River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3313 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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Happy Mother's Day! River House Restaurant & Raw Bar will be offering our brunch menu and our regular dinner menu all day.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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DebraF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bacon wrapped Tenderloin was delicious! Cherry bourbon reduction sauce was fantastic! Great cuisine for affordable price. Service and atmosphere were lovely.

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JohnH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in town! Can't go wrong.

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sharon
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Raz was great, really enjoyed my stone crab claws.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time in Louisville and it won't be my last. My dining experience at River House was the highlight of my trip. The food was absolutely delicious. The service was the best and the view was spectacular. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here.

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NikiL
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful experience. Beautiful view. Service and food amazing

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GraceW
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We like the menu, the view of the river, and the food is very good. Love the Brie appetizer! We often bring our of town visitors to The RiverHouse.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter Kris was AWESOME!!!

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vipBostonfoodie
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when I dine here. Especially love the 1/2 lobster salad & the ahi tuna. Save room for dessert. The elderflower custard on special was devine.

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Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Great food. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a very good brunch, but some significant delays in food service. The manager noticed and was very nice and comped our appetizer of his own volition. However, it took nearly 45 minutes for it to be delivered and another 30 minutes for the main dishes we had previously ordered.
We have dined here before and really enjoyed it, so I think this issue was an anomaly. Mistakes happen and they were very nice about addressing theirs.

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JTM11
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fair pricing, amazing service! Will be returning whenever I can.

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nurturequest
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and cocktails, well paced and comfortable flow.

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Bob44
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Service was very good as was the food. Noise level was a little high. Price of drinks was a little to expensive. Over all very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Took 30 minutes to get a drink because they Did not have the wine in stock on the menu. Then Tried to sell us another bottle that was $100 more, then would not even offer to discount a different wine that was similar to the one we originally chose. Our server was great but manager was not helpful and ruined our evening with attitude. We won’t be back

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Sherri
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Extensive wine and food list! Waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and fun! Food was excellent!

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JoyM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Best crab legs I’ve ever had! Will be back!

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JoshP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Seafood is spectacular! However, in my opinion other dishes are nothing special.

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DebbieS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussel sprouts are always a hit along with the cornbread. YUM.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

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NatalieY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous view of the river and the food is fantastic, along with the cocktails!

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SherryP
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Suzloveslunch
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely view of the river from the covered patio. It is heated as well. Food was delicious! We will definitely return when we are in Louisville.

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toehead
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our family's first time to the River House, and we visited there at lunch-time. Our server was very attentive and helpful with food choices. The food quality is wonderful. The ham and cheese grits were outstanding and I enjoyed the apple salad, although I felt it was a bit expensive for the size and what was included in it. Others in the group had the fish and chips. They loved this dish, which was well priced and included a generous portion. Everything was spotless and all servers wore masks.

We are looking to returning soon.

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vipnmthie01
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully fresh seafood

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RossW
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular. I love sea food and this was top notch. The atmosphere was fine, although nothing extraordinary. It relies heavily on the view of the river. The waiter was knowledgeable and fun. Overall highly recommend.

JM
JuliaM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food. Our table was ready as soon as we walked in the door. Beautiful view also.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crispy Grouper entre was incredible (again) along with the Shrimp and Grits! Great service and unbeatable views.

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vipDanC
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with prompt, friendly service!

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nataliej
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting and service. Great food will definitely be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Unfortunately our service was terrible. :-( dude was really nice, but since my friend and I professionally serve we had high expectations that were definitely let down. :/ overall it was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent views. Food presentation, quality and taste were outstanding.

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AnnaW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Will definitely be back!

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vipAndyM
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, nice patio setting, what mode can you ask?

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vipLindaS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! They had an unusual array of cocktails...the one I tried was wonderful!

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Sandi
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is excellent and so many choices you will want to come back more than once. Our server was friendly, helpful and perfectly attending . We will definitely return. It was a cold and rainy evening but cant wait to return when we can eat out on the patio where there were fire pits.

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vipnone
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food is never mediocre and always very good. My elderly mother is happy with two vegetarian sides as a meal. They stand on their own and are made to order. I wanted to eat light and enjoyed 1/2 dozen oysters and a salad plus salmon. Almost a “glamping” dinner watching the river and hearing the rain on the tin patio roof.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Beautiful views!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, beautiful views and the food was delicious.
Hunter our server was very knowledgeable and attentive.
This is a repeat fir sure!

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 3313 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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