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River Cafe

#10 of 2,963 Restaurants in Calgary
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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268 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at River Cafe this past week. You will need to park and walk from Eau Claire as there is no traffic allowed on Prince's Island. The wait staff warmly welcomed us as we arrived for a late dinner. There was a good crowd that night and a few empty tables. We started with some homemade bread... More 

Thank Steve M
Calgary, Canada
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2015

Outstanding. I can't say a bad thing about this place. They source out local and fresh food. Provide excellent service and the ambiance is top notch. It's a little pricey, but considering that you get healthy, stellar cooked food with great views, this place is a total gem and worth visiting, again and again.

Thank ggld
Calgary, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 15 November 2015

Out for dinner, 2 couples. Always loved the atmosphere at river café. Appies where good (not amazing) for 17-19$ each and very small portions. The mains where good except for the duck breast ! The whole plate (not a big one) so blend and boring. I'm a cook and that was terrible for 47$. Service was good, but our wine... More 

Thank Whiskerab
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

Went to the River Cafe for our anniversary. It is quaint restaurant located on Princess Island Park. Ambience was great. We enjoyed the wine, the artisanal bread selection and the entrees. My wife had fish and it was done perfectly. I was adventurous and had the bison. We also went for the fish and game board and enjoyed that as... More 

Thank Allan L
Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2015

When I am asked where I want to go to dine for a special occasion, this is it! It is nestled on a small island park in the centre of the city, but in walking across the bridge from downtown, the locale puts you at peace. In the winter there is always a wood fire burning and in the summer... More 

Thank footloose_fanciful
Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

My absolute #1 choice in Calgary. The magical setting on Prince's Island Park, perfect service and consistently great food (and mostly locally sourced). The River Cafe ticks all the boxes. Its relaxed enough for a casual lunch, and good enough for a special occasion dinner.

Thank Molly E
Calgary, Alberta
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Beautiful setting, amazing locally sauced food and the service is exceptionally friendly! Definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Calgary 😊

Thank Julia J
Calgary, Canada
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

It was my first visit. An unique setting for a wedding. The reception consisted of appies, which were very tasty and plentiful. The preparation of the food was ongoing and the servers were constantly on the job.

Thank nanananna
Newbury UK
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140 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Fantastic location by the river and park. Food is very tasty and well worth the money. Service excellent.Highly recommend.

Thank philhollowayinuk
Calgary, Canada
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45 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2015

I went for lunch this week and was very impressed with the atmosphere in this little restaurant. I feel like I went on a vacation to the mountains and the food was delicious. I had the bison burger and was not disappointed at all. The prices are very reasonable but found the service a bit slow so not a great... 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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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?