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Date
Fri, 4/20
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9:00 PM
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River Café

4.7
3164 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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.

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 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. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Open 7 Days A Week.
Lunch, Monday to Friday from 11am.
Dinner, Monday to Sunday from 4:30pm.
Brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 10am.
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Phone number
(403) 261-7670
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matthias Fong
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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
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Private party contact
Hannah Petkau: (403) 261-7670
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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.
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

It's time to spoil Mom! Treat her to pastries, french toast, farm fresh eggs and mimosas. Full brunch menu from 10am until 3pm. Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3164 People Are Saying
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4.6
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Best meal either of us have ever had and we’ve been to a lot of nice places around Alberta and Bc.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great Sunday brunch. Really imaginative menu and a great location and ambience

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Had the chefs tasting menu and it was phenomenal! They were accommodating worth our dietary needs and even modified the menu for us. The playing was gorgeous and the whole meal was incredibly memorable. The service wasn’t quite what we are used to at the restaurant as it was very busy and louder than usual, but I guess that’s what happens when you are such an amazing restaurant.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Vsf Booked reservations weeks ago for my 1 year anniversary with my girlfriend. I was very excited to take her here as she loves princess island park. We arrived exactly on schedule for our reservation. Notified the lady at the front door that we had reservations. She told us that they were very busy and gave us an option to pick from two tables. I thought that was odd as we had made reservations. Made us feel like a burden to be there. We sat at the table and no one came and said hello to us. Sat there for 10 minutes when the lady from the front desk came and put some water in our glasses and told us someone would be over shortly. We waited for another 5 minutes with servers walking past us multiple times, no one greeted us to at least offer us a drink. At this point we decided to leave. Very disappointed about this as it was a special night for my girlfriend and I and I thought I had made all the right steps to make it a great night.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We’ve been here a few times before and as usual the service and menu were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent meal and very quiet. Perfect for a business lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Was surprised with some bubbly to celebrate and engagement! Great service. Great food. What more can you ask?

By the way the turkey pot pie was superb!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazing! Food was excellent. Server very knowledgeable and attentive. No complaints- we will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was mediocre and two of our guest that ordered French toast should have been more crispy.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful from beginning to end!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Always amazing service and food. Nice and quiet atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

So Lovely! The burger is heavenly.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was outstanding. The filet was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Had a great time, service from Andrew was friendly and good. Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing restaurant on all fronts. All the staff bring exceptional skill to the dining experience and make the elegant location feel even more special.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Amazing! Outstanding service, atmosphere and food!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Awesome way to celebrate her birthday! Our fav in Calgary!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We've spent a romanic & lovely time at River Café on our wedding anniversary and we are come from Hong Kong! We love the Winter sunshine with an icy river view. It became a wonderful & unforgettable memories in our life! Hope to see you all again : )

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great view. I enjoyed sunday lunch there with my friends and they also said its great.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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...

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Excellent place. Food is great and the view is awesome.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Went to RiverCafe for Taste of Calgary. The food was delicious and imaginative.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Très bon repas dans un cadre charmant. Service parfait.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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.
Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food. Things were done right and no detail was overlooked. The setting is pretty to give a great overall dining exercise.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Awesome experience from start to finish!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a lovely brunch. Service was perfect - not too intrusive yet attentive. Food was very good - price matched quality. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Simply amazing. From aps, to bar, to entree, to dessert ... perfect.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

A wonderful way to celebrate 25th anniversary. Servers brought complimentary champagne. Thanks River Cafe.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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