Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
11:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 5 times today

La Ripaille

4.5
508 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
French
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:45am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(212) 255-4406
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
French bistro
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
W.12th
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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
What 508 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
2.0Dined 6 days ago

Overpriced not good value

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Our friends recommended we eat here. It’s one of their “neighborhood gems”. We were greeted warmly. The atmosphere is candlelit cosy. While the wine by the glass wasn’t spectacular the food was just delicious! The woman at the next table said she has been coming for 17 years and always orders the broccoli appetizer and the sea bass and was inquiring about the delicious smell of my duck confit. We will return!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

This small West Village bistro was plucked right of a street in Paris, and moved to the WV. The owner and staff take excellent care of you. It's casual and low key but high quality french food and service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent service, great food and really friendly attentive staff. We all had a lovely dinner. Thank you!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Gracious engaging owner, great food and service, always an enjoyable time.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Lovely intimate restaurant, delicious food and so nice to not have to yell to visit. Great ambiance.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The warm reception upon arriving set the tone for the evening. Service was very good and the food was wonderful. It warrants many return visits.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

A true neighborhood place with authentic French bistro food. Owner, Alain Laurent, is always on hand to talk food and supervise his wonderful staff. Among my favorites are the pate, broccoli mousse, steak frites, mussels and the warm apple tart. We had a celebrity siting during our last visit.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Lovely romantic little restaurant which keeps old New York alive in the best way. Exceptional service. Wonderful wine selection. A couple of the main dish selections could have been “improved.” Broccoli mousse was excellent. Overall it was an absolutely good experience. Highly recommended.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Owner is wonderful and very present. Food is tremendous; exactly what you’re hoping for when you come to NYC looking for a small romantic French bistro. Hard to beat this place.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great atmosphere, delicious French food, and lovely service! Can’t wait to come back and bring more friends to this fantastic place. Highly recommended!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Excellent food, cozy and warm environment. And the owner Alain makes you feel like a guest in his home. One of my favorite and go-to restaurants.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very unimpressed!!! For a restaurant that has been around as many years open, should have been as many years closed. Food was subpar and the service and ambiance was totally lacking. Sorry...no French dining here.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 10, 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 💫

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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).

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food, outstanding service!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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!!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

La ripaille= best French traditional restaurant

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
13