River House Seafood Restaurant Inverness

Looking for the best seafood restaurant in Inverness 2023? 

River House - The Besrt Seafood Restaurant in Inverness

River House, Seafood Restaurant in Inverness 

Look no further than The River House in Inverness. 

This cosy restaurant is a hidden gem 5 minutes on foot from the centre of Inverness, tucked away on Greig Street with stunning views overlooking the River Ness.

From the moment you step inside, you’ll be struck by the warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff were friendly and extremely accommodating. 

Despite its small size, the restaurant feels intimate, with tasteful decor and soft lighting creating a relaxed ambiance.

But of course, the real star of the show here is the delicious fresh seafood. 

River House Inverness sources its seafood locally and the quality and freshness is evident in every dish. 

Our party of four tried a variety of seafood dishes, from oysters to mackerel pate to The River House Fish Stew, which was a generous portion of the best fresh seafood around, including Scallops, Mussels, Prawns, Langoustine, Haddock and other delights from the sea, most of it all local or locally sourced produce from the Highlands. 

Every single meal was cooked to perfection and the attentive service was on point, including the Rib-eye Steak which was the only non-seafood dish we had.

The restaurant is also very accommodating for families with children, offering smaller portions of their fantastic menu so the kids don’t miss out.

River House Inverness - Kids Seafood Pasta

Our kids loved the seafood options and we appreciated how well the restaurant catered to their needs.

But don’t just take our word for it,  the service at River House Inverness is truly 5-star, with attentive staff who go above and beyond to ensure a memorable dining experience. 

It’s no surprise that the restaurant is regularly fully booked, so be sure to book well in advance.

Oyster Hour @ River House

We were lucky enough to visit during the restaurant’s “Oyster Hour”, which runs daily from 4.30pm to 6pm. At just £1.50 per shuck, it was an unbeatable value and the perfect way to start our meal. 

We also tried the grilled oysters, which were simply amazing and completely different from Oysters as they are naturally. We couldn’t help ourselves and dived straight in before we took the photo, so only one left on the plate by the time we remembered to take a shot.

Grilled Oyster on the left with River House Seafood stew on the right

It’s worth noting that the restaurant has a policy of 2 hours for each table, which we found to be more than enough time to enjoy our meal. 

River House – Opening times

River House Inverness is open Tuesday through Saturday from 3pm to 10pm, with last orders at 8.30pm. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

If you’re a seafood lover in Inverness or visiting Inverness on a tour or holiday, River House Inverness is simply a must-visit. 

Their current menu can be found on their website and we highly recommend Oyster Hour and trying as many dishes as possible. 

With its fantastic food, cosy atmosphere and convenient location, River House Inverness truly is our favourite and best choice for seafood in Inverness.

River House – Inverness – Dishes we tried 

Grilled Oysters – Grilled with parmesan and pancetta. These were amazing and a completely different taste and experience to how we usually have Oysters. We all thoroughly enjoyed and recommend, we will be back soon for more.

We then took full advantage of “Oyster Hour” and ordered 12 Natural Oysters with various dipping sauces and caviar to accompany. We highly recommend trying the different combinations.

We were keen to try lots of different dishes so ordered quite a number to share.

The next dish up was the “Fritto Misto” served with a lemon wedge and garlic aioli. This is changeable daily and has a nice selection of various seafood surprises. A great appetizer or sharing dish. Ours included Whitebait, King Prawns and Haddock and nothing disappointed. 

We also ordered a starter of Smoked Mackerel Pate which was a perfect side addition to the fantastic selection of seafood for starters.

For Main dishes we had a Seafood Stew, Perfectly cooked Rib-eye steak and Seafood Pasta. In many restaurants they often just scatter a token bit of seafood through the pasta, however, these dishes were focussed on the beautiful fresh seafood and cooked perfectly with some great combinations and tastes incorporated. 

Booking River House, Inverness – Contact

If you are on tour of the Highlands or visiting Inverness or live here, River House is worth a visit. 

If you are visiting then booking in advance of your trip is recommended.

River House can be found at 1 Greig Street | Inverness | IV3 5PT | Tel. +441463222033