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  3. Distance: 1.44mi
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About Ruffino’s on the River

Ruffino's on the River is located on the Vermillion River in River Ranch in Lafayette, LA.

921 Camellia Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70508
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 4:40pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 11 am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Caliste Saloom and Johnston St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(337) 706-7333

Website:
http://www.ruffinoslafayette.com/

Catering:
You don't have to host your party at Ruffino's to get the great food and service you are accustomed to at the restaurant. We will cater casual, formal, corporate or private celebrations and events. Our priority is making sure your special occasion is one you will never forget, and it is our promise to accommodate any special requests or needs you may have.

Executive Chef:
Peter Sclafani III

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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Details
Daily 4:30PM - 5:45PM

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Private Dining

Make Ruffino's on the River your choice for birthday's, anniversaries, speaker programs, rehearsal dinners or business meetings. We can accommodate private parties up to 100 guests in a variety of settings.

Ruffino’s on the River Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (50)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for a Date (43)
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Romantic (36)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Waterfront (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Scenic View (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Cozy (19)
Fun (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Casual (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
People Watching (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Live Music (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Sports (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

They seated us next to a diner party who were loud and distracting! We were not please with the food; the red fish I ordered was awesome but my side of potatoes were cold. My husbands lasagna was burn with a bitter taste to it. Although the food wasn’t the best the staff were very friendly and professional.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Loved the atmosphere. Great bar service and food service. Loved the old feel of music.

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food5
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

My girlfriend and i chose Ruffino’s On The River for a nice birthday/date(hers). It was my first time there. Very impressive with proper service. I think we had 4 servers!! Our entrees were perfect(cedar plank baked redfish and shrimp sorrento). I would order them again but there are other interesting plates i want to try first. We agreed that going back just for wine and a dessert on the deck would be nice too. This is a classy, upscale restaurant and you will get what you pay for.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 29, 2017

When friends canceled plans at the last minute we decided to try Ruffino’s for Sunday Brunch. We were seated right away. And the menu selections were great.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wait staff is exceptional. Food is always delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Waterfront
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was our second visit to Ruffino's. The seafood is beautifully prepared and service is quite attentive.
The location on the river is stunning and the dining room is nicely appointed.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I had a girls-night-out with friends and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For our cocktail order, I wanted to try scotch for the first time. Our waiter was able to suggest a great scotch for a beginner.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Waterfront
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food5
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

All waiters and waitresses were great! Ryan who ervedbour drinks was entertaining. My elderly parents loved him. Thanks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Josh, Braxton, and Reese were the best! The service and food was absolutely amazing! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Social / business dinner. Quiet enough to talk business, but lively enough to make it an enjoyable social evening

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was better than average, but fish and steak slightly under cooked. Service was exceptional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service was awesome! The ribeye was okay not enough flavor. The barbecue shrimp was delicious. The mashed potatoes were good as well.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic Food and Service. My favorite place in town.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was good but I did not like the service by committee delivery. Drinks came quick from the drink guy. Food however was very slow. Steve who evidently was the only guy who could actually take food orders was swamped. We would have ordered 30 min earlier and were starving but couldn’t get him to come to the table and all the other servers were standing around waiting and telling us all food had to be through Steve.
Service by committee is great at Brennan’s or commanders palace but they have countless food servers and head waiters and the service is seamless. This was very clunky and turned into a 3 hour meal for 2 apps and 3 steaks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

As always, excellent service, and fabulous food!

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were celebrating an anniversary and had never been to the restaurant before. It had been recommended by several friends, so we decided to give it a try. The service was outstanding, and they recognized our special occasion several times, including sending us a comp dessert. Overall, I thought the food was a bit pricey, but was very good. We would most likely go back for another special event.

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Sunday brunch is always great at Ruffino's! The food is unique and delicious and the waitstaff is incredible.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I must say this was a first experience on everything was onpoint, from the food to waiter..will be back asap..

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Spicy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service, the food and the atmosphere was amazing. This was a birthday celebration and Ruffinos made it even more special. Thank you

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful 34th anniversary dinner! Our waiter-team was excellent! Food was delicious ... and the beautiful complimentary dessert with anniversary message was such a nice surprise !

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Amazing food! Outstanding service! Everyone is treated like royalty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were celebrating my husband's birthday on our visit last week. We frequent Ruffinos for the quality of food and excellent service that we receive each time where their. Ruffinos is our go to place for special dining.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Dillon, Gavin and Bailey took well care of us. They are three highly motivated, very professional young men. Their work ethic is of high standards which made our evening effortless and amazing. Kudos to them! The food was very delicious as were the drinks. Price of food was to be expected and worth every bit paid. My only shock was paying $25.00 for a shot of tequila but it was a special night so still worth it. This was our first experience there and it was so enjoyable we plan to return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The overall experience was great, the servers were absolutely fantastic. It was a little to dark and loud for my taste. My wifes meal was great mine was ok, for the price I expected a little bit more on the level of my meal. Overall I would recommend this place for special occasions.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great restaurant for any event but very highly recommended for special events.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was absolutely great and the service was terrific. Waiters and waitresses did not hover over us and the pink cotton candy was a nice touch.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Waterfront, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always fun! Group of friends before the LSU v Syracuse game .... Great food and lots of laughs!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Beautiful views, friendly and attentive bar and wait staff. Very accommodating to my special requests for dietary reasons. Bar entertainer was very good. My only compliant about Ruffino's is that is tends to be loud. At one point there was overhead music and bar music playing at the same time. Noise level just makes it difficult for quiet conversations.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Service execellent and very professional . We had a great time and drinks. I love this place !

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The Sunday Brunch was Excellent and we will be back !! Walt Rippas

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was phenomenal, service was excellent and the atmosphere was awesome. Definitely a place we need to visit again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was our first visit to Ruffino's on the River and he food was phenomenal! There were no complaints from any party.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great time tonight! Food was amazing service fantastic

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

This is my second experience after a challenging first; the owner gave me the opportunity to recover the experience I "should" have received the first visit. My date and I had excellent service by Catelyn and 2 other servants at once; the bread, olive oil with balsamic vinegar as an appetizer was a good start and the Kentucky Bourbon on the rocks and a Dirty Martini to wash the palette. The main course selected were the Specialty Steak and roasted potatoes and Her meal was the Fish Katie, amazing Redfish cuisine. Not too loud of a crowd, lots of traffic, but vibrant scene. We ended the meal with a sort of Chocolate Neapolitan Mousse cake and a Vanilla Brownie with a sort of cream sauce. The fine dining I were looking had been achieved for my date. I would like to add that if there were soft piano music, I think the evening would be beyond perfection. - Sincerely, Greg & Misty

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was excellent. The service was great. If I was disappointed in anything it was the special request. They don't give a list and let me know 5 hrs before dining that my special request could not be fulfilled. Besides that the evening was perfect.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Absolutely the best service and food I've ever had at a restaurant. Never a bad experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Tapas, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food and service was first rate! Would definitely reccomend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 1, 2017

A wonderful way to spend an evening… Thanks again!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We were seated and did not receive menus or a wine list until about 10 minutes later when we flagged down a manager. We have eaten at Ruffino's many times and the food has always been good, except the last 2 times. We had Sunday brunch with that menu we ordered chicken parm and it was not good. It tasted like it was under a heat lamp for a while. This most recent dinner I ordered the lobster cakes and they were not good at all. Normally the service is very good. I think the service issue was a one off. I am disappointed about the food quality.

Tags: Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant and we visit often. Howver, we usually book on mon or Thur because those are the. Ights they have prime rib. The waiter basically told us they forgot to cook it on Thursday. I ordered a steak and it was over cooked. The second steak was extemey fatty. I will be back but disappointed that they didn't hold up to their usual prime rib day's.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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