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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • 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 5 days ago via mobile

Stopped here last night while walking back to the hotel. This was the first place I found on the wharf with good sounding fish tacos. To go service was quick with comfortable seat at the bar. Tacos and side salad were good and portions generous....More

Thank Greta513
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second time here. The service was GREAT, but someone forgot to rinse the clams out because every clam I got was sandy which literally made me sick when I’m went back to our Hotel. Last visit unfortunately.More

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

Rebecca, sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. While I'm glad you enjoyed the service, I wish your entire visit would have made just as good of an impression on you. Hope you're feeling better, and I hope you'll give us another chance in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my family to this place and waited 1:36 minutes for a table and my 86-year-old in-laws had to wait in the car because there is no place to sit and wait, in my opinion it is disrespectful to make two people with...More

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

It's unfortunate to hear that you weren't left with a great impression of our place. We always work hard to put our best food forward in terms of service -- after all, our customers are our top priority. Rest assured, our oysters are always fresh,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch after a long walk on the pier/wharf to get there. Could easily walk right past it. Nothing seemed exceptional or outstanding but crab sandwich was decent as cant go wrong. Could always use more crab and less bread. Could have been cleaner...More

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

It's upsetting to know that you weren't impressed on your visit. While I'm glad you enjoyed the views, I wish the whole experience would have been just as memorable. I hope you'll give us another chance in the future to show you the five-star food...More

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

If you expect fresh seafood, dont come here! They dont evem serve whole fish, just fileta that could have very well been frozen. I orderd some Pasta with clams... No clams on the plate. just some tomato sauce with some undefinable things in it that...More

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

Jacasch, so sorry to see you didn't have the best experience with us. We work hard to present an enjoyable meal for our customers, so its unfortunate to know you weren't impressed with your pasta dish. We have many fresh fish and shellfish options every...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Looked okay, but only chose it because our first choice seafood restaurant on the wharf was way too expensive. The food was decent (but not exceptional), otherwise I would have given this place 1 star. Staff was cold, and it took at least 10-15 minutes...More

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

It's unfortunate to hear you didn't have the very best experience here with us. We always want to make sure we're leaving our customers with a good impression of our place, and it's upsetting to know this wasn't the case for you. We're always working...More

Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

Our only experience on the Wharf, but in comparison to other seafood restaurants, was about average on the food (shrimp alfredo D+, fried fish C, and crab sandwich B). Service was great, view off the wharf was great, restaurant could have been cleaner, so overall...More

Thank Eric S
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

While I did wish we could have made a better impression with our shrimp alfredo, I am glad you enjoyed your experience with us overall. Hope we'll have a chance to earn your full five stars next time you're on the wharf, Eric. All the...More

Reviewed 18 June 2018

Great service! Great view! Most of all great food!!! We went on a busy Saturday night and had no problem getting a table! SURPRISE!!!! I just cant say much more than you have to eat here! The open faced crab sandwich was fantastic! Our gusets...More

Thank McTavish14
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2018

Talk about a great review, McTavish -- I'm so thrilled you enjoyed dining with us! We thank you for your kudos, and we'd love to have you back for more of our open faced crab sandwich. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 15 June 2018

This restaurant was recommended by the West Cliff Inn if we wanted to eat out on the Wharf. We can’t compare it to any other restaurant on the wharf being our first time in Santa Cruz. Great location and view, and our waiter was great,...More

Thank Heather A
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

While the food might have just been ok in your eyes, I am glad that our service and atmosphere could impress. Next time you're back, Heather, I'd love to earn your five stars -- let us make a recommendation! I'm sure we can find something...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018

We were on our smartphones for awhile before we ended up coming here, since we couldn't quite figure out the best place for us to have seafood in Santa Cruz for dinner. As expected, we were in line, but by the time we got seated,...More

Thank Chia2005
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Glad we could really impress when you stopped by for dinner! We might be in a busy area, but we work hard to provide great food and service at a reasonable price. Can't wait to welcome you back next time you're over by the wharf....More

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Maria E
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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