River Café

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3546 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very well done

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NS
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place! Highly recommended!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Father’s Day

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LR
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My fiance and I came here for sunday brunch with the intention of also looking at the restaurant as a potential option for our wedding venue. We both loved it, great location and ambiance. The staff were really nice and the food was so amazing ! Definitely check out the fingerling potatos for brunch . They were so good! Despite it being fathers day and really busy the staff was very attentive.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fathers Day Brunch

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DH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always. The patio is such a great treat.

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s
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good but not cheap - but this is what you should expect here. Service was excellent. Even the potoatoes were good. Servings could be 20-30% larger, but it really was high quality.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Recently moved back to Calgary and took my husband for brunch for Fathers Day. A little nostalgia.
We got seated on the patio at a table right by the doors. There were many tables available for two at the edge of the patio that would have been nicer and we wouldn’t have had our chairs bumped into my servers and customers going in and out of the doors.
We both ordered eggs and both were over done and kinda cold. Our server was lovely and attentive and provided great customer service.
I remember the food being better

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GR
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great Waitress energetic, fun knowledgeable

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LL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

I have been dining at River Cafe when in Calgary for at least 30 years and it has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Calgary. It's been 4-5 years since last time and I didn't find it as appealing as in the past. There seems to be an effort to make the entrees overly exotic and none of our meals were all that satisfying. The ambiance remains top notch, however, and perhaps they will get back to basics on the food in the future.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday lunch

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KT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

If the service was as good as the food then I would have given 5 stars. It seemed like the server was more occupied with the other tables - I had to go ask the Hostess if our server can take our food orders. It took about 15 minutes to order drinks, then another 20 minutes to get our drinks, then wait another 20 minutes to order food, and the food took even longer. I heard great things about River Cafe so this was disappointing.

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G
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was quite a pleasant brunch. Food was good and it was the perfect day to be outside. The place was busy which probably accounted for a lag in service. Overall it was great to be out with friends and have good food.

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FE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely. This restaurant defines “Canadian cuisine. Creative food, while not technically perfect, quite enjoyable.

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KA
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There for the first time on an anniversary and loved it. Food was great, service was stellar and the ambience perfect. We will definitely be back. Thank for making our anniversary so wonderful.

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D
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Their new menu isn’t as good as how it is to be. I got the burger and water cress soup. The soup wasn’t good and it was bland. My burger was over done. My friends got the steak which was actually really good. Other friend ordered the halibut dumplings, the dumpling was good, something new. But the broth and everything else was off and bland. This is my second time at river cafe this month and I don’t know if I’ll be back. The ambiance is perfect and something that other restaurants in Calgary can’t offer.
It use to be my favourite restaurant before they closed for Reno’s.

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W
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about River Cafe is outstanding. Never disappoints.

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DH
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere
Excellent service
Great food

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MW
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A welcome different set of flavours. Dishes were very nicely presented and delicious. Our service was great. We had fish and the vegetarian option. We both started with the soup. All excellent. Would go back for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great meal!

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m
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Terrible experience tonight for what you paid. The service was super slow and paid no attention to our table. The food was also, while looked great, tasted terrible. The pork was all fat, the steak was like rubber and the lamb presentation made it almost unbearing to eat. For $350 I will NEVER come back to this restaurant.

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c
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another fantastic meal at River Cafe! We enjoyed brunch on the patio and were blown away particularly by the inventive desserts. There's nothing better than enjoying a leisurely meal on a beautiful patio surrounded by flowers and trees :)

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OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter Josh was amazing and super fun to chat with.

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BR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful and relaxing Vibe. Staff was some of the kindest I’ve seen. Lovely place for a brunch on a Sunny morning.

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BD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the River Cafe because we were given a gift certificate. We had heard very good things, and were not disappointed. Will definitely refer, and will return.

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PL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent restaurant.. Great services and wonderful food...

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

I love River Cafe for the beautiful setting. Service started out great but took too long to pay our bills & be on our way. Sadly half of our table were not pleased with the meal, however staff were very responsive to make it right even though options were limited.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A truly wonderful place to have a night with friends or as a couple. I was initially worried about the menu and choices but that was quickly diminished once you sit down and get the extremely knowledgeable servers opinion.
Can't speak highly enough if this place and look forward to the next time.

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic time and excellent dinner there. Will come back again.

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GD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The halibut entree was flavourless. I was very disappointed in this dish.

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JD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Never disappointed at the River Cafe. Great food, amazing patio, enough said.

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, fun ambience, and excellent, friendly service. Would definitely return and recommend!

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AO
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even though we were a day early they graciously found a table for us.
Wonderful experience.

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KL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Flavor of food is amazing and service is great!! So relaxing being there. I would recommend this to everyone.

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B
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

A group of us were there for brunch, was a beautiful morning, food was delicious as always, however service was extremely slow.

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R
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere with a real unique place on the island next to the bow. Unique food items, great service ......

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JE
Edmonton
28 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came in from Edmonton to try this restaurant and it was amazing! Beautiful patio and words cannot describe how good the food was! Don’t skip dessert, the pastry chef is truly talented!
Our server was from South America and provided one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had.
I don’t usually review but River Cafe.. slow clap!
Outstanding!

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B
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, beautiful location and ambiance. Always a positive outing at this restaurant

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Different flavor profiles will not be to everyone's taste. Edging on bitter. Maybe a bit too adventurous with ingredients.

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KR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing! Always an enjoyable afternoon at River Café.

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