Cantina del Ponte

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Bronze Award

A resplendent painted mural runs along the back wall of this bonafide 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, and the all-Italian wine list shows confidence in regional grapes, with plenty of good drinking.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Fun, Lively, Traditional
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Special Features
Wheelchair access
Child friendly, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Cantina del Ponte

Cantina Del Ponte is a welcoming, traditional trattoria by the Thames, offering everything from quick bites to longer, relaxed dinners. Guests are greeted by an enormous Italian marketplace mural, along with black and white tiles to merge the traditional trattoria vibe with that of the bustling capital. Head chef Romildo Tricarico, hailing from Veneto, spent his early years mastering his fresh pasta skills at the Giovanni Rana family restaurant. His cooking style is heavily influenced by traditional Italian home-style family cooking. 

Visits to Cantina Del Ponte start with the likes of an Aperol Spritz or Negroni, or stylish mocktails for any non-drinkers. As one might expect, Nocellara olives and focaccia are on hand to feed hungry mouths while eyes examine the menu. Antipasti celebrate Italian classics, such as calamari, nduja meatballs, arancini, burrata or beef carpaccio, alongside house creations, like the bruschetta di Cantina: tomato, basil and stracciatella atop crunchy bread. 

Following a traditional structure, mains are separated into primi and secondi. The primi selection showcases classics like mushroom risotto, lobster tagliolini, gnocchi, wild boar ragu, seafood linguini, lasagne and pumpkin and ricotta ravioli. Those who filled up on bread will have to make room for the equally delightful secondi, including grilled spatchcock baby chicken, lamb rump, salmon fillet, veal or pan-fried cod. For cheese lovers, there is spaghetti cacio e pepe (the simplest of sauces, consisting primarily of pasta water) with black truffle, served in a wheel of pecorino. 

Following the style of the rest of the menu, desserts include traditional staples like tiramisu, pannacotta ai fruitti di bosco, house gelato or the house cheese selection. 

The wine list has a truly broad range of Italian by the bottle or glass, including fruity Sicilian whites and dry Sardinian entries, as well as punch Puglian reds, champagnes and dessert wine to round off the meal nicely. 

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1000 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £40 on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

15 points for every £1 spent

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £120.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

500 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £25, lunchtimes only.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time

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Location for Cantina del Ponte

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

020 7403 5403


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Mon 17:30-21:00
Tue 17:30-21:00
Wed 17:30-21:00
Thu 17:30-21:00
Fri 17:30-21:00
Sat 17:30-21:00
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-20:00

Reviews of Cantina del Ponte

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8 Reviews 

jennifer K

13 January 2020   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4

Good location nice food staff 

Maartje V

28 June 2019  
Lovely location and view, great service and good value for money.

Richard C

29 April 2017  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
A pleasant evening
Very pleasant evening. Good service. Friendly staff. Balanced menu and reasonably priced

Jan D

26 July 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
HIts the spot!
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 served on a bed of grilled, smoked aubergines, zucchini and tomatoes was out of this world!) Their seafood classics are always delicious. Nothing more to say...well recommended!!

Anna S

18 February 2012  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
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 how was the food and when we pointed out the problems the waiter started arguing again and trying to prove to us that we were wrong and that everything is great. What is the point of asking for feedback then?? Very disappointing.

gerald B

18 July 2011  
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
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 tends to have a very pleasant and very buzzy atmosphere, and the staff are normally very pleasant, friendly and efficient, despite being busy. Its very much run as a friendly family local, even though it’s a part of D&D, with regulars being acknowledged and recognised by staff. Very nice given the volume of covers, and a lot better than many owner managed restaurants I've been to ! The wine list is sufficient for most meals, and includes some very reasonable less expensive bottles at £25 level. We normally spend £30-£35. The menu is relatively short, which is fine. We normally have spicy chicken or tuna, or the very popular seafood linguine. Over the last 6 months we've paid on average £47 for 2 for 2 courses, inc service, ex drinks. Total bills tend to be about £90. Seems fair value given the quality of food, service and the prime riverside location (with outside tables, with heaters and a waterproof canopy !!). One of the best of the ex Conran restaurants in Shad Thames. We like the combination of the casual and informal environment, with friendly staff, plus the very reliable comfort type food. All the features of an upmarket Trat. We shall be back, very soon …

Christopher J

25 November 2009  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
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 as they are as inexpensive as then gone a la carte to avoid boring myself to death. I am pleased to report that Cantina's set menu broke this format. I didn't feel I was sitting in economy here even after studying the first class menu. It was an excellent meal, my Salmon was cooked with skill far beyond my capabilities and I don't even know how to cook Polenta. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, is less austere than it's more corporate neighbours and I definitely couldn't cook it at home for a shade over fifteen quid even without the free glass of Wine. Great value and choice for a casual lunch / dinner. Will go first class next time.

Mittal S

25 September 2008  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 2
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 – something I brought up with our less than diligent waiter who didn't seem to acknowledge my comments – perhaps he just didn't understand. This level of service was not an isolated case but all over the restaurant with diners getting wrong dishes as well as several diners with wondering waiting looks. When food arrived it was nothing special and on par with your standard pizza express, so how they feel they can over price it to the amount they have, is beyond me. Overall typical of a D&D London restaurant which seems to be going downhill each time I visit one of its unfortunate restaurants. There seems to be some sort of problem with internal comms within the business. A recent example is with staff at Sauterelle (@ Royal Exchange, Bank), who were not even able to tell me any details about their recent Mojito night, as they were unaware of it. This is despite it being postered outside the restaurant!
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