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Ruffino's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ruffinosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (225) 753-3458
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: from 4:30pm
    Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Peter Sclafani
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ruffino's offers three fabulous rooms for your party or event:

    The Vino Room; The Ruffino Room; The Chianti Room.
    We specialize in company meetings, rehearsal dinners, pharmaceutical presentations, award ceremonies, birthday, anniversary or retirement celebrations & we can accommodate almost every event.
  • Private Party Contact: Private Dining Manager (225) 753-3458
  • Special Events & Promotions: Ruffino's offers three fabulous rooms for your party or event: The Vino Room; The Ruffino Room; The Chianti Room. Our rooms can accommodate 20-125 guests. Contact Howard Walker at 225-916-6400 or email banquets@ruffinosrestaurant.com

    We specialize in company meetings, rehearsal dinners, pharmaceutical presentations, award ceremonies, birthday, anniversary or retirement celebrations, and we can accommodate almost every event.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ruffino's
What do you get when you combine the talents of a former LSU lineman and a New Orleans-born Italian chef? The energy, passion & creativity that has produced the area’s only Italian-Creole fusion restaurant, raising the bar for Baton Rouge dining.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best restaurants any where and I have dined in some of the best in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and in other states and countried"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The experience was excellent, more loud and busy, but the place was packed. That is understandable. Had three people waiting on us which was great and the food and wine was excellent. The waiter and waitresses constantly attended to us which meant we never had a empty glass or wanted for anything. Being able to make a reservation moved us to the front of the line and when I told the maitre de we had reservations, pulled it up and we were seated immediately. A great experience. Sinatra singing on the sound system is an added plus."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Online reservation was easy to make. Food and servers were excellent. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was a great dining experience. My wife and I have gone to Ruffino's several times, and each time has been memorable. It is nice to go to a restaraunt where the bartenders can actually make classic drinks properly: I had ordered a Maker's Manhattan. Also, the Amberjack with the blueberry sauce was superb; it was both flavorful and light. A wonderful time with excellent waitstaff!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were a table of four, sandwiched between a table of 11 and, across the walkway, another larger table with a child that was not being controlled! We seriously, couldn't hear the person on the side of us, much less the person across the table. Other than the noise level, the food and service was good. And, our waiter was taking care of the table of 11, too! He did a good job!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've dined at Ruffino's a few times prior to this visit, and I noticed an increase in the pricing with a downsize in the portions. Salads use to come with certain entrees and don't anymore. I find it very loud in the restaurant, too. This can deter from a nice dinner out on a date, but can work in your favor if you're out with a group of friends. I found the large TV showing Nascar in the dining and bar area to be a distraction from the high quality restaurant Ruffino's tries to claim. The food surpasses the ambiance and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant with a wonderful waitstaff!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "pleasant atmosphere with good food....appetizers were exceptional"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was, as usual, excellent from appetizer through salad and entree. However, this time there were too many large groups and they were very noisy. My husband and I, and others I noted, were "sandwiched" between groups. We could barely hear one another talk. Maybe Ruffino's needs to put large groups together in the large meeting/special occasion room they have so small groups don't feel crowded out."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Excellent food and atmosphere. Best filet in town."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Ruffino's excels with both their food and their service. Seafood choices are equally good choices as are the Italian offerings. Our group had veal, shrimp, scallops, steak."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We've been Ruffino's lovers for quite sometime. Have always had almost perfect experiences with the wait staff, food and ambiance. We dined last week and found that things are just not the same. Instead of one waiter, we had three. This sounds as though it would make for improved attention, but in fact it made it difficult for the 'team' to be in sync with requests. We felt rushed as the waitperson had prepared the bill and was not happy when we asked for coffees. All food except the salads was great. We were led to believe that the salads were small dinner salads, but the plates of salad were huge, the amount of dressing was in excess and the lettuce was very cold. They seem to be slipping a bit."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was great as always, but the service was terrible. We were there for a very special occasion, and the waitstaff hurried us through our entire meal. If I am paying premium price at a restaurant, I'd like to enjoy it for longer than an hour. Start to finish we were out the door in 54 minutes. I would also like to state the restaurant was empty, so there was no rush to hurry and turn the table. I used to love Ruffinos, but doubtful I will be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Steaks were fantastic. The fish was ok. Not worth $39. Had a bunch of small bones, be careful. Service was great except we felt kinda Rushed. That's why over all 4 stars."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I eat here for special occasions and we are always happy with out choice. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "very good menue. Food was great and had authentic Itailian dishes and much much more. Great place for dinner."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great restaurant !!!! Food was outstanding --- Service was excellent "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Great restaurant, great food, great service. Will absolutely be back often."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My husband and I eat at Ruffino's every year for our anniversary. The food and service is always wonderful. They always bring out special mini dishes that the chef has prepared for us to try. There is always something on the table to eat before our main dish arrives. Love love love this place!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Thanks guys for a awesome Mothers Day dinner the food the service just awesome!!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We usually choose Ruffino's for special occasions and have never been disappointed. Food is always great and staff is always attentive, but not to the point of bothersome. Table near us had some louder patrons, but that usually is not the case. Anything on the menu is great, haven't found a dish yet that we didn't like. Special occasions are better at Ruffino's!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary here and it was a wonderful dining experience. I highly recommend this place. The wait staff was awesome, warm and friendly, which made our dining experience even more memorable."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "It's been nine years since our last visit and Ruffinos is still as good as it was. The servic and food were too notch. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We always choose Ruffinos for our after work (4-6 people) to meet and eat. Great service and food always top notch!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Got sat in the bar when there was plenty of room in the dinning room and it was very loud. The food was good but it used to be better. Also the bathrooms where not clean."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "For several years we have referred to Ruffino's as our favorite restaurant. We love the Friday lunch and the evening dining. This visit, however, did not meet our normal expectations. Although friendly, our server was not efficient. Our empty plates sat for some time on the table before being removed. This is not the norm for 'Ruffino's'. We will be back and fully expect to receive the service and attention to detail that we have always found at my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This was great!! We went because I love their Lasagna. Just melts in your mouth."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The Chicken Parmesan was excellent...colleague had Redfish and thought it was excellent. Taste of Ruffinos appetiser is an absolute must for the table. Delightful and won' be anything left. Server was Jamie was super (scopnd time she has waited our table). Great both times...Overall atmosphere is welcoming and don't think there is a bad meal on the menu. Worst part about the restaurant is having to eat a mint in an LSU wrapper. Ha!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Waiters/busers continually tried to remove salad plates that we were still working on and my friend's pizza order came late to the table and was the wrong order. Enjoyed my food but the staff was a bit overly attentive (I know there's a fine line) and the wrong pizza order was the second in as many visits."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Menu was diverse with ntly spcls; however the pricing was very high in relation to the qty of the food and the overall quality. Most disappointing aspect was the service - very inexperienced wait staff with busboys hovering around the table ready to take a plate well before the diner even hinted at being done. So many staff members that they seemed to get in each others way with a result of those silver plate covers being dropped repeatedly to the floor resulting in many loud clanks. No apologies offered for these crashes. Wine list was nice and the Quartino portion was appreciated and fairly priced. Overall, food was basic. Too large of a portion on the simple dishes like Eggplant Parmesan and too little food w/ the oyster special."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I recently went to Ruffino's for the first time and I almost feel like I've cheated myself by waiting so long! The food was AMAZING and the service was top notch. We enjoyed every single moment we spent there. Planning a girls night there soon!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service and overall great experience! We dine here for birthdays and anniversaries! Never had a single bad experience. Not only is the wait staff excellent, but management is constantly walking the floor making sure everything is perfect!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Had the Imperial Filet and it was excellent. Medium Rare came out perfect. The pallet cleanser was excellent but failed to ask what it was. It was busy but the service was excellent...Also, excellent pour on my drink which was makers on the rocks. Only needed one. Will return there for business dinners or for special occasions. This Gamecock enjoyed Ruffino's!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "They love going to Ruffino's for dinner and this occasion was no different. Everything was top notch like always."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The specials the charbroiled oysters and blue fin tuna steak were divine! I enjoyed my meal and although you have to purchase a salad the portion was large that I had some left over! Paul our waiter was outstanding as well!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "On special occasions and Friday date nights, we can usually be found at Ruffino's. Award-winning menu, cozy atmosphere, and excellent service. Who could ask for more??"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Having said that, I think they forgot about us after we checked. in. We made a reservation and arrived a few minutes early. Waited in the bar. The restaurant was slammed. Very busy. After waiting throuogh three drinks, I went to host stand and was told they could seat us immediately. The manager came over and apologized after we aere seated, and brought us a complimentary appetizer sampler. I had the pork tchopitoulas with bar-b-que shrimp. Fantastic. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My husband took me to Ruffino's for my birthday. We had a lovely meal with excellent service. The menu is on the small-ish side, but there is a good variety of options for diners. I have always had a great meal at Ruffino's."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We have only been been to Ruffino's for brunch in the past and were sadly disappointed in our Valentine's Day dinner. The only option was an overpriced 3 course prix fixe for $65 that included an appetizer, soup or salad, and entree. For our appetizers, we ordered the seafood arancini, which was good as usual, and the crabmeat cheesecake which had a significant amount of crab cartilage and was difficult to eat. We then each had the corn and crab bisque, which was so sweet it could have easily been a dessert. For our entree, we each had the filet, which was under-seasoned and sub-par with oily roasted potatoes. We concluded for the price we could have gone to Ruth's Chris for a much better dinner and will only return for brunch from now on."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a delicious romantic valentine's lunch at Ruffino's. We enjoyed the food, ambiance and also it was so easy making a reservation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014