About Poor Boy's Riverside Inn

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.

240 Tubing Rd
Broussard, LA 70518
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

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;

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(337) 837-4011

Website:
http://www.poorboysriversideinn.com/

Entertainment:
We feed all the wildlife around Riverside

Parking Details:
Large private lot adjacent to Restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Richard Hurst

Additional:
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

Poor Boy's Riverside Inn Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Waterfront (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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·Dined on December 1, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was good, service was excellent.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Shreveport)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Baton Rouge)·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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 5, 2017

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

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 (Baton Rouge)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Baton Rouge)·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).

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Baton Rouge)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 27, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Wonderful. Love this place. We have stopped here twice on our travels through Lafayette and had a fantastic meal each time. The crab meat is our favorite. This time we had crab fingers as an appetizer (marinated & fried) and thought they were delicious. We then each ordered sauteed crab meat in butter and could not have been happier. It was so fresh, moist, and simply prepared. Great service and nice atmosphere. We will ALWAYS come back here when traveling through Lafayette. Save room for the amazing Sweet Potato Beignets.......Yummy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 15, 2017

One of favorites for seafood. Always consistent never disappointed. Relaxed dining. Favorites Oyster Rockefeller, stuffed whole flounder and Extravaganza. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Place was a little chilly, but food and atmosphere was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on March 18, 2017

It has been some time since we have eaten there. We went for a birthday celebration, a gift card from family in Austin. This is their favorite place to eat when they visit. The food, service and ambiance was great as always. We will be back soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Friendly staff and fantastic food! The entire menu is great!!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Casual, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Called 24 hours in advance to cancel - staff at Riverside said all was good - but the Open Table reservation was never canceled - and I was called by the restaurant the next night. I felt bad for them as I know holding tables is difficult - but I did what I was asked to do -- sorry about that Riverside!

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great food. Servers were friendly and attentive. Love going there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on February 16, 2017

I had the Stuffed Crab and it was not good. have been going for many years and something has changed. The people with me commented on the high prices and small portions.

I will try again soon

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Poor Boy's Riverside Inn has consistently delivered great food for more than 40 years in our experience. John always gets the crab dinner, and Phyllis usually gets a fish feast. The gumbo is as good as homemade, and the prices are still very reasonable.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Had a fantastic meal celebrating our 34th anniversary and our waitress, Stacey, made it even more special. Delicious food, comfortable atmosphere, fantastic service, and friendly throughout; even the support staff. Thank you!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Atmosphere great , food delicious! Waiter was attentive! Great view

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food and service... very noisy atmosphere

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2016

All excellent!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Food was great and service was too. It was a nice place to meet with family.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Excellent restaurant. I always have the same entrée. Redfish Riverside and I've never been disappointed. Always delish. Their stuffed mushrooms, grilled and fried combo, is wonderful also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on November 5, 2016

I have always gotten a great meal. Food is always hot , tasty , and a good value. My wife and I love the plentiful use of fresh lump crabmeat on several dishes. We always find the ambiance unbeatable. The management and staff are always pleasant and try to do everything they can to make your occasion special. We have not had lunch but will highly recommend dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 17, 2016

The crab meat was outstanding. Enjoyed celebrating for birthday. The bread pudding was excellent. Our waiter, however, was just NOT INTERESTED! He was argumentative and actually a bit rude.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 7, 2016

This place has a selection of some of the best local seafood options available. You will not find better lump crabmeat any where, and the serving size is very generous. Grilled flounder - bone in - has been one of my favorites for years. They have many seafood options, large and small, to pick from - fish, crab, shrimp, crawfish - all excellent. If you are allergic to seafood they serve good steaks too. Adult beverages are excellent as well.

If you are looking for a hip, modern, trendy place to go, this is probably not the place for you. This is definitely the place to go if you are looking for excellently prepared South Louisiana seafood.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Great Cajun fare but crawfish out of season so settled for the frozen ( I guess) variety served all ways but boiled. Crawfish pie is noteworthy. Be sure to see the raccoons at the deck.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 28, 2016

Crabbies are a must try as an appetizer!! The potatoe soup and complimentary bread was out of this world. Grilled fish and stuffed potato can't be beat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 24, 2016

I have visited Poor Boy's Riverside Inn a few times even in it's old location on the river on Pinhook Rd, so this was not my first visit. However, it may be a long time until my next one. Unfortunately, I was quite underwhelmed with my meal this evening. I invited my uncle to dinner with my family, and this seemed like a safe bet since he is also a long time resident of Lafayette.

My safe bet was the Half and Half Shrimp, and he ordered a bowl of Seafood Gumbo. A lot has been said lately about presentation, but I'm of the mind that if the food is good enough it can overcome a mediocre presentation. Sadly, this was not the case on this occasion.

My first glance at Uncle Pat's bowl made me gasp. I actually thought someone had spilled the gumbo because the entire side of the bowl was a mess. There was definitely a lack of pride in the kitchen staff to let something like this into the dining room. Of course, it could have been our server, but when I saw my plate I realized that no one cared how our dishes looked.

My plate looked as if the fried shrimp and étouffée had been dumped there. The dish was unattractive, nevertheless I was famished. Nothing remarkable or memorable about either shrimp dish. Even at a lesser seafood restaurant I am served cocktail sauce and/or tartar sauce. Neither was offered. Yes, I could have asked, by why should I? For a twenty dollar dish, there are expectations, and very few were met.

I've always considered Riverside a quality restaurant - one of stature with a rich tradition. It's one of the "Old Guard." There is a bar set for this caliber of restaurants in the Lafayette area, and I am quite saddened to see Riverside not meet it.

There are entirely too many great eateries in Acadiana to tolerate a mediocre meal at that price point.

I am hoping this was a bad night and not indicative or their standard fare. They do deserve another chance, and I am willing to give them one. But not just now.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Riverside Inn never disappoints. Their Redfish Riverside is the best and the stuffed mushrooms are delish. Will go back again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Great consistency in food and service for many,many years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Don't have a clue what all the hoop is about at this place.... Maybe I've missed it. Food was adequate at best, and service was average. Place looks like a forgotten place that has to have special meaning to local folks. People rave about it, but I just can't figure it out.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 28, 2016

Great food. One of the best house seafood salads around.

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 (Houston)·Dined on April 22, 2016

As usual, we enjoyed a wonderful meal at Riverside Inn. Our server Alexie was kept very busy. We had lots of questions and requests and she prompt and courteous throughout. The oyster were big, cold and salty, my oyster dinner was more than I could finish and my wife's Riverside fish was perfect. Add a great bottle of wine and we were stuffed and happy. We always enjoy Riverside Inn and will return.

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 (Houston)·Dined on March 14, 2016

Food was really good. Service not so much.

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