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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
My husband had a crabcake and she crab soup. I had the same soup with a salad of arugula, tomatoes and bacon. The soup was good but not the best. My salad was overly drenched in dressing already tossed together. So okay dining but nowhere near the best in Greenville. When we requested bread they brought us a buttered bun.
Food was solid and setting lovely. However, the service during my last two visits left much to be desired. Wait staff rarely checked in with us during second visit and first time kitchen was extremely slow. This was disappointment as Larkins has always been a great place for Sunday brunch.
The food was amazing. It is rare that Larkins has Lobster as an entree and it was a welcome change. Our waiter, Charles was very accomodating and acknowleged our anniversay with complimentary champaign and dessert. I am looking forward to our next visit with great food and excellent service.
I have been asked to review Larkins on the River in Greenville, South Carolina. Let me start by qualifying myself as a critical diner who gets more critical with each dollar I spend on a meal particularly when I am celebrating a family birthday as this occasion was. The spinach salad with walnuts and feta cheese and warm dressing may have been the best I have enjoyed in years. My wife and son's ceasar salad prepared at the tabel was equally fine. I ordered the Sea Bass with spinach which was outstanding, perfectly prepared and presented. The Molten Chocholate Lava cake was special. The service was personable and attentive. I give this restaurand a superior grade for dining enjoyment and while $50 per person may seem to some a bit on the high side I would have to admit that the meal, atmosphere and service was worth every penny. Valet Parking was quick and free!
I had a VERY OLD gift card that I did no expect management to accept. I couldn't even prove how much it was for. They took my word for it. I was so impressed with that and how it was handled. I will definitely be back. They didn't have to extend that courtesy.
They seem to specialize in steak yet mine (tenderloin) was over cooked. My husband's steak, however was perfect (filet). The cheese cake was mediocre. I would agree with other reviewers who state that the restaurant is over priced compared to the quality. It is however incredibly convenient if you are attending a show at the peace center which we were.
My daughter and I had lunch here before the solar eclipse Monday. It was great - we each had a salad and shared the amazing truffle fries. Salad portions were perfect - generous but not overwhelming. Service was very friendly and attentive without hovering too much. Nice, casual ambiance. We had planned to eat on the patio, but it was too hot and humid; we were easily accommodated in a comfortable indoor booth. We weren't drinking that day, but restaurant appeared to have great selection of wine. I would definitely return for dinner if I get back to the area.
My first time in downtown Greenville and first time at Larkins. I was there with friends for the Eclipse and what a treasure of a find. Even though it was hot, enjoyed the outdoor dining, and the lunch was wonderful. We all had something different, and sampled each others delicious food. Then shared an amazing dessert. I will definitely recommend this to anyone that I know will be in the area, and will look forward to trying again when next in Greenville, SC :)
Let me begin with Larkins is my favorite restaurant in Greenville. We were seated quickly, got the table we requested and the food was awesome. The service is usually excellent. Our server was not that great. We were disappointed. We had to ask other servers for simple things like steak knives, ketchup and clearing the table. I know sometimes people can get overwhelmed, but it was pretty bad. I would have wanted another glass of wine or possibly dessert, but wasn't even asked. With all that being said, it is a wonderful establishment. And the other servers were very helpful. It was just extremely disappointing. We felt like we were the reject table.
We had a good meal here in the night before the total eclipse and our only minor complaint was the darkness of our table. We needed to use our phones to read the menu. The next day we stopped by on the way home after the wonderful eclipse to celebrate with a beer. We were asked to sit at the bar where we sat for 5 minutes waiting to be served. Several members of staff saw us but were too preoccupied to help us.
Not happy with our experience. Special occasion as it was our anniversary. It started well - nice ambience, oysters were good, and good wine. Then my wife's fish was undercooked and had to be re-done. It took a long time. They got my order wrong and eventually replaced it. The main dish I ordered had no flavor and I ate less than half of it. Dessert was not good - took one bite and did not eat it. I returned these plates practically full, as I did not like them at all, and nobody asked me why. Manager came by and when I politely told him things were not going well, he just nodded, made some small comment and walked away. Our waitress was very nice, but she was overwhelmed with large tables around us. Overall a bad experience. Just paid our bill and left with no comment, as I got the sense nobody really cared. I apologized to my wife and we will re-do our anniversary dinner elsewhere. Will not return to Larkin's. Fine for a lunch salad, but not for a special occasion.
Generally I would rate Larkin's a very good on food and service. But out of three of us who ordered the snapper, I awoke at 5 a. m. the next morning with a severe intestinal bug.
I do not know if my fillet had spoiled or if I picked up the bug elsewhere. I had very limited contact with other people the day of our dinner.
A reminder of how very careful food handlers need to be.
We usually enjoy dining at Larkins, but we were quite disappointed with the Restaurant Week dinner. In my opinion, the restaurants should try to highlight their best food during this week. My husband and I both ordered the braised short ribs which was served in a red sauce over noodles that were stuck together. Not a good combination, and neither of us enjoyed this dish. He upgraded to She Crab soup, which he said was okay but not as good as usual. My dessert, cheesecake, however, was delicious, but my husband did not think the chocolate cake was very good. The service and ambiance were both excellent as usual. Overall, we were not happy with our meal on this occasion.
Planned event many many weeks out and communicated with Larkin's many times in advance by phone. My guests for a special event came in from Nashville, Chicago, Winston-Salem and Tampa. Larkin's was aware of this and the importance of a seamless evening. Completely botched. No table available. Had to deal with staff's anxiety and their personal complaints about their evening. Finally endured the glares of a couple thrown off a table we were given in an outdoors space I specifically wanted to avoid as I planned weeks earlier. Larkin's seems to be one of those legacy places that thinks the customer should be honored to be on the premises. It's kind of like a legacy airline brand - you have a ticket but they can seat you, throw you off or ignore your needs as they see fit. In a city with dozens and dozens of exciting dining choices, why would anyone ever want a Larkin's bill and experience. Wonder how many others default to a single or two course experience rather than a full menu experience after experiencing the fiasco of walking in to be seated. As for the food, my guests said it was ok ... I wouldn't know. Price competes with the top seafood and steak houses of North America ... the food only aspires to ... the management service does not. (Many thanks to the kind server who must work hard to stabilize suffering customers all night long). Not recommended - high risk for special occasions and business meals.
Had another excellent meal at Larkin's for my birthday. Bot my wife and I ordered bone-in RibEye - cooked perfectly with nice crust on outside but pink throughout inside. Started meal with great cocktails and crab cake appetizer which I think is best in town. Sides were okay - would like to see more green vegetable choices. Took dessert home - would rate as just average but maybe would have been better if we ate at restaurant. Would definitely return
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