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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 #23 of 2,896 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great location, excellent food and service. Very surprised at the quality of the food and the creative menu and presentation of the dishes.

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Calgary, Canada
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love to take new visitors to Calgary to The River Café specifically for its unique location and stunning ambiance but the food, prices and service tend to disappoint more and more with each visit. The lunch menu was very small and we had a hard time finding something we were interested in. We ended up ordering the cheese plate... More

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The River Cafe is in the middle of Prince's Island Park which, in itself is a great place to just sit and relax and you'd never know you're in the heart of a large city. When you are hungry and would like to have some very good food, then there's no better place to go in the middle of Calgary... More

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

River Cafe is a wonderful way to wind down a day of exploring Calgary and Prince's Island Park. The menu has many unique offerings to eat, and the selection of wine, beer, and spirits is sure to meet the needs of almost anyone.

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Calgary
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Yes the setting is lovely, but the experience a huge disapointment! After we were seated it took half and hour to get some bread, which was excellent, we asked our server for more butter, she ignored us, then we asked for more bread , it also never came! Dinner took a long time to arrive, and our server never came... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very inventive menu (I had the wild boar chop, my wife had the halibut), delicious ! It has wonderful views, but it's located inside a riverside park, and you must walk to it through the park...which, believe me is a positive not a negative. Expensive and busy!

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Calgary
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Over the years, among the numerous times we have frequented this restaurant, we have been to dinner at River Cafe on New Year's Eve three times, and enjoy it so much we may just be back for a fourth. The menus are always unique and creative, the food expert and delicious (and, incredibly, somehow better all the time), the wine... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I had the privilege of taking two couples two times last week for celebration dinners. Both couples were from out of town and could not believe such a beautiful spot existed in our fine city. Ambience is excellent, service is top notch and selection is superb. The bison was ok but their pork was outstanding. The game board appetizer could... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Went here after being told how great it was. Bf and I had the flatbreads - mine was the hummus and his the mushroom. I was disappointed with mine. It tasted like something was missing but didn't know what -Was quite bland.

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Houston, Texas
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205 reviews 205 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We began with the appetizer for two - a sampling of game, fish, and cheese with interesting vegetable and fruit influences - olives infused with birch syrup - a pickled Rainer cherry - blueberries in a terrine - all very yummy... We both had a halibut for our main that was moist and flavorful - accompanied by a crunchy roasted... More

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