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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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "River Cafe is just such a splendid location, right at the center of the city, in this charming environment of Prince's Island. I love it."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Went for a nice walk along the river before a great lunch in the park. Food and service is always great here!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We recently had our 1st wedding anniversary dinner at the River Cafe. The staff were excellent and really pulled out all the efforts to make our special day so special. Our table wasn't quite ready due to previous diners still finshing their meal, so we were given complimentary drinks at the bar while the table was made ready. We had a fabulous evening, and will be visiting again and often...! Thank you to everyone for making our evening so great."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Service was very friendly but definitely slow on a not too busy night. Waited on every course including drinks."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "For the most part everything was outstanding – The food was prepared impeccably, but when served portions of it were cold and the protein was warm at best. My wife an I were in a hurry, so didn't pursue having it remedied, and it was still delicious, but for the calibre of restaurant I expected more."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I had guests fly in so I treated them to the River Cafe. They absolutely loved it! Princess Island was gorgeous! The food was amazing! We had their game platter appetizer - highly recommend. The pork chop with rib in was the best dish! I tried the Bison. It was a novelty and good. The next night when some out of town guests arrived unannounced, we also took them to River and they were delighted to find such a place in Calgary in the middle of a park!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The Rivercafe is a perfect balance of comfort and ease, with extraordinary and experimental flavours and textures in dining. The menu is creative and the presentation is superb. The staff are well trained to easily interject intriguing bits of culinary information, and exploration encouragement which spark the imagination, and then provide excellent service whisking away and bringing on each dish and its tools without interruption to conversation or enjoyment of the meal. The dining atmosphere is rustic and elegant with beautiful views of Princes Island, the river and a bustling inspired kitchen. Great for a date night, a long dinner of several courses or a perfect escape for lunch break if you are working in the core."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Just go. Eat. Drink. Breathe it all in. Thank you River Cafe."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "It was a chilly summer evening when we were at the restaurant and it would have been very nice if they had lit the fireplace. It would have really added to the atmosphere plus put some heat in the building."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Food was great, service was perfect and the atmosphere was wonderful! Thank you."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed the patio and the food very much. The service was excellent which is always a very pleasant surprise these days."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Tried their special louise trout... Was very good..have been there for lunches numerious times and very impressed every single time."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Food and ambience was great. But I really want to complement the management for the acknowledging mistakes and fixing them. After enjoying our appetizers, my wife and I waited a long time for our dinner entrees to arrive. The manager came by our table to acknowledge this (withour our prompting or complaining), thank us for being patient, and assure us that the entrees would be ready soon. When they did finally arrive, one of the side dishes was missing. Again, the manager came by, apologized, and then advised that we would not be charged for the entrees! It is (unfortunately) unusual when a business does the "right thing" and does it without prompting. We were impressed. River Cafe has integrity, as well as great food."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I took my mother here for brunch and thr food was amazing. A touch expensive but worth every penney"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Relaxed atmosphere, excellent food, great service."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were invited right in and seated right away, service was great, and food tops. Thanks for the nice evening."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The ice cream at the end with a sparkler was a very nice touch to a great dinner."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "wonderful atmosphere, very good menu with lots of selection, attentive staff, relaxing environment , close to my condo"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I had been to the River Cafe in the past but my two guests had not been before. We were there for a birthday brunch and had a great time. Two of us had the Eggs Benedict, and one had the French Toast. The meals and service were great. My guests thought the surroundings were beautiful. For special occasions this restaurant makes a great destination. One of my guests was a vegetarian and was pleased to see more than one item on the brunch menu they could eat."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The staff went above and beyond and the food was amazing. The small touches for our anniversary were appreciated and I loved the unhurried pace of the meal."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Brunch was ok, nothing out of this world. We had the bison bennies and a porchini flat bread. The flat bread was flat in flavour, should have gone with the French toast."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Amazing food and amazing service. Definitely would come"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I love it for its great ambience but also for its delicious Canadian cuisine!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "When my girlfriend and I had dinner at River cafe last Wednesday we truly enjoyed the food, wine and environment. We were able to sit outside which was nice. The only thing that marred the evening was our server. She initially didn't wanmt to take our order as she wanted to take our complete order. We initially ordered drinks and an appy and then planned to order our main once we ahd pursued the menu further. The reason she gave was that the kitchen might mix tables up if we didn't order all at once. I found this bizarre logic as I have eaten at River cafe before and never had this happen as the kitchen is staffed by highly trained people. Although we told our waitress we weren't in a rush she kept trying rush our dinner. How disappointing."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was every bite delicious, the service absolutely perfect and our table on the outdoor patio was in such an amazing private outdoor setting though located in a public park. My only disappointment was the strawberry arugula salad that accompanied my main would have been better named 'cherry tomato salad' with a few slices of strawberry, nevertheless, it still tasted wow!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Very good food, very excellent service. Great atmosphere on the patio in the summer. More expensive than I am used to, but it is probably in line with other nice restaurants in Calgary. they grow their own herbs, and use really neat ingredients."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Brought some out of town guests for lunch on the patio. Service was excellent and not intrusive Menu had a variety of choices and the food was very good Did not check out the wine list. However everything we asked for was available We lingered into the afternoon which was fine with the staff Our friends were impressed as were we"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Sometimes when I'm at River Cafe I wonder why I go anywhere else. The food is wonderful, the setting in Prince's Island Park is even better. Our service was fantastic. For my tastes, this is the best restaurant in Calgary. While I usually stay away from specials in other restaurants, here it is always something seasonal, pretty local and wonderful."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Great place to dine close to the downtown core of Calgary. Great ambience with bountiful nature all around."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Love this place I had the halibut wasn't as good as the last time I was there but still tasty"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "River Cafe continues to be my favourite place to be in the city. The food is fantastic, and the service is always incredible. Danielle our server was perfect, a wonderful person, who made the experience all the more enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Loved our brunch this past Sunday at The River Cafe. From the respectful friendly cooperative greeting from the hostess to the outstanding service form the server this was a beautiful experience. The basket of baked items with the homemade jam was beautiful, the pea soup my husband had was yummy my husband had the eggs Benedict me the french toast. While I loved the sauce with the french toast I would have liked more of it. The french toast was a very good but not dreamy. The same can be said of my husband's eggs benedict very good but not outstanding. Otherwise it was a wonderful peaceful good but not amazing brunch. I would come back again though, order differently, as I really enjoyed the service and the ambiance."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "A lovely place for a cocktail and bison burger! We had a flat read and burger on the patio. The server was helpful and honest about the best choices. The drink was perfect for a hot day!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had lunch on the beautiful patio of the River Cafe. I had the halibut which was perfectly cooked and exquisite. The plates were all little works of arts. My husband had the salmon and, unfortunately, it was frankly overcooked and not the best. This is the first time that we have a less than perfect score for a meal at the River Cafe. Nevertheless I still put a 'very good' for the food as my plate was so awesome."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Wonderful food and ambience, but priced too high - there are other equally high quality restaurants in Calgary (ex Brava Bistro) for better value."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "As always, the food and presentation was excellent...have never been disappointed at the River Cafe. The staff are well trained to do a great job of providing top notch customer service by providing suggestions and are extremely knowledgeable about the menus. We found all the staff so friendly and eager to provide a wonderful experience each time you visit. Well done!!!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "They made our 10th anniversary celebration very special. The service and the food were fantastic. This will become our date night place to go!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "BEAUTIFUL restaurant to experience a fine-dining meal.... in a natural and down-to-Earth setting. One of my favourites for a special occasion.... bring a blanket and enjoy Shakespeare in the Park afterwards! Server was absolutely amazing as well... we are very non-fine-dining people... and she was fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was excellent the view at the restaurant is wonderful. I will come back again."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the patio at River Cafe. On a beautiful day it's a nice stroll to one of Calgary's nicest and best lunch spies. Great food, service and ambience!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014