Larkin's on the River
Larkin's on the River

Larkin's on the River

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.larkinsontheriver.com/
  • Phone: (864) 467-9777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30m - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Alex Castro
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: At Larkin’s on the River every event is our most exciting event. A Larkin’s representative will treat you as if you were the only guest in the house! Your special event will be the best, most elegant, fun & exciting event you have ever hosted!

    All of our venues all offer distinct special attractions for any taste…

    Larkin’s Culinary Team is Skilled to prepare any type of meal you can dream up, and our service specialists will make your guests feel well taken care of!
  • Private Party Facilities: Larkin's is the exclusive caterer for the Peace Center's Wyche Pavilion on the banks of the Reedy River in downtown Greenville.

    Larkin's also caters in the coach factory building in the Shirley Roe Cabaret Room as well as the Founder's Room.
  • Private Party Contact: Billy Watson 864-467-3020x
  • Entertainment: From mid May through Labor day, Larkin's hosts "Larkin's Rhythm on the River" on Thursday evenings from 7PM to 10PM, featuring the best "Beach" music available in the Carolinas.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad & Main
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Proceed to Japanese Dogwood Lane off of Falls Street (Behind the Greenville News), guests may be able to find parallel parking along Main or Broad.
A word from Larkin's on the River
Larkin’s on the River is an award-winning restaurant serving premium cut steaks, fresh seafood, and fine wines. Every menu item is created with the freshest ingredients and served with a creative flair.

Larkin’s on the River at the Peace Center for the performing arts, is situated in the heart of downtown Greenville, along the banks of the Reedy River, in the old Gower Coach Factory. This is the only building remaining of the original eleven dating back to Civil War. With beautiful preserved exposed brick walls and open ceilings, the history of the building serves as the perfect backdrop to the modern and hip atmosphere Larkin’s on the River offers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Larkin's on the River reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (146)great for outdoor dining (109)scenic view (100)romantic (80)fit for foodies (76)notable wine list (72)neighborhood gem (53)good for groups (48)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (27)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Love this place!
    LadyLee
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is always fantastic and you should eat outside if possible. I've had brunch here as well on Sunday and it was really good, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Resturant
    Diner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a great meal at Larkins, but it was not inexpensive. Be ready to shell out some cash, but great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem on the Reedy River
    Mark
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Larkins is one of those restaurants that stands out among the best in Greenville, South Carolina. The choice of indoor/outdoor patio dining is wonderful and is located right on the Reedy River. The view is terrific looking at the river along with the man-made waterfalls offering a soothing sound of cascading water. The service is always excellent, the food delicious! Larkin's is in a perfect location for those heading to the Peace Center. It offers free Valet Parking and after the renovations/expansion of the Peace Center, an elevator was installed to aide those that might not be comfortable with the steps. It's a great place to meet family and friends with a wonderful ambience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You must try this restaurant!
    Nashville67
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Larkin's was described as a wonderful restaurant with great food. Even with that huge burden, Larkin's did not disappoint. Known for their She crab soup, I plunged into a rich bowl and enjoyed every tasty spoonful. I ordered bacon wrapped scallops (half order) and was blown away. Finally, I ordered the 7oz filet since Larkin's has an excellent reputation for its steak. My steak was tender and outstanding. Great atmosphere and great food. What else is there to say?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great again...
    CabsterVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Thursday's dinner was a small business gathering (3). The hostess was welcoming and pleasant and accomodating of our table request. Service was excellent throughout the evening. The wine list is extensive and balanced with a range of wines by varietal, origin and price. The pace and presentation of the food was perfect. The manager checked in without being intrusive. While I've only dined at Larkins five or six times I plan to make it a more regular stop. Just a great evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fussyeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Nice service, menu diverse. Food was good but certainly not delicate, rich and tasty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    HootieWho
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was in town to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday. Surprised her with Brunch @ Larkins. Great place! Great Food! Nice view and the staff was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Jrc412
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my wife here to celebrate her birthday. Prices are a bit steep but for the location, ambiance and food it is worth it. Salad with scallops and shrimp was amazing. She crap soup is their signature for a reason. Would go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot
    ScdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went for a birthday. Our server Bill was very attentive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Their signature she crab soup was delicious. I had the crab cake appetizer for my entree--huge and very good, lots of crab, very little filler. My husband had a steak which was cooked perfectly, and we shared the creamed spinach--also very delicious. Great room, not too loud, beautiful view of the river and park.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    SeafoodLover
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Chilean Sea Bass, table-side Caesar Salad, wine list, service and outside dining ... The best in Greenville!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very nice dinner...service a bit slow..food good...nice cocktails
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good food
    izzy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time at Larkin, the food was really good but did not like that it was a la cart.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our server was excellent and tried very hard to makeup for a very expensive poor quality bone in filet. If you're going to charge $52 for a steak it should at least have some semblance of flavor. The quality of the cut was poor as well. This was my third attempt at Larkins and will never go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary on the River
    GradDrT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a wonderful 27th anniversary on the patio, watching the sun set over the Reedy River, listening to the river, the falls, and the many water features at the park nearby. Our server was attentive without hovering, and made some excellent suggestions regarding a wine pairing and the specials. When the fish special ran out prior to my wife's order, he accommodated with another fish selection from the regular menu but prepared as the special had been. A surprise dessert ( delicious caramel peach cheesecake) with "Happy Anniversary" written in melted chocolate topped off the evening. Thanks to Guillermo and staff for making it a memorable night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Best filet I've every had. Service was outstanding. Great outside experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Larkins is a gem! Great food/wine.
    legacy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food and wine were amazing. Their wine list substantial. Anyone could find a wine they like. Menu is flexible enough to accommodate picky eaters while presenting an absolutely fine dining experience. Drove an hour and half just to eat there!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an A+ experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Larkin's never disappoints! Their food is always tasty, and service top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion
    IndyOutaTowner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Impeccable service and even better food. Decent beer selection (bottles only) but better wine list. Wish we could visit Greenville sooner so we could go back. I think it will be a while until we find food or service that will match, much less exceed, Larkin's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience
    specialdining
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had some concerns after reading some of the reviews but have to say it was an awesome dining experience. Our server David was impeccable and made great recommendations for wine and food. The tableside prepared Caesar salad was great. The surf and turf and the lamb were both excellently prepared. The sides (lobster potatoes, brussel sprout hash and creamed spinach) were generous and delicious. The rock candy sticks served with the cappuchino were a sweet touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, good service expensive
    New2greenville
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our first visit to this restaurant. The food was fantastic, although it really adds up when you add sides. The service was good. We were disappointed that they sat us outside, plus we had a very loud large party next to us. This made it hard for us to enjoy a dinner conversation. This is a special occasion place, as prices are high
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife has celiac disease and this is the first place we felt 100% comfortable that she could order anything on the menu and if would be gluten free! Will go back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 106 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 998 reviews are from the Larkin's on the River reviews archive.
  • Too Hot To Handle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our only complaint is that when my husband made the reservations, he asked for a great seat. They sat us outside in the blistering heat. We asked a few times,be seated inside or in a shaded area of the patio, which the hostess informed us that they were completely booked and we could not sit anywhere else. They did lower the shade, which really didn't do anything. Normally I wouldn't have fussed about this, but there were six, ( i counted ) empty tables in the shade the entire time we were there. I did go inside to cool down in the bathroom for a minute and peaked at the seating, while I agree they were pretty full inside there was room for us to sit. We had planned on venturing out in G'ville, but we went home to shower we were so sweaty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Gem in Greenville
    Scribbles
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We dined at Larkin's before attending a concert at The Peace Center - we could not have picked a better place! A convenient location and the ambience is so relaxing, comfortable and just all around pleasant. The staff was attentive without being overbearing. Very courteous, took care of all our needs. The menu is great with a steak house type of presentation - meaning, to me, everything is a la carte, which I like. The appetizer options are varied including crab cakes, bacon wrapped scallops and she crab soup. The parmesan frites are a house favorite. Salad options are good, too, with the feature being caesar salad made table side. Of course steaks are offered as are tuna and salmon. The wine list if very good, too. We totally enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick with the steaks
    Jgbplas
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My wife had the sea bass which was not good at all as it did not smell nor taste fresh. I had the filet which was great. My advise, stick with the steaks at Larkins.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Larkin's dinner July 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place and great outside dinning area. The inside is fantastic. Excellent food. It was difficult to decide on what to get which indicates a good menu. The She crab soup was good, but a little thick. I have had better in Charleston, but I would still eat it and get it every time I do return to Larkin's. I had the Osso Buco which was pretty incredible. My wife had the salmon which was excellent. Overall, great restaurant and great food. My only complaint was the waiter had to peak at his notes for one of the specials. It may just me my thing, but a restaurant of that level should have perfect training and education. I prefer a waiter/waitress to know the menu like it is their mother's. Know it inside an out. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday at Larkin's on the River. Unbelievable steaks for both of us. Among the best we've ever eaten. Our server, Brian, was wonderful too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Travis
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The she crab soup was excellent, but my bone in ribeye was improperly cooked the first go around and over done the second. My companion had the shrimp and scallop salad, both the shrimp and scallops were cold.........
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steak
    Chriskeri
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My wife and I went here for my birthday. I has the filet 7 oz and it was the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!
    Scfoodie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Everything about Larkins was great! We went there to celebrate our 8th anniversary and received a greeting card from Larkins upon our arrival. The ambiance was great, our server was wonderful and the food was spectacular! My husband had the filet mignon and I had tuna- both were huge portions and amazing. To top it off, they gave us a free creme brûlée desert for our anniversary... Very sweet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaruant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Larkins is a very good restaurant, the bar staff are very good and the food is really nice. Its also great to sit in a fine dining environment with a nice crisp white table cloth, smarter than a lot of other restaurants in Greenville..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I ordered the free range chicken. It was good, but not as good as before. The chicken usually has that delicious bacon flavor going all the way thru every bite, but not so much this time. It was also a not as tender as before. The bread pudding was very delicious. I definitely recommend Larkins to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juliax517
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It has a nice atmosphere. The food was pretty good, my one complaint was that there was an overall lack of seasoning to our entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Doobster
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had friends in town who had heard of Larkin's and wanted to eat there. Our wives had fillets that they thought were good but overpriced. My friend and I had the Sea Bass which we were told was a house specialty. They were not very good. With a total bill of $137.00+ for dinner for 2 with 2 drinks each and soup it sure wasn't worth the money. Also I called about an hour and a half before my reservation to try and push it back an hour. I was told that just wasn't possible. Well the restaurant never got over 1/2 full the entire time we were there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experience
    TheWhiteHouse
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    You cannot go wrong with Larkin's. The food is exceptional, the service attentive and the setting is fantastic. We went after a show at the Peace Center. While there were diners there trying to finish in time for the evening show, we never felt ignored nor did we feel there was service degradation due to a "time crunch." Go and enjoy a fabulous meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Larkins for her birthday
    Emptyplate
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Overall very good. Main complaint was that it was very warm inside, felt like we were sitting on the patio. Service was fantastic!! Food was very good as well except my girlfriend gave exact instructions on her filet and it came out wrong. Asked for a slight pink and absolutely no blood on the plate. The waitress said "medium plus?" Exactly!! It came out medium rare, very cool and red but there was no blood. Had to send it back which they corrected but I hate sending food back, ever!! The fact that what my girlfriend ordered and the waitress knew exactly how she wanted and it came out wrong did bother me especially with the price you are paying. It should come out right the first time. We still Had a great evening, we will be back!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner experience
    Donna
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Wonderful wine and goof excellent service . Wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Osso Bucco to Die For
    kcptaylors
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had the best ever osso bucco. So rich and wonderful with a lovely pinot noir. Perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Gift to Greenville
    George
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Larkins is a true gift to Greenville! I was in the restaurant for my birthday. Everything about the restaurant:the food, the wine list, the cocktails, were spot on. Even on an extremely hot day, the ambiance was comfortable the wait staff were pleasant and though the restaurant was crowded it felt like we were attended with the utmost care.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Dinner!
    Eatincreek63
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My husband, who is in the food business, thoroughly enjoyed his dinner at Larkin's and I did as well! The she crab soup is exceptional, the salmon was cooked to perfection and the creme brulee was delicious. The service was the best! This was our second time at Larkin's on the River and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Brunch
    WSFoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    First visit to Greenville and selected Larkin's for brunch. We had two excellent dishes: Larkin's Benedict and another dish with egg, spinach, roasted tomatoes and bacon atop dark rye. Food arrived to table quickly and was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.