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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
5302 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

9:30 p.m.


Booked 77 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Regional 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

  • 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 5,302 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 Eating

  • Central Kentucky

    Scenic View

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Outdoor Eating

  • Louisville

    Scenic View

  • Louisville

    Most Booked

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  1. j

    jake

    Louisville

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent!
  2. JS

    JedaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!! The food was delicious 😋 I will be coming back!!!
  3. RW

    RickW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 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
  4. JN

    JNAC

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Old70

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    GregB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Harwichport

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    JaneanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    AndreaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    ThomasM

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and great service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary-
  14. B

    Brian

    Detroit

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Place and great food
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  18. PZ

    PauletteZ

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    Msychi

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    KatieM

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    ronB

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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….
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. B

    Becky

    Austin

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was absolutely the best.. Food was good but scallops were over cooked. All in all, a fun experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and so nice to eat outside in Fall weather!
  27. MG

    MommaGrams

    Louisville

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were OUTSTANDING!! The steak and lobster dinner was great as was the crab cake dinner. It’s a great place to celebrate any occasion.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This review is based on several visits to this location. I’m on a frequent customer and spend an average of $120.00 on each visit with myself, friends and family. I want to commend Asya for providing excellent customer service and being attentive to me and my guests. She is the kind of employee that this establishment can receive great benefits for her outgoing and charming personality. She makes every customer feels important and value. So, I hope that River House knows the value and importance of taking good employees. Remember, satisfied customers keep coming back. Asya, keep up the good work!!!
  29. L

    Liza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Trinity was fabulous. She allowed for us to order special combinations/additions/substitutions which made everyone happy.
  30. KK

    KateK

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate outside. Good food. Friendly service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We had a group of 9 and didn’t have enough room for everyone at the table, a larger table would have been great. Aside from that everything was wonderful, will definitely return with a smaller group next time.
  32. m

    melissah

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sheldon was an awesome waitress! Planning our next time there already
  33. CS

    ChrisS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The oysters were very tiny for $7/each. Smoked ribeye was excellent. Overall, we felt it was just ok, not memorable. We had great service though.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Local and one of our favorites in the Ville. Brittany may be the best waitress we’ve ever had, her background around food, knowledge and personality along with the quality Raw Bar and Chef’s special. But you cannot beat the raw oysters. Great stuff! Get a reservation.
  35. CW

    ChristyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service & fabulous food! Can't wait to go back!
  36. ST

    SusanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well I had requested to be inside with the sight of the riverfront. I was put outside and it was hot and humid as well as a lot of flies were around. When I requested to have a table inside our Great server Audrey had everything done immediately. I must admit I truly enjoyed her service to us. So definitely great service, great ambiance, and we will come back soon! Thank you AUDREY!
  37. KR

    KenyonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat. Everything was good from the service to the food.
  38. CM

    ChefMory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit and will not be my last visit. Great service. Fantastic food. Amazing cocktails. And wonderful views.
  39. S

    Scott

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner, always fresh and a pleasant experience.
  40. GT

    GoodTipper

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had never been but heard all about it, and loved it. Not to formal but not overly casual and great food.

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 5302 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 77 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

    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, 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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