Larkin's on the River

4.5
2604 reviews
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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 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.
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious brunch before the matinee at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts next door. Service was efficient and our server was knowledgable about the dishes being served. Always a good choice, either for lunch or dinner.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch before the show. Food and service was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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SH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is adjacent to the Peace Center, making it perfect for a pre-theater meal.

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Charleston
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continually offers outstanding service, food, drinks and convenience for their customers! A restaurant with a selection of fine wines, beers & spirits that is second to none in the Greenville area! Highly recommended!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I didn’t love the chicken but everything else was good

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WA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

No real complaints. Food was excellent. Had to wait 20 mins beyond our reservation time but that wasn't a problem. Had a great table for my date night with my wife.

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JH
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience! The host was a little confused when our intended table was not open. They were very apologetic and had a table ready shortly after. We had great service and the food was amazing. Great date night experience with my husband.

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N
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food undercooked
Slow kitchen service
Management was very responsive

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TK
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I had the $40 food week special Mahi Mahi and it was ok. My wife had the shrimp and grits and it was also ok. The crab bisque was served without sherry. Our total bill with tip was $120, and I don’t believe our meals were worth the money. There are many downtown Greenville restaurants that offer better meals for this cost.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful meal before our show at the nearby Peace Center. Thus was our first experience at Larkin’s but won’t be our last. Food was delicious and the service was top notch !

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PM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great; waiter was friendly, professional ans made sure we were out in time for show at the Peace Center

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NC
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Waiter/Som Joey a great asset and superb in staging a dining experience. Thanks,

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RR
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good great service. Food was excellent.

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CD
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff, amazing food! I will be back! My sister and I chose Larkin’s because of the menu and we were not disappointed .

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J
Palm Springs
115 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We knew that our dining experience would be marvelous when the bread arrived. It was warm, crusty, and tasty, perhaps the best bread basket we’ve had. Then came the rich she crab soup, and a very good French onion soup. I tried shrimp and grits, this being South Carolina, but was unprepared for how flavorful and textural it was. My wife had the salmon, quite good, but she regretted not having ordered my dish after I, albeit reluctantly, shared a bite. The service was attentive and friendly. Even more solicitous was the manager, Bruce. After mediocre meals at a nearby chophouse and an Italian spot, we had despaired of finding a really excellent restaurant in Greenville. But this is the place!

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AW
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was fine and food was ok. Their dinners are better. Lunch items were just ok.

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, luxurious atmosphere, and delicious meals. This is definitely a five star restaurant at its finest. You will not be disappointed.

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

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PH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Larkin’s has always been a favorite and this visit was no exception to our expectations. Highly recommended

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome..easily the best restaurant in downtown Greenville.

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BS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I took my wife out to Larkin's to celebrate a special occasion.
Overall the food was good but not better than an average restaurant.
The prices make you assume you go to an upscale restaurant but beside the prices there's nothing upscale about it. We went on a Friday evening and there was no musical night until nearly the end of the night. There's was no cozy atmosphere or any ambiance. The food was OK but not great. For upscale restaurants you expect a nice presentation of the food but none of that either. The soup came in a simple bowl as in any regular diner. The main course was good but again no nice presentation. I had a NY Strip steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was a fairly small rectangular plate with a scoop of mashed potatoes and a 16oz steak. This pretty much filled the entire plate. The asparagus were dropped on top/kinda in between the potatoes and the steak. My wife plate came in a similar presentation for her salmon and risotto (which was too dry). The desert was good and the tres leches cake was enormous. The coffee was fantastic.
Overall it wasn't bad but they should improve a whole lot if they want to compete with real upscale restaurants like Ruth Chris or Ocean Prime. As said good but not worth the high price.

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JG
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Our Server was outstanding but the food coming out of the kitchen was either not warm or terribly undercooked.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moved to the area 4 years ago and go here 3-4 times a year with wife or a group. The service is always excellent as is the food. It's a bit pricey but the overall experience / food makes it a good value. Typically sit indoors but the outdoor area is also outstanding with a good view.

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CH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 20 year anniversary at Larkin’s and were treated with great respect. The ambiance was perfect, the food was cooked and seasoned perfectly, the complimentary Happy Anniversary dessert was delicious (and so pretty!) and the staff could not have been better servers. We will definitely return!

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve Dinner. Wonderful meal and amazing service.

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A
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, amazing service from everyone we encountered and an overall nice night. Will definitely go back.

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KG
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy NYE!!! However, the service was still wonderful and attentive. The food was still excellent!! We were very happy that Larkin’s didn’t disappoint us!!! Thank you!

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here for our 17th wedding anniversary which is on New Years Eve’s. We always have trouble finding a good place to eat due to the crowds. This was perfect. It was quiet and romantic and just felt special for our anniversary. The staff heard we were celebrating our anniversary, so they even surprised us with free dessert and champagne at the end of our meal. We will definitely be returning.

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CV
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every year we make sure we come back to one the best restaurants in S.C.

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f
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner that was fantastic. Our server knew her stuff and made great recommendations as well as gave us a little history of the building and surroundings. The steaks were cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth. The side dishes were big enough for 2-3 people to share. Don’t skip dessert. We had the trece leche cake and it was delicious. Not too heavy of a dessert and was big enough that we shared it between 6 of us. Wine list was extensive and many different price point offerings. Not too loud and we could have a good conversation. Highly recommend.

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DG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. She crab soup is worth the visit alone. Good cocktail selection as well.

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F
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out! Joey was our server! Enjoyed the evening! Food and service were excellent.

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S
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience, great food, great cocktails, great service, nice ambiance- an overall excellent fine dining experience in Greenville, SC.

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Not a good experience from the moment we walked in . Unfriendly hostess, inflexible regarding seating , poor service , which took much too long and ultimately, poor food quality . Undercooked meat, salads with too much dressing , just a bad experience. Been going here for years , Not sure we will return.

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 6 celebrating a birthday. Our waiter, Michael, was very professional, personable, and attentive. One of our party ordered a pork chop entree, which arrived cold, but this one mishap was quickly and graciously handled. We would definitely return to Larkin's. We had a wonderful meal and a memorable time. Thank you!

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NL
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Normally Larkin’s is at the top of our list. This night it wasn’t. While the food was still good, they ran out of croutons, Negronis, and other choices at a fairly early time. We arrived at 7:30. Service was extremely slow and terrible throughout the evening.

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SS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We've been to Larkin's numerous times and it has always been good. Unfortunately, this time my steak was under cooked and tough and the vegetables were cold. My husband's rack of lamb was good and our Caesar salad was very good. I still like the restaurant, but will never order steak again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Left wanting....... Known for a great steak and this being my first visit I ordered an aged 7 oz. filet med. rare. Cooked pretty well but lacked flavor. Better at Texas Roadhouse in flavor and value

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table side Caesar Salad is wonderful. Steaks we tasty and cooked to the correct temperature. We had a great table with a view of the entire restaurant

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