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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.6
4.6
3825 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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.

Getting to River Cafe is just a walk in the park.
Access us from:
1. The North side of the island, crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
2. The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW from the Eau Claire area.

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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wild Game

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch & Dinner Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Wed–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 261-7670

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Scott MacKenzie

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Private party contact

    June Doan: (403) 261-7670

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • 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. Calgary Parking Authority lot near the Calgary Curling Club across memorial drive.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,825 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Most Booked

  • Calgary

    Scenic View

  • Calgary

    Canadian

  • Calgary

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  1. RN

    RobinN

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Josh was our server. He was excellent. Very friendly knowledgeable about menu and although service was slow, he kept us informed. Food was really nice. Had tomato goat cheese rhubarb salad and bison tenderloin Fantastic. Panacotta desert was delish.
  2. D

    Dave

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Had a dinner on wednesday night and the place was busy. Food was superb and presentation was creative, but we had to wait more than 40 minutes after we got our appies for our mains. Nice ambiance and atmosphere overall. Still a good experience.
  3. NB

    NaviB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place. Loved the patio. Staff was very accommodating and nice. We had a wonderful time
  4. CM

    CraigM

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch on the patio. Such a traditional Calgary gem!
  5. LS

    LisaS

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best experiences for locals and tourists. Treat yourself to the amazing atmosphere of this gem in the city.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I took my mom out for brunch. She arrived from out of town. It took over an hour to receive our food and we were not checked on very often. The waiter topped up our water a couple of time, but that was about it. No apologies or explanation on the delay. The restaurant was half full. Not sure why the service was moderate at best.
  7. RM

    RodM

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience, everything was delicious from the coffee and assorted pastries, to our brunch meal. A wonderful walk through beautiful Prince’s Island to enjoy the always lovely River Cafe.
  8. JD

    JayD

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best restaurant in Calgary for sure. The Lambtastic was an exceptional dish. The Oysters were fresh and exceptional as well. A genuinely great culinary experience.
  9. JD

    JaybDubya

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The place was fine and so was the food, but it wasn’t anything g special and way overpriced. Very limited choice on menu and super-small portions.
  10. M

    Maya

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Have been here many times - patio is fantastic, food is always great. First timers should try the tasting menu. But some of my favourites are: red lentil hummus, beef tartare, Char, Lamb. Really can not get better!
  11. GT

    GTVan

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful evening - good food - exceptional service. We dined on the terrace so our noise rating is based on our outdoor experience.
  12. A

    Anonymous

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is consistently beautiful and delicious. The ambience of this very special Calgary spot is just so unique. Whether eating out on the patio or dining inside, you are sure to have a memorable experience that makes you keep coming back. Their very attentive staff ensures a pleasant experience every time.
  13. EB

    EnaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The nearest thing to dining on the Riviera, we don't have the Mediterranean Sea but we have the river flowing by and delicious food and wine.
  14. CW

    CameronW

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Staff were pleasant and accommodating, thank you. Menu is very meat forward, up the veggie content please and consider adding a special or rotating new plate. Please add clarity to your reservation policy, especially regarding the patio - it should be clearly stated on open table how outdoor seating is assigned. I used the additional comments on my reservation to indicate outdoor preference but received no acknowledgment and arrived to a response that the patio was full. Not the best start to the evening. To the staff’s credit they were able to get us seated outside with minimal wait. Thanks. Cam
  15. KS

    KentonS

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The food and service are always excellent and there is no better location in the city. It’s a beautiful place to eat really good food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent wine, superb ingredients and delightful setting on the patio.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    38th Anniversary dinner Server was amazing . The arctic Char was sooo good. My husband had the tenderloin and found it very good but a small portion size. Wish they had a 9 Oz wine glass option. Overall we had a wonderful dinning experience.
  18. JC

    JacquiC

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very impressed with the presentation and unusual flavour of the various dishes we ordered. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the ingredients of the food served.
  19. DP

    DavidP

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My first visit was a great experience. New to Calgary, this was my finest patio experience thus far. Looking forward to next time!
  20. VP

    VictorP

    Calgary

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We'd been unable to book a reservation on July 26, our wedding anniversary, because the restaurant was closed for a private function, but on the August long weekend we managed to grab one of two remaining time slots available for brunch. We shared the fish and game platter and I had an Eggs Benedict with Arctic char, finishing up with a raspberry sorbet on what turned out to be a sweltering afternoon, but the patio was well-shaded and the lush greenery all around chipped the edge off the heat. It was great to be back. Our server (Erin) was outstanding—attentive without being fussy, and overall such a delight we'd love to have her again when we return.
  21. O

    Opionated

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    The prices no longer match the quality of the food. We ordered a salad for $18. It was basically a bunch of leaves with almost no other vegetables. I think I found 2 or 3 cucumber pieces and some sliced root vegetable. It was VERY SKIMPY. I also order the Halibut cakes which were mostly potato. I ahve been a fan of River Cage for many years. I really think they should up their game in the food department.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had dinner with family we seldom see. Food was delicious as were the featured cocktails. Definitely will return in the future.
  23. GK

    GailK

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spent a beautiful summer evening at River Café. Service was excellent, professional and friendly. The food was superb! Thanks.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Lamb seemed like it was a few days old, overcooked, and under seasoned. Beets tasted like they were from a can. Everything else was pretty good. Great earl grey donut dessert.
  25. FM

    FoodMom38

    New York Area

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting and great food and service. Dishes were a bit slow to come out. Halibut main, and the potatoes with it, were delicious as were the sablefish and red lentil hummus appetizers.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Rude hostess.
  27. a

    audreybmorin

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful site, adorable restaurant, friendly and thoughtful staff, and excellent food. We have already decided that we'll eat there again next time we visit Calgary!
  28. m

    mikep

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    It was crazy hot July evening (30c) and the place was busy inside and out. And because so, a little louder than I'd hoped for our anniversary dinner. But that's what happens when you go to a popular spot. Our waiter kinda missed the mark. Nice enough fellow but a bit behind. I still tipped 20% because times are tight and nobody really waits tables for fun. The food was awesome. I had the boar with a ice cold pilsner. And my wife the bison and a glass of wine. At first I thought it wouldn't be enough but after a couple of bites I changed my mind. It was very filling. The earl grey donut was weird and disappointing. (lol) Overall, I would recommend and return again.
  29. VC

    ValerieC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice restaurant with good food. Patio was awseome. Food was really good. My only complaint was how long the food took to arrive (appetizer and dinner). If your on the patio at dusk beware killer mosquitoes...bring some spray (not restaurants fault obviously...)
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  31. A

    Aeryn

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Service is so slow. I used to love this restaurant, but I’ve been here 3 times this summer and every time, even when we say we are in a rush and order right away, it takes at least 45 minutes to an hour to get our food, and drinks take forever as well, don’t expect to get more than one glass of wine. Lunch will take you 2 hours. The ambiance is great though.
  32. K

    Kacey

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Not really worth the hype. We won’t be returning to Ricer Café
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place ! We really like it.
  34. j

    jingv

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I am very happy with Deane House , Excellent Service and Food. Thus, I tried River Cafe, To say that Service is horrible is an understatement.
  35. BL

    BLT1986

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noise level was rated a 2 only because of folk fest. We had a lovely experience here.
  36. WR

    WarrenR

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great people serving us for a birthday party
  37. L

    Lisan

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience5
    Food amazing and service excellent. The location is fantastic. Had been for several meals and love it.
  38. MS

    MonicaS

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the nicest patio in Calgary. Excellent food and service.
  39. w

    wineguy

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal at River Cafe! Great dining experience from start to finish.
  40. T

    Tara

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and a perfect location!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

River Café is rated 4.6 stars by 3825 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today
Google Map for River Café

Prince's Island Park, 25 Prince's Island Park SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch & Dinner Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Wed–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wild Game

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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. Calgary Parking Authority lot near the Calgary Curling Club across memorial drive.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott MacKenzie

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 261-7670

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Private party contact

    June Doan: (403) 261-7670

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