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La Ripaille

4.8
4.8
776 Reviews
$30 and under
French

Winner Best Restaurant in March 2018!

Opened in 1980, La Ripaille is one of the oldest restaurants in West Village. Some of the regulars have been coming for as long as 25 years. We want everyone to feel welcome here, whether it’s the celebrities who frequent, the children for whom we provide games & crayons, or the people who live in the Village.

The owner, Alain Laurent, is integral in the day-to-day processes of La Ripaille. He daily scours the market for the freshest produce, often choosing the day’s specials based on his finds. This keeps the specials seasonal & unique. He decorates the ever changing wine list with the best wines available. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a terrace for the summer & a fireplace in the back for the winter. The candlelit tables light up French posters and paintings & fresh flowers decorate each table. For a taste of history and delicious French cuisine, visit La Ripaille. We have a seat just for you.

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Tue–Sat 1:00 pm–10:30 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 255-4406

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    French bistro <br />

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Alain Laurent at 212 255 4406 to book your private event

  • Neighborhood

    Greenwich Village

  • Cross street

    W.12th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Subway 1,2,3, 14th Street stop, 12th Street exit; A,C,E 14th Street stop

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Principale

  • Pâté de Campagne Garni de Ses Condiments$15.00

    Homemade Country pâté served with cornichons, olives, mustard

    • Feuilleté de Champignons Sauvages a la Crème de Cognac$16.50

      Wild Mushrooms flambee in Cognac under Pillow of Puff Pastry

      • Mousse de Brocoli dans Son Delicat Beurre Citronné$15.00

        Broccoli mousse in a Velvet Butter Lemon Sauce

        • Cassolette d'Escargots à Notre Façon$16.50

          Snails Sauteed in Fresh Basil, Organic Tomatoes, touch of Cream

          • Assiette de Charcuterie Assortie Avec Cornichons et Olives$23.50

            Mild + Spicy Soppressata, Chorizo, Canadian Bacon, Salami

            • Salade de Saison, Suivant Les Produits du Marché

              Seasonal Salad according to the Green Market

              • A.C.
            • Raviolis Farcis Aux épinards et Ricotta, Sauce Crème$24.50

              Fresh Ravioli stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta in herbed Cream

              • Suprême de Volaille à la Dijonnaise$26.50

                Breast of Chicken in a sauce of grainy and smooth Dijon

                • Branzino Poêlée Façon Méditerranéenne$32.50

                  Bass sauteed with kalamata olives, lime and lemon

                  • Filet de Saumon à la Fine Champagne et Fenouil$31.00

                    Roasted Salmon in Fine Champagne and braised Fennel

                    • Noisette d'Agneau Braisés dans Son Jus et Bouquetière$31.50

                      Loin of lamb in own juice, herbs of Provence

                      • Filet Mignon Sauce aux Poivres et Pommes Frites$36.50

                        Filet mignon in peppercorn sauce with French Fries

                        Side Dish

                        $9

                        • Assorted Vegetables

                          • Frites

                            Last updated: August 6, 2021

                            What 776 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.7Food
                            • 4.9Service
                            • 4.7Ambience
                            • 4.5Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                            1. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 4 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I love French food, but most people overdo it or don’t know how to prepare it well. This food here was exceptional!!! It was simple but had a unique element that reflected the creativity of the chef. The personal service was warm and attentive, yet unobtrusive. Places like this are becoming more rare in NYC - it’s what makes a big city feel like home.

                            2. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              There are few restaurants in Manhattan that I adore more than La Ripaille. To last 40 years in a competitive neighborhood like the West Village should be proof enough. Personally, I have made LR a destination for their filet mignon steak frites. You will receive a steak on par with the best steakhouses in NYC, and the sauce and preparation is impeccable. Not to mention their escargot and pate de campagne. You will not order anything that doesn’t taste amazing when you dine at La Ripaille. The atmosphere is also great, they can fill their space and the volume level remains at a comfortable equilibrium between quiet enough to hear a conversation, but loud enough to feel the energy of other diners having a fun time around you. And the owners, who will serve you personally, are the most funny, courteous, and all around delightful people. From the moment you walk in they greet you, cracking jokes and making you feel at home. Across all metrics you will not have a better experience than I’ve been fortunate to have at La Ripaille!

                            3. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Went for an anniversary dinner with my wife, the food was outstanding. The place itself is small and cozy, but it was perfect for the occasion and the food was great. Will be back.

                            4. b

                              bobbo501

                              Hawaii

                              32 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              32 reviews

                              Dined on January 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful food & ambience worth the nicest staff in the city. Always a special evening!

                            5. a

                              alfiessister

                              Tampa

                              3 reviews

                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on December 25, 2021

                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                              My only complaint is that they needed bigger candles on the tables. Too dark, hard to see food and read menu.

                            6. JC

                              JavierC

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 25, 2021

                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                              Great family owned restaurant with a lot of charm and good French food. A bit overpriced for the size of the portions. Good for a special quiet occasion with your loved one!

                            7. TM

                              TimM

                              Chicago

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on December 24, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was everyone’s first time here and we all loved it. We all eat out a lot and had seen this place but never tried it. The food was great without exception. The atmosphere could not have been more charming and intimate. A highlight was the staff—our server was engaging and attentive and the manager was an absolute pleasure. He was fun and a great addition to an overall wonderful experience. We’re looking forward to going back again.

                            8. r

                              reallybigshoe

                              New York Area

                              46 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              46 reviews

                              Dined on December 19, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The owners were very sweet and welcoming -- it feels like stepping into their home. Excellent food, lovely ambience. A wine list that starts at $62 is a little steep, but that's not unusual.

                            9. JH

                              JillH

                              Pittsburgh

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on December 19, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              We were looking for a romantic, small spot for dinner, and I love love love French cooking. Selected La Ripaille based on the Open Table reviewers and we were not disappointed. In fact, it exceeded our expectations. My husband went with the owner's recommendations/specials for both his appetizer (a fois gras) and main course (shrimp). I selected the escargots in a tomato/basil sauce and the Scottish Salmon. Each dish was prepared perfectly, accompanied by sauces to die for! Service was attentive and excellent from the moment we walked in the door. It's a small place and tables are close together, but the noise level wasn't excessive and the atmosphere was cozy and totally charming. We will be returning here in the future for sure!

                            10. HW

                              HarrisonW

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 18, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Outstanding all around. Our new neighborhood favorite.

                            11. TB

                              TerryB

                              New York Area

                              8 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on December 18, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Owner-operator is gracious and very entertaining. This place has been there for 40 years and it's easy to see why. Everything was delicious, authentic French cuisine (no surprise...the owner is from France)! We'll be back.

                            12. GS

                              GregS

                              Seattle

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on December 16, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Love this restaurant!! Highly recommended! Try the steak frites!

                            13. F

                              sarahF

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 9, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We’ve come to La Ripalle for over 20 years. The food is consistently fabulous and the owner always is there giving personalized service to each patron. This restaurant shouldn’t be missed.

                            14. b

                              bobbo501

                              Hawaii

                              33 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              33 reviews

                              Dined on December 9, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Charming & romantic with amazing food & superb service. Looking forward to our next visit!

                            15. s

                              sher

                              New York Area

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on December 8, 2021

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              Had a wonderful experience. The owner is a blast. He definitely enhanced our experience. Hadn’t been there in many years. Still good food. Yes!

                            16. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Atlanta

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on December 5, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Romantic and lovely

                            17. AB

                              AnneB

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 5, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food and service top notch. Charming French ambience and atmosphere.

                            18. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 4, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceptional. Food, service and ambiance, A+++.

                            19. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Charleston

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 4, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great Great

                            20. B

                              Bebe

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 27, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Had a great time at the Ripaille last Saturday evening. Food was prepared from the heart and felt like being in a bistrot back in Paris.

                            21. V

                              Vera

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 26, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I really wish I'd discovered this place sooner. It feels like a little slice of Paris: comfortable and cozy atmosphere while somehow also feeling quite fancy, amazing service (very friendly but never overbearing) and the food was excellent! Highlights among the appetizers were the broccoli mousse, which had a fantastic texture--it had body but still melted on your tongue--and the feuilleté de champignons in Cognac sauce--the sweetness of the sauce balanced the earthy flavor of the mushrooms really well. Both delicious and absolutely recommend. Highlights among the main courses we tried were shrimp scampi with wild rice (a special of the day), and the loin of lamb with sides of mashed potatoes and ratatouille. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend La Ripaille to anyone looking for a French restaurant serving decently priced traditional fare -- there've been fewer and fewer of these in the city lately, and I plan to keep going back for as long as it stays around! Also, the proprietor is the loveliest Frenchman; he really made us feel at home. Please try this place!

                            22. MM

                              MMSR

                              Atlanta

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on November 21, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful gem of a place, and the broccoli mousse was out of this world.

                            23. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New Orleans

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on November 21, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was an outstanding birthday dinner. I knew we were in for a treat when the owners greeted us at the door, wished me “happy birthday” as soon as they checked our reservation, and personally described the specials for us. I noticed that everyone in the restaurant got this personalized, friendly experience. The wait staff was lovely, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was happy, warm, and relaxed. We will definitely be back. Thank you, Alain!

                            24. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 21, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fantastic food and service, the owners were very friendly and charismatic which made the dinner very memorable.

                            25. MD

                              MeetDestination

                              New York Area

                              11 reviews

                              5.0

                              11 reviews

                              Dined on November 21, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We have lived in the Village for so long and have never tried this restaurant until this Fall. We've now been there twice in the last six weeks. We just LOVE IT. The food is outstanding, the prices are very fair, the wine list is excellent and the owner and staff couldn't be more hospitable. We can't wait to go back again.

                            26. GS

                              GeorgeS

                              New York Area

                              25 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              25 reviews

                              Dined on November 20, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We were warmly greeted by the owner when we entered and things only got better from there. Attentive service and excellent food. A fun night.

                            27. MG

                              MariaG

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 17, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very nice place! I would go there again. Owner was very attentive.

                            28. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              74 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              74 reviews

                              Dined on November 14, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always have a wonderful meal here, I have been coming here for years.

                            29. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 13, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              We have eaten here many times. It is a very friendly small restaurant with excellent Food and service. We especially enjoy the owner who has an infectious personality - he greets everyone, explains the menu, and takes the orders.

                            30. LW

                              LauraW

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 12, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food, great service! Very authentic. Escargot was excellent.

                            31. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Dallas

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 12, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great experience! The owner is lovely and treats you like special guests.

                            32. NR

                              NoahR

                              Philadelphia

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              La Ripaille was a charming, authentic french restaurant with an intimate dining room and attentive service from the owners themselves. Food was refined and delicious. Would definitely recommend.

                            33. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I marked the reservation for birthday and upon arrival on a busy Saturday night, I was greeted by the very lovely owner/host, whom I remember from my last visit as a very kind and friendly man, and when I said the last name of the reservation he instantly knew my first name without looking at a list or anything. After taking our coats, he led my date and I to a candle-lit, corner table by the fireplace that felt like he had saved us the best table in the house. He and his staff were phenomenal, not to mention the food, which is so good it was the reason we came in the first place or the complimentary glasses of champagne after our meal for my birthday. Best experience I've had dining out in the city in the nearly 2 years I've been here. Will absolutely be back as soon as I can.

                            34. VC

                              VivianC

                              New York Area

                              40 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              40 reviews

                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food is always the delicious and the owners always charming. Food is beautifully and perfectly prepared. I always look forward to dining here. Excellent.

                            35. ZB

                              ZB12

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on November 5, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Lovely gem in the city! The owner and staff are super personable and gave me a great laugh. Food is good and a classic French experience

                            36. MM

                              MoMa

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on November 5, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Charming classic French food in classic candlelit French setting with warm, welcoming and engaging host.

                            37. DD

                              DontheDiner

                              New York Area

                              11 reviews

                              5.0

                              11 reviews

                              Dined on November 4, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Absolutely superb in every way. Warm and hilariously fun attention from owner Alain, creative and delicious food, great service, and very relaxing setting. Can't wait to return.

                            38. TK

                              TK719

                              New York Area

                              379 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              379 reviews

                              Dined on November 4, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              La Ripaille has to be the most charming, most authentic and most authentic French restaurant in all of NYC. The moment you walk in, you feel like you're in France. The food is simply superb and the owner makes you feel like home. With the West Village overrun with so many trendy spots, it's so wonderful that La Ripaille continues to thrive. I can't wait to go back.

                            39. m

                              margie

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 2, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Ordinarily I don't write reviews, but this classic French restaurant was warm and inviting, intimate rather than small and the owner was friendly and unpretentious. The mushroom appetizer and mushroom bisque were superb. Places like this are becoming a rarity in NYC.

                            40. D

                              Dekap

                              New York Area

                              31 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              31 reviews

                              Dined on October 30, 2021

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              Charming French Bistro. Warm and inviting and wonderful food. Definitely a keeper. Guess that's why its been there for so long.

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                            La Ripaille is rated 4.8 stars by 776 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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                            Booked 5 times today
                            Google Map for La Ripaille

                            605 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014

                            • Cross street

                              W.12th

                            • Neighborhood

                              Greenwich Village

                            • Hours of operation

                              Lunch
                              Tue–Sat 1:00 pm–10:30 pm
                              Dinner
                              Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              French, Contemporary French

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Casual Dress

                            • Parking details

                              Street Parking

                            • Public transit

                              Subway 1,2,3, 14th Street stop, 12th Street exit; A,C,E 14th Street stop

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Additional

                              Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (212) 255-4406

                            • Catering

                              French bistro <br />

                            • Private party facilities

                              Please contact Alain Laurent at 212 255 4406 to book your private event

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