River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
3778 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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arbiter
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined a day 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 3 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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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kskinnett
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Louisville! Never disappoints!

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vipsuzanne
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SandraM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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vipdavidb
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just outstanding food and service!!

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DonnaG
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server and food excellent ❣️

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Jwbbourbon
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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RickB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JaniceM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening and the food was excellent.

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TonyH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarvinM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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AdamA
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat out side and had a great view of the river. Would recommend!

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IIIEats
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

We were finally able to go out for a date night and were very underwhelmed. Our cocktails were very small pours, the food was fair, and the music sounded like we were in the car with our children listening to a Kidz Bop playlist. Not the ideal date night we had in mind for the price our bill totaled up to be.

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DennisG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and drinks were outstanding! Always a good place to visit

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ColleenE
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River House is always excellent... Because they are consistent is food preparation and service, I take friends there who haven't been before. I know it will be a good experience.

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SteveHart
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety with entrees not offered at other restaurants.

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MaryK
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River House is my go to place!!
Everything is always 5 star!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter from New York was wonderful and personable. Really appreciated the group photos he took.

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vipCarolynS
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was my grandsons 21st birthday. We felt rushed through the evening. And the birthday dessert they brought to him was certainly less than special. Alexander's has a much better birthday treat.
Food was good and waitress was very nice.

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LauraB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Thank you for another great dinner!

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LTanya
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my sister to celebrate her birthday, always a great time dining at River House.

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NatalieN
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very nice and the food was good!

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vipmark
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the seafood ceviche was outstanding, fresh, well seasoned.

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Kathy
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Love the fried green tomato salad - it was enough for a meal or plenty for two. Had diver scallops over tasso grits as entree. Very good. Again, portions were large enough for two. Wonderful new server. She indicated she was new but very friendly, helpful and professional.

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vipJaneB
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was very good and ambience fine. Food is “so so”. French fries arrived just tepid (not hot). Brussels sprouts were undercooked and difficult to eat. Fish sandwich had more bread and breading than fish snd the sauce (possibly tartar sauce?) was so minimally applied to the bread, it added very little to the sandwich. This is such a lovely restaurant with a great location but continues to disappoint. We will look for other options.

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ScottB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best taste, atmosphere and value we had experienced in the Louisville area! If we lived here, we would have dinner here every weekend!

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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 3778 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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