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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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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A culinary and sensory experience. Quaint and convivial location on the island, a stepping stone from the downtown core. Food is savoury and creative - albeit costly. Nice for a special occasion.

Thank honeym_11
Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Great location, great food, great service, great atmosphere ... great all the way around. Food is unique and tasty, prices are a little high, but happy to pay for such a good experience and the quality of everything justifies it.

Thank garymichaelwilson
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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214 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

This is right in Prince's park so setting is lovely. The decor is open but with lodge like leanings. There is an outdoor patio right at water's edge and under trees and umbrellas. They will give you lap blankets it the temperature is nippy. Service was nice and the food was good. Not great food but I would definitely come... More 

Thank rivermom1
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Recommend a lunch here for anyone spending time in calgary. Such a beautiful setting. Take a stroll through the park too. Kids love brunch with a visit to playground.

Thank Cwhite5673281
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The River Cafe is a Calgary Must See. I come here a few times a year and the service is always impeccable. If it is summer I recommend sitting on the patio, in fall you can still do this (they have heaters and blankets) but inside is great too. Menu changes regularly but is always promising and you always know... More 

Thank WineandAirplanes
Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We have taken a number of out of town guests to the River Cafe and with our current guests we were hoping to enjoy some great food and the atmosphere. Unfortunately we were greeted by the most rude and ignorant server that we almost got up to leave. I was embarrassed and will not be returning, what a waste of... More 

Thank elissabruce
Perth Western Australia
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

During our walk near Bow River at Princess Island dropped into this cafe for a coffee. Was nearing lunch time but that was ok. Great personal service & the location was stunning - right on the frozen Bow River. Pity we did not have time to come back for dinner as the place started getting busy for lunch just as... More 

Thank Shandy52
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is one of the best restaurants in Calgary hands down, both because of location / views and the food. In the summer - great place to hang out on the patio / inside with windows open. In the winter - hang out by the fireplace and admire the winter wonderland views around.

Thank Ilias_B
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52 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Prepare to be treated to exceptional service. Dining at River Cafe is a special treat as the location is surrounded by beautiful park land and the menu features incredible dishes. The wine selection is exceptional.

Thank Kimberley G
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Great little spot along the river. Take a walk and stop in for tea by the fire or a wonderful meal. Love the cabin in the woods decor and feel.

Thank Carole S

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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
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
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?