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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

River Café Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (49)
Scenic View (46)
Romantic (43)
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Good for a Date (40)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Cozy (36)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Local Ingredients (33)
Great for Lunch (27)
Great for Brunch (25)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Casual (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Seasonal (20)
Waterfront (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Business Meals (15)
Authentic (13)
Healthy (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Organic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (8)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
People Watching (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Love it there!!! Amazing food and service. Definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

A spectacular evening for NYE. Good food, well paired wine and excellent service.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE/birthday date. Food was extremely appetizing and tasty, service was top notch

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My birthday!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice cozy place for a winter dinner. Love all of the fresh ingredients used in creative ways.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

An amazing place, meal and lovely waitress - excellent food, and incomparable coffee. It was a cold day and it was a perfect breakfast for my wife and I. Highly recommend

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Meal was great, kitchen was accomodating making me a bigger than average sized steak portion and service was great and everything was perfect

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed another wonderful evening a t the River Cafe!!
Excellent service, food and ambiance. It was a great place to be on a snowy, cold evening. Beautiful walk to and from the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Overall ambience was nice but was expecting more from the food and wine pairing. Wine lacked flavor and food was ok; was expecting more based on what I read in magazines. My husband and I tried the chef tasting menu and enjoyed 2 out of 6 courses.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really enjoyed the the food and beautiful view would have enjoyed even more if it wasn't so fridge cold outside.
Smiles
The Nielsens

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

This place never disappoints! The service is attentive, the food is amazing and ambiance is lovely.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great but limited menu. Not very suitable for young kids. Lovely food and wine list.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The beef tenderloin we ordered arrived at the table cool, like it had been sitting out for a while before it was delivered.

Tags: Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Awesome food and great story of the farm to plate. They even have a photo album showing all the producers and local business that are used to produce some the truly amazing dishes. Great atmosphere service and food highly recommend it to all.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Such a beautiful restaurant!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Early Xmas dinner with my sweetheart 😊. Food and service were great!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 21, 2017

fantastic food in a beautiful winter setting. always a special treat to dine at the River Café!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

It was as very cold where we were sitting, not fun but as soon as we move next to the fire it was fab!

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Delightful place to spend an afternoon with valued clients. Service was impeccable. Food was OK but definitely wine list, ambiance and service were high points.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Always a delight. It is my go to place in the summer to sit on the patio, people watch and enjoy outstanding food. In the colder months I love to sit near the fireplace but still have the ability to look out the window while enjoying outstanding food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 19, 2017

There's a reason the River Café is a staple in Calgary. We had an outstanding meal with attentive service, and will certainly be returning. It's a beautiful setting at Christmas time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Fantastic food in fantastic decor. You have to take a short walk into a park to get to it. Right by the river.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Impressive wine list! Beautiful and cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Servers were great. Food portion sizes were extremely small

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

We had our Christmas luncheon there and it did not disappoint!! The setting was magical, the service excellent, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was spectacular and unique. It was a lovely afternoon.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went in for brunch. They were nice enough to hold the reservation even though we were running late. Nice ambiance. Food was good. The drinks cost more than the meal . Beware of the $1 water. Coffee refills are not free.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Brunch was excellent and perfect. All four meals were outstanding and the service was top notch. We shall be seeing you again very soon.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Brunch was impressive

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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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 (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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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2017

If you're looking to take a date somewhere great or celebrate a special occasion, look no further than River Cafe. Great setting, terrific food, and amazing service. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu, very friendly, and help make for a great experience. Would highly recommend to anyone not afraid to spend a few dollars on a great night out.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great night!!!

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 (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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·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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 (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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