Riva Fish House
500 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Fax: (831) 426-0448
Parking: Paid, Street, Lot
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No
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Not sure what's happened over the years, but the last few times, the fish and shrimp dishes were dry. My husband and I have been coming here since the early 1990s and some of the reasons we return is the location, staff, prices and the awesome gelato at the end. Great for families, our girls have always loved their dishes.
So a couple locals told us this was the best place on the warf to eat. We saw there was a good crowd in there so we went in. I had the Cajun shrimp and prawns. It had no taste at all. I don't know how you screw up shrimp, but they did. It was spicy but had no real taste, blah. My husband had the clam strips, or should I say scraps. The waitress admitted they are frozen bulk strips. Frozen breaded clams when your restaurant is on a warf? Crazy! It was just breaded crap. My son had a Philly cheesesteak-what a joke! It was on super sour sourdough bread that overpowered the sandwich. The waitress told us, "Everyone raves about this sandwich!" I guess they've never had a real Philly Cheesesteak before. If this food is what the locals consider one of their best restaurants, I feel sorry for them. I know a place in Reno, NV where you can get better seafood! Never again!
11/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Riva the other day for a late lunch. My boyfriend and I were seated right away and the servers were very attentive, and I mean ALL the servers... not just the one that was assigned to our table. The view is amazing, and it's a nice casual place that isn't too expensive.
The calamari here was good, though the pieces are a little too big for my taste. I ordered the fish and chips which was excellent and huge! There were 3 pieces of fish and I could only manage 1 piece. The fries were nice and crispy.
Be forewarned though... the fried food is FRIED, so if you don't like really greasy food, order something else off of the menu.