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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
5135 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 109 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 5,135 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 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. J

    Jedi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the patio but, it was just a little hot in the direct sunlight.
  2. CR

    CarlosR

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    El lugar es fantastico, la comida extraordinaria, el camarero muy muy amable y amigable, pero en la entrada lamujer que nos atendio, cuando llegamos nos dijo que si teniamos reservacion, dijimos que no, entonces nos mando al patio y havia exagerado sol, le pedi si nos podia sentar en la sombra y nos dijo que no porque tenia 300 personas que habian reservado ya y estaba lleno todo, entonces saque la app de OPEN TABLE y empeze a hacer la resevacion, eran ls 4:10 y agarre resevacion a las 4:30, le mostre la reservacion que acababa de hacer hace 2 minuto y entonces mire que molestos nos tuvieron que llevar a la sombra! El lugar es muy bueno en genera pero si van a ir hagan reservacion antes para evitar que los sienten en un mal lugar o quisa hasta les nieguen la entrada! 😂
  3. AE

    AnnE

    New Orleans

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire meal was fabulous!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration for our daughters 25th birthday
  5. SS

    SusanS

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I enjoyed our meal. Some of the wait staff could be a little more modestly dressed for a nice restaurant. The food and drinks were okay but not amazing. The seafood salad po-boy was not in my opinion a po-boy and I had my heart set on one. The drinks (loaded bloody marry and a coffee with Irish Cream) were a 6 on a scale of 1-10. Our waitress was great.
  6. JM

    JoeML

    Louisville

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoors seating by the River …. Food selection is great!
  7. PD

    PamalaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at the River House Restaurant the food was excellent. The service was fast and very personable . Very nice staff . 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was one of the best we’ve ever had
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin was the absolute best! His service and personality are awesome and made the night and food even better.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! Second time here. Will keep coming back. Food & drinks were excellent. Staff was super friendly and kind, especially our server Jewell.
  12. RC

    RicC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, the menu options were very nice!
  13. S

    Sara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great! The cocktails are amazing!
  14. D

    Dkay

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seafood pasta was great. The steak also great per my husband
  15. TL

    TarynL

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Huge thank you to Tyler and the team at River House!! It was my mom’s birthday and her first visit there and the food and service was top notch from beginning to end. Delicious cocktails and gorgeous view too! Thank you to everyone for making it a great celebration!
  16. MD

    MaryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for our anniversary, and everything about the restaurant was wonderful. The service was very good, the view of the river was nice, and the food was some of the best I have ever tried. So glad we took the recommendation to come here!
  17. AL

    AndreaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We went there to celebrate my birthday. When we arrived they asked whose bday it was and my husband pointed to me. And that was it ! I didn’t want them to sing to me , but whenever we have been to an expensive restaurant for an occasion -there was some sort of complimentary dessert. Nothing ! And our bill pre too was $210. Very disappointing
  18. C

    Colmel53

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Want delicious food and cocktails in an amazingly beautiful setting? The River House Restaurant & Raw Bar is the answer.
  19. RS

    RyanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was awesome. Made the experience great. Food was so good
  20. LB

    LaurenceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food. The service was a tiny bit slow but they were very busy. I would definitely come here again!
  21. TS

    TomS

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went because we just read it was one of the 100 best views in the country. It was lovely. The food and cocktails great and service great as well.
  22. TK

    TracyK

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful location for business meals or for weekend dining.
  23. MC

    MikeC

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great people and great food as always love it the waiters was on top of us
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always! One of our Louisville favorites!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our server was very knowledgeable, friendly and prompt
  26. KB

    KristaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was a 10 out of 10…from drinks, to appetizers, to salads, dinner and dessert! Casual dining but high end service and experience.
  27. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite places in the mid-west. We often drive over 200 miles round trip to meet friends who make a similar drive.
  28. d

    dhome510

    Louisville

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This is a great place to go. I love the river views! During my last visit, the service was spot on...
  29. JS

    JamesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, drink menu and food menu. Our waiter, Andrew, was so attentive while being busy. We appreciate the wonderful picture he took of us in front of the sunset. We will be back!
  30. SV

    SteveV

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere
  31. J

    Jennifer

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I were visiting from Nashville for our 5 year anniversary. We booked a week in advance and ended up with a perfect outdoor table with the most gorgeous sunset. The wait staff was amazing and very accommodating and the food and wine were excellent. The noise level was what you'd expect sitting outside with a band and several patrons. It was a wonderful night and if you're in town please check this place out. Ask for Hunter as he was fantastic!
  32. E

    Esteisi

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful view out back, outstanding server (Kary) and delicious food!
  33. PE

    PEmama

    Louisville

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and great service..love the menu and daily options…
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live in Lexington, and this was our first time eating here. I read about the restaurant in Southern Living magazine and wanted to try it. We sat outside by the river and had a great view. We ate raw oysters, mussels, crab legs, lobster and more, and everything was excellent. Our food was fresh, and our server was so friendly. It did take a while to get some of our dishes, but I’m not complaining. We weren’t in a hurry so it wasn’t an issue for us. It’s likely a result of staffing issues due to the pandemic. We had a wonderful lunch with a beautiful view, and we’ll definitely be back!
  35. l

    lindaf

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Was not happy with where our table was located. We should have requested to be moved. Good and service excellent
  36. H

    Hailey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Waiter was so friendly and helpful and made sure our time there was great. Food was delicious!
  37. B

    Beans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was our first time dining here, and we loved it! The food and drinks were great. The only downfall was that the sun was directly in my boyfriend’s eyes for the beginning of our dinner. We loved it though!
  38. RC

    RichardC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the food and ambience. Will return again.
  39. O

    Oldie

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. My grandchildren have to have the oysters, which never disappoint. The heirloom tomato salad is super. I never eat dessert, but the grilled peaches were irresistible! There were 7 of us, everyone had something different and everyone loved the food. Even though the restaurant was full, everyone (managers, hostess, waiters, busboys) was fantastic! We will continue to happily patronize River House.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Was not a good experience. Showed up was told to come back however people with the same time reservations were getting seated before us. The crab cakes were not good at all and I asked for plain mashed potatoes and they could not even get that right. It’s really loud inside be prepared to not hear the people you are with. Definitely will not be coming back for the price we paid.

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 5135 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 109 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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