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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.7
4.7
6730 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 90 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (502) 897-5000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cross street
    River Rd.
  • Parking details
    Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.
  • Entertainment
    Located adjacent to the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, Levee at the River House is the perfect spot to share a meal with family and friends and to enjoy some choice River night life. At Levee, the emphasis is on live entertainment with some of Louisville’s most exciting local musicians and singers on an intimate stage.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wine

What 6,730 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for scenic views

  • Louisville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Louisville

    Great for scenic views

  • Louisville

    Most Booked

6,730 Reviews
  1. JeremyS

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal. Amazing. Delicious. Everything about this place was wonderful. We will go back.

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  2. annag

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salmon was to overcooked very dry should have not been cooked as long. But salad was very good.

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  3. MelissaS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and friendly service with high quality food. Definitely worth a return to try more of the many menu options.

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  4. Cocoa

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our birthday celebration for my husband was excellent! The 4 of us enjoyed the raw bar tower, delicious entrees, and a tasty dessert.the cocktails were excellent also. We enjoyed the patio and were seated close to one of their “fire pits” on the enclosed patio. Our server was very attentive also. All in all a celebratory dinner for a special man! We look forward to dining there again

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  5. TomM

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great place to come to for lunch and dinner. Great experience and service.

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  6. JenniferR

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good place we go every year in February and we love it

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  7. MichaelS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food... good value... a little noisy and a little too cool... our waitress and serving staff wonderful ... very attentive ... will definitely return !!!

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  8. Janice

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    River House was a fine dining experience. The crab legs were great, our server was excellent. We will be back. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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  9. PhyllisC

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although I prefer king crab the snow crab were very good & plentiful & the service outstanding.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was quick to wait on you and food delish

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  11. JackieH

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our crab legs were extremely dry this time for some reason. We came for the crab so it was disappointing. When you spend that much money you want good food. I love the atmosphere and people that work there. Just wished the crab legs would have been better.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great - food, service - definitely recommend to anyone!

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  13. FlipManny

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience as expected. Our waitress was exceptional and attentive.

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  14. GeorgeL

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Served wrong dish. Soup. Coffee, and other items served cold. Livers too salty to eat. etc... So legitimately disappointing the meals were completely comped! Been here several times before. Never like this!!!

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  15. DEBORA

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a dining experience! All good! Staff very attentive. They aim to please. Thank you Zach.

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  16. Sarah

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This restaurant was recommended to us by some friends. We knew it was a fancier place and didn’t mind to fine dine for a night. However, it was almost comical how terrible each and every one of the guests food was. We dined with 6 guests. Normally with such terrible quality food I would have no doubt sent it back but with 6 people and 6 sides, I didn’t want to waste my time. 4 steaks were ordered medium well or medium rare, they were all equally rare. The fried mac and cheese was not even remotely warm. The fried were soggy. The bacon wrapped pork was cold. The only good review was 1 of the 6 people, they got the surf and turf pasta, which was supposedly good. Again, paying 400$ for 6 people, this food was beyond disappointing, but at least I tried it just so I can let people know places I would never recommend. We didn’t even finish our food and grabbed a pizza 2 hours later. If you are wanting a steak go to Jeff rubys.

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  17. TomP

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent drinks and dinner. One of my favorite restaurants

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  18. JosephM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at River House. Everything was great from the service, food, dining area and atmosphere. Will definitely go back in future.

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  19. JoshuaN

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We got sat out on the patio, which they did have covered but it was still only 20° outside so very often we caught a very cold breeze. Our waiter on two separate occasions told us he forgot our order and then tried to bait us into ordering something else. The lump crab tower appetizer alone was $125, for a pound or so of crab. It was cooked well, but still seemed vastly over priced. The other spirited we got was also good, with the exception, it was supposed to come with crostinis, ours came with hardly toasted bread. When I say hardly toasted, more than 3/4 of it there was no color change at all on the bread. The manager that came by was a vary nice lady, no issues on that part. All in all it was a nice dinner, but the cold breezes that came through and somewhat “forgetful” waiter along with a high bill for the appetizers that I would consider disappointing for the price. The entrees were fantastic, no issues there. Grouper cheeks and risotto is always wonderful. Overall we enjoyed our experience.

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  20. PaulT

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fresh and delicious. Excellent service. They really went above and beyond.

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  21. Allergy

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience as a person with Celiac and soy and dairy allergies was amazing. They took precautions to not cross contaminate and today I feel great. So great that we are going back today with our daughter and her husband. Our daughter has the same allergies. If you have wanted to try River House, but were concerned about allergies, don’t be concerned. Go.. run! 😊

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  22. DanielS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal, it was a Valentines meal, and I appreciated the food and the employees attitude and attention to detail.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great (chicken livers and grouper cheeks), server was excellent.

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  24. LindaW

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at River House! Our server, Ashley was so accommodating and answered all of our many questions. She also mentioned how we could customize any order by adding sides or seafood items. The food was absolutely delicious! We sat in the outside (covered) porch and it was not too cold despite the icy/snowy weather outside. The fire pits add to the ambiance. We had guests from out of town and they were very impressed. We will be returning soon!

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  25. Mary

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great view of the river!

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  26. CraigB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the restaurant the food and specialty cocktails were outstanding. I look forward to coming back to try other menu items.

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  27. Tony

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Sean knew the menu front to back and made great suggestions. The food was excellent!

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  28. DebraL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful ambience, superb staff, great food. Will definitely return sometime.

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  29. Derek

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic evening spent celebrating a birthday. Our waitress was knowledgeable, kind, and attentive.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Traveled to experience a wonderful Valentine’s Day together. We have visited a number of times and we were always beyond pleased. We had the rudest customer service and the food was subpar. If you are looking for a special evening look somewhere else!!!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We were seated in the patio area and my wife and I were freezing

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  32. TrevorW

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a great date night location. Portions were huge and filling. The drink menu was extensive, as was the raw bar selection. Also, delicious corn bread is provided at each table! We will be back!

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  33. DebbieH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a special treat for my husband and I for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant is beautiful and has a very cool ambiance. The place was packed for Valentine’s Day, but while we waited we had time for one drink at the bar and then we were called to be seated. Our dinner table was small and close quarters with the tables next to us. Our server came by quickly to check in and see if we needed more drinks. She was very attentive and helpful with suggestions on the menu. The suggestions exceeded our expectations and the food was plentiful. This was more of an experience than a dinner out for us. Appreciate the work by everyone to make sure our evening at the River House was special! Highly recommend!

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  34. FrankA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first visit to River House. The staff was very pleasant. Had just a short wait for our table. Was just long enough for us to enjoy a drink at the bar. Our waitress was nice, knowledgeable and very attentive. Food was excellent.

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  35. Dave

    Louisville

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was outstanding. Appetizer, entrees and wine. We can't wait to return.

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  36. Burbon21Tim

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. My fish was under cooked ,but they took it back and fixed it. Then they took it off the bill. We were happy as always there.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The overall experience was average. I had the seafood platter and it was decent. My wife had the CRISPY GROUPER CHEEKS AND GULF SHRIMP. The sauce on it was not good. The west coast oysters were the best part of the meal.

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  38. CamH

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful experience on Valentine’s Our server was exceptional.

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  39. KennethR

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time at The River House and it was a very fine dining experience. The food was simply the best, and “Quentin” was the star of the show. He guided my wife and I through an amazing menu and help make our experience a memorable one. The price was lower than anticipated and the quality of the food was greater than expected. We will return…..with family and friends.

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  40. NormanB

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined on Valentines Evening so it was busy. We were not entirely satisfied with seating in the overflow room, but our server was excellent as was the food as usual.

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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 4.7 stars by 6730 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 90 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

3015 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

Additional information

  • Cross street
    River Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Ample parking is available adjacent to the Restaurant. Valet parking also available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Located adjacent to the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, Levee at the River House is the perfect spot to share a meal with family and friends and to enjoy some choice River night life. At Levee, the emphasis is on live entertainment with some of Louisville’s most exciting local musicians and singers on an intimate stage.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wine
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