Riverhouse Reef & Grill at the 2016 DeSoto Seafood Festival

Stop by the Riverhouse Reef & Grill double-wide booth at the 2016 Heintz & Becker DeSoto Seafood Festival, April 1-3 at Sutton and Lamb Parks in Palmetto, FL.

Seafood-FestThe Heintz and Becker De Soto Seafood Festival is widely recognized as one of Florida’s most outstanding events and is attended by thousands each year. A great lineup of continuous entertainment includes the best the local music scene has to offer, as well as nationally-known recording artists.  This year’s event includes headliners David Allan Coe, Darryl Worley, Dylan Scott and Halfway to Hazard.  CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL WEBSITE

The three-day family event features some of the best seafood around along with other tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors.

Proceeds generated from Seafood Festival benefit the Conquistador Historical Foundation. As the charitable arm of the Society, the Conquistador Historical Foundation distributes funding to other community charities, provides educational programs including a student exchange program with Barcarrota, Spain (Bradenton’s Sister City), funds collegiate scholarships, and maintains a cultural museum in downtown Bradenton.

The Nina and Pinta Sail Into Regatta Pointe Marina

PALMETTO, FL–Come see history sail into Regatta Pointe Marina as full-size replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina & Pinta ships make dock along their tour of the Gulf Coast. Nina and Pinta ships These historically accurate ships are floating museums, and tributes to the voyage that set the course of Western society.  Both ships will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20 through April 26, 2016.

   This is a spectacular opportunity to see history come to life and gain a true perspective of what life was like for Columbus and his crew on their voyage into the new world.  Visitors will have the opportunity to tour these great vessels and see the size and craftsmanship of superior boat builders. The Nina and Pinta were last docked at Regatta Pionte Marina in 2013.

   The ships are being sailed in by the Columbus Foundation, of the British Virgin Islands. General Admission:  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 60+), and $6 age 5-16 (not in a school group), age 4 and under are free. Group & School Tours:  minimum of 15 people, $5 per person.

Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

It’s the typical wedding tradition to have 

  • Something Old
  • Something New
  • Something Borrowed
  • Something Blue

But do you really know why this tradition exists? 

Simply put, the tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your shoe”), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding dress or carries with her are just good luck charms. They are typically little tokens of love that your family members and other atttendants will give to you at your wedding (although, you may gift them to yourself as well). 

Something old represents continuity.

Something new offers optimism for the future.

Something borrowed symbolized borrowed happiness.

Something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.

And, a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity (this part is maily a British custom).

The Wedding team at the Riverhouse can assist you in everything Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue if you give them the chance. Find out what ideas we have by requesting event info from the Riverhouse in Palmetto, FL.


Long day? Join the Riverhouse for Happy Hour!

Special occasion? Going out with friends? Just need to take a break from the long work week and enjoy yourself? Come on out the the Riverhouse Reef & Grill where our Happy Hour is a daily event. 

From 3pm to 6pm, enjoy crazy specials such as:

  • $3 Drafts
  • $4 House Wines
  • $4 Margaritas, Planters Punch & Blueberry Lemonade
  • $5 Appetizer Sample Plates:
    1. Kickin’ Shrimp
    2. Kickin’ Chicken
    3. Island Ribs
    4. Cabo Fish Bites
    5.  & More

Take your Happy Hour outdoors on the beautiful Snook Deck and enjoy the waterfront views the Riverhouse has to offer.

Hope to see you soon, down at the Riverhouse!

2016 Easter Brunch at the Riverhouse Reef & Grill

Easter Sunday Brunch at the Riverhouse Reef & Grill

Holidays are a time for getting together with loved ones – and enjoying a delicious meal. Come down to the Riverhouse Reef & Grill on Sunday, March 27th, and join our family in celebrating the Easter Holiday. 

Our spectacular waterfront venue allows for relaxation and celebration. Imagine, sitting down with warm, smiling faces around you while enjoying the most important meal of the day! 

Our waterfront Easter Brunch is an experience that is hard to pass up – especially for the price:

$32 Adults

$15 Kids

FREE Ages 5 & Under 

That price includes a delicious buffet style meal and a breathtaking view of the Manatee River. I don’t know about you, but there is no place I would rather be!

Seats are going fast – to make sure you get to join us, please make a reservation at



Lose an Hour of Sleep, Gain a Riverhouse Wedding!

With Daylight Saving Time approaching this weekend, there’s a lot to think about – especially for those whom are planning the perfect wedding. Losing that hour of sleep could feel detrimental to any bride-to-be. If you’re coming down with those pre-wedding jitters, give us a call down at the Riverhouse! 

With Spring comes the Flowers

The Riverhouse Banquets & Weddings have a team of professionals who are passionate about the work that they do and want to give every couple the opportunity to have the Wedding of their dreams. 

Even though we lose an hour of precious planning time, look on the bright side – in the end, we will have longer days which allow you to have your ceremony on the beautiful waterfront porches exclusively at the Riverhouse. 

Beautiful Porch Wedding Ceremony – Waterfront at the Riverhouse

What are you waiting for? Allow us to help you fall in love all over again. 

“I fall in love with you four times a year: winter, spring, summer, and fall. The leaves may change, but how I feel about you does not.”

Spring on Over to the Riverhouse Reef & Grill

As Winter is on it’s way out like the setting sun, and those typical Florida showers start, ring in Spring, rain or shine, at the Riverhouse Reef & Grill!

The Riverhouse Reef & Grill serves a variety of mouthwatering
options for each individual palate such as the savory Shrimp & Scallop Alfredo
or the spicy Kickin’ Shrimp Island Tacos.

It’s the perfect location for any social gathering; from a night
out with the girls, to post game day relaxation, or even your weekly date night. 

Spring is the season for trying something new… a sort of Spring Cleaning for your taste buds is possible at the Riverhouse. Wash down the bitter taste of the chilly Florida Winter with a refreshing drink from the bar on our Snook Deck!

Fall in Love With A Riverhouse Wedding

Beautiful wedding ceremony on the water.

There are many interpretations of the word “love”. However, the textbook definition of the word is simply “an intense feeling of deep affection.” Based on that description, love seems like a simple word with an easy concept to comprehend – but that is far from the truth. Those who have experienced this intense emotion know how blinding being in love can be. Let the team down at the Riverhouse help guide you through the uphill battle that is wedding planning. Our helpful guidance allows a bit of a stress reliever to any engaged couple – and in the end, you’re left with the Riverhouse Wedding of your dreams. 

The Riverhouse, located in historic Palmetto, FL right on the Manatee River, allows for breathtaking panoramic views. Our team will take care of the catering while you sit back and watch your ceremony rise beautifully like the morning sun. Pick from one of our delicious dinner options and we will do the rest!

Features provided by Riverhouse include:

  • Tables and chairs with set up
  • Our Professional event coordinator and team to help the day run smoothly.
  • House Linens included
  • Plates, flatware & stemmed glassware
  • Sound system with multiple televisions
  • Paper lanterns and white lights around dance floor
  • Beautiful, private bridal suite
  • Spacious dance floor
  • Valet for parties over 120 

The Riverhouse truly is the perfect location for the perfect Wedding, book yours today!