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River Cafe (The Restaurant on Prince's Island Park)

25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada (Northwest Calgary)
403-261-7670
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Ranked #18 of 2,878 restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $104
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Northwest Calgary
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English first
El Paso, Texas
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful restaurant but on the pricey side. They offer an early bird special from 4:30-5:30 consisting of an appetizer and an entrée for $27. The food is inventive and delicious. There are tubs of edible flowers and herbs in front of the restaurant that are used in the dishes. Staff was very knowledgeable about the food. Service... More

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Calgary, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We reserved a brunch table to help celebrate my wife's 40th birthday. We had a couple of friends join us. The cafe sitting in Prince's Island Park surrounded by lush trees, grass and walking paths in the middle of the Bow river. The Cafe is nicely decorated and has an amazing terraced outdoor seating area. The tables all have umbrellas... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food, locally sourced and wild game options. Expensive but worth it. The lodge like atmosphere provides an excellent ambience including the fireplace. Nice walk there thru the park as well even in sub zero temps! One of my favorite places in Calgary.

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Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went to the restaurant for a Saturday morning breakfast with a friend. Lovely location by the river. Great atmosphere. Food was excellent. Service on the slow side but the outdoor patio was first rate, so didn't mind the delay.

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Calgary, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Terrific setting and decor. Food was very good and we had great and friendly service. We had an inside table by the window overlooking the river. Very nice. Plus the weather was perfect. Will definitely go back. Great location in a relax setting.

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Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I went here on a recent trip to Calgary. I had been before but it was cold then and there was no outdoor seating. This time the Sun was shining and I sat outside with a local Calgary brew and ate some delicious food. The staff are very efficient and service is great. I wouldn't say staff are overly friendly,... More

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Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went for wonderful lunch today and had the feature which was hog wild boar loin, ancient grain porchini risoto, hazelnut gremolata, pickled currants, forno roasted radish, cornbread. It was very good, particularly enjoyed the currents and the radish as I have never had them before. It was warm and sunny and a pleasure to eat at the River café. Service... More

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Calgary
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Whenever overseas friends come to visit, I invite them to Rivers Cafe as the setting is spectacular, the food excellent and the service efficient. We had dinner there a couple of days ago and as usual we thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening.

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is the restaurant I bring out-of-towners, and they're always impressed. It's the gift-card I give at weddings for newlyweds. It's where I recommend people to go to treat themselves or someone special. It never disappoints, and I've never had a bad experience. My favourite restaurant in the city, it's not cheap but for high-end restaurants I think it's the... More

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Calgary
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We've been coming for years and didn't have good service last time, but this time they redeemed themselves. Food is great, location, while inconvenient, is good to get away from downtown for a few minutes. Menu is top notch, with lots of interesting local choices. Only note is they take their time with food preparation -as they should- so make... More

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