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River Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Northwest Calgary
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada
+1 403-261-7670
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
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Houston, Texas
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was very quiet at River Cafe on a Sunday night in February, but there was super talent in the kitchen! The Heritage Salad (mostly greens) was the best salad I've had in several days of expensive eating - so fresh so delicious so so so GOOD - and the lamb was also extraordinary. Eat here and be happy.

Thank Susan M
Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely dinner at the restaurant on Valentine's day. It was a set multi-course tasting menu. The service was excellent and friendly. The food was very good - Our only 'quibbles' were with the meat courses. The duck was tough and chewy, as was the lamb. In the case of the lamb, we wondered if the butchering was... More 

Thank Pamela L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was perfect. Geat food. Great locale. Friendly staff. Lovely to take out of town folk. Can dress casual if out for a stroll.

Thank ruthcarolh
Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting along the river is wonderful, especially on a nice summer day, food and service excellent. Try the cherry pizza, amazing!

Thank Kanng17
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had dinner at the River Cafe on a Friday evening to celebrate our promotions at work. The restaurant's location on Prince's Island Park means it is in a winter wonderland. We were seated at a small table next to a glass door, which proved too chilly for us to remain at for the entire evening -... More 

Thank ezbreezy
Alberta, Canada
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

is there better mix of quality, flavours, smells, and atmosphere to be found?! delicious and real food, charming setting, excellent wine list. i wish i could afford to make this a regular event. but once a year - even once in a lifetime - it is so worth the experience.

Thank karl m
Chatham, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a delicious lunch in this cozy and and delicious restaurant. There is lots of natural light and you feel you are Ina cabin in the middle of nowhere, although you are downtown Calgary! Staff very friendly and helpful

Thank Mel P
Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was at the River Cafe about 15 years ago & I was looking for a nice romantic type restaurant for Valentines Day. We certainly found the right place. The food was FANTASTIC!. The Grand Cru red wine from Italy was superb. Will we return- YES, We've re-booked for a dinner date to celebrate my partners birthday.

Thank Ron F
Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is truly in an idyllic spot.It is situated on an island on the Bow river in downtown Calgary.You would never know that you are downtown except for the highrises nearby!!!Décor is old fishing camp with a big fieldstone fireplace.The food is refined and the service outstanding.We were there for Sunday brunch.We had a mix of things....wild mushrooms on... More 

Thank james t
Vulcan, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cafe is nestled in the tall trees in Prince's Island park. This is favorite for our family for special birthdays. The food is incredible as it supports local farmers and their produce. The service is above average. The staff are knowledgeable about wine pairings and various menus. The park location adds to the ambience of restaurant.

Thank marilyng673

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$104
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Northwest Calgary
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest Calgary
  • Phone Number: +1 403-261-7670

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?