River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3002 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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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service!

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AprilB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and resavastion accommodation was good. Did not have to wait to be seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive but unobtrusive. We enjoyed our food thoroughly as well as our table with the lovely river view.

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vipAngiV
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All you can eat crab was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dinner out. Seated in covered patio area. Food was delicious. Only complaint was being a little chilly where we were seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

River House does not disappoint! The menu is large, and there are always lots of options to choose from. We had the Hawaiian Butterfish (Walu) and it was superb. Oysters are also a favorite at River House! A great experience overall.

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RondaH
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was outstanding! He made excellent recommendations. He definitely made our meal more enjoyable. He is a true asset to your establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food. View would be great in warmer weather. We had an enjoyable experience.

DB
DanielleB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere to celebrate a family member or just go out with friends. Big menu, fresh seafood.

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vipjill
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here frequently. Food always superior! Our server was terrific! Had a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food + great staff + great facility = great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took a while to get waited on an place our order but it our food came in a timely manner and was delicious.

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Lilly
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to this place to celebrate special occasions or for what we call "fliff nights" - the rare get-whatever-you-want-and-however-much-you- want occasion. The menu is just perfect for that sort of evening and for grazing multiple plates of yummy food! Recently my husband and I split the V style oysters, the chargrilled octopus, fried green tomato salad, chilled seafood salad, and the grouper cheek po boy and rang in below $90 (without the tip) for very delicious well prepared food. They had no problem bringing it out all at once like we asked and our waitress was friendly and attentive. They also gave a complimentary yummy dessert because it was my birthday, plus the cornbread at the beginning of the meal was great too. 2 out of the 6 oysters did have some heavy grit, but it honestly didn't ruin the plate. Thanks for the fun evenings!

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Theodore
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service. Goodwood Stout and excellent craft bourbon selection

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melissaR
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Love the restaurant atmosphere but the food is just OK

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MatthewT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Our crab legs was cold , had to wait on our next order of crab legs and the waitress keep putting in our order twice! Out of four people at the table three would get more crab legs and the fourth person had to wait! For the price of all you can eat crab legs and they come out cold is ver disappointing!

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JamilaB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an awesome server that was very attentive and went over and beyond. Thank you!

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AmyS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! They are doing a great job with social distancing.

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Murphy
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Pros: Great service. Attention to detail much appreciated! Thanks for the birthday dessert! All food ordered was delicious.
Cons: Requested high top seating at time of reservation and this was not accommodated, perhaps due to CovID occupancy restrictions?
Seated outside/inside but being directly underneath heater along with directly next to firepit made for a toasty occasion that was uncomfortable at times.
Looking forward to returning in warmer weather months to fully enjoy the great location on the river.

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HaroldP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything overall Excellent, the food and service were Great, the only complaint I would have, would be their online menu didn’t have everything they served and an item on there they didn’t serve, their extensive wine list was in very fine print and the features menu, I thought I was reading the mouse track print on a new cellphone contract, you would think they would keep their website up to date and a wine list separate from the menu, and make them easier to read, but we went to eat and the food was Excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had a spectacular birthday, thanks RH!

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vip2regulars
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

JB
JamilaB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had the V Tower. Hard to believe that one King Crab leg was 10oz. Felt like I should have had more legs for my money. The oysters were a bit gritty and did not just slide out the shell, as I like them to. I believe in giving second chances. I will be going back for the All You Can Eat Crab Legs on Monday. River House get ready, cause I'm bringing my Crew and my Appetite!

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LeeC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice to view the river for a birthday lunch. Waiter was very attentive.

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JenniferJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed lunch at The River House. Covid restrictions were followed, server was wonderful, Grouper-Cheek Po Boy was great. Definitely recommend.

JJ
JaredJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Octopus appetizer was fantastic. The rib appetizer was really good too. Everyone enjoyed their meals except for me. I ordered the Seafood platter and was disappointed in the food and overall value. I only ate a little bit and brought the rest home. It was my birthday dinner. Overall everything was great from service to ambiance, I just won’t be ordering that meal again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!! Love this place. Great food, atmosphere and wonderful service.

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vipLLindaC
Louisville
68 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, carryout has also been very, very good. Graham was an excellent server, love the vibe here.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at the River House and it did not disappoint! The food was exceptional and the setting romantic and high end. Perfect for a special occasion.

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GeraldK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the warm patio overlooking the river. Atmosphere was perfect for catching up with friends. Server McCall answered all of our questions and made excellent recommendations. He anticipated all of our needs while we enjoyed deliciously prepared and presented salads and pastas. The entire experience was above expectations.

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vipBLH434
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this was our fifth well-spaced pandemic-era visit; it was nice to see that outdoor patio now has gas-fired pits though we stayed inside. I tried two different cocktails that I will try to replicate at home, and also the seafood salad po'boy for the first time. It's a simple sandwich but the attention to detail made it standout: the different shellfish components were not overcooked so the individual flavors stood on their own, their tender textures highlighted by the crisp butter-grilled inside surface of the roll. Would order again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guest service, food, drinks, and ambiance was absolutely perfect. I do not believe one could be disappointed with anything when it comes to this amazing restaurant! It is definitely worth the money and beyond. We will definitely put this restaurant in our top 10 of favorites!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New Years Eve

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE. Wonderful server. Food was amazing. Restaurant is nice. Got stuck in a side room for The occasion.

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vipAlainna
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on NYE and the service was incredible! Ordered dessert and coffee to end the night and they had a cute 2021 sign on every dessert. A nice unexpected picture moment to the evening. Our server was incredible, we hope to get Jess again.

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ThomasF
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the daily menu with an excellent ribeye. Will return for more of their menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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vipBrianB
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew is fantastic. Food is always great!!!!

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PeggyB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

New Years Eve. The food was just okay. And expensive for just okay food!

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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 3002 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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