River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3826 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KyleM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ! Pork tenderloin with butternut squash was phenomenal and a good value

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JohnC
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unacceptable loud music noise coming from the the Kingfish restaurant.

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PatCat
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of six had a 7 pm reservation. We were seated promptly at a table on the patio with a very pretty view of the river. Our server was Jen and she came quickly to the table to take our drink orders. Jen was friendly, polite, and attentive the entire evening and the food was outstanding. Don't be afraid to try the grilled octopus! Delicious! I can't wait to return to River House!

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date for our 18th wedding anniversary! Made it very special.

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AaronL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Atmosphere was great. Really enjoyed eating outside on the patio. Service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by River House while traveling through Louisville. Judging by reviews it seemed a relaxing spot along the river and the perfect place for lunch. It really was! We absolutely loved it!! The decor and ambience outside (inside as well when we walked through) was just lovely. Krissi was amazing and very attentive. We never felt rushed. Krissi suggested some really wonderful drinks and dishes! The seafood was cooked well and the dessert ice cream was DELICIOUS. We highly suggest the banana ice cream! Thank you all again for a great experience. We will absolutely dine here again and will suggest your spot to everyone we know traveling through Louisville. Thanks!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service where excellent

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vipBrunch15
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!! Great food and great service! They always make a celebration a wonderful experience!

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ALDIJANAB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service, the food was great and the server was very knowledgeable.

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BryanB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic! Best octopus have ever had.

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Missv
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Food was not what we was expecting. Had a large lump of fat on my short rib and had no flavor. Grouper cheeks tasted like tofu. Water was room temperature and corn bread came out after our meal was almost done. Best part of the meal was the alcohol.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great overall experience at River House. Food was well done. Service was timely, friendly, and helpful. I do believe we were forgotten at check-in, but a subtle reminder remedied that quickly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Service was on point as usual. Never disappointed, great staff and management 😁

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ClaudiaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me encantò el lugar.Muy bonito,acogedor.Buena atención,el sabor de la comida,la cantidad también.Solo es un poco caro,pero me encantaría volver

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JoniHS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every diner in our party of 7 raved about their meal.

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vipmimic
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner. Gorgeous view. Wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Andrew was an impeccable server and the quality of the food was excellent! We will absolutely be back again!

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Amie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely setting and the food was delicious.

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Mark
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie was personal and effective. Loved the food.

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vipanonymous
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely dinner. Fantastic service!! Carson rocks:)

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for my mothers birthday (who is wheelchair bound) the staff was very accommodating and the food was delicious. The only think that could’ve made it better was a couple more local beers to choose from. Excellent time and excellent food. We WILL be going there again!

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BryanC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, food and waiter!! Our party of eight enjoyed a delicious meal and our waiter was the wonderful...informative and attentive without overstepping. Surf and turf, king crab and dinner specials were all terrific and bread pudding to finish off the night. It wasn’t cheap but worth every penny. Felt like we were on vacation....we will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riverhouse is one of our favorites! Never disappoints!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All very good. Pricier than expected.

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vipKelly
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere on their covered patio. Good and service was perfect. My husband snd I both ordered the smoked old fashioned and the scallops with grits. Sooooo good. We recently moved to the area and this is definitely a new favorite date night spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fantastic seafood and very affordable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service it’s a regular stop for us !

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Out server Andrew was OUTSTANDING! He made our experience amazing. He went above and beyond what servers job is and quite frankly we only want Andrew when we go back. We also need Andrew to work at some other restaurants. He was personable, understanding, funny, and attentive. River house needs to give him a raise! He also praises his teammates and is a positive influence on all the other team members. What a privilege and a pleasure to sit in his section! Make sure if you to River House to ask for Andrew!

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NewAlbanianNewbie
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Amazing food. We will definitely return!

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vipPastora
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fried green tomatoes are the best I’ve had—adding bits of goat cheese and bacon made the dish a stand out. Lump crab cakes not so much—texture of baby food with no lumps in sight. Tasso ham grits just as they should be. Bourbon peach with ice cream dessert worth the calories!
At 95 degrees, too hot to eat outdoors to enjoy the river view, a definite draw for out of towners

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TammyL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good! All of the staff was pleasant. We made reservations and I added to the online reservation that it was our anniversary and the gentleman that greeted us as we pulled in ask about a reservation and when found ours he wished us a happy anniversary! Nice touch!

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KevinN
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

one of our steaks was under cooked, we sent it back and when it came back it was over cooked
I ordered a glass of wine to be served with my meal (never got it)

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JustJoan
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Not much to look at. We were seated in a booth at the front of the restaurant. Our server Maddie was exceptional. The wine choices were nice and the choice of entree's was wide. There was just something missing for the prices on the menu. Things were just not up to snuff or let's say off for that price range. There was no view, no ambiance and no warmth.

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vipDougB
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Making reservations was easy, we wanted outside and deck was shaded and had fans going. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped recommend items and substitutions. Specials were great and so were the cocktails. So cool to see the chefs picking herbs for the meals right from the deck. Excellent view of the Ohio river.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My moms 91st bday. Great waitress, Maddi, Amanda the bartender. Everyone enjoyed food, drinks, fun employees making sure she had a great experience! We will definitely be back. Our new favorite place to dine! Thanks to all

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Amazing service! Wonderful atmosphere! Drinks were made just right! Was a wonderful evening with friends, made even more so by your professional staff and perfectly prepared food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall very enjoyable. Smoked Burbon Old Fashion was very good
It was a much better experience than we had a few yrs ago

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vipnoa54jad
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took out of town guest, service and food great. One of our favorite places in Louisville.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew, is the BEST waiter I’ve ever had. The 5 friends and I enjoyed his shenanigans, smooth talks about food and life and the little surprises he had in store for us. You have got to get this guy as your waiter. Seriously. You won’t regret it.

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 3826 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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