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“Lovley setting but that is it”
Review of River Cafe

River Cafe
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Ranked #11 of 3,537 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $104
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Northwest Calgary
Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovley setting but that is it”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

The setting is lovely especially in spring but that is where it stops. It is expensive - which should mean that service and food should match. Service was slow, the wrong food was brought out to begin with. We then waited an hour for our food. The portion size for the main course was appetizer size. I though they had brought out the wrong order again. Wine prices are ridiculous for subpar wines. Would not go again - many nice and higher quality places out there. I have eaten at some of the best restaurants all over the world.. Owners need to work on service and portions. Terrible experience over priced crap.

  • Visited June 2013
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Redding, Connecticut, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Lovely Place, but food and service did not live up to it's reputation”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

I had heard this was one of the best places to eat in Calgary and was very excited to check it out. The room is lovely and warm and I love the decor, cabinesque, canoes, stone fireplace etc. Really nice - and the open kitchen as well. The menu was very enticing, but was disappointed that some of the dishes I wanted were all gone. The service was slow, and not attentive at all, and i would say the meals were just very good - and not excellent as I would have expected here. I will give it another try - the outdoor deck looks lovely.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank yecats59
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great food with a lovely view”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

We visited the River Cafe after a stroll around downtown & the park with my mother-in-law who was visiting us from the UK. Service was great, food very good & tasty.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Mandie73
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Duncan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Congrats to Sal ......”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

..... For maintaining such an excellent restaurant, year after year! Always a pleasure to reconnect with this place on periodic visits .... It,s a family fave. Very professional all round!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Barb B
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Calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A very attractive park between the river and downtown”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Its restaurant which requires a bit of walking to reach. A truly attractive building and decor. Its food and wine are among the best in the city

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