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River Café

4.6
3199 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Scenic View
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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.

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
What 3199 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed the view of the trees and the river . The decorations in the restaurant made you feel like you were at a fishing lodge . We really enjoyed the whole experience.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

They were more than happy to accomodate all my dietary restrictions and went above and beyond to make it a fantastic experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

She cost more than my bill! #includingtip

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Good food and service. We go for the patio. It’s a bit overpriced for such a simple lunch, but you’re paying for the venue.
Will go back.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The ambience is oneof the best in Calgary and the food is always original and excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

River café is a sweet little gem in Princess Island Park. The ambiance is nice and most of the servers have the right mix of formality and friendliness. The fish and game board is a favorite - it is full of flavor and so are the house-made crackers. The cocktails are slightly underwhelming. I would stick to the wine list where you can find a nice selection of Canadian reds and whites.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The location and building are wonderful. Service was good, food was ok, not great for the prices. I would return for a drink or dessert, maybe not for lunch or dinner.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers day

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very high quality meal, with good drink selection. Beautiful view of Princes Island Park. Enjoyed a lovely Mother's Day brunch and would recommend to others

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day brunch. While the cafe wasn’t as busy as we thought it would be, service at the start was rather slow. The weather was great so we ate on the patio, very nice and the food was quite good. The cappuccino’s were good too.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very enjoyable evening. Great waiter and food was excellent .Highly recommended for great time

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We really enjoyed the atmosphere - it felt like we were in Europe outside on a patio eating. Excellent food and service.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very disappointing...ambiance is great...menu is very limited - 1 beef dish...3 fish...3 with goat cheese...not a great choice. $1.00 for aqua...really! asked if we wanted bread...that was good...yes...3 pieces for 2 people...really. Server was not attentive...just doing a job...did nothing to create a positive experience...few smiles from any staff...did not check back whether things were OK. Doesn't seem like a fun place to work.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

One of Calgary's very best restaurants . Consistently great food & service, in a lovely setting.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The only thing that would have been better is if there’d been acknowledgement that we were both celebrating bdays, my girlfriend’s a milestone. Why ask when making the reservation if you aren’t going to use the info to make it a little more special? There were only around 5 or 6 tables for lunch - it would have been easy for staff to do something extra. All else was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Always love to go for a meal at the River Cafe... Best food and ambiance in town.... Made even better when sitting out on the deck!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

It took forever to get drinks and food. Had me getting hangry. A simple cocktail and a pop 20 minutes and our entrees after sitting for maybe 40 minutes prior to order, 45 minutes. The table behind us served 3 sets of people by the time we left.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We really wanted to enjoy the beautiful view but our server was horrible. He ran around us and was extremely inattentive. It was a struggle to even place our dinner order. The food was tasty but extremely expensive for the amount of food served. The only reason I would ever recommend this place again is for the magnificent island park setting. To the owner of the River Cafe please hire better wait staff if you want a premium price for your food.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Beautiful location but still in the heart of the city with warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

What a beautiful spot! We finally got to dine here in April - we tried in December and it was fully booked every night - a testament to its success.
We were welcomed promptly and shown to our table by the window - always a plus in our books! Our server Ethan was great - helpful, friendly and with good knowledge of everything on the menu. The food was light and delicious with great combinations of flavours - beautifully presented too.
A lovely evening.

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1.0Dined on April 30, 2018

This was literally the slowest and worst service I've ever had. I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Peaceful and quiet ambience during our dinner out.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The weather was great for dining outdoors, the food was fantastic, the waiter was personable and knowledgeable, we did not feel rushed, it was a great dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Over the top friendly knowledgeable wait staff, quality exceptional food you won’t find anywhere else. Just exceptional place. I was in Calgary on business for two weeks, brought my staff here few times for celebratory dinners. No cheap but worth every bit of the spend. Will be back on my next trip. (Heather, memeber of the staff, she was exceptional)

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch on such a beautiful day.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great location and even better menu. Pace of service was excellent, never rushed. Presentation is outstanding and the meal was very enjoyable. Not an extensive wine menu but great choices. Calgary offered a wonderful sunset which so added to the evening.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Birthday dinner. One meal of halibut was very good but the other meals, 2 of goat shank, were very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

A beautiful location in Prince's Island Park, glorious in fine weather. Good food, creatively prepared and using local ingredients intelligently.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This was the best brunch we've been too. Such amazing food!!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Amazing food and service as always. Perfect place for brunch.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The lunch we had was excellent. The only thing that should have been improved was the seating. Having made a reservation and with the restaurant not totally full I did not expect to sit right at the back near the entrance to the washrooms.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I love the River Cafe, food was excellent and staff were very accommodating. I'd definitely go back there if ever I visit Calgary.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Poor service . Bland sub-par food .

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

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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