River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
3968 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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vipKatx
Austin
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Appetizers were great. Scollops and drinks outstanding. Cherrywood steak left something to be desired. Very fatty and not much flavor. Could do without the gravy.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service, we will definitely be back.

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KatherineD
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food, and staff

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SharonH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside was lovely but bee season! Indoors in our next trip!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wife 42 B day

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JoeN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Oysters were very very small. Definitely not worth the money

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us were seated outside with a wonderful view of the river. We enjoyed the bourbon flight, V oysters, butterfish which was good but not worth $38.00 and Makers salmon. The service was excellent. We really enjoyed our meal and the relaxing evening. We are glad we had reservations because it was crowded on a Monday night.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server did a great job. The meal was fixed perfectly.

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JohnL
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River House lived up to its reputation; it was an excellent experience.

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NancyU
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our outdoor seating was lovely looking out to the Ohio River. We began with martinis mixed to our liking and a tasting of raw oysters. We followed that with the seafood ceviche over avocado. Delicious! My husband had the winning entree, grouper cheeks over risotto. My bourbon glazed salmon was cooked to my liking but didn’t taste of bourbon and the vegetables were disappointing. Our server was proficient but didn’t appear to want to be there.
I think I would order all starters and salads next time so many looked good.

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vipThereseG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit to River House Restaurant. Every time we are in Louisville this is a must stop! Beautiful views of the Ohio River. Fantastic seafood dishes but also a lot of choices if you don't like seafood. Great service and just a really great place for dinner!

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LauraM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service couldn’t have been better.We enjoyed it very much.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Oysters were delicious and so was the Wahul fish. The butterfish was tasteless, tough, fatty and greasy and it looked like a chewed up softball on a plate.. The manager couldn’t be bothered after sending it back and getting the fish salad instead which was missing the right dressing and the octopus. Manager said the butterfish was an acquired taste and then said you got your salad now so what’s the problem. Wow, really… The entire meal and experience was pretty bad. Service someone would receive at like Waffle House. We won’t be returning… I don’t recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside and the weather was beautiful! Service was prompt and the food was great. Overall a wonderful experience!!

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vipLisaS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe was an excellent server, food and drinks were great!

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LauraS
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view, had a delicious dinner on the patio.

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StephenD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Not much more a person could ask for.

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AlidaC
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River House Grill is always an excellent epicurean delight.
When my sister visits from Saint Louis, we always meet at River House Grill.
Dining on the terrace is especially nice when weather permits.
Then we walk down to the river and relax on the Adirondack chairs to chat and watch the boats go by.

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vipRichard
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Seafood platter was OUTSTANDING!

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Vickster
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was very slow. Beautiful patio. Food was good

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JenniferT
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic.
The food was phenomenal

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GaryF
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place to eat, excellent food great service and very affordable.

NE
vipNENE
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The fish and chips were greasy. Shrimp cocktail was small, suppose to be jumbo..

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vipThomasJ
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River House is a beautiful restaurant! The outdoor seating has great views. The outdoor seats are not padded but still comfortable. FOOD A+ Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and ambiance. Food was a little pricey, but overall we really enjoyed it and found it worth it for a nice evening out for date night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

8 of us gathered to celebrate my wife’s bday. Desiree was our server. She was prompt, courteous and patient. We never once felt rushed and our drinks were never empty.
The raw bar here never disappoints. It’s the reason my wife wanted to celebrate here. From the massive crab legs, west and east coast oysters and jumbo shrimp filled our table. Along with mussels that brought the heat literally. We focused so much on apps we didn’t go for a salad course. Our dinner was a little bit of everything. All the entrées. Each person got something different so we could all try different dishes. All the entrées are worth ordering a second time if we came back. Only thing that we found to be lackluster was the creamy crab risotto which was bland w no crab in sight. Desserts we had were a great ending to her bday celebration.
Shout out to Ricky for helping us with our table situation not once but twice. I just hope we were as enjoyable as a table as our first and second experience here. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The celebration today was both a birthday and anniversary. Keith was our waiter and he was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Terrace seating was great. Drinks were outstanding. Quality of food was mixed

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KristinH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the most amazing experience in Louisville! The setting is stunning. The food was fabulous and the service was exceptional! We will definitely visit again on our next vacation! Definitely leave time to enjoy the sunset while sitting in an Adirondack chair by the river.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The young lady at the front desk was kind, friendly and welcoming. She provided a great table for our first visit with a great River view. Our server, Madison, was also kind, attentive and provided fantastic service. Both the filet and scallops were very good. We really enjoyed our first visit and will be sure to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice, food was lovely

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Foodie
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at River House last night after several high recommendations from locals. It definitely lived up to the hype! An outstanding appetizer was grilled romaine with a mustard sauce - delicious! Two people had the grilled oysters and raved about them. The brie was done perfectly. The scallops over grits were amazing, as was the scallops over risotto. Two of us had the grilled butterfish which melted in your mouth. The service was friendly and efficient. Be sure to try the smoked old fashioned - the presentation is part of the experience! We all would highly recommend this for a night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came out to celebrate a birthday and we had a great time.Our server I think his name was Aaron or Adam can’t remember we dined outside he was amazing

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Dave
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic! The fried seafood platter at $39 was by far the best seafood platter I have ever eaten. My wife had a grouper cheek po-boy and loved it. My daughter had the grouper cheek and shrimp plate and was very happy with the selection. There was a large selection of bourbon at the bar and the pours were generous enough. A 5 star experience from start to finish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took the boat up to the River House for dinner. The staff always greets us and our table is ready on time! The drinks and food are consistently outstanding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vipBillM
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 12 celebrating a 40th birthday Saturday night. Everything was amazing from the service, drinks and food. What did we order? Pretty much everything and it was amazing! There is nothing better than spending time with close friends on the patio, on the river, incredible food, and listening to great music. Thank you River House

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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TimB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great ambiance outside table. Wonton appit poor, Crab leg very high $, no recogn of 50th wedding anniversary (free appit or desert) for $180 Bill (Bonefish would have offered something for special occasion). One entree cold. Below average service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding professional servers. Not robotic but pleasantly engaging.
Food was excellent in taste and plated eye appealing care.
Atmosphere and environment was pleasing and River view was a added plus!
Highly recommend!

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KelseyS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall our food was outstanding and the drinks were very good. Our server was Raj and we were so pleased with our service

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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 3968 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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