River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3114 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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CrystalH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, tasty drinks and great service. Will definitely go back again.

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Steve
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our dinner at River House. The food was excellent, as well as the ambiance and service.

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DeborahE
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Crab legs were a disappointment. The first and second orders were cold. The last order was hot and tasty. Veggies and potatoes were good. For such a high price Crab legs should have been better

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After we were seated our server never came to the table. We sat there for 20 minutes and then left. Very disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and our service was exceptional! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night.

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AndyC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed my wife's birthday dinner here. Great spot for an awesome dinner and drinks with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place...will definently go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came here because we had heard so many wonderful things about this restaurant, and it did not disappoint. The service was wonderful, and the food was great. I had a grilled sirloin steak with the added lobster tail and It was delicious-slightly over cooked- but nevertheless, still wonderful food shared around some wonderful friends and family!

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LeslieS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Chilean sea bass. And the risotto was absolutely amaaaaazing! Service was great. Awesome experience!

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vipCheriS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently good! Loved the Holy Moly cocktail. 🍸

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first dinner out since the pandemic began. I great experience.

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JamalH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Crab tower AMAZING. Waitress wasn’t bad but on her time . We had hair in my Girlfriends meal . They remade the meal And gave us our 2 cocktails free .. still a good night . Also cornbread is also amazing !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was awesome. Our waiter was very attentive and helped us through the menu since it was our first time there and overall it was a very enjoyable experience.

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MichaelA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was great. We were seated quickly. Food came out at a good rate, we were checked on often and the food was outstanding. If you’re willing to spend the cash it’s definitely worth it. Will be going back on the 27th for my birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Loves the food and the atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambience!

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Davis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The food was great, I will not speak negatively about this. However being Valentine’s Day, it was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had at a higher end restaurant. In my reservation, I asked to kindly place flowers on the table a few weeks in advance. Which I was prepared to pay for. The River House came up short and did not deliver. Also, it would’ve been hard to place anything extra on the table we were seated at, being the table was maybe a tad bigger than me and my wife’s plates combined. Stuffed in a corner of the restaurant, against a window that felt freezing to the touch. Me and my wife were shivering the entire time. The bread that is initially served at the beginning of our meal, was given to us in a to go box, which still sits in our fridge now. Overall, it is terrible to say this but it was the truth. Frankly I would not come here again under special circumstances because of our recent visit. Possibly another restaurant may treat us with better respect that what we were given on February 14th.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the wife for valentines day. The food was amazing, the restaurant very nice and the service was great!

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vipGabrielleP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Valentine’s Day and we had the most amazing delicious experience. We had a wonderful server who made the experience even better. Thanks for the fun night!

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RobinM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second year we have eaten here for Valentine's Day but this year we brought another couple and they are picky eaters and they loved it.

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RobertN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice evening. Sat on patio next to fire pit which was wonderful. My wife is always cold and fire was awesome. Food very good and server attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Valentines

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GerardoH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my top 3, only reason ot isn't number 1 is because i cant decide from my top 3

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vipJonathan
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Valentine's Dinner with my girlfriend. The ambiance was perfect and the Maker's Mark rose was a good touch. We will definitely remember this dinner and will be back to eat again.

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MaryI
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Our server Alexis was fabulous. Very friendly and attentive. She is definitely as asset to your establishment.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeff was awesome. Great food and a great spot for a date night.

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AliciaP
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant with impeccable food. They even had stone crab on the menu! JoJo was our server and she did not disappoint. The Maker's Mark drinks were to die for, and so was the sangria.

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JillB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day so a special night and the restaurant meet our expectations in all ways. Even without a river view table it was very nice

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JPMP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our valentines gift to ourselves. Loved it. We’ll be back again. And again.

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StephenB
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I went for Valentines dinner. Food, drinks and service were wonderful. Always a great time here. Be back soon.

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Patsy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and atmosphere were outstanding. Thanks

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JaimieB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My boyfriend recently relocated to Louisville for work. I was down visiting him over Valentine's Day Weekend. It was hard to find a reservation last minute because of the busy holiday. I'm so glad we found a reservation here. It was the best NY Strip steak I've ever had. It did come overcooked (I ordered it medium and it was well done) but I tried it before I sent it back, and it was still so tender, I wasn't even concerned that it was overcooked. My boyfriend tried the grouper cheeks and shrimp. It was his first time trying grouper cheeks, which he said were okay, but he said it was the best shrimp he's ever had. Our waitress Sarah was great! We will definitely be back when I get to come visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines Day. Had a reservation, but got there early because of the snow and ice. We still got seated relatively quick. Got our drinks pretty quickly also. Then got our appetizer. We then got our cornbread I couldn’t wait for (it’s very good!). We then got our main course, the V Tower. Excellent food!! Our waiter was very good, wish I was better with remembering names. We were too full for dessert. I highly recommend River House Restaurant and Raw Bar.

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AlvinW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine’s Day at River House. Service was excellent as was the food. Great management team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was good , until all of the staff kept talking about the owner and manager yelling at one another , kind of a big turn off !, I get there may be problems, but don’t air them out in front of everyone that works for you guys .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day. Everyone, minus our awesome server, was in a panic about how many reservations they had and how busy it was going to be.

There were two “hosts” at the front that were mostly clueless trying to help us while chatting in their ear piece and no “thanks for stopping in” on the way out after spending over $200 for two people.

Other than that, the steak was amazing. My girl got one of the seafood towers that was fresh. Oysters were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was great for the most part, asked for a medium fillet and it came out rare. Unfortunate as the presentation was beautiful and the drinks were great. I would give it another try.

Our server was a little... off, kind but condescending to some extent. Like I said, I would give it another try but I’d change a few things

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible dinner at River House! The king crab legs were outstanding and well worth the price! I’m from FL and they were some of the best I have ever had. 10/10

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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 3114 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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