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River Café

4.6
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3889 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
*The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW will be closed for the 2020 season*

An extraordinary dining experience is to embark on a journey. We have created a beautiful place in an extraordinary setting and have tended to the details that make you feel at home: staff who care, chefs who are passionate about quality and the regional seasonal ingredients that bring to your palate a taste of place.

Getting to River Cafe is just a walk in the park.

Access us from:
1. The 6th Street SW causeway at the West end of the island.
2. The North side of the island, crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
3. The bridge at 2nd street SW from the Eau Claire area.
4. The Jaipur Bridge at 3rd street SW will be closed for the 2020 season.

Parking is available on the street in the Eau Claire area, underground at Eau Claire Market for a flat fee of $5 on weekends and evenings, or across from Memorial Drive.

Thank you for choosing to dine with us!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 3889 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ReidP
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and a beautiful location.

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vipPraD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, River cafe is always a good experience. Have been here multiple times. The service, starting from host to servers always a treat.
One thing I would comment on is the lunch menu. If possible, add few more items to the lunch menu as filling main, like the burger.

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LesterH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really delicious and made with passion and love. We came 15 mins early for our booking and were taken straight to a quiet and kind of our own space seating which was very relaxing. Katherine was so lovely, very attentive and professional. It made our anniversary celebration a wonderful one!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and great food!

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Rick
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Service & food great! Pricey but worth it.
Made reservation (Outside table as that’s all that was available) a week prior to going. Arrived & told 1/2 hour wait for our table. Told it was a glitch with Open Table.

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vipStace
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with the food and the ambiance here! What a beautiful evening!

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GrahameB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable brunch on such a lovely day. Loved the boar sausage. Excellent flavour.

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EricaP
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!

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WalterE
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant, but understaffed, so service was sluggish

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ElaineC
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, thank you !

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MoiraB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great sun dappled patio surrounded by greenery...lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with exceptional service. Loved the freshness of the food.

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ArnoD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for a birthday lunch. Brought my team in and everyone really enjoyed it

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and delicious!

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VernM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Servers truly appeared to be going through the motions. Couldn’t have cared less about our needs or wants. Missed our order, didn’t bring drinks, bizarre.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good experience!! We had brunch and will go back again and try the dinner menu.

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RonP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great brunch. Try the wild boar sausage!!!!!!!!

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TaraW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe is always a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city and the food is to die for. You just can't beat it.

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful spot for our anniversary dinner! The food is amazing and its so secluded right within the park.

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DonS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Well worth going to River Cafe for a special occasion.
The weather was good which made for enjoyable table seating by an open window.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wonderful

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PSchneider
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch in the sun with excellent food and service as always!

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MartinE
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Great taste and quality but was hugely overpriced for what was served

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Ssss
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner for an occasion. Everything was delicious. Would definitely go again.

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YYYY
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed excellent lunch with my family. We had duck and burger and both were great.

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Emma
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful presentation. Great for a special occasion

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vipPleased
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always one of the top few dining experiences in Calgary. Not cheap and worth every penny if not more.

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chauncey
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River cafe has a lovely patio right by the river. The food is locally sourced and delicious.

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Jojo
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat on the patio, so the ambiance was outstanding, and the service was excellent. Our entrees were delicious, and the presentation was outstanding, however the chicken and the bison sirloin were only slightly warm. Still, an excellent evening, we will be back.

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Sara
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Not our best experience there but enjoyable overall. Think the chef on that particular day was a contributing factor.

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mcbarry
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

We were seated on the patio. The privacy and the setting and service were both fantastic. Friendly and helpful staff that were neither to intrusive nor to inattentive.

Unfortunately the food was not so fantastic. Although our hummus appetizer was quite good, the tenderloin and trout were disappointing and lacked flavor. Also we did not find the desert menu to appealing (it may have been because of the main course disappointment) so we went elsewhere for dessert.

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foodie
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was, as always, absolutely delicious. The young man who was our server was so friendly and helpful....exceptional.
The River Cafe is expensive, but the food is so good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So beautiful and fabulous food and service!

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Calfoodie
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tables were physically distanced. Staff wore masks. Food and service was excellent. Great to celebrate a special occasion l!

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vipEdMalcolm
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance was outstanding on a beautiful Calgary evening on the Island. The food was excellent and the only slight negative is that our waiter was a bit abrupt and pushy in terms of his recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The waitress was too busy to give us good service. Hubby’s steak came rare...he asked for medium rare.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We celebrated my daughters 16th birthday! Staff was wonderful despite some delays in filling drink orders and making coffee at the end.

The food was great albeit a little pricy!

All in all - we had a wonderful evening!

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SusanT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful setting, tasty food, friendly staff. Always a treat to have a meal here, especially when you can sit outside.

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GuyL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was wonderful. The weather was perfect for brunch on the patio - warm and sunny. The service was impeccable. Our servers were friendly, prompt and always smiling. The food was mouth watering.

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