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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
4.7
6764 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (502) 897-5000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cross street
    River Rd.
  • Parking details
    Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.
  • 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 Options, Takeout, Wine

What 6,764 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for scenic views

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Louisville

    Great for scenic views

  • Louisville

    Most Booked

6,764 Reviews
  1. DanaA

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 6 people in our group and we all really enjoyed the food and the service. Several of us ordered steaks. Each was cooked to perfection (and as ordered). The raw oysters were fresh and delicious. The salmon was outstanding. Our only complaints would be the grits and the risotto were a bit bland.

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  2. JessicaW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quentin was our server for the evening and provided us with an amazing dining experience! It was the first time my mother in law had been to River House, she had the Grouper which Quentin suggested, and loved it!

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  3. fayednwy

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great tonight. Very happy with the food!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner and drinks. Good for family or date night

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  5. SusanneM

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently a favorable experience One of our favorite locations

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good experience here. While best to sit outside in warm weather, inside at the bar is always a good cold weather option. The seafood platter is really good, along with the usual fish specials that often include Walu as what we ordered. Both were very good. Go ahead and splurge for the smoked old fashioned vs. the other old fashioned options. It’s only $4 more but the presentation alone is worth it and we are big fans of Knob Creek bourbon which is the whisky ingredient. Dessert… we always order ice cream with an expresso to pour over. Tonight’s ice cream was sea salt caramel. Yum.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was terrible. I ordered a steak that had a sweet glaze on it that was not describe on the menu. I asked them if they could give me one without the sweet sauce. They brought the same steak back with the sauce wiped off. Majority of people in my party agreed that the food was bad.

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  8. michaels

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    food was excellent, terrible table next to water station staff never shut up the whole time

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  9. NoelG

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I asked for a nice table for my 40th birthday dinner and they sat us out on the patio in no man's land, by ourselves. I won't go back for special occasions.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and service. Some of the crab legs were over cooked, BUT they were unlimited.

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  11. RebeccaE

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was outstanding. Service was outstanding. Seating was outstanding. Can not say enough good things. Highly recommend

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great. The place was packed. The service was excellent!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit and the service was consistently exceptional.

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  14. LillianS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but the service was horrible. We received our raw platter of goodies with out our beverages. Then soon after the entree's were delivered - only problem we never got our salad. Super frustrating because we were celebrating our anniversary. Really missed the mark.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The River House was a definite five out of five. Our server, Sean, was outstanding! Our food and drinks were amazing. The ambiance was perfect. I can’t say enough good things about this place. We will definitely go back!

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  16. Coltsfanmichelle

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous all around! Enjoyed the food and drink and excellent service. Will be a regular!

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  17. AmyR

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food as always! Sat wasaayyy in the back outside which wasn’t as nice as inside.

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  18. JanG01

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience!! The food, the service, and the ambiance was outstanding!!! Definitely worth all five stars!!!

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  19. LisaS

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was just outstanding! He accommodated off the item drink requests. In fact, when two of us decided to share a drink, he brought it in two separate glasses making us feel special. This is now our “go to” restaurant

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  20. Aces

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food well thought out menu highly recommend this place for anyone visiting Louisville.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good seafood at RiverHouse. A bit pricey, but high quality.

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  22. JenniferR

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had date night dinner here before a concert downtown so it was a 5:00pm reservation. We were seated in the closed in patio area near a fire pit. Enjoyed the view of the river and the setting sun! Our server, Quentin, was outstanding. The Pepino and margarita cocktails were perfectly balanced. The shrimp ceviche was good although could have used a pinch of salt for the large amount of avocado used. I had the salmon cooked to a perfect medium. Didn’t love the ratatouille but that’s a personal preference. Husband had NY strip and enjoyed his whole meal. The cornbread is so good we ate it all and didn’t have room for dessert. The prices are fair and the restaurant is beautiful. Very enjoyable experience!

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  23. DanielleW

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seafood & great service!! We Will be back!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always as expected 😋. Staff is always welcomed.

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  25. LindaL

    Anchorage

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We chose this for Our family celebration spot for its location. We were sat in the enclosed porch area which proved to be extremely noisy, even after we asked for the music to be reduced. The food was solid but nothing to exclaim about. My salmon was good. The ragout it was paired with was too strong and overpowered the fish. Overall our special night was good. But I’ll push harder to go someplace else next time for the price.

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  26. Teacher

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and exceptional service. Loved the river view!

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  27. NeilA

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Baked Lump Crab Spinach and Artichoke Dip was fantastic along with the Crispy Fried Avocado was great. Our server, Denzhal, was knowledgeable and accommodating.

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  28. rerahran

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, service, and view is always stellar! I never leave this restaurant less than 100% satisfied

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been many times with clients. Always consistently delicious with perfect atmosphere. Looking forward to nice spring evenings outside.

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  30. JeriP

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant week. You did have to ask for the special menu, felt like it was a secret. Saw the menu was off the regular menu. Food was good and there was an abundance of it.

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  31. ElizabethH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time going to River House. Food and service were excellent.

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  32. MaryJ

    Louisville

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service! Loved at the food and the wide variety of dishes. My Dads favorite favorite fish restaurant.

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  33. JeremyS

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal. Amazing. Delicious. Everything about this place was wonderful. We will go back.

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  34. annag

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salmon was to overcooked very dry should have not been cooked as long. But salad was very good.

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  35. MelissaS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and friendly service with high quality food. Definitely worth a return to try more of the many menu options.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband loves the grilled octopus I like the granny Smith apple salad with bourbon salmon

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  37. Cocoa

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our birthday celebration for my husband was excellent! The 4 of us enjoyed the raw bar tower, delicious entrees, and a tasty dessert.the cocktails were excellent also. We enjoyed the patio and were seated close to one of their “fire pits” on the enclosed patio. Our server was very attentive also. All in all a celebratory dinner for a special man! We look forward to dining there again

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  38. TomM

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great place to come to for lunch and dinner. Great experience and service.

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  39. JenniferR

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good place we go every year in February and we love it

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  40. MichaelS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food... good value... a little noisy and a little too cool... our waitress and serving staff wonderful ... very attentive ... will definitely return !!!

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FAQs

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 6764 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

3015 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

Additional information

  • Cross street
    River Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • 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 Options, Takeout, Wine
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