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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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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 yesterday

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local and how right they were. We are in Santa Cruz for 2 nights as we travel slowly down highway 1. Our first nights experience impressed us so much that we both wanted to return to Rivas...More

Thank neilfent
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a wonderful meal with fast, friendly, and efficient service. We ordered the fish and chips (3 very large pieces) and the crab sandwich. The crab sandwich was the largest I've ever had...very good crab salad, covered with (your choice of) cheese, toasted to melt...More

Thank Suzan1028
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Happy you had a fantastic meal with us, Suzan -- it was a joy having you in! We'd love to see you again for another crab sandwich the next time you're looking for a quick meal on the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I both ordered off the weekly special's menu. The snapper charro dish with polenta was fabulous, and just perfectly spiced. I don't recall what she ordered, but my wife was equally pleased. We also enjoyed "happy hour". We ate here our first...More

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

Thanks for the recommendation, Darrin -- I'm thrilled you and your wife enjoyed happy hour with us! Hope to see you again for another snapper charro. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Riva's. Every time we go there and order food it is absolutely delicious and always fresh, they will always listen if you would like to make some small changes to their dishes or substitute something, people who work there are very friendly. Very...More

Thank Monika T
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

And we always love seeing you, Monika! It's wonderful that all your meals here can impress -- can't wait to welcome you back next time you're over by the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! I do mean WOW. I was lucky to have this restaurant suggested by where I stayed. Little did I know it would result in several firsts as well as making my “Best anywhere” category. Best ever on the planet Clam Chowder. Perfect. Nothing even...More

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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Talk about many firsts! Jack, I am so glad that you enjoyed both dinner and lunch with us -- I know my kitchen staff will appreciate your compliments for our Broiled Oyster Trio and clam chowder. It was a pleasure to meet you on your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to pull off the highway and check out the Warf in Santa Cruz. It was lunchtime and we were traveling up the CA 1 on our way to Northern California destinations so we didn't want to spend a lot of time there, but...More

Thank WahineSistah
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

While unfortunately we couldn't find a table with a view when you stopped by, I am glad to hear you and your husband did enjoy the Tilapia, Snapper Ravigote, and bloody mary. Hope the rest of your drive went well. All the best, Peter Drobac,...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018

We had lunch here on two occasions in a week. First time w/my daughter and wife next time just wife and myself. We're retired and the kids needs to work like we did!\ Ate the first time toward end of lunch hour and 2nd time...More

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Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

First off, I want to thank you and your family for visiting us twice! I am glad that you all enjoyed your meal overall -- your thorough feedback is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 10 April 2018

After enjoying a nice stroll down the pier int he early evening, my wife stopped at Riva for a fish dinner. We had a wonderful experience. The restaurant is casual with very reasonable prices to match. Views from the window-side tables are superb, particularly around...More

Thank LightFighter
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

It's wonderful you and your wife enjoyed dinner with us after a nice evening stroll! I know Lauren will be just as thrilled as I am to read this, so I'll be sure to pass along your feedback to her. We look forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 10 April 2018

If I had not read the reviews before visiting, I'm sure I would have liked this restaurant better. Earlier in the day I'd enjoyed such great service at Firefish, that it seemed like the service here was slow and sparse. I think my server meant...More

Thank BiffCanlett
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

I am sorry that service wasn't up to your standard, Biff. While it is possible you got a newer server, I would have appreciated it if you did bring it up to a manager. That way, we could have gotten feedback in the moment on...More

Reviewed 4 April 2018

When we arrived, there was about a 20-minute wait for a table with a view so we decided to sit at a hightop near the bar but continued to deliberate about being moved to the main dining area. After going back and forth with the...More

Thank bndakidz
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

First off, I want to thank you and your family for visiting us while on the wharf. I also appreciate that your husband did bring up the crab to us so we could make things right -- we take pride in our food, so we're...More

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Maria E
24 March 2016|
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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, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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
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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