Ruffino's
Ruffino's

Ruffino's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ruffinosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2257533458x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday 11:30am - 11:00pm

    Saturday 4:30pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Italian
  • 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 2257533458x
  • Special Events: 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

  • Cross Street: Between I-10 and Airline Hwy
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Ruffino's reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)romantic (33)good for groups (26)notable wine list (26)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (8)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Forgot Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Dinner was great, but not as good as Lafayette. I told the hostess to tell the server it was my fiance's birthday we were celebrating, but it was not recognized. Disappointed that we did not get the service we got in Lafayette.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Ruffino's
    Josie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went for brunch with my husband. Service was excellent. Food was very good. Other than the loud people sitting behind me who kept encouraging their 2 year old kid to misbehave, squeal loudly & run around the table(terribly annoying because the tables were pretty close together)it would have been a great brunch.They also kept taking photos of the kid & the flash of their camera was quite annoying.There was a kid at another table further down who was much better behaved but was still a bit loud. I'm not a child hater,but I prefer to have peace & quiet when I go to a "nice" restaurant for brunch. Looks like it's more of a family atmosphere than a "date" restaurant.My mistake.Staff was great.Would recommend this place, but NOT for a quiet date!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    Foodie2
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had our anniversary dinner there, food was superb, wait staff was attentive, wine suggestions spot on! Too expensive for me to frequent often but perfect for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good
    TazdogVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Have noy been here in a while. It is as good as it has been in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion perfection
    Robochef6
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The service was impeccable. Great team Outstanding Crabmeat Cheesecake Appetizer. When I made the reservation, I told them that I wanted to make it a special, romantic dinner. We were greeted at our table with a comp champagne cocktail followed by a comp taste of their crabmeat ravigote. We ordered the hog head snapper and lobster for entrees, both cooked to perfection. This restaurant definitely made my top ten
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    SROFBR
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Enjoyed another wonderful dinner ar Ruffino's again last night . Good food , great service as always . Will be back again .
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went with my wife on Sunday night for a date. The ambiance and service is good and also the food is better than most other Italian restaurants in Baton Rouge. However, the restaurant is over-priced. I have had better italian food in new orleans and san francisco for less money.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BringYourWallet
    NewBobbyVanGrillfan
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had not been to Ruffino's and some things had changed. Salads were now much more expensive because they added 1-2 ingredients and jacked up the price. Waiter was inattentive. We had to keep asking for bread and refills on drinks. Portions are still huge. Food good but a bit salty. Not going to rush back. For their prices, I expect better service and food. Had Open Table reservation, but wasn't seated until 20 minutes later. Waited with some who were walk-ins who were told the wait would be 45 minutes and had not been seated 2 hours later. Atmosphere is always festive, making you ready for gameday. However, other restaurants offer similar at a better price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This would be my only complaint, the reservations were made on line and the special requests were made for the Cafe' room in front of the Brick Oven. This request was not granted. I would have understood if the room had been filled but this was not the case, no one was dinning but we were still refused service in this area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant in baton rouge
    op1981VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    great restaurant in baton rouge with notable wine list and great specialty menu items
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is Outstanding & so is Service
    Bodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We ate here for brunch on Sunday and was very pleased with the food and service. Chris was our drink man, he kept our glasses full of what ever we were having. And he listened to what we were saying, it was our 51st Wedding Anniversary and he sent out a special plate with a big 'Happy 51st ' on it along with a great Tiramisu!! We never mention to them that we were having our anniversary brunch there. What a great treat, that's what makes this restaurant so special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    JST66
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My wife's birthday brunch was wonderful. The service was top notch and the food was fabulous.....as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible experience
    BRFood49
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Reserved a table for 12th anniversary and was seated next to a very high traffic aisle going into a room where a fund raiser was taking place. The noise level was so loud, I could not hold a conversation with my wife....so much for a romantic anniversary dinner. The Prime rib was highly recommended by a regular and was not even on the menu. I felt very rushed by the wait staff. Needless to say we will never return to this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    RandJ
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Me and my wife love Ruffino's. The only time we get to go is for special things, but it's our first choice when it's our anniversary, birthday, ect. Never had a bad meal there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruffino's 1
    DiningGreatly1421
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We drove up from Metairie to celebrate my brother-in-laws birthday. My wife, my sister-in-law and I ordered the veal ruffino. Our dish was good (not excellent). My wife's dish the veal was so hard and tough she sent it back and they brought out another dish of eggplant parmesan. The manager explained that their supplier was changed because he was delivering inferior product, but they still had some of the old product left at the restaurant. I checked the bill, we were charged for 4 meals. I feel they should have comped the second dish as the primary dish was bad. We have been to this restaurant many times and each time the food was excellent. We will not let this one time dictate our patronage, until we try eating there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    GonzalesGirl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our girls night out was WONDERFUL. If you are trying to decide whether to go or not...do it. Its worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    banner28
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and service was A+++++. Nice scenery and excellent service
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, poor service
    Lobsterfest
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went for the Lobster Fest. The food was excellent, but our waiter did a terrible job. He (Darryl) was inattentive. The 2 bus boys (one very tall and the one with an eyepatch) tried to save the day but apparently did not have the authority they needed. Would like to have ordered a second round of cocktails, but was never given the opportunity. Had to ask the bus boy to serve our dessert. Had to ask the bus boy to get the waiter. Then had to ask the waiter for the check. Even after this, the waiter did not return to our table but sent the bus boy with our check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    talgero
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Made the reservation for 9 pm, not knowing that they close at 9. (why is that an option?) But they still accommodated us nicely and the food was as fantastic as their reputation suggests.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Evening (Again)!
    BuckInTigerLand
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    For the second time in as many weeks my wife and I had a wonderful experience at Ruffino's. The food was fantastic, the recommendations on wine, specialty drinks, appetizers (the Crabmeat cheesecake is as advertised and the braised pork cheeks with butternut squash purée and bacon jam is the best appetizer we have every eaten anywhere!) and entrees by our waiters/waitresses were all perfect. Our new favorite restaurant in Baton Rouge! I cannot say enough good about Ruffino's and am looking forward to our next date night there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster night
    momo
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Loved appetizer and dessert but lobster filet mignonette was ok nothing spectacular
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Wife had a filet that was undercooked and not seasoned at all. I had the meatballs and spaghetti, meatballs had no texture to them and felt like I was eating a pile of mush. Definetly not worth the $100 bill that I spent. This was my first time dining at ruffinos and probably my last.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff was very kind
    SmarterWine
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My girlfriend and I had come here for our 2 year anniversary. Although the food was a bit slow, we didn't mind because we wanted the time to talk and enjoy the night anyway. The drinks came quickly, I had myself an old fashioned and she had a pineapple amaretto. The food was just okay when it did come out I had veal Parmesan and she had the spaghetti and meatballs. Although many people complained about the food in reviews, I thought it was fine and above average. If you are here to just enjoy the food, you might be a little disappointed because of the price. However, if you are here to enjoy the atmosphere, the kind staff, and just spending time with your significant other, I think it is the perfect place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointed
    SamsMom2VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been to Ruffino's a number of times and have always been impressed with the food. I remember dining there Valentine's Day weekend and my fish entree was incredible!! However, I was disapponited with the lack of flavor in the food this time. The scallops entree was tasteless, and both of our fish entrees (one from the specials menu, and the other was the Amberjack), both were disappointing. On a good note- service was impeccable, and our white chocolate brownie dessert was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my favorite place
    kajunlady
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Ruffino's is our favorite place to eat. Tge atmosphere and services are excellent. I recommend this restaurant to everyone and we have introduced lots of people to it . It's tge best
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime rib Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the blackened prime rib special. For a normally good restaurant this was not up to my expectations. The cut was terrible. I could barely cut it and the blackened seasoning made it too salty. My wife's fish was very good, so it did help make up for my selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made Birthday Celebration Special
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food, wine, service and ambience were all outstanding! It made for a great Birthday Celebration for my daughter and our entire family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    LNCPHE
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is a great spotsny day of the week. Great food great service. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    BL27
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was outstanding, atmosphere was just what we were looking for, and the complimentary cotton candy for dessert (in addition to the white chocolate bread pudding we ordered that was phenomenal) was a pleasant and whimsical surprise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Outlaw9
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    Huntandhalter
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Online reservation was easy to make. Food and servers were excellent. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 229 reviews are from the Ruffino's reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY Noisey!
    HollyBVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed review
    diner
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was a great restaurant with a wonderful waitstaff!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    cake
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    pleasant atmosphere with good food....appetizers were exceptional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great, but noise a bit much
    CritterluvVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Love Ruffino's!
    dlt8469
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Best filet in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just Italian
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall