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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.5
4.5
4603 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
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.

Getting to River Cafe is just a walk in the park.

Access River Café on Prince's Island Park from:
1. North side crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
2. South East end of the island at the 2nd street SW bridge, directly East of Eau Claire Market.
3. South West end of the island at 6th Street SW and Eau Claire Way near the Peace Bridge.

Eau Claire Plaza is currently closed for construction.
Parking is available on the street in the Eau Claire area, underground at Eau Claire Market or North of Memorial Drive.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 68 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (403) 261-7670
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Scott MacKenzie
  • Catering
    Enjoy an exclusive cocktail party or dinner in your home presented and prepared by River Café. Our accomplished culinary team will prepare an exquisite menu tailored specifically to your event, executed by our professional service team. Experience a culinary journey presented with the elegance, beauty, and professional service. You and your guests can relax while we look after all of the details.
  • Private party facilities
    For an intimate gathering of 8 guests or a stylish cocktail party reception of 250, we are pleased to cater to your every need. Private and semi-private events are available. Please contact our Event Manager for more information, events@river-cafe.com
  • Private party contact
    June Doan: (403) 261-7670
  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Parking Details
    Paid parking is available on the street during the day and no charge after 6pm. Free street parking on Sundays. Heated underground parking at Eau Claire Market for a $5 flat rate evenings and weekends. Calgary Parking Authority lot near the Calgary Curling Club across memorial drive.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Roots and Shoots Tasting Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Apr 26 - May 31, 2024
    Roots and Shoots is a culinary celebration exploring local ingredients, a distinct’ taste of place' and the meticulous use of the whole ingredient. Each dish is a testament to the region's bounty, crafted to honour the terroir and highlight the nuanced flavours of locally-sourced ingredients in season. Roots and Shoots is a culinary experience that celebrates the harmonious relationship between food, community, and the land. Enjoy our Friends and Family rate of only $95 per person, offered May 1st to May 31st only.
    Roots and Shoots Tasting Menu photo
  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    $120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Let the Chef take you on a 5 course culinary journey. An ever changing showcase of Canada's best organic, seasonal ingredients including Oceanwise seafood and Alberta grass fed beef.
    Chef's Tasting Menu photo

What 4,603 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Calgary

    Great for brunch

  • Calgary

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Calgary

    Great for scenic views

  • Calgary

    Canadian

4,603 Reviews
  1. Josie

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. unfortunately, this night my food wasn’t outstanding. The duck was okay, the side was great, but it wasn’t enough food - a puréed root veg with the cabbage would have been nice. The others had Arctic Char which was very memorable for them - they raved about it - very layered flavours, surprising combinations. The pear dessert I had was i have to say bad - sorry. Meringue not good. Was it wild or brown rice pudding? Not good. Just not tasty either. The charcuterie board was very good. Service great. Will I be back - sure. Love the Canadian food sourcing.

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  2. JenniferW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful rustic decor. Attentive, accommodating staff. Brunch included pastry trio, a Benny and the halibut cakes. Everything delicious, perfectly seasoned. Lovely experience overall. Would go back.

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  3. HSyyc

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinners and starter were all delicious. We had the cabbage with raviolis to start, the duck breast and the pork belly. Every bite was tasty. Our server was passionate and friendly. They even accommodated our young child, thank you. As always the ambience was perfection.

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  4. mark

    Edmonton

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu has a good selection of local fare. At out meal we had Beets - probably the best part of meal. Beef tartare lacked flavor. Duck was way over done. Great location and nice space. Service was middle of the road. Good wine list.

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  5. BrianF

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal! We weren’t expecting to be blown away but our appetizers and entrees were incredible. We had the beef, boar and lamb and I would have any of those again in a heartbeat. Cocktails also very good and reasonably priced. Service was remarkable. Staff knew the menu, we were well taken care of! Will be back!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I've heard good reputation about this cafe. However it wasn't that good.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chef’s tasting menu was delicious and the service was excellent.

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  8. CalvinD

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night. Thank you! Halibut was amazing. Duck was good too.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. Service was excellent, and the atmosphere and location can’t be beat.

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  10. JeremiahM

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have dined at River Cafe a few times now, this time the Food was not up to par with previous experiences. The Main course Fish dish was very salty and unpleasant so was left unfinished. However the atmosphere was great and our waitress was very nice. The appetizers and drinks were also great.

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FAQs

River Café is rated 4.5 stars by 4603 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 68 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for River Café

Prince's Island Park, 25 Prince's Island Park SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Paid parking is available on the street during the day and no charge after 6pm. Free street parking on Sundays. Heated underground parking at Eau Claire Market for a $5 flat rate evenings and weekends. Calgary Parking Authority lot near the Calgary Curling Club across memorial drive.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Scott MacKenzie
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (403) 261-7670
  • Catering
    Enjoy an exclusive cocktail party or dinner in your home presented and prepared by River Café. Our accomplished culinary team will prepare an exquisite menu tailored specifically to your event, executed by our professional service team. Experience a culinary journey presented with the elegance, beauty, and professional service. You and your guests can relax while we look after all of the details.
  • Private party facilities
    For an intimate gathering of 8 guests or a stylish cocktail party reception of 250, we are pleased to cater to your every need. Private and semi-private events are available. Please contact our Event Manager for more information, events@river-cafe.com
  • Private party contact
    June Doan: (403) 261-7670
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