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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.
Getting to River Cafe is just a walk in the park.
Access us from:
1. The 6th Street SW causeway at the West end of the island.
2. The North side of the island, crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
3. The bridge at 2nd street SW from the Eau Claire area.
4. The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW will be closed for the 2020 season.
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.
Thank you for choosing to dine with us!
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Sudo Farms Spaghetti Squash, Broxburn Tomato, Espelette, Crispy Lonza
Red Lentil Hummus
Highwood Crossing Canola Seed Flatbread, Okanagan Sumac, Roast Garlic
Top Grass Beef Tenderloin
Poplar Grove Potato Pav, Baby Carrots, Lobster Mushroom Pure, Alberta Whiskey Gravy
Great taste and quality but was hugely overpriced for what was served
Nice dinner for an occasion. Everything was delicious. Would definitely go again.
Enjoyed excellent lunch with my family. We had duck and burger and both were great.
Delicious food and beautiful presentation. Great for a special occasion
Waitress was pleasant
Always one of the top few dining experiences in Calgary. Not cheap and worth every penny if not more.
River cafe has a lovely patio right by the river. The food is locally sourced and delicious.
We sat on the patio, so the ambiance was outstanding, and the service was excellent. Our entrees were delicious, and the presentation was outstanding, however the chicken and the bison sirloin were only slightly warm. Still, an excellent evening, we will be back.
Not our best experience there but enjoyable overall. Think the chef on that particular day was a contributing factor.
We were seated on the patio. The privacy and the setting and service were both fantastic. Friendly and helpful staff that were neither to intrusive nor to inattentive.
Unfortunately the food was not so fantastic. Although our hummus appetizer was quite good, the tenderloin and trout were disappointing and lacked flavor. Also we did not find the desert menu to appealing (it may have been because of the main course disappointment) so we went elsewhere for dessert.
The food was, as always, absolutely delicious. The young man who was our server was so friendly and helpful....exceptional.
The River Cafe is expensive, but the food is so good.
So beautiful and fabulous food and service!
Tables were physically distanced. Staff wore masks. Food and service was excellent. Great to celebrate a special occasion l!
The ambiance was outstanding on a beautiful Calgary evening on the Island. The food was excellent and the only slight negative is that our waiter was a bit abrupt and pushy in terms of his recommendations.
The waitress was too busy to give us good service. Hubby’s steak came rare...he asked for medium rare.
We celebrated my daughters 16th birthday! Staff was wonderful despite some delays in filling drink orders and making coffee at the end.
The food was great albeit a little pricy!
All in all - we had a wonderful evening!
Wonderful setting, tasty food, friendly staff. Always a treat to have a meal here, especially when you can sit outside.
Sunday brunch was wonderful. The weather was perfect for brunch on the patio - warm and sunny. The service was impeccable. Our servers were friendly, prompt and always smiling. The food was mouth watering.
Rustic upscale atmosphere with modern dishes inspired by local ingredients.
Went with kids, 4 and 6, and was very impressed with server's assistance in picking appropriate portions and saved us throwing out food (and paying for an adult meal). Food, as always, was amazing!!!
We have been going to River Cafe for years and breakfast at this last visit was probably the best we have ever had!! Food was delicious, service was perfect and the place still holds a special charm that made us choose it as our wedding venue years ago. Still our "go to" place for everything special and everything ordinary that we celebrate 😊
Everything was just adequate sadly. For the price point one would expect to come away excited about the experience and looking forward to sampling other menu items on a return. There won't be an encore for us.
It was fantastic to be back we missed this Calgary favorite. Love the new windows too.
One of my very favourite restaurants.. it was very quiet due to the Covid situation however the patio was buzzing. Love the soft jazz playing in the background. The food as always was outstanding :)
Beautiful place and great food
We ordered the duck and the tenderloin. All delicious with a wide range of flavours. We enjoyed out night out and felt safe, comfortable, and relaxed while dining out during the pandemic.
A lovely evening and kudos to the staff for practicing physical distancing without making it awkward. The food was wonderful as always. The new window renovations are gorgeous and we enjoyed sitting by the open window which was then easily closed when the wind picked up. Thank you and welcome back after the COVID shutdown!!!
Our server was so lovely and we had a perfect meal
Fantastic as usual!
A wonderful spot for a late lunch. We sat outside and enjoyed the feeling of still being in the park. The simple sophisticated lunch menu was wonderful. We highly recommend the Red Lentil Hummus and flat bread.
Great service. The quality of the food was excellent but portion sizes for brunch entrees were on the smaller side for what you pay.
Carley was our server and she was absolutely lovely. The food was delicious and we will definitely be back!
Our service was incredible! However the food was lacking ... The hash browns that came with the main meal were far too overdone and scratched the inside of our mouths. The desert was phenomenal.
Service was great and food was cooked to perfection! A little bit slow for dessert but it was a busy time so it's understandable.
I looked forward to this lunch and have had very delicious food there in the past but this time i was a bit disappointed. I ordered the flatbread and it was very bland and nothing special at all!
The food was very good and the atmosphere out on the patio was beautiful.
This patio must be the best in the city - love it!
Awesome as usual! Have adjusted well to COVID protocols.
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this week with a meal at the River Cafe. Everyone loved the food, service and the Prince’s Island Park setting. We will be back for our next special occasion. The River Cafe is pure magic.
River Café is rated 4.6 stars by 3865 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.