River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
4387 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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MichaelB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Crab Legs were small overcooked and took way to long to bring out between plates. After first plate I timed how long till the second plate arrived. 20 minutes. 3 knuckles on the first plate. 2 knuckles on the second and third plate. 1 knuckle per plate from then on. Best time between putting in order to receiving was 20 minutes. Complaint to staff fell on deaf ears. Very expensive bill for the service, amount of food and quality. I would like my money back to be quite honest.

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TomH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipDanaH
Austin
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, one of our favorites, especially for all you can eat crab legs!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited River House for a date night. We hadn’t been out to eat in months, but the all you can eat snow crab legs got our attention.

Our service was PHENOMENAL. We even tipped in addition to the gratuity included on the check.

The food was excellent. We started with oysters from the raw bar. They were fresh and delicious. My wife enjoyed the crab legs, and I had the crispy chicken. All of the food was great; even the house made ice cream was delightful (I recommend the sweet corn).

The environment was pleasing and comfortable. We were able to have enjoyable conversation with having to speak over other patrons or background music, yet we were no distracted by the conversation of others.

We will certainly be back.

KB
KarenB
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, atmosphere, etc. is always good, but on our last visit staff went to EXTRA-ordinary lengths to serve. Our car wouldn't start in the parking lot and Angie, one of the managers, did everything in her power to help us resolve the issue. It took a long time, and it was my birthday...but despite the frustration and bitter cold it was a great day having someone so caring, competent and selfless to come alongside us. Thank you Angie-Angel!!

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved the food and experience. It was amazing.

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KellyP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed River House. Our food was outstanding. We had the Brussels sprouts and seafood tower to start and they were enjoyable. For dinner we had a wide variety in our party from steaks to crab. The fish special was absolutely delicious. Andrew was our server and he was fantastic. No complaints!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The charred octopus, seafood pasta and cornbread with sorghum butter was delicious! Can’t wait to come back during warmer weather to try out the deck and river view.

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JohnM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall this place offers it all. Great inside and outside space (heated outside for winter) Excellent hourly specials, good service and drink selection.

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vipchuckR
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was ok. Lukewarm at best. Waitress was excellent. Deserts were stale. Dinner for two with one glass of wine wasn’t worth $100 plus tip.

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Lilly
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place! We ordered a total of 5 dishes (4 under apps/salads, 1 entree), 2 cocktails, and with a 23% tip came out to $125. That's amazing value in my opinion for some delicious dishes (plus you get complimentary cornbread). Everything had its own significant flavor, yet went together.
It was the first time we had tried the mussels there as I'm not really a fan of chipotle as I feel its usually way too strong, but this was subtle and done really well. The grouper risotto remains my favorite dish - creamy yet not mushy as the vegetables still have a nice bite to them and the shrimp is just cooked perfectly every time. The simple fried green tomato salad I will never pass up! It's. so. good. We only go a couple times a year as we don't normally drop 100+ on one meal, but it's always worth it when we do.

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PWhite
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and server (Kayla) were excellent! Love the consistency of River House!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner and food, service and ambiance was great!!

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SteveF
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The hosts were super friendly and energetic but our server was not.

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KIMBERLYB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great experience. We tried several different appetizers and main courses along with drinks. Our waitress Taylor was outstanding - from food recommendations to drink recommendations she was right on it - you could tell she genuinely loved working there.

Will definitely be a top choice in the future.

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ToddR
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a nice evening. Host greeted us and congratulated us on Anniversary.
Down side: Ate on covered, heated back patio. Pretty pleasant. Windows were kind of foggy so took way from view of the river. We were right below a speaker so it was a little loud. A number of specials and menu items were already sold out at our 6:30 reservation time. Server said it had been a busy day but probably evidence of a lack of kitchen planning to balance lunch and dinner.
Upside: server Adam was really good. Attentive but not pushy. Knowledgeable and helpful with menu. Food we got (not first choices because of selling out) was solid. Not amazing but quite good. Salad presentations were well done and flavor very good. Smoked Ribeye and a butter fish (pretty small portion) both were tasty. Sides were well prepared. Bread pudding desert was best part of meal. All staff were pleasant and professional. Environment of restaurant is very inviting.
We will return.

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Tony
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Very pricey. What to expect for seafood.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We have had good experiences at River House in the past, but this time we were seated in the closed in patio - a very sterile room with hard chairs and no view (through the dirty plexiglass) and only hard surfaces so the noise level was high. We were sat next to a very loud table of 6. My husband and I could hardly hear each other. It was about 10 min before we were approached by a server. The service overall was fine once things got going and the food was good.

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RobertG
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, River House did not disappoint. Rather, it delighted. The food was incredible and the service both friendly and efficient. Thank you for another great experience!

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vipClassyLady
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good here. Friendly service; efficient, knowledgeable staff. Nice river views and an all-around pleasant experience!

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SBVF
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as always! Service is top notch. Always a pleasant lunch date with my wife.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unlimited snow crab night was everything I'd hoped for.

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NoahM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for the Crab special on Monday and had never been to River House before. We were blown away by the meal and service. Would highly recommend and hopefully will be visiting again shortly.

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EricE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is excellent fine dining. We came for the all-you-can-eat crab, but have been here before and have always had a great experience. Food never misses!

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vipshelly
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raj was a great waiter. We ask for him every time. He is the best

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Great atmosphere, staff was amazing. Food was great. Will definitely be back!

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viplivinthedream
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Traveling from Atlanta to Indianapolis - stopped here for dinner. So glad we did! It was awesome!

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CharlesJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The food is creative, delicious, and reasonably priced. If I lived in Louisville, I would eat here every week.

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Donna
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place shall go again.
I was looking for oysters and they were delicious. Love Love Love the fire pits

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were phenomenal. Our waiter went above and beyond expectations, and the food was top notch. We will definitely visit again.

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vipBluegrass
Louisville
66 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we return to River House we are impressed - we had a great "meal" of drinks, appetizers, and the seafood salad - everything was GREAT. If you have not tried their tuna ceviche you are missing out - it's amazing - and the grilled octopus too! Great menu, everything is really good.

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vipBarb
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fine we were in enclosed patio area. It was very warm

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DanD502
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service. The restaurant layout doesn’t flow well and we seemed to run into food runners and servers a lot.

CS
vipCarolynS
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would like more fish on menus. Sea bass or trout

MC
MaureenC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Knew nothing about this place and would never have found it without Open Table.

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vip2regulars
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the above

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MaggConway
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best service and food we could ask for. Truly enjoyed our experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews