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Ruffino’s on the River

4.6
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967 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 967 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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vipCarriec674
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We went for Sunday Brunch. There are very limited menu options. I ordered the benedict. My recommendation to the chef - use 1 english muffin for the entire dish. Split in 1/2 butter and toast. The muffin was cold and doughy and a full muffin for each was too much bread. We often eat here for dinner and it is always good. The breakfast/brunch needs work. My benedict came with a side of what i though was roasted potatoes (similar to hash browns) what i got were mashed potatoes. Again, not considered a breakfast item (to me).

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband and son on a date and it was amazing as always.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful, romantic dinner at Ruffino's in Lafayette. The food and service were excellent. Will be back.

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MalcolmS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruffino's is a very nice restaurant. It is spacious so you are not sitting on top of each other. This was my wife and I first time eating there. The service was excellent and so was the food. It's a little pricey but this was our anniversary, so it was worth it. We will definitely go back.

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JudeG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife, Pam's, birthday and Ruffino"s made it special.

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BradL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and beverage service. Excellent staff in a clean environment. Taste 4 menu was incredible and A LOT of food!

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Ronda
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come to Ruffino's on the River for the last 8 years. We celebrated our first date, first year together, Our Wedding Reception and 6 Anniversaries now. We love the food, the feel of the restaurant, the staff and just the way it helps us celebrate. Thank you to Steve, James and Hannah for making our 6th Anniversary special! :-)

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ElizabethM
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner! Great service, clean relaxing atmosphere on the patio, fantastic menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest meals I’ve had in a LONG time. Great atmosphere and ambiance.

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JayS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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MattS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

It made me remember why we stopped going there. The food is okay and overpriced for what it is. I would rather spend my money elsewhere. The care and attention to their patrons is lack luster as well. Thank goodness I had a gift card... I would have regretted spending that money otherwise.

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JamieS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very delicious. Service was quick. Meals very pricey for a decent serving.

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Gr8datenight
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was great! With Covid being in play, Ruffinos did an excellent job of social distancing tables and the staff was masked as well! It was exceptional!! I missed normal eating out!

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AnthonyF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant followed all the COVID protocols. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service!

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Maggie
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful brunch with friends. Which was really nice since we had just been through a hurricane. I had the arancini and then split the crab omelet with a friend. All were delicious. The service was more timely than our last visit. All in all, a great time.

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vipHungry1
Naples
53 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service. The 4 course menu was great, and the choices were wonderful. Arancini were perfect, redfish so tasty, salad very fresh, and bread pudding decadent. The blue cotton candy made everyone’s evening. And the wine pour is generous.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and an amazing meal

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Ashley
Shreveport
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is always fantastic! One of my favs!

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KeonaL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience, it was perfect for celebrating my daughter's 20th birthday.

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KatD
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was our 2nd time to eat here. The first time was fabulous. This time was disappointing. The service should of been much better, I had to ask for everything. The waiter walked by us 3 times without greeting us after we were sat in his section. After the 4th walk by, I asked him if he was taking our order and that’s how we got served and it never got much better than that. We were celebrating my husbands birthday, but nothing was done to celebrate that. Not sure if we’ll go back.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good, but a little pricey and needs more spice and seasoning! The alcohol is awesome, but needs to be more fruity (a little too strong). The staff was very attentive and prompt, as well as the food.

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Prinharri
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very awesome great place for date night 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We got table in bar section on high top. People waiting on tables crowded us out. They even pushed our chair. Was not happy that they did not keep the 6 feet and they did not wear a face mask. It should be limited how many people can go to the bar without bothering the people who are dining. Other wise food and service was fantastic. I know the restaurant can’t control rude people but they need to limit inside waiting on tables.

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Maggie
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, Ruffino’s was wonderful. I had the cauliflower crust pizza and was surprised how traditional it tasted, and felt. The seared tuna for an appetizer was the perfect size and spicy, yum! The only thing negative was after telling our waiter that we were in no hurry, he almost forgot about us. There were a couple of times we were ready for him and he was not around. But, all in all, a great brunch with friends.

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vipMickey
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Arrived early for patio reservation and was seated promptly. Food was excellent. Had a few apps and had two specials for entrees. Great welcoming service. Two minor complaints. Food was brought out very quickly. And from where we were seated we could plainly see some staff taking breaks and smoking. Kind of distracting for fine dining.

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JessicaR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a nice anniversary dinner and enjoyed the evening. We did notice that where we were seated there were a few flies buzzing around our table and the one next to us (just outside of the kitchen doorway). We would dine here again, but we'd definitely ask to be seated elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the start of my birthday month.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner with friends. Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Celebrated our wedding anniversary at Ruffino’s.
We frequent this place, but haven’t been out much because of COVID-19.
The service was great but I found the food wasn’t up to par as it has been in the past. Salad had wilted lettuce and even though I ordered the nightly special lamb chops they were a little under seasoned and under cooked for a medium temperature.
I know Ruffino’s is better than this, so I may return once this pandemic has passed.
COVID has everyone off their “A” game.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We seated early to avoid crowds. The staff was very attentive but not intrusive. The appetizers and main course were excellent. Mixed drinks were excellent. We did not have desert. The 4 of us agree, we wound absolutely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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CaitlynW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a great date night spot! Ruffino's did not disappoint. We were able to get a table outside on the patio over looking the water! Great food, drinks, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic place and the staff is the bomb!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just awesome from beginning to end.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and beautiful scenery

EM
EricM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for a table outside, it's air-conditioned and the view is great!

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PatM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch on a beautiful day. The staff went out of their way to make us comfortable and welcome. There was no rush to order, they let us enjoy our drinks. Food was exceptional.
quite a dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great times!!

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 4.6 stars by 967 OpenTable diners.

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

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