River Café, Calgary

River Cafe SignLocated in the middle of Prince’s Island Park, on the lagoon where the Bow River passes though downtown Calgary, River Café has featured “Seasonal Canadian Cuisine” since the mid-1990s.  

Inspired by the natural setting of the Bow River Valley, the restaurant has the feel and nostalgic appearance of an salold Rocky Mountain fishing lodge with an open-hearth fieldstone fireplace and panoramic views of the park and Calgary’s dramatic cityscape beyond. Fly-fishing artifacts honour the Bow River’s reputation as a world famous fly-fishing destination.

Owned by Sal Howell (at right), who also owns Deane House, River Café fosters an environment among its employees where they’re encouraged to fully engage in the creative process. This culture based on connectivity is evident in the way food is viewed and cultivated at River Café- growing their own produce, sustainably harvesting ingredients, and sharing their culinary creations..

The food is exquisite…regional, organic, free range from local farmers and producers and from their organic garden at Highwood Crossing in High River. For 2017 they not only created a menu but also as series of stylized post cards that referenced Chef Matthias Fong’s notebook as he was imagining the menu.  They’re below and the menu follows.



River Cafe Food Day Canada Menu 2017





River Café is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.

River Café est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez River Café directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation pour Journée des terroirs.

River Café
25 Prince’s Island Park SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R1
T: 403 261 7670


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