River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
1682 reviews
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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!
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C
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!!! Crab was amazing!! Yeah have been here many time and I have never been disappointed!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was nice but our server Kayla made it over the TOP! She was so knowledgeable and sweet and every time I come I would like to have her as our server. Thank you Kayla!!

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for all you can eat crab. Crab was great! The two sides you get is cold potatoe salad and cow slaw. Neither were good. I have never heard of serving cold sides with hot crab legs Plus after your first plate they bring one claw at a time. Not really worth the money

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an absolutely wonderful experience with this restaurant. Food and service were both superior.

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BL
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! We have been here many times and I think this night was one of the best! Wonderful service and food! I had the Shrimp & grits dish and my husband had the special smoked steak with raw oysters to start. The baked Brie appetizer was also very good! We enjoyed it all! Highly recommend for those wanting to enjoy delicious seafood with a southern twist in KY!

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F
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food very salty.

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LB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River House exceeded my expectations. Every staff member was friendly and knowledgeable. The food variety was more extensive than expected and the food was amazing in taste and presentation. The desserts were among the best I've ever had. We'll be back!

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AM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. They seated us in a room further back in the restaurant that was quieter than the front main room which was fantastic, as we could hold conversations with everyone in our party of 10.

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J
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service, as always with Chef John Varanese. We brought friends here who had never been and they enjoyed it immensely!

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k
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always although the bar drinks seem to be very small compared to the high cost of them.

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g
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet again, River House shows why they are my favorite restaurant in Louisville. The service was spot on, the food was amazing, and they even surprised me with a dessert for my birthday.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic experience that did not disappoint. Fabulous fresh seafood and the service was awesome.

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SC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. The view is beautiful.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was 11 of us that ate here and the service was outstanding! Most of us had the all you could eat crab...fantastic and their oysters on the half shell were wonderful! It is a little pricey, but worth every penny!

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l
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food very good—service from Clay, our server, was excellent—enjoyed ourselves immensely—

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Swanky. Nice. Oystery.

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f
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about River House! Jade, Courtney, and friends are all great! Wonderful food! Never had a meal I didn't love! Especially love the fried green tomatoes and fresh fish dishes!

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RW
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd visit, but the first for our OOT guests from NC. Booked for my Birthday for 6 people. I had ask for a quiet area and we were seated in a beautiful room by the window. It was all great! We tried a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and drinks. Everyone was pleased with their meal. Our server was Lexus and she could not have been more attentive. Thanks for a memorable Birthday! RW

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A
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oysters Rockerfeller were the best we’ve ever had - Gulf seafood is our favorite!

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AM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding! Went with the intention of getting seafood, and my husband did - he got the lobster special and loved it, but I went with one of the red meat specials- smoked ribeye and was literally melt in your mouth. Our service was over the top. Joey was attentive, and suggesting at just the right moment, but not annoying. It was a great meal and great dining experience! Will return!

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TW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best salmon with sides that I have ever had. My husband loved the pork loin with sides. Loved the ambience-nothing is like looking out the large windows at the river. The staff’s Service was superb and genuine. It was such a wonderful place to go for our anniversary. Also, it was easy to set my reservation online.

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MH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! The butterfish was cooked perfectly and absolutely wonderful. Oysters for appetizer also good. Enjoyed the meal.

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R
Louisville
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend had never been here...a bucket list item of hers. She got the grouper Po Boy with chips and thought it was just okay. I ordered the Fried Avocado with Seafood Salad. I thought I would be getting pieces of seafood, shrimp, scallops and crab over greens. What I got was the consistency of tuna fish. Not bad but not what I wanted. My fault for not having it explained. We enjoyed our riverside table and our server, Lexie, I think, was right on it. We will return as the menu had quite a few other choices we wish to try another time.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Grilled Oysters were great. Shrimp Po Boy was very good also. Truffle French fries were over cooked and served cold. We had a very good waitress. Our reservation was made through open table but the Restaurant claimed to open table that we didn’t show up. We heard from open table and got that mistake corrected. I’m not sure how attentive the hostess who sat us was. Prices were fair and for the most part the food was good. If I was in the area, I might go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Riverhouse for my birthday dinner I had the blacked shrimp and crab quesadilla. The food was amazing and the desserts were even better! My table (a 14 top) ordered several and tried three different desserts, all were spectacular. Would recommend!

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NK
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Server only came to the table about 4 times of us being there for 2 hours.

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C
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! many people for a Monday all you can eat crab leg night and as expected the service was outstanding. The crab was hot and fresh, they didn’t waste any time getting a reorder in and out to you. Overall a great night I will be back many more times! The quality of food, service and atmosphere is what I expected, and for the price totally worth every penny! Excellent job!

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g
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch for mother's 93rd birthday. We all had omelets, which were very good & very large, served with fried potatoes & biscuit. Potatoes were dry. Cornbread served before meal was excellent. Only 1 brunch menu but 4 regular menu, so we had to share the brunch menu. Coffee was very good. Comped with a dessert of 4 small slices of cake with whipped cream, a bit of chocolate sauce & a halved strawberry with a few blueberries was very good. Prices were reasonable. Nice view of the river from some of the seating.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was outstanding and the food delicious!

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K
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food , had a quality time , had a very good soothing vibe plus it’s on the water

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious with excellent service. Calamari was the best I have ever had, charred but tender. Entree might have lost 1/2 star - flavors weren't strong, fresh herbs not found. But the sweet potato biscuit desert was the perfect balance...not too sweet and really yummy :)

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HH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience and service were good. My meal and my daughter’s meal was tasty but my husband’s meal was not good. The fish was greasy and the sauce was nasty.

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

$13.00 for a 6 oz. on the rocks Margarita is ridiculous!

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d
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambience

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P
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Beef Medallion special. Tender, juicy medallions done med rare. Very good. Server was pleasant. A good experience.

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a
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, & drinks!! All great...

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Food too greasy. Too few choices for lunch sandwiches

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g
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and wonderful food......this is my favorite restaurant in Louisville!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food and service, stellar spirit selection!

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D
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother was in town, so my husband and I took him to his favorite place to eat in Louisville. Of course he ordered Chesapeake Bay oysters as did I. They were delicious.
Service was great, food was great, evening was great. Thanks River House.

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