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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (46 reviews)
“prawns” (29 reviews)
“gelato” (19 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
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LOCATION
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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1 - 10 of 357 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The restaurant was full when we arrived. 25 minutes. I thought that was a good sign. The service was super sweet. The next good sign. The food was okay, but really just okay. Unfortunate.More

Thank Christina H
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am disappointed our food didn't exactly wow you, Christina -- if you noticed anything off, our team would have looked into it if you brought it up. In any case, I thank you for giving us a try. Hope we can impress with our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We love dining here as locals. It used to be cash only, but they have begun accepting credit cards. The bar is easy to sit at with friendly bartenders. The view from the window tables is amazing, seals and otters, lighthouse and surfers. My favorite...More

Thank JeriLG
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

It's always a joy seeing you, Jeri -- thanks for always stopping by for our salmon and spinach salad! I look forward to welcoming you back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately the last time we were here we were never attended too. We were visiting Family in Santa Cruz. This time around the service was fast the workers were al so friendly. Our waitress attended us quickly and we received our order in a timely...More

Thank Rebecca G
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm so glad you could give us another chance, Rebecca -- it's wonderful we could truly deliver the dining experience you were looking for this time! Hope the rest of your family trip to Santa Cruz went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband & I stumbled upon RIVA while walking down the pier. LINDSEY is the BEST! They make a to-die-for martini, ALL of the bartenders are fabulous. The food is great too w/amazing views of the Santa Cruz shoreline.

Thank pkcooley11
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you and your husband got to stop by for a meal! I know Lindsey will be just as stoked as I am to see your review. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 7 December 2017

Riva's has really good chowder! Their food was all good, but I do love chowder. My husband had fish & chips and was happy with it. Service was great and we always love to eat by the ocean :D

Thank 1beachbrat
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

So glad you and your husband enjoyed your meal while you got to take in the ocean views! Hope to see you again for more clam chowder soon. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

We ate here every night of our stay in Santa Cruz. Every meal was fabulous, staff were fabulous and after meal cocktails were fabulous. So, so love this place.

Thank ColinandJane
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

So glad we could welcome you two every night of your trip, Colin and Jane! I'm thrilled you enjoyed everything from the service to the cocktails here. Hope the rest of your visit was just as fabulous. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 25 October 2017

We had a great view overlooking the water and a super waitress. I had the fish tacos and husband had fish and chips. Both were very good. Waitress was super friendly and gave suggestions for both drinks and helped with entree choice. It was a...More

1  Thank w0rkt0travel
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

I look forward to welcoming you and your husband back! Glad both the fish tacos and our service could impress -- compliments like this really make my day. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Fish and chips (nice light batter) was some of the best we have had ever and clam chowder made for a perfect lunch. Staff was friendly and if you can sit by the window even better!

Thank OurDenverFamily
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thrilled you really enjoyed the clam chowder and fish and chips with us! Hope the rest of your family's trip from Denver went well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 5 October 2017

Reviews looked promising, but If I had trusted my first impression instincts, I would never have taken a seat in this place. Dirty floors, sticky menus and a greeter and bartender who appeared to have slept in the clothes they wore to work should have...More

Thank ProntoSiMangia
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

This is truly disheartening to hear. My team puts cleanliness and attentiveness first. It's clear we didn't make that impression when you stopped by, so I will be touching base with my team about this. I know we're much more capable than what you describe....More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Rivas is a great place to grab an upscale burger and a cocktail. Great place to have a date night or hang out with friends. i always ask for the specials. My friends always get the burger. The best is the fried polenta. I love...More

Thank Hcurrier
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Whether you're hanging out with friends or having a more intimate date night, I'm thrilled you enjoy things here! Thanks for stopping by for our polenta -- hope you and your friend had a pleasant time on the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

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Maria E
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, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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.
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