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River Café, Calgary, AB

River Café

4.5
4.5
3917 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 us from:
1. The North side of the island, crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
2. The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW from the Eau Claire area.

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.

Thank you for choosing to dine with us!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 61 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wild Game

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch & Dinner Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Wed–Fri 11:00 am–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

  • Area

    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

    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Popular dishes

What 3,917 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Most Booked

  • Calgary

    Scenic View

  • Calgary

    Canadian

  • Calgary

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  1. H

    Henrik

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Not our first visit and we will keep coming back. Great place, great location, fantastic food and very pleasant service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We were disappointed in the food. The bison was dynamite but the veggie main (which two people got) was TERRIBLE and was sized like a tiny appetizer. Shameful. The tenderloin was ok - disappointing at $54. We brought our son, big mistake. The childrens menu was lacking and the main menu was far from kid friendly. I get it, it’s not a kid restaurant, but literally nothing was ok for kids, and the kids menu had three items. All in all, we were terribly disappointed and won’t be back. Sad.
  3. c

    christopherb

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Overall, the River Café is deserving of its great reputation, with great food and a lovely atmosphere. At our meal, the humus appetizer was so delicious that everyone at the table would have loved to take a jar home. And the seasoning on my bison was out of this world. But... the halibut in one of my guest's dishes was overcooked; and the service was, at times, extremely slow. We waited so long for our drinks that we suspected the bar tender had lost our order.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Cafe never disappoints.
  5. LR

    LindaR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though the rainy weather didn’t allow us to sit out on the lovely patio, the ambiance of the interior was cozy and very pleasant. We shared the red lentil hummus with house made lavish to start and the Arctic char. Both were delicious. Since it was my daughter’s birthday, we shared the poached pears which were beautifully presented. The service was attentive and the restaurant was quiet. It is a bit on the pricey side but I think well worth it especially for a special occasion!
  6. CG

    CassidyG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! The gluten free options were great!!
  7. KN

    KristinN

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just beautiful. Love the atmosphere and view. Server was very personable.
  8. NG

    NonoG

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent but don't go if you're in a hurry.
  9. NP

    NicoleP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was beautiful on the patio for brunch. The food was excellent, as was the service. Would definitely go back or recommend to anyone.
  10. VP

    VictorP

    Calgary

    69 reviews

    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had the Arctic char Eggs Benedict, and my wife ordered the Haida Gwaii Halibut cakes with a side of goose sausage, and for dessert we shared the Artisan Cheese platter. Everything was, as expected, delicious. Our server, Cameron, was pleasant, attentive, and overall just a delight. We've been dining at River Café since, oh, 1996, and we keep coming back because, well, we've never been disappointed.
  11. t

    tazz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about it. Friendly staff. Delicious food. Beautiful location. Will go back again.
  12. I

    Inky

    Edmonton

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food and service were excellent. Tried the Boar Pork Belly and it is 10/10
  13. MB

    MaciekB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was good, you can tell the food portions have gone down and hate the 18% tip nonsense, but the server was excellent and the food was tasty.
  14. P

    Picky

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We were there twice during our visit to Calgary. Great wine selections and the food was great the first time. On the second, I ordered 6 oysters and 8 hours later I was sick. The other food was shared except for the oysters so I know they were the culprit. We will go back again but they have to be more careful about the shelf life of their seafood.
  15. W

    Warren

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A very innovative, reasonably priced tasting menu, but was surprised to be charged separately for table water.
  16. l

    luvfood

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my favorite restaurant in Calgary. The scenery, ambiance, food and service are always excellent,
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flawless with my love
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 13 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was great. The portions were a bit small and very limited menu. The overall meal was excellent and very fresh. Recommend visiting when in Calgary
  19. D

    Dorothee

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Would recommend to anybody wanting to discover new flavours.
  20. DH

    DavidHo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Healthy ingredients, good environment and attentive service.
  21. T

    Tina

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We are always impressed with the River Cafe - its staff, menu, and ambiance. They are the first ones who alerted us to the fact that Sumac is part of the cashew family, to which our daughter is allergic; this is one of those far-reaching connections that you don't always hear about so we are very thankful for their training and knowledge. We love that they always source local, wonderful foods from farms and ranches. The only reason I gave them a 3 for food this time around is because for whatever reason, our last dinner was WAY too over-salted, and on every dish as well, which is unusual. Just a note to the chefs, to perhaps not get too carried away on this aspect please. The food was lovely and well paired with sides, etc., but the salt made it hard to finish. Thank you for a lovely evening!
  22. HK

    HollieK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the Weekend Brunch and had the Burger - it was amazing, the service was amazing, the coffee was amazing. Whole package. We have gone here a few times - always a treat to bring guests.
  23. MP

    MarkP

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Melanie was simply superb. Always a positive person who makes the experience sublime.
  24. 1

    1oldtimer

    Central Coast

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    We were very disappointed with the main courses of tasteless Halibut and tough beef tenderloin which was served a very salty barley mixture. There was no fresh vegetables not even mushrooms and food lacked any tasty. Vastly overstated and very overpriced.
  25. SR

    ScottR

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wonderful service. We will be returning.
  26. S

    Soon

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good tasting menu. Portion control was great.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine menu and was able to suggest excellent pairings. All three fish entrées we ordered were cooked perfectly. Best late summer patio ambiance in the city. A real gem. A round of applause to all River Cafe staff for working together seamlessly to create such a memorable dining experience.
  28. KM

    KennethM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food menu with affordable quality wine list Service is always supurb
  29. PM

    PandM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was perfect to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was superb, our server was diligent and attentive, the food was delicious and in good portion sizes for a chef’s table with pairings. The pairings were spot on. Thank you, Sal and our greater hostess Leah. It was an evening to remember.
  30. LL

    LisaL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We always celebrate our Anniversary at River Cafe with excellent dining . Our dining this year was not as up to par compared to previous years. We had an early reservation at 5:30, started with a shared appetizer, wine and water. Our main meal took a very long time to be served therefore we filled up on wine and water. By the time our main meal arrived approximately 7:30, our appetite had diminished. We could not finish our meal and therefore could not enjoy a dessert. We also noted that the couple beside us were seated after us and were served before us, as were several other tables. This was the first time we had to wait for an extended time for our main meal. Service was good, and food was excellent as usual. But waiting for our main meal was disappointing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The ambience and service is wonderful. Food is gorgeous presentation- but sadly the food is dull. While ingredients seem innovative, no much flavor to anything or the combinations (starters or mains). We did not have the oysters, seems like most diners had them so perhaps that is a signature item.. The desserts however were fabulous and also the drink and cocktail menu.
  32. VT

    VictoriaT

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the spur of the moment we decided to celebrate our anniversary. River Cafe which we love, had a table on the patio. The service was wonderful and the food as always, superb. We started with the game and fish board to share. Every morsel was consumed. I had the fettuccini and my husband the halibut. Both wonderful. We both had the chocolate hazelnut dessert. Scrumptious. The perfect evening.
  33. FB

    FlaviaB

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Good food in a lovely terrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  34. K

    Kaye

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food was very delicious, as always. However, the service was not up to the usual standard. We had to ask for refills of coffee and water. Dirty dishes were left on our table far too long. Often our waiter was nowhere to be seen. Anyone can make an error, but I asked for gluten free biscuit and did not get it on the first go. Good thing that I asked or else I would have inadvertantly eaten gluten, which would have been a problem for me. I know that staffing is an issue these days and it was evident in the less than stellar service.
  35. D

    Divas

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    It was a most frustrating experience in a beautiful location. Our food took over an hour, and was wrong 3 times.
  36. p

    patrickm

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Terrible. We waited 90 minutes for our food and then when it finally arrived, one of the orders was wrong!
  37. ML

    MichaelL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Slow service and they were not that busy. We arrived early and was seated right away. We had our drinks in 20minutes. We ordered our two meals and received our starters 20 minutes after placing our order, so all is good. Then the delay, we did not receive our meals until more than an hour after we finished our starters, 1.5 hours after we placed our order. After 45 minutes I made eyes at the waiter he checked and he reported we were up next. He stopped by 20 minutes later and said our food would we right out, and it arrived. After we ate he asked how was it and I said the service was too slow and he responded by saying you know this is a 5 star restaurant - like we should have expected slow service. So he offered no explanation, like our order was lost in the shuffle or we only have on cook. I chose not to make a scene and we left after paying our bill.
  38. JF

    JulieFS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Love this place. Service and food timing was a bit off last night but such a fabulous restaurant for something special!
  39. p

    pickyslacker

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Had the tasting menu, tasty but meagre, duck main was delicious, dessert was good. Overall a bit overpriced in comparison with other fine restaurants. Men’s washroom is unbelievably bad - impossible to sit and close door or water closet.
  40. TJ

    ThomasJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service. There was a concert in the park not too far away the day we were there, so that detracted from the ambience a little bit. Menu items are very pricey, and quite small. Enjoyable place, but bring lots of money!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

River Café is rated 4.5 stars by 3917 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 61 times today
Google Map for River Café

Prince's Island Park, 25 Prince's Island Park SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Calgary

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch & Dinner Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Wed–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Farm-to-table, Wild Game

  • 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

    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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