River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
3608 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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EBanks
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful views of the river. Food was delicious, service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have asked for a better meal for Father’s Day.

CB
CliffordB
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service with a very large crowd ( expected for Fathers Day ) was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food3service4ambience4

Food was fine but was not remotely worthy of the price. This felt like Applebee’s quality food at Jeff Ruby’s prices. Service was good.

JH
JenHF
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was an awesome Father’s Day! The waiter was amazing, he made sure our kids and everyone was happy and satisfied!

BL
BrianL
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great...

JT
JudyT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the view is spectacular. I am celiac and have no problem eating here. Everything is cooked to perfection. Wait staff is superb.

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SallyC
Louisville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Definitely a "win". Hope to return some evening and sit outside.

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ScottS
Louisville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 8, which they managed well. Great food, service & atmosphere.

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Knight
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very great evening with my wife for Father’s Day. Service was excellent and the restaurant was beautiful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice view of River, great service.

BV
vipBryanV
Miami
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Really disappointed with River House. We had a bad experience a few months ago but decided to give it another try. Well ... disappointed again

The service was horrible. They seem to have plenty of staff snd at least four managers that we could see but none checked in on us. The waitress we had didn’t even attempt service for this price restaurant. She would have been a solid Waffle House waitress but here I’d expect more.

The drinks were extremely slow , the food was served in the wrong time. Salads got there before apps. They were out of the 12oz steak special and also the 10oz (this was early on a Saturday night )but of course no one told us until we had looked at the menus and decided we wanted that.

The food was OK. The tuna was over cooked and ordered rare. My filet was WAY over cooked but at this point I knew sending it back would take an hour. Lobster tail was tough. Two of the sides we ordered didn’t show up at the table but one did show up on the bill.

The raw bar made ice all nice so you couldn’t even talk over the machine. We asked a bus boy to ask them to close the door. They never did. The parking attendant was also rude. All the managers “looked” busy and I guess to busy to check in. A pretty expensive dinner that left us all feeling taken advantage of.

I like his other restaurant and maybe it’s a sign of the times but the wait staff all seemed unhappy and the managers on duty were more concerned with hanging out than taking care of customers. Sorry but our family’s and friends won’t be back.

Louisville has many great restaurants for you to spend your money at .........unfortunately this won’t be one for us.

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Young
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner! The food, service and view were amazing, we will definitely be back the next time we are in Louisville.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s Birthday

TC
vipToniaC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service from Andrew was phenomenal! He is so customer friendly, accommodating and overall very service focused. It was extremely hot outside and he brought us a hand fan that was a nice touch and suggested foods to eat that would make it more pleasant such as they V Seafood Tower. He constantly checked on us and made sure we we having a great dining experience. He even took a picture of us to help remember our evening there.
All the food was really good and tasty from appetizers, grilled romaine salad to the fresh tuna ceviche.
The only drawback was there was a smoky ribeye special that we really wanted but it could not be sold to us until the regular ribeyes were all sold. I believe if I am there and ordering a specific food it is a sure sell instead of waiting to see if something else may sell first. I believe if you have customers you should make sure they are accommodated to make sure they return.
All in all my party had a great dining experience thanks to Andrew!

JC
JoeC
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my elderly parents there for an early Father’s Day celebration. Great seafood selection.

JK
JamieK
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We ate outdoors and the staff accommodated us with a shady spot when requested. It's good to be dining out again and River House has something for everyone. We took a dessert home, fully satisfied.

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foodlovers
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed our experience at River House. The waiter was very attentive and the food and drinks were really good. We were celebrating our anniversary and the hostess and our server made it feel like a very special occasion. We will dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Restaurant was pretty busy but service was still very good. We did have to send the steak back for being undercooked but that was the only issue we had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Anthony, was great! We really enjoyed it!

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KevinW
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We were so disappointed by the quality of the meal and the poor service. We’ve had a great dining experience in the past, but what should have been a wonderful experience for our 42nd wedding Anniversary, turned into a major let down. Slow service, an appetizer that never arrived, had to request silverware, a tough steak and rock hard dessert. So disappointing!

ME
MikeE
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a great view while dining on the outside patio.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for my wife’s birthday

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed food and the variety of food choices. Servers were very enthusiastic and informative. Great experience every time we come!

MP
MartinP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was inventive and very tasty! Patrick our server was outstanding and went the extra mile!!

MK
vipMarkinKY
Louisville
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had not been to River House before and found the food, service and ambience just great. I enjoyed a fish sandwich that was perfectly cooked.

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louisvillefoodie
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall it was a superb evening—very good food and great service—Carson, our server, was excellent and entertaining—will return—

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Mrspink
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Our salmon was over cooked, but other than that everything was okay. We sat outside which was a bit noisy, but it beat being inside. Our server was shockingly good.

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RebeccaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside seating had a great view, a little breeze, and plenty of room between tables for comfortable table conversation. The server and other table staff were pleasant and right on time, every time. The food was perfect temperature and amount.

JC
JoeC
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought some out of town friends there for dinner with good food, good bourbon list and a view of the river.

Came back on Friday before Father's Day with my elderly parents to celebrate Father's Day early and they were impressed as well.
Diego did an excellent job and was very patient with my elderly parents.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and the food was superb! Drinks were delicious and original. Everyone at our table loved their meal

DM
DaleM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cocktails were great. Food (salad and entree) was excellent. The dessert - tres leches was dry. Took one star off ambiance because two flies kept landing on our table.

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Jane
Naples
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time visit for a special occasion, we will be back. Good and service was some of the best we have had in awhile. Dessert was a bit of a let down, Key lime pie was overcooked, but tasted good.

E
vipEclectic
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed dining on the patio. Food was overall good. Attentive service.

K
Kats
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is fabulous so it is best to sneak a peak before you arrive but then the specials will tempt. We had appetizers, salads and entrees because we couldn’t overlook any course. The grilled oysters and squash blossoms were favorites. Would like to have seen a wider choice of medium priced wines.

JD
JeffD
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and excellent drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific fried avocado salad with crab & shrimp! The River Tower was delish. It’s not far from downtown Lou… do it!

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vipkarenw
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Service and the ambience were all excellent.

CW
CharlesW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was great until server failed to follow through. Never brought lemon for water, nor did he bring cornbread he kept promising. I asked about desert to go you could tell he wasn't interested saying icecream melts, I'm an adult I no icecream melts. Seemed he was more concerned about turning table for next guest.

KM
KangaMomma
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. Only downside was that it was quite noisy.

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 4.6 stars by 3608 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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