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River Cafe

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$$$$
Northwest Calgary
Canadian, Contemporary
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25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada
403-261-7670
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 293
    Excellent
  • 160
    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
New Year's Dinner

River Cafe is definitely one of my most favourite restaurants in Calgary. The location on Prince's Island is romantic, and give amazing views of downtown Calgary while nestled among the large poplars bordering the lagoon of the Bow River. The food is incredible. The chef's tasting menu was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
CarrieLL39
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was anticipating the lobster mushroom Benedict with huge enthusiasm, sadly the website had not been updated and this particular benedict was not available . I was informed of this by a waitress who was apparently not too thrilled to be working. We ordered our benedicts, mine trout, my husband's bison bacon, they arrived in a timely fashion, mine was... More 

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Thank sallyemoore
Calgary, Canada
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139 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As I have visited several times, this restaurant remains high on the list. Wonderful cozy feel paired with pretty amazing dishes.

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Thank tlhoooper
Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is located on beautiful Prince'sIsland and a short walk from downtown Calgary. The decor is rustic, the fireplace much appreciated on a cold night. The food is spectacular! Service is attentive and we like that you can see the chefs hard at work. If you are looking for a unique dining experience, River Cafe is the place to... More 

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Thank Normary2015
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

River Cafe is definitely one of my most favourite restaurants in Calgary. The location on Prince's Island is romantic, and give amazing views of downtown Calgary while nestled among the large poplars bordering the lagoon of the Bow River. The food is incredible. The chef's tasting menu was incredible. It was paired with wonderful wines for a 5 course meal.... More 

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Thank CarrieLL39
Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal here in mid-December 2015. Good wine too - Pinot Blanc. Ordered a case based on this place.

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Thank outofsocks
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here and it was awesome. The food was incredible and the location is very cool and unique. I had the pork and loved it. The menu is very creative and well done. I highly recommend it.

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Thank SouthMS_Traveller
Calgary, Canada
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk across the bridge to Prince's Island and experience rustic tranquility...and delicious food. FRESH food...great atmosphere. Was there on a cold, snowy day...the skaters were on the river and the squirrels were scattering , gathering goodies. The fire in the fireplace was inviting, the other guests were having a cheerful time. In Summer, sit on the patio, enjoy the fresh... More 

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Thank PHSexpress
Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the great dining experiences of Calgary. Downtown but isolated, terrific vibe and excellent food. Do it

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Thank chris a
Raymond, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was amazing and delicious! The service was fantastic. The atmosphere sitting on the desk on a cool September evening was just amazing with a blanket on my lap. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food & already know that when we return to Calgary it will be revisited.

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Thank KEAH67
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very accommodating chef -- fabulous fresh food and superior service throughout the special evening in 2008. Highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Northwest Calgary
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Calgary
  • Phone Number: 403-261-7670

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 104
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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