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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 #22 of 2,832 restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Calgary
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

When you come to Calgary be sure to include a visit to the River Cafe. Reservations most likely needed especially for dinner in the warmer months. Food is exceptional, service great without be obsequious, superb setting on the island, and local food! Pricey but worth it. I would suggest it is not a family dinner place.

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We went for a nice bike ride along the River and stopped at River Café for lunch. Staff very accommodating, nice setting, very good food.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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151 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Beautifully situated on the island in the bow river, and full of atmosphere. Daily special was indeed quite special, very tastefully and tastily prepared with special ingredients such as the fiddleheads. Pleasant quick service, but I came a very quiet time, early dinner at five. Pricey. Good wine selection, I took the cheapest red wine, a portuguese and it was... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Went to River cafe a few weeks ago for a business dinner. It was a fantastic dinner. The food is local, fresh and delicious. The menu has lots of wild game but there is always a great vegetarian option. The servers are passionate about their food and make helpful suggestions. It is also quiet enough to allow good conversation. We... More

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Went to River Cafe recently - thought the meat was over cooked, and the portions were small. The seasoning was good, but my dish was extremely dry. The location is great, service was excellent, but I felt the food was lacking a bit.

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Calgary, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

We went for lunch on a Saturday...the food was great, but the service was not! If I'm spending a little bit more on food than usual when I go out, I expect better service, it's pretty simple. I know it was busy but at least a little acknowledgement goes a long way....I won't hurry back just for that reason, I... More

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Calgary, Canada
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Went last November for a Sunday brunch with 5 friends. Awesome service, super ambiance, love the rustic style and the food was delectable ! We all had a different meal and we shared a basket of pastries ! Yummy.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The River Café has a great view with great food. The menu always includes something special that you will not find anywhere else -- buffalo, lamb, variety of seafood, duck. You don't have to be an adventurer to enjoy the cuisine. The décor is delightful as is the large fireplace for colder days. The staff are friendly and quite knowledgeable... More

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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This place has decent reviews overall, but my experience has been far from enjoyable. The food is decent, but nothing exceptional compared to other Calgary restaurants and for the price I'd say the value is minimal. Service, however, is the biggest disappointment, On my first visit, my wife and I were seated in the middle of the restaurant and waited... More

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Calgary
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3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A very special setting. Relax, eat, enjoy. Very Special. Plated very well. A bit of a walk to the restaurant, but a nice sidewalk. Just if you are a Sr. The restaurant is a ways from the parking lot. Very charming!

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