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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 6th Street SW causeway at the West end of the island.
2. The North side of the island, crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
3. The bridge at 2nd street SW from the Eau Claire area.
4. The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW will be closed for the 2020 season.
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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Our recent experience for a birthday dinner at the River Cafe was top notch! From starters to entrees, the food did not disappoint. Fresh food with quality ingredients. Our waiter was very personable and that truly adds to the overall experience of fine dining! The ambience is romantic and the fireplace adds a cozy touch. I noticed the staff (even in the kitchen) were diligent with mask wearing and upholding the pandemic regulations - greatly appreciated that our community can pull together and navigate safety during these uncertain times. I highly recommend checking this restaurant out for a special occasion!
Lovely ambiance, food is overpriced compared to overall experience
Excellent food and service!!
We will be back!
To be honest I was slightly disappointed in river cafe, the food was not as great, very greasy and we waited for our table for about 15min. They did offer us bubbles to make it smoother which was a a kind gesture but it’s mostly the brunch dishes that we didn’t love.
Beautiful location and great service. The fireplace is stunning during the cold evenings.
Sitting on the patio, the morning atmosphere was wonderful. The foods too were excellent as always, though it's not an inexpensive experience.
I had never been and its usually quite a bit more then I'd spend on dinner but it was worth every penny =) great service and great food! I'd go again if I could for sure!
Entrees were great, desert was OK , service and atmosphere was excellent, price was a little on the expensive side
What a fantastic place, beautiful view of the water, service was incredible.
All excellent, as always
Not our first time to go there but this time around, the service was a bit off. The wait was quite long this time but the weather was excellent, the food was great so it compensated for the long wait.
Great food, service and ambiance.
The food was good and the location is amazing. Lovely and relaxing place for brunch.
Our server was a delight! She was warm and friendly and took great care of us! However the hostess was very rude to us and we did not care for her attitude towards us.
As always, exceptional food, service and ambience.
Great food in a great location
Great time, excellent food
Loved the oysters
Can’t wait to get back
perfect ambience with the golden hour and fall colors.
The waiter was excellent and they even lit the gas fireplace for us.
Outstanding food in a unique setting in the city!!
We enjoyed another fabulous meal at River Cafe. Yesterday I was there for lunch and enjoyed the mushroom tart and a glass or 2 of Cedar Creek Reisling. Topped off with excellent service by our server. I wish I got her name, but she was very good.
We absolutely enjoyed our time at the restaurant. Kelsy did a fantastic job! :)
The outdoor patio was adorable. Quaint and secluded - a perfect brunch spot for the lovers of nature! Food was incredible as always, and service was the best I’ve had in the city!
Came here for weekend brunch. Food was great. Nice walk to the location
First time eating here. Very enjoyable. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Unusual meals (bison, wild boar) as well as regular.
Love it here!
This was my first experience at River Cafe and I will most definitely be back. We did the chef’s tasting and I highly highly recommend this, it’s such a great option to taste a variety of items on the menu and really experience everything River Cafe has to offer. The food was absolutely next level and service was phenomenal. Already looking forward to our next visit!
Thank you very much for your kind review. I will make sure to pass this along to our team. We look forward to seeing you again!
Food was great, lovely atmosphere. A bit pricier but reasonable. Well worth it for a special occasion
We had a delicious lunch inside the restaurant with the window open beside us so we felt like we were outdoors. The service was excellent and we would enjoy dining there regularly.
Fabulous as always!
Excellent wine program and great atmosphere. Will be back ASAP
River Cafe always has a great ambiance, spectacular cuisine and stellar service. You can't beat this inner city oasis.
Good place, delicious food, small portions but full of flavor. It is not the typical high end finishes restaurant, but it definitely have a homely feeling in the décor. Good and chill music. Would prefer the server did not re-confirm my order with my husband every time.
Delicious food and enjoyed the beautiful Fall setting.
Lovely location. However your run of the mill breakfast dinner will have better tasting food that the greasy flavourless food they served for brunch. Not worth the high price
Beautiful location, perfect ambiance, incredible food. Can’t wait to go back!
The food was ok but the service was terrible. It was our anniversary and they knew it but did nothing special. We waited forever for drinks and each course. Our reservation was for 8 and the place was empty but it still took forever. When we wanted to pay and leave we waited 15 minutes for our waitress who was nowhere in sight, and we counted 9 staff who ignored us while they cleaned up. We understand these are difficult times, but we went out of our way (literally!!) to support a local business and we felt we were badly treated. It ruined our anniversary night, and we are not likely to return any time soon.
Very enjoyable evening on the patio. Highly recommend the chef selection
River Café is rated 4.6 stars by 4075 OpenTable diners.