River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
3793 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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vipPastora
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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KevinN
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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 a day ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Server was very attentive but not efficient. Food was average. Overpriced for what you get. Noise level is way to loud.

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TreyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went there for our 28th anniversary and the experience was great. Great food, good service, nice views and I know we'll be back. It was our first time and we've lived in Louisville for over 3 years.

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KimS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husbands birthday...but need to go much more than special occasions. Everyone at the table loved their food - each course. It was all delicious and the server was wonderful! Such a pleasant 2 hours visiting with family, enjoying the Riverview and having a delicious meal. We will be back much quicker this time. :)

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DocJoe
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food... beverages... and ambiance! Will return!!!

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arbiter
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Salmon, mussels and steak were very good. Busy night but service tried, sunset was great.

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Daddyray
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful except order. My friend told me not to get the grouper cheek sandwich and she was right. To much bread and its was tastless. I finally decided to just eat the grouper cheeks and they were good, just not on hoggie role that large. All other 7 dinners were great.

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av8trx
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Place was packed but we had lovely outdoor table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we had in Louisville while on a conference trip. Everyone loved their food and the ambiance was great! We sat on the porch, it is louder, with live music, so if you prefer a quieter environment request to sit inside. Can’t wait to make this place an annual tradition!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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kskinnett
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Louisville! Never disappoints!

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vipsuzanne
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful spot on the river for a gorgeous sunset! Friendly , very good service and very fresh fish! Truly enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant for seafood and a great raw selection of favorites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love river house! The food and service are always fabulous!

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SandraM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious. Our server provided Amazing service. He even offered to give us a ride back to our hotel.

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vipJWhite
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at the River House! Perfect night on the patio and our server Rachel was great.

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vipdavidb
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just outstanding food and service!!

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DonnaG
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server and food excellent ❣️

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Jwbbourbon
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

no additional comments however it seems that the site requires at least 50 characters. A black mark for the site not the restaurant.

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Karebear
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was great and hilarious. Seafood was good but steak was as subpar.

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RickB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and environment. Enjoyed our dinner!

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JaniceM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening and the food was excellent.

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TonyH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sat outside, nice view of river. Waiter very helpful. Food great but pricey. Would go back

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Kiara
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, delicious food, kind people. Will be going again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! The food was great, our service was top-notch and the view from the outdoor patio is beautiful! Their bread pudding was the cherry on top of the evening. We can't wait to come back!

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DoctorL
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining - especially the seafood- while overlooking the river. Most beautiful place in Louisville!

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MarvinM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Was impressed by the entire set up. Our waiter was excellent with menu recommendations. The meals and dessert were as advertised served hot and timely plus priced great. Will be back

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MaxE
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Unusual service at River House this evening. Took 1.5 hours for our food to be brought to our table. When it arrived, they brought me the wrong plate.... (not what I ordered).

This was my only bad experience at River House, I've been there several times with excellent experiences previously. I think this was likely a fluke, but I'm still unsure what the delay was with our simple orders.

Food was excellent, once it arrived. Staff was very nice and professional. Atmosphere is great. I still would recommend, but I'll no longer make plans after my dinner.

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MikeL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

I feel like everything was pre-cooked. We sit down on the table at 5:05 and at 5:40 they already bring us a bill. We order appetisers and entries if they cooked to order how can you cook it that fast?

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service and view were exceptional, but the food was just OK.. especially for the price. We probably won’t be back.

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KatT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here multiple times and never had a bad experience. The food is great and the staff is always accommodating

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MaddyM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Louisville and so happy we stopped here! A great place for food with a great view of the river. Excellent service as well. Get the fried green tomato salad!

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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 4.6 stars by 3793 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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