Poor Boy's Riverside Inn

4.7
240 Reviews
$30 and under
Cajun
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.
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vipMisterM
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Although the restaurant was highly recommended by a local, it ended up being a real disappointment. The waiter took a long time, then brought food that was dried out and cold. He didn’t check on us - sort of disappeared so we just ate what was served. We complained, à manager was sent over to apologize and make things right. But given the service, cold food, anemic salad and tasteless side dishes, and relatively high menu prices, I can’t recommend the place. In a region with so many excellent restaurants, there are better choices.

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been in a few years. I was very happy to see RiverSide living up to its long time standards. Well done to the Hurst family. We were all very satisfied with everyting. With Regards Mary Hays

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StevenJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. It was a busy night so the food was taking a little longer than usual however our waitress informed us of that as soon as we were seated so we just ordered early. It was our first time and we will be back for sure.

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JudithC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful - as always! I have been eating at this restaurant for over 28 years and they never disappoint. Jancey was a perfect waitress and everything was delicious. My favorite is the Extravaganza!

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EmfromAustin
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always, and the service was perfect. Only complaint was that the wines by the glass were limited, but I found one that was adequate. We will certainly visit again on our next trip to Lafayette.

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Kittymom
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Very quaint restaurant and surroundings. Very accommodating.

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vipWeezy
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Flavor of food was good, temperature was lukewarm. Sweet potato beignet tasted like it had been fried in old grease for to long! Unable to eat dessert.

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Maggie
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a friend’s birthday and we brought a cake for dessert. The staff accommodated us with no problems. The food and service was great, as always.

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CharlaD
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party, the food was outstanding as usual!!

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RosannW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stuffed Mushrooms (baked) for appetizer was delicious. The whole table loved them.
I had the blackened catfish with vegetables and house salad. Our waitress was very friendly and didn't bother us to the point of being annoying (like some do), but we know she kept her eye us as removed dishes and refilled our beverages at the precise time. Bread pudding was excellent choice for dessert.

Riverside Inn has been one of my most favorite restaurants in the area. I have been going there for over 25 years. It's quality and service haven't changed at all in all these years and although the pandemic hasn't helped anyone, the patrons keep coming. Can't keep cajuns away from good food and atmosphere.


I sincerely believe if you haven't gone, try it and I guarantee you'll be back.

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic setting with moderate noise. Food was outstanding. Waitress was sweet and always checking on us.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

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JayS
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food great service.

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CJGROG
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This dinner was for a business meal, entertaining clients from out of town. They really enjoyed everything about the restaurant, including the food. Thanks for the great evening - our waitress was truly outstanding, as was the food.

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RickB
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good, waitress was excellent. Wanted to try Cajun food for my first time and this was excellent choice.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been quite a while since my last visit. Food was very good at a very reasonable price. Service and the friendliness of staff was beyond expectations. Felt like each member of the staff treated the place like they were ownership.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Don’t bother making a reservation. Our table was not designated when we arrived.. a hostess sat us at a table, and didn’t get a server for 20 min while tables around us were sat and waited on.. Went talk to the hostess, who was the one who sat us down but obviously did not assign a server, and a waitress finally came 5 min later. It took 1.5 hours for our entrees to be served. Our guests came from out of town 2 hours away.. We arrived at 720pm.. Good food but poor service from the beginning....

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LouisG
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent. We love the stuffed catfish. The place was busy, but the service was good.

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vipSpaceWrangler
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local Cajun/seafood restaurant! Gumbo is some of the best!

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TheresaB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The lump crabmeat in butter was amazing! Raw oysters were huge and delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was very good.

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TonyV
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was outstanding. The food and service were exceptional. Very impressed and will definitely be back.

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vipMike
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh seafood,well prepared and served by professional waitstaff.

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MichaelM
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All-around great restaurant nice friendly family atmosphere food was great fried mushrooms was the bomb

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vipPaka0108
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It a favorite of ours for years. Consistently good food and service. My score only indicates for ambiance the nice fireplace could have been in use and wasn’t what a missed opportunity.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went tonight for our 23rd wedding anniversary. We’ve been there many times and it’s always a wonderful experience. Awesome food and terrific service!

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little hidden gem in south Lafayette! Excellent service and food.

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KimA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Worse food I ever tasted in SW LA! I will never go back there again! Not even for free!

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vipStephanie
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating with family.
We always enjoy the food. Some of the best seafood in town. Richard and his wife are doing a great job with the restaurant. Have yet to be disappointed.

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kathleen
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We were sadly disappointed in our visit, from the welcome to the food to the value. Our bill was quite expensive for what seemed we could have made in our own microwave. We did enjoy our waitress and the outside area is decorated nicely.

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best seafood that you can find in the area

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Stephanieq
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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larrym
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to to have a true dining experience. Excellent service in a nice atmosphere. Thanks, Larry

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ClintL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience1

Food portions very small.
Restaurant need a remodel
Too noisy

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MelanieB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been customers since they opened at this location. The food is always consistent and the service is always good.

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JulieW
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had the broiled trout and it had no seasoning what so ever. Very bland. Not nearly as good as it used to be. The restaurant needs a face lift. It looks the same as when I was a teenager and I’m 60! My husband had steak and it was cooked as he liked it. Not really a place we would go to again anytime soon

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JohnD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a wonderful staff. We had a group of 8 and were short on time. Not only did they take care of us but the food was outstanding.

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WillH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

My wife and I have been fans of Riverside Inn for over 30 years. It is a staple in Lafayette. The food is good, a little heavy with seasoning, but they are always happy for redo what we are having a problem with. We recommend Riverside, without question.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The waitress was nice but was constantly at the table. Food arrives and the crab dinner was not just bad it was awful. The crab cake was just fried cream cheese and hollow no crab. The crab ettouffee was tasteless. The stuffed crab was so salty and greasy and had almost a plastic aftertaste. I spoke with the manager and she took it off the check however did not offer an alternative. Also we had a glass of wine that we were finishing and the waitress brought the check and did not bother to offer coffee or desert. In addition the manager kept coming back in the area and looking at us. We have been going here for years and it was always great. It has been awhile but will never ever go back.

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RockyS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very good, a little dark in dining area. everything was very good. no complaints.

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Poor Boy's Riverside Inn does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Poor Boy's Riverside Inn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (337) 837-4011.

Poor Boy's Riverside Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 240 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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