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986 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
519- 376-8446
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Ranked #5 of 90 Restaurants in Owen Sound
Price range: $3 - $13
Sun 12:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Bakery, Vegetarian, Healthy, Café
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Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
Description: BEST CAFE in Owen Sound. Custom espresso beverages, coffee or tea made by our skilled baristas. Fantastic European style atmosphere, original 14' restored tin ceiling in vintage building. Exposed brick wall, cozy fireplace seating with wing chairs, marble tables and old maple floor. Homemade soup, fresh from scratch baking, unique and delicious sandwiches. A big smile and friendly greeting are always complimentary! *GLUTEN FREE* *DAIRY FREE* *VEGETARIAN* *VEGAN*
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Hosted by the charming owner/operator, we enjoyed a delicious soup and sandwich lunch. The coffee is excellent. We will return whenever we're in Owen Sound!

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Hove, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Holidaying from the UK in Owen Sound, my cousin took us here for lunch and we enjoyed it so much we came back a second and third time. Delicious coffee and the food freshly prepared, lots of choices and not the run of the mill menu so some exciting tastes. A delightful place.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Had a family trip in 2011 and stopped by this cafe on our way to Tobemory. It's a nice pretty place with yummy sandwich and coffee. It's a nice place to stop by when you are on the road and need a quick bite.

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Owen Sound, Canada
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Old world charm with modern coffee choices that sooth the soul. You're only a stranger on your first visit.

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owen sound
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Baked goods great, and wide selection of quality hot beverages. Owner always on hand. Convenient downtown location. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This place is spacious, gracious, and welcoming. We had a lovely lunch with some very nice coffee! The owner was on hand to welcome us and make our lunch. It was delightful!

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Beautiful old world stylings and a very comfortable atmosphere. Prompt execution and delivery of meal. The presentation was nice and our sandwiches delectable! Well recommended.

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Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Best reuben sandwich! We enjoyed this along with a delicious curry chicken sandwich. The baked goods and tea/coffee were amazing too! Lovely staff, fresh food, interesting atmosphere. Excellent experience!

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Toronto, Canada
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232 reviews 232 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

OK, While online I was looking for a decent coffee or even breakfast. I'm usually a coffee and muffin breakfast type but sometimes like eggs and bacon sit down also. This is more of the coffee and chat place and I did stay for a latte and a gluten free brownie. The coffee was good and the brownie edible (gluten... More 

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

I had lunch here and found it no better than average. I had Greek salad wit souvlaki and the salad was fine but the chicken was not good. It appears that this place would be better suited for a coffee and muffin rather than lunch. My biggest disappointment was the Flies that were flying around me while eating. This was... More 

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Additional Information about River Cafe

Address: 986 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 519- 376-8446
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Grey County  >  Owen Sound
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 3 - 13
Cuisine: Bakery, Vegetarian, Healthy, Café

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