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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.5
4.5
4601 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 25 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 4,601 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

4,601 Reviews
  1. HSyyc

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 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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  2. mark

    Edmonton

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  3. BrianF

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  6. CalvinD

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  8. JeremiahM

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for brunch. Menu was quite limited. The hash browns were a miss. Overall the value proposition was not there. For such a fabulous location, with a fairly full house, a limited menu and high expense does not work for me. Perhaps they are training staff and are getting ready for summer. I will be back later in the year and see.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were extremely disappointed with the food. It was less than satisfactory. The potatoes were overcooked. The cheese and meat platter were skimpy. 33 dollars for a few pieces of cheese and meat. Crackers…. I was still hungry after I left and the bill was 125 dollars. I would not recommend for food but only for someone wanting to stop by for a glass of wine.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appreciated the attentiveness to my stepson’s birthday very much — thank you!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet table, excellent service. Will definitely be back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great good in the most beautiful setting. Locally sourced food on support of Canadian farmers.

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  14. newhen

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food. Highly recommend the River Cafe.

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  15. food4thought

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family has been going to River Cafe for over 20 years - it’s our absolute favourite spot! Always INCREDIBLE food, super kind staff, and warm atmosphere. Thank you River Cafe! You will continue seeing us for years to come ;) We celebrated Mother’s Day!

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  16. twdiner

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love your new menu and the halibut was phenomenal. Service felt rushed, but it was Mother’s Day so there’s that…. So happy warmer weather is here to take advantage of your beautiful patio. See you again soon!

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  17. Willbback

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the location and the ambiance. The service was great and the staff were awesome in accommodating our needs. The beef tartar, the sauce that came with it, and the hummus were bland. Some of the lettuce used in the salad was brown and there weren’t that many options on the menu.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not if any vegan/ vegetarian options. You are there for the food and if you can’t eat anything it kinda sucks lol.

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  19. AndreaG

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious food, wonderful selection of meals or lighter bites and delightful service in a serene setting. A beautiful place to host a visitor to Calgary and walk the park pathways.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service from the hosts to servers was above and beyond. Ambience is the best in Calgary. Brunch was delicious with generous portions. Well done River Cafe!!

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  21. ChefKV

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd time, brunch was awesome. Great service. Always a fantastic experience

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice view! Perfect spot for a date, anniversary, celebration etc.

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  23. RyanG

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, we had the fish and the eggplant (vegetarian). Service and views were great and they gave us a seat by the window.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Did not realize that the cafe was not very family friendly. They don’t not allow for strollers when located in a park? Thought that was strange. The manager who was at the front was very stern about their rule but allowed us to bring them in anyways. We were served by a newer server and didn’t get menus for 15 minutes, or their in house bread until asked. When we finished our meals, we asked for a dessert menu and still didn’t get it until we asked for a second time. We were not offered more water throughout our meals. The food overall was different but tasted okay. Oysters were not fresh, hummus and bison Bolognese were moderate. Although located in a prime location of Prince’s Park, I don’t see the value of their food prices, which are marked at a fine dining level.

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  25. Banana

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service. The sourdough flatbread was a flavourful highlight!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. Very satisfying food and service. Highly recommended ❣️❣️❣️

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  27. Patty

    Calgary

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful location in Prince's Island Park. Lovely patio if it's warm enough. Restaurant has Canadiana decor and feel. Menu has something for everyone. Nice wine list.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and atmosphere. It's a little bit difficult to find the route to the restaurant since it was the first time we went there. We called the restaurant and they helped us to find the route to it.

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  29. JamesR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No complaints. Great service tonight. Location. Location. Location.

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  30. HaleyJ

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at River Cafe was nothing short of excellent. The service was great, our server Eric had fantastic recommendations and insights on the wine list. The food was amazing and everything was perfectly timed. We booked on a weekday night so it was a bit quieter and it was lovely!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing place 😋 definitely want to come back

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  32. MeganM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the River Cafe. Everything is always exceptional. Far and away one of the best dining experiences in Calgary.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were disappointed in our most recent visit to River Cafe. We have been going here for over 25 years and this time our service was very underwhelming and it was extremely noisy. There was a table that seemed to having a stagette dinner and the girls were screaming and laughing. This is not what I remember the ambience in this restaurant being. That said, the food was very delicious!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful rustic decor and great food. We shared the Canadian cheeses platter and had great wine.

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  35. Wheels

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The braised beef eggs benny are amazing and the fire roasted toast with artisanal Saskatoon berry compote was delicious and fitting for the atmosphere and aesthetic of River Cafe’.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is no value as much as you paid Pretty disappointed the food Other than that it was good

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow, inattentive service. Two dishes were overly salty. Not what I expected or have experienced at the River Cafe previously.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Very disappointing experience. Food was terrible. Oysters were tiny and tasteless and $5 a piece, we were underwhelmed. Burger ordered medium came raw. Replacement was still not cooked to medium, we ate it but was not satisfying. Would not recommend for food but patio was wonderful.

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  39. AB411

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, quality of ingredients, presentation, and overall food experience at this establishment are exceptional. Currently, the restaurant's food program is undoubtedly one of the best in Calgary. The ambiance, coupled with the restaurant's location, creates a unique and inviting setting. However, the service leaves much to be desired. Over numerous visits I found it inconsistent, with inexperienced serving staff who sometimes seem akin to food delivery personnel. Implementing comprehensive service training and excellence seminars designed to enhance their skills, would significantly elevate the dining experience for guests. Despite this flaw, the restaurant possesses all the other necessary ingredients for success.

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  40. TimW

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food always impresses here as does the setting, ambiance and service. An expected treat when we dine at River Cafe.

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FAQs

River Café is rated 4.5 stars by 4601 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 25 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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