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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“prawns” (36 reviews)
“seafood” (55 reviews)
“gelato” (20 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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LOCATION
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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1 - 10 of 398 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we were looking to enjoy seafood & not break the bank & feel casual. perfect place! yummy food & very attentive & pleasant service

Thank Karen M
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Karen, I'm so happy to hear you were impressed with your time here! It's great that the food and service all hit the mark for you. Hoping you'll be back our way very soon. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Riva looked liked the best place to stop for food on the Santa Cruz Wharf, so my wife and I dropped in for lunch on our recent vacation. The view of West Cliff Drive across the water is absolutely stunning, which is why I've given...More

Thank DanJ1982
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for coming in and having lunch with us! It's amazing to hear you had such a great experience here. After all, what's better than a wharf view and great company? Hoping you'll be back on your next vacation! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to have a Happy Hour drink and enjoy the great views. As we walked down the long wharf, we bought several souvenirs form 2 stores we passed.

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

Sterling, thanks for joining us for happy hour! It's so great to hear you enjoyed your time here. Hope to see you back our way very soon. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Started out with appetizers then decided to stay for dinner. They Fisher was very well prepared and the appetizers before dinner were very good. Good service also

Thank CaroleP1947
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for joining us for dinner! It's so great to hear you enjoyed your meal and those appetizers. Looking forward to the next time you make it our way! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service was ok. Food was average. Children's menu was simple and helped those kids who didn't care for having seafood.More

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

Lupe, it's unfortunate to hear you didn't have the best time here. We always want to provide a great experience for our guests, and I'm sorry this wasn't your impression. I do hope you'll give us another shot in the future to show you what...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are lucky enough to get a seat with a view, then you have it made. I enjoy happy hour there and their delicious bloody mary's. I come in every time I am visiting Santa Cruz. I love watching the sea lions too. Only...More

Thank Beckie Hawkins R
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Beckie, thanks for enjoying some bloodies with us! It's so great to hear we're a favorite on your Santa Cruz trips. One thing: we started taking credit cards about three years ago, so no downers at all! Really looking forward to the next time you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here because it looked very busy. We had to wait at the bar for a table but this was a good experience as bar staff attentive. Table service also good. I had Mahi Mahi tacos which were nice but rest of family not...More

Thank PeterG022
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for dining with us! It's so great you enjoyed your time here overall. I'm glad you enjoyed your tacos and service, but it's unfortunate to hear that your family was not completely impressed. I hope you'll be back our way very soon so we...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good location and service. Food was good, but not as good as many other meals in Santa Cruz. I was hoping for a bit more from a seafood-oriented restaurant in a maritime setting. Good kids menu. Mahi mahi tacos were clear winner at our table.More

Thank Nick D
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Nick, it's unfortunate to hear we didn't completely wow your group. We work hard to provide fresh, quality seafood options, so we're sorry if we missed the mark for you. While I'm glad the fish tacos were a hit, I wish the rest of your...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped here last night while walking back to the hotel. This was the first place I found on the wharf with good sounding fish tacos. To go service was quick with comfortable seat at the bar. Tacos and side salad were good and portions generous....More

Thank Greta513
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for stopping by and dining with us! I'm thrilled to hear those fish tacos hit the spot. I hope you'll be back our way soon! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This was our second time here. The service was GREAT, but someone forgot to rinse the clams out because every clam I got was sandy which literally made me sick when I’m went back to our Hotel. Last visit unfortunately.More

Thank Rebecca G
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Rebecca, sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. While I'm glad you enjoyed the service, I wish your entire visit would have made just as good of an impression on you. Hope you're feeling better, and I hope you'll give us another chance in the...More

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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
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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