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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
5320 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

10:00 PM


Booked 90 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Eve 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Day CLOSED New Year's Eve Open til 1am New Year's Day CLOSED

  • 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 5,320 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

    Outdoor Dining

  • Central Kentucky

    Scenic View

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Louisville

    Scenic View

  • Louisville

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always knocks it out of the park! Service and food quality are consistently top notch! Just Go, you won't regret it.
  2. s

    sjb76

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    As with most restaurants in the current enviroment you get mediocre food, service, and attention to the customer. The view was great- but over all not worth the trip.
  3. DG

    DonnaG

    Louisville

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Britney and Naddie Our servers were excellent and explain the menu to a T food was excellent can’t wait to come back we love the butter fish and the squash blossoms .wonderful night with friends❣️
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tim was an excellent server!!
  5. EB

    EmilyB

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was Great an the service was amazing!! I always heard the food was good an was finally able to stop in a check it out myself. Location is very nice and beautiful.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The server lady was very pushy to pick food and did not want to share the kids available meals. The food was OK but not fabulous as advertised. Atmosphere was fabulous inside and out the view of the river was relaxing.
  7. MS

    MartyeS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful.
  8. WG

    WilliamG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to this restaurant for quite a while and are always pleased with the seafood selections. Yesterday, my wife iordered lobster. When it came it was a tiny rubbery mass not much bigger than a small crayfish. So the oysters are great, most of the fish and shellfish selections are great, Particularly the jumbo shrimp. Just don’t get the lobster. It was a rip off
  9. h

    happy

    Louisville

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River House is our place to go before the Opera. Good, value and service are excellent. It's a great place for any event!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 15 minutes and never saw our server. We left.
  11. JD

    JoeD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tiffany’s Service was Amazing! Food was Amazing!
  12. B

    Brooke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very attentive and super sweet for my birthday evening. She was happy to switch my drink to one I actually liked. Food was great. It felt great last night, so sitting outside with a view was awesome. My friends & I loved the atmosphere! And I have to say, the FREE birthday desert was super sweet. Definitely would come back again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    McCall was a fantastic waiter and the food was amazing!
  14. DG

    DianeG

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night delicious food and excellent servicer. Food was slow coming but we had a larger group.
  15. j

    jake

    Louisville

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent!
  16. TB

    TaylorB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful outside experience. Waiter took great care of us! Food and drinks were worth the $ and delicious!
  17. JS

    JedaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!! The food was delicious 😋 I will be coming back!!!
  18. BE

    BENS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere is great, view of the Ohio peaceful, crowd happy, reservation seating right on time, server was friendly and caring. Food excellent. What's not to like? Will definitely return!
  19. RW

    RickW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Megan was amazing. She was training Mia and they were a great team. Knew the menu and answered our questions especially about oysters. Rib eye steak was delicious as was the hash served with it. Grouper cheeks with shrimp was equally awesome. Pricey yes, but in our opinion it's about the experience as well as the food. Both were too notch. We will continue to go there for our dining "treat" to ourselves
  20. JN

    JNAC

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Emma was a great server. Overall a wonderful dining experience. Would recommend.
  21. O

    Old70

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Grace, did and excellent job. We had several allergies at table and she helped everyone.
  22. GB

    GregB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be going back. Our waiter was Tim, he was fantastic.
  23. H

    Harwichport

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, favorite spot in Louisville , and can’t beat the view
  24. JB

    JaneanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was excellent, and the food was good. Everyone in the party enjoyed their time at the restaurant.
  25. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was amazing. Our server was very informative and helped us make some great choices.
  26. TM

    ThomasM

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Waiter a little indifferent but ok, my wife's bacon wrapped pork was dry and unflavored, my scallops and shrimp over over corn peas etc. Was bland. Appetizer fried green tomatoes were very good but served over a bed of lettuce and spinach that was old wilted with dead spots on edge. Adjoining table were served a smoked rib eye that looked very good, may order that next time, if there is a next time
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and great service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Put at a poor table. Out of Woodford and cornbread. Shrimp we’re questionable. Nice but worth $150 for date night? Not really.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary-
  30. B

    Brian

    Detroit

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Excellent Seafood and top notch views. An enjoyable dinner, good portions served hot. Will come back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Place and great food
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Steak was average at best( first steak was over cooked and chewy, second steak was better but still underwhelming), lobster tails were very small. Server was great but the mgr was passive aggressive when I voice my concerns. Will not be going back anytime in the foreseeable future.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasurable experience. The food and service are unrivaled. Find myself here a couple times a month for raw oysters and the Cavatappi. The Bread pudding is to die for.
  34. PZ

    PauletteZ

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come to the River House quite often, it is always a great choice., We will come back again soon
  35. M

    Msychi

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kira is a super star, sheer excellence. Food was superb, mighty strong cocktails.
  36. KM

    KatieM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and service. We sat outside and it was the perfect setting for a nice Sunday brunch.
  37. B

    ronB

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Ambiance nice… service terrific… food was simply awful. Shrimp was like shoe leather.. main course average at best. There are so many better options….
  38. g

    ggpaphoto

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience. Meal was well paced. Scallops were cooked perfectly and delicious. Still had heirloom tomato salad. Wonderful time!
  39. JG

    JayG

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Three couples have held our anniversary celebration at the River House for 3 years. The food is always outstanding and we love the sight of the river as we dine. Service was not as good this time, but still better than most other places. We have already decided to return next year.
  40. AG

    AdamG

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we tried was outstanding! This is our new favorite place to eat.

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 5320 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 90 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

    Monday - Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Eve 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Christmas Day CLOSED New Year's Eve Open til 1am New Year's Day CLOSED

  • 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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