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“After 12 years as loyal patrons...NO MORE!”
Review of River Cafe

River Cafe
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Ranked #10 of 3,607 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $104
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Northwest Calgary
Calgary, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“After 12 years as loyal patrons...NO MORE!”
Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

A group of 8 professional and well-travelled women have Xmas brunch every year, for the past 12 years. Increasingly we have seen a decline in food quality but more importantly, given this is supposed to be social time, the service.
The food comes about at different times, so we politely wait, or feel awkward for those not eating. We have had many wrong orders, the wine sits with empty glasses, so we pour our own (no biggie) the waiter only brings one coffee and doesn't check with the rest of the group yet aggressively pushes dessert. We would have ordered more wine as we had arranged transport but we were all so disappointed and uncomfortable that we went elsewhere to a more service oriented place where we were greeted at the door, seated and beautifully served.
The greatest grievance about the food? The very expensive bacon was virtually raw and 80% fat. Isn't bacon supposed to be the best part of a brunch? Added to insult, the maître'd said he would give us free desserts, but could not comp the wine as it was out of his budget. .....ordinary prosecco.... then why say that? We did not ask. None of us are dessert eaters (we were there for the bacon!)
Sad end to a 12 year tradition and what used to be the best in Calgary.
Save your money and go to a restaurant with professional, caring staff who will do everything to provide you with a memorable experience

Visited December 2013
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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21 reviews
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“Afternoon Delight”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Skipped over to the River Cafe for a work function one sun-drenched summer afternoon - these are the ideal conditions under which to visit the River Cafe- except maybe minus the work part ;) We enjoyed scenic views of the river from the adorable outdoor patio.

The food and beverages were top notch. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. I absolutely loved the decor inside and outside. I had a tuna dish and it was cooked perfectly. Appetizers were also crowd pleasers. Everything was so tasty, we all indulged in dessert and coffee. Again- home run!

I'll be back soon!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank discerningdweller
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lunchtime treat”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Fabulous, boozy lunchtime treat while visiting relatives in Calgary. Great location, great fodder and great looking cafe.

  • Visited October 2013
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Hungerford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
280 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Celebration”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Celebrating the end of our drive from Vancouver to Calgary, the River Cafe was an ideal ambience for a reflective dinner. Buzzy, crowded, efficient service,and good food all matching if not surpassing what we had enjoyed over the previous 15 days at various watering holes.,

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank hunger4d
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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“Nice but inconsistent”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We were wandering around the beautiful Prince's Island Park and came across River Cafe. It was about 4pm in the afternoon and we wanted a light meal with a glass of wine. We ended up sharing a cheese board and a flat bread/pizza type dish. Both meals and the wine were delicious. Given that the food and the setting/ambiance were so good, we decided to come back on our last day in Calgary as we knew we'd have a few hours to kill before our flight.

Our last day in Calgary was a Sunday which meant they only served a brunch menu. We were actually quite excited about this (who doesn't love a good brunch!) but unfortunately this time around the food was quite mediocre and we were quite disappointed. The service and the ambiance are lovely but given the inconsistency with our meals I'm not sure we'd go back the next time we were in Calgary.

  • Visited October 2013
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