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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!
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waiting staff wear masks
Sudo Farms Spaghetti Squash, Broxburn Tomato, Espelette, Crispy Lonza
Red Lentil Hummus
Highwood Crossing Canola Seed Flatbread, Okanagan Sumac, Roast Garlic
Top Grass Beef Tenderloin
Poplar Grove Potato Pav, Baby Carrots, Lobster Mushroom Pure, Alberta Whiskey Gravy
Fantastic food, service and a beautiful location.
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.
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!
Beautiful location and great food!
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.
We are never disappointed with the food and the ambiance here! What a beautiful evening!
Very enjoyable brunch on such a lovely day. Loved the boar sausage. Excellent flavour.
Great restaurant, but understaffed, so service was sluggish
Wonderful, thank you !
Great sun dappled patio surrounded by greenery...lovely!
Lovely meal with exceptional service. Loved the freshness of the food.
Awesome place for a birthday lunch. Brought my team in and everyone really enjoyed it
Awesome and delicious!
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.
Very good experience!! We had brunch and will go back again and try the dinner menu.
A great brunch. Try the wild boar sausage!!!!!!!!
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.
Wonderful spot for our anniversary dinner! The food is amazing and its so secluded right within the park.
Well worth going to River Cafe for a special occasion.
The weather was good which made for enjoyable table seating by an open window.
Delicious lunch in the sun with excellent food and service as always!
Great taste and quality but was hugely overpriced for what was served
Nice dinner for an occasion. Everything was delicious. Would definitely go again.
Enjoyed excellent lunch with my family. We had duck and burger and both were great.
Delicious food and beautiful presentation. Great for a special occasion
Waitress was pleasant
Always one of the top few dining experiences in Calgary. Not cheap and worth every penny if not more.
River cafe has a lovely patio right by the river. The food is locally sourced and delicious.
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.
Not our best experience there but enjoyable overall. Think the chef on that particular day was a contributing factor.
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.
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.
So beautiful and fabulous food and service!
Tables were physically distanced. Staff wore masks. Food and service was excellent. Great to celebrate a special occasion l!
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.
The waitress was too busy to give us good service. Hubby’s steak came rare...he asked for medium rare.
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!
Wonderful setting, tasty food, friendly staff. Always a treat to have a meal here, especially when you can sit outside.
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.
River Café is rated 4.6 stars by 3889 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.