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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.5
4.5
3990 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
An extraordinary dining experience is to embark on a journey. We have created a beautiful place in an extraordinary setting and have tended to the details that make you feel at home: staff who care, chefs who are passionate about quality and the regional seasonal ingredients that bring to your palate a taste of place.
Chef Scott MacKenzie leads the award wining team #10 on Canada's 100 Best List 2022
Located in Prince's Island Park. Views of the City.
Getting to River Cafe is just a walk in the park.
Access the island park from:
1. North side crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
2. South side at The Jaipur Bridge, 3rd street SW from Eau Claire Market.
3. West end of the island at 6th Street SW and Eau Claire Way near The Peace Bridge.

Parking is available on 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.

Thank you for choosing to dine with us.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch & Dinner Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Wed–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 261-7670

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Scott MacKenzie

  • 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. You and your guests can relax while we look after all of the details.

  • Private party facilities

    For an intimate gathering of 8 guests or a stylish cocktail party reception of 250, we are pleased to cater to your every need. Private and semi-private events are available. Please contact our Event Manager for more information, events@river-cafe.com

  • Private party contact

    June Doan: (403) 261-7670

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Parking details

    Paid parking is available on the street during the day and no charge after 6pm. Free street parking on Sundays. Heated underground parking at Eau Claire Market for a $5 flat rate evenings and weekends. Calgary Parking Authority lot near the Calgary Curling Club across memorial drive.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve 2022

    CA$120.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Ring in the New Year with us at River Café! Leave 2022 behind & enjoy the crackling fire & scenic park views while you dine on a five Course Chef’s Tasting menu of Canada’s finest ingredients. We look forward to welcoming you & wish you prosperity & health for 2023. $120 per person + gst. 18% service charge applies. Optional Standard Wine Pairing, Premium Wine Pairing or 0-Proof Cocktail Pairing. All parties have 2 hours to dine with us. $35.00 per person deposit required at booking time, refundable until December 29th.

Popular dishes

What 3,990 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary

    Scenic View

  • Calgary

    Canadian

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  1. WV

    WalkiriaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Really good meal, amazing place, the hash potatoes on our plate were not that good but the rest was amazing
  2. AS

    AraS

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great atmosphere. Wonderful menu.
  3. CP

    ChrisP

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal - very creative menu!! Service was excellent … the walk through the forest was a nice break in the day.
  4. C

    Christy

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Main courses portion are too small, not the usual standard in restaurants. The dessert, Okanagan Poach Pears, the plating, presentation is very poorly done. I could have enjoyed the dessert if properly plated. And oh, the pears portion size is again small. The pear is the star of the dish. Don’t scrimp on it. I’m willing to pay for what the dish is worth. But my experience here was not encouraging. Food flavour is good though.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience as always. Chefs tasting menu was very enjoyable.
  6. JC

    JustineC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service & food was fantastic- we could have eaten the Sablefish all night long!
  7. AC

    AlanC

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, delightful service. Dessert was easily on par with the meal, which is unusual in restaurants.
  8. O

    Oldcrow88

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fellow traveller suggested the River Cafe. We went for a small family celebration. It proved to proved to be exactly what I was looking for. Staff (primarily Christie) were excellent as well. Only caveat: we all felt the floor mgr. was not a happy camper, as if we hadn't ordered/spent enough. We did our best to ignore his negative vibe. Nevertheless, we were generally happy and I would certainly return on my next visit to Calgary.
  9. S

    Shelley

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great company, great location, amazing service!
  10. GC

    GregC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I was slightly disappointed with the food and expect pretty cramped seating all around the restaurant. Had the waiters butt in our face most of the time.
  11. AR

    AmandaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The beef Tartar is amazing! The red lentil hummus is a must, always. Great drinks - espresso martini was so good!
  12. JP

    JayP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the fall chefs tasting menu, fantastic presentation and tasted spectacular. Service was top notch.
  13. T

    Tag14

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding foods and service in a cozy atmosphere!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent spot, beautiful. service and food was also top notch.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Son’s birthday
  16. R

    Randy

    Calgary

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although the server seemed to be a little disconnected.
  17. MC

    MCFoodie

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food. Fantastic brunch menu.
  18. TM

    TylerM

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Wine (2003 Campania) was fabulous. All dishes were under seasoned. Vegan dish was awful and halibut was over cooked. Service was excellent and tried to make up for poor execution in the kitchen.
  19. CC

    CasandraC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The service was slow and I went there to rodar a danish which wasn’t available
  20. PK

    PK13

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Everything was outstanding for us except the service, unfortunately. The bison and beef were delicious, kudos to the kitchen. When it came down to service, our waitress missed the mark. For one of the top rated restaurants in Calgary, this was disappointing. She had gave us sparkling water when we asked for still, forgot to order in our appetizers that we ordered right away, didn't top up our wine in a timely manner, our other drinks were sitting at the bar for over 10 minutes before we recieved them, didn't check up on us when we received our main course at all, and on top of all this said we didn't pay enough and we had to show her using a calculator that it all added up. Extremely underwhelming with the service.
  21. O

    Oscar

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    There is no place quite like the River Cafe. Outstanding ambiance, rustic wood, woodfire atmosphere, gorgeous views of the city at night. It's not cheap, but excellent for a special night out. Good service, interesting food options, well done.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was exceptional. Always refilling our water. We never had to ask. We won’t be back for awhile as River Cafe is very expensive.
  23. GL

    GlennL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food (halibut and the pork chop special) were tasty and well balanced. The sablefish appie was amazing. Price was in line with the quality. Ambiance - perfect. We enjoyed our dinner thank you.
  24. M

    Mark

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. What a hidden gem
  25. EM

    EMB03

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautifully presented and served with a smile - perfect! Our server was attentive and worked with our pace.
  26. KK

    KKrys

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group had an excellent dining experience at the River Cafe. Great food, attentive staff, reasonable pricing for quality
  27. JR

    JamesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Cafe had amazing food with even better service! We thoroughly enjoyed our time there!
  28. PJ

    PJMfoodie

    Calgary

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    River Cafe never disappoints. Good food (artic char, steak, both for lunch) were well prepared, served at the correct temperature and with a smile. It is a little tricky to get to at the moment given the construction in the area. Best to find your way to the South river walk to get to the bridge at the end of 3rd St.
  29. J

    Juha

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The chicken liver mousse was delicious compared to the lamb but that was because the lamb was cooked in a way that doesn’t compliment the meat.
  30. PL

    PaulL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service & the halibut was superb. Will return
  31. AB

    AliciaB

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and beautiful location. The chicken liver mousse was delicious!
  32. CR

    CarrieRose

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly lovely! A cozy refuge from the snow outside. Was able to get a window seat and look out at the snowy fall landscape. Food was delicious. Loved the cheese board, especially the yummy hot fish pot it came with. service was great! Made a reservation and no wait. Exactly what i was hoping for!
  33. CD

    CarolineD

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    I made a reservation a week before and noted that it was to celebrate a birthday. I had hoped, as I had booked in advance, we might have been given a table in the 'body' of the restaurant so my friend could really appreciate the ambience of The River Cafe. This was her first visit. As we entered the restaurant, it was about half full (2pm) yet we were led to a table at the back left side of the restaurant, near the washrooms. Our server asked if we were celebrating a birthday and we said yes. She wished my friend a happy birthday. To be frank, I expected a little bit more than that or I would not have noted it when I booked the table. Our brunch was very good and we both ordered desserts which were excellent.
  34. AW

    AmyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the most beautiful location. I could have stayed all day. Delicious food, and nice wine choices. You will not be disappointed.
  35. DM

    DeannaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    This was our second time eating at this restaurant. Both times the food was great, however the service was slow and somewhat pretentious.
  36. CM

    ColwynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, beautiful setting and building finishes. The food was superb, will definitely be returning!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Service was very bad. The entire lunch took 2 hours.
  38. K

    Kango

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Was seated right away with reservations for two. Host was friendly. Service initially was very good but seemed he had forgotten us. Our drinks were empty and our finished appetizers dishes sat empty for probably over 30m until another worker came by to remove our dishes. Waited over an hour for our main meals arrived. Assuming something happened to one of the dishes so they must have had to make a new one. Only assuming this as we ordered our food before another table even arrived. They finished their appetizers and main meal before we even got ours. Occasion was for a birthday. Left to get dessert elsewhere after paying. Was seated near the East side windows. Wall lights need to be dusted. Heavy amounts of cobwebs filled with insects.
  39. S

    Susie

    Jersey

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to enjoy a lunch together before I flew back to the U.K. we were so lucky with the weather sitting outside in mid October. The food, wine and service were all to the highest standard. A most enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. Thank you
  40. RL

    RossL

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had the red lentil hummus starter with the basil pesto. Delicious! Our main dishes were the roasted zucchini with goat feta and hazelnut mole and the beef tenderloin with risotto and charred cabbage. Both were extremely flavourful! We will definitely return to sample more of the menu.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

River Café is rated 4.5 stars by 3990 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for River Café

Prince's Island Park, 25 Prince's Island Park SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch & Dinner Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Wed–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Paid parking is available on the street during the day and no charge after 6pm. Free street parking on Sundays. Heated underground parking at Eau Claire Market for a $5 flat rate evenings and weekends. Calgary Parking Authority lot near the Calgary Curling Club across memorial drive.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott MacKenzie

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 261-7670

  • 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. You and your guests can relax while we look after all of the details.

  • Private party facilities

    For an intimate gathering of 8 guests or a stylish cocktail party reception of 250, we are pleased to cater to your every need. Private and semi-private events are available. Please contact our Event Manager for more information, events@river-cafe.com

  • Private party contact

    June Doan: (403) 261-7670

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