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River Cafe

986 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
519- 376-8446
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Ranked #2 of 88 restaurants in Owen Sound
Price range: $3 - $13
Cuisines: Bakery, Vegetarian, Healthy, Café
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*
Restaurant details
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
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
80 reviews 80 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Brampton, Canada
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Husband and I had to great and flavourful sandwiches, drinks and shared Nanaimo bar. Very friendly owner. Great spot for lunch.

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1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

A wonderful little place, with a cozy atmosphere and beautiful local art. The friendly service and good conversation makes you feel like you've come home. Home made soups like butternut squash and roasted garlic and delicious fresh salads make it a great place for lunch and home made muffins, cookies, bars and other ( some gluten free, and healthy) for... More

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Meaford
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

If you enjoy a good cup of coffee and find yourself in Owen Sound then please go to the River Cafe. I stop there whenever I am in town and I am never disappointed.

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Owen Sound, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I have met most of my new good friends at the River. Eavesdropping conversations often leads to surprising acquaintances. My book club meets here and regularly impromptu Friday and Saturday groups gather and share ideas, opinions and fashion tips. This is all presided over by Karen, the owner, who feeds and caffeinates us brilliantly.

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Owen Sound, Canada
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you had a big old espresso machine at home in your big high ceilinged kitchen, well then, it would be just like being at the River! Karen, the owner is friendly,warm and cheerful like the cafe itself. The cappuccinos are smoothly delicious and the sandwiches fillingly delightful. Home away from home.

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Owen Sound, Canada
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

But soft upon whetted lips lingered the delicate, yet thrilling taste of that last, steaming, cream laden mug of snickerdoodle coffee. I warm at the gentle thought. :)

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