River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3380 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The first time we went to River House it was pretty good. This time not so much. Steak was not cooked correctly even after I sent it back. Asparagus seemed as if they pulled it from a microwave. My wife wanted to send hers back as well and didn’t. There are better places for the money. We probably won’t go back.

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful service!!

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JeffB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food was good, the view outstanding, the service...let's just say our presence at the River House was pretty low on the list of our server's priority list. We didn't order any appetizers, desserts, and only one adult beverage, that seemed to be an issue with her. We won't be back, but I wouldn't tell anyone to not try it. Call it a recommendation with qualifications.

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lizm
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at River House. Our server Jess (we have had him many times) is the absolute best! He makes the experience top notch! The manager Jeff is always a joy to see as well and makes every guest feel special.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Your server Andrew Locuto made this night not just an amazing meal at a great location with the amazing view, but an unforgettable EXPERIENCE.
I’ve been to your restaurants a few times now and I’ll NEVER forget this night!
How many times do you leave a place with souvenirs that included a framed pic of yourself and guests?? Having had cigars and the feeling that you made a friend for life?!
I’ll tell you: almost Never.
We will be back and we will be requesting his area because he’s the key to the fun we had!
Thank you for the total package! Never let him go unless you’re promoting him to GM. Or co-owner. 😏

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Laser
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience, service help were exemplary especially jovial SVP.

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jeffm
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a memorable dinner > Looking forward to dining there again in the very near future.

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Visitor
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Our service was absolutely terrible. The waitress was rude and did not give back change to one of our guests. The food however was wonderful. So if you don’t mind the rudeness then definitely go eat there.

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Janet
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I met for lunch. The food was wonderful, and, as always, we enjoyed the view of the river. One of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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LarryK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. We got the V Tower. It was awsome!

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JulieY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The covered patio was a great place to be able to enjoy a break in the weather and if it did happen to start raining again, we were still ok. The food was delicious, fresh, well prepared and presented in a pleasing fashion. I would definitely recommend River House Restaurant & Raw Bar to friends and family.

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Stevielee
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and personable service. Fast, friendly and delicious.

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vipDiscriminatingtaste
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The best part of our dining experience was our waitress, she was friendly and attentive. Cocktails were ok but the food was a disaster. Rubbery octopus appetizer, a raw rib eye steak when I ordered medium rare and a below par cheese platter that provided mere morsals of only halfway decent cheese outnumbered by of all things a bunch of raisens. The only thing that was good was the kale salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They helped to make Derby night special

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Song
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the River House while in town for the Derby. We sat on the patio which had a beautiful view. Our Oysters were some of the best I’ve ever had. The entire meal was amazing and our server was attentive and very personable. Would highly recommend going!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal!

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MathisB
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu offers items that may not be available everywhere and prepared in such a tasteful splendor, the view from the patio is breathtaking and the service is quick and polite.

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vipStephen
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great seafood starters. It needs more seafood entrees and something Cajun or like from Louisiana

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vipdestin
Tallahassee
60 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT RESTAURANT IN A WONDERFUL LOCATION OVERLOOKING THE RIVER> THER SERVICE WAS ABSOLUTELY GREAT> THE FOOD WAS EXCELENT> HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO ALL MY FRIENDS>

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JenC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Enjoyed a delicious lunch outside overlooking the river.

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Luv2eat
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!! We visit several times a year! I had some issues this time with them running out of the steak I ordered. I was upset about it, but the food was still good.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was really good! I really enjoyed the v style oysters! The service could have been better (our waiter was very forgetful), but overall I was pleased. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

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MaryK
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are lots of choices! Everything I have tried has been excellent! The view from the upper deck is wonderful.
I can’t say enough great things about the staff!! Professional, attentive and happy to accommodate special requests!
It is my go to place!!

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DarcyD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and it was the best night! The food was amazing and the cocktails were innovative! It was a night to remember!

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RICK
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Facility was clean and the service was great at the table and the bar

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vipJanetQ
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Fish and chips order was disappointing. We notified waitress and manager.

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AnnP
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, great selection, and excellent service. We had reservations and had no waiting.

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Anners
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. It was only our second time out since Covid started, so it was a good choice. They were keeping tables far enough apart, etc. We had a great time.

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vipRebeccaW
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, good specials and recommendations

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was excellent, the food was outstanding. All you could hear at our table were oohs and ahhhs! Not one complaint among 8 of us!

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ClaireS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at River House Restaurant. The food was delicious, as usual. The flavors of the succotash and tasso ham cheddar grits are so delectable. The service of the entire staff was impeccable as well. We will be back!

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ThomasG
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a blast River House is awesome every time. Beautiful view of river and sunset.

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vipMarthaR
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hunter’s service was terrific. Food was delicious as always. Best river view and wonderful outdoor seating. Not a big fan of the covered outdoor space, but understand the rationale for it. Will return.

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PattyH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely will visit again. The food and atmosphere outstanding!

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Babs
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently delicious! The presentation is beautiful, the service prompt, and the atmosphere- whether seated inside or out - is wonderful! You can't beat the gorgeous views over the Ohio! This is one of our favorite restaurants in Louisville.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was better than ever! Very professional service, great ambiance. Loved it!

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Tictock
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good drinks, and good service!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was extremely slow considering there was not many customers in the restaurant. Food was slow in coming out and cold. The grouper poor boy barely had fish on it, soup was cold. Etc...

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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 3380 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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