River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3209 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
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter Kris was AWESOME!!!

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SherryP
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Suzloveslunch
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 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 3 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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully fresh seafood

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RossW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDanC
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with prompt, friendly service!

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nataliej
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting and service. Great food will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnnaW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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!

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 11th anniversary this weekend with River House. This was our first time visiting this restaurant. Our food and service were beyond exceptional. We will most definitely be back. When we pulled into the parking lot we were greeted with a happy anniversary, and our waitress was absolutely wonderful she made our night great.

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VictoriaG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Immediately made another reservation for this coming weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the Mac and cheese

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KathyB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jess was great from the time our group started to arrive till the end. The food & drinks we're great & flavorful. The atmosphere & service was great as well. My only suggestion is that the Margarita's could be bigger & stronger for the price compared to the same drink in other high end restaurants.

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DebbieS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food great service. Thanks for the gluten free bread. Wouldn’t have known you had it if the waitress didn’t mention it. Would like some gf designations on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, our server was very knowledgeable and consistent. Highly recommend

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Drewdizzle
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not worth it. The place is good for drinks that’s about it. Too pricy.

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Slrwa3
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food. Wonderful drinks. Fabulous server-she was a delight!
Only issue was it was quite chilly in the dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The food was sub par. Our appetizer was amazing (had a seafood tower) but there were 4 sauces on the plate and none were explained by our server. We had some friends go the night before and sent a picture of their dinner and it looked amazing. Ours not so much. Our steak was purple even though we asked for closer to medium than medium rare. My wife didn’t eat hers and I ate about a 1/3 of mine. Our waitress never asked how the food was and when it came time to pay the bill she just kind of threw it to my wife. It was enough to make us never go back. There are too many great places to eat in Louisville to ever spend another penny there.

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vipBrunch15
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always! The food and the drinks were incredible and the service was top notch! The perfect place to celebrate!!!

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NorbP
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service, and food

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KristieD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Food tasted great and good service. Already made reservations to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. The staff went above and beyond when I needed my phone charged. After a delicious meal we were able to take our drinks to sit in the Adirondack chairs down by the river.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants we’ve been to in a long time. The service, food, and environment were impeccable. Highlights were the fish and chips and the smoked Booker’s Old Fashioned.

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JulieL
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio when weather is good! Love the newly covered porch too. However, the birds can be annoying at times. They swarmed a table nearby just after people left, before it was cleared. I know there are way to prevent this bc lots of outdoor places do.

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Michaels
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating a promotion!

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ScottW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere

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Sandy
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our dining group was pleased with the outstanding food and service. We dined outside with a view of the river. It was an enjoyable evening.

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DerekV
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and staff were 100% !! Our office is not far from RH and it is a great place to take visitors from out of town for lunch.

However, this visit had one noticeable issue - curbside appeal. The landscape area around entrance was full of trash. Very unappealing. It was certainly slow this day and the manager should have noticed, stepped up and fixed the situation. This was a top down issue. No issues with the service staff! Enjoy your meal!

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LorieM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great experience with them ❤️ Relaxing environment and the food is always amazing!

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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 3209 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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