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“Decent but pricey in a lovely but limited accessibility setting.”
Review of River Cafe

River Cafe
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Ranked #10 of 3,625 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $104
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Northwest Calgary
Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Had dinner at River Cafe as part of a large group. They reserved us the fireplace area away from the view (which was lovely on a beautiful sunny Spring evening). The outdoor deck looked like the real place to be. Service was good and attentive; drinks refreshed and even with our large number food service was quite efficient and (from what I saw) orders were correct including small custom changes.
Food was not overly impressive but solid for the price point.
The restaurant's location is on Prince's Island Park which is not accessible other than by footbridge so be prepared. I can imagine in the rain or with limited mobility guests this can be a problem since the distance to travel is certainly 1/2 a km +.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Having had a big breakfast we did not want much for lunch and were on the point of walking away when the host suggested we have coffee and a dessert. What a great result! In the end we shared a plate of scrumptious cheeses with great accompaniements followed by a delicious chef prepared pud. An absolute delight in a wonderful setting.

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1  Thank RomanRemains
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I love this restaurant. The ambiance is so special - very upscale and yet completely casual. The food is amazing, very creative and excellent quality. The service is exceptional. I've had brunch, lunch and dinner here and all stood out for me as being brilliant. This is a favourite place for me to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday. Love it.

1  Thank Shannon M
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We had made a reservation on a Tuesday evening to celebrate our 41 wedding anniversary. We were seated right away at a lovely table by the window and were excited to return to this restaurant after many years. We waited for 22 minutes before anyone came near our table!! There was no mention of " sorry we are very busy" etc. and there were quite a few empty tables. There was adeqaute service from then on. The food was good but very small portions. We tipped 15% as we felt it was not the waiter's fault and people around us all seemed to be having the same service or lack of!

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2  Thank Patrice030
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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.

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2  Thank KPXCGM
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