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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
5518 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 p.m.


Booked 82 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Regional 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

  • Neighbourhood

    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 5,518 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Outdoor Eating

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    Scenic View

  • Louisville

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  1. DD

    DebbieD

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making our team dinner so wonderful! The service was exceptional; the food was spectacular; the outdoor seating with the firepit created such a relaxed atmosphere for our team. Thank you so much -- we will return for sure!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun time with family get together to begin Christmas
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was wonderful from the drinks to the food. Our server made our time enjoyable! Will recommend to all my friends!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    We agreed to sit “outside”, but when we realized we weren’t really outside and in a plastic tent, it totally turned me off. I inquired about moving inside but this didn’t seems possible at the time I inquired. Poor judgment on my side, I wish I would have just left because it only got worse from there…
  6. A

    Advicesisters

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    although it was a rainy night we could see that the view of the river would be spectacular. Our server Britney deserves a special call out for being the most attentive and lovely person we have met in Louisville. She went above and beyond to deliver not just excellent food, but service and a warmth we rarely see in young workers today. Good job Britney!
  7. JO

    JimO

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Server was great but kitchen too quick in getting food to the table. We barely had completed appetizer when entree arrived
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Brought my sister from Fort Wayne to dine here. She asked to be moved twice before she was able to get the ambience she liked. All the prime tables were empty and they were sitting us in the far out tables.
  9. g

    garz

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great to be able to enjoy the covered patio with fire pits, fantastic food and delicious cocktails. Make sure you ask for the cornbread!
  10. f

    foodieintheville

    Louisville

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Trina was great. Once she clocked out no one checked on us We could have used water refills. Risotto was not flavorful. Everyone else was pleased. Great price point on food. Not so much on alcohol. Price o a glass of Kim Crawford is too much. I could buy a bottle for that amount. Love this place though.
  11. KW

    KathyW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food, beautiful view of the river, and a Birthday dessert - my favorite restaurant!

    River House Restaurant & Raw BarResponded 1 day agoThank you for your 5 star review and Happy Birthday!!

  12. D

    Disappointed

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Seated outdoors in a sealed patio. Industrial heater above us baked is for 30 min. Then cold when it it off. Small plastic chairs. View either plastic drapes or the outer wall of the restaurant. Service very slow. Food great.
  13. S

    Sinema

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! The fried avocado was delicious and unique. We loved the generous serving of the best cornbread ever.....we thought something was omitted from our order and our server (and team) worked diligently to make it right. Turns out it was our error and then we weren't charged for the extra item that we thought we missed. The service was outstanding. Thank you!
  14. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Some of the best in town. Service is always great. Nice pours from the bar.
  15. KS

    KatyS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the service was first class; the whole evening was perfect!
  16. DC

    DerbyCityLocal

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside in the covered patio near the fire pits with a beautiful view of the river.
  17. R

    Rick

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Soups and top quality food.
  18. KK

    KarenK

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the River House food is delicious with a lovely view of the Ohio River. White staff is excellent!
  19. DC

    DebbieC

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant because the food and service are always great! We have been here several times to celebrate special occasions and they deliver every time.
  20. L

    Laurie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great wine/beverage choices. Great view. Great service. Cannot wait to come back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was amazing christin was our server sorry if I mess your name up. When was amazing making sure our drinks where coming and the food was amazing. I tried oysters for the first time, I try the grill garlic butter and I love them. I will be coming bck to try the raw version. Best seafood man. We also had the corn bread, sautéed shrimp, the pasta with shrimp and the baby back ribs all chefs kiss
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Service was exceptional, and the food was phenomenal, TRULY!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was good as was the service. We got in on a reservation so we didn’t have to wait. That was great. I would definitely recommend it.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and great service from Hunter!
  25. E

    Excellent

    Louisville

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great atmosphere and good service.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent dining experience!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, a smoked bourbon cocktail and attentive service made for a special dining experience. Thank you! We will be back.
  28. WL

    WendyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the River House....we ate on the outside covered porch which was heated with fireplaces and above head heaters and was very comfortable. Food was awesome. It is a bit pricey but there are lower cost items if you wish. We certainly will go back. Have been there several times
  29. JH

    JermaineH

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Been here numerous times before. This experience was not so good because the restaurant was packed and there were some rowdy patrons ( Not the normal vibe). I will be back as this is one of my faves!!!
  30. AV

    ArnoldV

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  31. VB

    VickiB

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am never disappointed when I have dinner here. The food and service is top notch.
  32. AK

    AshleyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good - we got the ahi tuna, short ribs, and scallops and they were really well prepared. The setting was beautiful and we would definitely come back!
  33. SF

    SharonF

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Had reservations and were taken to outdoor heated patio on a winter night…furthest point from the front door . It felt like we were in a garage adjacent to the restaurant. Not exactly what we expected. Ordered the seafood tower and it was terrible-overcooked mussels, prawns ryat were so tough you couldn’t eat…very disappointed for a proclamation of a seafood restaurant. We’re not even offered dessert. Won’t be back
  34. MB

    MathisB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food and experience, no detail over looked
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    We were very disappointed with our dinner. The octopus was good but the mussels were not good at all, we actually ate only 5 of them. Our entrées were not good as well. I took the trio for $69. The risotto had no taste as well as the scallops. At the end, the server told us we will get a free bread pudding for our anniversary and we never got it.
  36. H

    Hjw1234

    St. Louis

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in Louisville and loved everything about this restaurant. Plan to return to Louisville and will dine here again.
  37. JS

    JamSha

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our guests from Malaysia enjoyed their total experience. As usual, the food was excellent and the service was amazing. Our guests are frequent international travelers and have dined around the world. River House was one of their favorite dining experiences.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere!
  39. h

    hungry

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hubby has food allergies, this restaurant was accommodating. The food was delicious; some of the best we experienced during our stay. The bison tomahawk was spectacular, both in presentation & taste. The seafood platter was so tasty; perfectly prepared.
  40. C

    Chea

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was okay, cornbread was the best and the fried scallops my fiancé got were really good. Affordable prices for a elegant night or special occasion. It was somewhat crowded but we made reservations in advance so we did not have to wait for a seat.

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 5518 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 p.m.


Booked 82 times today
Google Map for River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

3015 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    River Rd.

  • Neighbourhood

    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, Regional 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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