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River Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Northwest Calgary
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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25 Prince's Island Pk SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada
+1 403-261-7670
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
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Calgary, Canada
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I was at the River Cafe about 15 years ago & I was looking for a nice romantic type restaurant for Valentines Day. We certainly found the right place. The food was FANTASTIC!. The Grand Cru red wine from Italy was superb. Will we return- YES, We've re-booked for a dinner date to celebrate my partners birthday.

Thank Ron F
Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This restaurant is truly in an idyllic spot.It is situated on an island on the Bow river in downtown Calgary.You would never know that you are downtown except for the highrises nearby!!!Décor is old fishing camp with a big fieldstone fireplace.The food is refined and the service outstanding.We were there for Sunday brunch.We had a mix of things....wild mushrooms on... More 

Thank james t
Vulcan, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

This cafe is nestled in the tall trees in Prince's Island park. This is favorite for our family for special birthdays. The food is incredible as it supports local farmers and their produce. The service is above average. The staff are knowledgeable about wine pairings and various menus. The park location adds to the ambience of restaurant.

Thank marilyng673
Abbotsford, Canada
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I try to eat at River Cafe since I found out about it. Their menu is very original and food is very fresh. The location is walking distance from downtown and offers a park setting.

Thank Harpk
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A culinary and sensory experience. Quaint and convivial location on the island, a stepping stone from the downtown core. Food is savoury and creative - albeit costly. Nice for a special occasion.

Thank honeym_11
Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Great location, great food, great service, great atmosphere ... great all the way around. Food is unique and tasty, prices are a little high, but happy to pay for such a good experience and the quality of everything justifies it.

Thank garymichaelwilson
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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215 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

This is right in Prince's park so setting is lovely. The decor is open but with lodge like leanings. There is an outdoor patio right at water's edge and under trees and umbrellas. They will give you lap blankets it the temperature is nippy. Service was nice and the food was good. Not great food but I would definitely come... More 

Thank rivermom1
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Recommend a lunch here for anyone spending time in calgary. Such a beautiful setting. Take a stroll through the park too. Kids love brunch with a visit to playground.

Thank Cwhite5673281
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The River Cafe is a Calgary Must See. I come here a few times a year and the service is always impeccable. If it is summer I recommend sitting on the patio, in fall you can still do this (they have heaters and blankets) but inside is great too. Menu changes regularly but is always promising and you always know... More 

Thank WineandAirplanes
Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We have taken a number of out of town guests to the River Cafe and with our current guests we were hoping to enjoy some great food and the atmosphere. Unfortunately we were greeted by the most rude and ignorant server that we almost got up to leave. I was embarrassed and will not be returning, what a waste of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$104
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Prince's Island Pk SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Northwest Calgary
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest Calgary
  • Phone Number: +1 403-261-7670

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?