River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
3626 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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JackL
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time at River House. The food was great and the server was very attentive. That along with perfect weather for outdoor dining made our visit a hit.

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TammyS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service1ambience5

We specifically made the reservation to sit sit outside (restaurant is on the Ohio River). I made a note to that effect on OpenTable. The hostess was very rude and let me know that she may not be able to get me a seat outside. We sat at the bar and the bartender was nice, the hostess was not. We won’t be back.

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BrianS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We were seated outside and the food, service, and view were fantastic as always.

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Disappointing
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Very disappointing. I made reservations two months in advance of dining date requesting to sit outside on the patio, but to no avail. “Sorry, we can’t sit you outside. We never promised that we could”. Then slow service. Why did I travel to Louisville and pre-select this restaurant that allows you to dine overlooking the River, just to be forced to sit inside? Not the dining experience I expected.

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vipFrank
Louisville
89 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greeting when we arrived left us a bit questioning. When I made the reservation under ‘requests’ I noted we were celebrating a birthday and requested that we set on the covered patio. Party of 5. I noted the reservation and reiterated my request for sitting on the patio. The hostess wearing a headset chimed back with - we can’t guarantee your request. The assistant noted to the hostess that our table was assigned and it was outside like we requested.

From there the evening couldn’t have been better. Andrew was our sever and we will forever request him. Attention to detail, recommendations. He had it altogether.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience dining with friends outside. Excellent server checked on us often. Food came out quickly and our drinks got refilled very nicely. Finished the evening at the bar with after dinner drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Taylor was a great waitress!

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CONNIEB
Western KY
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled romaine salad, fresh baked cornbread, and a lovely view were highlights

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Bryan
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Great selection of food and beverages. Staff was extremely attentive. Service was incredibly quick.

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WeiX
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I wish the restaurant servers were wearing mouth mask, that is why I gave it a 4 stars. Great food! Great service!

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Linda
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Making reservations is important since this is a popular place. Every dish we had was delicious and full of many flavors. Everything was fresh. Service was excellent.

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Timothy
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was soooooo good and Service was even better! Rajod was phenomenal he knew the whole menu and never left us thirsty!!

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MaryR
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and Wonderful out door seating! Would highly recommend!

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BarbaraP
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and the food. Great place to talk and enjoy!

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EBanks
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipacarter9405
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Having been to numerous high-end seafood restaurants, the food was par. Nothing was worthy to gossip about and service was slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 6 year anniversary, food was outstanding as was the service!

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CliffordB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JenHF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The taste of the food was not equivalent to the cost!

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BrianL
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great...

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JudyT
1 review
Dined 4 days 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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ScottS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night at River House!

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Knight
1 review
Dined 4 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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice view of River, great service.

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vipBryanV
Miami
27 reviews
Dined 5 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 5 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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s Birthday

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vipToniaC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 6 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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JK
JamieK
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KevinW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 3626 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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