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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
4.7
6847 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

8:00 PM


Booked 76 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 6,847 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for scenic views

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Louisville

    Great for scenic views

  • Louisville

    Most Booked

6,847 Reviews
  1. LynnB

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely a must do and be sure to sit on the patio!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Really enjoyed the evening. Great atmosphere!

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  3. StevenN

    Nashville

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, drinks 25% over market price, service by Alex was excellent

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  4. CarynM

    Louisville

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was a nice evening, food was very slow to come out . But they were busy!

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  5. CarlF

    Louisville

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there, disappointed we had done so sooner, will definitely return, all was good..server Tony was very good already have another reservation, hope he is working then. He made great suggestions.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Brittany our server was amazing! Food was average. The 19oz Ribeye was over seasoned too salty, poor quality cut, & came out cold.

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  7. SuzieQ

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There was four of us celebrating a birthday. Our server Ben was outstanding along with his female trainee (I apologize for forgetting her name). Extremely friendly and efficient. One friend ordered the fried avocado stuffed with seafood salad, the birthday girl chose fried green tomatoes salad, I ordered the salmon croquette and lastly the crab dip appetizer and small spring salad was ordered as an entree. We were all extremely pleased with each dish and were part of the “clean plate club”! Our friend was surprised with a birthday dessert ( with candle) which she graciously shared with each of us. No matter what one orders at The River House enjoyment will ensue. Order the crab/spinach appetizer. It’s the best we’ve ever had and is accompanied by plenty of bread to spread it on. Only negative was the noise level on enclosed patio. Difficult to hear each other. Spent the time yelling at each other.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It took an hour to get our initial beverage order served to us which put our wonderful waitress in a bind but the manager apologized and gave us the round on the house. Otherwise the food was good and our waitress Kennedy was wonderful. Beautiful view as well.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice meal on the patio. Band playing (a little loud at times), great food and service

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I have always enjoyed River House. But this trip was a disappointment. Never got the V-tower and was very dissatisfied with it. Crab and lobster were dense and over cooked. The colossal shrimp was good but overcooked as well. But the oysters on half shell were delicious. The wait on drinks was ridiculous. It was a beautiful night and there was a band at kingfish.

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  11. John

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    our server Raj was fantastic! I'll be back again just because of him!

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  12. Julie

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect evening. I hate that I didn't get our server's name to give him a shout out because he was excellent! So knowledgable and attentive!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, top shelf service staff, and relaxing night by the river. We love River House, and Chef John and his team never disappoints.

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  14. JimW

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting this venue and it was a pleasure. Top ratings all around, for food, service, ambience (I was seated on the back patio), and value. Would definitely return.

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  15. DawnW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Joey was our server. He was attentive and helpful. The seviche was good. We love the outside patio and the river location.

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  16. ggpaphoto

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ran was a spectacular and attentive. Food was great . Service was well spaced.

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  17. Kcrou923

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was friendly and took care of us promptly. Our server Tyler did a great job taking care of us and we really enjoyed our meal!

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  18. DeeJ

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Nice beverage selection. Service was excellent

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  19. JohnP

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We took two couples who were from out of town for lunch because in the past the food has been great. A couple of people ordered soup and it was not hot when it was served. Two people ordered quesadillas and they were lukewarm. The cod and grouper sandwiches had a very small amount of fish but lots of cold tomatoes and lettuce. Everyone was too polite to complain until after we left. We were extremely embarrassed by our lunch.

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  20. StacyH

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was great, loved the River view. Food and service was fabulous!

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  21. DianaB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited from NY and I highly recommend this restaurant. Meal presentation was to perfection and excellent 😊

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  22. julieh

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious entree and appetizer. Friendly server and hostess.

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  23. DonnaS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Shrimp and Grits were outstanding! I highly recommend! 👍👍👍

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hosted clients from Dallas, Chicago and NYC for lunch, and they loved the restaurant. The food and the service were excellent. Our waitress did an excellent job of sharing high lights of the menu and the fact that their sea food is flown in daily. They loved the corn bread too. My guests and I enjoyed our dining experience very much. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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  25. LabanB

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    4 of us ordered apps and entrees. Drinks were great. Service was great. However EVERY FOOD item was bland. Someone buy the chef a salt and pepper shaker.

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  26. PauletteZ

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual . We came periodically and specially when we can seat outdoors

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  27. ThomasD

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Get place on the Ohio River! Food here is excellent with great choices of seafood! Known as the best raw bar in Kentucky, we had excellent chilled crab served in oyster shells, huge shrimp cocktail and outstanding King Crab Legs! Delicious skillet corn bread with Bourbon butter and Cucumber Pepino drinks that satisfied the taste buds! View is spectacular from the back of the river and the service was world class! Highly recommend and when in Louisville, shall return!

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  28. Destiny

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! We were in town visiting for a cheer competition and saw the great reviews. Absolutely love and adore the location! We sat outside and it was everting. The food was so good. Especially the oysters and cornbread!! Drinks were amazing too. I can say all good things! Highly recommend.

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  29. StephanieG

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, wanted to enjoy our meal. But of the 6 entrees none were good. Pork tenderloin was tough. Shrimp ceviche was a tower with salsa and a lot of avocado. Should rename the dish. Fish is all Fried. And this super dry. Had to wait a long time after we received food for drinks. Even though we ordered before.. bummer.

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  30. DeeC

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    two things did happen that impacted our experience One was we arrived to a table that had one less chair for our reservation we all stood waiting quite a while and no one came to give us the extra chair so we asked a table close by, but it was quite honestly that the hostess brought us to the table and then just abandon us knowing we didn’t have enough chairs or place settings The place was very, very, very loud. I love music and I love listening to music, but when you can’t talk or hear the person sitting directly next to you because the music so loud it needs to be adjusted to be background for the dining experience not a concert.

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  31. ColleenM

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service! Have also been to Riverhouse several times for lunch and it’s a great place with a beautiful view of the Ohio River.

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  32. Orplad

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brittany was great treating us like good friends. The smoked Old Fashions were amazing! Can’t wait to come back!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for the crab legs special and usually they are pretty good but this meal was subpar. The crab legs were soggy and very hard to crack. I disappointed with the meal, but the service and table view were amazing.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was great! Would have enjoyed a better view, restaurant was practically empty but we got seated inside with minimal view of River.

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  35. LisaS

    Louisville

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating Easter was awesome at the River House! Food and cocktails was delicious!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere and terrific staff. The food was cooked to perfection and the flavors were spot on.

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  37. Whatflavor

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat in the enclosed patio for some natural light since it was a beautiful day. Would have sat outside but it wasn't an option at the time.

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  38. JillC

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Jenn - she is amazing and made our anniversary dinner very special . Her recommendations were spot on, the drinks were amazing and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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  39. JamesS

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and even better for lunch in my opinion. Love this place. Recommend the smoked old fashioned.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a terrific experience with our family. Food came out perfect and staff was attentive to all our needs. Will definitely be back!

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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 6847 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 76 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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