Riverside Bistro - Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton

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Contemporary Canadian
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RESERVATIONS FOR THE IGLOOS ON THE PATIO ARE ONLY ACCEPTED VIA PHONE CALL

(780) 423-9999 EXT 4036

IF YOU BOOK YOUR RESERVATION ONLINE FOR THE IGLOOS- WE CANNOT GUARANTEE AVAILABILITY
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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.
The hotel's parking is located in a secure, underground lot. Our Valets will park your vehicle for $5.00 for the duration of your meal.

Please note: parking facility clearance (Height) is 1.74m (5’8’’), limited oversize parking is also available.

Public parking is available adjacent to the hotel in the IMPARK lot.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM

What 161 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
3.9
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4.1
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4.4
Ambience
3.8
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KE
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Edmonton downtown dining week and we both had a great meals.
We had a table for 2 overlooking the river valley and it made the evening more enjoyable.
The service was exceptional and all the staff were great to deal with.

KK
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We booked one of the igloos on the patio, and it was a wonderful outside winter dining experience! Our server was exceptional, and the food was fantastic, but the view is unbeatable!!

KD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience2

I would have preferred a privacy barrier between the hotel lobby and the main dining area. The view is nice, and the servers were nice, but things seemed scattered and service was slow. The menu offered to us was about half of what was shown online (kind of like a bar menu, even though it was early Saturday evening) and I didn't like any of the options available. I wanted a hot meal, something hot like a pasta dish or a steak/chicken with potatoes & veggies, but had to settle for a Caesar salad with chicken. The chicken was really good though. We only went because it was in the hotel we were staying at, but I probably won't go back.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Beautiful view of the river valley!

MT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Service was quite slow and underwhelming. For what my friends and I paid for lunch, it was not good value. I don’t mind paying for something that’s worthwhile, rather than something easily forgettable.

KH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Chef Singh put together possibly the largest, and tastiest Lamb dish I've ever had. The best patio in the city and this years' addition of heated igloos was also a great treat. The service is very good and the ambience appears at first glance to be fairly formal, however it is a bit more casual than I was expecting. Staff were/are excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

VF
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another lovely time at the Riverside Bistro! Thank you very much!

JU
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience3

For dinner only. Lunch menu is horrible. That is all

DG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful view of river valley. Food better than average and service was good.

r
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Come for the view and the service - not the food. Food is good, overpriced, but expected for the location. I really like that they choose local ingredients, and have a list of the local companies they work with on the menu. Come for the view at sunset - have a pint and relax with the excellent attentive service.

CR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Would not recommend at this point. We arrive early for our reservation from a Dental Conference next door at Shaw Conference Center and seated at the table. Our orders for lunch were placed at 12:30pm There was a large table of a dozen or so people who received all the attention and service. I think one of the hotel managers was at this table. As we sat there other people had been seated and started receiving their food before us. Even after the large table had been served and had left., we were still waiting. Our food was served at 1:30 over an hour wait and one of the orders was wrong beef burger instead of salmon, so we had to wait again for this to be remedied. We were barely back in time for the afternoon session for 2:00 pm

RM
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was very good . View of the river valley is amazing.

PD
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

You cannot beat the view at this outdoor restaurant. The food was somewhat better than average but the portions were very small for prices in the mid twenties range. Wine prices range from $18 to $25 for a 9 ounce glass seems excessive ...

RT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great view, food wasn’t anything special and a bit pricey

d
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Leon was excellent. The food, the service & the view was amazing. We will be back soon

DL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great view, great service, decent food and value! My girlfriend and I had a great time and will definitely be coming back in the future. Great date night spot.

AJ
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Was a very strange experience. The lights were very bright. The “bistro” is just an extension (afterthought?) of the main lobby, which was noisy and distracting. To be fair we could not sit out on the patio because it was raining. The food was good, but the house wine was simply awful. Had to pay a lot for a decent bottle of white. To top everything off, they had the temerity to serve us INSTANT COFFEE (decaf) and still charge $3.50 a cup!! Absolutely disgusting. Will definitively not be back.

m
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our food - probably the best burger I have ever eaten and was the consensus at the table with my three friends. Chef came over and asked how things were going as well as the manager. Now that is a posh and personal touch and very much appreciated. Would dine here again.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the ambiance of looking over the river valley. The service was very good and the food was quite delicious. I enjoyed my time there.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great view

B
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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 on August 15, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

DW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

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
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

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
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

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
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

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
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

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
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

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
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

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.

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

great service and nice views..would recommend this restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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

BR
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friends get together! Perfect!

M
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and river valley view.

S
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

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.