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Poor Boy's Riverside Inn

136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Starting with a snowball stand in 1932 until today, Richard & Lori Hurst are carrying on the family tradition. From St. John Street to on the River, to nestled in the woods, now with two full service restaurants, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn’s and Little River Inn’s seafood and steaks have remained consistently delicious for over 80 years. Richard and Lori and their loyal staff hope you taste not only delicious Cajun food, but the pride that goes into every dish! The oldest restaurant in Acadiana with a great wine and dessert selection, kid friendly and great atmosphere with a third generation husband and wife team ready to serve and where you'll always find the locals.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cajun, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
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Phone number
(337) 837-4011
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard Hurst
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Parking details
Large private lot adjacent to Restaurant.
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We feed all the wildlife around Riverside
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 136 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Service was great. I had the crab imperial. It was delicious. My wife had the fried shrimp platter, she enjoyed also.

3.0  Dined 7 days ago

disappointed with taste and portions size, also parking lot in bad shape, potholes limestone and in adequate lighting.

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, great service. Cassidy, our waiter, was excellent!

vipOpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant was busy, but quiet enough for a conversation. The service was quick on the Saturday night we were there. The food is consistently good. The steamed lump crab with salad is an excellent choice if you want something simple and healthy. The various gumbos are all good and will be properly prepared. Expect the rolls to be served hot. Don't expect okra or tomato in your gumbo - it will be Louisiana style: medium roux; onion, bell pepper and celery cooked until soft; seasoned but not too spicy. You should feel the cayenne in the back of your throat after a while, but not when you first put it in your mouth. The platters are big and are OK for sampling things, but I prefer one dish such as gumbo, bisque, etouffee, or lump crab with a side order of salad, potato salad or baked potato. The house dressing is oil, vinegar and lots of herbs -- very good!

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Very comfortable dining experience for anyone who enjoys cajun cuisine.

OpenTable Diner (Baton Rouge)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Really enjoyed the service and food. The experience was very nice. Thank you.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Great local atmosphere; authentic Cajun food; excellent value

OpenTable Diner (Baton Rouge)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

It was on a Thursday night and only about 8 to 10 tables so it was quiet which was fine for me. The service was great and the food also. Only one issue, my wife ordered stuffed filet of flounder and she received a stuffed whole flounder. We told the server and she was very apologetic and said the correct order would be out quickly which it was.

OpenTable Diner (Shreveport)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was good, service was excellent.

Jlben1 (Baton Rouge)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was ok, but very over priced for the small portions

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

Been 10 year's and the food and service was the same .GREAT will go back .

HotCheeseDonut (Shreveport)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent food and service. One of the best restaurants I've been to. Ate there four years ago on a business trip and this was my second time and brought my wife with me for a funeral and drove 3 hours to get there. Absolutely love the food. The best crab cakes and the sweet potato beignets are amazing.

vipsmith (Houston)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2017

My husband loves the Gumbo his favorite. And of course you have to have crabbies. We saw raccoons and even an armadillo. Cute.

RaginTiger (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on July 12, 2017

Three of the four dining companions did not enjoy their meals. This was definitely an off night. The crawfish and corn soup was very oily, so much so that it was sent back without even taking one bite (it was disgusting looking) and taken off the ticket. It seemed the entrees were not prepared fresh as they tasted of reheated pasta and etouffee. Very disappointed as this restaurant usually does not miss so badly. Oh well, I guess we all can't be on point every time. Will give them another chance in the future. Server was great and did a fantastic job!

Fungirl (Baton Rouge)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Attention to detail could be improved upon.
Ex: dress the baked potatoes in the kitchen and get rid of the plastic containers that are dropped off at the table - sour cream, bacon bits, green onion.

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

We were visiting from Ohio and discovered this place with awesome food! I loved the Exravaganza with Red Fish

RJ47 (Baton Rouge)
3.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Atmosphere is not as shown on TV commercials. Had to eat while looking at people wearing baseball caps. A complete turnoff. I expected better. Food was ok, but pricey. Fried crawfish were overcooked and chewy. Portions were small. Mushroom appetizer and beignet dessert were excellent. Staff members were very attentive to our needs. Great service.

DHEBERT (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

This place is well known so I had high expectations for the food. I was a little disappointed.
I tried the following dishes:
Crabbies - ok, a little too much cheese
Stuffed Mushrooms (grilled and fried) - these were very good!
Corn and Crawfish Soup - not good, tasted burnt
Seafood Gumbo - not good, too thick and not a great flavor
Tilapia and Grilled Veggies - tilapia was good but the veggies were overcooked

For 3 people we spent around $130. Not bad, but I have spent less and been happier with the food at other places in Lafayette.

While I wasn't super happy with the food, the service was great. We went on Mother's Day and even though it was very busy we didn't feel forgotten or neglected by our waitress. They also gave flowers to the women who were there on Mother's Day, which was a nice touch.

Overall, I wouldn't tell someone not to go there. However, it wouldn't be the first place I would recommend, especially since there are so many great places to eat in Lafayette (that are easier to get to).

OpenTable Diner (Baton Rouge)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

My wife and I enjoy poor boys because the fresh ingredients such as lump crabmeat on several dishes is delicious. We always eat seafood dishes because they have so many that are very good. We also like the atmosphere , casual, and we have always gotten very good service. We would recommend this restaurant to all seafood lovers especially. It is locally owned and is a very friendly place.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2017

Always love eating at Riverside.
Service is Great!!!!!!