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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.6
4.6
3728 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 us from:
1. The North side of the island, crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
2. The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW from the Eau Claire area.

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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 89 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wild Game

  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,728 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Outdoor Dining

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Most Booked

  • Calgary

    Great for Brunch

  • Calgary

    Healthy

  • Calgary

    Outdoor Dining

  • Calgary

    Scenic View

  • Calgary

    Canadian

  • Calgary

    Most Booked

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  1. TA

    ThomasA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor dining experience. Food was amazing, especially the charred eggplant. Service was great. Calgary’s jewel.
  2. MS

    MariaS

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner with our cousins visiting from LA. The location is always my favourite, especially the walk through the park to get to the restaurant. Our waitstaff was very patient and had great recommendations for food and drinks. Overall a wonderful time, and a very good way to show off Calgary!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent and come again☺️
  4. AD

    AndrewD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality of food was excellent and exceeded expectations. Loved the sablefish and the morel agnolotti.
  5. NE

    NEW167

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful patio - perfect for summer. Service is impeccable. The menu is not extensive but we each had a different entre and all were delicious! Pricey but well worth it for a special occasion.
  6. TT

    ToniT

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Not enough vegan or fish options. Food wasn’t as good as I’ve had in past.
  7. LK

    LindaK

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Flatbread was great. Service pretty good. Patio table wonderful. However, 4 out of 5 of us ordered the green salad that was supposed to come with root vegetables. It was literally a small bowl of various types of lettuce with barely any dressing. For $18!!! I had no root vegetables, two of us had one piece of cucumber and one person had two carrots……. The salad was a total waste of money.
  8. S

    Sammy

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Perhaps we were there on an extra busy day - Sunday afternoon on a lovely day, but service was exceptionally slow. Took almost an hour from sitting to getting a drink - 45 minutes for food to arrive. Food was unexceptional & skimpy.
  9. WK

    WaldK

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Great food, beautiful place but poor service. Booked a table few weeks in advance for a special occasion. Patio was almost full however they had 2 tables for 4 people available. Hostess refused to accommodate just two of us. Table service was not the best either.
  10. LJ

    LauraJ

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    I was disappointed with the length of time it took to order refill drinks, and the meal.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food is great but it took too long…. I guess it was busy for sunday brunch time… but we waited for food for an hour.
  12. MT

    MeiT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    The waitress said “That worst, bye now.” when she looked I paid 10% tips on the bill. Then, she turned & went. So bad she was. I thought she expected more than 10%. I am a visitor from Winnipeg our hourly wage is $11.95 not as high as Calgary $15. This is what I can afford. I’m so disappointed about her attitude. Actually I didn’t feel she provided me good service all the way. Compared with the host at Sky Bistro (Banff), that girl host was excellent to everyone I observed. Even she was not a server, I gave her tips when I left. Tourists from different places with different backgrounds, bad servers destroy the image of the city.
  13. CR

    CyndiR

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saturday brunch for a Birthday! nice to see the Jaipur Bridge open !
  14. GL

    GeoffL

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There's a reason why River Cafe is rated in Canada's top 10, brunch was outstanding and the ambience is second to none. What a great way to spend a beautiful summer morning.
  15. R

    Royce

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent restaurant. The ingredients are local, the menu is interesting , the food is delicious, the servers are expert, and the setting is lovely.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely ambiance and beautiful delicious food. They accidentally brought me ‘gluten full’ crackers with one dish (I ordered gluten free as I am celiac), but I caught it. Portions are a bit smaller than we would like.
  17. JP

    JoeP

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great except that they could not accept the open table check as it was over a months. We were never told this by open table not was this mentioned in the letter attached to the check that was sent to us. We were told to let OpenTable know and new checks will be issued to us. Please advise who we are to contact to resolve.
  18. EB

    ElliotB

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was very good - service very good as well A little pricy - but expected
  19. RS

    RobinS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place with great food, comfortable atmosphere, super staff.
  20. KK

    KateK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great place, delicious food! Would love to be back!
  21. PT

    PrimusT

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and beautiful location. Experience would be further elevated with a higher level of detail in glassware, silverware and presentation to take the restaurant to the next level.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience5
    Well…..I had to send back pancakes and then my family all done and I was still waiting. We had to serve our own water at one point. The waitress was nice and apologetic but I was kinda done by then. To too if off they charge 1.00 for water….really? Lastly, they had to clear the patio for a storm and the manger was very unkind to one of her workers who was trying to help her.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portions were great. Quality top notch. Enjoyed our evening very much.
  25. JO

    JOLES2

    Calgary

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an enjoyable experience. Great food, drinks and service. We'll be back again.
  26. SS

    StevenS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The wine arrived warm and it took ages to cool down. However, the food kept coming despite no wine. I would not expect the food to arrive if the wine is warm. The server could have offered another bottle or at least a glass - nothing was offered. For over $400, we expected better. I would recommend this place but with a caveat - beware.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing patio. The server basically recommended our ensure meal and was spot on!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful outside patio
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Food was impeccable. Lovely setting and ambience. Service was uneven and poor. Ordered one bottle of wine and took quite a while for server to let us know it’s out of stock, second bottle we ordered also out of stock. Dinner came before we got the glass of wine each we ended up ordering. Server was inattentive. Felt like we were an after-thought.
  30. KW

    KatrinaW

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Patio was gorgeous. Service was fine, nothing to rave about. Food was delicious but pricy for the portion sizes.
  31. s

    sylvain

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    yes but this is not a number 10 best restaurants in Canada.
  32. DD

    DarvinD

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service by Jane. She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and professional. Had a great time with amazing ambiance, view, and tasty meals. Definitely recommend!
  33. m

    mvinyyc

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, excellent. Our waitress was exceptional this time.
  34. DL

    DavidL

    Edmonton

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a fantastic brunch, service was top notch, food quality was outstanding. Very delicious
  35. DE

    DanaeE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner on the patio. Excellent service, beautiful food and wine. An incredible location.
  36. FJ

    FoodieJ

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Restaurant, food and drinks were outstanding. Highly recommend!
  37. JC

    JC91

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    A top restaurant in Canada. How exciting. Food was very good, showcasing local ingredients and what the season has to offer. However it took 15 minutes for a server to approach us after we sat down and almost 45minutes for our mains to come. I did expect more since we’ve had some great dinners in Calgary. The restaurant may not have even been 75% at capacity. Maybe it was an off night but it leaves a lot to be desired.
  38. BI

    BIGeoman

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the chefs choice. Service was great. Food was top notch as usual.
  40. s

    shines89

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the perfect spot. All of the food was amazing, and the service was great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • 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 4.6 stars by 3728 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 89 times today
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, Wild Game

  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, 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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