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River Café

4.6
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3865 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
*The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW will be closed for the 2020 season*

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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 3865 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MartinE
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience3

Great taste and quality but was hugely overpriced for what was served

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Ssss
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice dinner for an occasion. Everything was delicious. Would definitely go again.

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YYYY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed excellent lunch with my family. We had duck and burger and both were great.

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Emma
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful presentation. Great for a special occasion

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vipPleased
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Always one of the top few dining experiences in Calgary. Not cheap and worth every penny if not more.

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chauncey
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

River cafe has a lovely patio right by the river. The food is locally sourced and delicious.

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Jojo
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

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Sara
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Not our best experience there but enjoyable overall. Think the chef on that particular day was a contributing factor.

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mcbarry
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

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.

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foodie
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So beautiful and fabulous food and service!

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Calfoodie
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Tables were physically distanced. Staff wore masks. Food and service was excellent. Great to celebrate a special occasion l!

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vipEdMalcolm
Calgary
33 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The waitress was too busy to give us good service. Hubby’s steak came rare...he asked for medium rare.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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!

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SusanT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful setting, tasty food, friendly staff. Always a treat to have a meal here, especially when you can sit outside.

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GuyL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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ElyceH
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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BaileyS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rustic upscale atmosphere with modern dishes inspired by local ingredients.

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KirstenR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!!

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TanyaM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 😊

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WEEATCALGARY
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fantastic to be back we missed this Calgary favorite. Love the new windows too.

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vipKarenA
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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 :)

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place and great food

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Paula
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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RuthM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!!

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DanP
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was so lovely and we had a perfect meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as usual!

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Cali479
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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EugeneK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service. The quality of the food was excellent but portion sizes for brunch entrees were on the smaller side for what you pay.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Carley was our server and she was absolutely lovely. The food was delicious and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

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vipM123345
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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!

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BarbE
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was very good and the atmosphere out on the patio was beautiful.

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rick
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This patio must be the best in the city - love it!

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DanO
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as usual! Have adjusted well to COVID protocols.

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PaulP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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