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River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Louisville, KY

River House Restaurant & Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
5354 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 87 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 5,354 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

    Scenic View

  • Central Kentucky

    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Outdoor Eating

  • Louisville

    Scenic View

  • Louisville

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  1. I

    Indyfarmgirl

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food from the raw bar was lovely. Our server Souradip was outstanding!
  2. JH

    JeffH

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary celebration was awesome.
  3. BP

    BarbaraP

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great atmosphere and great food and service. Love the fire pits.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always excellent. Drinks were fantastic. We enjoy being able to have a view of the river even when sitting inside. One of our favorite spots to have dinner in a city with a ton of options.
  5. TB

    TracyB

    Shreveport

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We love the River House and Levee.. .which is why we went last night for our anniversary. They graciously seated us outside. We were served at our table by a very busy but nice bartender. He was just stretched a bit thin to serve us efficiently. We love the ambience and had a good meal. We'll be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the Host seating me to Taylor our Server Everything was Perfection!
  7. SJ

    SteveJ

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the finest meal to be found in town. Lots of choices not found anywhere else
  8. RP

    RachP

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Andrew was very knowledgeable of the menu. He helped to create a meal that is hands-down the best meal experience I've ever had! Amazing!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate a friends birthday. Everything was really nice.
  10. KG

    KatieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic--friendly, thoughtful, and came with great recommendations. The food was excellent. Loved everything about it.
  11. RO

    RobO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent experience! Can’t say enough good things about River House! Great service! The best Old Fashions in the area! The food is second to none! Quality and presentation was awesome! And, you can’t beat the view!
  12. RL

    RogerL

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a family 65th birthday celebration. Enjoyed Chesapeake oysters, so fresh, flavorful & succulent! Squash blossoms were decadent morsels, seasonal treat. Our party of 6 ordered seared scallops, seafood feast, NY strip steak, bacon wrapped pork medallions & surf & turf pasta. Desserts change seasonally, make sure you check them out as well. We shared bread pudding & 2 others. Attentive but not overbearing service from Esae. Staff is welcoming, warm & friendly. Enjoy the outside dining in pleasant weather. The view of the river at sundown is breathtaking & serene. It was cool enough the inviting fire pits were lit & none felt chilled by the gentle breeze. An ideal choice for a special occasion or celebration.
  13. KT

    KimT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meredith was excellent and made are dinner experience exceptional!!!
  14. DJ

    DanaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great evening - food was amazing. Severs were at the top of their game!!!
  15. DB

    DrBetty

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place for a birthday dinner! Fantastic, cheerful service adds to the delicious enjoyment of John’s creations. Thanks for making the meal so memorable.
  16. SP

    SheilaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every part of my experience at River House.
  17. AB

    AngieB

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was beautifully appointed and situated right by the window overlooking the river. Our server, Souradip, was kind, personable, and incredibly attentive. He treated our group as if we were of the utmost importance, and literally told us to request anything we could dream up, and if at all possible, he would do his best to make it happen. He spoiled us while we were in his care, and we will absolutely request him by name the next time we visit. Everything we ordered was melt in your mouth delicious. Wonderful experience, incredible food!
  18. A

    Anonymous

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Dinner last night was definitely NOT like our previous experiences. Our service was terribly slow (6:30 reservation left restaurant around 9:00 we needed to ask for drink menus, refills, etc. When our meal arrived everyone at the table had cold food. Everything from the soup, the sides and the entrees. The manager came over and asked us what we wanted her to do? We told her we came to enjoy a dinner to celebrate a 50th birthday. So they basically took our meals back and just reheated them! Our waiter came back after we finished eating and was ready to provide a check. Wasn’t until we asked to see a dessert menu that he mentioned that because of the meal fiasco our desserts would be on the house(which was the least they could do). A a manager never once came back to check on us to see how everything was, nor did she come back to even apologize. Our waiter explained that they had a private birthday party and wedding in their upstairs venue which probably was the cause of the long delay and cold food. Totally unacceptable especially for a restaurant ofc this type!
  19. L

    Lobbyist01

    Louisville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was great as usual with one exception. The charcuterie board was very plain and simple especially for the price both in taste and appearance. Also chocolate peanut butter lava cake was lacking the peanut butter part but was very good. Service was great and the food was great. the noise level inside again pretty loud but since it’s in a very high ceiling building that use to store boats there’s not a lot of soundproofing in there. will be going back soon.
  20. A

    Albert

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    The service was super friendly and very on top of it. That said the food was consistently both overcooked and served Luke warm and lobster was rubbery. The food that came out just wasn’t a good quality for the price point. I got the trio dish which had risotto but the Risotto tasted more like cheesy mashed potatoes than risotto which for an almost $70 dish is pretty bad.
  21. m

    matt

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We did not thoroughly enjoy the food during this visit to River House. We have before for lunch, but maybe because it was so crowded, the food just wasn't as nice as we expected.
  22. ME

    MikeE

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The restaurant seemed great and the service was very good, however our grilled octopus appetizer came out cold. we told the server and asked the manager to just ensure that our meal was hot. Unfortunately, dinner came out and it was only Luke warm. This was pretty disappointing, the food had good taste, but wasn’t hot. We can’t recommend and would not return.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Our server was great. The restaurant management had not staffed the restaurant adequately knowing their was a large private party that evening. Unfortunately, those of us in the main restaurant, had very slow service. We were seated 45 minutes before our drinks were served. I’ve been to River House before, and will go back. Last night however, was a disappointment
  24. SP

    StanP

    Indiana

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was slow. Had reservations for 7 and didn't finish until 930. Made reservations 1 week in advance and got seated right by the door way leading to outside where there was a ton of traffic. Confirmed reservations in open table app but still got a message from restaurant asking to confirm. Called and left a voice mail and was told that by leaving a voice-mail they couldn't guarantee reservations??? What?? Potatoes were cold as well. No willet flight. Another of food options were not available
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their scallops
  26. RA

    RobertA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    The server was great but the food was not what we expected after our friends told us to try it there. I am not one to complain but the NY strip steak was not very good I should have sent it back but was celebrating our 43 wedding Anniversary and the quality time was well worth it just being with my wife. The dessert was very good that they brought us for our Anniversary.
  27. TS

    TimS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had an early reservation so it was easy to find a parking space. Had to wait about 10 minutes past our reservation time for our table but we ate on the patio with a fire in the fire pit and a nice view of the river. Our meal was a little overpriced but we expected that having been there before and the service was good.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the crab tower and service was even better
  29. AC

    AlidaC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time my sister comes to town we have lunch at the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar. Each time, the food is excellent and seasonal. As we dined, a chef came out to pick some herbs they grow on the terrace. The prices are very reasonable.
  30. JR

    JuliaR

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They gave us a wonderful table and experience for our several day!
  31. PE

    PamE

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Decided to stay with the fries instead of paying an additional $3 to upgrade. That was my mistake. Fries were cold and seemed to have been prepared much sooner than the placement of our order. Of all the food you prepare there and you can't seem to serve HOT fries?? One would think that would be the easiest task of the night?
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. My wife and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary and it was great. We’ll definitely be back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Raj was awesome he gave great service. The food was delicious! I highly recommend this place
  35. s

    sjb76

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    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.
  36. LR

    LoriR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious. The service was excellent!
  37. DG

    DonnaG

    Louisville

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    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❣️
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tim was an excellent server!!
  39. EB

    EmilyB

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    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.

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 5354 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 87 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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