Ruffino’s on the River

4.7
1177 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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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 1177 people are saying
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4.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmDupre
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TaylorF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere. Well worth the experience

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KionaF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience2

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

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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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here a few times and have never had a bad experience. Food is very consistent. Atmosphere is awesome, quiet enough for you to enjoy your company. The servers are always nice and very attentive. I would definitely recommend to at least try this place. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. The crabmeat cheesecake may be the best appetizer ever!

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vipJj608
Baton Rouge
35 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything for arrival to food prep to service was completely five star

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fantastic like usual

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TeresitaT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Booked this restaurant 2 weeks In advance as my son was graduating from college. There was 6 of us. 3 steak dinners, 2 chicken parm and 1 fish. It was all delicious. The staff was amazing and welcoming. The appetizers were interesting and delicious. They gave my son a free dessert congratulating him. We will be back. We were very impressed. A very classy and elegant restaurant.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and for leaving us a great review! We love to Celebrate Life with our guests for all occasions. Congratulations, again!

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KathiB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Seated timely, prompt service, waiter was personable and attentive, food was good but not great.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and for providing us with valuable feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience with our menu was not up to our normal standards. We take great pride in the food we serve, and on the rare occasion we do 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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostesses were super accommodating with our seating! Brad our waiter was great in informing us of specials and menu. Hannah was also informative about the martini for Healing House! Great food and service!!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review; we enjoy hearing your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

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Gage
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best dinners I have had in a while. It was a little cold and loud, but overall a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my husband. Very elegant and romantic place to dine. There’s a nice view of the river. The service was great!! Everyone was attentive to our needs and the service was quick. The steak I ordered was cooked to perfection. I will definitely dine here again!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review on your special evening! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JodyA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Extremely noisy and hard to converse with our table of four people. I don't think I will return. Sorry

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DekotaM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great food and service! The atmosphere can't be beat.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Sabs
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here to celebrate a birthday. Excellent service and excellent food. The corn and crab bisque was wonderful, as was the shrimp alfredo. The birthday surprise was also a nice touch!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review on your special evening! We are happy you chose to Celebrate Life at Ruffino's!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fab dinner, as always!

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vipMoby
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was very good

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Johanna
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome date night! We will be returning in the future!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Berto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as usual. Will be coming back for years

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review! We look forward to hearing feedback from loyal guests like you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MBou
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat. Would recommend to anyone.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipMichaelB
Baltimore
81 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a wonderful 25th anniversary dinner at Ruffino's this past Tues.! The food, martinis, so, it gave us the chance to try some of Ruffino's signature martinis at very reasonable prices (i.e., half off the normal price).

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review on your special evening! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Happy Anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good!

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ShannonM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and it was the Perfect setting. Jevon and Emily provided us with "THE BEST " service! The food was prepared in a timely manner and cooked to perfection. We will continue to eat here and recommend to others.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 6, 2021

Thanks for coming in and for leaving a great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipBizmarketingguru
Orlando
37 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Ruffino's. From a simple meat pizza to veal michael with crab, the food is always good and consistent. Nice wine list and service from Claire, Cadence and Braylin was perfect.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 6, 2021

Thank you for choosing to Celebrate Life at Ruffino's and for leaving us some great feedback! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JeffN
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will come back! The ambiance and service was excellent!

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TerryS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time visiting and was totally amazed at the variety of food. Excellent. Will return

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christy
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brad was very informative and every food/drink recommendations made were all home runs. Will be back !

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 1, 2021

We will be sure to thank him! Thanks for coming in and letting us know about your experience!

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FoodieVeryDissatisfied
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Filet Oscar? Never. The “jumbo lump crabmeat” looked more like grits than crabmeat. This place seems more interested in the singles crowd at the bar than food quality.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 1, 2021

We are very sorry that your experience at Ruffino’s was not up to our normal standards. We take great pride in the food we prepare and the service we provide. We’d like to extend an invitation for you to dine with us again in order for you to have a true Ruffino’s experience with best in class service, impeccable cuisine and an overall remarkable experience.

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sssreps
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, particularly the Pork Cheeks appetizer. Service was very attentive.

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vipMike
Baton Rouge
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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MCM1
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I made a last-minute booking for Father's Day and I was very impressed with the entire experience.

The hostess staff was particularly accommodating and welcoming and they managed the books very well, especially on such a high volume day. I called to see if I could change my reservation time day-of based on cancellations/no shows and they took care of it graciously and quickly.

The service was very good overall with the timing being on-point for everything; only feedback would be that I could tell that the waitstaff was tired after such a long shift so, maybe some additional crew or splitting up the shifts would have been beneficial.

The noise level was energetic but not overwhelming; however, it was very, very cold in the restaurant. Even my dad was cold, which I don't think I've ever seen happen.

The food warmed us up though, and it was truly the star of the show...we loved every single thing that we had.

This is the first Father's Day since my grandfather passed away and it really meant so much to my family to have such a wonderful dining experience. Y'all helped create a bright moment on what could have been an otherwise tough day and we really appreciate it! Thank you to the entire team!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank you for coming in and for sharing your experience at Ruffino's! We are glad you and your family chose to Celebrate with us. We are sorry to hear that our service was not up to our normal standards; we will take every precaution to ensure that it does not happen again. Thanks again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was great

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Vickie1953
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Father’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We will be back!

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Island
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The Experience was overall really good. However the food was not the best that I’ve tasted. There may be better choices on the menu to try . You definitely CANNOT BEAT THE SERVICE ! It was amazing. Desert is a MUST ! It was really good !

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CounselorProf
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live 2.5 hours from Lafayette, and dining here is definitely worth the drive. The staff is most gracious and attentive, and the food is scrumptious. Whether it's a special date night with my husband or with a group of girlfriends, thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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 4.7 stars by 1177 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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