River House Bar & Grill
River House Bar & Grill

River House Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://riverhouseonline.com/
  • Phone: 717-930-8700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen: Mon - Sun 11am to 10pm, Bar: Sun - Tue 11am - 1am, Wed - Sat 11am - 2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Burgers
  • Executive Chef: Shaun D. Fink
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Geyers Church Road
  • Public Transit: 2.7 Miles to/from Harrisburg International Airport.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from River House Bar & Grill
For business or pleasure, Feel the charm of our rural Bar & Grill. Our dining areas, bar room, outdoor bar, and decks offer a casual atmosphere to enjoy our innovative menu, a wonderful list of local wines from the best of our area vineyards, and a speciality drink menu including craft and specialty ales & lagers sure to please any palette. Whether you're in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, Angus steak with a shot of top shelf whisky, or seared ahi and a chilled martini, River House Bar & Grill has something for everyone. River House Bar & Grill is the perfect place to unwind and take a break - meet old friends for happy hour, or make new ones, celebrate a special occasion, or gather your family for dinner.

Contact us about private parties, weddings and catering. Give your luncheon, wedding, or special event that extra touch with our exquisite catering menu.
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River House Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (9)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (6)fit for foodies (5)late-night find (5)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)special occasion (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    AYCE crab legs were fantastic! Our waitress was excellent! Loved our time on the deck. Only complaint was the music was too loud to carry on a normal conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow bar service and very noisy
    eatinout
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It took about 10 min before the waitress came to our table and took our drink orders. It took another 15+ min to get our drinks which were somewhat warm. We were seated outside next to a large, noisy industrial floor fan so our group of four could hardly hear each other talk without yelling. We asked to turn it down or off, but the waitress just had us move to a table right next to the previous one. It was not a warm night and therewere plenty of ceiling fans, so we weren't sure what the problem was. A fan should not be situated in between two dining tables. The food came out very quick, was good and hot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Wings!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This was our fist visit here and I can't wait to go back again! We went on a Monday night for their "All You Can Eat Wings" special. The wings were delicious. The service was outstanding. We dined outside on their beautiful deck/patio. I would highly recommend going here. Can't wait to go back to try something else!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Here for the band
    HereForTheBand
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We reserved a table at River House because a band we like was playing there(Mountain Road). We were out on the patio, where the band was playing. Our server, Jenny, was WONDERFUL! The soup of the day, Sweet Corn Chowder, was EXCELLENT! One of the people in our group, ordered a second bowl of it. Another gentleman had the brisket chili, again an excellent choice. All of the food was very good. Happy Hour from 6:00 - 7:00, drinks were very reasonable. Our server was amazing and even though the place was VERY busy she never left us feeling unattended. We went here for the band, stayed all evening while they played, totally enjoyed the place and will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying something new!
    Cowgirl55
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I always try to find a new restaurant once a month for a friend who doesn't like to drive. We were not disappointed at the River House. Food was hot, presentation very nice, and great tasting. Waitress was very attentive! We will go back again!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for outdoor dining!
    sixpakc
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We ate here on a Saturday evening, nice and relaxed atmosphere outside. The service was good, and the food was delicious. The one thing that was a problem for me was their salads. A lot of restaurants will give you a base price for a salad and then the price to add various types of meat: $4 for chicken, $5 for steak, etc. I ordered the Pittsburgh steak salad and replaced the steak with chicken-for the same $15.99 price. Even for a steak salad, $15.99 is high but without the pricing options, the salad was very expensive with chicken. We'll probably go back again (not too convenient to where we live being the only reason), I'll find something less expensive to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time visit
    CruvertwinVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    While the name would indicate you're near water, there was none to be seen. The place is good, but don't expect it to be anything other than a nice bar and grille. The staff is very friendly and the food was good. We had fish tacos and shrimp tacos and started with drunken clams and crab and spinach dip with chips. Nice choice of beer on tap. I would definitely return, although I really love a cool setting when dining outside and while it's a nice size deck, it could use lots of ambience in the way of planters and flowers. Need to look at something since there is no view of any kind.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mudger343
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    the bartender was phenomenal! charming good at suggesting menu items and knowledgeable about the cuisine. great drinks too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall Experience
    PoorExperience
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our service was extremely poor where our waitress failed to ask if we wanted drink refills, brought our appetizers and did not supply napkins. We waited quite a long time for our entrée and when it came my husband's salad had never been delivered. When the waitress was asked about it she went and got it and apologized. However, my husband asked for ketchup and salt and pepper which were never delivered. HIs food was not hot - actually on the cool side. This was a very disappointing experience and we will not return or recommend this restaurant for dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Experience
    summer2712
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I had never been to this restaurant before and had selected it based on the reviews. I was very pleased. Nice menu variety, very clean, and excellent/friendly service. The food was great and substantial portions so that there was no room for dessert. Restaurant has a nice deck area too, but it was too chilly for us to sit outside. Highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely visit there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 55 reviews are from the River House Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had the ribs and they were fall off the bone! Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had our Father's Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    We had our Father's Day dinner there. Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harrisburg Pub
    Erick
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Great spot to stop for apps and a drink after work. The Beer selection was good and drink menu was on point!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burger and wing special was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Burger and wing special was very well priced and food was good but service was very slow. My daughter and I waited 10 minutes for a server to come to our table to take our drink order and then another 10 minutes to get our drinks and place our food order. We needed to remind the server that we ordered celery & blue cheese with the wings and were told that someone else was responsible to bring that item to the table. We ordered a mushroom cheese burger with no onions. The burger arrived with onions and no mushrooms so we had to wait for the server to get a side of sauteed mushrooms from the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were the first people seated
    PhillyCream
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We were the first people seated this past saturday and the first thing we noticed was an overwelming smell of bleach. Tough to get past that!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice variety on menu. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Nice variety on menu. Our server disappeared for awhile, which is a pet peeve, but she was very nice. We will definitely return to try more menu items. The food was delicious. In the warmer months the deck looks like a good option. Not sure who he was, but acoustic musician was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was very good. Service was great. Had a Valentine's Day dinner a bit early 6:30 but there were a couple kids (and I love em) out of hand running all over the dance floor. Other than that, it wasn't romantic, but not bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly staff & delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    We had reservations for a party of 12, and everyone from the host to the server was super friendly and went out of their way for us. The food was, as always, delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Found this place by accident
    SweetTVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    Found this place by accident and thankfully so! Creative menu options, incredibly friendly staff, great food! A nice surprise for our traveling family passing through Harrisburg.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    We had a great evening! Sherri is a friend of mine, we came to see her perform...I forgot how talented she is live...I know her as a publisher. A suggestion: if you wanted to 'kick it up a notch' ambience-wise, why not build a little stage up there?! Just a 6-inch riser could make a difference (spoken as a musician/performer myself!) (Things were not so noisy at the sports-bar area so as to be a problem hearing Sherri, also.) Food was good, drinks also, and the price was right. Plus our waiter (forgot the name) seemed to enjoy his job of BEING a waiter! We'll stop in again, also partly because it's not far from our home in Lancaster. cheers, George Wallace/Marti Early
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was very dissapointed in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Was very dissapointed in the Dinner menu, one of the best meals (Shrimp,Scallop, Linguini) was removed from the Menu, and the Filet, potatoe dinner I had was unimpressive at best. The dinner fair in the past was presented in a top notch manner. I think the menu has become more sandwich related, and the once favored, and famous dinner menu has become more of a second thought.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Though I live closer to Lancaster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Though I live closer to Lancaster than to Middletown have been to your pub on two occasions. I would plan to return but do have a couple of concerns. In both instances food was exceptional service at bar was 'fair' at best, even though there were only 5 people at the bar at one point and 3 on a second occasion. Seems like gentleman who tends bar was preoccupied with other things; chatting with others and not keeping in touch with others at the bar and also moved back and forth delivering food to the the dining area. Also slow to take order so I ended up ordering via another person. Will return despite concerns and with others as food and general environment is exceptional. New patio should prove to be a boon for you folks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We all enjoyed our meals but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    We all enjoyed our meals but the calamari was a big disappointment. The portion was so small we couldn't share it and it was too chewy and simply not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and all was just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    The food and all was just OK. Nothing great about it, and nothing really bad about it. It was the general opinion of the group that they could or should get a new idea or two to really promote and grow the place. Lots of potential but better food, entree choices would be a necesity.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new and expanded menu!
    shbb
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    Great new and expanded menu! We had one of the new burger selections, the bruschetta, and a loaded baked potato - several options and a meal in itself. Looking forward to trying the new pasta dishes, for which you can choose your type of pasta, and the angus steaks, for which you can choose your cut and one of many seasonings or sauces. Looks like the new deck and outdoor bar should be open soon, too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They have a very nice small
    shbb
    Dined on 5/22/2012
    They have a very nice small outdoor dining area but have been working on a larger outdoor area with a bar that appears to be near completion. They are also introducing a new menu which I was able to preview and it looks wonderful - very inventive and something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was a very enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Was a very enjoyable experience and the food was wonderful. The outside deck area will add a wonderful dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As usual, our meal was delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2012
    As usual, our meal was delicious. We ordered quite a variety at our table. Pizza, big dinner salad, soup, club sandwich and the pulled pork wraps.(YUM!) Our waitress was attentive and chatty. As usual, a nice time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have never had a bad meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2011
    We have never had a bad meal at Portabella's!! We took my dad there when he visited from Myrtle Beach a few months ago and that was the one place he wanted to go when he came back for a visit this time. We always recommend Portabella's to our friends and family.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great prices for Monday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2011
    Great prices for Monday night wing special. Food was average and waitress was very very slow.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The ability to create reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2011
    The ability to create reservations from your computer is great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I have been here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    My wife and I have been here twice. Both times the food was excellent, and served in good time. I especially like the wings. There is an adequate selection of beer for the "average" beer drinker. They could seat more patrons if they'd use the dance floor for tables when there's no entertainment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only complaint that I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    The only complaint that I had was that we sat outside to eat and other cutomers has stepped out to smoke. I didn't like having to smell smoke during my meal. There should be a designated area outside for smokers that doesn't interfere with others.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • i recommend this restaurant
    love2eat
    Dined on 4/22/2011
    Hostess was very accomodating, in part when she asked if anyone in line had reservations. Otherwise, we would have waited longer to be served. Waitress was very friendly and helpful in making menu suggestions when a couple of us could not decide between 2 or 3 items. On line reservation made that part of the process very easy. We will definitely be going back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Good Service, Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2011
    Good Food, Good Service, Good Prices....Great Specials
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud atmosphere, pricey bar food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2011
    Local bar food. Prices were high for the product served. Service was good. Dining room is a wide open area with tables moved around to suit the parties arriving for dinner. Very loud atmosphere, so don't go here if you want a quiet dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great to decent food, not
    toucheVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    Great to decent food, not too noisy for dinner, good atmosphere. An upscale-ish sports bar, worth going to especially if you live nearby!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My soon to be wife and I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/25/2011
    My soon to be wife and I have been here twice. Each time was great. I like to try new things, but she keeps it the same. Crab cakes were pretty good for the 4.99 add on to a dish, and the chef's specialty bourbon shrimp and scallops was excellent! Good service and good food. Thats what we look for in a restaurant. Definitely going to become our new "go to" place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My group had an enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    My group had an enjoyable time. Service was great as well as the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love the food and come often
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/25/2011
    I love the food and come often or order take-out as we live nearby. The servers are always friendly, however, it seems we always wait for something. Sometimes we wait for the server to first come, sometimes wait for the check. When I visited on Saturday, we waited a while for the check to come. But we do love the food and the fact that it is close to home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate