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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%
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“seafood” (43 reviews)
“calamari” (36 reviews)
“gelato” (18 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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1 - 10 of 336 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

A pretty day on the bay, with lots of whale action. Leaving Aptos, we drove to the pier for an early dinner and nice walk. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the view was lovely. For our meal. I had fish and chips. Fish...More

Thank southbaytravelers
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to Santa Cruz beach board walk for my daughter's birthday and we wanted to eat on the wharf for dinner. I was disappointed in the food. The price was OK for four people with drinks and and appetizer $89 dollars. We will try...More

Thank Salli F
Reviewed 5 days ago

Riva's is our favorite place on the wharf and we're locals. The bar serves good drinks and I love the fish and chips and crab sandwiches. It's a humble and straightforward seafood place where we often take out of town guests.

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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We always enjoy welcoming our locals in! Thrilled to have you as a huge fan of ours -- can't wait to welcome you back for more fish and chips and crab sandwiches. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 6 days ago

Was at the boardwalk but my kids didn't want any carnival food, and I wanted something different, walked out on the pier and viewed the menus at several other locations before my family decided on this place as it had something to please all our...More

Thank 584FamilyR
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It's just great you and your family really enjoyed things here! Thanks for stopping by while on the wharf -- hope the rest of your trip went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dined here after reading positive reviews, but five of us all left unfinished entrees that were stodgy, overlooked and served luke-warm. Not good enough!More

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

I'm sorry to hear how your visit went -- especially since it was the positive reviews that brought you here. What you describe couldn't be further from the quality we strive for, so your server would have looked into it if you brought it up...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely meal here. All the staff were helpful and knowledgable as we were unsure about some of the things on the menu. We had excellent seafood and the waitress was friendly and helpful. There was also good local beer on tap and...More

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

It's just lovely you enjoyed your meal here, Craig! I'm glad our service was top notch as you got to enjoy both the seafood and selection of local brews here. Thanks for stopping by while on the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Here for business trip, but felt like vacation while dining here. Thanks for the respite from the busyness of business! And food was fantastic too!!

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

You're welcome, Karen! And thank you for taking a break from your busy schedule to see us -- glad you could take it easy while enjoying a delicious meal by the pier. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived mid-evening on a Saturday and sat at the bar. The service was good, and the fish was really nice. Exactly the experience we were looking for after a day on the beach. We'll be back next time.

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

So glad you stopped in after your beach day, Frances! It's great to hear that you enjoyed everything from the service to the fish dishes. We hope to see you around here again soon. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One Word: Calamari. Ok.... and shrimp. The best I have had in a LONG time. The fry on both is perfection. I don't think I have ever had a prawn (shrimp) quite as dense & yummy as these. Yum yum. Our server was great &...More

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

Three words: Love this review! It's wonderful you enjoyed our shrimp and calamari, Megan -- glad you and your husband got to enjoy the food with us. I look forward to welcoming you two back. And as far as your husband's questions are concerned, bring...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found Riva Fish House on TripAdvisor. We had dinner here on a Thursday night in June, around 7:30 pm. The restaurant is on the Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz. It is a huge wharf that you drive and park on. We found an open...More

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

Thanks for finding us on TripAdvisor, Dina! I'm thrilled that dinner on Thursday went well -- it's wonderful the prawns and scallops could truly impress. Hope the rest of your family's trip to the wharf went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

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Maria E
March 24, 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, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
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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