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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
5674 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 137 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

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What 5,674 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for scenic views

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Louisville

    Great for scenic views

  • Louisville

    Most Booked

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  1. DB

    DanielBird

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an incredible lunch with my dad. Everything was great! Perfect lunch portions and prices.
  2. JW

    JoelW

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Raw bar oysters were excellent. Scallops and grits were delicious. Staff was very knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. Won’t hesitate to go back or recommend to a friend.
  3. j

    jake

    Louisville

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sunday afternoon dinner with my family to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Food was delicious as always. The service was too notch, and we can’t wait to come back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience. The crab bisque , avocado salad, and my grouper cheek and shrimp risotto was delectable. Cornbread is always a plus!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at River House. Our server, Tyler, was friendly, attentive and offered great service. My husband enjoyed the smoked old fashioned. Our meals were wonderful. We look forward to dining here again.
  7. d

    danam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The service was great and the sides good The cornbread is amazing with their butter but the new York strip steak we got wasn't very good it was thin no taste to it was like a frozen vacuum packed cheap steak wasn't worth $ 33.00 a piece
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was marvelous. This was our first time at River House and our waitress’s knowledge of the menu and seafood in general made our experience fantastic. Started out with a Blood Orange Gimlet which was spot on. Tuna ceviche was my starter and my husband had the crab/artichoke dip. For the main course, I had the double lobster tails and took home leftovers. Delicious! My husband had the blackened seafood platter and also had leftovers. Great value.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service
  10. DS

    DeanS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time w/ great food and courteous staff. Knowledgeable and Friendly. Seafood was amazing! Looking forward to a next visit and maybe looking into a bourbon experience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    I took the salad home and have too much juice. Muscle had hair and I didn’t even ate one, I left all there. We had to go and I was pretty mad to say anything. Disappointed.
  12. AE

    AnnE

    New Orleans

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic! Food was amazing! I am never disappointed when I go to The River House!!!
  13. RB

    RosaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Louisville to eat the food is excellent!!
  14. HH

    HarryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have visited RiverHouse many times in the past, food and service is always great. This time we had the all you can eat crab legs with family members. The service was very fast and the crabs were very good. I would highly recommend The River House for lunch, dinner or just drinks at the bar. The smoked Woodford Manhattan was outstanding.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was amazing. So friendly, so helpful!! Kim and Grace were the best !
  16. MF

    MirandaF

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing, our server was so helpful with suggestions and more. The food was incredible, everything came out quick and was delicious. Will certainly be back for dinner again!
  17. JM

    JohnM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was friendly and prompt. Food was delicious, especially the cornbread brought to each table. Cocktails were spot on!
  18. B

    Bronco

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was outstanding. Food was very good. Atmosphere was good. Had reservations but still had to wait.
  19. S

    Sanford

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was very busy, but our server made us feel like we were the most important guests in the place
  20. PN

    PatriciaN

    Cincinnati

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We had visited River House on one other occasion and the food was outstanding, however, on this visit the food didn’t “wow” us like before. Great service and cocktails! We’ll definitely return soon.
  21. w

    wsan8196

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice restaurant with a good view of the river. The smoked old fashion was fabulous. Dinners of parrot fish was excellent. Wish they provided more carrots and chow chow. Will definitely go again.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service as we celebrated our friend’s birthday! Food was enjoyed by all. Each food order had a good presentation. Took a photo of my kale salad!
  23. R

    Rebecca

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was great. Loved sitting near the fire pits . The only issue was having plates and glasses pile up on our table. We had no room for anything and when the crab legs were brought out I had to wait awhile for the server to bring the utensils to eat them with and they were cold. I would not do the all you can eat crab legs again for the price . Not worth the hassle of waiting to have my plate cleared and everyone in the party being finished before me due to the long wait in between refills. Will be returning next week to try another entree.
  24. R

    Regina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The atmosphere was spectacular!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    All you can eat crabs on Mondays
  26. YR

    YilaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and services. The atmosphere was great and definitely will go again.
  27. BB

    BethB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time sitting in the heated outdoor area and never felt rushed. Service and food were amazing.
  28. W

    Wolverine

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Overall I always had a great experience at this place but for some reason this was not up to what I am used to at the River House
  29. LV

    LaurenV

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! Went with my family for my birthday. Sat outside in enclosed patio next to fire pit with great sunset view of the Ohio River! Megan, our server, was amazing and made it an even better experience! We will be back especially for all you can eat crab legs on Mondays in the winter.
  30. JS

    JuneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience!!!! Jenny was our waitress and was very sweet and attentive, but not overly so. The food was amazing!!!
  31. h

    happy

    Louisville

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere were all great. We love the River House!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trying out all the fish and chips places in Louisville
  33. RW

    RichardW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    disappointed this trip. service was slow and unattentive. steak was luke warm at most
  34. EM

    EricM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time in Kentucky and my cousin recommended this place to me and my date. I could not have been more pleased! Our appointment was for 6:45 and they called us at 6:43! We were sat at a very cozy table right across from a beautiful bonfire. The servers were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly (we asked them to take some pictures of us, which they happily did lol). The food was superb as well! This will definitely be my GoTo place anytime I’m in Kentucky!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Sweet waitress but the service was slow. Food was cold first time around. Great manager. Did take food off our checks. She was very nice. All wait staff was nice but maybe a problem in the kitchen. Drinks were very slow. It was pretty busy. Could have been short handed. We really want to like Riverhouse. It’s a cool restaurant in a cool location. It was off last night though.
  36. o

    osurfc8

    Western KY

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    All of us really enjoyed our entrees, and drink selections. The young man serving was very attentive and helpful. We will definitely be back. The one draw back was the back porch was a bit chilly.
  37. JT

    JamesT68

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a wonderful night out with friends who've never been to River House...We'll all be returning soon for the outstanding service, food, and ambience!!
  38. A

    Amoskat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. It was perfect.
  39. CS

    CarolynS

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Wish more seafood on menu prepared more simply!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a really great meal celebrating a 24th birthday. John Varanese has created a special restaurant in River House. The butternut squash and goat cheese side was spectacular.

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 5674 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 137 times today
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

  • 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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