River Café

4.5
3445 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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
June Doan: (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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Take a walk through Princes Island Park & ring in the new year with family & friends! We will be offering a set five course chef's tasting menu, $110.00 per person. Optional wine pairing for an additional $60 per person. +GST and 18% service charge apply. Two hour seating time per table . Cheers!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3445 People Are Saying
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GL
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend came here for brunch, the environment was very nice and clean, and the staffs were friendly. Food was delicious, we shared the mushroom tart and Turkey pot pie. The reason I gave 4 stars because I found the Turkey pot pie was a bit salty but it was still very good. If I was only having the mushroom tart, I would give it 5 stars for sure. After having the first bite of the mushroom tart, I know this place is gonna be one of my favorite spot for brunch and definitely will come back. And now I am interested in trying their dinner.

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Chef’s Tasting Menu was wonderful. Very good service. A little noisy due to a large group sitting nearby, and a little chilly being seated near the windows in the winter.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room is beautiful. Mixture of rustic and mountain/river feel. Fantastic staff and superb food quality.

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JG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River Cafe was a great spot for a date night. We ordered the Chef's Tasting Menu and everything was delicious. The food and atmosphere was worth it. I would definitely recommend the River Cafe to friends and family.

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SL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

As always the unique venue is really the draw: place the restaurant anywhere in Calgary except Prince Island, and I'm not sure it would remain in business more than a month.

We had a late guest showing up 20 minutes after our 6 pm reservation. It took another 10 minutes for staff to offer drinks? Why not just offer before his arrival? Then drink refills seemed slow.

Eventually, orders were taken. I was assured Octopus would be tender. It was rubbery, as expected in Alberta: I wondered why it was on the menu???

Pork was OK, but came with an unbalanced accompaniment of Red Fife Wheat, almost making it a breakfast cereal! I guess chef was trying to rid the kitchen of the dry, chewy stuff, but more Okanagan Pear and parsnips would have been appreciated!

In a final note: I specifically asked for a QUIET table when making the reservation, and was assured that two tables were set off for just such occasions. We were seated in the middle of the restaurant, in the LOUDEST location!!??

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MB
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love, love the setting & decor..the snow outside made the ambiance even better! The food was delicious as always. Our server was very friendly, seemed a bit service 'stretched' as he was also trying to manage a large group seating as well as individual tables.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best eggs Benedict we've ever had.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous!

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was great and the food was presented very well. I personally hated the coffee, but the waitress was very polite and offered to bring me something different. I would probably not go there again because the food was not suitable for my taste, but it might be just my opinion. I honestly wish I liked the food better, because everything else was so wonderful.

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t
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so impressed. Was our first time here and we will be back again to try dinner menu.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a great date lunch with my girlfriend. Service was really good, such as the food and ambience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic on all accounts

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XW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pumpkins pudding is kind of too sweet for me. But the scenic view outside the window is really beautiful.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect cozy breakfast spot. Not too loud and not too busy!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Calgary.

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BR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner but the night was made by our server Mike. Amazing drive for service and open to questions. Thanks Mike

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Mike was exceptional. Very attentive and did not try up selling us booze after we were done our meal.

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SK
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate a birthday. The waiter and rest of staff were great as well as the ambiance.
We ordered the bison tar tar, squash soup, goose main, and steak main dishes.
I highly recommend the bison tar tar, squash soup, and goose main dish as these were delicious.
I forget what type of beef steak they were serving tonight but it was a disappointment. The meat was extremely chewy and the quality wasn't there despite being cooked to a nice medium rare.

Overall a pleasant experience

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C
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have dined at the river cafe many times. This last visit was very disappointing. Our server was never around. Servers from other tables helped us more than she did we ordered 3 bone in spare ribs. We were told they were out of bone in but could serve us spare ribs without bones. I personally had the tenderloin and it was good. My friend Wayne ate his spare rib even though it was quite fatty. My wife and Judy could not eat their spare ribs as they were just to fatty. The river cafe did comp us 2 of the rib meals. Thank you for that. This was Judy's first time at your restaurant and she was polite about what she thought but you could tell the way she ate that she was very disappointed after all the bragging we had done about the River Cafe. At this point I am not sure if I will dine at your facility again. It bothers me to say these things but I was very disappointed compared to all the other great meals and evenings that we have spent in the River Cafe.

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OT
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, service and ambiance were exceptional. Although they offered homemade rice crisps as an alternative it would be great if some sort of GF bread option was offered with brunch.

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AP
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was very quiet on the Sunday. It is a beautiful venue. My Turkish style eggs were ok. I did not find them very flavourful. I had a side of bacon which was quite delicious. My two friends, one had eggs benny and she said it was very good. The other had fresh farm eggs any style, although she did not finish it, the dish was very good. The drinks were fine a little sweet for me. The coffee was excellent.

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M
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I was impressed with burger. I was TOLD they cook their meat to slightly pink, I requested just cooked through, it came pink. The bun was very dry. My husband had Turkey pie and it was not very tasty.

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b
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Prices way too high for the food that one gets. Service was moderate, very disappointing for a restaurant such as this. Waitress never once came to top up our water. Very impatient to collect our money when we finished our meal. I would never return.

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Empty restaurant, only sat in section by washrooms. Disappointing with the beautiful living room and fire place seatings all free during Sunday brunch. Server seemed annoyed by having to serve us

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R
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Krista was great! Always checking on us and topping up our bevvies

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B
Calgary
51 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We came for a birthday dinner, we have been trying to eat dinner at River Cafe for a couple of years but almost every time we want to go it is booked for a private event. We did the 6 course Chef's Tasting Menu. We really enjoyed it, the flavors were really good. The only part of the meal we did not enjoy was the dessert.
The drinks were good and the ambiance is nice. This would be a good place to come to in the summer.

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CD
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite...in the park - can't be beat. As soon as you walk in you are hit with that warm scent of the wood smoke and know the meal is going to be full of flavor and richness.

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DR
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

River Cafe is hard to beat. The location on Princes Island, the gorgeous patio, the rustic decor and architecture, and the food is simply amazing.

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JB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food took forever to come out. Over an hour, and the place was not even that busy. Service was ok, but it could be better.

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DP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved what we ordered. But maybe some sandwiches and soup would be a good addition for lunch.

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o
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We eat at River Cafe often for the ambience, location, and tasty food.

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C
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular dinner. Great ambience, superb service & wonderful food.

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SL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. The staff was very accommodating and very knowledgeable with regard to food and wine.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd love to check all the boxes that could apply, but I've only been to The Cafe twice - I can only imagine it would be very good, as was our experience.

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GT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food was ok. The charcuterie platter was great. Service was average but expect a long wait for food on a slow night. It took us 2 hours for a 3 course meal.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there every year for thanksgiving and it’s always such a special treat . The turkey dish is always cooked perfectly and tasty. The service is always outstanding.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We haven't dined at the River Cafe in some time so I was really looking forward to eating there. It was just my 9 year old daughter and I. I was so disappointed, and I'm sorry I didn't tell the staff immediately that day. The children's brunch menu has three items on it scrambled eggs French toast and cheese flatbread. Where are the pancakes and waffles? A very slim selection indeed. We ordered off the regular brunch menu for my daughter. We chose the $21 burger, modified to just cheese and ketchup on it. The burger turned out to be quite pink in the center. I told our server and she said that the very aged beef and it was supposed to cook like that. I accepted that reason but my daughter never ate the rest of the burger. I should have insisted and I wished that the server could have been more in tune with children and readily taken the burger to be cooked some more. The side of veggies for my daughter included raw green beans. I don't know any adults who eat raw green beans, let alone children. My turkey pot pie and side salad( greens) was even worse. Again, I readily said it was fine when the server asked. Not sure what the wafer top was all about and the thin sauce with chewy turkey and underdone potatoes left much to be desired. The salad was wilty and very small. Not worth the $22. Overall, I think this restaurant needs needs a dusting( not sure what's hanging from the ceiling) a new chef and menu. We won't be coming back or recommending the River Cafe.

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a
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be a great place. My favourite restaurant.

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RH
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful weekend brunch in a cozy environment.

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BB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love River Cafe! Job well done team. Thank you for making my birthday brunch a lovely memory. I was full for hours and content with both the service and the experience - as usual.

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