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Where To Eat Along The Ohio In Louisville

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A main reason for Louisville's existence (and, especially in 1937, for much of its destruction) is the Ohio River. But while the city and its suburbs are shaped by the river, there aren't too many restaurants where one can get a good meal and a sense of the Mighty Ohio. As the weather grows pleasant and offers more opportunities for outdoor dining, Eater put together a map of places on both sides of the river where one might enjoy a bit of water with a meal. Any additions, attitudes or errors will be graciously accepted in the comments section.



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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mike Linnigs

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9308 Cane Run Road
Louisville, KY 40258
(502) 937-9888
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Since 1925 this family-run fish palace has been heaping generous portions of fried fish, shrimp, frog legs, pan-fried oysters, turtle soup, chicken and onion rings right along the banks of the Ohio River (though the river can be seen only by climbing the protective flood wall). Sit at a picnic table or in a screened "cabana" and enjoy some true Louisville fried seafood action. [Photo: Facebook]

2. RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge

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140 North 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 568-4239
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One of the best views of the river can be had from this rotating restaurant atop the garish Galt House hotel. While the rotation will take away the view some of the time, diners can follow the Ohio as it bends around the city for a good chunk of any cycle. That's possibly why "RIVUE ranks in the Top 5 Revolving Restaurants in the U.S.," according to the restaurant's website. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Joe's Crab Shack

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Joe's Crab Shack
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 568-1171
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This Houston-based chain has an incredible deck overlooking Waterfront Park and the Ohio river, and along with seafood and American fare sells t-shirts with possibly the worst pick-up line ever: "Got Crabs?"

4. Rocky's Italian Grill

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715 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 282-3844
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Excellent views of Louisville's bridges and skyline can be enjoyed along with Italian-American fare at this venerable Jeffersonville joint. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Buckhead Mountain Grill

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707 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 284-2919
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This "family friendly" Jeffersonville spot combines "a comfortable and relaxed mountain lodge atmosphere" with beer, food such as "our famous Cheese Boulders" and an expansive outdoor deck overlooking the river. [Photo: Yelp]

6. Cluckers

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100 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 590-3662
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This chicken-centric establishment features chicken wings, chicken wraps, chicken burgers and more. It also has cocktails (etymologically related to chickens) and access to Ohio River breezes. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Bristol Bar & Grille

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700 W Riverside Dr, #300
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 218-1995
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The Jeffersonville Sheraton Hotel version of this Louisville mini-chain offers brunches, Bristol burgers and a nice way to enjoy the river. [Photo: Urbanspoon]

8. Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill

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1201 River Rd
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 585-4107
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This River Road "Tex-Mex grill and margarita bar" has a great view of the Ohio, and possibly a few Elton John CDs around. (The chain's name was "borrowed" from the artist's 1975 "Tumbleweed Connection" album.) [Photo: Yelp]

9. KingFish

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601 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 284-3474
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Boom Boom Shrimp, fried seafood platters, craft beer and more can be taken right down to the edge of the Ohio—or you can just sit on a picnic table. [Photo: Kingfish]

10. Cunningham's Creekside

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6301 River Rd
Prospect, KY
(502) 228-3426
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While not quite on the Ohio, this seafood and burger shack sits over a broad, flat part of Harrods Creek that might as well be the river. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille

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5700 Captains Quarters Rd
Prospect, KY 40059
(502) 228-1651
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What began as a tavern for Falls of the Ohio-wary flatboat crews has evolved into a yacht-serving, spacious seafood-and-steak place on Harrods Creek right before it joins the Ohio. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Mike Linnigs

9308 Cane Run Road, Louisville, KY 40258
Since 1925 this family-run fish palace has been heaping generous portions of fried fish, shrimp, frog legs, pan-fried oysters, turtle soup, chicken and onion rings right along the banks of the Ohio River (though the river can be seen only by climbing the protective flood wall). Sit at a picnic table or in a screened "cabana" and enjoy some true Louisville fried seafood action. [Photo: Facebook]
9308 Cane Run Road
Louisville, KY 40258

2. RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge

140 North 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
One of the best views of the river can be had from this rotating restaurant atop the garish Galt House hotel. While the rotation will take away the view some of the time, diners can follow the Ohio as it bends around the city for a good chunk of any cycle. That's possibly why "RIVUE ranks in the Top 5 Revolving Restaurants in the U.S.," according to the restaurant's website. [Photo: Facebook]
140 North 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

3. Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack, Louisville, KY 40202
This Houston-based chain has an incredible deck overlooking Waterfront Park and the Ohio river, and along with seafood and American fare sells t-shirts with possibly the worst pick-up line ever: "Got Crabs?"
Joe's Crab Shack
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Rocky's Italian Grill

715 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Excellent views of Louisville's bridges and skyline can be enjoyed along with Italian-American fare at this venerable Jeffersonville joint. [Photo: Facebook]
715 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

5. Buckhead Mountain Grill

707 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
This "family friendly" Jeffersonville spot combines "a comfortable and relaxed mountain lodge atmosphere" with beer, food such as "our famous Cheese Boulders" and an expansive outdoor deck overlooking the river. [Photo: Yelp]
707 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

6. Cluckers

100 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
This chicken-centric establishment features chicken wings, chicken wraps, chicken burgers and more. It also has cocktails (etymologically related to chickens) and access to Ohio River breezes. [Photo: Yelp]
100 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

7. Bristol Bar & Grille

700 W Riverside Dr, #300, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
The Jeffersonville Sheraton Hotel version of this Louisville mini-chain offers brunches, Bristol burgers and a nice way to enjoy the river. [Photo: Urbanspoon]
700 W Riverside Dr, #300
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

8. Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill

1201 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40206
This River Road "Tex-Mex grill and margarita bar" has a great view of the Ohio, and possibly a few Elton John CDs around. (The chain's name was "borrowed" from the artist's 1975 "Tumbleweed Connection" album.) [Photo: Yelp]
1201 River Rd
Louisville, KY 40206

9. KingFish

601 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Boom Boom Shrimp, fried seafood platters, craft beer and more can be taken right down to the edge of the Ohio—or you can just sit on a picnic table. [Photo: Kingfish]
601 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

10. Cunningham's Creekside

6301 River Rd, Prospect, KY
While not quite on the Ohio, this seafood and burger shack sits over a broad, flat part of Harrods Creek that might as well be the river. [Photo: Facebook]
6301 River Rd
Prospect, KY

11. Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille

5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, KY 40059
What began as a tavern for Falls of the Ohio-wary flatboat crews has evolved into a yacht-serving, spacious seafood-and-steak place on Harrods Creek right before it joins the Ohio. [Photo: Facebook]
5700 Captains Quarters Rd
Prospect, KY 40059