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Poor Boy's Riverside Inn, Broussard, LA
Poor Boy's Riverside Inn, Broussard, LA
Poor Boy's Riverside Inn, Broussard, LA
Poor Boy's Riverside Inn, Broussard, LA
Poor Boy's Riverside Inn, Broussard, LA

Poor Boy's Riverside Inn

4.8
4.8
286 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cajun, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • 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;
  • Phone number
    (337) 837-4011
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Richard Hurst
  • Private party facilities
    If windows and doors could talk, what tales they could tell! Birthday celebrations, business deals, proposals, reunions, parties of all kinds have taken place at both of our locations. Couples who held their wedding receptions here return again and again to celebrate their anniversaries with us. Riverside & The Riverside Cooking Cottage are open for events such as seminars, showers, rehearsals, meetings, reunions, and birthdays
  • Private party contact
    Kim Bodoin: (337) 235-8559
  • Neighborhood
    Broussard
  • Parking details
    Large private lot adjacent to Restaurant.
  • Entertainment
    We feed all the wildlife around Riverside
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 286 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baton Rouge / Lafayette

    Good for special occasions

  • Lafayette

    Best Food

  • Lafayette

    Best Value

  • Lafayette

    Good for business meals

  • Lafayette

    Good for groups

  • Lafayette

    Neighborhood gem

  • Lafayette

    Good for special occasions

286 Reviews
  1. LottieB

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a true look, feel and taste of Acadian. This has been a personal favorite for years and I love bringing non locals here!

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  2. Granny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very busy but we were taken care of promptly

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  3. AlixG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    One of the best spots in Acadiana! Loved the Fish Riversize. New favorite!

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  4. JayS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was great, service was a bit slow with refills.

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  5. Margaret

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We went for my birthday, was very disappointed with our server, she was new, which I can understand, but it took us over two hours to be finished with our meal, We ordered a oyster dinner, shrimp dinner, and the seafood platter. After almost an hour of waiting for our food, she then informed us , that you were out of oysters so we had to reorder something else, which we ended up just splitting the two other platters and ordering an additional appetizer so we wouldn't have to wait another hour since she said ours were already being prepared. We didn't want to start eating without our son's food. She forgot the salads and the soups that came with the dinners , forgot the additional plate, never refilled our waters and never even asked if we wanted more water or anything else for that matter. We watched as others were seated, served and left while we waited. Our dessert came and it was cold ,we had bread pudding, so we asked to have it heated, came back a molten mess. We usually make this our go to restaurant, so we know how the food is suppose to be presented and how it should taste, the whole experience just wasn't up to par.

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  6. LafayetteNative

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and personalized service. LOVE this place. Great for large parties and also for date night.

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  7. MichelleW

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love eat there because it’s vey friendly the price reasonably we have great service.

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  8. RobertB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Wife ordered stuffed flounder fillet and stuffed potato. The flounder and the baked potato were burnt. We should have sent it back. I have photo. Chef should never have sent that plate out. Waitress was fantastic. Very disappointed in our food experience.

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  9. NicoleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was AWESOME. Everyone left saying how much they like their food and ' we need to come back."

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  10. Phil

    Shreveport

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ive been going here since I was a kid, 60 years ago & they alway impress me with their outstanding service & awesome food. We are from Lake Charles but continue to go & bring friends. Everyone we bring is impressed.

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  11. maryg

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Great service. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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  12. WesC

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Jordan was super. Even enjoyed the watching the raccoons

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  13. EddyC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always good food at Riverside. This trip left some things to be desired from a service standpoint. Waiter was very personable but seemed stretched too thin to handle all the tables he had. We waited unusually long periods of time between waiter check-ins and he even forgot our appetizer order until reminded 15 minutes after we ordered it. Sad, because we even wanted to (and ultimately did) order a second bottle of wine but were out of food and the comped birthday dessert with more than half the bottle left. I hate to come down on Spencer, the waiter, because the delays may have been with the expediter or kitchen, but not knowing almost made the disappointment more magnified. I even felt compelled to take my bill directly to the front register after it sat with my credit card on the table for another 10 minutes. For this visit: Food 10, Service 5. Sorry, Riverside Inn. Be ready for busy Friday evenings.

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  14. DixonL

    Baton Rouge

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Riverside Inn has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Lafayette. An outstanding menu that is full of variety and rarely changes. Delicious, fresh seafood dishes. Excellent service you can always count on. These are the main reasons we love Riverside Inn.

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  15. ChrisL

    Baton Rouge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Seated right away at time of reservation. Very good food and service.

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  16. LenwardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual the food was excellent! The stuffed whole flounder wS absolutely to die for! LOL!

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  17. AnnaL

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not been to Riverside since the pandemic and the food was DELICIOUS as always. My old aunt who is now deceased loved the crabmeat au gratin. Made reservations for Mother’s Day.

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  18. Carson

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was on vacation there so probably wouldn't but if lived in the area definitely would

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  19. BurtO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another evening of Fine Dining, food was delicious - Great Service - Will definitely go back - Highly recommend Dining at Po-Boy's Riverside

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  20. PeterC

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful local eatery where the locals come and enjoy a wonderful inexpensive meal. The food was great.

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  21. RobertE

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent food and service over last 40 years. On rare occasion get stuck by table with small children or loud patrons. Will continue to support this restaurant in the future.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Back after 30 years and it’s still one of my all time favorites for authentic Cajun cuisine. Highly recommend.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service outstanding. Food wonderful. Location and setting special .

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  24. ShaunW

    Baton Rouge

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Would go again in a heartbeat. Great crab specialties.

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  25. MarieB

    Baton Rouge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Riverside is of the finest quality. The sautéed crab meat was outstanding and their homemade rolls were as well. Can’t wait to return❤️

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  26. CharB

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    We made a 7:30 reservation and were told they would get a table ready when they could. We weren’t seated until 35 minutes later. Food was excellent, service was good but she was very busy, and it was a little noisy in the room. But we left late since we got seated so late.

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  27. Bigal

    Baton Rouge

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall experience very good. We were a little disappointed that although we had a reservation at 7, we weren’t seated until 7:45. Service was a little slow, but that seems typical for most restaurants these days. Food was very good.

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  28. williepsc

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for a great meal, Riverside is your place. You will not regret it!!!!

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  29. NanH

    Baton Rouge

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I usually go to Riverside for weekday lunches, and this was the first time we went there for dinner. The food was delicious as always, there was a nice crowd, and they even served us complimentary champagne since it was New Year’s Eve. I highly recommend both the sautéed crab meat and stuffed shrimp. We will definitely order both again.

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  30. Meat

    New Orleans

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere.

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  31. KayT

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best seafood! We had a festive holiday dinner for 4: catfish bites to start, crabmeat imperial, crabcakes, flounder and catfish poboy. Raspberry cheesecake and sweet potato beignets. Every dish was perfectly done. Excellent service.

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  32. Mere

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Poor Boys Riverside Inn since the 1960’s, and in all those years I can say I have never been disappointed. This time was no different, and was very very good. I have noticed a reduction in portion sizes recently, and I’m sure that is due to inflation and trying to stay at a reasonable price point. But you still get an excellent quality plate and we did not leave hungry. Highly recommend for delicious Cajun food.

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  33. ValerieM

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a classic. Stuffed redfish was outstanding. The crab platter was delicious beyond belief!

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  34. JohnO

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast and friendly service. Food was absolutely delicious!

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  35. WilliamB

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food

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  36. SusanD

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service was all outstanding :)

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  37. BrendaL

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is a reason they’re celebrating their 90th anniversary. Food was delicious.

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  38. gvdwitt

    New Orleans

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious drink and food. Extremely friendly bartender and waitstaff made for a really nice experience. The portions were smaller than I remembered, but were quite adequate. The grilled oysters were flavorful, but could have had more sauce on them for dipping. The stuffed flounder fillet was so fresh and laden with a crab stuffed filling. My wife’s crab platter was outstanding! So many flavorful takes on crabmeat: from crab salad and gumbo to crabmeat etoufee and crabmeat imperial. Don’t miss out on this traditional Lafayette seafood experience! AND they have catered take out orders ready for purchase as well!

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  39. AmandaL

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    WONDERFUL service but $50 for a filet that took three times to get right is not worth it. We will go back and request the same server but I won’t be ordering steak. The redfish was amazing and the house salad dressing is awesome!!!!

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  40. Percy

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was very friendly & efficient....great job.....

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FAQs

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 4.8 stars by 286 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Poor Boy's Riverside Inn

240 Tubing Rd, Broussard, LA 70518

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Broussard
  • 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;
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cajun, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Large private lot adjacent to Restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Richard Hurst
  • Entertainment
    We feed all the wildlife around Riverside
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (337) 837-4011
  • Private party facilities
    If windows and doors could talk, what tales they could tell! Birthday celebrations, business deals, proposals, reunions, parties of all kinds have taken place at both of our locations. Couples who held their wedding receptions here return again and again to celebrate their anniversaries with us. Riverside & The Riverside Cooking Cottage are open for events such as seminars, showers, rehearsals, meetings, reunions, and birthdays
  • Private party contact
    Kim Bodoin: (337) 235-8559
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