Marco Polo on The River

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

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020 8874 6800

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SquareMeal Review of Marco Polo on The River

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).

Marco Polo on The River Location

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

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020 8874 6800

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm Sun -10.30pm)

Marco Polo on The River's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 5.3

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Service: 3.9

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Atmosphere: 5.5

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Value: 4.4

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 2

Bronze Reviewer
30 July 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 the place down is the service. They simply don't employ enough staff to cover the number of diners that fit the terrace. Everything takes too long and it is very difficult to get any service or attention. I feel very sorry for the waiting staff. However, despite all the negatives that setting keeps drawing you back in the hope that things have improved.

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Food + drink: 1

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 0

06 July 2014

Nice location and hit and miss service. Eastern European restaurant masquerading as Italian. You don't go there for the food…

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
13 September 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 spaghetti with truffle oil trying desperately to fend off my fork from stealing a bite. The evening was made more gratifying with the sunset beaming over the river and a tasty glass of house white wine in my hand. I felt like I was on holiday. A lot of the appeal is the huge terrace they offer. The interior is quite slick and trendy but it is run by old-skool Italians who understand traditional Italian food. I must admit the service could have been a little more attentive, we skipped dessert because we were waiting so long for them to take our order but they were courteous and friendly which I always value highly in a restaurant. Over all it was the perfect place to spend the last night of Summer.

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