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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We dined here with another couple and we all enjoyed the dishes that we ordered. Very nice atmosphere, will be coming back for lunch on the patio!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Very expensive for the food portions. This is unfortunate because everything else was very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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
  • "River Cafe is my favourite restaurant in Calgary. During the summer / fall, there is no more spectacular place to take a special guest for a great lunch or dinner. And the service quality is always second to none."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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
  • "We went there on Canada Day with our twins and toddler and in-laws. It was very kid friendly even for parking a double stroller and they even have a family washroom. The food was excellent and very fresh. The cheese flat bread that we ordered for my son was excellent as he loved it! The atmosphere was excellent and the halibut and the bison burger was very delicious."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable light meal of hors d'ouvres on a busy Canada Day evening. I love this location, the decor and the emphasis on local products on the menu. Lovely!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The service and the food are very good! Really enjoyed the outdoor dinning and fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Food was excellent and locally sourced for the most part. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a unique Calgary dining experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience...creative chef combines with locally-sourced produce (including microgreens grown on premise) with a view of the Bow River plus patient and knowledgeable staff EQUALS Wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Haven't had fish cooked right in a long time. Had the Sable fish and the Halibut and both were cooked on the money!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We go to River Cafe a couple of times a month and usually have no complaints. The food is always fantastic and the ambiance is always delightful. At times, the service has been a bit on the relaxed side, but nothing too noticeable. Yesterday, we had a lunch reservation and service was horrendous. Our server was perfectly sweet but it took about 15 minutes for someone to bring us water and was a full half hour before anyone took our drink order. Food seemed to come out at a reasonable pace but when we had ordered another round of beverages, only half of them came out (much much later) and we ended up cancelling the rest and requesting our bill. 2.5 hours for lunch. Great restaurant, I hope that this is not an indicator of things to come."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Terrific food and ambience. One of the best in the city."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Hummus appetizer made with red lentils rather than traditional garbanzo beans was amazing smooth and tasty. Wild game and fish board was innovative and had a variety of flavors. Great place"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I took some out-of-town guests to the River Cafe for lunch the other day. In my mind, it is the very best way to show off Calgary....amazing food, wonderful service, and incredible atmosphere on the island...it is a perfect place!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My friend and I had brunch here last Sunday. Eggs Benedict was delicious. The atmosphere is so sweet, warm and friendly"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food and service was flawless with one exception. One steak was over cooked. Without being asked, the manager made things right. No complaints here. The location is one of the best in Calgary. This restaurant could hold its own with competition virtually anywhere in the world."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I had the pleasure of seeing for myself a true gem in Calgary. The River Cafe was a dining experience extraordinaire. The menu, food, wine selection and service were all fabulous. The pricing reflected the quality of the experience while not being unreasonable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was only my second visit to the River Cafe, however it was just as good if not better than the last! The food was amazing, I had the trout for dinner and my husband had the bison and both meals were absolutely stunning, both in presentation and taste! I was also very impressed how our waiter described the dishes in full detail when they arrived at our table so we knew what everything was. Big props on the portion sizes, too many restaurants these days serve huge meals which seem to go to waste - I'm pleased to say we ate everything on our plate without feeling overly full. If you are up for a treat try their chocolate mousse for dessert it was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "River Cafe is an outstanding restaurant. We are very fortunate to have such a high class establishment in Calgary and one would have to go a very long way to find anywhere that serves better food. The flavours, presentation, service are all exemplary and I would recommend the River Cafe to anyone who would like a delicious dining experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A beautiful green oasis in the middle of the city. If you're lucky enough to be there on a warm sunny day the patio is wonderful but even if you eat inside it's a great experience. Great food and menu. Upscale enough for the executives but friendly enough for everyone. A little bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion lunch."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food at River Cafe continues to be outstanding. Unfortunately the staff appear to have other things on their mind than customer service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My husband and I spent our anniversary here. What a delight it was. Service was awesome and food was amazing. We will be going back for sure."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Despite not getting the table we wanted but having made reservations, we managed to have a great time. Our waitress was lovely and the food was expensive but worth it. We knew this in advance and went for a special occasion. Mosquitoes came out around dusk but that's the time of year in YYC. Great place. But the hostess needs a lesson."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We eat here regularly - it's usually excellent service, amazing food, and a lovely atmosphere. This time for brunch we were disappointed with the service and the food. We sat at our table for more than 15 minutes (yes, I checked) with a single (soon empty) glass of water, and had to ask to have our order taken. After another long wait and asking again, I finally got a juice, and then had to ask again to have our food order taken. It was then we were told that the computer was down, hence the wait, but no real apology, and other tables were being served all the while. When our food did arrive, it was bland, and the plates were uneven (5 pieces of bacon for me, 2 for my husband). Hopefully this isn't a sign of the future for this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "When you go for brunch, you're looking to creating a memory. River Café delivered. Our reservation was right on time and we enjoyed a wonderful table on their south exposure deck with just the right amount of sun and shade. Service was professional, friendly and efficient. The Café is noted for its fresh and sustainable approach to their menu and they delivered once again. A wonderful memory was forged."
    Dined on 6/22/2014