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 the street in the Eau Claire area, underground at Eau Claire Market for a flat fee of $5 on weekends and evenings, or across from Memorial Drive. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Lunch, Monday to Friday from 11am.
Dinner, Monday to Sunday from 4:30pm.
Brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 10am.
Beautiful setting, excellent food and service. Try the trout and the turkey.
The location can’t be beat! The bison burger was fabulous!
Food was served after 1 hr. We asked several times but all we got was a rude answer from the waiter. He was deliberately hiding from us. They invited us to the burgers after all but the damage was already done. Really disappointing.
Server did not attention to our table. Keapt wait to get dessert menu but she never come so asked other server for it. We weren't happy that don't get any help from server so let manager know about the issue. Very quickly manager came to talk to us and figured the problem. Amazing food! Fast feed back from manager:D
Food was excellent, there was a smell of dead fish occasionally while we were eating outside.
Excellent food, very friendly and knowledgeable staff and great atmosphere.
A fantastic brunch on one of Calgary's most beautiful patios. Wonderful food in a beautiful & serene environment. A must-do summer treat.
Reliably good! I love brunch at River Cafe. Great summer patio.
Thanks. Absolutely fabulous service, great food, lovely atmosphere
We were disappointed that the birthday we were celebrating wasn't at all acknowledged by the staff (despite having put a special note in the reservation). Overall it was a nice experience though the A/C was very high in the restaurant and many of the female diners requested blankets to wrap themselves in.
The server we had was phenomenal! The setting was perfect and the food was great!
River Cafe is our favourite restaurant in Calgary, we go there frequently and on this visit decided to bring our guests from England visiting for the Stampede to River Café as we believe it is the finest restaurant we have. The food is always brilliant and today was no exception. The service is normally some of the most professional and flawless. Today was not very good service by our main server. Forgot the wine order but brought the beers? Had to be reminded. Wine didn’t make it until well after the starters were finished by all. He excused the tardiness as absence of a bartender when he went to place the order. Our guests asked why others had bread and we didn’t. We asked if we could have bread, he clearly had forgotten, got busy with taking next tables order and requested bread from one of the runners and he realized he’d forgotten again. He brought the coffee order forgot the tea, had to be reminded. He excused the delay as the patio got very busy very fast. When you’ve dropped the ball several times making excuses only makes it worse. Just apologize and be extra vigilant to make the rest of the service exceptional to recover. Our server was not up to the standards of River Cafe in my experience.
A beautiful evening on the patio, complete with outstanding food and drinks, and fantastic service. River Cafe is an absolute gem in our city, and one of our favourites.
Nice, rustic environment. Food was good except my wife’s duck was a bit more well done that she had ordered which was medium rare. Service was very good. Dined there during Calgary Stampede so there was large, noisy groups.
The lunch menu was disappointing. Three female foodies struggled with the selection.
There was only one salad on the menu, no pasta, only one flatbread selection.
Took my boyfriend for his birthday. We ordered the Chef’s Tasting Menu with wine pairings. It was fantastic! Great dishes that we may have not ordered otherwise, the exposure to new ingredients and flavours was greatly appreciated! Service was fantastic. We will be back!
it was Stampede week so it was very noisy with a large table next to us after they left it was much quieter and we could enjoy the ambiance.
We had a first rate experience. The wives had trout which was outstanding: the husbands had the hamburger which, in my opinion was good but not great. Overall the dining experience was great; I look forward to coming to the River cafe again.
Excellent food and service, always one of our favorite patios in the city.
Amazing find. Wonderful cuisine
Great use of wild game
The River Cafe is a definite must do while in Calgary! The food was exceptional, the staff very friendly and the atmosphere was wonderful. We were a party of four and all of us raved about the food during our stay in Calgary. You cannot miss this gem!!
I just arrived in Canada to visit my wife who is on a 5 week job here, and was looking for a great place to take her. I just happened to see the River Cafe while I was walking through the park, and thought we'd give it a try. It was such beautiful scenery, and the menu was fantastic. I had the Halibut, and it was cooked exactly perfect - medium rare, which is usually chef's preference, but usually in the US, they overcook fish because they're worried about it being undercooked. My wife had the duck, and it was very flavorful and tender. Exceptional wine list, and the service was very attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend. We also saw lots of geese, and beaver in the river on our walk to the restaurant, which was an added bonus!
Have been there multiple times when in Calgary. Have never been disappointed and don’t plan on it. Rustic look, extremely professional staff and a menu that’s to die for.
Each summer we try River Cafe and each time we say we will not return. The food is good and the setting lovely (unless you end up inside which often happens even if your booking was made ages ago. The servers are personable but not attentive. Water glasses are not refilled and I was asked 3 times in succession if I wanted still or sparking. And the. The wrong water was poured. After ordering, we waited 1 1/2 hrs for our entrees. River Cafe needs more servers and more kitchen staff.
Beautiful outdoor experience to celebrate a Birthday 🎂🌻
Everything was amazing!
Went to River Cafe to celebrate my friend's birthday. Wasn't too keen on the menu before we went. (Had to do my homework). Well, you can trust River Cafe to make something that isn't your favourite- your new favourite! I'm so glad I trusted the reviews because our meals were spectacular. A very special dinner. This place will not disappoint!
Brought our visitors from England down to the river. Perfect evening.
This place is good. We just regret that service is too fast. You feel that you have to hurry to finish and leave the restaurant. And we ordered some pâté which was good but you don’t have enough bread or crackers with it.
This is the second time we have had a disappointing experience after many good ones. The service was just OK. Our dinner arrived before our before dinner drinks and wine. At $44 for halibut you'd think we would get more than one piece of bread cut in half. During our meal we were asked if we'd like more bread and we received another 1/2 slice. Way too expensive for this type of experience. We will have to hear a lot of good things before returning.
The quality of food and service was impeccable as usual, but overall, this place is feeling a bit tired. It’s a fine line between rustic and run down, and I think River Cafe is on the wrong side of that line. Time to freshen things up.
River Cafe has always been my favourite restaurant in Calgary. The ambiance is second to none and when combined with the incredible food, service, and value, there is never any hesitation that the experience will be worthwhile. I'm thankful I live in Calgary and can visit several times a year.
Lovely brown butter hollandaise and roasted potatoes. Perfectly cooked eggs.
A real jewel! The food, mostly locally sourced, is imaginatively and beautifully prepared. This restaurant would do well in any city of the world, and if in Michelin or James Beard award rating areas, would easily vie for top rankings in both. Imagine rainbow trout with wild rice, rutabaga pure, roasted radishes followed by a cucumber tart. Wow.
We've been to River Cafe on other occasions and have been generally impressed with the food, atmosphere, ambiance and service. This past experience left us wanting on several levels. The menu selections are significantly fewer than previous visits. The main ingredients were really tasty - the unfortunate choice by the chef to complicate the entree with a myriad of sauces and additions didn't allow the main ingredients to shine through - we both felt that less would have been more. As for service, our server was very friendly and careful to help with food allergies; unfortunately we saw very little of him. As an example, waiting over 20 minutes from the time a dessert menu is dropped at the table before touching base with us was not what I would associate with a fine dining experience.
All in all, we left feeling that we wouldn't be returning again. The location and setting is beautiful, but this was a fine dining price without the fine dining delivery.
Very good, except disappointed that we couldn't use our Gift Card, told computer was down.
First time visit.
Friendly staff and service.
Great food but a bit overpriced. Still delicious!
Highly recommend and will definitely come back!
Great ambience and great food. Charming and cozy hidden away on the Bow River on Prince's Island. A real highlight of any visit to Calgary.