Restaurant type

  • Cafe,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian,


  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,

Products and Services

  • Northwest,
  • Good For Groups,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
25 Prince's Island Pk, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $26 To $60,

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Meet the owner

When Sal Howell and her then business partners bought the rights to the concession on Prince’s Island Park, Sal knew the spot had the potential to be much more than an outdoor kiosk selling hotdogs and other summer snacks. In 1991, The River Cafe launched as a seasonal open-air restaurant, and in 1994, Sal built walls around the building and turned it into the full-fledged year-round restaurant that it is today (with the exception of the month of January, when Sal and her staff take a month-long break). Twenty years later, River Cafe is not only thriving, but is consistently regarded by critics and diners as one of Calgary’s best restaurants.

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    I was there last week. great service and amazing food. i would recommend this cute cafe to anyone in the area in need of a relaxing cafe break.

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    With its Princes Island Park location, River Cafe is perhaps the best special-occasion brunch spot in the city. Its woodsy-chic decor and high-end local ingredients make it a great place to celebrate milestones from birthdays to Saturdays. Brunch mains include eggs any style with herbed potato hash and maple-cured bacon, brioche French toast and eggs Benedict with bison bacon or trout rillettes.

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    Surrounded by the natural beauty of Prince’s Island Park north of Eau Claire Market, River Café brings seasonal tastes from both the water and the land to one of downtown’s most beautiful escapes. Taste the land with their Kolb Farms bison tartare with Saskatoon berries to start, and dig in to some Driview Farms Lamb with roasted cauliflower, cucumber, grapes and apple-candied dulse. Taste the waters starting with side stripe shrimp crudo with kohlrabi and smoked aioli cilantro and try the Haida Gwaii halibut with campo beans and sea asparagus for an entrée.

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    House-made artisanal breads, fresh pumpkin pie and free-range turkey are on the menu during River Cafe's Thanksgiving special. Guests can dine in-house or take dinner to go at this picturesque restaurant nestled by the Bow River.

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