Marco Polo on The River

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Occupying a huge riverside terrace & the ground floor of the grand projects on Putney’s riverbank, this fairly old-school trattoria struggles to fill its impressive number of seats. However, Marco Polo has no problem ticking over – it has a captive market with all those hungry mouths in the flats above. The ranks are swelled at weekends & on sunny evenings by strollers & families on a day out. Cracks may appear when there’s unexpected pressure on the staff, but the kitchen keeps churning out perfectly decent, uncomplicated cooking regardless. Expect antipasti, pastas, & the likes of pollo alla milanese & fish stew, as well as the inevitable pizzas (many of which are ordered as takeaways by locals).

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Marco Polo on The River
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Marco Polo on The River

6-7 Riverside Quarter, Eastfield Avenue, Bridge Road ,London SW18 1LP

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by   bronze reviewer (13)

Jul 2014

Have visited Marco Polo a few times. It is a nice venue on a hot and sunny weekend lunchtime, being close to the river with a nice view. The restaurant has quite a large outside terrace but the tables are quite closely packed together. Food is decidedly average. Plain and simple, with no flair or style – its good enough, not poor but always a slight disappointment. Wine list is nothing special. Prices are not overly expensive but do not represent value given the modest standard. What really lets...

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Andrew H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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Marco Polo on The River

6-7 Riverside Quarter, Eastfield Avenue, Bridge Road ,London SW18 1LP

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Beautiful homemade pasta on a Summers night

by   silver reviewer (15)

Sep 2013

On the last hot evening this Summer I descended to this lovely Italian on the river. I have walked past this many times but have been put off by the unnecessary pictures of the food on the glass walls, but thought I would give it a chance. To start I tucked in to a modest bruschetta followed by handmade seafood tagliatelle. Such simplicity shouldn’t be overlooked when it is done this well. The pasta was absolutely delightful, I savoured every bite. My boyfriend scoffed down his delectable speck...

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Cullinary Kate's rating

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

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Marco Polo on The River

6-7 Riverside Quarter, Eastfield Avenue, Bridge Road ,London SW18 1LP

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beautiful setting...shocking service

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Jul 2013

I have just eaten lunch here. The setting is beautiful, you can't beat dining al fresco riverside on a beautiful sunny day. Food here has been hit and miss in the past but I am happy to report that we were all happy with the food, everything was pretty good. However the service is terrible. We waited to be seated, then we had to ask twice if we could order some drinks, then we had to ask for a waiter to order our food and then we had to ask for the bill twice. They forgot 2 things we ordered from...

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Amy W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 3

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Marco Polo on The River

6-7 Riverside Quarter, Eastfield Avenue, Bridge Road ,London SW18 1LP

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Oct 2012

I‘m a reguralar costumer in Marco Polo and I have to say I all ways enjoy the food, service and the restaurant it self, in the summer we can enjoy the al fresco dinning toguether with an amazing vew of the Thames. the food its all ways very good and exellent presentation. the staff is lovely and very freindly and exellent service. I just can't get enough of Marco Polo I highly recomend it!! P. Alexander Putney, London

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

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Marco Polo on The River

6-7 Riverside Quarter, Eastfield Avenue, Bridge Road ,London SW18 1LP

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by   (4)

Aug 2010

It's a shame that this restaurant has been given such poor reviews below. As I live nearby I enjoyed walking up to this restaurant for a quiet bottle of wine and some pizza with my partner. The prawn entree in white wine sauce was fantastic, and the pizzas were excellent too. If you don't live in the area I'm not sure where you would park neraby, but the restaurant is in a lovely location right on the Thames so worth a visit in the warmer months if you enjoy alfresco dining.

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

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6-7 Riverside Quarter, Eastfield Avenue, Bridge Road ,London SW18 1LP

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Apr 2010

I went with 5 friends for lunch to Marco Polo on Sunday 18th April 2010. The waiting staff were rude and abrupt, they were unhappy to take a drinks order while we waited for all of our friends to arrive, they complained when we wanted to order an antipasto platter while we decided on our main courses, the food and drinks took ages to arrive, the waitresses seemed to be wandering around with people food looking lost while their plates went cold. we certainly seemed to be one of many unhappy customers. I...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 3

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6-7 Riverside Quarter, Eastfield Avenue, Bridge Road ,London SW18 1LP

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Mar 2009

There is not sufficient hyperbole in the English language to describe my utter disappointment with this restaurant. I have just moved to the Putney area and was looking for a riverside venue to celebrate Mothering Sunday. Our party booked a week in advance and our party was made up of 5 adults. We arrived on time for our booking and decided to sit outside to enjoy the rare sunshine that we are afforded in England. After being sat down for 20 minutes waiting to order, we overheard another disgruntled...

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

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