Poor Boy's Riverside Inn

4.2
190 reviews
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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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DI
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy birthday celebration. Lee Ann was a wonderful server!

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LL
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We frequently dine at Poorboy’s Riverside and we’re never dissatisfied.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Not worth the money for the amount of food you get. I left still hungry.

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DH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Tiffany, who was excellent. She deserves 5 stars. Experience was awesome, we will be back.

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M
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had a reservation for 4 on Easter Sunday. My husband and I arrived on time, but within 20 minutes found out that our friends would be arriving nearly an hour past our reservation due to a misunderstanding of where they would meet us. The restaurant was fine and did not seem to be bothered by this, possibly because they were not completely full. Our server was just ok, did not seem interested in being there, but was adequate. The food was outstanding, and has come way up from a couple of years ago, when I swore I would never go back. Apparently they have made some changes in the kitchen, and all of us had a very delicious experience, save for the waitstaff being mediocre. Note to restaurant, if a server has long hair, please ask them to put in a bun or braid, it was unappetizing watch that very long hair swinging around our table and over the serving trays. I know, I'm being unkind I guess, but it bothered me.

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g
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

With reservations we were seated on time; prices little high for quantity of servings; but with soup of the day given, makes up somewhat; server was very pleasant and efficient; noise level little loud (customers' fault); will be back.

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Have eaten there (even old location) for many, many years. Service is excellent (ask for the complimentary relish tray) nice cloth napkins and the freshest picked crab meat. Request a window table overlooking the pond.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Moved away so had not been in there for 15+ years. Still excellent! We will be back soon

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JS
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flounder was moist and tasty. Worth a return trip. Son says his Stuffed Redfish was great as well. He was really pleased that "grilled vegetables" was not the usual squash/zucchini trash most restaurants serve.

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Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Wonderful, friendly service!!

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S
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Started off with a cup of the Seafood Gumbo, was very good, almost as good as my mother in-law's (that is saying a lot!). We had the Whole Flounder and Stuffed Redfish, both were outstanding. Even the bread was top notch. Friendly wait staff and even a nice view, for a place located in what can only be described as an industrial area.

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AN
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Our server was great...the food tasted very inauthentic. Tasted like all frozen and reheated. The raccoons outside being hand fed was the cap on my experience. It just seemed gross and unsanitary. Saw the staff hand feed the animals, she came back in and proceeded to work, never washing her hands. Also, staff walked around just eating food in front of guests, again no one washing hands.

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS ENJOYABLE and DELICIOUS. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT

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OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s never a disappointment when dining. The food, service and hostess were awesome!!!

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

My husband has been here and totally loved it in the past. I enjoyed the evening, but the charming locale, the raccoons that visited near the windows outside while we dined, and the local color are what made it lovely for me. My husband was disappointed by his food. The crabcakes were undercooked. Our service was mediocre at best. Our waitress was distracted by a large party she was serving adjacent to us and neither our bread nor our drinks arrived in a timely manner. We only ate out two nights in the Lafayette area and had traveled here from Memphis so we were very disappointed in the service and the food.

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MD
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food at this restaurant. I love the fact that all staff knows the menu backwards and forwards. It was a busy night yet everyone was right on.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming and accommodating. The food and service was excellent!

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WT
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a family wedding and celebrated my daughter’s 30th birthday. The service was friendly and fairly quick even though we were a party of 10. We thoroughly enjoyed the appetizer platters our server suggested as well as our meals. Good variety of heart healthy options as well as traditional seafood dishes.
Great atmosphere too!

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Seafood was not fresh. Frozen seafood should not be served at such high prices. My son and his girlfriend ordered the half & half plate and when the food came to the table, we thought they must have ordered from the kiddie menu. Not worth the prices.

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MO
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with a lovely setting and attentive service

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

For Christmas Eve, could've been better staffed. Wait for food was much too long. We had to hurry to eat entree. Men's bathroom was out of order, disgusting.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The meal was excellent and served in a timely manner. Everything was fine until we were suddenly rushed to finish. Boxes for food to take home were brought before we were finished eating. Dishes were cleared while we were still eating. Then, when we wanted a dessert menu and coffee we suddenly had to go into waiting mode while other diners were waited on. It was obvious that extra tables were brought in for this Christmas Eve night as it was so close between tables. It was a shame that we got the rush treatment because the rest of the meal was wonderful and our waitress was great.

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JK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

ALWAYS one of the BEST restaurants in Lafayette for local cuisine!!

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service at lunchtime was very slow, and restaurant was nearly empty.

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KP
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food , service and atmosphere ! Had reservations & enjoyed some family time over a delicious meal . Stuffed Red fish, Sauteed Crab meat , Chicken Andou Gumbo & Stuffed Potato were tasty. Rolls could have been larger, softer and not so over baked. Our server was very attentive & very professional, not overly talkative like at some restaurants. A little on the pricey side. Family of 4 adults cost about $ 125. Will return in the future, you should try out this restaurant also !

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CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good except the etouffee and crab cake portions of my crab dinner were room temp.

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DD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We consistently have great food at this restaurant! It is one of our favorites for seafood!

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E
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

So sorry to give you a less that excellent review.
Half of our food was excellent, and the other couple's seafood platter was way below your standards... so over-fried. I really played up your restaurant, having been there before, and when their entree' came out, I was embarrassed.
My husband had the grilled pork chops which were excellent, and I had the grilled tilapia with crabmeat dressing which was excellent also.
As much as I regret telling you this, our experience was just not that good.

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o
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinners. Our server was outstanding! Great setting also. Don't miss this hidden gem!

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DM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This place was highly recommended To us by the hotel we were staying at as we were traveling thru. We were wanting authentic Cajun food but must say we were not impressed. I had the oyster platter and it was truly almost all breading that just was not flavorful at all. My wife had a crab platter and felt the same way. It was overall OK at best but I would not recommend or return based on our experience.

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SS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Had a reservation and was on time
We were told we would be seated at a certain table
But a group that came in after us was seated at that table that was well lit
Instead we were seated in an area that was dark we couldn’t hardly see menu or food
Service was just ok even though it did not seem busy
Food took a long time to come out
Would not recommend this place

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and service!!!!

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SC
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!! Love their lump crabmeat sautéed in butter!!

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This was a birthday celebration for myself. The service was not fast at all. Although we were a party of 12 and 1 child, it took at least 25-30 minutes to get our drinks. And then to top it off our waiter brought out burnt bread and told us that they had a bad batch of bread, but yet he still served it to us. Did he not think that we were not going to notice the bread was burned? Yes, of course we did. He also brought the wrong order for my husband after waiting another 30 minutes to get our food. I felt that the portion size was NOT worth the price we paid. I ordered the Shrimp dinner and the platter it came on should have been used for appetizers. I'm sorry but this will not be a place that I recommend nor will I be back.

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C
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites in Lafayette area and is an annual appointment when I’m in for an anniversary. It is sometimes difficult to get in, so reservations are a good idea. The food is authentic as is the atmosphere. A little hard to find as it is located in an industrial area. But they have a new sign up visible from 90 so that helps. It will be underwater in floods though.

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I
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One of the best places in Lafayette for old fashioned Cajun seafood dinners! All staff delightful too!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was good, serving plates too small!

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TB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Service was a little slow but it all worked out. Made a reservation yet table was not ready when we arrived. We even called letting them know we were on our way yet about 5 minutes late. Had to wait about 10-15 minutes for our table. Food was great though and worth the wait.

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JJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Raccoons everywhere including next to the entrance. They said they just want to be fed. Seems like a health issue.

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Riverside. The property is beautiful. We enjoyed our time outside viewing the wildlife as much as the meal. The food was delicious and the ambience perfect for our gathering of friends. We will definitely be back.

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