River Café

4.5
3596 reviews
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  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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.
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CS
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. Amazing food and service; the restaurant is beautiful. The dishes were unique and delicious. I will definitely return and recommend The River Café.

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NB
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very pleasant decor with beautiful views into the park. Friendly yet professional service, delicious and inventive food.

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NH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmosphere with a wonderful Server all decked out for Stampede - loved her earrings!

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RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had Sunday brunch. We sat outside at this beautiful venue. Ian, the host was extremely hospitable and friendly. Our server, Kiersten could not have been nicer. She was a delight and made great recommendations. The food was delicious. The Eggs Benedict were cooked perfectly. We enjoyed a pastry basket and the Okanogan fruit plate. We highly recommend this restaurant, located in the beautiful Prince’s Island Park.

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Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Robert, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Ian and Keirstin! We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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a
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quaint spot with exceptional food! Menu was catered to keep in mind food allergies as well as sources local ingredients like Deep Water farms! Ethan was our waiter and service was exceptional! Definitely recommend.

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Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Adere123, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. I will be sure to pass your kind words on to Ethan. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place. Beautiful location and whatever you do - be sure to order dessert. They were incredible and looked just like a piece of art. We would come back here again soon.

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RM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Smaller portions for the price, but still worth it. Great and unique location!

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TM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service and food. Our waiter was incredible in both personality and knowledge. I had a great brunch

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Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Tami, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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AM
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

It was good as expected but they need to improve their sausage/bacon offering with the ‘eggs any style’—inadequate.
Heinz ketchup would be a nicer complement than their version.
Also get rid of the bitter coffee and serve fresh please.

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Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Allan, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. Be assured that your feedback will be shared with our Culinary and Management Teams. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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TS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food in a beautiful setting amid the summer flowers and greenery on Prince’s Island. The cuisine is among the most inventive and original we have encountered in a long time, with a lot of emphasis on local root vegetables. Very enjoyable experience.

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Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Tony, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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

Nice restaurant, great service, food was good but it was a bit pricey for what we ordered. I guess we were paying for the location as it's inside of the park.

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Responded 7 hours ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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TZ
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful patio, delicious food and outstanding service. Consistently a favourite spot.

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Responded 4 days ago

Hello Tara, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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L
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lot of stampede celebrating was the cause for the loud level in the restaurant. It was fun to see

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Responded 4 days ago

Hello Littlewally, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! Happy Stampede! The River Cafe Team

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting, outstanding food and tremendous service

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Responded 4 days ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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h
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very creative menu with every dish being outstanding. We sat outside on a porch in a lovely setting. The service was warm, friendly and very professional.

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Responded 4 days ago

Hello Hirschcoolpapa, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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T
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our visit was wonderful! We enjoyed a long luxurious lunch on the patio. Our waitress Krista was fantastic. The food was superb. What more could you ask for?!

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Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Trish, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. I will be sure to pass your kind words on to Krista. We look forward to welcoming you back to River Cafe, hopefully on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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Kent
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Choose from reviews on Trip Advisor and lived up to expectations. Nice location on the river island, food was excellent, very tasty with different flavours and textures, homemade crackers were a lovely surprise. A good focus on local fresh ingredients.

Our waiter was friendly and knowledgable about the food and drinks.

If we were staying in Calgary longer we would go back.

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W
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

This is the first time I’m rating River Cafe so poorly. It’s one of our favourite restaurants and we frequent it often, but on this occasion it was not up to par. We were a group of five on a Sunday evening and although the food looked nice, it was either undercooked or overcooked. The sablefish and chicken dish was the worst as the fish was severely undercooked and the chicken was still pink in some places. The lamb dish, which is usually a highlight, was extremely tough and it was the loin which you would expect to be tender. The salmon was overcooked and the espellette sauce which came with it was thick and unappealing. Service was extremely slow and the restaurant wasn’t full. I asked our server for fresh ground pepper and had to remind her as she got busy with another table and completely forgot. When the pepper did come, it was empty. For the price of the dishes, it was very underwhelming.

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CK
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely sitting on the patio. Great food.

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LD
Calgary
73 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The outdoor patio is great for weekend brunch. Oysters were very good, pulled pork eggs Benny excellent.

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SP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went to the River cafe for a weekend brunch. The setting is lovely, the venue on the chilly side with all the windows open and the temperature outside possibly 15C. The menu has a good range of selections, our meals were really nice. Our servers were attentive, but did not mention daily special, which we saw on the board after our orders were in.

The coffee, both decaf and regular, was pretty bad/sour. Paying $1.00 for a glass of what seemed to be Calgary tap water (it was not highlighted as anything else and was not listed on the menu) a bit over the top, paying $1.00 for a refill of water seems like gouging.

We will go back - hoping feedback is constructive and they can improve on these minor complaints.

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KT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This spot has been a favourite of mine for years. Cosy and sophisticated with fantastic food. Having a creative and innovative pastry chef is the key to a great finish to the meal. Love it here.

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Hello KTown, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We are pleased to hear that we are a favourite of yours! Your kind words are appreciated, we will look forward to welcoming you back for more of the Chef's delicious creations! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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R
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place for a casual, yet special meal. Lamb mains were superb. We could not find a starter that appealed to us. We ordered the special chocolate cake but only after it was delivered did we learn that there were ingredients that one of us had allergies to (although the wait staff knew that already). So a mixed experience.

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Hello Ramalap, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We are pleased that you enjoyed the lamb! I'm sorry to hear of your mixed experience and will be sure to address your review with our Culinary and Management Teams. We look forward to welcoming you back, and sharing our hospitality with you! All the best, Kate Rennie

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EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

unique delicious unique delicious unique delicious unique delicious unique delicious unique delicious



is that 50 characters---if not add more PS I took the time to write ---why make me say more than I want to---rarely do I respond to queries and if you make me use a precise format I will not at all do open table reviews. .

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Hello Ernest, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback - whether it be 5, 50, or 150 characters, we love to hear from our guests! We are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable experience for you, and look forward to welcoming you back! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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VP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome......waiter moved us to a quiet table. Food and service was stellar

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WA
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our friends from California had never been to Calgary. We caught a mild, sunny day and sat on the patio, overlooking the Bow River. River Cafe has won awards for its outstanding food creativity. The ambience can’t be beat.

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NM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Felt bad because we moved to a different table and lost our original server, sorry mate. But did not hesitate to move us immediately. Bison Tatar brought a tear to my eye, was amazing! The dry aged Berkshire pork was awesome! Maybe to a little overkill on the amount of beans with the dish but all in all the meal was great! Thank you so much for having us!

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Responded on July 5, 2019

Hello Neil, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback! We are pleased that we were able to provide an enjoyable experience for you; your review of the Bison Tartare made me smile - I'm looking forward to sharing your comments with our Culinary and Management Teams. Thank you again, we look forward to welcoming you back! All the best, Kate Rennie

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N
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Don’t get me wrong, I love the River Café. Perhaps there was some staffing changes or just simply an off night, but the experience was just underwhelming. The food was sub par and the tasting menu felt lazy. Hopefully things are better the next time!

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

The setting of this restaurant is magical. Best would be to go for lunch (better prices) or early supper to enjoy the view.
The menu was very pricey, and for that service should be outstanding and attentive. The halibut was delicious.

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JA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Farm to table concept didn't disappoint. everything tasted fresh. loved the maple glazed potatoes, that were roasted well; the strawberry sorbet ending was very memorable - the homemade sorbet tasted liked whipped blended strawberries with just the right hint of sweetness, tasted very much like frozen ripened sweet strawberries! kids menu offered three simple yet sophisticated choices that didn't degrade the kid's palate and are of excellent value - for its fresh wholesome ingredients. Loved our Holiday Brunch there. Felt like we were in an oasis in the midst of the public holiday crowd outside. the beautiful tranquil setting is hard to beat. would definitely come back for brunch or another meal!

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Hello JoAnn, Thank you very much for your kind words, and for sharing your feedback - I'm looking forward to sharing your review with our Culinary and Management Teams! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your experience. It of course is our mission to exceed our guests expectations, and we are grateful to be located in such a beautiful location here in Calgary! We will look forward to seeing you again and sharing more of our Chef's creations with your family! All the best, Kate Rennie

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J
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Canada Day brunch - lively setting and the usual friendly, efficient service and atmosphere.

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello John Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We are so happy that we were able to contribute to your Canada Day celebrations! We look forward to welcoming you back, and celebrating with you again soon! Cheers, The River Cafe Team

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D
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful views, excellent service and the “tasting menu” did not disappoint! Great experience overall.

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello Datenight, We are delighted to hear of your enjoyment with our restaurant, and of the tasting menu, which is defiantly a favourite! Thank you for your feedback - we look forward to sharing many more tasting menu delights with you! Cheers, The River Cafe Team

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J
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

We’ve heard many good things about the restaurant so we were really looking forward to our dinner. When we got there, we were directly escorted to the outdoor patio and was not given the option of seating indoor or outdoor.it was quite chilly that day so we asked for a blanket which the server was handing out to many customers. We were told there were no more blanket left. Ambience was great, nice walk inside the island to get to the restaurant. Restaurant itself was cozy and relaxing with an rustic interior. Food was good, but did not surpass our expectations. There was a piece of plastic inside the bread. We ordered a morel mushroom dish which was tasty but others were just ok. Overall good experience but would only go back for the ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Celebrating our Anniversary. We were here last 3 years ago. Food is always exceptional. Service was great! We felt forgotten for a bit, during the rush, but our server had great recommendations and she was extremely pleasant and friendly, and we were in no rush. We will return!

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We are delighted that you chose to celebrate your anniversary with us! Please accept our apologies that you were made to feel forgotten - we certainly aim to ensure all of our guests receive a personal and genuine experience. We are very glad to hear that you will be visiting us again, and look forward to delivering an exceptional meal and amazing service! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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A
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I don’t think food was delicious. I ordered medium rare beef tenderloin. They over cooked meat.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Well the food was absolutely excellent and the setting was very very beautiful. However the waiters attention to detail was incredibly poor. He forgot to bring us sparkling water and bread, forgot to place the order for our oysters, didn’t know what oysters were being served that evening, and forgot to place the order for the game platter. When I asked for blankets he didn’t seem to really care, he was incredibly slow and in the end just really pulled the whole experience down. The rest of the staff was amazing.

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S
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had an early seating and because it was a lovely evening we were able to sit outside which took the ambience of the experience to the next level. We have sat inside before which is also nice but I feel the location of the venue is best enjoyed amongst the natural beauty of the park. The food was delicious, every flavor complimenting the next. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable although we did find we had to wait a while in between courses and to receive our bill. Overall it’s a great place to enjoy a special occasion.

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello Sunnyside, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We agree that dining in the midst of the park is a truly stunning experience, and are so happy that you were able to enjoy this experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back and would love to share your next special occasion with you! Cheers, The River Cafe Team

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j
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service!

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello Jacquelinek, Thank you for your feedback! We are so happy to hear that we were able to provide an excellent experience for you - we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Cheers, The River Cafe Team

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i
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambience, food and service. Perfect place for a special occasion.

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello Idlovetoloveit, Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We are delighted to provide an amazing experience, and look forward to celebrating your next special occasion with you! Cheers, The River Cafe Team

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N
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

We started with the fish and game board which was very good.
We then had the lambtastic farm lamb. This was a very chewy small piece of lamb. Poorly cooked. Definitely not value for Money,
We also had the fire morel mushrooms which were very rich and needed more than one small piece of spinach in it.

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