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About 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.
Greenville, SC 29601
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; 2 to 5 Menu: 2pm - 5pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 2:00pm; 2 to 5 Menu: 2pm - 5pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Broad & Main
$31 to $50
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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!
Proceed to Japanese Dogwood Lane off of Falls Street (Behind the old Greenville News), guests may be able to find parallel parking along Main or Broad.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Larkin's on the River Ratings and Reviews
Met for a business dinner. Restaurant is quite loud so conversation was difficult. Nice beer and wine list. Two of us ordered the shrimp and grits and it was only ok - too much cheese and the grits were served with a mashed potato or stiffer consistency. Bacon wrapped scallops appetizer was excellent.
We thought the restaurant was excellent. The food and service were great. There was a cozy feel to the dining room, especially considering it was dark, rainy and miserable outside. Only drawback is that it's hard to get to and parking may be an issue. That said, we will get back again and highly recommend Larkins.
I have been several times while in town and it has been good. This time I had a horrible experience. We had a 7:30 reservation and arrived early 6:45 but told hostess we would be happy to have a drink before. They said they would get our table ready. At 7:30 they were still "getting out table ready". We ended up eating at the bar. Our steaks were undercooked and almost "cold" when they arrived. Bartender was great however, we sent the steaks back and they were still undercooked. Took manager 30 min to come over and apologize. Won't be going back.
This is the second time that we have eaten here, and both meals have been exceptionally good. Their facility is very nice, being housed in a reclaimed older building. The food is excellent (especially the she crab soup). Service is very professional. Nice wine list. This is not a cheap place, but you certainly get what you pay for.
Larkins is certainly one of Greenville's better restaurants - usually. This time, not so much. The pork chop which has been phenomenal in the past, was tough and over cooked. The flavor and marinade still very good, but it could not mask a poor quality of meat. Service, though early in the evening was also a bit sketchy. Especially considering the prices, I expect the best from this restaurant. Sadly disappointed, and may choose another place next time for our special occasion.
The ambiance was very nice, and the proximity to the Peace Center made it very convenient. The food was okay--nothing to complain about, but nothing to write home about either. I had the rack of lamb (4 rib chops), and my wife had a filet mignon. We both also had salads. (I had asked for Brussel sprouts rather than the asparagus, but the waiter apparently forgot (which wasn't a big deal since I like asparagus too; I was just interested in the Brussel sprouts a little more). The steak was cooked fine, but nothing about the taste was particularly exciting. The lamb was slightly cool and not real flavorful, but okay. Again, nothing to complain about.
The reason I would hesitate to recommend Larkins is that while the food was simply okay, the price was very high. Considering with steaks, everything is a la carte, the almost $40 for the meat plus cost of salad, plus cost of a side seemed at first a little much, but I'd be willing to pay if it were a gastronomical delight. But the food was...eh--fine, but nothing to make me pass up some other restaurants with better tasting meals at less exorbitant prices. (Total price tag for the two of us with 20% tip was about $140, which included one glass of wine.)
I'm not outraged at the cost. Restaurants in Greenville are certainly catching up with bigger city prices. But for that price, I just expected a tastier dish. I'll probably choose Nantucket next time--much more flavorful food at slightly less cost.
This was our first time at Larkin's while visiting Greenville SC from NY. Was recommended by several people. From start to finish it was a pleasant experience. We sat at bar first and a couple struck up conversation with us. We talked beyond our reservation time but were not rushed to sit. Water and request for our drink was immediate. Our server, Brian was excellent. Upbeat personality and helpful in our entree choices. I had the encrusted wahoo fish that was excellent. We were not rushed so it was a relaxing evening with excelent food and wine.
The service was impeccable and delivered with the finest attention to detail. The food was excellent, certainly the best I have had in Greenville, or for that matter since I emigrated to the USA two years ago. No obvious signs of the use of cheap toxic GMO laden oils or ingredients. The portions were also the perfect size.... enough to fill but not enough to be gross as so often is the case in America.
Although the wine menu served up some very good class, we opted to bring our own bottle (a very good Margaux.) No snob value you understand but as a Wine Steward myself, well all wine stewards and Somms will understand I'm sure! We paid $25 for the privilege, but that was perfectly acceptable.
If there were down points to be had it would be to say that the Creme Brulee was lacking a little.... simply not rich enough or caramelized as it should be.
Also, one table had the most god awful noisy cow sat at it... completely over the top and drowning most other conversations out. I'm sure that if it had not been for the three bottles of $120+ wine they had consumed BEFORE the meal was served, something might have been said. C'est la vie.
Would I visit again? Of course. Would I entertain there? Certainly.
Superior to it's two main classy rivals in town, and certainly not as pretentious.
The regular appearance of the Maitre'D was a nice touch, and respected all the more for that.
Had a terrible experience. Had been there 2 times before and it was great, however this time was not the same. Our service was extremely slow, we were there for almost 2 1/2 hours, and it was only a party of 3. The server was infrequent with his visits to the table, which led to us having to ask for water refills and for bread. When our food finally came out, Osso Bucco had steam coming off of it while my wife's and daughter's filets were extremely salty and lukewarm at best. We also all ordered mashed potatoes as a side and those were actually cold. And finally, when we went to pay we had asked the server to split the bill, which he did not, causing us to waste eve more time there. At the time of our dinner there was a wedding reception outside, causing my daughter to have to wait in line for wedding guests using the restaurant's restroom. The entire experience was awful and would not recommend to anyone at this point.
Terrible disappointed by the service! Upon being seated at a table that was leaning so far it was uncomfortable, it took 20 minutes to get water and put in a drink order. The wine we ordered was not chilled so the server recommended a more expensive one. Seemed a bit like bait and switch. Once we placed our orders, we also asked to be moved to a different table. For a party of three both tables were a bit small. When our food arrived, the entrees came out at the same time. Two of us had ordered the 3 course menu but our first course did not arrive first. The person who delivered our food was not our server but did apologize for the error. Our first course was delivered and our second course was prepared again. Very poor service for this price point. All staff said they were extremely busy with events, however, that is no excuse for the poor service. IF the restaurant wants to book events as well as open seating, then they should have sufficient wait staff.
Spent a very enjoyable 1.5 hours having dinner here. Had an outdoor table. Our server Shannon kindly respected and followed through on our basic requests. Our choices: steak filet au poivre, shrimp/scallop appetizer, mushroom mashed potatoes, wedge salad, and bourbon bread pudding - all absolutely flavorful. Would definitely return to this restaurant when in the mood for a real gastronomical treatment.
Our mistake, giving benefit of the doubt, was likely a reservation during Greenville Fall festival. While restaurant was only 65-70% full, the swamped bar traffic appeared to impair all service. From a food perspective, the lamb chops were wonderful, osso bucco just off....and salty, and shrimp and grits an unedible cheesy disaster. Just seemed a bowl of cheddar with no grits , maybe once melted came out cold and hard. Left it on the table. She crab soup appetizer not even warm. So gelatenous appeared an attempt at warming something cold.... that failed miserably. Took 35 minutes to get a cocktail. At 40 minutes asked for bread. Dinner was another 10-15 after that. Server was trying and apologetic. Just bar and kitchen were a disaster. Food and service were huge disappointments.
Our dinner for 8 during the Fall for Greenville and TD stage event outside on the porch was very good. Ambience was perfect for a group of friends. Service was a little slow in the kitchen due to the Fall for Greenville catering but we didn't mind.
Food was good. I would reo0cmend a little more flavor in the Sea bass which is a good regular menu staple.
This was my first time there at recommendation of a friend. The service was slow and I had to remind our server we had not heard the specials. The food was mediocre. I had the fillet and I expected it to be cooked properly and it was not. I ordered a second glass of wine to have with my dinner and the server forgot to bring it and I was almost finished with my meal, what I ate of it. This will not be at the top of my list to go back.
we celebrated my girl friends birthday. The service was good but the food was not so good. I had a fish dish that was a special for the night and my partner had the lamb rack special. We sent lamb back as there was a weird taste to it and we both felt like it was maybe on the verge of spoiling. Just our option. My dish was ok but nothing special. They staff was very quick to replace the Lamb dish with a fillet but by that time we where done.
Mostly very nice. It was my husbands birthday so we got there a little early to check out the bar. The hostess said she’d get us when our table was ready. 20 minutes late with tables open, he had to remind her. Our server was attentive but not clingy. Food was quite good. A little noisy with the bass coming through the ceiling from upstairs. That was odd. But would recommend and would go back. Oh, bartender could use a little personality :)
The 7 oz. Filet was cooked perfectly but there was no flavor. The mashed potatoes and asparagus were average. The Tenderloin & Goat cheese quesadilla was very good as was the creme brulee. The espresso was the worst ever. For a restaurant of this caliber ALL aspects should be top notch. From appetizer to entree to dessert to coffee. Everything should be top notch. Period.
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