La Ripaille

4.8
725 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 725 people are saying
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Celebration
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great ambiance and service

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3kids
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Authentic!
Quaint and cozy. Felt like I was in Paris.
Owner is gracious and welcoming! Can’t wait to visit again and again

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Revisitornyc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous local French Restaurant. The owner oozes hospitality. The food is so delicious, fresh and homemade. A great place to celebrate any occasion. Highly recommend!

LC
vipLikesCars
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good

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vipAmagansetter
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best service in New York! Makes you feel like you’re at home

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ArtH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant could be on the Rive Gauche and is a lot less costly than a trip to Paris. Great people and great food. A winning combination.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Loved the owners!

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Simon
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal in a rustic casual atmosphere. The owner is a sweetheart and service personnel are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly staff, cozy atmosphere. One of the best restaurants in New York

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MatthewL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, charming and quaint environment, and excellent food! Will definitely be back!

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MichaelN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Long time (40 years) local West Village restaurant has survived. Branzino and beef excellent. Nice wine list and good martini. Service friendly, courteous and prompt. Really nice romantic atmosphere. I would go back tonight if I lived a little closer.

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vipbgourmand
New England
285 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A charming old restaurant, with a nice welcome and cozy outdoor space. The good was nothing out of the ordinary, however.

VC
vipVivianC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Delicious food, great wine and the most welcoming people - keeps me coming back for more! P.S. have the broccoli mousse ;)

LC
vipLarryC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Ripaille is a Greenwich Village landmark. My family and I have been patrons for many years. The quality of the food and great good humor of service has never waivered. This is true New York at its very best. I unreservedly recommend it. Try the broccoli mousse!

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MarkH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always loved La Ripaille, but have been unable to go for quite some time due to work out of town (and a pandemic). I was thrilled that everything was fabuleux upon my return. Alain is delightful, as always, and the food was excellent. My only regret is spending too long on cocktails, as there were no more of the special asparagus appetizers left by the time we ordered. Next time!

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NathanW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The owner was awesome. The food was delicious.

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brianh
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great meal with my wife, was able to spend some time chatting with the Owner and his wife. a delightful meal with be going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant. The food was delicious - creative dishes and all cooked perfectly. I was extremely impressed with their steak. The owners and waiters were cheerful and welcoming. 100/10 experience

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OscarF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a resident of nyc for over 20 years and thanks to open table finally discovered this gem, saw the review and decided to check it out and I can’t say enough how much I’d recommend it, amazing food and even better service and the staff had lovely French accents, it felt like we were back in Paris for a couple of hours

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was during the COVID19 pandemic when traffic was still sparse. There were only a handful of customers, so the service staff was attentive and the noise level was low. The food was classic bistro fare and well done. The sea bass with a Veronique sauce was very good. The lemon tart was smashing. I will go there again.

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LarryL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over our years together, we have enjoyed many meals and good times at La Ripaille. Alain and his wonderful staff of hosts, waiters and chefs always set the stage for great entertainment, welcome and comfort, and of course, the most delicious food in town. We have never had a bad meal at La Ripaille. The cocktails, the wine and the food have been consistently excellent. We are very grateful that Alain has navigated this memorable restaurant through the COVID crisis without any loss of quality, and we appreciate his commitment to fine dining, character and memories to be made with his customers at La Ripaille. We look forward to many more excellent meals and good times with our friends at our favorite, La Ripaille!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The hosts are the warmest moar lovely people.

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JamesH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing. We had ravioli, the broccoli moouse, and the daily special: the veal with rice. Everything was delicious and well presented, and we even ordered desert! The waiter was charming with a french accent, and we found the outdoor setting to be cute, if not a bit noisy due to arriving buses.

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vipVillageRobin
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Will return for the chocolate ganache

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Ruth
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance and very hospitable staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here. Amazing food

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JKTZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing gem. Was not expecting to find such a wonderful little place. Highly recommend for a local neighborhood feel.

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vipNYCfeinschmecker
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - my wife had the veau blanquette with veal chucks that were tender and juicy and I had the salmon Dijonnaise which was excellent. Great service, too.

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Pppp
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The host makes an effort to have the dining experience feel like the old (pre-COVID) days. The food is still well-prepared, even though this is a very long-lived restaurant. The meal itself was great. Social distancing makes service a little awkward. The big suggestion is that the dining room really needs a re-fresh if not a total redesign.

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viphkhenry
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When the owner is your waiter, how can you go wrong

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MrFoodie212
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolute perfection. The staff is beyond fantastic. They make you feel so welcome which adds to the great atmosphere. The food.... oh man. Every single bite from appetizer to dessert was BEYOND delicious. This was my first time and I already look forward to my next visit! MERCI!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great dinner and experience. Great ambiance and very friendly staff. Food was amazing, the lamb shank was incredibly tender and delicious. We had all the daily specials and are going to head back again this week!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager on duty was very delightful. Great host and waitstaff as well. The food was incredible (the lamb is a must!), I loved their playlist too! Great energy all around, would definitely come back.

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GabrielK
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, fun, and delicious. We loved our dinner at La Ripaille! The staff were fun and professional and the food was fantastic!

You feel like you are in a little slice of France (I think, never been to France though).

Don’t skip dessert!

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Damian
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Staff was amazing! Cant wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went there for the first time last night. Everything was absolutely delicious, fell in love with the filet mignon! Will be back!

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vipHoLLYWooDKiD
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Everything was lovely. We did not get our points.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic dining experience. The owner had such hospitality and the food was incredible! So pleased!! Order the espresso martini and the croquettes - you will not regret it! Thank you.

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AnaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience, very nice staff and very authentic french food.

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vipLuigi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like taking a short inexpensive trip to Paris. The owner, food and ambience are a delight. Lamb shank, goat cheese salad,mussels and French fries were all delicious and portions v generous

FAQs

La Ripaille is rated 4.8 stars by 725 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.