Ruffino’s on the River

4.8
1209 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 1209 people are saying
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vipDavidW
New Orleans
62 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRicardo
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMikeD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

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

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Lizg
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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JerriB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect for our anniversary dinner!

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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.

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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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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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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!

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viptboo
New Orleans
17 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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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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

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vipsssreps
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated right away. The food was excellent and the service was personable. I would highly recommend it.

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Sydney
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The perfect restaurant to celebrate a special day at (birthday, graduation,etc) food is expensive here but you really get what you pay for. The service is excellent as the waiters are constantly refilling your glasses and making sure you have everything needed. The food came fast and was delicious. A true gem for a Lafayette restaurant. If you have the money and can afford this place I would definitely recommend. Also try the specials the waiters recommend for that day. My dad ordered duck confit and it was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Steve and Taylor took great care of us!! Hope to be back soon!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food. The solarium area is very loud even though there was a small amount of tables. Need some sound abatement. Overall the staff was very good as usual.

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jarrodS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife's birthday and had a great time. The staff is super helpful and friendly. The food was off the chain good. Will go back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was my husband’s and I first time dining.. The food and was very good but we were seated by the bar and what I believed to be a romantic evening was more like a sports bar atmosphere.. Football on television and loud music in the back ground.. The website said “ business attire “ so we adhered to the dress code, but got there and felt overdressed!! Other guest wore T-Shirrs and jeans and one had on very short cut off shorts !! Friends who have been asked us about the courtesy cotton candy.. Well we didn’t get that nor were we offered any .. First time going and I doubt we would be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went smoothly from the reservation to the experience at the table. Waitress was kind and swang by just enough to make sure everything was going well. Our table and view to see the water was great. Will come back every year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and atmosphere were great. Drink prices were a little steep. Great night out.

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a pleasurable event. We were seated in the new section overlooking the river and it was brighter inside the seating area. Plus a wonderful view of the river. Dominic and John waited on our table and did an outstanding job. We had the pork cheeks as an appetizer and we were stunned by how tender and succulent they were. Even our kids liked them!

When the main entrees came, 2 managers and 2 waiters each came out with a plate and served us simultaneously. Great presentation.

Everything from the food to the service to the view has improved 100% since our last visit in Oct 2020. We shall return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just great! Everything!

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LaciP
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great atmosphere. Servers were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The drinks that we ordered were a little too syrupy and sweet and the glasses even felt a little cheap and thick. The appetizers were delicious (oysters and pork cheeks). We recommend those two for sure. The frog legs didn’t have much flavor and wouldn’t order those again. The entrees ordered included the 16oz ribeye (amazing) and the veal Parmesan (so-so). The veal was very tough and the pasta didn’t have much flavor and there wasn’t a lot of sauce for the pasta. Overall the restaurant was nice and the staff was very friendly.

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RolandD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait staff made us feel like we were their only customers! I couldn’t have wished for a BETTER birthday celebration! We will definitely be returning in the near future, and we will be telling our all our friends about our amazing dining experience at Ruffino’s!

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TimC
Baton Rouge
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and atmosphere. Wait staff was really professional and took care of our every need.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

Hi Tim, Thank you for dining with us and for leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was mediocre to say the least. Coming from a metropolitan city, this restaurant was underwhelming. Our staffer was good though he failed to mention the plank fish was sweet so my husband was immediately turned off by it. It was ok. I’ve eaten and experienced far more exquisite meals/eateries. Ho Hum but I guess good for Lafayette standards

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

We are sorry to hear that your experience at Ruffino's was not up to our normal standards. We take great pride in the food that we serve, and on the rare occasion we fall short, we ensure that it does not happen again. We invite you to dine with us again to have a true Ruffino's experience.

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MarybethL
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service and atmosphere, great experience

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ChassityL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff did a great job serving and food was amazing. The atmosphere in the restaurant is wonderful.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

Hi Chassity, 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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KipH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our visit lat night. The bisque, oysters, steak, and drinks were all amazing. The wait staff was wonderful as well. We will be back for sure.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 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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KathleenM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Ruffino’s. Service and food were excellent. We were celebrating 50 years of marriage. We were treated to a wonderful and special dessert for our special occasion. We will be back.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

Hi Kathleen, Thank you for choosing to Celebrate Life at Ruffino's and for leaving us some great feedback! Happy Anniversary!

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EthanD
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great overall experience, although service on most recent visit was more sluggish than usual.
Very disappointed that the mozzarella has been removed from the menu for good

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

Hi Ethan, We appreciate you leaving us this valuable feedback. We are sorry that our service was not up to our usual standards, this will be addressed. Your menu request will be discussed and considered. Thank you, again, for your feedback.

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EmDupre
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience with serene river views! Recommend highly for a birthday or date night! Surprisingly tasty appetizers!!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 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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TaylorF
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere. Well worth the experience

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

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

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KionaF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was very patient and my Waiter Steve was very kind and patient he also went out his way to make me and my friends comfortable and happy Thanks Steve !

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall good time. Great ambiance. Food was ok. Ordered steaks and they were over cooked.

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vipJannineS
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Crab wasn’t fresh on top of fish
bread stale and hard

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

We are sorry to hear that your experience at Ruffino's was not up to our normal standards. We take great pride in the food that we serve, and on the rare occasion we fall short, we ensure that it does not happen again. We invite you to dine with us again to have a true Ruffino's experience.

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GeraldS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary. Ruffinos was the perfect venue for the occasion. The food was excellent and the service impeccable.

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RonaldM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Of the 5 people in my party 4 had pasta dishes that were only moderately good. The tuna I had was ok but for the price should have been better.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on August 2, 2021

We are sorry to hear that your experience at Ruffino's was not up to our normal standards. We take great pride in the food that we serve, and on the rare occasion we fall short, we ensure that it does not happen again. We invite you to dine with us again to have a true Ruffino's experience.

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star
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, Brad was a great server. Would definitely recommend eating here.

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 1209 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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