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Riva Fish House

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Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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11:00 - 21:00
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California
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the crab melt sandwich. Thick tough slab of dry bread, no butter or anything on it. Tough crab on top (how do they do that?) also really dry. Topped with melted cheese, mine was cooked hard as a rock, brown and bitter-rasting. The coleslaw was basically a bowl of shredded cabbage; there was a hint of dressing but... More 

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Thank Corvos
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

You're right to expect our crab melt sandwich and coleslaw to both be properly prepared, so it's disappointing you walked away with anything but that impression. What you describe doesn't sound like ours, so I hope you brought this up to your server so we could have addressed it. In any case, I do appreciate you bringing this up so... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food, great drinks, and terrific staff are just as important as the incredible views you'll get when you eat here. Prices are very reasonable, and we love the fried calamari, fried fish, and friend shrimp (I think you can see a trend here). The clam chowder is also very good. I always look wistfully at the gelato but I... More 

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Thank maryralenekeane
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Fried calamari, fried fish, and fried shrimp -- I'm frying to see what trend you're talking about, Mary. ;) But in all seriousness, it's wonderful we can always welcome you for a great time. My team and I can't wait to welcome you back next time you're visiting the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have had lunch and dinner there. Very good menu well prepared dishes with ample servings. The view is great.

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Thank Dan G
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

It's wonderful both lunch and dinner hit the spot, Dan! I look forward to welcoming you back next time you're visiting for the view. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We dropped in here without a reservation as it looked nice from the outside and the menu looked good, having only 1 day in Santa Cruz, we figured we wouldn't check reviews and just follow our noses and we were so glad we did! Nestled halfway along the municipal pier, we walked in and were seated straight away with efficiency... More 

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Thank Suzy C
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

You're so welcome, Suzy! I know you and your boyfriend must have been pretty busy with only one day to spend in Santa Cruz, so I'm thrilled you had a chance to visit us. I know Lindsay will be just as thrilled as I am to see this -- glad the tilapia and "Release the Kraken" truly hit the spot.... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Love this restaurant best on the wharf. Great options for all the family, kids etc. Different types of food options

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Thank crumbles1234
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

It's just wonderful you consider us the best on the wharf! I look forward to welcoming you and your family back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Rio del Mar, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This restaurant has it all, great views, good and generous portions, and wonderful cocktails. With the best bartender Jordan.

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Thank warbler44
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Jordan truly is the best! Glad you felt so welcomed with a beautiful view and a cocktail in hand. Next time you're in the area, we'd love to welcome you back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Santa Cruz, California
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233 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Make sure you get an ocean view because we sat near the restrooms and it felt like we were in the kitchen. The food was better than average, but I much prefer other places on the wharf. We wanted to try this place, so we gave it a whirl, but for the money, I would stick to a higher rated... More 

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Thank timteresa0
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

While we didn't exactly leave the best impression, we hope we left a favorable impression. It seems that the food at least hit the spot, so we definitely look forward to welcoming you back. If there's a preference you have when it comes to seats, Tim and Teresa, definitely let the host know! We can see what we can do... More 

West Berlin, New Jersey
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The food is certainly acceptable and prices for dinner are very affordable. The beer list is limited. Clam soup doesn't have the freshness that I encountered in several restaurants in Monterey. Service was good and very friendly. It has the feel of a family place and there may have been some regulars at the bar. The view by the water... More 

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Thank whelfand
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

While the clam chowder wasn't exactly what you were expecting, I am glad you got to enjoy your visit overall. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you need refuge from the seagulls. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Austin, Texas
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Dropped in for our last lunch in Santa Cruz. We really wanted to check out the wharf (SEA LIONS!!!) and this place sounded good. Did not disappoint! It was early & not busy at all, we were seated immediately. Service was fine, our food arrived promptly and was pretty damn good. I had fish & chips- huge portion, delish, and... More 

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Thank acantwell72
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

Glad you got a chance to see this sea lions before leaving Santa Cruz! And of course, see us as well. I'm thrilled the fish and chips and clam chowder hit the spot for you both -- hope you had a safe trip back. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner More 

Rancho Murieta
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179 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and recently visited Santa Cruz and were anxious to stop in at Riva's because last time we were in town it was closed. We arrived around 4:00 so we were able to take advantage of the happy hour offerings. We were immediately seated at a table with a view, so we were elated. Instead of dinner we decided... More 

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Thank OldNorCalGuy
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this review

It's wonderful you and your wife had a chance to visit us on your most recent trip from Nor Cal! I'm glad the happy hour apps hit the spot, and thanks for the praise for thebusboy. I'll be sure to pass along your compliments. Hope to welcome you back next time you're visiting Santa Cruz! All the best, Peter Drobac,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
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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