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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.
25 Prince's Island Park SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0R1
Canadian, Wild Game
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Brunch & Dinner Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
River Café Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
We enjoyed their tasting menu, and let the chef select our dishes. We were pleasantly amazed by how generous each course was, and how many courses we were served, even compared to the best in the city I would say nowhere else offers as "big" of a dining experience. Each course was well thought out and made sense as part of a longer meal. The service was amazing throughout the meal where multiple people would stop by the table to make sure things were OK, to answer questions or to make sure we were happy. Sitting next to the fireplace is a cozy experience where you can feel the warmth and even smell the wood smoke of a real rustic fireplace. Perfect for a cold day.
Everything good except for buying an americano which is 4.50 and then asking for a refill of regular coffee into same cup and being charged 4 bucks for it. Had I ordered a regular coffee the refill of it would have been free. It’s this kind of charging that drives customers crazy and does not reflect well upon restaurant especially when your bill is already 130.
We went to the River Cafe for brunch (Sunday). I kind of wish there were more menu choices but it was limited to the brunch menu. We still found things to have though and all were very good. The location has to be the best part, even though it is the fall and a lot of leaves are already down it is such a great location to have a meal.
This place was amazing! The location was awesome, the service was lovely and the food... SPECTACULAR. We went for my boyfriends birthday brunch and it was to die for. I still catch myself daydreaming about River Cafe when I'm particularly hungry. Their eggs benny was insane!
Perfect service. Food preparation is not as outstanding as in previous occasions and the menu is getting a tad stale. In order words, the wow factor is lost. Talking about lost, they also lost our reservation and I had insist to look for myself in the computer which did the trick (a minor issue but kind of adds unnecessary stress).
River Café still delivers with fresh ingredients and an unbeatable location. It won't disappoint but it won't blow you away as in other times.
Really cute and cozy, almost a slight cabin vibe. The staff were all super friendly, polite and on the ball. The food and drink were both delicious. We only went for brunch this time but can't wait to try the lunch and dinner menus. The location really can't be beat either, what a gorgeous river walk.
I was there with a friend I had not seen in a long time. Nice cosy atmosphere, wooden chairs, canoe accessories, little white lights. The mushroom mousse entree was tasty and delicate, nicely paired with pear preserves, with delicious roasted bread. I had the lamb, not too cooked and very nicely presented with cucumber emulsion and roasted cauliflower I wish I could bake at home...cocktails were a bit diluted for my taste, but fresh (I had the River Currant). We did not have dessert, we are already full!
For decades, I have been wanting to come here. Before I became a foodie, I used to watch people go in and out of this famous restaurant while I worked nearby and hoping I'd afford to get in there one day. Now, that I have made it, I can't be any prouder as a Calgarian. Though I don't live here anymore and have dined in many amazing restaurants in this country for the last 15 years, River Cafe...makes it to my top three favourite restaurant in Canada. I will not forget this experience. Great service, ambience, and of course...the delicious creative unforgettable food we had. Kudos to the kitchen and to the team that makes this restaurant a must place to dine when in Calgary. To all the Calgarians, who have not been here, make it a happen and visit your city's gem...
I was there for lunch on Saturday to celebrate a special occasion with my 2 sons and their wives. This was not my first time here, but it was for everyone else and we all loved it. We had 2 game boards, oysters, muscles and Turkish eggs. Muscles were the best I have ever had, oysters were excellent as well. The eggs were fine, served on a bed of hummus topped with sprouts. The game and seafood appetizer is always good. The location of this restaurant makes it a nice outing.
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