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

Larkin's on the River Details

  • 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) 467-3020
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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........."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for my birthday. I has the filet 7 oz and it was the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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.."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful wine and goof excellent service . Wonderful experience"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had the best ever osso bucco. So rich and wonderful with a lovely pinot noir. Perfect meal."
    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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I would have expected so much more with the price and the other reviews. Service was weak. Food was not as requested. Had to wait for drink drink refills. Steak was barely cooked and I took more home for my dogs than I ate. Bread came with the meal and not before. What a disappointment for $150."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "She crab soup is to die for but portion was way too large for such a rich/heavy item- felt bad wasting over half of it. Filet melted in my mouth- cooked to perfection! Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food (especially fish) but partly overpriced entrees (meat). Very kind and caring waiter."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I requested outdoor seating when I made my reservations but had no idea we would be seated in the sun. There were only a few tables in the direct sun and ours was one of them. After about 30 minutes someone did roll out the blinds but it didn't help much. By the time I paid I was soaked in sweat. Other than that it was fine."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Fantastic River View & Food...This was a Father's Day great treat! Professional service, great meal and superb atmosphere. Our three year old grandson enjoyed the friendly staff and the super French fries=kid friendly establishment. We were also entertained by the hustle, bustle of a wedding reception being held at the restaurant. Explaining to a three year old was helped by staff serving the reception. He has a date with the flower girl in sixteen years... Highly recommended. Gorgeous view of the river."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent food-Ed our server was very attentive and plesNt. Best food I have had in years. The Mac is fabulous and the Brussels sprout hash is incredible (if you love Brussels). Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This place keeps on giving...everything was impeccable. We had the ceasar salad made fresh at our table...delicious, followed by the torpedo steak...it was fabulous, and finished with creme brulee and chocolate cake to share...both to die for. We sat outside and listened to great music. It was a perfect experience...looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "All members of our party thoroughly enjoyed their food!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • " Although the food was delicious and drew raves from the group, nothing could have made up for the unacceptable level of service. Even though there were few people there, we sat 1h and 45 min from start to finish. I've never had to wait so long between the various aspects of dining out for a meal. I had to hunt our waiter down to place our order and to ask for the checks, which when they came, were wrong - twice. We actually began to feel sorry for our waiter! In a fitting finish, when I called and talked to the manager to let him hear of our experience, he was barely apologetic! Needless to say, I won't be back."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "too loud - overpriced great food, great wait staff just not my cup of tea"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We celebrated Father's Day on patio. Great location, sun shade was nice addition, love your outdoor chairs that allowed me to fully support my problem back on the back rest. Called ahead to ask Maitre D not to mention # in reservation party since one guest was surprise for dad. Host was professional and wrote note in book to prevent anyone from mentioning. The food was excellent as always. Apps, entree, and desserts. Our waiter was prompt and observant early on in the evening but as the evening went on he seemed to be less attentive. After we paid our bill, we stayed and talked at the table. I finally had to call out to another server to have my water glass filled while we chatted."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food at Larkin's has never been disappointing. The brunch was no exception. My husband had the steak and eggs and nothing was left on his plate. That rarely ever happens. The rest of us had shrimp and grits and they had a great flavor. The grits were a bit overcooked, but the dish was very flavorful and the shrimp were fantastic. Our waiter seemed to be stretched a little thin however because the service was lacking, but overall it was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We sat outside on the patio for Brunch on Father's Day. We had reservations and were seated right away. The brunch menu was good along with an omelette bar which was excellent. Our only complaint was that we had to ask them to turn on the overhead fans even though it was clearly needed with the growing heat and humidity, and some of them were set for the opposite direction from cooling, so it wasn't very effective. Next time we'll have brunch inside. Overall a fine experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had the steaks and veal special. The filet mignon was so tender it could almost be cut with a fork. The she crab soup was the best I've had. This is a great location with superior service. I loved the wine selection. If you're taking in a performance at the Peace Center - this is right next door."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Greenville SC has a great feel and Larkins is right in the middle of it all. The restaurant is a perfect place to eat before an event at the Arts Center or just a night out on the town. Take time to enjoy the location as it is on the river."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We loved it everything about it, the food, staff everything was fantastic. For a first time visit I was very impressed, we had a birthday celebration here. I was looking for food art, that's something my family & I love to do! Not everyone has food art! But it was perfect for the occasion, it made our birthday celebration extra special. Our waitress was fantastic hands down! I was just so please with our waitress as my daughter would say she's the bomb! After we ate and left we could not stop talking about how great everything was, fantastic! We has an awesome experience. We will be back!! We just enjoyed our fantastic birthday celebration at Larkin's on the river, I will highly recommend to all my family & friends!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "What a fantastic restaurant. It's like Boston or Chicago in Greenville, SC. Everything from the location, to the people, to the menu, to the taste, to the last drop of wine was perfect on my first visit. I had a special appetizer of fried seafood chunks (Sea bass, shrimp with little potatoes) - wow. Chef also sent out a sample of artichoke dip with tortillas. Double wow. Followed that with a bowl of She Crab soup - better than any lobster bisque I've ever had. Entrée was a 9 oz. Filet with gouda mashed potatoes. This place knows food. Wine: St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon. I will be back next time I travel to Greenville."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We sat on the outside patio and were able to watch a band but that was the only nice part of the evening. After an hour and ten minutes without our food and inquiring with the waitor several times my husband had to go inside and find a manager. The manager did not charge us for our drinks and salad which we did appreciate and he did say that our long wait was not acceptable. The service was by far the worst service we have had at a restaurant in a long time!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We requested a quiet table as we were having a business meeting. They told us they would seat us in a quiet area. In spite of the fact that there were many booths that would have been perfect, they seated us at a table near others. Sure enough, they seated a party of 8 men right next to our table - I could not believe it! The men were very loud and we had to move to a different table to be able to talk. The staff clearly paid no attention to our request for a quiet spot and were generally unconcerned about our plight. Food was OK, service was OK. Probably will not return."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Service & ambiance was excellent, as was the wine list BUT the food was substandard & outdated, as I expected from seeing the website. Oysters on the Half Shell from only one place. A Spinach Salad that looked like it came from the Banquet Service fridge: dull (as opposed to glistening ) greens, deviled egg halves turned gray, limp roasted red peppers, congealed caramelized onions, gelatinous dressing, not pourable. Crab cake - over salted, not made from white lump, on a sort of corn & pimento hash, but it was better than the crab and underneath, when it might have added color & interest to the plate. Speaking of lackluster plates, the delicious tenderloin was served Straight Up: Just a big hunk centered on the plate. Bizarre!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food at Larkin's is absolutely top notch. I had the smoked salmon with a creamy mushroom sauce on risotto and it was heaven. The only problem with our experience was that we booked our reservation through Open Table and there was a 4:45 time slot offering. We took that slot because we were attending a Peace Center event that evening. When we showed up at the restaurant, we were told we could not be seated until around 5:00. They would not even sit us at the bar or at a table to wait. We were told to go walk around until the wait staff finished their before dinner brief. Once we were seated, service was slow to pick up but then was spectacular. Not recommended for early dining."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Larkin's is our favorite Greenville restaurant, so we chose if for our anniversary. It was on a Wednesday, with a table outside and a blues band on the TD stage next door, so a fun atmosphere. But unfortunately, service was not up to the normal level of excellence. Maybe too many tables for servers due to walk-ins from the crowd next door? I tell everyone this is truly a great restaurant, so I'm cutting them slack- we will be back without hesitation."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Signage with respect to Valet Parking and Restaurant front entrance could definitely be improved."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Best steak I've had in the last year! Cooked to perfection. Everything was good!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014