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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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4.4

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4.4

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4.5

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3.9

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (30)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Cozy (25)
Scenic View (24)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2014

I took my friend to Larkin's before a show at the peace center. She is moving to Chicago. She is 87 years old and they did everything possible to accommodate us. Our meal was excellent. We had the surf and turf that was on the 3 course menu. Choice of soup or salad for the first course. She had the she crab soup and I had the salad. The soup had abundant crab and the salad was so crisp and tasty. We both had the surf and turf and for the 3rd course of dessert we were too full to eat it so the waitress was so kind to offer to put it in a box plus what we had left over and said she would put it under refrigeration for us till after the show. We couldnt have had a better experience.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2014

My recent di ing experience at Larkin's on the River is one that I must say has been the best I have ever experienced. The downtown area of Greenville, SC is simply an awesome atmosphere in its own right, but to pair it with such a fantastic restaraunt experience is unbelievable. The food was magnificent and the service was truly world class.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 5, 2014

Came to Larkin's for a birthday celebration. For appetizers we had oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, tenderloin & goat cheese quesadilla, & bacon wrapped scallops for a combo platter. All were delicious, most notable were the quesadilla and scallops. The She Crab soup was unbelievable as promised. Steaks were cooked to exact temps, the salmon and shrimp & grits made for happy diners. Side dishes of Brussel Sprout hash & smoked Gouda mashed potatoes were favorites. The only things that weren't a big hit were the asparagus (tough) & non-descript mashed potatoes served with some entrees. Finished with creme brûlée, key lime tart, chocolate hazelnut torte & chocolate cake. Becky, our server, was attentive, knowledgable & perfect!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 3, 2014

Our table was much too close to a wooden column. First white wine ordered was not available. One guest did not get her food with the rest of the group.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 1, 2014

Outstanding seafood, cooked to perfection. Sauces and broth were well prepared. Very nice high level wine list. Outdoor seating made for a wonderful view and a great dining experience. Wait staff was available at all the right times and kept coming back as a team to make sure we had all we needed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2014

This restaurant over delivered in every way. From their house selections of liquor and wine to the waiters attentive service and finally the food. You know when you order something like calamari, creamed spinach or a steak and you have an expectation or a pre notion of what you hope it to taste like? It is not often when that expectation is exceeded and that is exactly what happened at larkins, their flavors and takes on certain dishes are now what I expect which is going to leave me disappointed at other restaurants. Disregard any bad reviews on the food, some people like the people behind us will never be happy with anything. They were being ridiculous, the manager and the server bent over backward to make them happy. Great great place!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2014

Food was very good. Not too many options for being gluten and lactose intolerant. Service was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2014

Love Larkins! I am not real fond of eating fish....but the salmon with the mushroom sauce was just so good ! You forget you are eating something that is good for you ! And you can just relax and enjoy a delicious dish ! Thank you to the Chef ! Perfect before going to the Peace Center. Can't wait to return !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 28, 2014

We were visiting Greenville to attend a play at the Peace Center. I found Larkin's online, close to the Peace center. We were able to sit outside on a beautiful day. We watched families strolling along the river. Our server was attentive, but did not hurry us. The brunch menu had a nice variety. The eggs Larkin were good, but the filet was more medium than rare ( as ordered). The stuffed french toast was sublime. Luckily, our server noted we were not given our maple syrup. The creme brûlée was a perfect ending to our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on September 28, 2014

We had eaten here several times for dinner and always had good service and food. We made a 11:00 a.m. reservation. Service was rather slow, but we were in no hurry. Then it took almost 45 minutes to get our food. The waiter kept saying it was coming right out. When it finally did, several of the dishes had obviously been sitting for awhile. Both of the egg dishes were hard on the outside and barely warm. At this point we were in somewhat of a hurry, so didn't send the foot back. It was basically inedible.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2014

The service was impeccable! The food was divine. We had tickets to a play but almost decided to stay longer at the restaurant (missing
The play)! We were pleased that we could split our meal! Can't wait to have another special occasion to celebrate at Larkins!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2014

We really enjoyed our lunch...the food was very tasty. We picked a great time to go since there was only a couple of other tables. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 21, 2014

Went on a Sunday evening with a first date. First time for me at Larkins. Great atmosphere and the food was good. While the filet mignon was tender and cooked as ordered, it was not as flavorful as I expected from Larkin's reputation for steaks. However, I will very likely be back to give it another try.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 21, 2014

A great spot to drop in for a Sunday afternoon bite. Food is good, service is always great and the wine selection complements the food offering.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 21, 2014

I guess we were on the late side of brunch time that day as we were going to a matinee. Dry waffles with dry chicken for chicken and waffles. Adequate shrimp and grits. Two rather small cheese biscuits for two people served on a cold plate. Guess we missed the main service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 21, 2014

We LOVED the setting of this restaurant in downtown Greenville. Waterfalls, green lawns, right alongside the river, brick buildings, all beautiful. Wait staff attentive, the menu was very good but the kitchen had a hard time with eggs that morning. Highly recommend going to Larkins!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 19, 2014

We went to Larkin's to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the experience was wonderful. The food was delicious, the staff went out of their way to congratulate us and make us feel welcome, and they gave us a special dessert in honor of our anniversary.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 18, 2014

The atmosphere, food and server were great but we had to wait over an 90 minutes for our food. This was at lunch and there were only about 5 other small tables of people.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 18, 2014

Took my wife there for lunch on her birthday. We sat outside on the patio and the ambiance was great. Food was very good but not outstanding. There was a large group on the patio so our service was not great because they spent more time with them.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 17, 2014

My niece and nephew were in town and we wanted to take them to lunch in downtown Greenville. We had eaten dinner at Larkin's and enjoyed it so we decided to give it a try for lunch. The atmosphere was great and we loved the food. We ordered everything from salads to sandwiches. The steak salad was the favorite at the table. Lunch is a great way to experience Larkin's for a less expensive meal than dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 16, 2014

Great for a romantic dinner, dinner with friends or taking a client out for a special dinner. Great menu, many delicious options for gluten free meals too.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 14, 2014

Larkin's is definitely a classy restaurant sporting an impressive menu and excellent wine selection. I would certainly come again if a special occasion arises or if I have access to company funds for a business dinner as I did this time. Appetizers for our group of 5 were very good except for the fried fish bites which had an off taste and the watery, unpleasantly bitter horseradish dipping sauce. No complaints about the beautifully done filet mignon. It did look very lonely on my dinner plate, however being accompanied only by a small dollop of delicious garlic mashed potatoes and 3 pieces of asparagus. My overall impression is one of confusion. Some things were done with excellence while other things were leaning towards mediocrity.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Let's first say this restaurant was quite difficult to locate. Can't really tell where the main entrance was. Upon arriving to the restaurant, several (4) waiters standing around talking totally ignored us. Waitress took our order and then disappeared. Didn't seem to care in explaining the menu and the dinner special. Asked for to-go box for leftover steak thru all the other leftover fatty steak that was left on the side inside the box. Really gross!

After she gave us to-go box disappeared again. Did not come back with our check. We had to pay with another server.

Nothing special with this restaurant.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 13, 2014

My wife and I went to Larkins for our anniversary and the entire experience was fantastic. We both had the filet and they were done to perfection. The French onion soup was delicious. Absolutely loved everything we will definitely be back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 13, 2014

There were four people in our group and three had the osso bucco which they each reported was outstanding. I had the sea bass and it was a little over-salted. Also, I find a green pepper medley a rather strange choice to serve with sea bass---obviously something I should have taken into account before ordering but I so love sea bass. The calamari appetizer is not to be missed---and my husband says the same of the crème brulee. This is our favorite go-to special-occasion restaurant in Greenville.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 12, 2014

wine prices are a bit high. Selected wine was not available

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 9, 2014

Enjoyed a get-together with friends for dinner and ordered from the 3-course menu. I selected the she crab soup, free-range chicken and creme brulee. Larkin's she crab is some of the best anywhere, chicken was very tender, creme brulee delicious. Only complaint was cold mashed potatoes and a few bothersome flies that are inevitable when eating outside.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 7, 2014

It was our 28th wedding anniversary. Visiting Greenville we took the locals suggestions that this was the nicest place to eat. Made reservations for may husband and I. A couple of friends also attended. I think maybe the locals suggested it because of the expensive menu. When the prices are high you assume its great, but not always. It was just ok.

Food was just ok. The steaks were not the best quality I have ever had. We might try again next month for our friends anniversary if they want to go back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 7, 2014

Mark,
We absolutely love Larkins. It is a treat for us to come to Sunday brunch.latkins is social to our family. We always bring our out of town guests to Larkins. I must admit I am disappointed with the changes to the omelette buffet. While you have decreased the price; the options for the omelette bar dramatically decreased. Please consider adding fruit back. Also the man who cooks at the omelette station is one of your best assets. I am embarrassed that I can't remember his name. Kudos to him! I appreciate him! He welcomes us and remembers our preferences. Then when we leave often he comes to the door to tell us to come back. Thanks for making Sundays so special.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 6, 2014

Always love to eat here. Was concerned that someone at our table had to wait 10 minutes for her meal while we already had ours. Even though she had an appetizer for her entree the waiter should have been very specific with the kitchen. We ate VERY slowly until hers came but ours was stone cold by then. Though apologetic the management did not offer to comp her wine or give a discount for the less than stellar service. Highlight was that the food was prepared wonderfully.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 5, 2014

The check in was disorganized (new hostess), but everything else about the meal was spot on. The table service was just right -- knowledgeable, attentive, friendly, but not overdone. Food and drinks are pricy, but top quality and nice portions. We particularly enjoyed the ceasar salad made tableside and the she-crab soup. Sea bass was very tasty; salmon just a little over-done for our taste. But, well seasoned and presented. It was too warm/humid to enjoy the patio, but the views across the river are very nice. Good location for outdoor dining in the fall, spring, or on a mild winter night.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 31, 2014

This restaurant is absolutely SUPERB! Fantastic food, great atmosphere, and wonderful wait staff. It is pricey, but SO worth it, especially for important occasions. We dined here for our anniversary, and will remember our dining experience as one of the best....highly recommend!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 26, 2014

Ate outdoors for lunch. Great service, outstanding quality of food. Can't wait to go back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 23, 2014

to start we had reservations at 8 and got seated at around 9. service was very slow. food quality for a steak rest. was very poor on the filets we had. the mash potato looked a felt like instant with no flavor. the place closed at 10 and we were there till at least 11. and when we went to the valet they had left already and moved the truck close to the rest. and left the keys inside the place at the bar, which I had to come back to the rest. to find them. no management even came to the table to greet us.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 23, 2014

Larkins and all the staff , helped make a special weekend, even more special. I run a small auto repair facility in Piedmont SC, I look at customer service very closely , and the staff at Larkins perfomed at an outstanding level . I woud like to speak to someone at Larkins about helping me offer special coupon , and or gift certificate to my special customers.
I can be reached at 864-625-7031
Best regards to all.
Dave Smith
Owner Smitty's Auto Repair, Piedmont

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 22, 2014

Dined here to celebrate a birthday. The food was good, but we were a bit disappointed in the service. While our waiter, was attentive, he seemed a bit distracted. My husband's meal, rack of lamb, was not cooked the way he ordered it and it was returned to the kitchen (something we don't really like to do); the lamb was replaced and was cooked to the temperature ordered, and was delicious, our waiter never asked if it was okay and seemed to avoid us for the remainder of the evening.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 16, 2014

A lovely evening.the service was great and the good tasty!A must

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 15, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at Larkin's On The River. My wife's steak was perfect and the Salmon was perhaps the best I've ever eaten. The sides and presentation added to the experience. I recommend the outside dining option. Many have commented on the slow service and it was painfully slow with long waits after ordering and between courses. However, given the choice between being rushed through the experience or spending a little over 2 hours enjoying the food, conversation, sights and sounds with someone I love, I'd do it all over again without hesitation. Some have also commented on the price but I consider it well priced for the quality of the meal and the over-all experience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 14, 2014

Oysters were rubbery tuna was cooked correctly rare however I don't think it should be cold especially where it was seared, libertys she crab soup was much better which is sad to say, service was not in touch with our obvious displeasure.. Now my sons ny strip was done nicely and they do make nice mashed, you can make your own judgement. The manager wasn't very perceptive either oh well won't be going back after attending for many years, Augusta grill is much better just not the same atmosphere as downtown.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 12, 2014

While atmosphere and service were great, we felt like the meal was overpriced.

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