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.
They were more than happy to accomodate all my dietary restrictions and went above and beyond to make it a fantastic experience.
She cost more than my bill! #includingtip
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.
The ambience is oneof the best in Calgary and the food is always original and excellent.
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.
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.
Mother’s Day brunch.
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
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.
Very enjoyable evening. Great waiter and food was excellent .Highly recommended for great time
We really enjoyed the atmosphere - it felt like we were in Europe outside on a patio eating. Excellent food and service.
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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One of Calgary's very best restaurants . Consistently great food & service, in a lovely setting.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Beautiful location but still in the heart of the city with warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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.
This was literally the slowest and worst service I've ever had. I won't be back.
Peaceful and quiet ambience during our dinner out.
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!
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)
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch on such a beautiful day.
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.
Birthday dinner. One meal of halibut was very good but the other meals, 2 of goat shank, were very disappointing.
A beautiful location in Prince's Island Park, glorious in fine weather. Good food, creatively prepared and using local ingredients intelligently.
This was the best brunch we've been too. Such amazing food!!
Amazing food and service as always. Perfect place for brunch.
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.
I love the River Cafe, food was excellent and staff were very accommodating. I'd definitely go back there if ever I visit Calgary.
Best meal either of us have ever had and we’ve been to a lot of nice places around Alberta and Bc.
Poor service . Bland sub-par food .
Great Sunday brunch. Really imaginative menu and a great location and ambience
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.
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.
We’ve been here a few times before and as usual the service and menu were wonderful.
Excellent meal and very quiet. Perfect for a business lunch.