River Café

4.5
3665 reviews
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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.
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4.4
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4.7
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TZ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Food. Ambiance and service exceptional. Ethan is a pleasure!

C
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and reasonable prices. We were lucky that they were able to seat our 2 tables together.

IC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food wad absolutely excellent. We loved all the fresh ingredients and the presentation. Our server was friendly and informative.

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

Brilliant as always! Best atmosphere in Calgary.

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

We had the chef's choice six-course meal and it did not disappoint. Excellent service and a lovely setting.

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

Lovely spot for lunch or dinner. Great setting. Excellent service. Little difficult to reserve or secure a table despite it not being very busy and the menu may not be to everyone’s tasting but we enjoyed it. Able to adapt dishes so that they were gluten free (celiac disease). Pricey but a nice treat.

PD
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Coffee needs to be better. Oysters too small. Rest fantastic. Would recommend the whole menu. Dessert fantastic.

g
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Another great meal at a favourite place. Fresh innovative food with locavore vibe.

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

Love this place! Great food, wine and service.

S
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed this dinner a lot , patio was beautiful and our server Ethan was very personable and knowledgeable

C
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Jessica was outstanding at her job. It was our first time to the cafe as we just moved here. She went out of her way to make us feel welcome. Keep up the great work

MY
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

River Cafe is amazing. Many times I don't really know what all the ingredients are but it always so so good.

JS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Continues to be a great restaurant for all occasions.

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food presentation and flavours (including the edible flowers) were outstanding. Portion sizes were also a healthy size (I didn't manage to finish any of the three courses). Staff were attentive, and supportive of one another. About $275 for my spouse and I to dine, though we enjoyed two appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and four drinks. The view and ambiance were perfect for a date night out. We'll definitely be back!

c
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, great food, service and unbeatable ambiance. Loved the new cherry dessert, and the broccolini flatbread.

L
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Wonderful service. Fantastic food

SP
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The meal was amazing! I have been to this restaurant many times and you are always guaranteed a excellent meal

LV
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

When we booked on line we could not get in in the morning. Not sure if you guys were booked or not. We cab there and had to walk on the rain he said he could not drive on the island. But when we left was a car there and people we’re getting out and going into the cafe. My halibut was excellent. The tenderloin was also very good. Shrimp appetizer was great. All in all very good

River Café
Responded on August 13, 2019

Hello Louis, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We are pleased to hear that we were able to provide an enjoyable dining experience. To respond to your inquiry regarding driving on the island, the City generally requests that vehicle presence is limited as there is no parking, and to conserve the park itself. Exceptions are sometimes made based on mobility concerns and special occasions. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again! The River Cafe Team

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CY
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasting menu was excellent, fresh, innovative and delicious!. August gets cool when the sun goes down on this little island. They have heaters and blankets to compensate. Great staff!

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

Like the normal lunch menu way more than the brunch menu

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

Great food! The Brioche French Toast is a MUST. Our entire table ordered a side of it in addition to their mains just to try it. Lovely looking patio. Wish our reservation was on the patio but it wasn’t an option at time of reservation through Open Table and I didn’t have a chance to call before our res.
Great service too!

River Café
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello Nikki, 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 (and more Brioche French Toast)! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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

Great spot for brunch but hadn’t plan for outside seating despite request when booking.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service

o
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and bent over backwards to ensure our comfort. We love this restaurant!

River Café
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello ot1109, 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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KS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

We found that the food was very overpriced and overrated and was not very flavorful.
It seems like they focussed too much on the source and not the end result
A good place for foodies but not when you’re looking for just a great meal.

River Café
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello Kevin, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We very much value your review and will be sure to share and discuss amongst our team here at River Cafe. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome you back as the seasons change and we bring in new ingredients to work with! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Waitress could be a lot more friendlier!
Although the food was delicious the service did not compliment it.

River Café
Responded on August 4, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that you enjoyed your meal. Please accept my apologies that we were not able to surpass your service expectations! We will be sure to discuss your experience amongst our team so that we may provide the fabulous hospitality that we are capable of during your next visit! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Ambiance and overall restaurant look and feel is great. Food unfortunately was disappointing. Presentation for the food was great, but when I bit into the food, it was disappointing. Portion size was small and the taste did not match the look of the dish

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

Gorgeous ambiance, but thought the lunch menu to be unvaried and the food to be overly salted

River Café
Responded on August 4, 2019

Hello LRachelG, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and will be sure to share your comments with our team. 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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S
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch on the Patio was exceptionally nice with great service.

c
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the few restaurants that has managed to maintain or even surpass their quality year over year. After 15 years of going to River Cafe for our anniversary it is as wonderful as ever.

River Café
Responded on August 4, 2019

Hello Can222, 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, for many more years to come - Happy Anniversary! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here, wonderful atmosphere and great overall staff. Our waitress had a great sense of humor and was amazing in her recommendations. Three apps for two, one out of the three did not look at all like it was described and ended up being the best although the other two were just as tasty. Dinners were great and most impressive was the flavor, freshness and presentation. Very relaxing, great experience and will be back.

M
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Nous avons pris le menu "choix du chef" avec le "wine pairing" ; c'était délicieux. Par contre , c'était TRÈS long entre chaque assiettes (allant jusqu à 30 minutes) et nois aurions aimé qu'un sommelier vienne nois parler du vin qu'on nous offrait. La nourriture était délicieuse, l'ambiance était ok... un peu trop bruyant à notre goût.

River Café
Responded on August 2, 2019

Hello Moiettoi, 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 appreciate your comments regarding Sommelier presence and will be sure to use your feedback as a learning opportunity! 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
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my husband’s birthday and we had the tasting menu. Amazing!! Perfect sampling of many great dishes. Just the right amount. Service was excellent from ALL staff. Atmosphere is relaxed and the food speaks for itself. The tenderloin is out of this world!!!!!

River Café
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We are so happy that you chose to celebrate your husband's birthday with us! I will be sure to share your feedback with our culinary and service teams - they will be pleased that we were able to make this occasion special for you! We look forward to welcoming you back for another wonderful experience (and more tenderloin)! All the best, Kate Rennie

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Good but not great for the price. Halibut was bland in a broth and disappointing. Expected better for this restaurant especially for its rating and price.

River Café
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are disheartened that you did not enjoy your meal. Please be assured that your feedback will be shared with our culinary team. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome you back, perhaps when our new fall menu is released! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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OT
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly and attentive staff, excellent food presentation and super setting!

J
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

I have always wanted to visit River Cafe as it's a lovely place in a great location. As my siblings and I were gathering for the Calgary Folk Fest this year, I thought it was the perfect opportunity. My meal was excellent, though reviews from others ranged from "pretty good" to excellent. Unfortunately, our server didn't seem to like us very much. I suppose we're a boisterous and chatty bunch that laughs a bit too loudly sometimes, and maybe we were just having more fun than she thought we should in an expensive place. I don't know. She wasn't outright rude or anything, and it didn't "ruin the night" or whatever. But I don't imagine I'm all that inclined to return, either.

River Café
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hello John, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback ! We very much value your review and are pleased that you enjoyed your meal. Please accept our apologies for the underwhelming service you received, and be assured that your feedback will be shared with our management team. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome you back, perhaps on a beautiful sunny day on the patio! All the best, The River Cafe Team

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MH
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always special. Always a treat. Everything always awesome. Without exaggeration. Just go there.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food

KC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This has to be the nicest patio in the city on a beautiful day.

River Café
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hello Kimberly, 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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GC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Yes, however, they should be aware of the prices l.

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