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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.7
4.7
4563 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.

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

Access River Café on Prince's Island Park from:
1. North side crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
2. South East end of the island at the 2nd street SW bridge, directly East of Eau Claire Market.
3. South West end of the island at 6th Street SW and Eau Claire Way near the Peace Bridge.

Eau Claire Plaza is currently closed for construction.
Parking is available on the street in the Eau Claire area, underground at Eau Claire Market or North of Memorial Drive.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 50 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–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

  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    CA$130.00 per person

    Feb 3, 2023 - Apr 24, 2024
    Let the Chef take you on a 5 course culinary journey. An ever changing showcase of Canada's best organic, seasonal ingredients including Oceanwise seafood and Alberta grass fed beef.
    Chef's Tasting Menu Photo
  • Roots and Shoots Dinner

    CA$225.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 25, 2024 only
    River Café hosts acclaimed Canadian Chefs from Toronto's Canoe Restaurant and Calgary's Bridgette Bar, Rouge and Teatro Restaurants. Roots and Shoots is a culinary celebration exploring local ingredients, a distinct’ taste of place' and the meticulous use of the whole ingredient. Hosted by River Café, this event unites esteemed chefs who share a devotion to sustainable gastronomy and seasonal cuisine. Here, each dish is a testament to the region's bounty, crafted to honour the terroir and highlight the nuanced flavours of locally-sourced ingredients in season.
    Roots and Shoots Dinner Photo
  • Roots and Shoots Tasting Menu

    CA$110.00 per person

    Apr 26 - May 31, 2024
    Roots and Shoots is a culinary celebration exploring local ingredients, a distinct’ taste of place' and the meticulous use of the whole ingredient. Each dish is a testament to the region's bounty, crafted to honour the terroir and highlight the nuanced flavours of locally-sourced ingredients in season. Roots and Shoots is a culinary experience that celebrates the harmonious relationship between food, community, and the land. Enjoy our Friends and Family rate of only $110 per person, offered April 27th to May 31st only.
    Roots and Shoots Tasting Menu Photo

What 4,563 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Calgary

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Calgary

    Great for scenic views

  • Calgary

    Canadian

4,563 Reviews
  1. AnetaE

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful. She just ebbed and flowed with us really easily and made the experience more relaxing. It was a nice afternoon outside on the patio, just at the crack of spring. All our appetizers and drinks were delicious, as usual. We've been going there for the past 20 years, pretty much ordering the same thing, but it’s never the same. It’s always beautiful and delicious.

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  2. Danno

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the service was fantastic. Will definitely go back for brunch again.

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  3. SouthernOkra

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was so cool with all the canoes! I had a window seat and could see the river. The menu was great (brunch). The cocktails were creative.

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  4. KarenA

    Calgary

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The halibut in a gorgeous butter sauce was delicious

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  5. JaimeP

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for a birthday celebration and had a delicious meal. We started with the hummus which was fresh and delicious, followed by the halibut and hog. The halibut was nice and crisp on the outside and cooked to perfection. The hog was also cooked perfectly and really flavourful. The server was excellent and attentive.

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  6. onetwothree

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and friendly (although delayed/slow at the beginning) service. The quality was quite high for the price and that left us even more satisfied. We each tried a different dish (beef and cod eggs Benedict, the salmon mille-feuille with greens, and the fish cake) and each had subtle flavours that melded well together, creating a delightful experience. The cheese and preserve starter board was disappointing for the price vs. quantity involved. We would definitely return for the brunch mains, though!

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  7. BryceP

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Dinner was way over priced for the portion sizes they were offering. Would not go back or recommend

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  8. JocelynS

    Baja California Sur

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Felt crab cakes were a little bland most of the courses could have used some salt

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  9. TristaH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I have ever had and the wine divine. Great service and atmosphere

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  10. Anne

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Arctic Char was perfection, as always. Food is consistent. Love the setting, such a special gem in Calgary.

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  11. PeterH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would highly recommend. Great food, service and ambiance.

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  12. Fabz

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What Gem! Not from the area and just found this place from open table. Amazing experience! Nice little walk through the park to get to it. Then it was like a lodge/cabin decor. Just beautiful! Eric our server did an awesome job feeding us the Chefs experience with wine pairings. Everything just flowed perfectly! Extremely please with the quantity of food too! Usually you’re left hungry with tiny portions. But this place blew it out of the park! 5 stars in our book! Fresh dishes with amazing ingredients! Can’t wait to come back to Calgary to go back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came here with my girlfriend to celebrate my birthday, and the food was so good as well our waitress was incredibly friendly, engaging and polite. The setting in the park right by the river, is beautiful and the interior of the restaurant is so cozy and welcoming

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  14. samueleg

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful authentic restaurant with great service. A la carte menu looks incredible but the 5 course chefs taster menu we went for was sub par and at 130 CAD not good value for money. The taster menu had a great first dish of fish, a nice beetroot and homemade stracciatella cheese second dish, but then a poor pasta dish was served as a third which was also too large, so we were full for the 4th and 5th dishes. The 4th dish, the halibut in a miso sauce was way too sharp and overly salty in taste. The dessert was also subpar, as it was far too muddled, a crème brulle with poached peaches in it and chocolate fondant and a biscuit, you couldn’t understand what was going on. Would have been better just making an excellent crème brulle :)

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  15. LiliaH

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service! I recommend River Cafe for any ocasion!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good experience! Location is cozy in the middle of the park. Service was also nice, waiter was friendly and attentive. We went for the brunch and it wasn’t spectacular, but still a good experience. Definetely recommend the place for the atmosphere

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  17. GuiR

    Calgary

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent experience. The service and food were fantastic and the view from inside was picturesque. I’ve recommended this place to friends and family and will continue.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I've eaten here dozens of times. This restaurant has slowly been slipping into mediocrity. Terrible service, food has become average, at best. Restaurant is surviving on location and ambiance. Long time patron, will not be returning.

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  19. USVisitor

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, wine and service! Each of us at our table of four tried different appetizers, entrees and desserts, which we shared, and we loved all of the dishes. We came because the Wine Spectator had listed River Cafe as one of the best wine-centric restaurants in Canada and we were not disappointed. We will certainly look for another opportunity to return when we are back in Calgary.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service in a beautiful ambience. Highly recommended

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place to celebrate a birthday! The food and ambience were fantastic. A very Happy Birthday!

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  22. JodiN

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the YYC EXP menu it was phenomenal! We will be back!

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  23. Lann

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time to dine here and we availed the YYC Experience Dinner. It was very delicious and reasonably priced. We also ordered the Fish Game Board to start, a bottle of Rose and 2 additional deserts. All were excellent. Service was great and was very attentive. We will return for sure!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were running late because of the streets being closed and this being our first time visiting, thus the confusion, but the management was very understanding and made us feel even more welcome. We ordered the Fish and Game board and Beef Tartare, both the dishes were perfect. The ambiance was wonderful and our server was very sweet, gave us a run through of our ordered dishes. Loved everything about our visit, will definitely be back!

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  25. JenB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Brunch. We all loved our food. We ordered the Eggs Bennie Short rib the halibut cakes and the Croque Madame. All were delicious. The only weird thing is the coffee came Luke warm a couple times. I think one of their machines was not working right. The service was top notch and we had a great time.

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  26. CWCalgary

    Calgary

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Casual elegance as always. Service was attentive and understated. The room and views were wonderful. We did the YYC EXP prix fix for lunch, an excellent value at $35. Salad was local kale, delicious as it was beautiful. Main was a perfectly braised beef shank on mashed potato with grilled carrots. Meltingly tender. And the always good sourdough with their homemade butter. We were so full, that we were considering asking for the desert to go, when it arrived: the berry pate was one small intense bite of sweet/sour berry, a great way to end the meal. They make it look easy, but you can see the attention to every detail. Thanks for a great lunch experience!

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  27. Adam

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and delicious local cuisine. Would definitely recommend.

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  28. Polaris

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a little disappointed. Went there to celebrate a friend’s bday. Thought they would at least surprise the bday friend with a dessert & candle like other restaurants we went to before. However, overall experience was good. We tried the YYC Exp. Love the salad. The beef shank was salty.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We waited about 40 mins to get our meal and the restaurant was not busy.

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  30. JCMCD

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very nice meal for YYC food and wine festival. Salad was a little skimpy and dessert was not Minuscule. The main course was absolutely delicious. Our server was fantastic!

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  31. JasonM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always such a beautiful setting, best restaurant in Calgary. The eggs Benedict was perfect, the service was friendly, prompt and left us wanting for nothing- highly recommend!

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  32. Buckseven

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I enjoyed our meal, hats off the staff. Our server was wonderful, and did an excellent job.

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  33. JaneE

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived 10 minutes early before the restaurant was open for brunch to find the door open but it was then locked behind us by the hostess. We were seated promptly in an excellent location. We were greeted by a friendly waitress who brought us water and told us something about the menu. Our actual waiter arrived shortly afterwards. Being one of the first tables to order our food arrived quickly, but we never felt rushed. We enjoyed the halibut fishcakes with poached eggs that were beautifully presented and tasted delicious followed by pastries and more coffee.

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  34. Betsy

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good but not the best. Steak was a little under seasoned - the carrots that came with it overshadowed the flavour. The duck was cooked well but the flavour was also out of balance, the acidity was overpowering the other flavours as well

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  35. raebon

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, tender meats. A flavour sensation in the variety of items presented!

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  36. AndrewM

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food! Tasty cocktail. Would recommend. Awesome decor as well

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Potatoes were a little too salty for me The coffee was below par bitter taste was not appreciated by all Bacon was nothing special For money spent it was just ok I could have made the same breakfast for $8

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Over priced tasting menu, the food wasn’t necessarily bad but the value was not there at all. Far better off ordering individual dishes.

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  39. HughE

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just brilliant. We had the a la carte. Recommend ribeye or bison. But really, it’s all good.

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  40. JoyceP

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and it is a lovely spot to have brunch

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FAQs

River Café is rated 4.7 stars by 4563 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 50 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 Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • 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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