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“Top notch”
Review of River House Grill - CLOSED

River House Grill
Price range: $25 - $98
Cuisines: American, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: St. Albert Road
Canada
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52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Top notch”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Absolutely LOVED our Valentines Day dinner here. Had never been before and always wanted to go. The food was incredible; presentation, flavor, and creativity were impressive. The service was impeccable, and the dining atmosphere was tasteful, and quiet. Not sure what their regular menu is like to experience, but I found this to be an excellent choice for a romantic evening out.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Littlebear0023
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
St. Albert, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Poor show”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We have visited the River House Grill a number of times over the past five years we have lived in St Albert. It has always been on the upper end of the price range, so we saved it for special occasion meals. Unfortunately it would seem the overall quality has diminished greatly with the change of ownership (sometime last year I believe).

The menu seemed smaller than before with less emphasis on local produce (more emphasis on price being increased though). Still, a different selection of dishes than those generally available in chain locations, which is a plus.

We were a party of four and have visited this restaurant as the same foursome before. Each of our respective appetizers were pleasent and enjoyed. I had a Prawn panzanella salad which was very tasty. The bruschetta was also very tasty (heavy on the garlic) but i am not sure that four small small slices of french bread with bruschetta atop is worth $11?!?!?! The salmon was voted a success and looked very good, I didn't taste it though.

The entrees were delivered in a timely manner by our server, who was pleasent and attentive without being intrusive.

Herein lies my biggest concern with the restaurant - the entrees themselves. I ordered the Bison strip loin with truffled mash and bok choy. It was delicious. However, the portion size was small, like appetizer small and why oh why did they feel they needed to pre cut it into chunks and scatter it above the mash? I felt like i was cheated on the amount of meat and the amount of mash and the amount of bok choy, with my fellow diners passing unprompted comment about my dinner must still be on its way. Two other meals were sub par, with one steak being returned for being over cooked and another being under cooked (different steaks).

The general consensus was that the presentation was average and the quantity of vegetables was small. Overall not good quality or value for money. Very dissapointed and will likely not return.

  • Visited March 2013
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9 Thank mim4848
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1 review
“Love the River City Grill”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

The atmosphere at river house grill is extremely relaxing and the service is very good. That being said the food is wonderful and the presentation of it is 1st class. The owner makes every effort to circulate, talk to his customers, and generally make his clientele feeol welcome and at home,. Very unique!!!

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Thank Janice B
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Edmonton, AB, Canada
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fresh, fresh, fresh! Unequivically the most tantilizingly tasty menu around!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

This Chef, Willy White, is a sought after professional who decided to open his own restaurant... AMAZING is all I can say for every time I've gone! It's our family's special place to go out when we want to celebrate a big event in our life or if we just want to celebrate life! We've gotten to know Willy over the years and he is a down to earth great family man and loves the fact that we enjoy his unique style of cooking! There are wild meats and all fresh produce from the area when available on the menu and as well some choice wines to compliment each dish! We are so lucky to have him in St. Albert!!!

Visited November 2012
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Thank Jayne580
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St. Albert, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Yearly Anniversary Dinner”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Excellent food. We go other times, but spend our anniversary there every year as the food is always good. Never disappointed in anything we have ordered.

Visited April 2012
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Thank Lynne991
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