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About 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 $5 on weekends and evenings, or across from Memorial Drive. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Should your plans change, please let us know.

Prince's Island Park
25 Prince's Island Park SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0R1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Canadian, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Brunch & Dinner Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 261-7670

Website:
http://www.river-cafe.com/

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.

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 $5 flat rate evenings and weekends.

Executive Chef:
Matthias Fong

Private Party Facilities:
or 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.

Private Party Contact:
Hannah Petkau: (403) 261-7670

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year at River Café with an exquisite seasonal tasting menu paired with wines from our award-winning cellar.

River Café Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (71)
Special Occasion (71)
Good for a Date (64)
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Romantic (60)
Creative Cuisine (59)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Local Ingredients (52)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Great for Outdoor Dining (46)
Waterfront (46)
Cozy (41)
Great for Lunch (38)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Sunday Lunch (36)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Great for Brunch (34)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Casual (32)
Seasonal (30)
Authentic (28)
Business Meals (27)
Healthy (27)
Notable Wine List (27)
Tasting Menu (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for Groups (20)
People Watching (15)
Fun (15)
Organic (14)
Afternoon Coffee (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Afternoon Tea (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vegan (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Brunch was impressive

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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Don’t like the isolated section and seating by the toilets

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 26, 2017

An island oasis in the heart of downtown and one of the finest dining experiences in Calgary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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food5
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value4

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The server was great. Friendly, informative, attentive.
Meal selection is limited. Very little choices.
Prices are exorbitant for what you get.
Boar was very chewy and grisly. The server took it off the bill.
The path and bridge getting there are very poorly lit and a bit sketchy.
Overall a disappointment. There are much better alternatives in Calgary. Take a pass on River Cafe.

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food2
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was good but not great. I had the Wild Boar which was tough and chewy. Lots of turnips in some dishes, some of which were under cooked. The servers were brought some of the wine a bit late. Overall not great for the price.

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food3
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great astmospher, service and food. Nice quite location. Would definately recommend and will go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy
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food4
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at River Cafe. Only being in Calgary for 3 nights I am so glad I spent one of them here, and I will probably do the same the next time I'm in town!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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service5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great night!!!

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food4
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service5
value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The octopus appetizer was recommended by the server, she said it was amazing. not something I would order again or recommend to anyone.
the carrot cake for dessert lacked flavour

our friends ordered vegetables for the side with their main, all they received was a pile of lettuce.

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food2
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The River Cafe has been our go to place for a few years now. The food is always amazing and the service is always quality. I am always excited to go back and try something new and exciting on the menu.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great atmosphere, fantastic food! Both my husband and I loved it!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

River Cafe is my favourite Calgary restaurant. The very smell of it is beautiful and familiar to me. This time we were there for lunch and most of us had the Turkish-style eggs, a dish that was original, delicious and satisfying. The restaurant's location on Prince's Island allows for a gorgeous view, no matter what the season, and on this particular day it was sunny and wintry, which is just what we wanted as visitors from rainy, grey Vancouver. We had a lovely time, as we always do at this wonderful place; the short walk over from Eau Claire allows you to decompress a bit as you make your way there. I couldn't recommend it more highly. The service is always warm without being oppressive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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food4
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent spot for a family brunch. Nice range of items, excellent food, peaceful, rustic atmosphere. We shall return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service4
value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Bread was very gross. Under baked to the point that it was still dough. Dinner was good. Service was slow. I was very cold beside the Window.

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food3
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service2
value2

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 6, 2017

A quite unique place in Calgary; location , food, atmosphere !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy
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food5
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Creative food, amazing service, and great location!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

food is ok but a little cold. Service is good but the front desk girl's attitude is weird.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Beautiful patio, ambiance and delicious food. Great for a date.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Culmina Family Estate Winery dinner. Exceptional food and wine - artistry on the plate and in the glass!

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We went to the Culmina winemaker dinner. It was spectacular. We eat out weekly and have eaten many times at River Cafe. This was probably the best meal we’ve had in Calgary in many years. Wine pairings were perfect. Food was elevated even for River Cafe.

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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Celebrated our anniversary. Had a wonderful time. Our server was terrific.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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food4
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We enjoyed their tasting menu, and let the chef select our dishes. We were pleasantly amazed by how generous each course was, and how many courses we were served, even compared to the best in the city I would say nowhere else offers as "big" of a dining experience. Each course was well thought out and made sense as part of a longer meal. The service was amazing throughout the meal where multiple people would stop by the table to make sure things were OK, to answer questions or to make sure we were happy. Sitting next to the fireplace is a cozy experience where you can feel the warmth and even smell the wood smoke of a real rustic fireplace. Perfect for a cold day.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Fun
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food4
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything good except for buying an americano which is 4.50 and then asking for a refill of regular coffee into same cup and being charged 4 bucks for it. Had I ordered a regular coffee the refill of it would have been free. It’s this kind of charging that drives customers crazy and does not reflect well upon restaurant especially when your bill is already 130.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The inside is beautiful, and the view is quite nice. Meat is cooked perfect however the sides are a bit weird.

Tags: Scenic View
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food3
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 2017

the 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the food/wine was great and the service was what I would expect from a high end restaurant. We did not experience dessert because were totally sated from the mains

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service4
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

My husband and I had lunch at River Cafe for the first time and it was wonderful! Great service, excellent food, beautiful restaurant, definitely will visit again!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food and service is excellent, no doubt about it. If everything was priced about $10 lower, I would go there much more often.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We took our relatives from Toronto to River Café for a special treat and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed a delicious brunch and enjoyed every bite. Lunch, Dinner or Brunch - always wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The setting and ambiance are great. The menu is a bit limited but the food was tasty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food3
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We went to the River Cafe for brunch (Sunday). I kind of wish there were more menu choices but it was limited to the brunch menu. We still found things to have though and all were very good. The location has to be the best part, even though it is the fall and a lot of leaves are already down it is such a great location to have a meal.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service4
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This place was amazing! The location was awesome, the service was lovely and the food... SPECTACULAR. We went for my boyfriends birthday brunch and it was to die for. I still catch myself daydreaming about River Cafe when I'm particularly hungry. Their eggs benny was insane!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Perfect service. Food preparation is not as outstanding as in previous occasions and the menu is getting a tad stale. In order words, the wow factor is lost. Talking about lost, they also lost our reservation and I had insist to look for myself in the computer which did the trick (a minor issue but kind of adds unnecessary stress).
River Café still delivers with fresh ingredients and an unbeatable location. It won't disappoint but it won't blow you away as in other times.

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (London)·Dined on October 7, 2017

A fantastic restaurant. The food was delicious and seasonal, service was impeccable and super child friendly as well. Can’t fault it!

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Really cute and cozy, almost a slight cabin vibe. The staff were all super friendly, polite and on the ball. The food and drink were both delicious. We only went for brunch this time but can't wait to try the lunch and dinner menus. The location really can't be beat either, what a gorgeous river walk.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I was there with a friend I had not seen in a long time. Nice cosy atmosphere, wooden chairs, canoe accessories, little white lights. The mushroom mousse entree was tasty and delicate, nicely paired with pear preserves, with delicious roasted bread. I had the lamb, not too cooked and very nicely presented with cucumber emulsion and roasted cauliflower I wish I could bake at home...cocktails were a bit diluted for my taste, but fresh (I had the River Currant). We did not have dessert, we are already full!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

For decades, I have been wanting to come here. Before I became a foodie, I used to watch people go in and out of this famous restaurant while I worked nearby and hoping I'd afford to get in there one day. Now, that I have made it, I can't be any prouder as a Calgarian. Though I don't live here anymore and have dined in many amazing restaurants in this country for the last 15 years, River Cafe...makes it to my top three favourite restaurant in Canada. I will not forget this experience. Great service, ambience, and of course...the delicious creative unforgettable food we had. Kudos to the kitchen and to the team that makes this restaurant a must place to dine when in Calgary. To all the Calgarians, who have not been here, make it a happen and visit your city's gem...

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food and the service was the best ever. I am going to plan a return trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Loved it. Great service, good food. Beautiful scenery. Yummy desserts.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I was there for lunch on Saturday to celebrate a special occasion with my 2 sons and their wives. This was not my first time here, but it was for everyone else and we all loved it. We had 2 game boards, oysters, muscles and Turkish eggs. Muscles were the best I have ever had, oysters were excellent as well. The eggs were fine, served on a bed of hummus topped with sprouts. The game and seafood appetizer is always good. The location of this restaurant makes it a nice outing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch , would recommend making a reservation , nice place, ask for a window seat

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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