River House Seafood

4.0
657 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Genuine Savannah Flavor in an 1820’s King Cotton Warehouse. Sit riverside and enjoy local seafood that the SAVANNAH NEWS awarded its highest rating, “A”, while watching local and merchant ships sail by. Delight in our gourmet dessert selections.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(912) 234-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gladys Young
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Catering
We are happy to offer group menus for in house events and to-go orders however we do not offer catering at this time.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Barnard Street Ramp
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Parking details
There is a parking lot in front of our restaurant, as well as parking on the ramp beside our building. There are also parking garages within walking distance.
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Public transit
Conveniently located on Savannah, Georgia"s Historic River Street. A short walking distance from major bus routes, taxi accessible and a stop on Savannah’s fare-free Downtown Transportation system. (DOT)
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Entertainment
Live entertainment Thursday through Sunday from 6:00pm until 9:00pm
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Special events & promotions
We are happy to offer group menus for in-house events in semi private rooms.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 657 People Are Saying
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were just spending a day in Savannah, and stopped in for lunch. Food and service were excellent. Leslie was our waitress

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food well below average.

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AP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My Boyfriend has the fried Flounder and it was amazing, maybe the best he’s ever had. Protions were very big and service was great. I had the Savannah Paella, and while the flavor was very good, it was very sparse on the seafood. Very little fish and shrimp and clams were the size of a pea. Plenty of chicken. The peach cobbler was ok, but I would have expected much better. A little gummy and too much flour. I would go back again!

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MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Had tried to visit restaurant night before but was told they were full and we could wait half hour...restaurant was half full! Booked table for following evening, again restaurant half full so the problem must be with lack of wait staff? We were party of 4, my husband’s appetizer (French onion soup) was cold, cheese not even melted. The oysters Savannah however was excellent. My main course (halibut) was not good. Overall for the price, it was not worth re-visiting.

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b
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I really feel the food was extremely overpriced. Quality was average but almost $30 for the entrees, i wont be coming back when in Savannah again. Also, didnt even give us rolls until after we ordered... and then acted like it was a big deal for more once the initial 4 were gone... bread is cheap. I guess price is dictated by location, seeing as the restaurant is directly next to the river.

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RL
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very average unfortunately. I had the Red Snapper special and the fish was luke warm and dry. Disappointing. And I live in Savannah. Too bad.

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BE
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Our table warbled so bad that we had to hold on to our drink. Waitress said there’s a thing under the table just adjust it ??? 😤 we left.😔FYI, treat everyone like their your guest in your home! They didn’t.

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e
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very nice location but ultimately it's about the food. Things did not seem fresh. Fish was served over rice that was clearly made hours before. Dry, oversauced food just screamed of a tourist trap. Disappointing and way too expensive for the quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was over priced for the quality we received.

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AF
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River House Seafood is always great. The service was excellent and the food is wonderful.

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D
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

As a local you expect a tourist centered establishment to be a bit off par but this place was the worst I had ever tried using open table. No recognition of our special occasion. Should have read the detailed reviews. Their signature Paella was bland and meat in the dish was heavily over cooked. Didn’t thank us for our patronage- save yourself and go to the superb Boar’s Head Grill and Tavern.

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SA
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a slightly later reservation, (about 1-1.5 hrs before they closed for the night. The location and ambience was great, however, there was hardly anyone there by the time we arrived, and our waiter was passively trying to rush us as soon as we got there. That being said, my meal was very good.

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Poconos
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The seafood pallea was dry. Although it is not a traditional pallea the protein shouldn’t be dry. Our server also forgot to bring a cocktail that ended up on the bill. We did bring it to the server’s attention and it was removed.

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AL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I started with their signature old fashion cocktail which was quite tasty but very tiny maybe an ounce and quarter with a huge round ice cube. It was definitely not what I expected for the price. Not a place for cocktails stick to the wine. The clam appetizer was great the fried oysters was also a small portion. Maine corses oh grouper Oscar and stuffed flounder were good. Service was good but rushed although they weren’t busy and there were lots of open tables and I even ordered my main course after the appetizers were served we still felt rushed.

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MR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grouper Oscar was excellent and I added a crab cake that was amazing. Server Laura was great and the host staff super friendly.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling solo and have eaten at River House twice before. Each time is a great experience. Great relaxed ambiance, very friendly and knowledgeable staff and phenomenal food and drinks.

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our server walked up to our table with her pad and pen in hand and asked us if we had decided. We had only been seated for a few minutes and had not even been asked about something to drink. When she brought the drinks she asked again if we were ready to order our dinner. We immediately ordered appetizers and let her know we were still looking. They have a large menu and we needed time to decide. When the appetizers were delivered she told us we needed to hurry and order, even though the restaurant closes at 11:00 pm and it was 9:15. Two of our party ordered the New York strip and were told that they were out of them. Why not tell us immediately? My grouper florintine was terrible. No flavor all all. It was heavily coated with panko and had so many tomatoes versus spinach. One person ordered their steak medium well (which I think is not the way to eat a steak but it was her birthday). It was cooked medium rare. She ate about half of it and didn't want to complain. We felt so rushed and uncomfortable. There are many other restaurants to choose from in Savannah. River House will never be one visited again by our group of friends.

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HV
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate there during our vacation, it was so good the first time that we went back a second time. Very friendly wait staff and excellent food.

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Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall solid food and service.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although there is a lot of premade food reheated, I TRULY enjoyed the crab cakes!

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MB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our food at River House. We went there 2 nights in a row. I recommend the escargot and Crab Cake. Leslie is a great waitress.

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TB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was live music but we were seated in a section to the side so it was not loud. We were in Savannah for our anniversary . I checked in online to be seated and our table was ready when we arrived. Food and service was awesome

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I
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Our dining experience was horrible. We wanted to have the $30 tasting menu, the Gazpacho took forever to come out. How hard is it to pour four bowls of cold soup? Two of us had the fish and two ordered the duck (rare). After almost 30 minutes we were informed the kitchen had not "prepped" enough duck for the evening. Why didn't the kitchen have enough, then when it finally came to the table it was too well done and it was rubbery. It felt like it was micro-waved and not grilled. When I told the waiter he had the manager come over. When I told her we wanted it rare she had the nerve to to tell us "it's against the law" to serve rare meat. So does that mean if we ordered rare steak it would have come out well done??
We are local and will make sure all our friends and neighbors stay away from this restaurant. I recommend Open Table drop them from the recommendation.

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Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service could have been better

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Staff and management lovely and accommodating.. food was thankfully unforgettable

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TG
Dallas
42 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Grouper and mahi was delicious. The paella was dry, over cooked. The service was wonderful (thank you Laura) and the d rinks delicious. I would go back.

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SL
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The fish was overcooked. It is as hard as oak stick. The duck was well-done with vinegar only. Any kids can cook that kind meals.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cake I've ever had and I'm from Maryland!! Everything was served hot and delicious. Great location and atmosphere!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent but the food was bland and not the quality we expected for the price.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Hostess literally handed me our menus to hold as we waited at the greeters desk for her to sit another table. Was bizarre. Then another server carried what appeared to be garbage through the dining room. Food was good though.

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H
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was not worth the price. Our waiters were also not very attentive.

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VV
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service is the deal breaker. Our waiter had to be reminded several times about requests. We were mid-way through our dinner when I had to ask again for tea. My daughter's food was cold when she finally received the hot sauce that she asked for.

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with terrific food and service.

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DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Drinks were great! Ordered the Savannah paella was a great dish and so much I couldn't eat it all

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l
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and they told us we couldn’t be seated until the exact time, even though many tables were open. That was a little odd. And then we didn’t actually get seated until 10 minutes after (and our reservation was at 9:30pm). Service could have been better but overall it was a positive experience.

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JC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would recommend making a reservation for evening dining . The food was Better than expected. A good place to take you wife if looking for a nice quite place for dinner. Would totally go there again.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The food and atmosphere were excellent. Will definitely go back.

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IS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time visiting Savannah. Although some other aspects of our date night were not so great, dinner was by far the best part of the evening, even if everything else had worked out as well. We made reservations, were seated immediately. Our drinks were never dry. The food came out fairly quick and our waitress, Misty, was very attentive. The location was amazing, the ambiance was great, and we couldn't ask for more. It was perfect and everything my wife could have looked for in a date night. Thank you for making our evening special.

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RD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only the wedge salad needed some work. Everything else was great.

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SE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were memorable for creatively incorporating fresh, local ingredients. Moderately priced and excellent service. A highlight of my trip to Savannah. Highly recommend.

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