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River Café
River Café
  • Address:
    Prince's Island Park
    25 Prince's Island Park SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 0R1
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    Canadian
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

River Café Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.river-cafe.com
  • Email: events@river-cafe.com
  • Phone: (403) 261-7670
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch & Dinner Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Brunch & Dinner Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Winfield
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Enjoy an exclusive cocktail party or dinner in your home presented and prepared by River Café. Our accomplished culinary team will prepare an exquisite menu tailored specifically to your event, executed by our professional service team. Experience a culinary journey presented with the elegance, beauty, and professional service of River Café. You and your guests relax and enjoy while we look after all of the details.
  • Private Party Facilities: River Café is available for private bookings.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Beames (403) 261-7670
  • Special Events & Promotions: We have dates available in 2014 & 2015 to book your wedding, birthday party or Corporate event. Contact our Events Manager, Kelly Beames for more information.

    We look forward to hosting you.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Paid parking is available on the street during the day and no charge at night. Heated underground parking at Eau Claire Market for a $3 flat rate evenings and weekends.
A word from River Café
We are located in the middle of Prince's Island Park and we are accessed on foot via one of four bridges or causeways. Parking is available on street in the Eau Claire area, underground at Eau Claire Market for a flat fee of $3 on weekends and evenings, or across from Memorial Drive. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Should your plans change, please let us know. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "River Cafe is one of a kind place for many reasons. First off the ambiance cannot be beat. The Cafe look onto spectacular views of the River and the downtown core. I love it that they keep the menu rather short (not page after page) but yet manage to have something for everyone from chicken all the way to pickerel. The food was wonderful: a great blend of flavors, very well cooked. The staff are very knowledgeable about what the Cafe has to offer and the service was very professional."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Excellent location on picturesque Prince's Island. The red meat dishes were all terrific. Loved the roast lamb on the wood grill, and the bison was fantastic. The special marinated halibut was perfect. Only one dish was not up to par - the scallops with pork. Once served, the scallops were cold and the pork was too fatty for our liking. This guest however did not want to complain so we left it as is. Server was very attentive but not too intrusive. Wine list is excellent. Desserts were delicious."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was at the River Cafe for the Annual Roots and Shoots Dinner... The food was incredible from start to finish. If you haven't been to this special event, I encourage to attend next year. It is THE not to be missed and BEST sign of spring...in Calgary. Thanks to the chefs and staff for lovely evening...."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Overall good food and service, but a bit overpriced!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Underwhelming for the price point. Service was disappointing; the hostess spent more time with us than our server, who seemed to really struggle. Portions for entrees were also on the small side. Two small slice of lamb and some sauce to make the plate look full, certainly left me far from full. Don't mind spending good money for a good night out, but the only thing that really stood out was the fish and game board, which was absolutely superb."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant as part of the Big Taste - River Cafe did not disappoint. The meal was probably one of the best meals I have ever had. And the ambiance was very nice."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We have eaten here a few times now and never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The river cafe sort of has it all: nice menu with many locally sourced products, great wine list, unique building and location and capable staff. Dinner there was good but not great. Value for money was poor - it seems we paid about a $10 to $15 toll to cross the bridge on to Princes Island. It's a lovely spot and I am delighted they are back after such heinous flood damage but other attractions like Notable, Rouge, Divino, Ox &Angela, Anejo are simply a better bet."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "River Cafe location is unique, walking distance from downtown, in the middle of a beautiful park. You are welcomed by a cosy atmosphere. Even busy, the restaurant remains quiet. Food is innovative and delicious. Organic products are provided by selected producers. Plates are sofistically elaborated as a combinaison of tastes and consistences. Both vegetables, meat and sea food are providing pleasure to any demanding palates. Prices are OK considering the quality of the products. Wine list is very interesting and even the expresso coffee is very good, so rare in Calgary. I often return to River Cafe, for lunch or dinner, and even brunch. I never been desappointed."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in we were greeted warmly and guided to our table. Our server was outstanding. Room smelled of a wood fire. The food was the highlight of our evening. Best meal we have had in the city bar none. Great job river. We will be back soon. Thanks."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It was one of the most enjoyable and totally pleasing evenings we have experienced in a while"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Never failed: great food with unique menu; knowledgeable server. Wonderful wine selection too."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great restaurant, limited menu, but all dishes are excellent."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My family was in Calgary visitng from Ontario, and I thought that the River Cafe would be the perfect spot to show off my wonderful city. We walked down to the resaurant from Crescent Heights, taking in the beautiful views along the way, arriving to a cozy, rustic and beautiful dining room. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch experience - our service was excellent and the food was delicious - especially the pastries! There were also great vegetarian meals and options! Some of us didn't stray from the traditional bacon and eggs breakfast (always a staple) but others enjoyed the quiche and eggs benny! My family was very impressed and they let me know how lucky I am to live in such a wonderful city, with great restaurants such as the River Cafe."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was disappointing, no salad choice and desert were offered. Vegetables were undercooked, and the food was tasteless"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I recommend ths restaurant , the food is great. The selection of meat is out of this world I will not try to cook some of the selection cause I can't. Location is excellent even for Calgary weather."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I think the food isn't as good as it once was. We dined last week and no one at the table loved their entree. The appetizers were excellent. Will probably try again as the ambience is so nice and they have my favorite wine but if the food is just marginal, given the premium prices, I wouldn't return."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Our anniversary. River Cafe made it special with some delicious sparking wine by the fire while we warmed up from our cold, cold walk over. Our table by the window had a terrific view. The food was sensational. Humus followed by fantastic winter mains. Our only regret was that we didn't have room for desert. We'll keep that in mind next time! The staff were there whenever we needed them, but very discreet otherwise. Just perfect!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Considering that it was Big Taste week, the food and service was great. I was partly expecting a long wait and cold food due to the larger volume of patrons but the restaurant lived up to its reputation. We went as a group of four and had the regular Big Taste Dinner Menu. Each dish was delicious, especially the second course which was scallop with dumpling with a popcorn sauce - and odd pairing you would think but it really worked! Our server Adam was especially good. He was incredibly informative about each dish and wine pairing and went out of his way to make us feel welcome and special."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch - every flavor was unique and yummy. Focus on local food supply appreciated!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "It has been a while since we've been at the River Café and choose to celebrate my husband's birthday there on a Monday night. Mondays are not busy, so it was quiet in the restaurant but the food, atmosphere and service were on par with what we experienced previously. I had the scallops which was bedded on a creamy cauliflower puree and accompanied by a spinach and toasted hazelnuts - simply sublime. My husband had the wild rice pudding for dessert and like it so much, requested the recipe (and then demanded I make it at home!) This restaurant has always been one of my favorites and our recent meal just confirms it."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Was at the River Café on Friday evening after work. I really enjoyed the squid and beef tar tar to start and thought the Bison Tenderloin was fantastic. We actually erred when booking through open table and booked the Saturday night instead of the Friday night, but the River Café was extremely accommodating and the service was very good. While I had no concerns about the evening, my wife pointed out the price point. While it is high, you're paying for both the fantastic culinary experience AND the ambiance of the location. I get it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the River Cafe! Wonderful food and great ambience. Service was timely not rushed and our waiter was very helpful. Loved the location and didn't even mind the walk in the -14 C night! One word of caution- don't expect to wear the same clothes the next day! The wood fireplace smells great but so do your clothes afterwards!! A lovely reminder of a lovely spot!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I had read several reviews saying that the service was bad or that the food was not as good as people had hoped, that is all bogus. This was one of the best meals out that I have ever had. I was very impressed with the staff, they were friendly and seemed nice. They were also able to accommodate a dairy and soy allergy so that we could have a great meal! All in all, very impressed and we will be back"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had heard good reviews so decided to try for ourselves, this was our first visit to the River Cafe which was an enjoyable experience and will not be our last. . We went for my wife's birthday, we both enjoyed the well cooked and presented food in a relaxed environment, we found the service attentive and good. we will be recommending this to friends and visitors"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had the big taste Gourmet menu with the wine pairings and it was fantastic. The only weaker note was the sparkling wine with the first appetizer course. While the sparkling wine was underwhelming, it did serve to highlight the Albacore tuna very well, but the inverse wasn't true. The wine was actually worst after taking a bite from the tuna. The tuna was better after the wine. The rest of the meal was perfectly well paired and very enjoyable, my wife and I had a great time. Service was outstanding as usual!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My friend and i went for Big taste calgary. We had the 5 corse meal with the wine paring. Every course was perfectly plated and the waiter was extremely knowlagable about the ingredients and the whine. I will be bringing my husband here for a special occasion in the near future!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is a very nice place with good food and has been my wife and my favorite place to eat. However the last 3 times we've eaten there our dinner was spoiled by noisy kids. When you are paying $200-$300 for a meal you should not have to put up with kids crying and yelling. This will probably be the last time we eat here as it appears they are trying to cater to kids which is stupid in my opinion."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The soup wasn't hot.. ..... otherwise everything was amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I don't usually write reviews, but River Café was so exceptional that I had to share my experience. We went out for a date night and took advantage of their Big Taste Gourmet menu with wine pairings. Everything was superb. All of the dishes had interesting combination of tastes and eloquent presentation. This restaurant is very expensive but definitely worth it. Great for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "River Cafe on Prince's Island in Calgary was a new experience for us as newcomers to Calgary. River Cafe has had great reviews but as we have seen many times, things change sometimes. The lunch offered was structured as part Taste of Calgary. The menu consisted of a soup, a fish entree and cookies to go for dessert. All for $15.00. For $12:00 the restaurant offered wine pairing for the 2 courses. The service was great and the food outstanding. We looked at the supper menu and it is quite varied with venison, fish and vegetarian dishes. A place to go back to."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "One of the few places that regularily goes the extra mile."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I enjoyed the special you offered. Suggest maybe bumping up the price to $25 like other high end restaurants partaking in this event so you can offer a better quality dessert and appetizer. Loved the tuna dish and service was good overall."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My friend and I ate lunch here during the Big Taste event last week. The menu was well thought out and the soup paired very nicely with the albacore tuna. Was very impressed with the value for dollar as their lunch as only $15. Was excited about the take away cookies which were both delicious, wish I could have had a few more of both! Had great service and always enjoy the atmosphere at the River Cafe!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent food, showcasing the creativity and uniqueness of fine dining in Calgary. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were at River Cafe for the Big Taste, the lunch was fantastic! The presentation was well prepared and it was delicious, great value for $15. The restaurant was very cozy and decoration suited the surrounding of the park. The only thing we were not satisfied about was our service. Our waitress did not seem very welcoming and attentive. She did not smile much and did not come back to ask us how our food was, we found that she had this attitude with her other tables as well, the server that brought us the food was excellent though, she explained what everything was and she smiled at least."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Amazing food, as always, including the vegetarian options."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Love the kale soup not overly heavy bc of yogurt...smart! Tuna dish was amazing, tasty n light. Thanks river cafe for lovely lunch. Will be back for sure! Great food, service n atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Second course was pan fried dumpling and a scallop with some popcorn , I mean seriously? What kinda of fine dining serve this kinda simplicity food , + that 2 piece of pear . No body want to pay $10 a dish of this..... You either charge enough to make it good or find some cheaper material to make it good . The main course was a un-chewable beef shoulder except the deep inside little piece , braised suppose to be dry outside , but not the inside ! Lucky my friend warned me its not that good , that's why I ordered 3 course meal only ! Will never visit again"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We started our brunch off with a trio of pastries to share between the two of us -- fresh baked, full of regional flair (danish with saskatoon berries), delicious. Next, we moved on to our brunch entrees -- roasted red pepper and swiss chard quiche with a kale salad and eggs benedict with royal elk bacon and roasted potatoes. Both were exquisite and nicely sized portions. We went a bit overboard and had dessert afterwards -- warm, maple rice pudding and toffee bread pudding with quince. No regrets. In fact, everything was so great we booked a reservation to come back for Mother's Day during the meal. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014