River Café is dedicated to providing an exquisite and unique fine dining experience with exceptional food, service and hospitality
Member Since 2010
Employees 65
Locations 1
Local Suppliers 90%
Contact Us
25 Prince's Island Park
Calgary, AB T2P 0R1
  • Be Local Award: Encompassing Energy Leader Award 2013
  • FFWD's Best of Calgary: Best Overall Restaurant 2010
  • Best Overall Restaurant - WHERE Magazine 2010
  • Leader in Sustainability Award - Imagine Calgary 2010
  • Best Canadian Regional - WHERE Magazine 2010
  • Independent Restaurateur of the Year Award (Sal Howell) - Food Service & Hospitality’s Pinnacle Awards 2010
  • Restaurant of the Year - Tourism Calgary’s White Hat Awards 2011
  • Best Restaurant to Take Out of Town Diners - Avenue Magazine 2011
  • Best Local Cuisine - Avenue Magazine: Calgary's Best Restaurants 2011
  • Avenue Magazine Top 10 Restaurants 2012, 2014
  • FFWD's Best of Calgary: Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying 2010, 2012
  • FFWD's Best of Calgary: Best Service 2012
  • Best of Award of Excellence - Wine Spectator 2010-2014
  • Canada’s Top 50 Restaurants - MacLeans Magazine 2012
  • Birk’s Silver Spoon Award - Les Clefs d'Or 2012
  • Canada’s Top 50 Restaurants - Vacay.ca 2013-2014
  • Best Wine List (Gold) - Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014
  • Best Canadian Cuisine - Where Magazine 2013-2014
  • Best Brunch - Avenue Magazine 2012, 2014
  • Best Restaurateur - Terroir Awards for Excellence in Hospitality 2014
  • Outstanding Chef - Terroir Awards for Excellence in Hospitality 2014
  • Canada’s 100 Best: Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2015
  • Best Local Ingredients - Where Magazine 2015
Environmental Initiatives
  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Onsite garden
Commitment to Employees
  • Education reimbursement


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COVID-19 UPDATE: Dining room closed until further notice. Weekly curbside pickup meals available for preorder.

River Café offers delicious menu items with high quality ingredients that are grown or raised locally, organically, naturally or free of chemicals and pesticides, and from producers whose practices support sustainability of the land, rivers, and sea.

River Café has explored and connected with local growers and producers throughout Alberta and into British Columbia, who themselves are practicing sustainable agriculture and demonstrate a strong commitment to responsible stewardship for the land and environment, preserving productive and healthy land to yield good food into the future. 

The restaurant has developed operational practices and guidelines that support its commitment to sustainability in the goods it purchases and serves. It has created education opportunities with its organic garden apprentice program at Highwood Crossing Farm, has made many contributions and donations to the community, and actively promotes health and wellbeing through delicious, quality, clean and nourishing food.