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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
4934 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

River House Restaurant and Raw Bar is Louisville’s premiere riverfront dining destination. It is the vision of award-winning chef and restaurateur John Varanese and seats 330 in its main dining room, raw bar, and patio. Guests experience a charming “home like” atmosphere as they enter the restaurant from the front porch garden area. Enter through a 20-foot tall by 40-foot wide water wall, and enjoy intimate decor, and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the back courtyard and river, River House is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The menu features regional cuisine with a Southern flair and an emphasis on fresh seafood including Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell, BBQ Braised Beef Short Rib, and the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel Smoked Salmon. Our 15 foot raw bar features assorted raw oysters, king crab, and jumbo shrimp. Reservations are recommended. We look forward to serving you!

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Regional American (Contemporary Southern)

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Eve 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Day CLOSED New Year's Eve Open til 1am New Year's Day CLOSED

  • Phone number

    (502) 897-5000

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross Street

    River Rd.

  • Parking Details

    Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.

  • Entertainment

    Located adjacent to the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, Levee at the River House is the perfect spot to share a meal with family and friends and to enjoy some choice River night life. At Levee, the emphasis is on live entertainment with some of Louisville’s most exciting local musicians and singers on an intimate stage.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway, Wine

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What 4,934 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Outdoor Eating

  • Central Kentucky

    Scenic View

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Outdoor Eating

  • Louisville

    Scenic View

  • Louisville

    Most Booked

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  1. KS

    KatherineS

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service that allowed friends to really visit.

  2. CS

    ClareS

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    They were very under staffed so service was slower than expected. Staff were very apologetic and efficient so this made a difference. Food was great with a really good selection.

  3. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect! Great food, great service!

  4. TG

    TerriGK

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience1

    Power out do to a horrible storm. Could only have salads but avacado could not be grilled. Nothing available and didn’t even get a drink for sticking it out with no a/c or light. Others left!!!!

  5. ML

    MLCollins

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. River House never disappoints!

  6. JW

    JoeW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Wonderful view, friendly staff food was good. Busy for a Monday night so be sure to have a reservation to avoid having to wait.

  7. TN

    TomN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We were able to get a table outside on their outdoor patio at sunset. It overlooked the Ohio river and the weather was perfect. I ordered the Seafood Platter which was very good. Next time we will stay longer and have an after dinner cocktail in their Adirondack chairs down by the water.

  8. O

    Oldie

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The heritage tomato and mozzarella salad was outstanding. The entree, from the menu of the day, was not. It was a surf and turf pasta that was so heavy as to be inedible. My husband’s salad and walu was fantastic. The booth we sat in was not good. The seat facing the River was so low that the table surface was just below my neck. The sun was in my eyes. I know this is not typical of River House. Usually you are the best!

  9. JC

    JennC

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, drinks, service, and ambience were all excellent. We ordered the charcuterie board with our drinks. We had salmon and pasta as entrees. Both were delicious. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the scenery as well as live music from next door. Next time we are In Louisville we will definitely be back.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    We have always loved the River House and have enjoyed many dinners here, but the food was not as good on Fathers Day. We were somewhat disappointed. My husband had the same steak he always gets and it was over cooked, the fried green tomatoes were just mediocre, and my dads blackened tuna was way to over cooked. I had the scallops which I almost always get and they were fine. I’m hoping this was just a “off” night and maybe it’s because they were busy but with our bill well over $200 you expect near perfection on your food! The service was great. Again, hoping this was just a bad night, and not a new trend for the River House.

  11. s

    seymourfoodie

    Indiana

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went as a group for Father’s Day. Outdoor/patio dining. Service was attentive. Food: Crab & Artichoke dip, Filet, Ahi tuna, Children’s burger. All were excellent. Beautiful view of the river. Will definitely return!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for Fathers Day , it was a beautiful day so we were able to set outside. Our server was very attentive, very knowledgeable of the s menu and funny. Overall great experience and the food was amazing.

  13. H

    Hoosiergirl

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Weather was nice so we sat on the patio.

  14. RW

    RhondaW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Beautiful view. Delicious food

  15. s

    scotts

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fathers Day brunch was fantastic all the way around.

  16. DD

    DanD

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to River House for my Father's Day Brunch celebration and as always it was absolutely amazing, 5 STARS across the board. From the beautiful river side setting, to the impeccable service, to the thoughtful reasonably priced wine and cocktail lists to the creative menu and the finest food prepared perfectly, everything about this place is worthy of the James Beard Award of Excellence. WOW what a wonderful experience.

  17. R

    Rffcul

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for Father’s Day brunch, excellent brunch choices as well as full menu options, the food and service was excellent. We wanted indoor window which we got!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent, as always.

  19. TJ

    TonyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We arrived early ( as always ), we were greeted and were told they would try to seat us early. It didn't work out but our reservation was 5:30pm and we were seated within 2 minutes of our time. The service and food was excellent, our waiter was polite, and observant but not hovering. It was my fiancee birthday, and the experience was wonderful. She was told Happy Birthday by several employees. We will return and will give great reviews to our family and friends. Thank you for helping make her birthday a success.

  20. TG

    TraceyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’m not a big seafood eater therefore I had very low expectations of my experience. I was wrong! Everything was great! The service, the drinks, and even the food !!! Excellent!

  21. AK

    AndersoK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant setting; Excellent service, but food very mediocre and disappointing from when we were there 2 yrs ago. Enjoyed the lovely weather but the food was below par for what we had experienced before. Had fish n chips but unfortunately subbed the homemade chips for the limp, mushy sweet potato fries. The fish was heavily breaded but still good. The slaw was dry. Also had the ahi tuna sandwich which husband enjoyed but did not eat the slaw and sweet potato fries. Ordered the brussel sprout app but was so heavy on the mustard seeds and that overpowered the taste experience.

  22. JA

    JimA

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    2nd time coming here…everything I’ve had here is just bland and/or not great—with the exception of raw oysters which are pretty hard to mess up. I had a seafood pasta “Cajun style”—one of the most bland and oily dishes I’ve ever had. Not good. Nothing Cajun or very “seafood“ about it. Two small shrimp and bay scallops so small they looked like white M&M’s. In any case, the service was very attentive and in my opinion great, which is why I gave 3 stars. Food was more like a 1…oysters were good so I bumped it to a 2.

  23. O

    Ophelia

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aidan was great!

  24. R

    Rhys

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Steak was grey. Returned it twice because the 2nd plate was stone cold. Asked for medium rare and I received medium well done all three times they bought over a new plate. Another customer had the same issue with their steak. After returning the plate twice, they had the cheek to keep it in on the bill. Service was horrible and the manager had a horrible attitude to go with it. Will never ever return to this backwards restaurant.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal, we had the octopus appetizer, as well as the v style oysters, both were outstanding. I ordered the seafood platter blackened and a side of creamy limb crab risotto. My wife ordered the seafood pasta that was on the special menu for the evening..Everything was prepared perfectly and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back and will recommend River House to anyone visiting Louisville.

  26. LM

    LeeM

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service and atmosphere, will definitely go back

  27. C

    Charles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Aside from my manhattan not being properly made, all four meals were excellent in flavor, texture and presentation. The seasonal Copper River salmon was a special delight.

  28. DG

    DebbieG

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing. Server was great!

  29. PD

    PatD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome dining experience at a beautiful setting.

  30. ME

    MikeE

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The surf and turf special was the best meal I've had in a very long time! Also loved our server, Andrew. He was great!

  31. NE

    NicoleE

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was outstanding, very accommodating and knowledgeable!! Great experience.

  32. t

    timh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Natalie was great. Her recommendations were excellent. The food was amazing. Enjoyed the fresh seafood and pasta. Dessert (Key Lime Pie) was wonderful. Great Margaritas too!!! We will definitely recommend to friends and family.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The fried oysters were too tough to chew. Unfortunately, I had to spit out each one. The steamed oysters were really good!

  34. D

    Debbi

    Western KY

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    The fried green tomato salad was wonderful and so was the brussel sprout and country ham starter. However, the Choice of seafood platter was a big disappointment. The 'tempura' grouper cheeks were not tempura fried in the authentic tempura style. Looked like breadcrumbs in the batter, which you don't find in authentice tempura style and very bland. We were told it's what Riverhouse calls tempura. The shrimp were just ok, the potatoes were dry. I do have to say scallops were excellent. I googled and found that at the Levee next door, the same brussel sprout starter was a dollar cheaper, the salad was a dollar cheaper, and the seafood platter was $5 cheaper. Three of the seafood menu items had grouper cheeks. Definitely not enough unique options on seafood. The waterfront was a plus.

  35. L

    Liosticks

    Louisville

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly receptionists Our server(who was new) was on it, friendly and prepared our drinks too. Food was cooked perfectly and delicious. Only drawback, felt the grouper po boy was a little skimpy…

  36. CH

    CathyH

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We ordered one of the featured appetizers - the seafood ceviche - and were very disappointed in what we got. It consisted of a very small layer of thinly sliced shrimp, then a massive layer of avocado, and a little pico on top. Definitely not worth the money. We mentioned it to our waitress and she was pretty dismissive about it. Also - we were celebrating our anniversary, which was mentioned by the hostess and the person who seated us, but the waitress never acknowledged it or offered us our celebratory dessert. We could have said something but she was so unfriendly, we were just ready to leave. On a positive note, the other food we ordered was wonderful like always and we love being able to see the river while dining.

  37. JJ

    JamieJ

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Party of 8, waitress seemed very busy and forgetful. When we received our meals they were just warm. May have sat in kitchen for a bit.

  38. d

    dhome510

    Louisville

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Food is good. Love the raw oysters. What really stood out on this visit, though, was the service. Our server was attentive and present despite being busy.

  39. D

    Deborah

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My husband’s blackened seafood platter was too spicy.

  40. AS

    AllenS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Denzel our server was excellent. Certainly, a gem!

FAQs

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 897-5000.

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 4934 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 17 times today
Google Map for River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

3015 River Rd Louisville, KY 40207

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    River Rd.

  • Area

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Eve 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Day CLOSED New Year's Eve Open til 1am New Year's Day CLOSED

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Regional American (Contemporary Southern)

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Located adjacent to the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, Levee at the River House is the perfect spot to share a meal with family and friends and to enjoy some choice River night life. At Levee, the emphasis is on live entertainment with some of Louisville’s most exciting local musicians and singers on an intimate stage.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway, Wine

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