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Poor Boy's Riverside Inn

4.3
139 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cajun
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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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Cuisines
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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Entertainment
We feed all the wildlife around Riverside
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
What 139 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, good drinks and as always, great to eat there!

Always have a customer with us!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Standard Cajun/Creole fare, very nice location. Excellent and perfectly cooked blackend red fish, and their etouffee uses a different roux than I have had in the past, less heavy than a dark roux.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food and service are great. The noise level is low.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Very comfortable dining experience for anyone who enjoys cajun cuisine.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Great local atmosphere; authentic Cajun food; excellent value

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was good, service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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).

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food and service... very noisy atmosphere

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

All excellent!!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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