Rick Stein Barnes

British, Fish·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Rick Stein Barnes

Bronze Award

Despite previously announcing that he would never open a restaurant in London, famed seafood chef Rick Stein has gone back on his word with this eponymous opening in Barnes. We don't blame him – this riverside venue is a steal. The main dining room is cosy and elegant, with trailing ivy covering the ceiling, but its coveted window seats are where you really want to be, located in a bright, semi-private area with a huge glass façade to amplify those river views. If you manage to snag a spot here, or even if you don’t, Rick’s certainly has an air of special occasion dining about it.

Fish and seafood abound, naturally. Although the menu isn’t going to break boundaries any time soon, it’s a fine example of great ingredients treated with the care and respect they deserve. An elegant starter of tuna and salmon sashimi proves that point to a tee, a simple, neat, elegantly displayed dish served with wasabi, pink pickled ginger and a soy dressing. Mains veer back towards the classic, a route we chose to stay on with a majestic piece of Dover sole, cooked a la meuniere, which was beautifully soft and swimming in butter. We finished with a smile-inducing chocolate dome, which was the texture of butter and finished with a dark mirror-glaze.

The wine list is extensive and contains hand-picked selections by Rick and Charlie Stein, son to the great chef and incidentally the director of all the family’s restaurants. We opted for a French Vermentino which, despite being the most affordable by-the-glass white on the menu, was utterly delicious.

Service on our visit was warm, friendly and eager to please, with our lovely waiter explaining where the fish we were eating came from – all British, of course. As with most restaurants in London, prices have skyrocketed over the years, and you’re easily spending upwards of £60 a head for three courses before nibbles and wine. Like we said, this is special occasion dining, although there is a very temping set lunch menu for £17.50 we have our eye on when we inevitably return.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, Fish
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Waterside
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Does it cater for dietary requirement?

Yes, there are gluten-free, vegetarian and children's menus.

Helpful? 0


Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street, Barnes, London, SW14 8SN

020 4548 4855 020 4548 4855


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-21:00
Tue 12:00-21:00
Wed 12:00-21:00
Thu 12:00-21:00
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun 12:00-21:00


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10 Reviews 

emma L

21 January 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 5

Had an amazing Saturday afternoon lunch with my family. The river side tables are private and the view is really special. I thought the fish and chips were pretty much as good as it gets in london and the kids menu is simple yet delicious, and my kids ate everything which is a minor miracle. The Wine menu is simple but has good choices. Really surprised by the poor reviews... we really enjoyed our meal and it's very good value for London.


17 June 2022  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 2
Value 2
Underwhelmed Restaurant

Went for dinner the other evening, service very slow but friendly.

my crab was tasteless and had to ask for mayonnaise to give it flavour.

the fig tart was mostly frangipane and hardly any figs. I make this desert and usually it's a covering of frangipani and lots of fruit. Very disappointing . Not a good selection of red wine by the glass for some one driving.

I went with friends so did not complain at the time

 very disappointed as it's a local restaurant but I will not be going again

Kevin M

19 September 2021  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 1.5
Dover Sole rubbery in texture and rather tasteless

I was very much looking forward to sampling the fish at this restaurant as it was my birthday and found the texture of my Dover Sole to be rather rubbery in texture and not 'melt in your mouth' as expected/should be. As it was a special occassion I was sitting there rather disappointed which surprised me. I also noticed that though I had left the bottom portion of the fish intact as I could not face starting this there were no queries from the kitchen as to why?

Love the Rick Sten television series but unfortunately not sure what happened to the food experience.


24 July 2020  
Food & Drink 5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 3.5
Very Disapointing

Awful staff & service. Clrlearly all staff hated their jobs and loathed being there. Drinks not refreshed once the bottle emptied, (it took an age to have the empty bottle taken away, as did it take an even greater age to have the cutlery packaging taken away, which littered our table for almost the entire duration of the meal!). Had we not visited Padstow's collection of restaurants, plus Fistral Beach, we most certainly would never, ever be back.

We have a gift card which is now, we are led to believe, an "old" card, and is on a different system. While this is most definitely not our fault, the unacceptable length of time taken to sort this out, (without an apology for the inordinate delay, incidentally), we were most defi itely made to feel as though it was.

As we are not planning to visit Cornwall any time soon, we are forced to offload the remaining balance at the Mortlake branch, (for some reason called "Barnes") which is most definitely going to be as a very last resort. Had we not had a remaining balance to get rid of, we most definitely would not be returning. Had we visited Mortlake as a first impression, and had not had the benefit of previous visits to all Cornwall's venues, we would most definitely be requesting a refund of the very large original balance on this gift card.

A 50th Birthday celebration, delayed due to pandemic hysteria, ruined by surly, unattentive, miserable staff. The 12.5% service charge was promptly added to the bill, of course. Once we had eventually caught the eye of one of the waiters.


Very, very disappointing. Most definitely NOT recommended.


27 November 2019  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 2
Atmosphere 4
Value 1
Four happy diners ...then there was just one and he never ate raw shellfish

It's a lovely place, service is average and I really wanted some seafood having lived near La Rochelle for many years

Average sea food dish given the price, and the mayonnaise was caked over and dry on top.  It tasted fine. We were two couples, three of us ate from the seafood platter and the fourth didn't. He was the only one of us who didnt displayfood poisoning  symptoms within 48 hours.

i understood heavy November rainfall had caused a problem with the oyster suppliers and despite the illness caused by eating them and a 3/4 day holiday absolutely ruined, so far all I received was an apology, and the explanation above. I'm never going back despite my love of fruits de mer


06 August 2019  
Fabulous position on the Thames. Delicious food and the staff are great.


24 April 2018  
Always a great fun and filling meal at Temper. Awesome BBQ food.

Vivien B

04 May 2017  
For thirty years The Depot in Barnes was loved by locals who were concerned when Rick Stein took it over. However, it's still just as good, very friendly and the best fish and chips ever.

Mark B

31 March 2017  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
A great addition to Barnes
Had dinner here last night, having given up on the Depot some time ago. A perfect setting for a seafood restaurant, it was clearly still finding its way having only been open for a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, we had great service, really excellent food, and great value for money considering the quality of the cooking and ingredients. The décor has been tastefully upgraded, and there is a very nice bar should you wish to have a pre or post dinner drink. All in, a great addition to Barnes

Hilary H

24 March 2017  
Food & Drink 2
Service 3
Atmosphere 2
Value 2
As a long standing customer of The Depot in Barnes I was looking forward with anticipation to visiting it under the new ownership of Rick Stein. Desperately disappointing! The decor and piped music are that of a second rate hotel; the food was poor (they quite rightly did not charge for my dish); the service was polite but slow even though it was not full. So sad - they have an uphill climb to take before they start losing what were loyal clients.
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