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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
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Location and food was VERY nice. Service was very good. Not overbearing, but attentive. Great place to go for special occasions. Likely wouldn't make it a regular haunt."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Atmosphere was rustic & very nice. Service good. Food tasted ordinary for high price."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We treated ourselves for lunch for our 3 yr wedding anniversary. We enjoyed a wild boar pruchutto flatbread,my husband had the bison burger which was delicious and I had the halibut. The halibut was underseasoned and slightly overcooked. Otherwise the experienced was great, including the starter bread. Especially the cherry bread! the blueberry ice cream was delicious also."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "What a great place to celebrate a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Met a client here for lunch. Had not been here for over a couple years. The food was fantastic, the outdoor patio was wonderful. It was just a great lunch experience. PS. Try the octopus appetizer."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance was excellent. What more could you ask for. A perfect place for any special occasion."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Extremely small portions. If youre looking for a scenic dining experience but with a meal you dont need to stop at Mc Donalds afterwards I would recommend Bow Valley Ranche. BTW you can ask Mc D to replace Big Mac patty with Angus burger patty, try it on the way back from River Cafe."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Riverside Cafe never disappoints. The service level, the food, and the ambience are top notch. In particular, it's a great destination on a warm day because the patio and the scenery that surrounds it is beautiful. The servers are very good at allowing you to enjoy a leisurely stay so it's perfect for a romantic dinner or to spend time with good friends/family."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Good food but honestly nothing special. Our server was really great and the patio is lovely. Had a really nice bottle of wine and our appetizers and dessert were fabulous. We were not overly excited about our entrees though. Beef was tough and chewy and halibut was nicely prepared but the accompaniments were nothing special. Overall, it was a good experience however, I would not rush back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is the second time I've ever gone for brunch at the River Café and it was just as wonderful an experience as the first time I went – which was many years ago. Not only is the food delicious but the service is superb, I love the out door patio and how there are enough umbrellas for everyone to be in the shade but still feel open to the outdoors. But above all, the food is exquisite."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Fabulous food for breakfast, perhaps have a couple more options on menu."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My friend and I had brunch this past Saturday on their patio. I have always wanted to try their breakfast and I am so glad I did because it was delicious! I loved over looking their garden and being able to watch the chefs trim vegetables and herbs for our breakfast. The server was wonderful and very responsive to our dietary restrictions. I will have to come back again to try their pastries and coffee one morning!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic date. It is such a unique and beautiful location"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Most amazing spot, great food, the beat outdoor patio in this city. but the service for this environment was not to par with the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We initially sat outside on the beautiful porch overlooking the Bow River on a windy summer evening. As stormy weather approached, the staff very nicely relocated us indoors. The staff were friendly and kind. We ate the early bird dinner special with the wine pairing (a great deal - the way to go because otherwise it is very pricey) -- the appetizer and entree were both delicious and beautifully plated. The selected wines were fantastic! Really it was a beautiful setting, great food and lovely staff - a winner."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A lovely location for lunch with the girls! We had a choice of where to sit on the patio. Great patio. Nice wine list . Plates of trout and a halibut were very good and we enjoyed our mains. The day was gorgeous and the patio was well attended by many clients and servers.The starter came quickly, but it did take awhile for the mains to come. We had wine and water while we waited. Everyone working there were friendly and they adapted to our needs. Dessert was disappointing. Pots de crème were not available and I picked Truffles. 1 truffle and a tiny macaron, sitting, sadly in a little dish. Not a leaf, or a piece of raspberry or strawberry to decorate. Poor presentation....and they still charged me. I will go back sometime."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary at The River Cafe! The staff were so friendly, food delicious and the atmosphere great!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This restaurant does it right. We were there for lunch on a beautiful day and were lucky to get a seat on the patio. The service is outstanding and very friendly. The menu is very good with a good selection for everyone. We had a beautiful bottle of wine and ordered the halibut. The fish was cooked to perfection, beautifully caramelized on the outside and moist and tender on the inside, served with stacked potatoes pieces( No idea how they did it but it was fantastic) fresh steamed peas and pea shoots. Do yourself a favour and go down to princess island for a meal here. We were so lucky it was not destroyed in the flood."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I don't usually respond to requests such as this. However, my lunch in such a beautiful park with great ambience was remarkable!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My wife and I spent our anniversary here Monday night. While it didn't seem overly busy, and there was plenty of staff milling around, it did take quite a while in between visits from our waitress. Overall the meal was an hour and 40 minutes, and I'm glad we didn't have anywhere else to be. Case in point, we ordered decaf coffee with desert, and we actually got our deserts 5 minutes before we got the coffee......I guess a lot of people don't order coffee anymore because the waitress said she had to wait for them to brew some. The food was good....not great....and for the $$ I think it should have been great. I won't count someone out on the first date.....we'll go back to see if we have a different experience before the summer is out."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great scenic spot but the food and service were far below what I was expecting. The roasted potatoes were horrible and the overall portion small. We had to stop for snacks as we were still hungry after our meal."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a great dining experience. I had the scallop appetizer which was delicious. I was impressed by the combination of ingredients the chef used with the scallops. They seemed perfect together. My entree was pork tenderloin which was excellent. The service was very good without being " pushy" Overall it was a fabulous evening dinner!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • " We had a wonderful dinner - delicious food & great service with lovely surroundings."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We've been here a few times and have always found the menu to be so creative and appropriate for the season. The atmosphere both inside and out is wonderful and our server, Michael was attentive, informative and personable."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had great lunch on patio. Waiter really listened to what I requested for 9 year old with me (chicken skewer, roasted potatoes, and veggie). Added fiddleheads and discovered a new veggie my nephew liked. I had salad and eggplant flatbread, strawberries. Hubby had trout appetizer (awesome) and halibut. Great food + great ambience + great service makes this my fav place when I am in town"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The location is so lovely that the food doesn't need to be anywhere near as good as it is. I had the salmon and my husband had the beef. We both enjoyed our fresh, well prepared food. River Cafe is really big on local ingredients which is nice to support local farmers and ranchers. It was my birthday and it was a great choice for a special occasion. My favourite thing was my pecan tart. I would seriously go to River Cafe just for a tart and a nice foamy latte. My husband is usually quite happy at an East Side Mario's but he admitted he really liked his meal and said he would definitely go again. It isn't cheap though, two drinks each, an appetizer, our mains and a dessert for me was almost $200.00."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Beautiful, delicious and charming. We even had a family of geese waddle by! Can't wait to visit in the winter!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A very pleasant experience for our family of four. Our waiter was not only professional and knowledgeable, but also very personable. Along with the excellent food, he made our evening fun and friendly."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "River Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants and never lets me down. Our entire group of eight was completely satisfied with everything about the experience - food was exceptional and the service was second to none. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "River cafe has been a fixture on Prince's Island park for many years. It remains a beautiful spot to enjoy Albertan/Canadian food. The patio in summer is particularly nice with lanterns lit and even blankets offered for those cool Calgary nights. I've been many times, and my only disappointment this time was the food. It certainly sounded good on paper, but some of the execution on the plate didn't work. For example, the tuna starter was flavourless and the pastry with my dessert was thick, hard and unpleasant. Our main dishes were very good, however, and the service is good with knowledgable and friendly staff. I just think they need to improve their food to match their gorgeous surroundings."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Beautiful setting and awesome food. Unfortunately the service has always left a little to be desired. Went for Sunday brunch and finally left without eating after waiting for over an hour for our Eggs Benedict. Our waitress was smug and arrogant and no apology whatsoever was offered at any point. In short, beautiful setting, great food (the previous times I ate there) but sadly with terrible service. Won't be back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Nothing beats brunch on the patio at River Café on a sunny afternoon, a stroll through the well-landscaped Prince's Island Park and Shakespeare on the grass. Calgary at its best. Food is delicious and service is top-notch, though a bit slow at times. But who can complain, really, sitting by the river is that beautiful setting? Slow down and soak up the sun."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were celebrating our friend's 80th Birthday and it will be remembered fondly for years to come. The food was exquisite, our waitress was fabulous and the ambiance serene. Our server made excellent recommendations and even brought a sparkler on the dessert. Thanks to everyone for making our day so very special. Can hardly wait to come back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great menu, great food, great service - what more could you want."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great service, great food and great ambience. Would highly recommend it to everybody."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The River Cafe was just OK! The ambience is spectacular being surrounded by the big lushes trees and being by the river, the service was amazing, our server was wonderful. The food was just OK though. Nothing that stands out especially for the price you pay. I ordered the $49 Bison entree, the only thing I ate on there were the 2 pieces of Bison, everything else on the plate wasn't that great so I didn't eat it. My fiance had the Halibut, he said didn't taste fresh. We don't plan on ever going back here."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Main courses were delicious and perfectly cooked. Both desserts were dry and we were left wanting more. Service was great. Prices were too high, but overall, it was a very good experience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything was perfect for our family lunch. We had a great table on the patio and the server was very attentive, food delicious as always. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Had a great lunch on the patio. Weather was absolutely fantastic for sitting on the wonderful patio at River Café. So relaxing and quiet. Easy to enjoy conversation and just relax in a terrific environment. Staff are very attentive and well trained."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The good was amazin and the staff were lovely! Had the beef tartar, which was sublime. Had wild boar with rhubarb purée and fennel heads - I don't know if I breathed between bites! My husband had the trout with a delightful steel cut oat fritter and loved it. Also had the bison and rib eye - absolute silence while people savoured the good! Great cocktails and wine caped the night off perfectly!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014