We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Riva Fish House

Is this your business?
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
Website
Save
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“prawns” (32 reviews)
“seafood” (46 reviews)
“gelato” (19 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (397)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 373 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

We decided to pull off the highway and check out the Warf in Santa Cruz. It was lunchtime and we were traveling up the CA 1 on our way to Northern California destinations so we didn't want to spend a lot of time there, but...More

Thank WahineSistah
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

While unfortunately we couldn't find a table with a view when you stopped by, I am glad to hear you and your husband did enjoy the Tilapia, Snapper Ravigote, and bloody mary. Hope the rest of your drive went well. All the best, Peter Drobac,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch here on two occasions in a week. First time w/my daughter and wife next time just wife and myself. We're retired and the kids needs to work like we did!\ Ate the first time toward end of lunch hour and 2nd time...More

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

First off, I want to thank you and your family for visiting us twice! I am glad that you all enjoyed your meal overall -- your thorough feedback is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After enjoying a nice stroll down the pier int he early evening, my wife stopped at Riva for a fish dinner. We had a wonderful experience. The restaurant is casual with very reasonable prices to match. Views from the window-side tables are superb, particularly around...More

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

It's wonderful you and your wife enjoyed dinner with us after a nice evening stroll! I know Lauren will be just as thrilled as I am to read this, so I'll be sure to pass along your feedback to her. We look forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I had not read the reviews before visiting, I'm sure I would have liked this restaurant better. Earlier in the day I'd enjoyed such great service at Firefish, that it seemed like the service here was slow and sparse. I think my server meant...More

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

I am sorry that service wasn't up to your standard, Biff. While it is possible you got a newer server, I would have appreciated it if you did bring it up to a manager. That way, we could have gotten feedback in the moment on...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived, there was about a 20-minute wait for a table with a view so we decided to sit at a hightop near the bar but continued to deliberate about being moved to the main dining area. After going back and forth with the...More

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

First off, I want to thank you and your family for visiting us while on the wharf. I also appreciate that your husband did bring up the crab to us so we could make things right -- we take pride in our food, so we're...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the prawns and hey wereAmazing! The service was outstanding and the view of the ocean was amazing!

Thank gigidenise2015
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Talk about an amazing review -- made my day reading just how much you enjoyed the prawns! Hope to see you again next time you're over by the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed March 18, 2018

Ordered the scallops and prawns Monterey dish. Portion was hefty and tasty. Friendly waiter and different beers available. Good choice.

Thank Sokerikukko
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2018

Thanks for stopping by for our scallops and prawns! I'm glad to hear you found your meal enjoyable. Hope to see you again next time you're over by the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went here for dinner one evening while visiting the San Francisco area and could not be more delighted with our decision to drive to Santa Cruz. The Wharf in general is a cute little area but this place was phenomenal! We...More

Thank Lori H
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2018

Lori, I'm so thrilled you and your husband decided to make the trek to Santa Cruz! It's wonderful that the calamari, crab sandwich, and even our gelato could impress. Hope you had plenty of time to take in all the wharf has to offer. Safe...More

Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We followed rave recommendations from some folks on the pier so we had expectations of a good meal. The stated wait time was 35 min and we were seated in 15 so off to a good start. Our server was pleasant enough but seemed to...More

Thank Paul W
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

First off, Paul, I have to thank you for giving us a try while on the wharf. While I am glad service was initially prompt, I do apologize if there was a wait for your drinks and we made a mistake with your grilled shrimp...More

Reviewed March 2, 2018

We enjoyed our lunch at Riva's Fish House. This is not a big or fancy place but there was a very friendly atmosphere, good food and good service. Parking was plentiful but we were also there in the off season.

Thank Mary B
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Glad you enjoyed lunch with us, Mary -- thanks for stopping by while on the wharf! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 hotels in Santa Cruz
Casablanca Inn on the Beach
538 reviews
.29 miles away
Dream Inn
2,028 reviews
.30 miles away
Coastview Inn
310 reviews
.31 miles away
Beach Street Inn and Suites
642 reviews
.33 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
The Picnic Basket
387 reviews
.29 miles away
Stagnaro Bros Seafood
545 reviews
.16 miles away
Aquarius - Dream Inn
324 reviews
.29 miles away
Nearby Attractions
West Cliff Drive
1,102 reviews
.49 miles away
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
204 reviews
.69 miles away
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
3,015 reviews
.34 miles away
Santa Cruz Wharf
1,083 reviews
.33 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Maria E
March 24, 2016|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
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.
0
Votes
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing