A beautiful location on an island on the Bow River in the middle of the city. All you need to add is love. At River Café they have created a beautiful place in an extraordinary setting and have tended to the details that make you feel at home with staff who care, chefs who are passionate about quality and the regional seasonal ingredients that bring to your palate a taste of place. River Café sits in the heart of Prince’s Island Park - a unique restaurant housed in a space that felt as though it had always existed and belonged naturally in its setting along the Bow River. The restaurant has the feel and nostalgic appearance of an old Rocky Mountain fishing lodge with its open-hearth fieldstone fireplace and orchard wood burning oven. The outdoor patio provides an opportunity to step out and enjoy the panoramic views of the park and Calgary’s dramatic cityscape beyond.
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River Café can accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated lunch, brunch or dinner event and up to 150 guests for a standing cocktail reception Whether you choose a Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall wedding, it’s the ideal environment for couples that want to experience the natural beauty of Prince’s Island Park. Enjoy the sun-washed garden and trees blossoming in the spring and summer, glowing orange leaves and crisp air during a cozy fall day in the park, and the snow dusting the ground and branches in a winter wonderland setting. Numerous vistas offer many breathtaking backdrops to your perfect day and magnificent photo opportunities abound both inside and out. Celebrate your special day surrounded by friends and family in the unique elegance of River Café.
The venue has an amazing team of staff who will help you plan your day. The services they offer include:
- Event Manager/Day of Event Manager
- Floor Plans and Function Orders
- Food and Beverage
- Liquor License
- Wedding Cake
- Chairs, Tables and Furniture
- Flatware and Glassware
- Linen Napkins
- Table Numbers
- Card Basket
- Seating Chart
- Dance Floor
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Exceptional food, drinks, space, location and service!
Our Dream Wedding
We had an evening ceremony and cocktail reception in the beautifully romantic space. Guests were wow'ed by the food and were amazed at how much there was! We were nervous that as a cocktail style reception, guests would not get enough to eat and this was definitely not the case - our guests left feeling full and satisfied!
It was all hands on deck when it came time for the quick turnaround from the breakfast and lunch service and we only had a few hours to get the space ready so I would definitely recommend having a clear plan and someone who is ready to delegate tasks on the day of. The whole River Cafe team was pitching in to ensure our what we had planned for decor was accomplished and they were ready with warm apple ciders and hot chocolates as guests started arriving!
The wait staff were absolutely amazing throughout the whole evening, explaining every dish they were passing around with detail and even began to remember those with food allergies or intolerance's and made sure they were getting the options they needed. They were warm and friendly and we were completely amazed at how their energy never seemed to falter even late into the night!
You'll get to have great planning sessions with their events coordinator and get to try a few drinks too - we booked a table for dinner just before the wedding as well so we could get a better sense of the seasonal menu and what our guests might experience.
This space is great for a smaller wedding and with our 95 guests the space felt really comfortable and definitely not too tight. There were some small issues with the mic they had provided but luckily our ceremony singer had her own and we used that - would recommend renting if you will be using a mic for speeches. This I would say was a small hiccup in our most perfect day!
We were able to have our dream wedding because of the River Cafe!
Above and beyond expectations- delicious, classy, beautiful
Everyone had a great time and could not get over the food, the service, the beauty of the restaurant, and the general ambiance. It was perfect!
June 2019 Wedding
River Cafe Fall Wedding
The perfect venue!
We had a late afternoon ceremony on their beautiful and private patio, followed by our indoor reception (although we still had access to the patio). We hosted 97 guests - the space was certainly cozy for this many people but we loved the atmosphere!
A number of our guests commented on the prompt and attentive wait staff service, and of course the food was incredible.
The River Cafe was very helpful through the planning stages, and they are able to take care of so many decor / day of coordination items which we really appreciated!
Thank you to the River Cafe for making our day so perfect!
Everything we wanted!
April 2022 Wedding
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Meet the team
Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, Management Degre from Humber College in Toronto, Carla went straight into Event Managment and has been executing both corporate and wedding events ever since. She is currently enrolled in Ryerson University's Public Relation program to futher her business and writing skills. Carla joined the River Café in the summer of 2021 as Event Manager and is excited to further her career with the organization.
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