River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3985 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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AlisaT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and service was excellent! We ate outdoors and it was pleasant.

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MarionH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a lovely evening at a quality restaurant. Our server was fantastic and helpful without being over bearing or intrusive. Very kind in assisting my elderly parents with certain special requests. The food was quite good and the drinks even better. Try that smoky bourbon old fashion!The only thing that was a slide drag on the evening but outside their control it would seem, is a proliferation of bees circling our table the entire night. I gather that’s been a problem but they are addressing it. They were awesome more than willing to accommodate us if we wanted to move to a table inside but because of Covid concerns we wanted to stay outside the bees not with standing. But we greatly appreciate it how quickly they were willing to pivot to help us

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JosephB
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was amazing, one of the best steaks in town

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vipMelissaC
Memphis/West TN
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to sit outside on the patio and it was beautiful. We were a table for four and ordered different times on the menu. Everyone enjoy their food. The salmon was cooked perfectly. I had a bite of the grouper cheeks and they were equally amazing! Great stop in Louisville!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere on patio

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RobinG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, we highly recommend River House restaurant for any special occasion celebrations or to take out business clientele!!
The atmosphere was beautiful inside and outside!! The service everywhere was extremely friendly and professional and we just had the best time ever celebrating our 29th Anniversary there!! Definitely a special place!!🎉♥️

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TakemebacktoItaly
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday lunch for two on the long patio overlooking the river. Nice and quiet at that time of day and absolutely superior service from Ben! Food was outstanding! Loved my fav dish of shrimp with Tasso cheese grits and succotash! Appetizer of fried green tomatoes was great and the grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream was pure magic, best tasting vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had. ❤️

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JoiC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was wonderful, we had a wonderful experience. I ordered the shrimp and grits and it was phenomenal. The service was great we truly were in and out within the hour. The atmosphere was amazing as well. We will be back !

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vipPacerFan
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We so appreciate the restaurant accommodating our request to dine outside.

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SandyK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful evening except for all the sweat bees. Fan didn’t help.
Chesapeake oysters on half shell were great. So was my scallops and requested lobster Risotto instead of grits. Very accommodating to substitute things.
All other meals were great- salmon and New York Strip

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of bees/yellow jackets unfortunately were bothersome. Not sure there’s anything that could be done. But if there is.

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vipJohnK
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Waitress was good. I got the Walu fish special. The fish piece itself was mild, so mild it had no taste at all, which went well with the bed of lettuce and a strawberry and a few mandarins. The so-called dressing was tasteless, seriously. It seemed like straight water. You can do better than that. If and when I come back, it’ll be for the fried avocado salad or a sandwich. I’m sorry I have to say all this, but any good operator would want to know about the true experience.

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PennyG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant was excellent our waitress was very attentive. They only thing I was disappointed with was the dress code was not enforced.

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MelanieH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were very disappointed. I understand that places are short staff but felt like we were ignored. Apparently we were given an old menu with old pricing. When we told the manager our check was not correct he just said sorry you have an old menu these are the new prices. It made a substantial difference on our ticket. I felt like they should’ve honored the pricing that they showed us. The quality of the food was not as it should have been or how it has been in the past. We will not be back

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Piehead
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Dinner was good, seafood tower was good, place is nice. Had $80 tower as appetizer, 2-beers each, and 1 smoked bourbon along with a steak for dinner and scallops for the 2nd meal. Dropped $250 for two people.

I understood the prices when I went and not complaining. But was the meal worth $100 more than another decent place? No it was not. Standard food, tasty food, but way over priced for similar places with the same quality of food. The $80 tower had a lot to do with this, but even this was over priced. You got 6 shrimp, about 10 oysters, about 10 mussels, and a piece of lobster.

In my opinion, the restaurant is not worth the price as the food was the quality of other nice places.

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vipMommaGrams
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table on the patio with a scenic view of the river. It was a peaceful, quiet and serene atmosphere. The service was fantastic and the food was absolutely delicious. We will return as outdoor dining is our only option at this point in time.

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vipSDicken179
Louisville
94 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic first time experience at this waterfront gem! Great food and cannot say enough about the service! Definitely a must if you are in Louisville!

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vipKatx
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Appetizers were great. Scollops and drinks outstanding. Cherrywood steak left something to be desired. Very fatty and not much flavor. Could do without the gravy.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service, we will definitely be back.

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KatherineD
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food, and staff

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside was lovely but bee season! Indoors in our next trip!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wife 42 B day

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JoeN
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Oysters were very very small. Definitely not worth the money

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us were seated outside with a wonderful view of the river. We enjoyed the bourbon flight, V oysters, butterfish which was good but not worth $38.00 and Makers salmon. The service was excellent. We really enjoyed our meal and the relaxing evening. We are glad we had reservations because it was crowded on a Monday night.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server did a great job. The meal was fixed perfectly.

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JohnL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River House lived up to its reputation; it was an excellent experience.

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NancyU
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our outdoor seating was lovely looking out to the Ohio River. We began with martinis mixed to our liking and a tasting of raw oysters. We followed that with the seafood ceviche over avocado. Delicious! My husband had the winning entree, grouper cheeks over risotto. My bourbon glazed salmon was cooked to my liking but didn’t taste of bourbon and the vegetables were disappointing. Our server was proficient but didn’t appear to want to be there.
I think I would order all starters and salads next time so many looked good.

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vipThereseG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit to River House Restaurant. Every time we are in Louisville this is a must stop! Beautiful views of the Ohio River. Fantastic seafood dishes but also a lot of choices if you don't like seafood. Great service and just a really great place for dinner!

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service couldn’t have been better.We enjoyed it very much.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Oysters were delicious and so was the Wahul fish. The butterfish was tasteless, tough, fatty and greasy and it looked like a chewed up softball on a plate.. The manager couldn’t be bothered after sending it back and getting the fish salad instead which was missing the right dressing and the octopus. Manager said the butterfish was an acquired taste and then said you got your salad now so what’s the problem. Wow, really… The entire meal and experience was pretty bad. Service someone would receive at like Waffle House. We won’t be returning… I don’t recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside and the weather was beautiful! Service was prompt and the food was great. Overall a wonderful experience!!

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vipLisaS
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe was an excellent server, food and drinks were great!

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LauraS
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view, had a delicious dinner on the patio.

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StephenD
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Not much more a person could ask for.

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AlidaC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River House Grill is always an excellent epicurean delight.
When my sister visits from Saint Louis, we always meet at River House Grill.
Dining on the terrace is especially nice when weather permits.
Then we walk down to the river and relax on the Adirondack chairs to chat and watch the boats go by.

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vipRichard
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Seafood platter was OUTSTANDING!

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Vickster
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was very slow. Beautiful patio. Food was good

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JenniferT
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic.
The food was phenomenal

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GaryF
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place to eat, excellent food great service and very affordable.

NE
vipNENE
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The fish and chips were greasy. Shrimp cocktail was small, suppose to be jumbo..

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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 3985 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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