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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried Riva Fish House for the first time during one of our many Santa Cruz visits. I was pleasantly surprised. Good quality food, nice clean restaurant, good service and good lighting indoors. Of all of the wharf restaurants, this is one of the best.

Thank catman123
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for being such a fan of our little Santa Cruz spot. We can't wait to welcome you back our way for more fresh seafood! All the best until next time, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We come here whenever we visit Santa Cruz. The food is consistent and the staff friendly and accommodating. This visit we had the mussels with pesto special which was excellent. Lots of mussels and good basil flavor. We also had the snapper, which was cooked...More

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

It's always a treat to welcome you back for a meal, and I'm so glad you always make a point to visit us while in town. Thanks for sharing our mussels with basil and our snapper both impressed you. I can't wait to welcome you...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018

My husband and I have been coming here for years and love the zucchini sticks and other appetizers with a glass of wine/beer during Happy Hour or anytime. We used to come here all the time for dinners and still have something now and then...More

Thank Janet J
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Janet, thanks so much for being a fan of our happy hour! It's great to hear you and your husband enjoy a dinner or happy hour every now and then. It makes me happy knowing you enjoy your time here. Looking forward to the next...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018

We went there for a family birthday, the 11 y/o loves their clams. In our group were two elderly with walkers. There unisex bathrooms are little more than a closet. These people could not get them and their walkers into the closet at the same...More

1  Thank Ray S
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Ray, thank you so much for celebrating with us! It's great to hear your group enjoyed the food. We always want all of our guests to be able to move around comfortably, so your feedback is very important to me. I hope we get the...More

Reviewed October 7, 2018

Every time we visit Santa Cruz to see family, we head to Riva for lunch. Their crab sandwiches are fantastic. The wharf always provides a great view and the service is always nice and friendly. A long time favorite!

Thank Mary B
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Mary, this is so great! Thank you so much for your support and for all the kind words. Hoping to have you back in our seats very soon! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed October 6, 2018

After many years we returned to Riva's after hearing positive things from friends. We waited for a window side table (worth waiting for the view). We found our dinners only okay and unmemorable. Neither seafood dinners had the flavor we associate with fresh seafood. Riva's...More

Thank shewoo
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

It's unfortunate to hear you weren't completely impressed with your recent visit. We work hard to make sure every visit is memorable, so I'm sorry if you felt that wasn't the case. While I'm glad the service and views were worthwhile, I wish your meals...More

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

I have to say, we weren't wowed by our experience here. The meal was ok, the service was ok, the view was the best thing about the place. We actually waited to get a nice window seat and did some shopping until our table was...More

Thank JameAndDare
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

It's very unfortunate to hear you weren't wowed with your time here. You should always be able to expect greatness when you dine with us, and I'm sorry if you felt that wasn't the case for your visit. While I'm glad the chowder hit the...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018

Were in the area visiting family and decided to have Sunday lunch with 3 children and 3 grandkids and a friend of my wife's. A big crowd for this cozy and picturesque place on the wharf, but they handled it well and found room for...More

Thank William S
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

William, thank you so much for having lunch with us! I really appreciate all the kind words you shared here. It's great that your group enjoyed your food and had a good time here, and I'm glad you gave those sand dabs a try! Looking...More

Reviewed September 10, 2018 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 September 17, 2018

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 September 6, 2018

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 September 8, 2018

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

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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
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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