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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 #16 of 2,889 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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Newark, Delaware
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I was in Calgary for less than a day and my hotel was near Prince's Island, so I had reserved a table for brunch. The weather was perfect. The ourdoor patio is lovely and the service was great. Food wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best that I had. I got Muffin & Pastry basket which I liked the unique... More

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were really looking forward to a nice meal in a good setting. We were very disappointed in the standard of food considering throughout our visit to canada we had enjoyed great meals.although the setting is nice our table was situated so that staff were passing by in very close proximity to the point that one young waitress asked me... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is located on Prince's Island Park, a little island on the glacier-fed Bow River, just over a pedestrian bridge from downtown. It is truly a gem in a beautiful park. I stopped here for lunch on my last day in Calgary and wished I'd come sooner! Everything on the menu looked amazing and the food was lovely; locally... More

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Calgary, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Have been here during the winter/spring and sat inside, as well as summer and sat on their patio. The outside seating is superb, I absolutely recommend it! You cannot even tell you are downtown Calgary. The inside seating is very cosy, especially close to the fireplace and by the windows when it snows outside. Food is delicious, great variety of... More

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The River Cafe is situated on Price's Island park, just a short walk from downtown parking. The food is mostly local and game meats, as well as local and sustainable vegetables. I went with a group. First of all, I highly recommend the Fish & Game board appetizer, which will get about 3 people off to a great start. I... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Had a great meal at River Café. Attentive staff. Part of a large group of 18 people and it took a lot to meals on the tables, but they were all served within minutes of each other. No concerns and would recommend if you are looking for a high quality, high service environment.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

Am in Calgary for a couple of days and was really looking forward to dinner at this place with colleagues who are based here, but was ultimately pretty disappointed. The location - especially in summer-time - is stunning, being set on an island park downtown, and the look and feel of the place is very casual but definitely elegant. The... More

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Las Vegas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place is simply a gem in the heart of the city of Calgary. Located in Princess Island park it is the only place you can actually have dinner on an Island. The views leading up to the property as you walk onto the island to get to the restaurant are peaceful, romantic and an treat to the senses. The... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

River Café was found accidentally while walking the city. What a find! No reservation for lunch but we were seated in 20 min. Well worth the wait. Outside table - perfect day. A beer and 2 glasses of wine, excellent Crab/pea soup and a flatbread approached $70. What-the-heck, we were on vacation and the food, drinks and service were topnotch.

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Trail, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

River Cafe is one of my extended families favourite restaurants in Calgary for many reasons. The menu offers the perfect combination of flavours and something for the adventurous diner as well as safer options that anyone can enjoy. It is hard to make one selection from their impressive menu, every time I struggle with my decision until the moment the... More

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