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River Cafe

#41 of 2,816 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Northwest Calgary
Contemporary, Canadian
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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 251
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 67
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 18
    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
Almost Great

First of all the outdoor patio on a nice summer evening can not be beat. Beautiful location on Prince's Island near downtown Calgary. Our waiter was fantastic. Very attentive and polite - thanks Ethan. The food as always is good to fantastic. Last night I had the special which was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
surfer d
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Calgary, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Essex, Connecticut
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The first meal of our vacation was this one and it was a great way to start. Fine food and service with a terrific romantic atmosphere.

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Palo Alto, California
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74 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We had completed a week of touring the Canadian Rockies and were on our way to fly out of Calgary. Fortunately we ventured beyond the airport because this restaurant was a real gem and was a great way to cap off a fabulous week. The walk along the river to the island where it's located was lovely and the ambiance... More 

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LaPaz,baja sur, mexico
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82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is an elegant and beautiful restaurant....All the food is perfection....I was there last summer and it is the perfect place to eat outside in the garden...so beautiful and tranquil... We were there for a birthday...it was a lovely place to celebrate...

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Morrison, Colorado
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154 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Accidentally found the River Cafe during a walk along the Bow River. The first night we just stopped for drinks, but stayed for desert. Impressed, we returned the next night for dinner. The limited menu is REALLY appealing and a bit adventuresome. We had no disappointments whatsoever. It's clear that there is a lot of attention to detail in the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I sat at an outdoor table facing the river. The view of the river itself is slightly hidden by trees, flowers and shrubbery but it is like being in a wonderfully enclosed garden with glimpses of water through the greenery. There may be seats with better views of the river, but we really didn't mind at all.... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I hadn't been to River Cafe for a year until very recently. This beautiful restaurant has the best patio in town. Surrounded by an island park on the river, this dining experience makes for a lovely setting, especially on a mid-summer's evening. River Cafe's service is still stellar...nothing has changed there. The wine list is always thoughtful and has a... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

we heard about this place from a Toronto TV show. We saw the surroundings and being in the centre of a beautiful Park we decided to try it for Brunch. I must say that it was regular and uninteresting for me and I believe that Brunch can really be exciting and creative. So, I was not impressed at all!

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Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

First of all the outdoor patio on a nice summer evening can not be beat. Beautiful location on Prince's Island near downtown Calgary. Our waiter was fantastic. Very attentive and polite - thanks Ethan. The food as always is good to fantastic. Last night I had the special which was Boar. Everything was good, except the Boar itself which was... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Really nice spot on the island in center of town. Sat outside, had some wonderful Okanagon wine and a very good meal. Portions were pretty light, but left room for a great dessert. Good place to relax and converse.

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Sugar Land
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I make it a point to eat here while in Calgary. Amazing location and you don't need reservations if you want to eat at the bar. I had the Bison steak (about 5 ozs), excellently cooked and served with a nice assortment of vegetables and gnocchi. With only one beer the tab was around $60 CD, so it is pricey... More 

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Additional Information about River Cafe

Address: 25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada
Phone Number: 403-261-7670
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Northwest Calgary
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 104
Cuisine: Contemporary, Canadian

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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: Contemporary, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic
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?