Cantina del Ponte

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Cantina del Ponte

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Cantina del Ponte subscribes to the three Rs that make Italian food truly great: rustic, robust and reasonably priced. Inside it is simple and friendly, with a wall mural of an Italian marketplace that runs the length of the restaurant. The ambience will transport you right to the heart of Italy leaving you nothing else to say but “life is beautiful”. The restaurant also boasts a breath-taking location on the Thames with beautiful views of Tower Bridge.


Venue name: Cantina del Ponte
Address: The Butlers Wharf Building 36c Shad Thames
Price: £25 and under
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Oooo lala ... so my friends and i came here in time for the launch of their new terrace and man was it pretty!

The cocktail menu is full of yummy cocktails.. there's warm boozy hot chocolate and sparkling concoctions guaranteed to tickle everyone's fancy. The best part is that they're all £5 ... there's also a lovely desert menu to go with those drinks.. the view is beautiful and the atmosphere romantic!!

On some days they even have opera singers to serenade you!

A perfect spot for a date or drinks with the girls!! Wrap up with their faux fur blankets and enjoy the christmasy vibes .


I visited this restaurant Saturday night to celebrate my friends birthday. We were greeted by the host who kindly took our coats and then showed us to our table by the window. They have some scaffolding up a the moment but with fairy lights it looked quite nice. The walk along the Thames  to get to the restaurant alone is spectacular.

We were allocated a waiter who was very helpful and answered all the questions we had about the menu. We ordered from the 3 course menu which was a very reasonable at  £20 -  Polenta with baked gorgonzola cheese to start, followed by slow cooked angus beef in red wine sauce which was tender and tasty, paired with the red wine from Sicily (Arpeggio Rosso). To finish off we both have an affogato, like having coffee and dessert all in one, the perfect way to finish.

Good atmosphere, tasty food and lovely staff. I will go back again very soon.


My flatemate and I came to Cantina del Ponte for dinner last weekend as a sort of treat to ourselves. Having worked hard this past year at university and over the summer break, we thought we deserved a relaxed night out over some good food. Both her and I are massive foodies and although we don't have a preference for particular cuisines, we decided Italian would be best for dinner. 

My flatmate chose this restaurant because she thought the food looked good (through shamelessly stalking Instagram pictures) and after viewing their menu online. We opted for the set menu - I had a 2 course menu while she had a 3 course menu (mainly because I recently found out I'm lactose intolerant and the desserts on the set menu either didn't appeal to me or contained dairy). 

For my starter, I had the buffala mozzarella with fresh tomatoes, basil and panzanella. This was such a simple starter but it tasted so fresh and light! As for the main, I chose the fresh tagliatelle with garlic and parsley mushrooms. Again, this was such a simple dish but it was packed with flavour and executed very well. I liked that the sauce was kept simple so it wasn't overpowering and you could taste each individual flavour - the garlic, the parsley, the freshly grated cheese on top and the mushrooms. 

As I couldn't have dessert, I ordered a glass of dessert wine - the Vin Santo. This is a traditional Italian dessert wine and in the Tuscan region it is normally served as a dessert with cantuccini biscuits to dip into the wine. I experienced this over spring break this year and was amazed by how delicious something so simple could be! That was probably my favourite experience of dining at Cantina del Ponte, the fact that the dishes were kept simple but in no way compromised on taste and flavour. The chef definitely kept a traditional Italian vibe to the dishes and they showed through their homemade feel! 


My boyfriend and I were originally looking for a cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant to visit near London Bridge after work. After failing to find anywhere that would accept tastecard on a Friday, I booked Cantina through Open Table about an hour before the reservation time. It was a little more on the expensive side than we were looking for, but we weren’t disappointed. 

Feeling a little underdressed, but not embarrassingly so, we picked a seat by the window with what would have been a lovely view of the river and Tower Bridge if it wasn’t rainy season in London. 

Antonio was our waiter for the evening. Attentive, honest and knowledgeable. The specials came highly recommended and he was very agreeable with the rest of our choices. We skipped starters. I opted for the spinach and ricotta ravioli, my boyfriend went for the special which was vegetarian lasagne. While the servings were a little on the small side we has a very pleasant meal and would definitely go again.

What should have been an enjoyable evening was severely marred by a member of staff coming out from the back and then screaming at the barmaid in italian before pulling her hair violently. The barmaid then left the restaurant in tears. Until the management learn to control the member of staff that committed this assault, AVOID THIS RESTAURANT. This incident ruined our evening.

Yesterday I went to Cantina with other two friends. We decided to try Evening standard offer (3 courses for £15) Before booking I had a look at the menu and it looked pretty reasonable for the price. Unfortunately when I received my starter I realized, that booking this place was huge mistake. My rocket mozzarella salad was very salty. Rocket and mozzarela was not fresh, mozzarella was chewy and tasteless. With ingredients from Tesco I would have made a much better salad when this. My friends said they liked their starters, but I suspect that they were just polite. Mains where even worse. Vegetable lasagne barely had any vegetables in it, just some odd pulp (probably Béchamel souse by their understanding) It was very poorly presented. My friend was not impressed by their chicken in tomato souse either. Deserts were good, but nothing special. Wine bottle coasted £23.5 and came with screw top! It tasted all right, but was not worth the price charged for it. All in all very disappointing meal at Cantina del Ponte. For the same price, you could get much better food and wine at Carlucio’s. Food was not worth what we were charged, and on the main menu same dishes were even more expensive, which makes them a total rip off. People sitting next to us didn’t seem to enjoy their dinner either. The only good thing about yesterday’s dinner was great view to the Tower Bridge and great location. Service was friendly and quiet good. Cantina is nothing else then tourist trap and I don’t recommend it to anyone.