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Riverbank Bistro

Restaurant

πŸ‘πŸ‘ Today was my second time enjoying brunch at Riverbank Bistro. When I came in November 2021, I was really looking forward to trying their wild-berry waffles, but was told they were sold out, even though I arrived an hour after they had opened for the day. Today, I finally got to order my waffles an... People often mention good, duck, amazing, great, service, dish, experience, table, short, cooked,


Address

8 Mission Ave, St. Albert, AB T8N 1H4, Canada

Website

riverbankbistro.ca

Contact

+1 587-290-1655

Rating on Google Maps

4.70 (387 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Saturday: 4:30 to 10β€―pm
  • Sunday: 10β€―am to 1β€―pm, 4:30 to 8β€―pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 4:30 to 10β€―pm
  • Wednesday: 4:30 to 10β€―pm
  • Thursday: 4:30 to 10β€―pm
  • Friday: 4:30 to 10β€―pm

Featured Reviews


Frequently mentioned in reviews: good (20) duck (13) amazing (13) great (11) service (10) dish (9) experience (8) table (8) short (8) cooked (8)
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  • 5/5 Natalie W. 2 years ago on Google
    Today was my second time enjoying brunch at Riverbank Bistro. When I came in November 2021, I was really looking forward to trying their wild-berry waffles, but was told they were sold out, even though I arrived an hour after they had opened for the day. Today, I finally got to order my waffles and they were phenomenal! They had a delightful crunchy sugar coating and were topped with blueberries and cherries in syrup, as well as two generous scoops of whipped cream. My boyfriend had the R.B. breakfast bowl with a side of lamb sausage. The flavours in the breakfast bowl were wonderful together - salty, tangy, with a hint of sweetness. We were really satisfied with the food at Riverbank Bistro.
    3 people found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 frenchy n. 3 years ago on Google
    Food was incredible !!!! Lots of flavors tender salmon and a duck leg with the meat falling off the bone !!!!!! If you never been there, bring your love or date for a fantastic night by the river !
    2 people found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 James M. 1 year ago on Google
    Quite good. Overall, a very nice experience with excellent food and drinks. Love the coffee too!
    2 people found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 4/5 M D. 1 year ago on Google
    Made a reservation for my husbands birthday for yesterday evening, made details in the reservations that was not even talked about when the waitress got to the table but other than that, the food was lovely! Service was amazing other then the little hiccup. Atmosphere was decent, I feel a few changes could make it feel a lot more upscale for the price of the food. We got the pork belly to start, very good flavour and delicious. Then we got the duck breast and the short rib. The duck breast had a significant amount of slaw with no carb source which was not what we expected but the short rib was phenomenal. I don’t think I will be back to this restaurant but it was a nice night out to try somewhere new!
    2 people found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 MpVert 2 years ago on Google
    You wouldn't believe how hospitable the staff and owner are. Beyond excellent. Had our wedding there this week and they were nothing but the best. Food was 10/10. Prices are great, the general look of the building are outstanding. Would recommend to anyone even for a small meal or drink. Truly amazing.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 countywheelz 7 months ago on Google
    Never get disappointed when we come here the food is exelent and always the change of menu makes a interesting challenge everytime. Thank you chef ducharme.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 4/5 Nicole S. 4 months ago on Google
    Excellent food, excellent service. The atmosphere could be a bit more intimate. The appetizers and main course were amazing, the dessert was good but didn't live up to the other courses. They could do with a larger selection of non-alcoholic beer and cocktails. Overall an amazing experience and we will definitely be back.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 Josh B. 1 year ago on Google
    This place is fantastic!!! I've heard wonderful things for the longest time and can now confirm... all the hype is well deserved. Get there early because this quaint restaurant fills up fast! The food is incredible and the service is wonderful! I recommend the duck confit benedict, but the steak and eggs looked delicious. The cube seasoned hasbrowns are amazing!!
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 4/5 mustream c. 1 year ago on Google
    Very good in atmosphere. Good for anniversary or some celebration. Not good for eating full. Tasty and good quality but not much in quantity. It takes 40 to 60 per person in average.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 3/5 Ishita B. 1 year ago on Google
    Everything was standard, there was nothing special about the food. We went there because it was rated 1 of the top 100 in all of Canada. The bison was tough. The pork was chewy. Everything was mediocre and probably won’t be going back. It was ok just trying it once. Service was good. Out of all the ones we tried, I liked the Carpaccio the most.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 4/5 Dylan S. 2 years ago on Google
    Riverbank Bistro is located in the red building that everybody drives by in St. Albert and I often thought to myself what's even in that building? Riverbank Bisto is a cozy restaurant located in what feels like an old house that was converted into a restaurant at one point. The servers are super nice and welcoming and generally visited the table frequently. The food was quite good I had the avacado bruschetta and it was really different tasting, it was fresh and slightly salty. It was very good. For the main I had the braised short rib, it was also quite good and could be pulled apart with a fork. It came with a goat cheese on top that melted into the meat and made it very juicy and rich. We finished with the wild berry and icecream desert, it really wasn't that great at all and I was disappointed by it. Overall it's a very good french inspired restaurant with great cozy ambiance.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 Andrew W. 1 year ago on Google
    Don’t let the name fool you, this is no bistro, it’s some fine dining! The beef short ribs were fall off the bone good! We also had the daily special duck confit and it was amazing! Definitely will go back.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 4/5 Mercy V. 1 year ago on Google
    My bestfriend and I, plan and hoping to try this Restaurant once we got a chance. So I cannot say much except there features of food is tempting and tasty. I took a picture during our 70 minutes walk in the Sturgeon River trail. Which very satisfactory. Meeting a lot of friendly people. We hope to walk there again.
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 Nancy N. 2 years ago on Google
    An anniversary to be remembered with a true culinary experience. The duck breast was cooked perfectly, flavourful, moist with crispy skin. The roasted cauliflower was lightly seasoned, alongside reduced sweet but savoury cherries. Put them all together: a perfect concoction of flavour. Eye rolling good. Compliments to the chef and the wonderful serve staff. See you again soon!
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 5/5 Amy W. 2 years ago on Google
    The chef clearly takes a lot of pride in cultivating an interesting and perfectly balanced menu. I ate the bison with truffle sauce and I really loved it! The perfect light, yet filling, meal for me. The truffle sauce was so good that I look forward to returning here! Don't panic if the menu only says appetizers and starters, it's definitely the whole menu, and the pasta dishes are larger than those terms suggest :)
    1 person found this review helpful πŸ‘

  • 4/5 Ash-Lynn N. 4 months ago on Google
    I thought the food was wonderful, but the service could definitely use a matured touch. We were the only table in at 4:30pm, and while half our party was still on the way, the waitress was not making any effort to gesture for a drink order while we waited. She sat us down at our table and walked behind the bar. We waited for some time before I finally asked to place a beverage order, and the response was almost had a tone that suggested 'oh ya, I guess I could'. Almost like it was a distant thought that hadn't entered their mind yet. Then, the drinks took far too long to arrive at the table. There were only 2 other tables by this time, and we had placed our drink order before them, but it took about 15-17 minutes to get ALL of them. One was a simple Scotch with water on ice, and this came out (along with another) well-after the other drinks made it to the table, without reason as to why it took so long. After they finally figured out which entrΓ©e belonged to what person, we did enjoy our meals. The food was amazing, and the atmosphere was alright, but the service is where our experience suffered the most. It feels like they had youthful staff on for their short Sunday shift, and they could use some more coaching on how to better tend to their patrons for higher satisfaction. I would definitely return, but if my second visit had some of the same service experience as my first one tonight, then I would go elsewhere afterwards. Just for the satisfaction of feeling formally waited on, especially when the bill for just my own food and drinks was $160. I was paying decent money for a more robust experience, in my opinion.

  • 3/5 Alicia N. 1 year ago on Google
    Food was great! The best were the Waffles. Service was a bit lacking. Slow and unfriendly. We had to ask for many basic things like water refills, ketchup and the server never asked how the food was. She also inserted herself in the most inopportune spots, like trying to put a dish down in front of a baby. All our dishes came out separately. It felt like they didn't know how to handle a larger group. At 1pm, we were told we have to put our order in as they would have dinner service soon. Edit: Service was still quite poor. Came back for just the waffles and to celebrate our anniversary. We had an open table reservation and there were only a handful of tables inside the restaurant with two servers. OpenTable had asked if we were celebrating anything and we had typed in "Anniversary". Even then they didn't know it was our anniversary and didn't offer anything. When I asked at the end of the meal, the server said well they don't do anything for "free"... Just led me to believe that maybe they would have a discount of some sort. She then led to say that there were desserts and asked if we wanted any. We ordered and they wrote "Happy Anniversary" on the plate but charged us the full price. I feel like the communication here was not the greatest. I would reconsider eating here again. Maybe take out.

  • 5/5 Jesse N. 3 months ago on Google New
    The staff was very nice. The food was extraordinary. I had the duck and would highly recommend it πŸ‘Œ

  • 5/5 Toby M. 4 months ago on Google
    We have come here a couple of times now, I have had the pork schnitzel with seasonal veg, bring your appetite as this entree is very large. The last meal I had was the chicken and it was cooked to perfection, portion was in line with this style of dinning. I recommend the soup with your meal as they are next level and you will not find a better mushroom soup anywhere. The service is always great and the staff is very professional. If your looking for great dinning experience in St.Albert/Edmonton area then Riverside Bisto is an easy choice.

  • 5/5 Vern T. 2 years ago on Google
    Very cozy environment. Asked for confirmation of vaccination and it helped to make us feel safe. Of course the food was AMAZING! Photos show the Haddock on a really tasty broth as well as of course... creme brulle. HIGHLY Recommended... but it doesn't allow me to give it more than 5 stars.

  • 5/5 Julie d. 5 months ago on Google
    Beautiful atmosphere and amazing food. My grandpa said most tenderst steak he's ever had. Definitely will be coming back. And everyone was amazing and accommodating.

  • 5/5 A. S. 9 months ago on Google
    Well once ya find out how to get in everything was amazing . Had our reservation correct was on point with timing the drinks, orders, refills, desert the works . Timing really can be everything when your out for a lovely evening and family has flown into visit . Our server read the table beautifully and was able to actually recomend things as shes tasted the menu!!! As it should be. The food was pleasantly plated and the flavour matched the beauty. Appetizers were prompt, the shrimp was large rich in flavour and fresh. The combined flavour and crispness of greens on bison carpaccio was beautifuly balanced . Main course Meat was tender,cooked perfectly, portions were resonable and satisfying. Sweetly that even complimented me a desert. Will most certaintly be back to try more .

  • 4/5 Joseen Liaz F. 4 months ago on Google
    Service was great. I gave the food 4 stars because the duck breast portion was pretty small for $38. Other than that, the food was delicious. We shared the yorkshire pudding and I had the riverbank carbonara, key lime pie for dessert - All excellent choices! We chose the place for our anniversary dinner because we admired the building everytime we drove by. It's beautiful! However, I was distracted by another patron who was sitting a few tables way, she was talking extremely loud and dropping curse words throughout the course of our dinner. I could even hear her voice when I was in the washroom. πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ Other than that, we'd definitely go back and highly recommend.

  • 4/5 jeff w. 2 years ago on Google
    Very nice location, interesting vibe- great chairs, not much competes with it here in St. Albert. Entrees are a fair size, bison steak was excellent and salmon was also good. Coconut chicken appetizer is nothing special but it isn’t bad, I’d go with soup of the day instead for something a little different. More expensive than usual pub fare but on par with the Keg. Definitely worth a visit.

  • 3/5 Wesley H. 1 year ago on Google
    Came here for the first time to celebrate my birthday. If I could give half a star I'd give 3.5, but wouldn't round up to 4. The service was friendly and prompt. The little things we take for granted were all there (water refilled, cutlery changed between courses, checked in on what we thought of the food). The food was good but not great. We shared bites of each other's dishes but I'll focus this review on my own dishes and my wife's entree. Started with the Beef Short Rib Gnocchi. The gnocchi is Parisien style which is why I ordered it. It was light and mostly fluffy. The short rib was super tender and the gorgonzola cream sauce tied the dish together well. It's a very rich dish and was wanting something acidic for relief. Overall a great dish. For entrees we had the Citrus Glazed Duck and Bison Steak Frites. The duck was a disappointment. It had way too much cabbage which was put right on top of a tasty parsnip puree, which was a shame. The duck was slightly over cooked (still okay) but the signature crispy skin that you crave for with a duck dish was nowhere to be found. I usually love bison. I didn't love this one. It was cooked to perfection (mid-rare), but the cut used left it a little too chewy for my liking. The fries and aioli were superb! For dessert we had the key lime pie. The coconut crust sounded much better than it turned out to be. It left the crust a little too soft and I missed that crunchy texture to contrast the soft creaminess of the key lime filling (which was tasty). Overall, an enjoyable but not memorable meal.

  • 5/5 Ron H. 2 years ago on Google
    Nice atmosphere. Excellent food and professional staff.Nice leisurely dining.

  • 5/5 Patrycia E. 10 months ago on Google
    We love Riverbank Bistro. The food is incredible and so well presented and executed. Every single dish we have tried here has been exceptional. This is now our go to location for a lovely dinner. They have a great selection wines and a simple drink menu with a classic selection. Also very very executed. They had duck on the menu for a while and it was the best duck I have ever had. Their short rib dish literally melts in your mouth. The cod fish dish is cooked to perfection and accompanied with pops of flavour that just make sense and leave you thinking about it until next time. Would recommend.

  • 5/5 Elliest B. 9 months ago on Google
    Very cute patio with lovely service. The portion size of the steak sides are a little on the small side, so maybe have a snack or appetizer if you're really hungry. Very good for a date night, you'll be sure to impress. The service is friendly and the desserts are nut safe according to the server (not sure about the macaroon).

  • 5/5 Melissa B. 3 years ago on Google
    Our experience was lovely and the food was amazing! Went for my boyfriends 32nd birthday. The cocktails were also very good. To start we had the short rub croquettes and avocado bruschetta. I had the vegetarian wellington (im not a vegetarian but it was so amazing), my boyfriend had the rack of lamb which was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth. My mother had the artic char which was like butter and full of flavor and my father had the chicken supreme and Ceasars salad. For desert we had the creme Brule and it was delicious. Everything was so well cooked and full of flavor. Will for sure be coming back for more special occasions. Love supporting a local business.

  • 4/5 Margaret B. 1 year ago on Google
    We Had a delicious dinner here tonight to celebrate a couple of birthdays. Food was delicious. We had the avocado bruschetta to start and shared it with 4 people. There was lots of bruschetta but not enough baguette chips. The entrees were all very good but the best was the schnitzel! Tried all the desserts we loved them all! Thank you to Susan for taking care of us tonight. Great job! I only wished we would have been seated in the alcove as I requested when I reserved.

  • 5/5 Fusion T. 3 years ago on Google
    It's the place to go for Sunday brunch. Menu is simple but has enough variety to satisfy everyone. The food is consistently delicious, well prepared and beautiful. The benny is amazing but I love the steak with Cajun butter. You won't regret it. The avocado toast is yummy, add eggs and enjoy this beautiful dish. The patio balcony gives a beautiful view of the river. Must visit!

  • 5/5 Gabrielle A. 1 year ago on Google
    Great place Great food. It's our first time to dine here.the ambience is nice and quiet, And the food, of course, taste good. I will recommend Riverbank Bistro to my friends.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š Don't be fooled by the name , this is not a Bistro, this is like a fine dining restaurant in the neighborhood. It's a gem.


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Amenities


  • Parking
    • βœ“οΈ Free parking lot
    • βœ“οΈ Plenty of parking
    • βœ“οΈ Free of charge street parking
  • Payments
    • βœ“οΈ Debit cards
    • βœ“οΈ Credit cards
    • βœ“οΈ NFC mobile payments
  • Offerings
    • βœ“οΈ Beer
    • βœ“οΈ Wine
    • βœ“οΈ Coffee
    • βœ“οΈ Alcohol
    • βœ“οΈ Spirits
    • βœ“οΈ Cocktails
    • βœ“οΈ Small plates
    • βœ“οΈ Healthy options
    • βœ“οΈ Vegetarian options
  • Accessibility
    • βœ“οΈ Wheelchair-accessible toilet
    • βœ“οΈ Wheelchair-accessible seating
    • βœ“οΈ Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • βœ“οΈ Wheelchair-accessible entrance
  • Dining options
    • βœ“οΈ Lunch
    • βœ“οΈ Brunch
    • βœ“οΈ Dinner
    • βœ“οΈ Dessert
    • βœ“οΈ Seating
    • βœ“οΈ Breakfast
  • Service options
    • βœ“οΈ Dine-in
    • βœ“οΈ Takeaway
    • βœ“οΈ Outdoor seating

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