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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.5
1288 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Father's Day Brunch is BUFFET style from 10a.m. - 3p.m. Adults $29.99 - Children 12 & under $11.99 Celebrate Father's Day at River House with a beautiful view!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 1288 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great Seafood, the specials were very fresh! We will return!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Had dinner and eat at the bar. The service wasn't good. It was slow and when the order came it was wrong and had to be sent back. I think the bartender was new so maybe that was the problem with the service. I had a grouper poboy. The fish was good but I didn't like the bread. Guess you shouldn't order a po'boy unless you're in NOLA.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The physical space is very nice. Service was good. The food came out rather quickly which made us realize it wasn't made to order. We had one order of baby back ribs as an appetizer. The leather on the bottom of my shoe would have been more tender. No need to go back

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Good as always...brie appetizer was excellent. Tried the V burger this time, very good.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Nice place for a special occasion dinner. Terrific views on a great evening. Could improve service.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

The flat iron steak was a good cut of beef and cooked to a perfect medium, however it could have used a bit more seasoning. The flavor was too nuanced. I don't get this fascination with upscale restaurants and macaroni and cheese side dishes?

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Poor service. Ok food. Servers need training and attitude coaching. We arrived for special occasion and were seated in a tight corner table near the river door. The server could not reach me and when handing back my coffee cup it came very very close to being totally spilt on my dinner guest. I have worked as a server in the restaurant industry and the coffee should never have been filled in this manner. Not really the servers fault, the seating should not have been arranged in a manner where server could not properly fill my cup. It was like this with every thing from filling water to placing food and picking up plates -- the customer HAD to help continuously. Because of the small and inconsequential matters, the overall ambience was lost and the brunch an overall disappointment. The food was ok but the moment of the day waned with the awkward table and so so service. No one wanted to complain and be confrontational but I can tell you it will be my last choice when spending my money for brunching again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always happy with the food and service. We especially like the outdoor seating.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Coming from a culinary background...the food was amazing!!

Excellent view of the river...a great place for a night out with your significant other, or with a group.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

The River House's location is hard to beat with a great view of the Ohio River. However, when we dined there for dinner on 5/18/18, the service was poor. Salads and appetizers were delivered at the same time. Waiter stated that the kitchen "was pretty jammed." Escargot was cold and had to be taken back and re-served (better the second time around). Entrees were not as hot as they should have been. The manager did try to make things better, but it did seem as though the staff was overwhelmed.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great service. Great food. Great ambiance. Great Goodwood beer.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

To sum it up it was amazing. Fantastic food, fantastic wine selection, the service from the waiter was fantastic, great view of the river, restaurant Decor was very interesting, dessert selection was out of this world. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Consistently EXCELLENT!!! Everything John Varanese creates is CREATIVE and melt in your mouth DELICIOUS!!! 😊

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Excellent food and service!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were seated promptly and even for mothers day, it was not that crowded for dinner. We had a great view of the river. Our server Tiffany was friendly and polite and her service was excellent. The food was delivered quickly. My husband and I ordered the 50 oz Tomahawk steak, medium. However only about half of it was medium, the rest was either medium rare to rare which was edible but not exactly what we ordered. Also the flavor of the steak was rather dull. The fried green tomato salad was very good and the other 3 people in the party said their food was also good. Our drinks were potent, very good. Would eat here again but would not order the Tomahawk again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The place is amazing. The food is second to none. Love, love the chicken and pasta dish and the salads.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was awesome

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Disappointing Mother’s Day experience. Were not well prepared for the crowd. Lines were long for the buffet, could have been better organized. Food was ok, not particularly outstanding. Had to go through 5 plates to find clean ones. Have never left a restaurant more disappointed. Left no tip, first time I have ever done that. Wait staff seemed preoccupied, not genuinely interested your dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We brought in a party of 16 for Mother's Day. Everything was great and it was a pleasant experience. They probably could have sped up the line if they were set up to serve on both sides of the buffet. It went fairly quickly, but our 2 hour and 15 minute experience could have been shortened by the combined 30 to 45 minutes we stood in line the two times we visited the buffet. Very good and inventive food for a Sunday Brunch Buffet!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Shrimp on buffet was not good no flavor as if it been frozen
Beef very tough no flavor
Poor dessert selections
We had reservations for mother’s day but line was very long wait

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went to the Mother's Day brunch. The food was good but the food line was almost out the door. I feel that something needs to be done to expedite the movement of the line. Perhaps being able to access the items from both sides of the table would help. Also, the salad table and appetizer section should be in a different location. There is a bottleneck there. The line was at least 50 people long. As a result of not wanting to stand in the line for 30 minutes to get a second plate, I feel that I did not get my money's worth. I went to the Easter brunch also. The line was long but nothing like the brunch for Mother's Day. The logistics need to be worked out by management to improve the quality of the experience.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went here for Mother's Day brunch. Staff was great, food was great, VIEW WAS AWESOME. Thanks!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great atmosphere. Great food!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Love the outdoor patio and the view of the river. Our server was great and the food was delicious

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Although we had a reservation it took around 40 minutes to seat our party. This was only because we became agitated enough to speak to the host stand. Otherwise the food is always good and the service is typically really good.

This is likely a fluke, but the service was disappointing nonetheless.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My son and I were taking his mom, my wife, out for Mother's Day on Saturday because Sunday was already booked. She wanted to go to the River House. We asked for a river view in advance. When we arrived I mentioned that we asked for a river view. The waitress said that they only had one available and that it was a booth in the corner. It did not have a very good view. I asked about all the open tables by the window. The hostess said that they were going to be seating them in one hour and we might not have enough time to finish. When we sat down I noticed that the patio was open with open tables. She never asked us if we wanted to sit there. I started to ask but my wife said not to worry about it. And on top of all that the waiter that first greeted us apparently did not want to wait on us because after introducing himself as our waiter a waitress came along a few minutes later and said she would be waiting on us. That was not a huge deal but I sensed that something was wrong. She had the warm of a snow pea. Overall I was very unhappy and wanted to leave. But I kept my mouth shut to keep my wife happy.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful treatment/experience/service/food for graduation brunch. Cozy spot on the river just can’t be beat.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Waitress was not very friendly and spilled something in my mother’s back and did not say anything to her or apologize even after we told her what happened. The manager did come over to apologize.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We loved the tented patio!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

My wife and I went to River House to celebrate me finishing my Master's degree. Our server was excellent - helpful but not pesky! My wife had the flatiron steak and loved it. The mac-and-cheese casserole was perfect. I had the fried seafood platter, but I decided to order it blackened instead of fried. Great decision! My meal was excellent and reasonably portioned.

River House probably isn't going to be a regular haunt for folks like us working on a student budget, but for a special occasion you would be hard pressed to find a better spot!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Love love loved it. Great place definitely will be back

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Birthday dinner on the patio! They were very accommodating. Food (filet, seafood special, salmon and hot brown po boy) was enjoyed by all of us. Special birthday desserts (cake with bread pudding consistency, and a candle!) were delicious. Service excellent as was the atmosphere on the patio, as the sun gradually set over the river.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had dinner there on a Sunday evening. We sat outside and it was very nice. The service was good and I always like a menu where there are multiple things that I like and want to order. Be sure to order the Bookers Smoky Old Fashioned. It is wonderful and unique!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Not enough explanation on the dishes and how to order

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Had a fantastic experience for a Post Derby Brunch! Food was outstanding, weather was perfect to sit outside! Highly recommend it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great staff!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Visited for lunch, before Oaks. Simply - delicious food in a quaint setting.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Outstanding service outstanding place

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

My husband and I stopped for an early dinner and we both had a dozen oysters and drinks. We sat outside and it was very pleasant and nice. Sun was out and just very enjoyable and relaxing. Waiter was great as were the oysters. Love the ginger and cucumber dip for the oysters. Delicious

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