River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.5
1485 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
River House Restaurant and Raw Bar is Louisville’s premiere riverfront dining destination. It is the vision of award-winning chef and restaurateur John Varanese and seats 330 in its main dining room, raw bar, and patio. Guests experience a charming “home like” atmosphere as they enter the restaurant from the front porch garden area. Enter through a 20-foot tall by 40-foot wide water wall, and enjoy intimate decor, and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the back courtyard and river, River House is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The menu features regional cuisine with a Southern flair and an emphasis on fresh seafood including Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell, BBQ Braised Beef Short Rib, and the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel Smoked Salmon. Our 15 foot raw bar features assorted raw oysters, king crab, and jumbo shrimp. Reservations are recommended. We look forward to serving you!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Christmas Eve 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Christmas Day CLOSED

New Year's Eve Open til 1am

New Year's Day CLOSED


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Phone number
(502) 897-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
River Rd.
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Parking details
Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.
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Entertainment
Located adjacent to the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, Levee at the River House is the perfect spot to share a meal with family and friends and to enjoy some choice River night life. At Levee, the emphasis is on live entertainment with some of Louisville’s most exciting local musicians and singers on an intimate stage.
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious service, beautiful view and an interesting menu. Three ladies enjoyed the peaceful summer ambience on the river. We each had different seafood salads and they were all delicious!
Thank you for a perfect summer afternoon with friends!

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LI
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Night started off great then server just disappeared. Never refilled our water, we had to flag down another waiter to get to go boxes for our food after waiting a long while. He was very nice at the start. He was working our table near the patio door and outside. Again not sure what happened but he finally came back at the very end but we still had to ask him for water after our glasses had been empty for 20+minutes of not seeing him. Little disappointing since we had told them ahead we were celebrating a birthday.

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to river house. Great atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food. Beautiful view of the river.

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MG
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ali, was fun but professional. He explained all the specials to us and answered any question we had.

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SC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very nice restaurant on the river. Everything was great. Loved it. Cant wait to bring our out of town guest's.

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MW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Amazing food. Ambience and service were on point.

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p
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Had the pasta cavatapi with shrimp and scallops. Excellent

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VA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good but I've had better seafood. The waiter did a big up sell on the specials, but they weren't as good as he made them sound. One of the specials was Heirloom tomato salad that he boasted were from a local farmer. The tomatoes tasted store bought.

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KW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a group of six and we had great service and delicious food. My husband requires low sodium and the server was able to recommend the entrees that would work for him. She consulted the chef and they were able to accommodate his needs with a delicious meal. The cocktails were also delicious and we were celebrating a birthday and the server brought a delicious dessert with a candle. It was very festive! Great cornbread too!

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B
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have always enjoyed River House, and upon entering the restaurant I have never encountered a smiling face; therefore, you do not get the feeling of being welcomed. (This has happened 3 times) Also, I specified a booth on the left side of the restaurant because one of our group was hard of hearing - didn’t happen and acted like I didn’t specify. Once we got to the table our server was so kind. A smile would go a long way in welcoming guests!!! So easy.......

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ER
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, great atmosphere .The food was very good. This was our second time there and definitely go back

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f
Louisville
61 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great. From the waiter to the ambience to the food. It was perfect.

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DJ
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of choices. Unusual selections, creatively put together.

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JH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Raj was awesome. The food has always been wonderful, never a bad experience!

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and our server was very helpful and friendly it was my 30 th anniversary and you all made it very special I would highly recommend

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a girlfriends bday and had a fabulous time and great meal!

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l
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose Riverhouse to celebrate the retirement of a dear family friend. It is a beautiful restaurant with fabulous lawan river view. Unfortunately, we did not get to enjoy the outside lawn because it rained.
I had the daily special of wreck fish, others had filet and salmon. All of us were pleased with our meals.
This is a great place for a special evening.

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JS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were late for our reservation because of traffic. We called the receptionist and she assured us there would be no problem. The other 2 members of our party arrived on time, were seated and had an appetizer. Our waiter seemed to be in a hurry. He brought a birthday cake to our table at the end of the meal. That was the last we saw him. He didn’t tell us he was leaving or who would replace him. We finally had to ask another waitress for coffee to go with our dessert. Our food was very good and hot when we were served. We would definitely go back.

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed it, but several of us ordered crab cakes and they brought them out without remoulade or any kind of sauce. Just bare slapped on a small plate. My meal was supposed to have lump crab cake but appeared to be crab out of a can. Very mealy and stringy with no lump crab.
We had wonderful service by Gladys and the appetizers were delicious.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, not too loud, delicious cocktails and creative, yummy cuisines! Our last dinner was an A plus. We would highly recommend this restaurant!

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VJ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is great and the atmosphere is very nice!

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River House exceeded our expectations with exceptional food and service. The ambiance is inviting and relaxing. We will eat here again!

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There were 2 dishes that were gone when we arrived at 7:30.

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MS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. We sat outside, as the bright sun had just disappeared. It was wonderful to watch the river traffic and it was quieter than indoors.

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R
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My seafood salad sandwich did not have much flavor--quite bland. My husband's salmon was very black on the bottom and had to be replaced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was my fathers birthday. I was surprised the waiter did not do anything to acknowledge it except say happy birthday. Was expecting a desert or something. My food was a bit salty but good. I usually expect seafood dinners to be light but these meals were dense, Very filling. I will look for something a bit lighter next time.

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RN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, amazing food! A weekend special was butternut squash stuffed with cheese and deep fried - it was fantastic! My favorite entree is the Diver Scallops atop cheddar grits with sweet corn butter.

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L
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about River House was enjoyable. Our server was one of the best ever. Loved it. Will return often, I hope, although we are 40 miles away.

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Z
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Love sitting on the deck! Tom, the server, was great.

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T
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service were outstanding. Bourbon Barrel Stout by Goodwood was terrific. Excellent bourbon selection. Would like to see Louisville Lager on draft

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S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars across the board. The location is beautiful, calm and relaxing for Sunday brunch, parking is easy. We were warmly greeted by the young ladies at the hostess stand, our server was knowledgeable, friendly and courteous without being "stuffy". The menu is extensive with something for every taste. Prices were more reasonable than I expected, presentation was excellent. One of, if not the best dining experience I've had in Louisville. We'll be back for dinner.

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NA
New England
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Can’t beat the views on a beautiful summer evening

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HC
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

So normally this is one of my Favorites! But this night, not so much! I ordered the filet mignon and I’m not sure what steak I got, but that wasn’t it. Tasted more like a sirloin and was over cooked when I asked for it medium. I’ve eaten a lot of filets, including from River House and NEVER had one that was about a 1/2 inch think and 6 inches wide. The meal was OK. I do love the restaurant and the ambience. We go there almost any time we want to celebrate something. But right now, I don’t think I’ll be back for a while. :(

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S
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started with a selection of grilled oysters with smoked rosemary and encrusted brie. Wonderful. Besides the regular menu there were about 8 special entree's available, so we tried the Walu (butterfish) that was firm, white beautiful fish with a very tasty flavor. My guest wanted to try the lionfish (special that evening) - and decided to try it brolied - FANTASTIC!!! Enjoyed the complimentary cornbread as we started with wine. Service by Chelsea was attentive and always prompt - and she checked on our meal about two minutes after we were serves! Perfect. The weather was nice but we stayed inside because it was a bit windy, so after dinner the wind had calmed down and we went to the outside patio to enjoy the night view of the river for a while. Wonderful evening and perfect dinner. Thanks to all!

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ML
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great but the food was overly salty and my companion sent his dish back. Then is came back bland, with no flavor at all! Otherwise a good meal and value. They have a habit of not bringing out the cornbread until you ask for it and sometimes you don't get it until the end of your meal which I find very disappointing.

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RS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Food, service and atmosphere. Will be going back.

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KP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The front room nearest the bar has much more atmosphere than the back room, which is where I was seated. This room, although very quiet and great for having a conversation without having to shout, is very plain and needs an interior decorator to make it more appealing. The food is always good at The River House. I'd recommend the stuffed avocado salad...I tried it for the first time and it was great.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great. I was disappointment with the food for the price. My lobster was so rubbery it was too hard to even chew and was not delivered with the rest of my food. My server did notice right away and went to the kitchen to get it but again it wasn't good. Also my side of asparagus came out completely cold. Good views, very nice employees and nice ambiance. I feel for the price the food should be checked before leaving the kitchen and I shouldn't have to ask to send my food back which is very uncomfortable.

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the River House on a Friday evening with another couple. All of the food was fantastic, the ambiance was great, and the service was wonderful. The blackened ahi tuna was amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent! Well prepared, seasoned, and portioned. Second time dinning at River House and it hasn’t disappointed yet. Look forward to the next visit.

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