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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.5
4.5
3943 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Thanksgiving

    CA$75.00 per person

    Oct 10, 2022 only
    Enjoy a feast of Winter's Farm free-range turkey and all of the traditional favourite sides. Winter's Farm Alberta Free-Range Turkey, Sage Gravy Roasted Butternut Squash Tagliatelle Deepwater Farms Baby Kale Salad Innisfail Growers Brussels Sprouts Roasted Leffers Farm Carrots Fennel Sourdough Stuffing Whipped Poplar Bluff Farm Mashed Potatoes Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake $75.00 per person $40.00 kids 12 & under Please note that our la carte menu will not be available on Monday evening.

Popular dishes

What 3,943 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 / Southern Alberta

    Most Booked

  • Calgary

    Outdoor Dining

  • Calgary

    Scenic View

  • Calgary

    Canadian

  • Calgary

    Most Booked

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  1. A

    April

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful location, parking was easy off memorial drive. Food is delicious and well presented.
  2. NN

    NomNom

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    You can tell you’re eating at a Calgary culinary Institution
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    An hour-long wait for our food after ordering is completely unacceptable!! The food was exceptionally excellent though (once it arrived)!
  5. DL

    DavidL

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic brunch! thank you to the whole river cafe team. So consistent, great ingredients and food and excellent service.
  6. T

    Telara

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food and service, as always. Thank you.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, beautiful setting (outside patio in fall) and absolutely delicious food (beef Benedict).
  8. CS

    CynthiaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh creative and yummy!! Our server; he was kind, patient and professional; he made our dining experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Birthday special brunch , I was expecting some special or complimentary champagne on arrival, at the time of booking and after speaking to someone on phone. But got charged, otherwise overall experience was good. Desert was good too.
  10. K

    Kate

    Calgary

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful setting and service was fine, though I suspect staffing shortage as our server seemed very busy. We ordered the Halibut dinner and it was underwhelming. Presentation was quite average and veggie was dull. We love the ambience and have had much better experience in the past so will try again and hopefully will be more impressed. Thanks
  11. HB

    HeatherB

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you once again for a wonderful dining experience. The chef’s tasting did not disappoint.
  12. PS

    PatS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner at River Cafe after spending 8 days in the Canadian Rockies. The three of us agreed the dinner at River Cafe was the BEST meal we had during our trip (and we had many very nice meals). We sat on the patio, how nice to be outside in late September in Calgary! It was a lovely setting. We tried a Canadian wine that was wonderful. The Arctic Char was amazing as was the Halibut. We shared the red lentil humus with warm flat bread and it was addictively good. Lovely ambiance, great service, wonderful food!
  13. JF

    JFin

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. I do find the lunch menu a touch limiting. I find the flatbread crust a touch crispy/burnty. But as always, the beauty of the restaurant and genuine service will keep us coming back indefinitely.
  14. AH

    AaronH

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food quality impeccable. Continues to maintain the high standards expected for this level of dining.
  15. DW

    DaveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was very interesting and delicious. The wine pairings complimented the dishes nicely.
  16. KD

    KayDee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Small portions, which was to be expected from a fancy restaurant. Lovely ambience, great staff, beautiful presentation!
  17. SK

    ScottK

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great experience but a little slow, my guess is staffing levels, not uncommon these days.
  18. TH

    ThaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff, fantastic food! A great dining experience.
  19. EM

    ElizabethM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place would go back when in Calgary.Food and service fabulous.
  20. CM

    ChrisM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered this restaurant by accident and ended up going twice in two days, as it was so good. The locally sourced food is truly exceptional, and the service was attentive whilst not being overbearing. The local oysters were absolutely delicious and the wild boar belly delightful. The extensive wine list is impressive, although no Champagne in the French sparkling section (!) This really is a great find in a beautiful park location, a moment away from downtown. Highy recommended.
  21. BM

    BrentM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Can't believe that I ordered a side pancake for my breakfast and was told that syrup would be extra. Between the four of us at the table we all agreed that this was petty and insulting. This was a 160.00 dollar bill totaling 192.00 C/W 20% tip, the syrup that you charged for ensures that I won't come back.
  22. BH

    BrendaH

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Our waitress seemed overwhelmed. We ordered the pastry tray and it never came. Two of us (we were 4) did not get coffee refills. Food was delicious. We don’t like to rush when we go out, but the wait time was extreme.
  23. QD

    QuinnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing as soon as you walk thru the door! Ambience in the building leaves a great place for a date night!
  24. S

    Stuart

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch on a Saturday. Excellent food, great ambience, friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended. Busy, so make a reservation.
  25. VP

    VictorP

    Calgary

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Calgary summers are short, so patio dining is in high demand, and with the forecast for a mild weekend, of course we had to reserve a table. I ordered the Fogo Island shrimp Eggs Benny, and for dessert I tried the Maple Mousse Sablé. Brunch here is always a leisurely treat, and it's one reason I keep coming back.
  26. H

    Henrik

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Not our first visit and we will keep coming back. Great place, great location, fantastic food and very pleasant service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We were disappointed in the food. The bison was dynamite but the veggie main (which two people got) was TERRIBLE and was sized like a tiny appetizer. Shameful. The tenderloin was ok - disappointing at $54. We brought our son, big mistake. The childrens menu was lacking and the main menu was far from kid friendly. I get it, it’s not a kid restaurant, but literally nothing was ok for kids, and the kids menu had three items. All in all, we were terribly disappointed and won’t be back. Sad.
  28. c

    christopherb

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Overall, the River Café is deserving of its great reputation, with great food and a lovely atmosphere. At our meal, the humus appetizer was so delicious that everyone at the table would have loved to take a jar home. And the seasoning on my bison was out of this world. But... the halibut in one of my guest's dishes was overcooked; and the service was, at times, extremely slow. We waited so long for our drinks that we suspected the bar tender had lost our order.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Cafe never disappoints.
  30. LR

    LindaR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though the rainy weather didn’t allow us to sit out on the lovely patio, the ambiance of the interior was cozy and very pleasant. We shared the red lentil hummus with house made lavish to start and the Arctic char. Both were delicious. Since it was my daughter’s birthday, we shared the poached pears which were beautifully presented. The service was attentive and the restaurant was quiet. It is a bit on the pricey side but I think well worth it especially for a special occasion!
  31. CG

    CassidyG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! The gluten free options were great!!
  32. KN

    KristinN

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just beautiful. Love the atmosphere and view. Server was very personable.
  33. NG

    NonoG

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent but don't go if you're in a hurry.
  34. NP

    NicoleP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was beautiful on the patio for brunch. The food was excellent, as was the service. Would definitely go back or recommend to anyone.
  35. VP

    VictorP

    Calgary

    71 reviews

    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had the Arctic char Eggs Benedict, and my wife ordered the Haida Gwaii Halibut cakes with a side of goose sausage, and for dessert we shared the Artisan Cheese platter. Everything was, as expected, delicious. Our server, Cameron, was pleasant, attentive, and overall just a delight. We've been dining at River Café since, oh, 1996, and we keep coming back because, well, we've never been disappointed.
  36. t

    tazz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about it. Friendly staff. Delicious food. Beautiful location. Will go back again.
  37. I

    Inky

    Edmonton

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food and service were excellent. Tried the Boar Pork Belly and it is 10/10
  38. MB

    MaciekB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was good, you can tell the food portions have gone down and hate the 18% tip nonsense, but the server was excellent and the food was tasty.
  39. P

    Picky

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We were there twice during our visit to Calgary. Great wine selections and the food was great the first time. On the second, I ordered 6 oysters and 8 hours later I was sick. The other food was shared except for the oysters so I know they were the culprit. We will go back again but they have to be more careful about the shelf life of their seafood.
  40. W

    Warren

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A very innovative, reasonably priced tasting menu, but was surprised to be charged separately for table water.

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 4.5 stars by 3943 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 67 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, 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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