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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.

318 S. Main St
Greenville, SC 29601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Broad & Main

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(864) 467-9777

Website:
http://www.larkinsontheriver.com/

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!

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Alex Castro

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (86)
Good for Anniversaries (83)
Good for a Date (77)
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Romantic (57)
Business Meals (56)
Pre/post Theatre (55)
Great for Outdoor Dining (54)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Notable Wine List (48)
Worth the Drive (47)
Scenic View (39)
Waterfront (39)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Cozy (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Great for Lunch (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Sunday Lunch (24)
Authentic (22)
Bar Seating (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
People Watching (18)
Casual (16)
Fun (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Healthy (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Was our wedding anniversary and we wanted something different and nice. This made our evening great

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Anniversary dinner

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had the mussels which were so small I gave up trying to find them and eat bread instead.
The steaks were very nice.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Larkins is always the perfect spot before a show at the Peace Center. Our server was on point and very nice. We loved our meal and will be back again soon!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The atmosphere was really nice- Try and sit outside if you can! The food was a dissapointment. I ordered the Hot Salmon and it was drenched in sauce (I could barely taste the fish). My husband ordered the rack of lamb and the meat was really tough.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing food! Amazing service! Wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed excellent service and exceptional food. My wife had the Oso Bucco and I enjoyed the Smoked Salmon. The fish was fresh and has great flavor. We shared a crime brûlée for dessert. Everything was top shelf. Pricey, but excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The torpedo tenderloin was fabulous! The She Crab soup was the absolute best!

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food did not measure up to exceptations or price. Signicantly better food in Greenville at that price point

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It was a Tuesday night so it wasn't very crowded, but it's close to the downtown hotels and walkable. Very nice atmosphere. Our Waiter, David, was really good and went above and beyond by creating a personal apple tort Ala mode. Yum!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent evening. The food was great and the service was excellent. It is nice to be able to have an evening out with having to shout over the crowd. Table arrangement was the key. Great job.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Anniversary dinner. The staff was amazing , and very attentive to the fact that we were celebrating an anniversary. A memorable evening.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was too salty. She had the chicken and the sauce was over salted. I had the surf and turf and the lobster was over cooked and entirely too salty.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Bartender and drinks at the bar were excellent, dinner was great, food was excellent, service was good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Simply put..... it is clearly on its way out of business.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My aim was to please my customers and our whole experience was very nice. It was commented in my group of 10 that they had not had a better steak. The area is terrific for walking around. Our experience was terrific.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food. Wonderful atmosphere. Lovely service.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We never pass up a chance to visit Greenville, SC, just so that we can enjoy a wonderful meal at Larkin's by the River. You won't find a better filet mignon anywhere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Para ser un lugar especializado en carne, ni los cortes eran de primera calidad ni el término que pedí era el correcto. La selección de vinos muy buena pero la temperatura de los vinos. No es la adecuada.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Have been to Larkin’s many times, the food and service were the best we have ever had.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good good but not great. Service spotty. Busy on weekends . Noisy. Worth a visit.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful restaurant, very good food,wine,outstanding service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Service and food were outstanding! Thank you for making my birthday so special.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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 :)

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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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