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“Great food, great decor, pleasant service.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The River Cafe

The River Cafe
986 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2H6, Canada
+1 519-376-8446
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Ranked #8 of 92 Restaurants in Owen Sound
Price range: $3 - $13
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Bakeries, Vegetarian, Healthy
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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*
Waterloo, Ontario
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great food, great decor, pleasant service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

We grew up in the Owen Sound area, and were back for a couple weeks' vacation, exploring all there is to see and do in Grey and Bruce Counties. This is a great little cafe we happening upon, and enjoyed our lunch there, in a setting that has brought new life to the inside of a beatiful old building. Great coffee, lunch menu, and baked goods. You won't find a Starbucks in Owen Sound, but you don't need to, with the River Cafe on main street in the downtown area.

Visited August 2011
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English first
Owen Sound, Canada
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20 restaurant reviews
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“Best Coffee, Soups, and Sweets in Owen Sound- worth a visit!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

The atmosphere opens up to you as you walk through the door. A rich historic tin vaulted ceiling and the eclectic paintings that cover the walls greet you before you become enchanted by the leather chairs and the fireplace amid this wondrous space.

The staff welcomes you with smiles and questions about your visit, and they leave you with a sense that they are a part of your family, perhaps an aunt? or a long lost relative that really cares about your story? Anyhow, the food is unique, light and delicious. I had the best soup in my life here, and I would recommend getting the same with any sandwich or soup.

The coffee I tried was a freeTrade blend that helped women in impoverished countries, and it tasted as rich and as premium as it was organically grown. I loved the sweets, and I when I left I truly appreciated all that this encounter had brought me. I will return again!!!

-Justin- a Tour operator

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Waterloo, Ontario
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“Outstanding French Press Coffee in the heart of dowtown Owen Sound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Discovered while staying at the charming Owen Sound B&B 'Between the Maples', this cafe delivers on charm, interest, comfort and a buzz! They do awesome French press, with the bean of your choice for a ridiculously low price (compared to chain coffee shops). The soups and baking are homemade and the sandwich menu offers interesting options, though we only sampled the baking on our two visits. The owner and staff are cheery and engaging. Highly recommend this spot on the main drag in downtown, then hop on over to Randy's Records (on a nearby side street) for a blast from the past! This guy knows his music and his inventory! 25+ years in the biz and he's got one of the best selections we've ever found anyplace.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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