25 Prince’s Island Park SW, Calgary

Consistently listed as one of Canada’s Best Restaurants, River Cafe is located on the beautiful Prince’s Island Park. Their culinary focus stems from a deep respect for the ingredients. The team is dedicated to sourcing the best tasting local ingredient in season. They connect directly with growers and producers at their farms, gardens and ranches, and carefully choose those purveyors who are responsible stewards of the land. River Cafe is no stranger to awards and accolades and has an impressive list, which is also showcased on their website. The restaurant is an advocate for green practices and was Canada’s Most Eco Friendly Restaurant in 2018 (Canada’s 100 Best) and Canada’s Greenest Restaurant on the 2019 Leaf Awards. Both River Cafe and Chef Scott MacKenzie share the philosophy of real food, sustainable food, food that gives back to the land, and food that is local.

chef scott mackenzieExecutive Chef Scott MacKenzie’s passion for sustainability is at the forefront and his dedication to Canadian cuisine, driven by ingredients indigenous to the region. Inspired by River Café’s mantra of ‘How local can we be?’, Scott’s daily focus at the restaurant is creating a sustainable menu that involves seasonal ingredients, working directly with local growers, foragers and farmers and maintaining environmental practices that continue to reduce River Café’s carbon footprint. His menu is unconventionally artistic and deliberately highlights local organic produce, Oceanwise seafood and free-range animals raised without added by products or antibiotics. He continually showcases River Café’s culinary garden by using the native herbs, berries and edible flowers grown on the restaurant’s property. River Café continues to gain national and international acclaim. River Cafe placed 22 on Canada’s 100 Best 2023, and most recently landed on the 2024 World’s Best Restaurant, La Liste.

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