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River Cafe

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Café, Bakery, Vegetarian, Healthy
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986 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
519- 376-8446
Today
12:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
Description: BEST CAFE in Owen Sound. Custom espresso beverages, coffee or tea made by...
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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Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delightful lunch spot!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2014
Jean02
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Toronto
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
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28 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Toronto
Contributor
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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 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

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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
279 reviews 279 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 986 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Grey County  >  Owen Sound
  • Phone Number: 519- 376-8446

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 13
  • Cuisine: Café, Bakery, Vegetarian, Healthy

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*
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?