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Riva Fish House
Seafood Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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31 Municipal Wharf Santa Cruz, CA 95060
31 Municipal WharfUSCaliforniaSanta Cruz95060
(831) 429-1223rivafishhouse.com
$$Seafood Restaurant, American RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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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.


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Low-key establishment serves hearty portions of prawns, oysters & other American seafood favorites.- Google
"Great fish and chips, clam chowder and shrimp cocktail."
"We love the fried zucchini and coleslaw."
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Luis Herrera
4 months ago
Love the food! It's amazing! ;) Employees are excellent! Before, they only accepted cash, but NOW they accept debit or credit! =) I love the clam chowder! I always order the calamari with fries or vegetables. But oh my god, their garlic bread is so crunchy and tasty! Love this place! 5 STARS! :)
Response from the owner - 4 months ago
We're glad you love that clam chowder, Luis! As for the garlic bread, we love it too! Have you tried our chipotle cheese garlic bread? (It's not on the menu, but we happily serve it to those who ask. So yummy!) So glad you always love the service, as well. Hope to see you soon for some more calamari. Take care! -Peter Drobac, Owner
Nova Giragos
2 months ago
Been to hundreds of seafood places in the last 20 years both expensive and cheep. This place serves the best calamari.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Okay, Nova -- now we're blushing! Thanks for the amazingly kind words. We take calamari pretty seriously, so this means a lot. Looking forward to seeing you again soon for some more calamari! -Peter Drobac, Owner
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Tena Valenti
9 months ago
We love the fried zucchini and coleslaw. Almost everything else is very good here. The views are amazing. The gelato is the best we can find outside of Italy!
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shelly vidal
8 months ago
Not a bad place. Food was well priced and service was good. Calamari was great. Credit cards are now accepted.
Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Thanks for the feedback, Shelly. We'd love to know how we can improve. Looking forward to hearing back! Peter Drobac, Owner
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Billie Fritz
a month ago
"The crab cakes and aoli dipping sauce were amazing. The rest of the meal; however, was mediocre. My mojito made me question whether or not there was any alcohol in it. The open face crab-melt was cold in the center; not a good contrast to having the outside hot. Finally, the side of avocado I ordered was half black and full of fibrous growths from being overly ripe/old.
Response from the owner - a month ago
While we really appreciate your feedback, Billie, we're so surprised to hear you were let down. That sandwich should always be warm and toasty, so we understand your disappointment. We hope that our staff was informed during your visit, because we would've loved to replace your dish. Quality, fresh ingredients are so important to us, and we hate that we made another impression. We truly hope to see you again so we can show you what we're really about. Take care and best wishes! -Peter Drobac, Owner
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Daryl Field
9 months ago
Cash only! The view was so amazing, the seafood was splendid (take this opportunity to experience the seafood and step away from dry people food like hamburgers. The gelato is heavenly and they give you so much, even if you ask for a small! It's a must every time I stop by SC.
Response from the owner - 6 months ago
So happy you're a fan, Daryl. It's great to hear that you love our gelato and fantastic seafood. We also began accepting all major credit and debit cards in May! Looking forward to seeing you again. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner
Carol Mueller
4 months ago
Great fish and chips, clam chowder and shrimp cocktail. Calamari good too.
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
So glad you loved the food, Carol! Those are some great options, we'd have to say. Hope to see you again soon for some more seafood! -Peter Drobac, Owner
Marcus Rabara
5 months ago
Crab Sandwich is definitely delish.
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Happy to hear you love our Crab Sandwich, Marcus! Thanks so much for the great rating. Hope we'll see you again soon. All the best, Peter Drobac, Owner

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