River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
2915 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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BrettB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought a friend from Nashville who really enjoyed his meal. We have eaten here a few times and always a great experience. We had a waiter we have had before and he is terrific and very attentive. The food has always been wonderful.

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katrina
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Very accommodating with the COVID guidelines of no indoor dining. Our waiter and the service was the best I've had in years! We would definitely come back!

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vipMargaretL
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and love the restaurant. It was a bit chilly because we had to sit outside due to Covid. Would recommend a couple more heaters outside near tables. The food seemed a little cold but mainly because of the environment. Need more light. Will be back:)

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were served by Hannah; who was just OUTSTANDING to say the least. Even though we had to sit outside because of the new guidelines with dining, she was so accommodating by putting us as close as possible to heat sources. She was friendly and polite and warm and welcoming. She made us feel like her #1 guest and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience!!!

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NicoleM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a nice table outside with fire and heaters. My sandwich was dry, but other than that everything was great!

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MichaelG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great - as expected - and did not disappoint. Service was a little off, but perhaps that was just complications from the pandemic. Overall, would definitely recommend for any meal where

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LyndaD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was nice and cozy. We had a charcuterie plate which was not my favorite. They could improve with this appetizer. Oysters on the half shell were good.

Yes we will return here because we enjoy the view and ambience of the restaurant.

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ShawnM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Next level as always. Very cozy, beautiful decor and excellent steaks, ahi tuna and the mussels were great as well. Service was 10 out of 10. River house never disappoints. Kudos to Chef John and his excellent staff.

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Kami
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Of my many visits this was the most disappointing. I have been selective in choosing restaurants that follow Covid guidelines. Very sorry to see River House is circumventing the guidelines. Every table on the River side was occupied. We had a reservation and were seated in the middle of a crowded area. The waiter informed us that they were only seating on this side of the restaurant despite the fact that there is large area near bar, “because the patio is closed.”
We waited 15 minutes to get water and drink orders. Understaffed? Food was just OK. Won’t go back until I can sit outside.

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vipDave
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited River House for my birthday dinner with family. Stacy was our server and could not have been more helpful and friendly. Family had called in a credit toward the check so we asked Stacy to put together some appetizers for the table. The Lump Crab app and Jumbo Shrimp were awesome!

Dinners were all very good, although my parents could not finish the dinner they shared - it was a lot of food. Mine was excellent as usual.

We will be back soon!

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THARAN
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All though I wanted the dinner menu we got the lunch menu. But that was my fault we showed up early and asked to get in. This place was AWESOME. GREAT FOOD!! AND service!!!

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WendellS
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Perfect company!

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Catlin
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I wanted to have a nice date night out and to splurge. I had been wanting to try this place for awhile and we could not be happier with our experience. The atmosphere in the main dining area is wonderful and we had great service as well. Andrew was our waiter and he went above and beyond to make our night out and dinner very special and great! Our food was excellent, my fiancé got the surf and turf and I got the sea bass with the butternut squash goat cheese gratin and asparagus and it was all cooked perfectly! We will definitely be back in the future. If you are looking for a nice dinner with a great atmosphere and an amazing variety of some wonderful food this is the place to go!

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Vincenzo
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!!
The food.. I knew it was good.. but goodness that was amazing!!! Best surf and turf pasta ever!! The scallops were delicious as well! Definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The grilled octopus appetizer was delicious.

They had a surf and turf pasta special which was amazing. Hopefully they move it to their permanent menu.

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Kwoods
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A++++ we will return . Loved the server and the food was delicious

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DannyB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at RiverHouse and I have to say it completely exceeded expectations! Taylor was our server and she was top notch. Thank you for making several tasty recommendations. We will definitely be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great drinks, and tasty food!! Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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KellyF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary. Food was quick and delicious. Server was wonderful

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LindaD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful! Food is unique and presented nicely.
A special meal out with special friends. We weren’t hurried and totally enjoyed our time there. Will go again for sure.

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allenh
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our visit began very nicely with all of the host staff greeting us warmly and wishing my wife a happy birthday. They tried to sit us at a table, but since we had our 1 year old with us we asked to be sat at a booth. The bartender was waiting on us and I asked to see a bourbon list to which she said they didn't have one. I wasnt looking for something particular because I know some popular bourbons can be over priced so I was disappointed, but I just ordered a cocktail. I asked our server for her opinion on some entrees since this was our first time, and apparently she had not tasted anything on the menu because she had no opinions just generic "this dish is very popular". Which is fine, but no help. That being said, the food was delicious! The cocktails were also delicious! We then proceeded to desert. We again ask our server for recommendations, with no help. We ordered the brown sugar cake, and it looked fantastic. We each took a taste and I'm sorry but it was disgusting. I will eat just about anything and it was inedible. The server never wished my wife happy birthday, by the way. I understand we changed tables so it was probably lost in translation. We pushed the desert aside. The server asked if we wanted a box and we said no thank you. She never asked if we liked it or if there was a problem. All in all we had an enjoyable time in your restaurant with adequate service.

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Lena
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside seating. Great view of the river. Very nice service. Good food. Perfect place for any occasion

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RebeccaK
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. We dined on the patio and everything was clean and comfortable. Started with the grilled octopus which was tender with a delicious sauce. I also had grouper cheeks Fish and Chips - loved it! Will definitely visit this restaurant again and again.

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vipHeatherHoehn
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect including the outdoor patio

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JulieL
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely patio River view. Servers very accommodating for two servers

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my Fiancé there for her birthday, it was great food and drinks !!

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Drdlmque
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I usually have good service and good food but the waitress I had made this experience horrific. She was not tentative and she did not listen well. She had food fried that I didn't ask to be fried. It too her a long time to get our order and when the order showed up the food was cold as if it was sitting too long. The money I spent for this kind of food and service has me questioning if I will ever go back! I would recommend to a friend but watch out for "The Waitress!"

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous riverside dining
Great service
Great food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect! Will definitely be back when I’m in town again. Thank you so much for making our anniversary perfect.

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kristi
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Beautiful views, wonderful service and food was amazing!

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vipElizabeth
Louisville
146 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. One of our favorite places in Louisville. The fried green tomatoes were excellent. We had the diver scallops with grits and it was delicious. Our server Graham, was knowledgeable and fun. A great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointed. Food was ok...expected better.

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vipmijsmith
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lauren was awesome and so much fun! Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Someone was sawing and building something on the patio during our entire dining experience. Food was mediocre and over priced. Lacked flavor

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for special occasions or just to enjoy a delicious meal. Service is always outstanding and great attention to details.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, prompt service, beautiful venue, large portions, great value

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JosephG
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. The atmosphere was amazing, the food even better, and the prices even better than that!

We WILL be back, probably many times!

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BonnieE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server, Kevin was fabulous! So helpful and engaging. Give this man a raise!

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JamesL
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was very knowledgeable about the drink and food menu. We were seated outside and nicely spaced apart from our fellow diners. Will back for sure.

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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 897-5000.

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2915 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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