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Riva Fish House

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Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Seattle, Washington
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109 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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, friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Highly recommended even for skeptics.

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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 More 

Level Contributor
35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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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 More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

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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 More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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241 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant on Municipal Wharf specialises in Italian/Mexican-style fish and seafood. We had fresh local crab and excellent ciopinno (a sort of mixed seafood stew). Decor is spartan, staff friendly.

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

It's wonderful you had a great time dining with us! Thanks for letting me know what you thought of the crab and ciopinno -- hope to welcome you back next time you're visiting the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

California
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had the crab melt sandwich. Thick tough slab of dry bread, no butter or anything on it. Tough crab on top (how do they do that?) also really dry. Topped with melted cheese, mine was cooked hard as a rock, brown and bitter-rasting. The coleslaw was basically a bowl of shredded cabbage; there was a hint of dressing but... More 

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

You're right to expect our crab melt sandwich and coleslaw to both be properly prepared, so it's disappointing you walked away with anything but that impression. What you describe doesn't sound like ours, so I hope you brought this up to your server so we could have addressed it. In any case, I do appreciate you bringing this up so... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Great food, great drinks, and terrific staff are just as important as the incredible views you'll get when you eat here. Prices are very reasonable, and we love the fried calamari, fried fish, and friend shrimp (I think you can see a trend here). The clam chowder is also very good. I always look wistfully at the gelato but I... More 

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

Fried calamari, fried fish, and fried shrimp -- I'm frying to see what trend you're talking about, Mary. ;) But in all seriousness, it's wonderful we can always welcome you for a great time. My team and I can't wait to welcome you back next time you're visiting the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We have had lunch and dinner there. Very good menu well prepared dishes with ample servings. The view is great.

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

It's wonderful both lunch and dinner hit the spot, Dan! I look forward to welcoming you back next time you're visiting for the view. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We dropped in here without a reservation as it looked nice from the outside and the menu looked good, having only 1 day in Santa Cruz, we figured we wouldn't check reviews and just follow our noses and we were so glad we did! Nestled halfway along the municipal pier, we walked in and were seated straight away with efficiency... More 

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

You're so welcome, Suzy! I know you and your boyfriend must have been pretty busy with only one day to spend in Santa Cruz, so I'm thrilled you had a chance to visit us. I know Lindsay will be just as thrilled as I am to see this -- glad the tilapia and "Release the Kraken" truly hit the spot.... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Love this restaurant best on the wharf. Great options for all the family, kids etc. Different types of food options

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Thank crumbles1234
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

It's just wonderful you consider us the best on the wharf! I look forward to welcoming you and your family back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Rio del Mar, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This restaurant has it all, great views, good and generous portions, and wonderful cocktails. With the best bartender Jordan.

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Thank warbler44
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Jordan truly is the best! Glad you felt so welcomed with a beautiful view and a cocktail in hand. Next time you're in the area, we'd love to welcome you back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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.

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