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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood” (44 reviews)
“prawns” (28 reviews)
“gelato” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to check this place out for the views and get a bite to eat. The staff seemed intent on putting us in the bar area away from the windows, but we saw open tables elsewhere and waited until they could provide better seating. The...More

Thank Barnetjb123
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm sorry to hear your visit didn't meet your expectations. You're right to always expect a delicious meal and attentive service from us, so it's disappointing that wasn't the case for you. And being on the wharf, we know a table by the windows are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

First off - parking on the wharf is easier than one might think! Now, on to Riva's. i would have rated this a 3.5 if I could. It's better than average, but it is too campy to be a true 4 in my book. But...More

Thank Richard W
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I'm thrilled you and your family really enjoyed your meal here, Richard! Thanks for stopping by for our calamari, prawns, and Snapper Florentine -- hope the rest of your visit to the wharf was just as sweet as the gelato. All the best, Peter Drobac,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Not every restaurant is perfect 100% of the times, and just because you're in California, on the pacific, doesn't mean you can't order Maine Lobster. Lets face it. You are here for wharf... you are here for the views. Order what you want. The shrimp...More

Thank VanBurenBoyzKraMer
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit overall -- thanks for stopping by to enjoy some calamari while taking in the view. Hope the rest of your visit to the wharf went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous sunset views and delicious fish tacos at Riva on the Santa Cruz Pier. Our waitress was superb and atmosphere was wonderful.

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

Sounds like you had a wonderful time catching the sunset, Rick -- thanks for joining us for dinner. Hope to welcome you back for more fish tacos! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our whole experience here was sub par. They sat us in the hottest area of the restaurant even though there were open tables everywhere. In fact, there were open tables our entire 45 min. wait for a table. Once served our mahi dish was overcooked...More

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

I'm sorry for how things played out -- you're right to always expect attentive service and a delicious meal from us. I'm sure your server wouldn't have been defensive if a manager stopped by to see how your meal was -- as she's worked here...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here on a weekend and it was a very good experience. The service was superb and the food was very good. We had the fish tacos and we were not disappointed. The view is very nice and the beer is really cold.More

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

I'm thrilled your food and service were both on point, even in the midst of the weekend hustle and bustle! Great choice on the fish tacos, too -- those are definitely one of our fan favorites. Looking forward to sharing more brews with you soon!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for dinner. Their Salmon special was onlyv$9.95. It was very flavorful and perfectly prepared. We had salads with our dinner too. It was a great meal. Others in our group had Choppino, Shrimp, Scallops and Ceasar salad Everyone liked their menu choices...More

Thank timteresa0
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us, Tim! It sounds like you ordered well -- the salmon special is one of our favorites, and I'm glad you enjoyed your salad as well. We'd love to welcome you back around here again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

3 times amazing! Been here two other times and on my third trip I decided to review this place! Love their prawn cocktail appetizer. I am always amazed at how large they are and the great flavor they keep. I also got their shrimp and...More

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback, Elise! We're thrilled your meals with us are always a treat, from your first bite of prawn cocktail to your last bite of seafood sandwich. It's awesome to know our food and view are more...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The calamari appetizer was amazing... large pieces that were lightly fried. Delicious pesto mussels. Excellent, friendly, attentive service. Nice drinks with a great view. Definitely recommend.More

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

You're amazing, Krystel! I'm delighted our seafood, from our fried calamari to our pesto mussels, hit the spot! I'm happy to hear the service, drinks, and view were just as excellent, too. Looking forward to welcoming you back next time you're in Santa Cruz! Take...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017

A pretty day on the bay, with lots of whale action. Leaving Aptos, we drove to the pier for an early dinner and nice walk. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the view was lovely. For our meal. I had fish and chips. Fish...More

Thank southbaytravelers
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Overall, I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself here! Thanks for stopping by for a meal after a busy day -- hope to welcome you again. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

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