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About La Ripaille

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.

605 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:45am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
W.12th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 255-4406

Website:
http://www.laripailleny.com/

Catering:
French bistro

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

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

La Ripaille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (12)
Romantic (9)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Authentic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful! Great table, service, and food. Authentic French experience. Will be back soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

A very nice French restaurant, amazing food and good selection of wine. The owner was there when we got there and made us feel special and as if we’re in France. Highly recommended, for any special dinner of a date 💫

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Alain des Laurent had a special haddock dish on tonight's menu that may be the best fish we have ever had. We can always count on the regular menu for fantastic food, but his specials are simply inspired. Every member of the staff pays attention to their diners, giving exceptional service.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food and very good and very friendly service. Chocolate mousse was disappointing but everything else was terrific.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We've had the pleasure of eating here a number of times. We have never been disappointed. The food and service have always been excellent. It can be pricey with drinks, however. We go for those special events.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We absolutely loved La Ripaille, don’t know I haven’t been before. The food was delicious and authentically French. The French onion soup was honestly the best I’ve ver had. The fish was cooked perfectly and draped with a delicious sauce. Can’t recommend La Ripaille enough - in my opinion much better than the larger Brasserie style restaurants (Odeon, Balthazar etc).

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice quiet New Year's Eve dinner. Wine menu could provide more choices but the restaurant is very cozy and romantic. The food is dependably good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service here are outstanding, the atmosphere is authentic, and the wait staff is first-rate.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The snow this morning gives me the place all by myself for the first half of my meal. Both the soup of the day and omelette were terrific! And the coffee and hospitality! Wonderful place! I will definitely come by more often!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

First time there and both the food and the atmosphere were wonderful. Especially loved first course: delicious broccoli mousse

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food, outstanding service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Le prix est vraiment surfait
Le serveur était adorable ce qui sauve la note global, sinon passer votre chemin!
La nourriture est bonne mais simple et sans charme ni grand interêt.

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 (London)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The restaurant is quaint but lacks atmosphere. Lots of staff on Christmas Day but service not very good.

Food was good but not good value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our 2nd Christmas Eve dinner at La Ripaille and we love it. It was pretty empty compared to last year, but they said that they were more booked for Christmas Day. It's a very small place but that's what we like. Very romantic with authentic French food and service. We'll be back!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Amazing service! Our waiter made the night extra special. The first course and desserts were great. Unfortunately, the main course wasn’t as great as previous visits.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

great cozy lots of ambience great food presided over by the charming owner who also takes your order and makes wonderful suggestions

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

A true find! Unpretentious setting, ebullient owner eager to chat (if you want, which we did) and an unobtrusive wait-staff. The food was superb, the house wine wonderful. Could NOT be better, and so, of course, we'll be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service started a little rocky but I think the two servers were actually newer. Who I assume could only be the owner arrived and took over. He was fantastic and energetic and gave great recommendations. The food was excellent and they have a wonderful little wine list. The place is intimate and cozy with dim lighting. And I had casually mentioned my mother birthday and they ended up bringing out dessert and singing. Service, attention and food excellent! I will certainly be back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Dinner was amazing! Have been here twice now and each time everything has been perfect! Food is absolutely delicious and the staff is great! Couldn't ask for anything more

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great French food. We particularly liked the salads, duck and desserts. Very friendly and attentive services also!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

E$xcellentfood and great taste and value
charming ambiance and amusant owner combine for a great experience

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Friendly, charming & classic french restaurant. Great for special occasions, or an intimate evening,

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Was excellent in every aspect. W will always go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Amazing restaurant! Service+food= excellent , French wine+ music= 10/10❤️❤️❤️ we found our new baby.🍽🍷❤️❤️

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Leave your passport home and visit this authentic French village gem. The owner Alain welcomes each guest as if they were visiting him at home. We travel from Westchester to experience the ambience, decor and fine food. Alain entertains the diners with his humorous presentation of the specials du'jour. The food is presented beautifully, tastes great and I highly recommend the pate as an appetizer but you can't go wrong ordering anything on the menu. Take Alain's suggestions regarding which wine to order; you won't be disappointed. La Ripaille is my favorite restaurant; I'm never disappointed and you won't be either.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always good! Had the chicken in Dijon mustard sauce and my coworker had halibut. This place is definitely on my “go-to” list when in NYC.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We ate here last night for our one year anniversary dinner. The mussels, steak, and scallops were incredible! The pear tart was okay, nothing too special. This restaurant was great, but my one complaint is the bathroom. When I went in the fan was leaking and it pretty much gave me a shower :(. The staff was apologetic and seemed to get it fixed, but they didn’t go out of their way to ensure I was okay. I was all wet!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful food. The owner of the restaurant is a character, like the mayor of West Village. Truly an experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love to dine at this French bistro. I went to this restaurant twice already in a short period of time. The place is cozy, the food is good and the service is attentive. I highly recommend to order the daily specials he suggest because they are cooked just right, from the starters to main courses to desserts. The owner himself serves the tables and funny, you can't resist his thank you kisses. Every customer is so so welcome from him.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I've been coming to this unique restaurant for years and it always is a special experience for two reasons: the food and the service. My date and I shared the infamous broccoli mousse and moules poulette (mussels in a white wine and herb sauce with a splash of cream). My cassoulet entree was a traditional and soul satisfying dish that cannot be found anywhere else so far from France itself. We almost fought over the last bite of the lemon tart that was recommended to us at the end of our meal. The attention and care that the chef puts into the plates are on par with the love the owner clearly has for his restaurant and clientele. Will keep coming back for as long as this place exists.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Delicious food! Love the ambiance and how the guests are treated by the owner and personnel. Would strongly recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Been going to this restaurant for many years. Favorite in NYC. Food is always great, service is outstanding and you’re always greeted warmly. Magnifique!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall this is a nice space that evokes a French country feel with it's homey decor. The owner is a very nice guy and makes you feel very welcome in his restaurant. We started with the warmed brie over crouton - very forgettable - and the pate, equally average. My wife enjoyed her main dish (halibut). Steer clear of the sorbet (more like a sno-cone) and my espresso was luke warm.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Meh . . . Our third time dining here but I think we’ll look harder for a new mid-week joint.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We have in the past been fond of Ripaille. Simple, quiet place to dine, that is hard to find in NYC. Don't know why the food seemed a little fresher and brighter the last time we were here. But that was about 4 years ago.
Maybe it was because we waited almost an hour for our entrees to come out? Which was interesting since there were only 2 other tables with patrons.
But, the thing that disappointed us the most was the wine list. I have seen many. I knew many of the wines on the list. The markup was off the charts. No way to justify this. The wine prices do not match the food menu. Shouldn't mark a $10 bottle up to $55 And that is one of their least expensive bottles on the list. What? Makes me sad. Heavy sigh.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Absolutely the best again!

Please go there for authentic French bistro cuisine.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent food -traditional frenh bistro. Quiet and romantic. Attentive service from the owner Monsieur Alain and his staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great, European old-world feeling. Delicious food, Charming place & great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

After a long walk in the village, we decided to have a dinner in this charming French bistro-restaurant. We was seduced by the place from the greeting at the entrance, to the warm + friendly staff and not least the delicious food!! The food price was very reasonable and wine carefully selected (we had 2 bottles of haut-médoc) not far from the Hudson River the weather was just perfect and had an unforgettable summer dinner in this restaurant.❤️. ( HIGHLY RECOMMENTED)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Been going to La Ripaille for special occasions since it opened in 1980. Broccoli mousse is fabulous. Small and intimate with great french food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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