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“River Cafe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of River Cafe (The Restaurant on Prince's Island Park)

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 2,927 Restaurants in Calgary
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
Calgary, Alberta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“River Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

A summer is never complete without a trip to the marvellous River Cafe which sits in a lovely
park with the river and downtown buildings near by. In the winter it is cosy and relaxing with a
large fireplace to warm you. I find its menu needs some flexing but it's home made bread is
wonderful and the staff are warm and knowledgable. Very, very good and at times magical.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Cozy but way over priced”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Very nice ambient, wonderful fireplace. We were friendly greeted at the entrance. Menu is way over priced and service was poor (not slow, than really poor). With this price range we got much more appreciation in any other restaurant.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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lethbridge
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Avoid table near kitchen, noisy but otherwise nice ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lovely location.servers a little unfocused ,distracted. I probably would appreciate better service to match the good food,ambiance and prices.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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cochrane
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“you'll fall for the ambiance and fail to see the failures”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lovely setting in the park right by the river-you'll get there and feel in heaven and that covers the short comings very well.
Don't order the cheese platter, 5 minuscule bits of cheese are presented, if you are particularly unlucky , they even dare to serve you lactose free cheese , without you having ordered that.
When serving wine from bottles , they don't wait or ask , if you'd want a refill on your glass , but even go so far , that they pour wine from the new bottle on top of the wine from the bottle before-that's just greed and in very bad taste.
When questioned they just shrug and apologize, so did Bill Clinton , nobody cares!
Lower your expectations and you are fine , expect excellence and you'll be displeased. The bill however will reflect very high expectations indeed!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“A Four Season Must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

When I have visitors coming to Calgary, and I want to impress them with the nicest of settings, and excellent local food, there is one place that comes to mind each time: River Cafe. Most recently, my cousin visited from Atlanta, and we took them there. It was a perfect autumn day and crossing the bridge with the setting sun reflecting on the water, and golden leaves everywhere, the mood was set. There is always a feeling walking into River Cafe of being embraced by its character and warmth which changes depending on the season - a crackling fireplace in winter, the smell of woodsmoke, open windows and breezes and new greens in Spring and Summer. The food is predictably excellent, unique, local, and creative and the service has never been anything but outstanding. Be prepared for a hefty bill, however (our dinner for 4 with one bottle of wine and 4 beer, no dessert came to $460 with tip), but for special occasions and special visitors, it is well worth the price tag.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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