River Café

4.7
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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.

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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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MB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charming in every way! From the stroll through the park to the festive green decor and the delishous food, River Cafe is a gem in the heart of the city.

L
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The River Cafe is beautiful and iconic but, they put 6 of us at a table for 4, the food was very expensive for what you got ($21.00 for a piece of mushroom tart, no salad on the side) and the service was slow.

A
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

I’ve been to River Cafe countless times! It’s on our top five when we choose to plan a brunch or group meal. I typically have great overall experiences, but this time I came with my family to celebrate a birthday and there were 9 of us. We were seated crammed in the back near the washroom so it was extremely distracting each time someone walked past for the washroom and brushed by our jackets on our chairs. The view is also not great in the back area (so isolated from the restaurant and the outside is basically fencing and outdoor storage area). The food also took FOREVER. We waited about an hour for our food after ordering. Not impressed as this was breakfast so eggs and hasbrowns should never have taken that long. We were given 10% off our final bill, gratuity not mandatory, and some pastries (while we waited for the food) which was good. But still didn’t make up for a pretty frustrating experience overall. Our server wasn’t lovely, but we were told by our server and management that our food was “just being plated” at least three times... over the course of 20 minutes which added to the frustration. The food was amazing! I will be back. Hoping for a better experience next time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, always love it. Wish there was a way to notify restaurant customers that the main bridge to princess island is closed. Also river cafe seating can be cold if you get the outside wall to one of the patio doors vs the windows.

SC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I particularly enjoyed my butternut squash and mushroom tart.
Our table by the cozy fire on a winters day , good food and friendly
Service made for an enjoyable brunch.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great showcase of ingredients, minimal seasoning because it's simply not required.

DD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We have been coming for years and this meal was very disappointing. The service was not good and the food was average and way overpriced. Had the duck - four little slices for $45 - seriously??!!!

Won’t be back anytime soon.

SD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent time spent, great atmosphere, nice views and of course the food was delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Just lovely.

s
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

porkloin was cold/overcooked, pate had no flavour, was really looking forward to this restaurant for 15+ years- was disappointed with food at this price point, service was good..

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family Christmas dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great all around! Not cheap but great value for what you pay and tons of character!

JE
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleased with the meal, the service and the decor.

ST
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu was excellent - very generous portions presentation great and everything super delicious.

Our favourite Calgary destination.

T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time I go to this place, I make a great memory! Love their food, ambience, service! Such a gem to Calgary!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

There are better options for the money in Calgary.

PB
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow time at Christmas brunch 🎄⛄️

LM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, cozy atmosphere and magical location.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the restaurant. Service was great as well as the meals.
Was a beautiful winter evening to be dining out. Fresh snow was on the trees and made a lovely setting. Sitting next to the window can be a little cool in the winter. Restaurant does provide blankets if you get a bit cool.
Was able to drive to the restaurant to drop off those that aren't as easily able to walk from where one needs to park.

A
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favourite restaurant! Beautiful setting and delicious food.

S
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always perfection. Thank you River Cafe!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love to visit River Café and enjoy the cozy ambiance and the park outside. It always makes for a great time. The honey roasted potatoes alone make it worth the trip!

J
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing from the service to the food. I had such a great time there

AB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tremendous Evening .... great food , a fantastic setting and Jessica was fabulous!

Y
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was incredible. Really one of the best restaurants in the city.

D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You're in the middle of Calgary but you feel like you're in a lodge that's hidden away in the Rocky Mountains. Almost everything is home made - even the bacon is cured in-house. Pleasant, professional staff, fantastic menu that's full of local, organically grown/raised options. Wonderful. Go for a special occasion, or just 'cause you want to feel good about yourself.

s
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Delicious food. Lovely staff. Portion sizes are a bit mean. Menu published online was not available, which was a little dissapointing.

OT
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This joint is incredible - we have lived in a Calgary and only found out about this restaurant about 3 years ago and we since have been returning so often we decided to make it out wedding venue. Great staff, outstanding food, perfect atmosphere, and the best location.

JR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an exceptional dining experience, totally enjoyable...

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the City of Calgary, and definitely in the most unique location. Highly recommend checking this place out.

PG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a marvelous time, delicious food and lovely wine. Our servers were outstanding. Just the perfect amount of attention to our needs.

LP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great Canadian cuisine in a relaxing spot. The River Café always impresses guests from out of town.

Z
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location. Excellent food and service. Looking forward to going back.

MP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience5

Of particular note was the barbajuan . Which was played such that 3/4 of the plate was empty. The deep fried pasta was incredibly dry. Though you could hardly notice because there was only 3 of them about the size of a loonie making the average price of each of them $12.

T
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The River Café is a fun place to visit, in the middle of an island park. It used to be a fishing house and the decorations are full of Canadian traditions.
River Café also changes the menu often so you should come sometimes to try new cuisine!

ET
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and the food was/is always amazing! A great place to have brunch on a Sunday morning.

N
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The staff approached our table and asked the tab be cleared and leave, to ensure the table was available for the next reservation arriving. The restaurant was extremely busy, however it was disappointing we were asked to leave shorty after finishing our meal.

ER
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The price you pay for the food isn't worth it, presentation is poor and they need to bring the sweet levels down, not enjoyable.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!

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HL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love the river cafe! Fantastic food and wonderful staff.

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