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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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Overview
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (40 reviews)
“prawns” (26 reviews)
“gelato” (16 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very nice place, excellent food, really good service. Enjoyed myself very much. Fresh oysters, very good fish with snapper and seafood. A lot of dishes are hot according to the menu. Mine was hot, but just in the right way.

Thank Tal W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice view, got lucky with a window table (but there are quite a few). The food was very good and and ample portions. Fish and Chips were lights out good. What made it even better was the wait staff were terrific. Just attentive enough and...More

Thank ronsrice
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

It's just wonderful the food and service could truly impress as you enjoyed the view here! Thanks for stopping by and giving us a try -- I hope the rest of your trip to the pier went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for a late bite...had the cioppino and calamari - both were very good. Ate at the bar and had great service, and if you get a window table - great views. Easy walk from the nearby hotels.

Thank H2O_log
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by for a late bite -- I'm glad both the cioppino and calamari hit the spot for you! I hope the rest of your visit here went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant looks like typical touristic place in the pier with ocean view. Calamari was good, crab sandwich was big but bland&flat. The cioppino was very tasty and certainly must eat here. Our waiter was very helpful and polite.

Thank Serge G
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

While I wish the crab sandwich could have made a better impression, I am glad the calamari and cioppino hit the spot! Thanks for the compliments, Serge -- hope to welcome you back next time you're by the pier. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restuarant was clean, and very inviting. Waitstaff very friendly, and professional. Great food, with a decent price. And the plates came to the table full! You'll never leave hungry, maybe with a few doogy bags, but never hungry.

Thank Kimmy500
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

I'm just thrilled you felt so welcomed here, Kimmy! Thanks for stopping by while visiting the wharf -- my team and I look forward to welcoming you back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both the food and the service here were good. They could use some more sound absorbing material though! If you are going some place to have a conversation, you might want to skip this one on a busy night.More

Thank RAMspeed
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Happy to hear that you were pleased with both the food and service here! That's what we're all about. That said, I'm disappointed that the sound knocked us so many stars. We can't do much about the volume of our guests, but we do our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was really disappointed after seeing all the positive reviews about this restaurant. I ordered the Chipotle Scallops and Prawns, my wife ordered Fish and Prawns Florentine, yet both our shrimp tasted the same!!?? The dishes lacked any type of flavor overall. I did taste...More

Thank Preston M
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

I do wish you would have been upfront about how you felt, Preston -- that's something our team would have addressed immediately if you brought it up. But in any case, I am disappointed both your and your wife's meals didn't seem to have any...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We normally avoid restaurants at tourist locations. We took a chance and it was wonderful! My partner had a crab salad loaded with crab. I ordered cioppino and was thrilled. The sauce was rich and spicy, seafood was plentiful and fresh. The staff is warm,...More

Thank Diane J
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Glad we could earn your recommendation, Diane! I'm thrilled the crab salad and cioppino really hit the spot for the two of you. Hope the rest of your trip to the Wharf went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Had the Rica special lunchtime crab sandwich. Was yummy. Fast service, smiles and a good food, all at a reasonable price and with a great view over the beaches, highly recommend.

Thank Craig M
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by for our crab sandwich, Craig! I'm glad you felt welcomed as you got to take in the beauty of the wharf. Next time you're around, I hope to welcome you back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Stumbled across this on our first evening in Santa Cruz. Had a short wait for a table but were able to get a drink at the bar. Good food and big portions!

Thank adiposey
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Glad you stumbled by our place! Sounds like you had a wonderful evening here, so I'm thrilled to hear it. Hope the rest of your trip goes just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

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Maria E
Do you need to make a reservation?
24 March 2016|
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Response from Geminiwiners | Reviewed this property |
We didn't make a reservation for a party of two. A bigger party might want to make reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-429-1223
Description
What started as a fish market has ended up an amazing dish restaurant and bar. At Riva Fish House, we offer a view with flavor. Dine at our seaside haven on the Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz today!

When we gave up the fish market for the restaurant, our objective was to turn out the best possible meal at a cost working people with a family could afford. That didn't mean something they could handle but under stress. It meant, and still means, a really good meal and beverages at a really comfortable price.

Our loyal and friendly staff now serves some of the best, award-winning seafood around. Voted Santa Cruz's Best Seafood Restaurant, we offer something for everyone. Try our chowder, fish tacos, zucchini fries, or a killer crab sandwich. Big hunks of juicy tasty crab, seasoned to perfection, served on sourdough bread hand-made and baked to Riva's exacting specifications, with cheese of your choice, grilled and hot for your body. It's probably good for your mind, too.

Wash that down with a craft beer or handmade cocktail. Finish off your experience by trying some of our 12 flavors of delicious, creamy gelato that is sure to please.

Stop by and dine with us soon. You'll walk in with a smile. You'll walk out with a grin.