We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
Call
Website
Save
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (46 reviews)
“prawns” (29 reviews)
“gelato” (19 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (375)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 353 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Riva's has really good chowder! Their food was all good, but I do love chowder. My husband had fish & chips and was happy with it. Service was great and we always love to eat by the ocean :D

Thank 1beachbrat
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

So glad you and your husband enjoyed your meal while you got to take in the ocean views! Hope to see you again for more clam chowder soon. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

We ate here every night of our stay in Santa Cruz. Every meal was fabulous, staff were fabulous and after meal cocktails were fabulous. So, so love this place.

Thank ColinandJane
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

So glad we could welcome you two every night of your trip, Colin and Jane! I'm thrilled you enjoyed everything from the service to the cocktails here. Hope the rest of your visit was just as fabulous. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 25 October 2017

We had a great view overlooking the water and a super waitress. I had the fish tacos and husband had fish and chips. Both were very good. Waitress was super friendly and gave suggestions for both drinks and helped with entree choice. It was a...More

1  Thank w0rkt0travel
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

I look forward to welcoming you and your husband back! Glad both the fish tacos and our service could impress -- compliments like this really make my day. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Fish and chips (nice light batter) was some of the best we have had ever and clam chowder made for a perfect lunch. Staff was friendly and if you can sit by the window even better!

Thank OurDenverFamily
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thrilled you really enjoyed the clam chowder and fish and chips with us! Hope the rest of your family's trip from Denver went well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 5 October 2017

Reviews looked promising, but If I had trusted my first impression instincts, I would never have taken a seat in this place. Dirty floors, sticky menus and a greeter and bartender who appeared to have slept in the clothes they wore to work should have...More

Thank ProntoSiMangia
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

This is truly disheartening to hear. My team puts cleanliness and attentiveness first. It's clear we didn't make that impression when you stopped by, so I will be touching base with my team about this. I know we're much more capable than what you describe....More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Rivas is a great place to grab an upscale burger and a cocktail. Great place to have a date night or hang out with friends. i always ask for the specials. My friends always get the burger. The best is the fried polenta. I love...More

Thank Hcurrier
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Whether you're hanging out with friends or having a more intimate date night, I'm thrilled you enjoy things here! Thanks for stopping by for our polenta -- hope you and your friend had a pleasant time on the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 2 October 2017

We enjoyed a nice lunch here, watching the sail boats and eating good seafood. The fried zucchini was tasty and the salad and prawn salad was good. The seven oceans was a basic broth packed with seafood; being in a boiling liquid meant the crab...More

Thank ScottandJanelle
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

It's wonderful you enjoyed a nice lunch while checking out the wonders of the wharf, Scott and Janelle -- it was our pleasure having you in. Hope we'll get a chance to welcome you back for another meal next time you're around. All the best,...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017

We went to the Riva Café on the Santa Cruz Wharf on a Tuesday and were delighted by the daily special of Firecracker Salmon. This was “to die for tasty” and while normally $17.95 on their regular menu was only $9.95 for their daily special....More

Thank JohnHarris007
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

It was such a delight having you in on Tuesday, John -- I'm thrilled you both enjoyed the Firecracker Salmon! Hope we'll get a chance to welcome you back for more next time you're over by the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 14 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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 14 September 2017

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 17 September 2017

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

Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Stagnaro Bros Seafood
521 reviews
.26 km away
The Picnic Basket
379 reviews
.47 km away
Firefish Grill
507 reviews
.00 km away
Nearby Attractions
West Cliff Drive
1,069 reviews
.79 km away
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
2,937 reviews
.55 km away
Santa Cruz Wharf
1,036 reviews
.54 km away
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
199 reviews
1.11 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Maria E
24 March 2016|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Geminiwiners | Reviewed this property |
We didn't make a reservation for a party of two. A bigger party might want to make reservations.
0
Votes
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
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, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing