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Riva Fish House

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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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,
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 3 December 2018

I don't eat Calamari too often but I heard so many great things about it here at Riva's so I ordered it. Man it is really great. They have a great beer batter that is delicious. I got the shrimp sandwich and it was very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank thsupernurse
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2018

Your kind words mean so much! It's great to hear that everything was to your liking, especially that calamari and those wharf views. I'm thrilled you enjoyed your time with us, and I hope we get the chance to welcome you back very soon! All...More

Reviewed 26 November 2018

My husband enjoyed all of his food. He got the clam chowder which was chunky and smelled great. We ordered the calamari which was delicious. I ordered the Salmon with the lemon butter sauce and the salmon wasn't even seasoned at all, very bland and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

It's so great to hear you enjoyed your time here. I'm glad your husband enjoyed his meal, but it's unfortunate you weren't completely impressed with yours. It makes me happy to hear the service hit the mark. Hoping you'll be back our way soon! All...More

Reviewed 23 November 2018

Entres were delicious our orders came out quickly and were served hot. Friendly and accommodating staff. Comfortable seating with beautiful views. Noise level was low. Atmosphere was great!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Madison8582
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Thanks so much for all the kind words! It's great to hear everything was to your liking. Hope to have you back soon! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 5 November 2018

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.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank catman123
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2018

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 31 October 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank legsbell
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

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 8 October 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Janet J
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 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 8 October 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

Date of visit: October 2018
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 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 7 October 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!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mary B
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 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 7 October 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

Date of visit: October 2018
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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 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 6 October 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JameAndDare
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 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

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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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