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About River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

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!

3015 River House
Louisville, KY 40207
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm

Cross Street:
River Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 897-5000

Website:
http://www.riverhouselou.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us this Christmas Eve at River House and Levee at River House. We are open regular hours, so please let us help you relax with your family and enjoy a great dinner.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We are closed today and hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

New Year's Eve! Join us for the last day of 2017 for either lunch or dinner. We will have extended hours and will be open till 12:30 a.m with a special champagne toast at midnight!

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (92)
Special Occasion (77)
Scenic View (67)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (60)
Good for a Date (58)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Romantic (44)
Business Meals (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Casual (34)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Worth the Drive (29)
Notable Wine List (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Fit for Foodies (26)
People Watching (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Fun (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Cozy (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Healthy (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Seasonal (14)
Authentic (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Tasting Menu (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Disabled Access (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Live Music (5)
Great Beer (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 2 days ago

We ate dinner with our kids before watching the Nutcracker. This could be our new favorite restaurant! Fresh from the gulf Seafood was amazing. I learned and tasted the difference between west and east coast oysters. The atmosphere is great with a perfect view of the Ohio river. We went outside after dinner next to the gas fire pit and enjoyed watching the boats on the river.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 2 days ago

Although my meal was fine, my out of town guest had to send her beef medallions dish back as the meat was too tough & full of gristle. The waitress did bring her a scallop dish as a replacement but the experience and timing were disappointing especially since I had raved to my guests about River House.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food. Exceptional service! We will be back!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The ambience was perfect. I liked the eclecticness of the food. Some of the food items were a little pricey but that's what you expect if you want usual. Our party of 12 was there for 2 hours and we never felt rushed. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were there for brunch on Dec.10 with 5 couples. We have had dinner there several times and thought the food was good and the service excellent. However I would not recommend this to anyone for brunch. My hash browns were served cold. They looked like last night leftover potatoes and there where more crumbs than potato chunks. No taste either. The vegetarian omelet was excellent. The coffee was good but we kept having to ask for refills. The server did not inform the gluten free guest if the hash browns were GF. He was asked to find out. The only thing that made it better than a chain restaurant brunch was the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First time for us... took out of town guests.
Had a great time. Service was excellent, plate presentation and quality of food was amazing... 👍👍😊

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was too noisy to hear unless you got in a tablemate's face. The food was mediocre, although some entrees were generous with seafood. Finally, pricing is the norm except for lack of quality.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Took some friend there for their first time. We all enjoyed the food and service very much.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Nice place - just wish I had ordered something else.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We sat at the bar before dinner for drinks and appetizers - service was slow, oysters were not shucked properly, empanadas were tasty but soggy, silverware was dirty and had to be sent back. The dinner tuna had a lot of tendons in it. The bar manager and waiter were very apologetic but overall it was a disappointing experience.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The cocktails were lovely as always and very excellent service. The food was a little off this time. The seafood was well-prepared but there were inconsistencies on the rest of the plate. I enjoy veggies with some crunch certainly however the zucchini on one plate and the acorn squash on the other were essentially raw. These items are important to us because of dietary restrictions. We like to enjoy our veggies! River House is a beautiful space that deserves more attention to detail. The manager asked and we answered, so they are aware now.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Dinner was delicious with lots of wonderful options. Good service and great drinks!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have eaten here 5 times - 3 of the 5 meals have been substandard IMO. All three of the meals I was disappointed with were on the specialty menu. I would consider main menu items if you frequent this restaurant. The scallops my wife ordered were not washed properly and had sand in them still. While I have no problem paying such prices for quality food I believe the prices here are unreasonable for the poor quality. I’ve had meals as good or better at numerous other restaurants in the Louisville area.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was excellent , proper amount, and noise level was proper

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Western KY)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was great.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 26, 2017

2nd time eating here. Very nice surroundings. Food was very good. Especially the avacado and crab salad. Service was good, seemed odd that we had so many wait staff....a total of six. Overlapped a bit but all was good.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The atmosphere was excellent and the food was terrific I had the salmon and scallops cooked perfect!!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Terrible service and food. Waiter had all the personality of "Anywhere but Here" Very unfriendly and also told us to hurry up and order because they were expecting a party of 40 and another of 20. That is not our problem that is your problem and your management's problem. The appetizer was wrong and was sent back to get it correct - again the waiter was not listening and did not want to be there and was more interested in turning the table than providing service. There were four of us and we all ordered something different. When the food arrived three of us had to send it back because it tasted like they poured an entire box of salt on each dinner. It was disgusting, you could't eat it . The fourth person ordered chicken and it was fine (I guess they ran out of salt ) The waiter didn't offer any alternative and the manager came later to say "sorry about the food" and that was it! Never saw him again. This was my second visit and my last. They are way over priced, the seafood is at best average and the menu is lacking in creativity. There is really nothing this establishment has to offer except for a river view - and you can get a view and seafood right next door WITHOUT the salt.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I've probably eaten at River House 20-25 times since it opened and it's my "go to" place when there's a special occasion or guests from out of town. It's obvious the food is prepared with great care. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the view of the river perfect. It was so pleasant to watch the flames flicker in the outdoor fire pits on a recent cold, wintry evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Will definitely go back next time I'm in Louisville.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sunday evening we had reservations at The River House. We arrived and were promptly seated in a cozy booth. The restaurant was clean and I would imagine have an amazing outdoor atmosphere during the warmer month's with outside seating. We dined in November so it was too chilly to enjoy the patio. The drinks were made well. My husband tried the Bourbon Flight. The waiter that brought it to our table spilled all 3 glasses (not a big deal to us). They promptly brought him a new flight free of charge.

Food: We ordered the stone crab for our appetizer. It was delicious but be aware that you are paying $30 for two TINY claws. Not worth the price. My husband had a sampling of raw oysters and mashed potatoes for his meal. He enjoyed both and said the oysters were cold and very fresh. I ordered the Makers 46 Planked salmon. It was just okay. I took a recommendation for a creamy sauce on top from our server and wished I had not. The salmon already had enough flavors going on and it made it too rich. For dessert, our server recommend the sea salt caramel ice cream. It was waaay too sweet for me. I would return to this restaurant, I would just choose another entree and dessert. I believe this place has excellent potential, especially with the view in the warmer months.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The taste of my meal was outstanding, however, I like my food hot when it comes to the table. My food was luke warm at best. Great scotch selection.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I enjoyed my time, but my dish was not very good. I ordered the Grouper Entree & it came with mixed veges & a lot of rissoto. There was very little fish & only 2 pieces of shrimp? It was not a very good value! I was disappointed, but the 2 appetizers were very good! My cocktails of vodka tonic were OK; couldn't taste the vodka & it seemed water downed? Not a good value for the money!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We loved our dinner at River House. It was our first time there. The service was the best part and the food a close second. Every single employee that we encountered there said hello and was kind and welcoming towards us. We had a seafood tower from the raw bar and it was delicious. We also had a seasonal pasta, chowder, and a po-boy. All were incredible. For drinks, my mother and I each ordered a cocktail from the seasonal menu and my husband had a beer. My mother liked her ginger drink more than I liked my pear drink, but they were both tasty. I am looking forward to going back to River House sometime. Again, the service there was just incredible.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I love this restaurant but the main entrees were barely warm. It's as if they had been sitting for a long time before they were brought out. Usually love this place but a definite downgrade of stars.

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful anniversary dinner. Our server was very attentive and personable, and the food was marvelous. She brought us a special dessert to celebrate which was scrumptious. We will absolutely visit again.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

This was our second visit to this restaurant. We ordered the same thing as last time because it was amazing and it did not let us down the second time around (Sea food tower for 2). This evening was for of our mothers birthdays, it was her first time and she loved it. She said she would be back again for sure!
Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great starters from raw bar and wonderful appetizers. We both had fish. Mine was a little over cooked but still tasty. My husband had the grouper cheeks and liked them. Waitress was very attentive and just an overall fun place with a happy atmosphere

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and ambiance--was given a window table as requested and the service was outstanding. My out of town friends were very impressed with the restaurant and the food!

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Never fails to exceed our expectations!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Every time I’ve gone there and has been an amazing experience

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food, service, friendly staff. All around really good experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

River House is a beautiful waterfront restaurant with a view of the Ohio River where you can enjoy a great menu of foods, cocktails, and wines. Their staff is well trained and informed about the food being served. Their raw bar is wonderful and if you have an opportunity, you should try the raw West Coast oysters. They are incredibly fresh and delicious. Food presentation makes the experience worthwhile. Wonderful place for a date, out of town guests, and locals who enjoy great food. I love Chef Varanese's culinary creativity and grateful we have him in our community!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Romantic, Organic, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, People Watching
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. It was lovely watching the boats go down the river from our table. The Brie appetizer with sorghum was my favorite part of the meal.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We're from out of town and were trying to find a place to enjoy the last of Kentucky's warmth and river view before heading back to cold Chicago. Didn't realize so many places weren't open on Sundays. The concierge at our hotel recommended this place to us and we were not disappointed! Got to sit outside and watch the tug boats. Beautiful! And the seafood was outstanding!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

After a problem at the beginning, everything turned out wonderful.
Thank you to "Tony" for getting it all taken care of.
Our wonderful server "Chelsa" went out of her way to complete our meal.
Looking forward to more "Clam Bakes" in the near future.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We sat outside looking at the river, which was nice, relaxing, and peaceful. It was our first time dining here, and we had to take some time to familiarize with the menu. We mentioned that, and no help was offered, which was different from what we noticed at the other tables, where the overall menu and special items were presented. We found the wine selection quite broad, and enjoyed our choices (a white haven Marlborough sauv blanc and a Venetian Pinot Grigio). We selected the mussels (nice, maybe a tad too spicy) and the chargrilled octopus - which was really nice. The house cornbread was a great touch and complemented all the food well. The seafood platter was very good, and the chef accommodated our choice of having it grilled rather than deep fried, which we deeply appreciated. I also had the special Hawaiian fish du jour, which was enjoyable but way overpriced. The atmosphere would have been much nicer if we were spared the swarming honey bees and flies that were all over our meals and faces.
Honestly, I am a good OpenTable customer, and I did not appreciate my reservation not being acknowledged, when we took our time to make a reservation even at an early time of the day, when the restaurant was nearly empty.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server added to the meal. She was upbeat, cheerful, polite, and very good at her job

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great ambience, service, food and food presentation, and so much to enjoy visually. I also was overjoyed when my car keys were lost and found and held by staff until I could pick them up. I look forward to dining at River House again!

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Was in Louisville for a conference, party was 25 folks. River house was flexible with reservations, late additions to party and the service was excellent. My guests were impressed with every aspect of the restaurant. The food was tremendous, my customers were still talking about the next day.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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