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Riva Fish House

Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-429-1223
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Overview
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (41 reviews)
“calamari” (35 reviews)
“gelato” (17 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
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Atmosphere
LOCATION
Santa Cruz Warf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Riva's is a go-to casual fish restaurant on the Municipal Wharf. Couples, singles and family friendly, reasonable prices, full bar and great views of Cowell's Beach and Lighthouse Point on one side and the Boardwalk on the other. Nice bar with TVs to watch the...More

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

It's wonderful we can be your go-to on the Wharf! My team and I always enjoy seeing you -- thanks for brightening our days with your visits. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite fish place in Santa Cruz. Great view and fresh yummy seafood. Also has a Gelato bar for dessert or for the kids.

Thank Shellie60
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's awesome we can be your favorite fish place in the area, Shellie! Can't thank you enough for the vote of confidence. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table but it was certainly worth the wait. We shared the calamari appetizer, likely the best I have ever tasted, then ordered seafood borracho and fish tacos. Finished this incredible meal off with a large gelato...More

Thank HappyGuy60
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad you could walk out a happy guy! It means a lot that you gave a shoutout for Lindsay -- she'll be thrilled to see this. Thanks for stopping by for calamari, fish tacos, and a gelato while in the area. All the best, Peter...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a half hour wait, great food, great staff, good location, average prices. Would do again in a heartbeat.

Thank canamm0m
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad the wait was worth it! It's awesome you really enjoyed things here -- we can't wait to see you again. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to stop in Santa Cruz on our way down the coast from San Francisco. We had read some reviews for Riva's and decided to try it. Service was pretty good..food arrived quickly and was very good. Lots of choices on the menu. Great...More

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

Glad the reviews could point you our way while you were visiting Santa Cruz! It's great the food could truly impress -- hope the rest of your journey went just as well. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great seafood, reasonable prices. Way more than we could eat. Great service and great views! We went early and found a parking spot right in front.

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

Great food, great service, and a great view sounds like a win-win-win to me, James! Thanks for stopping by -- I look forward to seeing you again. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We came here as a group of 6 for a late lunch. I had the calamari for starter and the crab and shrimp open sandwich for mains followed by the XL gelato (vanilla choc chip, chocolate decadence, salted caramel and cookies & cream) and was...More

Thank Timhall030290
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks for having lunch with us, Tim! It's great to know that everything from the calamari to the gelato was on point, and I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to the rest of the team. I hope you'll come back to enjoy the...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

Great bar drinks esp. the Riva cosmpolitian....Wife loved it!!!! Good view.. Good bartender... Good afternoon meal

Thank timothy r
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

I'm so glad the whole meal was a hit, Timothy -- thanks for the kind words here! We'd love to welcome you two back in for another meal someday! All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 3 June 2017

Very good food, reasonably priced, nice atmosphere with great views. Good service. Great fish tacos.

Thank pilot210
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

It's wonderful you enjoyed the fish tacos here! Thanks for stopping by while on the wharf. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

If your looking to have an appetizer and a cocktail try the delicious Calamari along with a refreshing Bloody Mary...The view is great as well!

Thank Marci5
Peter D, Owner at Riva Fish House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Glad you could enjoy our calamari and bloody mary while taking in the view, Marci! Thanks for taking a moment to let us know how your visit went. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

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Maria E
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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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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
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.
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