Riverside Bistro - Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton

3.8
140 reviews
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Riverside Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Edmonton with arguably the best river valley view in the city. Dining for guests and area residents. The restaurant provides year-round dining with spectacular views from our floor to ceiling windows and large fair-weather patio. Dine al fresco with a menu of globally inspired comfort fare and drinks.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch and especially the incredible view of our beautiful river valley. This was our first time at the Riverside Bistro and the ambiance was lovely. I am planning on coming back to have a nice lunch and view the fall colors! Staff was friendly, courteous and attentive. Thank you!

GH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Had a great evening, weather cooperated for us and ambiance is amazing. Food was good, service was good. Really appreciate the parking service you provide. Takes a lot of stress of people . Good job

JH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were impressed by the excellent service by the staff in this beautiful restaurant . The view is marvelous. The restaurant is newly renovated. The food came very fast. We came to this restaurant to celebrate our 38 anniversary and enjoy the 3 hours we spend . The Honey garlic chicken wing was very good. Will come back in the future.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Went for an evening of dinner and drinks. The service was good and the ambiance is wonderful. I loved the music that played on the patio. I ordered the Thai Rice Bowl and my gf ordered the short rib. The Thai Bowl was pretty good but more spicy than anticipated. The short rib meal was atrocious. The meat wasnt tender and it tasted awful. The server was lovely though. I would recommend this place for the view and ambiance alone but the lovely people at this establishment need to bring up their food game I would say. Overall a good experience.

K
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for dinner on 3 Aug. The food was very good (specially quesadilla with sweet potato fries) and so was the ambiance. The service was also very good. Victoria and a gentleman (i don't know his name) were very nice and welcoming. Overall it was a good experience for us.

OT
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food with one of the best patios in Edmonton. We will certainly return.

DW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The OpenTable reservation did not pass through our special requirements which caused a problem with seating

DB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I made a reservation for 10:00 on the patio, only to arrive and find out the patio doesn’t open until 11:00. This was not indicated on the website. Our whole reason for choosing this restaurant was the beautiful patio.
We decided to stay and asked for a window table , the waitress was very annoyed with us for requesting a table she would have to clean.
We decided to have the buffet, the food was room temperature and the potatoes were awful, cold and dry.
We have eaten here before and generally have had good experiences, this was so bad I doubt we will be back.

S
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Highly recommend booking a patio spot in advance to experience the better views of the river valley! Cocktails were refreshing - hummus was extremely large for the price; however, not enough veggies/naan provided for the quantity. Great service!

DE
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Overall experience was pretty good but the person who seated us needed an attitude adjustment. She didn’t ask if we had a reservation and assumed we hadn’t and barked that we needed one. When told we had a reservation, she was very gruff. The spot we picked had no umbrella and was told they were all in use, so sat elsewhere and then 5 min later a group was seated there and a umbrella was brought to them. This was a different person from the gruff one. We questioned our server about this and she said she’d found one that was partly hidden.

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

They’re renovating and was no mention of this when I booked a reservation- so it was a bit distracting having workers coming by our table non stop and the noise etc. Of the work. Looks like it’ll be nice though. The menu prices seem to have gone up a bit too.

AS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Initially, I wasn’t too impressed by the customer service because over the phone I asked when we could come if it was busy right now and the lady told us to come in an hour because it is and was not very enthusiastic over the phone. However, I noticed open table had a reservation time available for within the next 15 mins and through open table I went in told them my reservation and we got a spot instead of listening to the lady over the phone. The food was good otherwise, customer service at the location itself was great, I am so happy with it because we were given the chance to move to a spot closer to the edge to see the view, who seemed like the manager was very friendly, ambience was great the view is gorgeous, prices aren’t too crazy for the view. I loved it.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Service and food were great; however, I wish they played music in the background. It was weird hearing the conversations from the other tables.

J
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

We loved the ambience and the views. Amazing location. However, the food was not worth the money they charged. Why charge 19$ for a salad that doesn’t come with dressing and “canned” corn?! Horrible. But anyways, overall experience was alright because of the view and the outdoor patio.

N
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

great service and nice views..would recommend this restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

My fri3nds were from out of town and I wanted to sit on a patio with a view. They loved the view.

BR
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friends get together! Perfect!

M
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and river valley view.

S
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

It took going thru 3 people before we were finally seated. They were out of all house wines and many others. They were out of cauliflower, steak, short ribs and the list goes on. They said they were busy that’s why they were out of everything. They need a New food and beverage manager. Also, the hostess that finally seated us needs to dress much more appropriate. This was our first time there and our experience was terrible!

MC
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Very interesting service!!!! My husband asked the server about the short ribs... She replied "I do not eat beef" leaving my husband to figure out for himself what may be good and popular on the menu. In addition we waited more than 30 minutes for a beer. After tracking the server down she told us that she "placed the order with the bar tender but he disappeared". That was the end of her sentence (leaving us to feel that there was nothing that can be done about it). We could not wait to get our bill so we can leave! My salad was ok and the view was nice.

V
Edmonton
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Great view, one of the best in town. Food is mediocre, sounds much better than it actually is, drinks are good. We tried to order ribs or steak, we were told its sold out, by 3 pm? Seems a bit odd, on Fathers day, to be out of meats.

We go there for the view. Service staff is nice and helpful. Although we were told we could not sit by the ledge because the tables were reserved, the 2.5 hours we sat in the middle of the restaurant, no one used the table, would have been nice to be offered to sit closer to the beautiful view.
I would hope that the restaurant manager improves the taste of the menu, the staff should be dressed nicer and tried to accommodate guests as best as possible. Exceptional customer service is a rarity these days, mimic Fairmont next door on how they serve customers.

D
Edmonton
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The view and the food were fantastic! The service, however. Grossly understaffed. Drink order never taken. We had a reservation that was meaningless. Our server made the best of it and tried hard. We’d go back for the food and the view but with lower expectations for service.

AW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The food was really bad, the area was horrible I had the steak and it was not good, drinks were overpriced but service was good

KM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service and food were great! We actually had the private space to ourselves which was nice, we didn't have to worry about disturbing anyone. The only thing that could have been better is if there was background music playing in the space.

HM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Great location and patio, but the food was mediocre. My husband had the burger and said A&W was better, thought it was a frozen hamburger patty that had been microwaved.

SG
Edmonton
58 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food is always top notch. But, the service was a bit dicey this time which is unusual. I think they are struggling with the renovation which will be over soon and we will be back for a group on the deck at the end of the month. Hopefully everything will be back to their standard great service by then.

VS
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Patio was overbooked do they were not able to accommodate our reservation. Seated us at an overflow table not suited for dining, dropped off some water & menus (no drink menu) & did not return. We left after 20 minutes of waiting and walked over to Madison’s Grill at the Union Bank Inn where the service & food was exceptional.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Came in with my family after my graduation. There was 4 of us. The inside is under construction right now, so you can tell everything is sort of temporarily put together. All the wait staff seemed really new and like no one really knew what they were doing. Took forever to get a drink and food order, and then probably another 10 minutes for the drinks to arrive. 2 meals came first then about 5 minutes later the next two came. The food was alright, nothing exceptional, but tasty. After we were finished eating it probably took another 20 minutes for us to get the bill. Honestly the only reason I made a reso here was for the patio and the view of the river valley. If I were to come back it would probably just be for drinks or something small. Wouldn’t come back for a nice occasion.

P
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

The view....best part.
We had reservations, the room was emppty, no one arpund to seat us...do ypu just walk in??, when we did sit, a waiter gu ally came qho kept telling us our orders will take long, almost making us feel like he wanted us just to say ok we will leave. If we didnt have a few hours to kill we would have qqlked out.
Our drinks tasted like syrup, the food-nothing special.
Terrible service.
No atmosphere.
3rd time there and most likely the last. Each visit was unimpressive.
Beautiful view though.

C
Edmonton
35 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

Yes, I would recommend this restaurant but only for the amazing views of the Edmonton river valley. We were there on a clear evening and thought that this would be a great place to bring visitors to our city. We were served by Belle, who was an excellent server who was efficient as well as appropriately friendly. However, the food was, at best, marginal. One of us had "fish" and chips where the fish was one hunk of overly fried mess. I had the chicken schnitzel that was flavourless, dry and bland. It was accompanied by an indistinguishable sauce. The chicken may have been rescued by a fresh-made cranberry sauce. Finally, the coffee was terrible and although 3 creamers were added, it remained very dark - as if it had been made for breakfast and not brewed again throughout the day.

M
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Caroline, our waitress was fantastic. The chef even came over to talk to us. Beautiful sunny day overlooking the river valley. Food was great. Valet service excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, as always, at this restaurant.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was all fresh and tasted amazing. Wonderful service and beautiful view on the patio!

L
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I only had 3 shrimp in my salad and I paid $8.25 for that. The salad however was delicious and I enjoyed it. It was too expensive at $28, with only 3 shrimp.

j
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

When we asked if there was any "bread or buns" to go with our salads- they said 'no" and that they
only had garlic bread.Otherwise it was okay.

NL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was amazing. View was great. The noise was a tad annoying since they're doing renovations on their patio but other than that, beauty.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

When we arrived, we had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation time which was at 1:00 despite being early. Service was terrible. Had to wait 10 minutes for a cup of coffee. The food was decent but not worth the price.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers Day

RK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The view is amazing...if one could see! They have the little tables in the middle and the back and the tall tables in the front blocking the small tables from seeing! Who thought of this????

We got to pay for mediocre food for a view that we didn't see!!! Make sure you get a table that allows you to see the amazing view you are paying for.

ML
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Food was poor and tasted reheated. View was great but reservations meant a lousy seat away from the view. Music kept cutting in and out through static. Overall they tried and failed, but have the potential to be great!

RD
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Food is not very good— mediocre at best. You are 100% paying for the view. It’s an amazing view!! Maybe the best in the city. It’s a shame that the food and service was terrible. Would not go back. Would be more worth your time to go elsewhere and then take a walk in the river valley.

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