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A resplendent painted mural runs along the back wall of this bona fide Italian, depicting the journey of provisions from port to marketplace to kitchen – a subtle nod, perhaps, to the philosophy of this riverside ‘cantina’ from the D&D London group. Low ceilings create a cosy atmosphere that chimes perfectly with the rustic Italian cooking on offer – imagine ‘Tuscany by the Thames’ or something similar. ‘Classics’ such as tagliolini with crab and chilli are always in demand, but also look out for refined seasonal specialities ranging from paccheri pasta with spicy ’nduja sausage and pecorino to polenta-crusted sea bass with fennel and caperberries. Italian breads are baked each day, the ‘menu del giorno’ is a steal (£12.50/15.50 for two/three courses), and the all-Italian wine list shows confidence in regional grapes, with plenty of good drinking below £30.

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Saturday and Sunday set Lunch menu 2 courses/£20, 3 courses/£25

Saturday set lunch menu 2 courses/£20, 3 courses/£25. Available Saturday and Sunday Lunch

Available: 01 August 2017

Max: 8 people

Expires: 01 October 2017

Available Saturday and Sunday lunch. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Set Lunch 2 courses/£15, 3 courses/£20

Set Lunch 2 courses/£15 3 courses/£20. Available Monday - Friday lunch.

Available: 31 July 2017

Max: 8 people

Expires: 30 September 2017

Available Monday - Friday lunch. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Dinner set menu 2 courses/£20, 3 courses/£25 & a glass of Prosecco

Dinner set menu 2 courses/£20, 3 courses/£25 & a glass of Prosecco Available Monday - Sunday dinner.

Available: 01 June 2017

Max: 8 people

Expires: 30 September 2017

Available Monday - Sunday dinner. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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Cantina del Ponte

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames ,London SE1 2YE

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by   silver reviewer (17)

Jul 2016

This place always hits the spot! The food is good, the welcome really friendly, the location ideal (especially if you're entertaining "out-of-towners") and the service, if not pitch perfect is done with a smile and a flourish that will soon make you forgive any delay!! The wine list is short but pretty decently priced and features a fairly good cross section of the Italian wine industry, both geographically and oenologically. The food is always imaginative and considered (the burrata...

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Jan d.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Cantina del Ponte

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames ,London SE1 2YE

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Feb 2012

Very mediocre food and bad service! The menu is short and does not have enough variety. Some of the dishes make no sense at all in terms balance and compatibility of ingredients. The classics are not up to the standard that a upmarket restaurant should have. Generally the dishes are quite boring and therefore bad value for money. Furthermore the dessert did not match its desription in the menu and we got no warning from the waiter. When we pointed it out the waiter started arguing. He also asked...

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Anna S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 2

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The Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames ,London SE1 2YE

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by   gold reviewer (36)

Jul 2011

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Our most recent visit is always “not long ago”. We've been eating here 15-20 times per year for many years. The food is of a very good Italian trattoria standard, rather than of a formal up market restaurant (ie they're not competing with Zafferano or Locatelli). Very dependable, comfort style food. Nothing too sophisticated or to get excited about, just decent quality traditional dishes. Perfect for a relaxing end of weekend Sunday evening meal. Like any very well run trattoria, the dining room...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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The Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames ,London SE1 2YE

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by   platinum reviewer (53)

Nov 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The best value meals have to be the ones that you couldn't prepare yourself with the same budget, even if you had equivalent culinary ability and could be bothered to invest the time. Tuesday evening at 7pm was not the time and having not visited Cantina since it's refurb in 2007 and lured by the £15.75 set menu offer an emergency table was booked. It was even on my way home. I have often fallen for the set menu con. Those small slips of paper inside the menu that are as limited and uninteresting...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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The Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames ,London SE1 2YE

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by   platinum reviewer (84)

Sep 2008

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

If your in the area and hungry than its by no means a no-no but if you have options try and look elsewhere. Service was lacking in general, never mind politeness and flair and we had to keep asking our waiter (who couldn't really speak english making it altogether more difficult) to top up our wine glasses as the bottle was kept out of our reach – something I thought uneccesary for a restaurant such as this. Several items advertised on the website were not on the current menu in the restaurant –...

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Mitzie8cake's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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