River Café

4.6
4073 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian

About

*The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW will be closed for the 2020 season*

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.

Getting to River Cafe is just a walk in the park.

Access us from:
1. The 6th Street SW causeway at the West end of the island.
2. The North side of the island, crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
3. The bridge at 2nd street SW from the Eau Claire area.
4. The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW will be closed for the 2020 season.

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.

Thank you for choosing to dine with us!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindsayW
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our recent experience for a birthday dinner at the River Cafe was top notch! From starters to entrees, the food did not disappoint. Fresh food with quality ingredients. Our waiter was very personable and that truly adds to the overall experience of fine dining! The ambience is romantic and the fireplace adds a cozy touch. I noticed the staff (even in the kitchen) were diligent with mask wearing and upholding the pandemic regulations - greatly appreciated that our community can pull together and navigate safety during these uncertain times. I highly recommend checking this restaurant out for a special occasion!

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vipNonfoodie
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Lovely ambiance, food is overpriced compared to overall experience

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Ingrid
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!
We will be back!
Succes!

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vipAnastasiiaU
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

To be honest I was slightly disappointed in river cafe, the food was not as great, very greasy and we waited for our table for about 15min. They did offer us bubbles to make it smoother which was a a kind gesture but it’s mostly the brunch dishes that we didn’t love.

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teri
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location and great service. The fireplace is stunning during the cold evenings.

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Steve
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on the patio, the morning atmosphere was wonderful. The foods too were excellent as always, though it's not an inexpensive experience.

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Coreyb
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been and its usually quite a bit more then I'd spend on dinner but it was worth every penny =) great service and great food! I'd go again if I could for sure!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Entrees were great, desert was OK , service and atmosphere was excellent, price was a little on the expensive side

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Darrfinl
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place, beautiful view of the water, service was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All excellent, as always

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ClaireP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Not our first time to go there but this time around, the service was a bit off. The wait was quite long this time but the weather was excellent, the food was great so it compensated for the long wait.

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JoeP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance.

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DanaR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good and the location is amazing. Lovely and relaxing place for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Our server was a delight! She was warm and friendly and took great care of us! However the hostess was very rude to us and we did not care for her attitude towards us.

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AMSCanadiana
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, exceptional food, service and ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great location

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DennisH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time, excellent food
Loved the oysters
Can’t wait to get back

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Igorp
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect ambience with the golden hour and fall colors.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was excellent and they even lit the gas fireplace for us.

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BobT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food in a unique setting in the city!!

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SusanT
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed another fabulous meal at River Cafe. Yesterday I was there for lunch and enjoyed the mushroom tart and a glass or 2 of Cedar Creek Reisling. Topped off with excellent service by our server. I wish I got her name, but she was very good.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely enjoyed our time at the restaurant. Kelsy did a fantastic job! :)

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vipJulieV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visit

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RougeRed
Edmonton
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice

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StacyL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was adorable. Quaint and secluded - a perfect brunch spot for the lovers of nature! Food was incredible as always, and service was the best I’ve had in the city!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for weekend brunch. Food was great. Nice walk to the location

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vipDeb56
Calgary
31 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Very enjoyable. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Unusual meals (bison, wild boar) as well as regular.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first experience at River Cafe and I will most definitely be back. We did the chef’s tasting and I highly highly recommend this, it’s such a great option to taste a variety of items on the menu and really experience everything River Cafe has to offer. The food was absolutely next level and service was phenomenal. Already looking forward to our next visit!

River Café
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thank you very much for your kind review. I will make sure to pass this along to our team. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Quinn
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, lovely atmosphere. A bit pricier but reasonable. Well worth it for a special occasion

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KarenK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch inside the restaurant with the window open beside us so we felt like we were outdoors. The service was excellent and we would enjoy dining there regularly.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent wine program and great atmosphere. Will be back ASAP

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vipEdMalcolm
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River Cafe always has a great ambiance, spectacular cuisine and stellar service. You can't beat this inner city oasis.

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AriM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good place, delicious food, small portions but full of flavor. It is not the typical high end finishes restaurant, but it definitely have a homely feeling in the décor. Good and chill music. Would prefer the server did not re-confirm my order with my husband every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and enjoyed the beautiful Fall setting.

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Pdisapointed
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Lovely location. However your run of the mill breakfast dinner will have better tasting food that the greasy flavourless food they served for brunch. Not worth the high price

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Trevelle
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, perfect ambiance, incredible food. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was ok but the service was terrible. It was our anniversary and they knew it but did nothing special. We waited forever for drinks and each course. Our reservation was for 8 and the place was empty but it still took forever. When we wanted to pay and leave we waited 15 minutes for our waitress who was nowhere in sight, and we counted 9 staff who ignored us while they cleaned up. We understand these are difficult times, but we went out of our way (literally!!) to support a local business and we felt we were badly treated. It ruined our anniversary night, and we are not likely to return any time soon.

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DougA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable evening on the patio. Highly recommend the chef selection

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JoseV
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our brunch. It was the first time there for my girlfriend and she was delighted with food, the service and the fresh table we got outside.
Thanks!

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