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Ruffino’s on the River
Ruffino’s on the River

Ruffino’s on the River Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ruffinoslafayette.com
  • Phone: (337) 706-7333
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 4:40pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Sclafani III
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Ruffino’s on the River offers catering.
  • Private Party Contact: Mindy Walker (225) 753-3458

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Caliste Saloom and Johnston St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Ruffino’s on the River
Ruffino's on the River is located in Lafayette, LA.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was 5-stars, except food. The ambiance was terrific, service was outstanding, and the view was excellent. However, the food was only above average, especially considering the price. The braised rabbit, which was recommended to every table that I overheard as the "star of the menu," was extremely salty. The aftertaste of massive sodium stuck with me even as we walked through the parking lot to our car. The one item I would recommend would be the Crab Cheesecake appetizer. And although we did not get any desserts, I was told by a few friends that they have the best desserts in town. To cap off the night, they bring a giant cone of cotton candy to the table! All in all, a great (not excellent) experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Wine list stated 2010 vintage, sent 2011 to the table.....nice try ! 3 dinner entrees were very good.... 1 entree.... Not so much ! Management agreed and comped a desert...which was excellent."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great experience. Unique appetizers. Very good service."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had a mostly superb dinner at what I think was also a great value. Openers of roasted oysters (which would have been better with a bit less cheese) and a delicious rack of lamb (superbly cooked, served over a risotto that would have benefitted with less salt). Lamb was $15! A very good selection of wines by the glass and an even better selection of bottled wines and very good prices. We both had the spinalis special (the spinalis is the cap from the rib roast section of beef); perfectly cooked , served with perfectly cooked haricots verts and an amazing mushroom bread pudding - worth the (very reasonable) price of dinner. Service is a bit swarming and needs to be more polished and less obtrusive. Ignore it and go for the food."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was superb! The wait staff service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was not our first time at Ruffino's. We had a booth for 4. The service and food was outstanding. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I enjoyed my first night at Ruffinos. I thought the service was fantastic! The food was good but I can't say it was great! There was nothing wrong with it but I think from all I heard about it I was expecting it to be over the top! The appetizer pork belly was very good. I ordered scallops as my meal and they were ok. A bit too much black pepper! My husband had Ossa Boca and it was a little dry! Wine and cocktails were good as we as desserts! I will go back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Used OpenTable to set a reservation, which was VERY easy and convenient. Food and drinks were amazing. It is a bit pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for in the quality of the food alone."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed the food. We understand that service is key however we couldn't hold an entire conversation without being interputed by least four servers. I do appreciate being checked on but it was an overkill. Everyone was very friendly. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We were on a business trip and followed Open Table recommendation. Food was delicious, service outstanding, view heart warming! 5 stars all around"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We visited Rufino's for the first time on Friday. Excellent food and service. It is pricey, but for a special occasion it is a wonderful addition to the Lafayette restaurant scene."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great time! We love sitting in the booth in the bar! Service great"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Ruffino's on the River was exactly what Lafayette needed, fantastic food, service and great atmosphere. I booked online with OpenTable (love that App) ordered champagne on ice and a romantic table. When we arrived they were expecting us, took us straight to our table where the chambers was already on ice. Made for a really great date nite with my gorgeous wife. Richie"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The atmosphere, service, and food were perfection. Had the speckled trout with asparagus- outstanding. The handmade mozzarella appetizer is to die for. A bit pricey, but well worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great overall experience ...again. we dine here often because the service and food are fabulous."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Excellent place for food and wines. This is the best place I have been to in Lafayette."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The beauty of watching the river roll by is only surpassed by the wonderful food and service"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Love the braised pork cheeks! We have eaten here several times and the food is always fantastic!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We went to Ruffinos for our anniversary dinner and we weren't dissapointed. It's a bit pricey but was worth it for a special occasion. The wait staff was great, and the food was above average. I happened to mention that we were celebrating our anniversary and we got complimentary champagne and our dessert plate had "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" written in raspberry sauce along with 2 candles. We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "From the time we sat down until the time we left, the wait staff was very attentive. All were very knowledgeable of the menu and very personable. The menu was excellent. I had a hard time deciding because I there were so many things that I liked. We both loved our selections! The food was amazing. I look forward to going again! Highly recommended. Make sure to make a reservation in advance.."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I challenged hubby to Wow me with a spectacular night out as one of my Christmas presents. Ruffinos definitely fit the bill for that ticket. Evening dinner with cocktails, wine, and chef's seafood and steak specials were very satisfying, the seafood a bit more than the steak. Loved the lemon butter sauce with the snapper filet which was pan grilled to perfection. The steak sides were also delish: the creamed spinach and wild mushroom savory bread pudding were a gourmand's dream. Overall, a very hot spot for a great night out on the town! ."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Ruffino's is a Pearl of a find in Lafayette's restaurant scene ! There were no buzzing, flashing lights to tell you your table was ready, it was wonderfully done by a text to our phone! We were greeted with smiles and welcoming wishes, the bar was well stocked and the food was marvelously! The wait staff were friendly, helpful, courteous. We had a wonderful time and decided upon tasting the first appetizer that this was definitely a restaurant to put on our list!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent! I thought they were going to have to wheel me out of the restaurant because I eat so much. They even had a man sing Happy Birthday to my boyfriend in opera."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Great place! good food staff great! The staff made this a great dinning experience."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Overall our dining experience was nice but initially it did not start off that way! My wife and I showed up a little early and even though we had a reservation, we were seated in the bar. Given I had to confirm with Open Table that we were not no shows, a comment was made by the hostess that now makes sense. When I asked if there was another table, she advised that this was the only table left that hadn't already been reserved, which baffled us since we had one!! The remainder of our visit was great! Had a great wait staff and though the food was not outstanding, we would likely return if we didn't have to sit in a bar in order to have a nice meal!!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Both of our main dishes were so full of salt that it was not easy to enjoy. Very sad because the appetizers were great."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Service great ! Food pretty good overall ! My aged strip not the best but eatable! Other person in party said Ribeye very good and other had egg plant dish that was very good! Crabmeat cheesecake app was nice and rabbit pasta special very nice also! Should try this restaurant but get reservation Early because it stays booked!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We celebrated our birthdays and anniversary at Ruffino's on the River; it was a great experience! Both the food and the service was exceptional! A bit pricey, but for special occasions well worth it! They even gave us a complimentary desert with each a glass of champagne in honor of our birthdays and anniversary. The appetizers we shared were wonderful - the braised pork cheeks and shrimp and butternut squash were very good. Our entrees were also very good - the swordfish which I got was excellent and my husband's mahi mahi was very good as well. We had a view of the river at a corner table - very nice evening and a very good restaurant! Oh, and the cotton candy they give you at the end of the meal is cool!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Great ambience, outstanding food and the best service we have ever received!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I don't mind paying for good service and atmosphere, I just find that some of the entrees and appetizers are way over priced! I rather see that extra money go towards the wait staff. It actually affected how much I tipped. %18 instead of %20-25"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We were welcomed by very friendly staff and the service throughout the night was matched by none. Kudos to the management team for putting together such a fine service staff. We started out with freshly baked bread from one of my favorite local french bakeries...loved it. We then moved on to the Braised Pork Cheeks that melted in your mouth. The Corn and Crabmeat Bisque was one of the best I've ever had...and I've had many. My Barbeque Shrimp Fettuccine was nicely presented with wonderful large fresh shrimp and pasta served perfectly al dente. My wife ordered the crabmeat ravioli which could have been served in a creamier sauce. The ingredients were clearly fresh but the ravioli was a little on the watery side rather than the creamy side."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We love the restaurant. The food and service was amazing. It was a delight!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The service was very good. Attentive but relaxed. Our food was just OK. The draw to this place is the atmosphere and the energy - not so much the food. We enjoyed our night and will no doubt return."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "My new favorite place. Food and service are always great!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I've heard wonderful things and could not wait to celebrate our wedding anniversary there. It was better than I expected. Wonderful service, great food-best steak I've ever had, crabmeat cheesecake was phenomenal, Chef sent out some surprises that we loved. We had to bring our 2 yr old daughter last minute and was very pleased with how kid friendly everyone was. Thank you Ruffino's."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Ruffinos does a great job of making you feel special each time we eat there. My wife and I both at the triple tail fish special over risotto which was great. Would highly recommend. Ruffin always makes all feel welcomed"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We went to Ruffino's for our anniversary. Excellent service and food. Also most of the staff recognized us by wishing us a happy anniversary. We had a great table with some decent privacy. Lots of attention to detail. Loved the filet with lump crab meat on top. Great wine and desserts. It's reputation lived up to itself!!!!"
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "Our evening was absolutely wonderful. The waitresses were very helpful with helping us with our food choices. The environment was great for me wanting my girlfriend to have a special birthday dinner. They also helped me surprise her with a happy birthday dessert. It was just lovely and the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "I brought my wife here for her birthday, having reservations we were greeted by a wonderfully polite hostess. Our pair of waiters actually knew my name when were seated and throughout the night the drink waiter and meal waiter provided hands down the most friendly, grade a service I have ever seen from a wait staff. The food was wonderful and the wines were also of great quality. After dinner the waiters brought my wife a lovely little desert dish with two mini cakes and a happy birthday 'Her name' spelled out in drizzled strawberry sauce. It was a small but perfect gesture which they topped off by offering us a tour of the restaurant as well. Ruffino's on the River is a true winner in Lafayette that shines where so many restaurants fail."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Over all food and service were good. Waiter was okay, you could tell he was trying to push us thru the meal to turn tables. Pushed for appertizers, then rushed to get main course order. Could not relax. Wine selection was great along with the wine. I have had better meals at less expensive restraunts, and fantastic meals at restraunts where I paid the same prices that I paid at Ruffino's. I would consider the meal at Ruffino's Okay, and not worth the prices charged."
    Dined on 10/4/2013