Highly RecommendedProbably the nicest setting in the city. Food and service are as good as it is anywhere in town as well. Two thumbs up as they say...12/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've eaten at the River CafeWe've eaten at the River Cafe a few times before and enjoyed it but the food was particularly well done on Monday. Our party of four ordered the two appetizer specials and three different entrees. All were excellent. Our 18 month old grandson enjoyed the experience as well!11/3/2013 12:00:00 AMRiver Cafe Exquisite!We absolutely loved this restaurant and highly recommend it. The food and service was exceptional! Thank you River Cafe for the most wonderful experience! We definitely will be back!11/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for a romantic dinnerI reserved a table for my husband's birthday. Everything was perfect...the food, the service and the ambiance.
We loved our experience there.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMQuiet evening with friendsGreat place for a relaxed special occasion dinner. Very friendly & efficient service from the usher to the server. Heard about this place before, but never got around to visit. Tasty & healthy food, great wines for all levels of prices!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb salmonWonderful location; what a shame that on such a beautiful evening the terrace was closed!
The wild spring ivory salmon with fiddleheads was superb and the thought of it will have me salivating for some time to come. The wild hog was tender and delicious.
The restaurant is very expensive!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Customer Service!The food was amazing!! The setting, beautiful and the customer service fabulous! We really appreciated the phone call to come a few minutes after our reservation time so we would not have to stand waiting for a table. The sparkling wine you offered as 'compensation' was an extra special touch! We would highly recommend the River Cafe for an excellent dining experience!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceDining at River Cafe is always a great experience! The location is just as amazing as the food.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom the moment we arrivedFrom the moment we arrived everything was great! Our server was friendly and suggested great items off of the menu. She didn't rush us along and let us take our time to enjoy our drinks and meal. River Cafe is a great spot with wonderful food, but at the same time does not feel stuffy at all. We will definitely be back! The wild boar was delicious!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxing experience!!I really enjoyed my time at the restaurant with my friends. Service was awesome, food delicious and well presented and the wine was tasty. I am planning to bring my husband next time. I found the restaurant appealing and chic .5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was great andThe service was great and the food was interesting. We enjoyed the relaxed feel of the place and the view for all diners was enjoyable.
I do object to being charged $4 for the water that was offered to diners.
Flat, even flat filtered water sold at extravagant prices is unnecessary and felt like a deceitful add on to an otherwise acceptable $250 bill.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat SpotWonderful spot and a true gem of a restaurant. We had a spectacle lunch - the food was delicious and the perfect size for lunch. The only thing better than the food was the service - helpful and friendly but not in your face, we were spoiled by the entire team. Highly, highly recommended - especially for outdoor dining at lunch.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial placeThe River Cafe is great for special occasions: pricey, but the food and the view are worth it as a splurge. Highly recommended for celebrations and romantic dinners. The bison was seasoned to perfection, the sturgeon was excellent, creative and delicious things are done with vegetables. They're good about altering ingredients to accommodate allergies, too.
It's usually not loud, but it was on a recent visit. -- timing probably makes a difference.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the very BestWe were very pleased with our experience at River Cafe when we went for a Mother's Day brunch. The food was outstanding. The waiter was helpful. The meal was relaxing and unhurried. Altogether we very much enjoyed our experience there and would most definitely return as well as recommend to others.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers Day DinnerMy family and I truly enjoyed our Mother's day dinner at the restaurant. We had a informative and attentive waiter and was very helpful on our wine selection. The restaurant is in a uniquie location and you feel in a special place. The food was very good although the portions are not overly generous. I would restrict our attendance to the restaurant for speical occassions as the food prices are much higher than the other restaurants we frequent.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMajestic!What a delightful dining experience we had, cosy setting overlooking scenic downtown Calgary with the quiet river running beneath. The food was superb and the staff so friendly!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day TreatI took my mom here for mother's day and it was absolutely fabulous! It is one of those unique Calgary gems that really highlights the beauty of Prince's Island Park. The food was absolutely outstanding, came out quickly despite the restaurant being packed, and I love the daily features so the menu always is new and fresh! It is such a lovely restaurant for brunch when it is nice out.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAs expected lunch at the RiverAs expected lunch at the River Cafe was faultless. Our compliments to management and staff for maintaining such a high standard of quality and service.
The noise in and on the property of the restaurant was fine. However, throughout our lunch we could hear the beating of drums from Eau Claire Plaza. It was monotonous, loud, continual and far from entertaining. After almost an hour we had to leave. I had the beginning of a headache as a result of the noise.
Perhaps the restaurant needs to talk with the management of the Plaza to ensure that times and volume of noise do not disrupt the enjoyment of diners.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxingGreat place to have a relaxing high end meal. Portion sizes were perfect, food was excellent. My only wish would be to have more selection on the menu.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMMy favourite Calgary restaurantLove this restaurant for its romantic feel, "out of the way" woodsiness, and superb food.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!We could not have asked for a better server or meal. This was a special dinner for us, and we could not stop talking about how amazing everything was! We will most definitly return to River Cafe! What a gem in a beautiful setting!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointingI love going to River Cafe in the spring/summer! When weather is beautiful, the view is great and the food is even better. Having weekend brunch here completely makes my weekend! Service was great as usual it's something I can always count on!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food!
Service wasAmazing food!
Service was a little slow but worth the wait! And our server although busy was great!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversaryWe have chosen the River Café as our place for special dates; we just celebrated our 28th anniversary with wonderful dinner on the patio. The food was simply amazing! From the shared appetizer to pairing a special aperitif with desert, the evening was outstanding! The service and atmosphere made for a very special anniversary. Our compliments to the Chef and serving team.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch on the islandMy friend and I enjoyed a lovely Friday lunch at River Cafe. The service was friendly and the food was great. The rosemary bread that comes in a little basket at the start if the meal had great flavor. My friend had the duck confit and I had the wild boar pot pie. I really liked that the pot pie came with a light pastry topper instead of being a whole 'pie.' It was also accompanied by a nice side salad. A perfect lunch for the in-between seasons spring weather in a wonderful, rustic-cabin-like atmosphere.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGood for all occationsThis place is a gem, its a bit on the pricy side but most if not all of what they sell is made in house (which is why its a bit more pricy than most lower end restaurants. I discovered this place when I first came to the city and was living in crescent heights, brought my girlfriend there when we started going out and now that we are married, we still come down and have brunch on occasion. If you like romantic places with great food, this is the place to go.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Food!Excellent food, fun ambiance and great place to eat. Feels like an exclusive park but just steps away from Calgary's downtown executive offices. Outstanding!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ... Again!Our party of three had lunch here last week. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, river and people strolling by. The food was excellent.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGood for Out of Town Business FolksFood is consistently great and I am starting to bring work colleagues all the time. I stay at the Sheraton Eau Claire and have many out of town guests.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch on Princess IslandBeautiful to sit outdoors for lunch on the patio when weather is warm. Lovely salads and flatbreads.2/4/2013 12:00:00 AM