

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NaaA
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Tikka masala and butter chicken tasted like a jar of sugar had been poured into it. Sickly sweet!

SB
StuartB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal and chatty service. Had great madras and butter chicken with sag aloo. Well done

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timothyb
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the servicer we had was quite polite and attentive.

CH
vipCharlieH
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good set up food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We will definitely go again. Lovely to sit and eat and see the river as well

CH
vipCharlieH
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father Christmas which was great

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Aroma
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A pop-up songstress; an excellent meal - prawns with aubergines highly recommended; social distancing but still convivial. Very good - especially in the circumstances.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always
Great service good atmosphere and ambience with some lovely red Poinsettias to brighten the mood and give a Christmas feeling.
Food was excellent as always and we were well looked after by the staff.
Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank you very much

JL
JanL
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service as always and lovely setting

CH
ChrisH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food, beautifully cooked. Prompt and efficient service without being intrusive, plus a view of the Thames

RD
RaveDave
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal, good service and high-quality food. Recommended but not great value.

MR
vipMandyR
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely food and staff

DS
DonS
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal and the staff were very responsible with regard to Covid so made the evening very enjoyable.

BR
BillR
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A trusty favourite in Henley. Truly delicious Indian cuisine served in a friendly fashion

PS
PaulS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Some good and original choices prepared and served well. Prices are expensive

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Gwyneth
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Really nice restaurant, very spacious; so no issues for social distancing.
Attentive service but the most expensive curry I have EVER had!
2 pints of Cobra, 4 Popadoms, 1 Chicken Tikka Masala, 1 Chicken Madras, 1 Mushroom rice & 1 pilau rice = £61.48 !!! Wow

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vipCharlieH
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service they were really helpful with my son and his friends

BT
BenT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Seriously tasty food, went for the Lamb Vindaloo and great amount of spice. Also, biggest onion bhaji I have ever seen and also very tasty. Drinks not great but not going there for fancy cocktails. Really enjoyed it!

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IeuanK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked Spice Merchant purely based on location, while my wife and I stayed at the Red Lion Hotel on the same street. I can say that the food and service was second to none, and my wife (born in India) said it was the best food she had ever tasted outside of India!
The ambience was very nice, all staff attentive and the owner/manager also spoke to us in a warm manner.
The only reason for not giving full marks is because the price of a bottle of red wine was a bit steep, at £24 for house red!
Not a reason to not go for a visit and we would certainly go again if and when in Henley.

JK
JKPlanner
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in difficult times during Covid but they handled it well and I’d recommend it fully

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous very well organised and socially distanced

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nights
London
73 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend the Indian twist on the classic afternoon tea. Great food, lovely service. Can’t fault it really. Will definitely go back

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AdrienneY
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome, attentive staff and really good food. We will be back soon.

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Squizzlekins
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been since out of lockdown but wow! Well worth the wait! We had a superb meal and the service was top class. I had the monkfish curry and my husband had Chicken Razzala as our main, and the chicken lollipop and lamb chops to start. The food here is a different class from your usual curry house and the prices reflect that.
A real treat....thank you so much.
I highly recommend eating here

AP
AloiseP
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We regularly eat Indian food and I truly believe that the food at The Spice Merchant is exceptional. The food was Fresh and served in a timely polite manner.

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Hibbers
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the food is superb, the service is very good - very expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Will definitely visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual the standard of food and service was exceptional but why has this restaurant put its wine prices up so high? A meal here with wine propels the bill into special occasion territory. Please Spice Merchant have a couple of bottles of house wine on the menu.

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Barb
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening celebrating a birthday, the food was amazing as was the wine. Not the cheapest place but you get what you pay for!

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Ozzie24
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very expensive for an average Indian ,40 quid for a bottle of wine ,onion Barjy xl large was very nice , very nice inside it was half full with people on August bank holiday, over all average but very pricey

FAQs

Spice Merchant - Henley On Thames offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01491 636118.

Spice Merchant - Henley On Thames is rated 4.3 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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.