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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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4.3

service

4.4

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4.5

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4.0

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (84)
Good for Anniversaries (82)
Good for a Date (70)
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Romantic (57)
Business Meals (51)
Great for Outdoor Dining (51)
Pre/post Theatre (50)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Worth the Drive (43)
Waterfront (40)
Notable Wine List (38)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Scenic View (35)
Good for Groups (27)
Cozy (26)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Authentic (21)
People Watching (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Casual (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Fun (15)
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Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Healthy (11)
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Hot Spot (10)
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Seasonal (8)
Kid-friendly (5)
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Tasting Menu (5)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Music (2)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Great restaurant! Excellent food, service and wine selection! Highly recommend!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful food and service. Went there to celebrate a relative's graduation.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved our evening out. Great service, food and seating. A favorite of ours before or after a show or concert.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 5 days ago

Wait staff seemed inexperienced and was not as attentive as expected.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

We were a little disappointed this visit; our waiter wasn't the best; spilled our oil plate and wasn't attentive enough; compared to what we have had before. Would have liked our preferred better choice of seating considered more, we were entertaining a relative who's never been to Greenville before; Valet parking was very poor service...... So we may not be back so soon.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was slow and had to ask for items more than one time. One of our steaks was way over cooked. The meal was refunded but at an establishment of this caliber this should not happen.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Definitely a must for foodies

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was disappointing overall....we both had steaks which were good, not the best I have had....but the sides tasted like something you would get at cafeteria --cheese loaded broccolini and dry mashed potatoes....plus the bread was not house-made....dessert we passed on....the table-made Caesar salad was the best part of the meal

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

First time to Larkins and we couldn’t have been more pleased. I decided to take my wife there to celebrate her birthday with out of town guests. David our waiter was excellent, he was attentive and engaging. The food was fantastic, the steaks were cooked perfectly. Each side dish we ordered was the perfect amount for four people.
We left very pleased with the experience and will definitely come back.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was just so so. Nothing special. Steak was suppose to be the specialty and was average at best. Might have been just an off night but would pass on next time

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Hostess was friendly. We were early and was still seated immediately. Cocktails were mixed perfectly. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and answered all our questions with calm and engaged. The she crab soup was the best I've had inland. We all ordered filet with 1 being bone in. All were cooked to perfection except 1, it was very well done instead of medium. We did not bring it to their attention. Sides were tasty and dessert was on point especially the Chocolate Lava Cake. Valet parking was nice. We were unaware but if you let the hostess know they will have you vehicle ready when you leave. Overall, with that 1 exception, avery enjoyable experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was very good. All four of us had a different entreeand eveyone enjoyed their selection. Having the valet parking and easyaccess for my wife was especially helpful.We will be back!!

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was good but the food wasn’t great. Disappointing. Also, we were the only people in the restaurant.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food with excellent service. We had a great dinner

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Our waiter was very friendly, available and new menu and special items. Great ceasar salad maker! We found out later that evening it was his first night wirkung at Larkins. Wow nice job!

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Got order wrong but overall it was fine

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I had the filet mignon, and my friend had the salmon. The filet was perfectly cooked at medium rare and was very tender. My friend said the salmon was so perfectly done as to rival his mom's cooking. It was quiet and easy to chat. Great atmosphere for a relaxing meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent experience and was perfect way to end our girls weekend!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ordered medium rare steak an came out well done. Never heard dinner specials. Just not a great experience for the prices.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great steaks! The staff is fantastic and the atmosphere is perfect for a date or large party.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Went for my wife's birthday. Everything was excellent including the server! Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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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vip
 (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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