Vacation vibes

Enjoy a taste of the Florida Keys at this charming floating restaurant.

Posted on May 24 2023 in Indiana Eats
RiverWatch Floating Restaurant

Ready to go on a little getaway? You don’t need to travel far — just visit RiverWatch Floating Restaurant in Lawrenceburg. According to its website, the family-friendly, Key West-themed eatery aims to deliver “an island ambiance and a beautiful view of the Ohio River while you eat delicious food and sip on frosty drinks.” 

Family-owned and operated, RiverWatch is helmed by “Captain Mike” Rauen and his “First Mate” Darcy. The restaurant offers a variety of seafood dishes such as crab cakes, coconut shrimp and their ever-popular blackened mahi mahi. If seafood doesn’t float your boat, RiverWatch serves a custom-blended hamburger made from short rib and brisket, as well as a pork ribeye and a variety
of sandwiches. 

While you dine, you can relax and take in the surrounding views — the restaurant is indeed actually floating in the Ohio River, although securely docked — and soak in the island-inspired décor and music. 

If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, First Mate Darcy’s signature libations include the “Sombrero Beach Shark Bite” made with peach schnapps, Absolut Citron, blue curacao, Sprite and grenadine, and “Caribbean Rum Punch” spiked with Don Q rum.

Don’t set sail home without dessert! The “After Deck Delicacies” include a perfectly tart key lime pie (another nod to Florida) and chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick.

No matter what you choose to eat or drink, you will be treated to top-tier hospitality. As Captain Mike put it, “We welcome you to dine with us on Key West time and may the tide always pull you back!”

RiverWatch is open seasonally, typically from April to October, and you can visit the restaurant’s website at for updates and more information.

RiverWatch Floating Restaurant 

1 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg