This is a magical location with delicious, creative food. It was snowing and we didn't want to walk the short distance from the taxi. The snow on the path and the quiet ambiance were a lovely introduction to a remarkable restaurant so close to the city. The food was tasty and creative. The octopus salad was especially remarkable. It is a splurge but was worth it.
Amazing! Outstanding service, atmosphere and food!
I have been a regular customer at River Cafe when I am in Calgary for business. It is a beautiful setting on a small, wooded island in the Bow River, a short walk from downtown.
Their authentic Canadian Farm-to-Table menu is reliable, unique and delicious. There service staff is top notch and Heather, who took care of me on this visit, was friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable about the menu items, wine list and the area. I highly recommend River Cafe for a casual, fun meal, a special occasion, or a business meal in a unique setting.
Awesome way to celebrate her birthday! Our fav in Calgary!
River Cafe is a Calgary institution for a reason. Everything is top drawer. Lots of places like this settle for just ok because they can fill it anytime on just the beautiful setting and privileged location. Not here. These guys are still working really hard to stay on top. Keep it up River Cafe.
Great view. I enjoyed sunday lunch there with my friends and they also said its great.
I have always enjoyed the food and service at the River Cafe. Most recently, we went for the Big Taste menu and while I enjoyed the food, I felt it was lacking when compared to other meals I have had there. Service was excellent as usual and the wine pairings were perfect.
Top 3 meals of my life, true is was during Calgary's Big Taste celebration but the value for what we received was off the charts! The pine mushroom mousse and sourdough are burned into my taste-memory. Seeing Christina Hendricks walk in while chewing probably helped...
River Cafe is our go to spot throughout the year. It’s awesome location on the island in the Bow River and comfortable interior provides a great space to visit with friends. The effort put into the food offered is appreciated.
Excellent place. Food is great and the view is awesome.
Went to RiverCafe for Taste of Calgary. The food was delicious and imaginative.
Overall, a good experience. We have been coming to River Cafe for special occasions when we are in Calgary. We definitely have very high expectations of this restaurant and usually are not disappointed. This experience was good overall but a few things did not meet our expectations on this visit.
Firstly, we ordered the special tasting menu offered since last visit the mushroom mousse was exceptional. The first course arrived very soon when not all parties were at the table. We had just ordered and the food arrived quite rapidly.
Also, the courses came quite rapidly in succession while we were there. It almost felt as if we were being rushed through the experience. We were also served food without having utensils. These things are all quite minor but unexpected at this restaurant where the quality of service is usually exceptional.
The service was adequate though again was not what we have come to expect at the restaurant. Small details were forgotten which is unusual in our experience.
The food was flavourful and delicious with some definite standouts.
Again, overall a good experience though was definitely not to the caliber of our expectations of the river cafe.
Très bon repas dans un cadre charmant. Service parfait.
A beautiful sunset over snowy fields and the sparkling downtown skyline, paired with my date and a beautiful array of food. It was all perfect and worth the short walk through Eau Claire and Prince’s Island Park!
Fantastic meal, setting and service for a birthday lunch with my Mom. The beautiful sunny day on Prince's Island Park helped as well.
Amazing service that was attentive but not obtrusive.
Great food. Things were done right and no detail was overlooked. The setting is pretty to give a great overall dining exercise.
Awesome experience from start to finish!
We had a lovely brunch. Service was perfect - not too intrusive yet attentive. Food was very good - price matched quality. Will be back.
Simply amazing. From aps, to bar, to entree, to dessert ... perfect.
A wonderful way to celebrate 25th anniversary. Servers brought complimentary champagne. Thanks River Cafe.
We ate here this past Saturday and decided on the 5 course, chef's tasting. Not knowing what we would be served, we were blown away by the presentation, the various tastes and the super friendly, knowledgeable server. I've eating in many, many nice restaurants in the last decade, and this meal makes my top ten. Great job RC!!
As always RiverCafe is a gem! Our table was a tiny two-top with a peculiar spot-light raining down on us that was less than ideal and stole the ambience... but every other table was a serene dream! You can’t go wrong here. Portions are small, but satisfying; as with all high end restaurants.
I have had many meals at River, they have all been outstanding. My most recent experience was not very. Ambiance and service were wonderful as always but the food was below the usual standard. I had the goat, the cut that night was the loin. Very tough and chewy, you would expect loin to be tender. paired with VERY bitter charred endive. one of the other components was described as cassoulet with goat bacon, beans yes a few spoonfuls but no sign of any protein. The highlight was the goat sausage but the only highlight. I had a few bites of the roasted sunchoke dish it was ok but both dishes were not up to the standard of inventiveness and flavor profile combinations I have come to expect from River. Maybe I should have ordered the sturgeon. I will be back, as a chef I know sometimes you have an off night or a dish doesn't translate to the plate as well as you thought. As I said I will certainly come back and hope my next trip lives up to the expectations I associate with River......thanks
Great food and atmosphere
It is a lovely and cozy place for a romantic date night! The food was amazing, and the server we had was exceptional because it was our anniversary night and he gave us cute little chocolate macaroons.
I enjoyed everything, except for the price you charge for the amount of food you get. $50 for 3 bites of a steak and a few cubes of a potato, one slice of sourdough bread?
Amazing cannot wait to come back in the spring
Fantastic ambiance as always. My visit was for brunch and I love visiting when I'm with good company and searching for a great experience.
Such an awesome place...the food was amazing and the service was really good. The setting is cozy and charming...we would recommend it for a special occasion :)
Was a great night with delicious food and drinks. The duck was awesome!
Valentine's dinner was an eight course chef's tasting and was amazing.
As always, River Cafe is superb, especially for romantic occasions
Exceptional, as always.
Really, really good food skilfully cooked—and we only went for brunch!
What a great place to have a special occasion. Beautiful walk to a beautiful location. Food and drinks were great.
It was our first time there, never knew it existed. My wife and I completely enjoyed ourselves. The experience was awesome fro every perspective of service.
Really enjoyed the Lamb and cheesecake for dessert!
The staff was gracious and the food was amazing! I had been in the summer before but I fully recommend it as a beautiful space in the winter...mini retreat in the city!
Best place ever! If you are in Calgary, please visit this ubique, beautiful and delicious place. Very Recommended...
We enjoyed the beautifully thought out tasting menu on Monday night. Great atmosphere in there with the fire place on. The shining star was our service, sorry I forget your name, but great job!