River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3409 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Have the caramelized Pina colada. Highlight of meal.

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GeorgannM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to dine. Never disappoints us!

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upforagoodmeal
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Hostess was aloof and unfriendly. Delay in help from server. After that everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about the Riverhouse restaurant. The food was excellent and our server was also outstanding.

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PamB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I have tried the fish sandwich, rueben, and V burger and was very disappointed with each. I am surprised that being an upscale restaurant the food is not better. I will tell you that it is the Brussel sprouts that bring me back! They are the best I have ever eaten but I need to find something to go with them. I will try shrimp poboy next so fingers crossed.

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Babs
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and the service were outstanding. They food is not only delicious, but it's beautifully presented! We were on the covered patio, overlooking the river. The view was gorgeous! It was my sisters birthday and without even asking, they brought a complimentary dessert for her.

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PattyP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food wasn't what I expected. My husband nor I liked the food.
I have to admit. The best thing I had was the cornbread. Now that was good.

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Crestwooders
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant was nice and the upgrades look good. The menu was average and the prices were too high for the quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! AJ was wonderful and went above and beyond. Will definitely be back.

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ThomasE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

you need to add some rating system stars; add another for an excellent experience!

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Princess
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I am not for sure what happen with the food. The the crab risotto did not have any flavor nor crab meat. The seafood platter was bland and greasy. The salmon dish was not good. The only thing that was delicious was the meat and cheese charcuterie along with the drinks. I have been to the River house many times but this happened to be the worst as far as the food goes. On a positive note, the waitress was very knowledgeable and very attentive. The dining room was very clean.

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NapoleonD
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mothers Day experience. Clean facility and knowledgable staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My family and I went for Mother’s Day brunch. My grandmother who LOVES seafood had never been so I was excited to introduce her to one of my favorites in Louisville. We had a wonderful experience overall. Unfortunately, I got a mimosa spilt all over me and the glass broke at my feet. The waiter was very apologetic and we were fine. My only disappointment was the fact they didn’t comp a drink or something. Little “above and beyond” thoughts like that go along way. I still tipped 30% as everything else was PERFECT.

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JamesF
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had jumbo shrimp, oysters and deviled eggs for appetizers along with a giant cinnamon roll. Everything was delicious. The crabmeat omelet, sea bass, and scallops
were excellent.

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vipJustinWest
Louisville
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly servers.

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Karol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was excellent! Great place to celebrate a special occasion!

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JakeTice
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and even better service! Will definitely come back next time I’m in Louisville.

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vipLoriC
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes. The steak was fatty and pricey. We didn’t taste any crab in the crab risotto and the quail leg appetizer was over seasoned. We loved our cocktails, the corn bread and the energetic vibe of the restaurant. Our server was very attentive. We will make another visit and try their seafood.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of six for Mother’s Day dinner. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious! I would definitely recommend the River House

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DillonD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best seafood in town! And a great view on the river. Husband got the tuna- that was the best dish! I got the grouper really good but Tuna was so tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The first time we went to River House it was pretty good. This time not so much. Steak was not cooked correctly even after I sent it back. Asparagus seemed as if they pulled it from a microwave. My wife wanted to send hers back as well and didn’t. There are better places for the money. We probably won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice Mother’s Day meal with excellent food and and service. We sat on the covered patio which has a great view of the river. Only complaint is that the music was a little loud and the speakers a little “tinny.”

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful service!!

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PattiE
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mother’s Day

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KimC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim and the staff made a special celebration for our family . Great service and a special shout out to DiDi for taking a photo of us for our special occasion.

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WesM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the outdoor dining experience and highly recommend Diego as a server.

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Carlie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, even better food! Will definitely be returning.

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LynnS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, food was on point and the wine list was excellent!

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Evan
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food pretty good, servers are nice but disorganized. Check in is terrible.

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JeffB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food was good, the view outstanding, the service...let's just say our presence at the River House was pretty low on the list of our server's priority list. We didn't order any appetizers, desserts, and only one adult beverage, that seemed to be an issue with her. We won't be back, but I wouldn't tell anyone to not try it. Call it a recommendation with qualifications.

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lizm
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at River House. Our server Jess (we have had him many times) is the absolute best! He makes the experience top notch! The manager Jeff is always a joy to see as well and makes every guest feel special.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Your server Andrew Locuto made this night not just an amazing meal at a great location with the amazing view, but an unforgettable EXPERIENCE.
I’ve been to your restaurants a few times now and I’ll NEVER forget this night!
How many times do you leave a place with souvenirs that included a framed pic of yourself and guests?? Having had cigars and the feeling that you made a friend for life?!
I’ll tell you: almost Never.
We will be back and we will be requesting his area because he’s the key to the fun we had!
Thank you for the total package! Never let him go unless you’re promoting him to GM. Or co-owner. 😏

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Laser
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience, service help were exemplary especially jovial SVP.

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jeffm
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a memorable dinner > Looking forward to dining there again in the very near future.

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Visitor
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Our service was absolutely terrible. The waitress was rude and did not give back change to one of our guests. The food however was wonderful. So if you don’t mind the rudeness then definitely go eat there.

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Janet
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I met for lunch. The food was wonderful, and, as always, we enjoyed the view of the river. One of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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LarryK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. We got the V Tower. It was awsome!

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JulieY
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The covered patio was a great place to be able to enjoy a break in the weather and if it did happen to start raining again, we were still ok. The food was delicious, fresh, well prepared and presented in a pleasing fashion. I would definitely recommend River House Restaurant & Raw Bar to friends and family.

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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 3409 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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