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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.

Food Day Canada

Mentoring the Next Generation

For over 26 years, we have been dedicated to championing a deep respect for local, sustainable ingredients and the people who source and grow them. The persistence of that vision is enabled by our long-standing philosophy of teaching and mentorship.

Every summer, River Café employs interns from a wide range of culinary institutes, and  each of us grows and benefits from the exercise. 
In celebration of Food Day Canada, this year's tasting menu (available all weekend) has been carefully crafted by our talented interns, in partnership with a senior member of staff. The menu not only celebrates ingredients and techniques, but is also an expression of each cooks unique background, experience, and nostalgia.

Gather around our table on August 4th as we join with Canadians
from across the country in a national celebration of local food.

Picnic in the Park


Throughout the summer season River Café offers picnic baskets filled with all the seasonal specialties from our kitchen and bakery. 
A perfect suggestion for guests looking to enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Prince's Island Park or planning to bike the city's pathway system. 

Shakespeare by the Bow

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare in Prince’s Island Park has a long and treasured history in our city. Theatre Calgary’s 2018 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona gives all Calgarians an opportunity to enjoy theatre in this gorgeous natural setting throughout the summer.

Celebrate Alberta’s emerging artists this summer with Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow! Known as Shakespeare’s first comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona tells the tale of friendship between best pals Proteus and Valentine who fall in and out of bromance over and over again. Join us in idyllic Prince’s Island Park for this silly comedy featuring adventure, outlaws, and even a dog!

Canadas 100 Best 2018

Thank you to Canada's 100 Best! We are thrilled to be included as Calgary's top ranking restaurant in 2018.

“We are proud of our whole team working towards exceeding expectations for each of our guests every day, and are so pleased and honoured to continue to receive this kind of recognition in the industry after so many years. Chef Matthias Fong is an exceptional chef and an inspiring leader in the kitchen at River Café.”

Sal Howell, proprietor.

Join us at Deane House

Gather with Friends and Family in the warmth of Deane House.

The gorgeously curated rooms of Deane, each with its own distinct character, make the ideal atmosphere for a celebration of contemporary Canadian regional cuisine.

Enjoy lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in Inglewood, 5 minutes from Calgary's city centre.