Ruffino’s on the River

4.8
1233 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steak
Ruffino's on the River is a -Steak-Seafood-Italian restaurant and an experience in Food and Atmosphere like no others. Located in Lafayette, La. From the time you walk in and see the wood burning stove aflame, to the beautiful smiles on every Ruffino's team member's faces, you will have goose bumps on the back of your neck for the dining journey that awaits you. The scenes of the gorgeous Vermilion River where our outdoor patio looks over is breath taking. From our wonderful signature Crabmeat Cheesecake appetizer to our mind blowing Cedar Plank baked Redfish or our mouth watering Prime cut Steaks, the menu is diversive for everyone. The relaxed but swinging music along with perfect lighting and energy make this this ultimate restaurant in Louisiana. I where Louisiana Comes to Celebrate!
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Experiences

  • Solarium

    Multiple dates available

    *The Solarium CANNOT be guaranteed due to the potential booking of a Private Party.* Covered and enclosed patio that is temperature controlled and has several floor to ceiling windows, skylights and a view of the river. Same fabulous food and service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1233 people are saying
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Stubbs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my husband and I's first time, we celebrated our 36 year wedding anniversary, we were very impressed with the quietness overlooking the beautiful river. The service was remarkable, we ordered the special for the day, blackened speckled trout with crawfish over it with corn macque. It was delicious!!!!!!! We will be returning next year to celebrate our wedding annivesary!

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Responded 9 hours ago

Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CheriG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere- sat in bar area where we could see the river. Exceptional service. Food was great - we had appetizers & drinks followed by pizza.
Portions were large.

Hope someone takes care of the sweet kitty outside - I fed him when I left.

Ruffinos is a top shelf place.

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Responded 9 hours ago

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a Sunday brunch. Food , drinks and atmosphere were good! Waiter was good as well. Like that you can make reservations ahead of time. Will be back

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Responded 9 hours ago

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were celebrating our one year anniversary and gender reveal. Ruffinos staff made the night special by personalizing a dessert to bring to the table with our baby gender. My only complaint was the service leading up to it. It took nearly 15 minutes for our food server to come see us. We were visited immediately by beverage attendant.

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Responded 9 hours ago

Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's! We are sorry to hear that your experience at Ruffino's was not up to our normal standards. We invite you to dine with us again to have a true Ruffino's experience.

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LoriNSteven
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food hot, fresh, and very tasty. Service was drawn out, but wait staff friendly and helpful.

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Responded 9 hours ago

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vipMark
London
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for family birthday. Food was exceptional

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Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Mark, Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Nikki
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice environment. Service was friendly and efficient, but the food lacked a seasoning and a little pizzazz.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Nikki, Thank you for leaving your review! We will pass your valuable feedback on to the kitchen. We hope to see you again soon!

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was delicious and melted in the mouth! Crab cake cheesecake was different but delicious!

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Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Michelle, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What a letdown for our 6th anniversary and 1st visit to Ruffino's since relocating to Lafayette in July. The restaurant was not busy at 7:30, so it was surprising that it took 10 minutes for our waitress to come by the first time. There was no bread for the table or anything. We both had veal Parmesan, and the noodles were not even remotely warm. Cold. The veal was the toughest veal I've ever eaten - we could barely cut it with a knife, more like a tearing motion, made even more difficult due to the unstable, wobbly table. The breading fell off if you looked at it too hard. My wife asked for a spoon to twirl the spaghetti, and was given a tiny soup spoon, which of course didn't work.

Not once did our waitress come by at any point during the meal to ask if everything was OK. No refills, nothing. Had they come by to ask, we would have told them.

When the waitress brought the check, she didn't ask if everything was good, as is customary. Just "I'll leave this here."

When we left, we took a romantic stroll around the walkway next to the river, only to encounter waiters chucking water out of customer's half-full cups into the grass. We walked to the other side and saw another waiter slinging cups of water. Very trashy.

I had seen lots of photos of other people having anniversary dinners there, but there was nothing for us. The hostess asked us if we were celebrating a special occasion.. we told her, and that was the last we heard of it.

Nothing about this experience was as recommended to us. The only thing about Ruffino's tonight that felt upscale was the bill.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. Here at Ruffino’s we take our guests’ experience very seriously, and we’d love for one of our managers to be able to speak with you about the disappointing service. So, if you could share your contact information in a private note, we’d appreciate it.

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COURTNEY
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everything you would want in a dining experience.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 11, 2021

Hi Courtney, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MatthewD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date. Great atmosphere and great food.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 11, 2021

Hi Matthew, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitstaff was exceptional!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service. Great place to celebrate an anniversary!

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Responded on October 11, 2021

Hi Sarah, Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MatthewB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time going here, was absolutely a great decision to try. The duck con fide and seared tuna are outstanding.

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Responded on October 11, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. We will be back!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful and the special dessert plate with champagne was a very nice surprise! We were celebrating our 20th anniversary.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SeanT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Lafayette - every bite of every item was great!

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Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

17 year anniversary

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Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's!

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vipDavidW
New Orleans
67 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed and always amazed at attention to details. Staff remembered my allergic reaction to eggplant and passed it on to my server and conveyed one of the specials that contained it and let me know! Great experience and lots of fun and energy.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! So glad that we could serve you well. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at high top table near bar. Nice atmosphere.

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Responded on October 4, 2021

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MaryG
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My grandsons 16th birthday and youmguys made it perfect

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Angela
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my 14 year olds birthday, his first and only choice. So many good menu choices and always delicious. The service is fantastic. Highly recommended no matter the occasion.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 30, 2021

Hi Angela, Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NEKEISHA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

The food for Sunday brunch was not good. Our appetizer was cold and my Caesar salad was the worst salad I’ve had. The pizza was the best item we tasted. When the waiter came over and asked how the food was, I replied horrible she apologized and brought us the bill. We just left food that was barely eaten there.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. Here at Ruffino’s we take our guests’ experience very seriously, and we’d love for one of our managers to be able to speak with you about the disappointing service. So, if you could share your contact information in a private note, we’d appreciate it.

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AmyS
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 5 really enjoyed our Sunday brunch. We were okay with there not being music because 2 in our party are hard of hearing. We could hear each other speak so that was nice. We all enjoyed our entrees, especially the two of us who chose the fish entree.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi Amy, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RyanS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

My wife got the chicken Parmesan and I ordered the lamb chops that were one of the specials. The chicken parmesan was very chewy and dry. I ordered the lamb chops medium temperature and they were cooked well done. I ate most of the lamb chops that were over cooked and my wife took one bite of her dish. When the server returned much later he told us we should have notified him of the poorly cooked food even though he never did return to quality check. Will not be returning.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. Here at Ruffino’s we take our guests’ experience very seriously, and we’d love for one of our managers to be able to speak with you about the disappointing service. So, if you could share your contact information in a private note, we’d appreciate it.

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vipAlisaH
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Waiter forgot to bring us a couple things we ordered… he forgot to put in appetizers. Overall was a good evening.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi Alisa, Thank you for your review! We are sorry that our service was not up to our usual standards; this will be addressed. Thank you, again, for your feedback.

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Maggie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very attractive location. It was busy with homecoming teens out for a meal so bustling and giddy. A very popular place that was full and crowded all evening. Great place for a high end meal but just dont anticipate a quiet intimate evening, even without parties.

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Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi Maggie, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! Your feedback is appreciated and will be discussed. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipDavidW
New Orleans
67 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great a great experience and satisfying in every way!

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Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi David, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipRicardo
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing the service was impeccable the ambience was perfect

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Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Ricardo, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipMikeD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The air conditioner was dripping water on me the entire time.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 27, 2021

We are sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations. Please send us a contact number or email and one of our managers will be in touch.

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Lizg
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Liz, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JerriB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect for our anniversary dinner!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Jerri, Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipStephenC
Baton Rouge
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with great atmosphere and equally great service. A very enjoyable experience. I will be back to visit them again in the future.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Stephen, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MoniqueG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday and they served a beautiful dessert, on the house!

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Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Monique, Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CameyR
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was PHENOMENAL, a little pricy BUT perfect for our Anniversary meal. Server explained everything to us and answered all our questions we had. We made a reservation and the table was ready even though we showed up early. Time it took for to come out after is was ordered was super quick. No complaints and will return again.

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Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Camey, Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us such a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TylerD
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have considered going to Ruffino's on the River a few times, and we finally went to celebrate a special occasion. Everything was so delicious, the wait staff was on-point, and we totally enjoyed our evening!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Tyler, Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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viptboo
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor and Dominic were attentive and knowledgeable. Green beans got a d- with Redfish. Use Brussel sprouts. Scallops were excellent! Thanks

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi tboo, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and leaving us your review! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great rating! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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AustinA
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you all for the great experience and my fiancé was very pleased

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Austin, Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FAQs

Ruffino’s on the River offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (337) 706-7333.

Ruffino’s on the River is rated 4.8 stars by 1233 OpenTable diners.

Ruffino’s on the River does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.shopruffinos.com/.

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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