Ruffino’s on the River

4.7
1300 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 1300 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Could not have dessert what a coincidence they ran out when I requested dessert

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Responded 16 hours ago

Hi. We are so sorry you were unable to receive dessert. Please reach out with your contact information for a free dessert for your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice vibe, good music. Food was good but a little over priced for the portions.

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AllanM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was above and beyond and service was outstanding.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded 17 hours ago

Hi, Allan! Thanks so much for dining with us and leaving us a great review. We hope to see you again soon!

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AlizeTWO05
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far the most beautiful experience ever!!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded 17 hours ago

Hi, Alize! Thanks so much for leaving us a great review. We hope to see you again soon!

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KellieT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

great menu selection. Tuna was bland/tasteless. Steak and shrimp were good. Corn and crab bisque was ok but almost every bite had a crab shell. Air ducts overhead was covered in mold/mildew. pretty disgusting. bar area smelled like dirty sink water.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded 16 hours ago

Hi, Kellie. 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 experience. So, if you could share your contact information in a private note, we’d appreciate it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and cocktails are always great!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded 4 days ago

Hi! Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and leaving a great review. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed you're experience with us. We hope that you'll join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Skye was amazing server

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and leaving a great review! We hope that you'll join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 11, 2022

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and leaving such a great review! We hope that you'll join us again soon!

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WAYNER
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wife and I were celebrating our 50-year wedding anniversary. Joining us was our daughter and husband, and their daughter. As usual the service was superb, and the food came out quickly, and tasted magnificent!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 11, 2022

Hi, Wayner. Thanks so much for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and leaving such a nice review. We appreciate you dining with us for such a special occasion. Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Ruffino’s 5 times now and had a great experience each time. The staff is wonderful and the food is good. Ariana made sure our water was never empty and was so charming and sweet!! We loved chatting with her!!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 5, 2022

Hi! Thank you for the awesome review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, can’t wait to go back!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 3, 2022

Hi! Thank you for the awesome review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Cajunlawyer
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Filet was excellent. Shrimp Pasta very good as well.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 3, 2022

Hi! Thank you so much for the great review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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vipMark
London
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in high top bar area. I like it. Food was great and service also. This is becoming my favorite Lafayette restaurant. Keep it up.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 3, 2022

Hi, Mark! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Ruffino's. We appreciate your review and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!! We love Ruffinos!!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 3, 2022

Hi! Thank you so much for the great review. We appreciate your positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 3, 2022

Hi! Thank you for the awesome review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We found this restaurant on our way out of town and it was so good we had to stop on the way back home. Super friendly staff, lively atmosphere and quality food.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on January 3, 2022

Hi! Thank you so much for the great review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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NetanyaY
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, romantic ambiance, very attentive staff!! This restaurant will be our new hideaway!!

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

Hi, Netanya! Thank you so much for the awesome review. We appreciate your positive feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again!

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service was wonderful as always! We are never disappointed

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

Hi, Jennifer! We're so happy to hear that. Thanks for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking to treat yourself for a special occasion, Ruffino's is the place. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is lovely. The staff is very attentive and although the prices are on the higher end...you definitely get what you pay for. This is my new go to place for when I want to make someone feel extra special.

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

Hi, Julie. Thank you so much for the awesome review! We appreciate your positive feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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ElizabethL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It never disappoints! The food, ambiance, and cocktails were awesome! It’s our “go-to” place for special occasions!

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

Hi, Elizabeth! Thank you so much for the great review. We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Not sure what is going on with the overall experience. We ga

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that your visit did not live up to our usual standards. We take all of our customers' experiences seriously and invite you back to have a true Ruffino's experience.

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mgd0069
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, the best food in town.

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

Hi! Thank you so much for the great review. We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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vipMark
London
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service during this busy holiday season. They were ready and prepared for it. Made a special celebration

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

Hi, Mark! Thank you so much for celebrating at Ruffino's and leaving an awesome review. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipTimothyM
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, food and drinks were delicious.
We had a wonderful time!

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

Hi, Timothy. Thank you so much for the awesome review. We hope to see you again soon!

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hungrynomore
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very very salty supreme pizza and wife’s pasta with shrimp was bland with not much flavor.

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

Thank you for your feedback. 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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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great would recommend

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 23, 2021

Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and leaving us a great review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Cathy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

When you enter, the restaurant and scenery is breathtakingly beautiful! The servers were on the ball, knew their menu and wine menu, overall fantastic! The food presentation is pleasing to the eye....for me, the food was a little to salty, I have heart issues...but still, delicious ! The prices were reasonable, especially for such a beautiful and romantic restaurant.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 22, 2021

Hi, Cathy! Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and leaving us a great review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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GregM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the evening with the family. We look foreword to taking my wife out for her birthday and eating at Ruffinos

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 21, 2021

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

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Darcyj
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was average, ambience was good. Our company was good and waiter was good, maybe a bit too chatty. Wish the wait staff and workers would wear masks!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 22, 2021

Hi, Darcy. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! We value our guests' input and strive to learn from it.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I made this reservation for my husband’s birthday while traveling. The staff and service were top notch. From the drinks to dessert we were very happy. This one went down as one of our best meals out ever.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 22, 2021

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for choosing to celebrate at Ruffino's and for leaving us a great review. We hope to see you again soon!

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TomD
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue with delicious food and excellent service!

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SarahS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time celebrating my graduation night. The food was amazing, the service was prompt and the orders were precise. Braydon, our drink waiter made the experience so great. He created a comfortable, exciting environment and treated me, my mom and dad like family. He was so helpful, created amazing drinks, and made a point to make the night a true celebratory event. Will come back bc if the ambience he developed!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 20, 2021

Hi, Sarah! We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience. 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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DebbieB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

servers were very knowledgeable and polite, did not rush us at all but always attentive when needed

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 16, 2021

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

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Cliff
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Dear Ruffino's on the River,
You have always been our favorite restaurant in Lafayette. We have bragged about you from the first visit.
Unfortunately, tonight was HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. I was actually uncomfortable the entire time. Where do we begin with this. I will simply make a list of the blunders from tonight:
1. The girl (Skye) that stated she was responsible for the drinks... apparently evaporated somewhere into space.
2. The guy (Steve) seemed as unmotivated as anyone I have ever met.
3. Steve offered an appetizer of the night (Lamb Chops) which we expressed that we wanted that as well as the sampler. Steve forgot to order our lamb chops.
4. Steve NEVER did a periodic check on our table like he did the other tables.
5. Steve didn't remove our finished plates... we had to pile them on top of one another to get his attention before he finally removed the plates and silverware.
6. Rather than taking our order for our entree while finishing our late appetizer, Steve took his sweet time and waited until we finished.
7. Wait had to sit and wait on our empty table for the entree which finally arrived... but Steve didn't bring us a knife. Ever ate a steak with just a fork?
8. Finally Steve realized... Hey those people are just sitting their no eating and he brings over knives with no apology whatsoever.
9. Charita Roy asked for a sweet tea... It NEVER made it to the table. Wonder where the drink girl went?
10. Apparently Steve finally realized... Oh its these clowns Anniversary and brings us out a dessert with no explanation as to what it is...if he said happy Anniversary... I didn't hear it.
11. Not one single manager visited the table to see how things were going the entire night.
12. We noticed that other tables didn't seem as ignored as our table but hey... what do I know.
This type of service is unacceptable at a restaurant of this caliber. It is obvious that despite trying to support restaurants through COVID... there is no effort to show great service or

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 15, 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 experience. So, if you could share your contact information in a private note, we’d appreciate it.

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vipjllsms
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, dining experience.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 14, 2021

Hi! 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 December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Would have given a five-star review however the customer service was horrible. The waiter never came check in on us after initial contact was made.

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 15, 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 experience, so if you could share your contact information in a private note, we’d appreciate it.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They continue to go above and beyond to have a great experience. I will be back

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Responded on December 9, 2021

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

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vipTimothyM
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was wonderful.
Service, drinks, food, and ambiance were perfect!

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

Hi, Timothy. Thanks for dining at Ruffino's and 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 December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked “the experience” and it was really quite an experience. There was a party of 5-6 ladies in the area we were seated. The group of ladies were extremely loud from the time we arrived until the time we left.

We told our waitress the noise level was super loud and she agreed and apologized. However, No one from the restaurant staff came to address the noise level at the table.

Such a bummer of a night!

Ruffino’s on the River
Responded on December 15, 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 experience, so if you could share your contact information in a private note, we’d appreciate it.

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CatinaS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was awesome and service was as well it was a little loud in there , they had us right by the bar it was our anniversary they should have put us else where

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

Hi, Catina! Thank you for coming in and leaving us a great review! We are sorry to hear that your experience at Ruffino's was not up to our normal standards and will pass your feedback along to our team. We invite you to dine with us again to have a true Ruffino's experience.

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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 4.7 stars by 1300 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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