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Riva Fish House

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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,
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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American, Seafood, Soups
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with 2 adults and an 8 year old. The service was good and the food was nice. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a nice meal. I would think the view would be nice in the daytime however we couldn’t...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

From our wonderful seafood to our service, we're thrilled you and your family enjoyed your time with us. You'll definitely have to come back to experience our breathtaking views during the day. Looking forward to welcoming you again. Until next time, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Riva for dinner, value for money is ok, large portions, friendly service. Food was basic, nothing amazing.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're excited you could join us for a meal! Our hearty portions will be sure to satisfy. However, we hope we can make your next visit with us a better one. Best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After looking around Santa Cruz we decided on having our supper here as the menu is so extensive. We ended up having one of the most delicious meals of our holiday. Between us we had our fish fresh, fried and in tacos all which was...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

From our phenomenal views to our tasty margaritas, Stacey, we're delighted you enjoyed it all! It makes us smile to see we made your visit a great one. We're thrilled you enjoyed our fish tacos. Hope you'll make it back our way for another delicious...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked out on the wharf to catch some fresh air & scout out a good fish place for lunch. Looked at the menus posted by the doors of most of the places and chose Riva's for the variety of choices, favorable prices, and nice setting....More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

A great meal paired with an ocean side view is priceless! It's wonderful to see you and your wife enjoyed everything from our seafood to our beer and wine selection. We appreciate your compliments of our service -- our team will love to see it....More

Reviewed September 30, 2019

only place on the warf for outstanding gelato. get some and take outside and enjoy great warf scene.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2019

Gelato is best enjoyed with a phenomenal view! I'm thrilled you enjoyed our atmosphere and time with us. I hope to welcome you again sometime in the future. Best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed September 28, 2019

Great food, excellent service and great prices. The view from the table was as good as it gets on the wharf.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Jim S
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2019

Jim, it's great to see you're a fan of our ambiance and delicious seafood dishes! We're thrilled you enjoy your time with us. Looking forward to your next visit. Until then, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed September 27, 2019

On holiday and stopped off to see Santa Cruz . Looked at all the menus on the pier and this was the most appealing but that soon changed. We ordered our food and when it was served to us it was not complete as the...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2019

Cherryl, it's disheartening to see your first experience with us was anything less than fantastic. We're committed to providing everyone with delicious seafood dishes, so we apologize your food didn't come out the way it should've. We can assure you this is not the norm...More

Reviewed September 11, 2019

I often hate paying just for the view. The food was ok, We had the Fisherman's platter and a salad. Too much dressing on the salad. Server did not offer us bread, but we saw bread being given complimentary to other tables. Careless service. View...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2019

I apologize that you didn't receive the wonderful service every guest should be given. I hope we can have you back so we can provide a meal that matches the level of the view. Until then, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed September 10, 2019

Stopped in to get a chowder bowl, not on the menu. Had a bowl of clam chowder, wait a minute..... where is the clams people. Taste more like flour soup, HORRIBLE.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Bryan H
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2019

Bryan, it's disappointing the clam chowder didn't satisfy your craving. I'm positive the next bowl will have you telling everybody how amazing it is. Thank you, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed September 8, 2019

I ate dinner tonight on the Santa Cruz wharf at a place called Riva’s. It was so cool!!!! I got a quick table with a view of the ocean, as close as I could get!!! My server, Jocelyn M. was the best!!!! Super nice and...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2019

Gary, thank for you swinging in while on the wharf and thinking the place was cool. I love seeing that our guests were given such excellent service. I'm glad you enjoyed some of our great wines with the calamari. Your review is deeply appreciated. Hope...More

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We didn't make a reservation for a party of two. A bigger party might want to make reservations.
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