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About Ruffino’s on the River

921 Camellia Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70508
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Ruffino's on the River is located on the Vermillion River in River Ranch in Lafayette, LA.

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 3 days ago

Very attentive service. We were there for a birthday brunch, and the waitstaff was wonderful. I got the day’s special which was very good, and everyone at our table was happy.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Live Music
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great! The service was amazing.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Both of our waiters were amazing. The food was definite Lee not very great, at least when I had anyway. They had an artist in side playing some hits and it was extremely loud.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 10, 2018

The food and service was superb

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on July 8, 2018

As always our table request was spot on , service excellent and the food as expected, excellent.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. It was my first time going and would recommend to my friends!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 7, 2018

Wait staff was great!! Appetizers were good as always. My veal dish was ok but my wife’s Pork Tchoupitoulas was delicious. Overall an excellent evening.

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·Dined on June 25, 2018

My Beloved and I went for our 30th Anniversary. It was recommended by Our Spiritual Mother. This was a first for us and we enjoyed everything about it. The staff was pleasant, friendly, and courteous the entire time. The view was beautiful. The food was superb. I would definitely be dining there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on June 25, 2018

Great staff, food, and atmosphere. I don’t want to forget about strong drinks-perfect

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 24, 2018

My food was good but my friends lasagne was over cooked. The drinks were great. I have eaten here before and had a much better meal.

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on June 16, 2018

Great staff, and excellent food.

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on June 16, 2018

The waiter that was responsible for drinks took at 30 minutes before he even asked us for a drink order. He walked past our table several times. The other two waitresses eventually did take of it for us, but I was unimpressed for the money I spent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2018

It's one of those places where everyone wants to be seen. (Rolling my eyes). Since we didn't appear famous our waiter didn't seem interested.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 15, 2018

Appetizers and main courses were exceptional! Waiters are courteous, professional, well trained and knowledgeable of all menu items. Excellent wine list, too. Greatly exceeded our expectations - we will return soon!

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·Dined on June 9, 2018

I was in the service industry for half of my life and I know how stereotypes are viewed regarding expected tip. I was with my friend, two single women. Stereotypically speaking, two single women would likely tip around 10%, give or take 2%. Well, THREE times, we were ignored in favor of a man customer and two couples. This happened twice at the bar and once we were seated. Our waiter was in the MIDDLE of taking our order (had taken mine and was about to take my friend’s) when he walked AWAY from our table to see about a couple nearby. He should have told them he would have been right there or something to that affect. He didn’t even apologize. I typed 20% regardless, hoping the waiter might learn something. You shouldn’t make assumptions based on gender, race, etc and do your best to wait on everyone equally. I learned long ago, it’s not practical (or fair) to provide varying degrees of service based on tip expectations.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 8, 2018

My wife and I chose to eat here for our 3rd wedding anniversary. The restaurant was running a 3 course for $25 special and we thought it was a good opportunity to try it out. We expected the portions to be small but were pleasantly surprised by how much food we got. The wine and cocktails we had were also superb. To top it off, they went out of their way and gave us a complimentary dessert and champagne with a personalized note on the dessert plate!! We will definitely return again and look forward to it

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on June 6, 2018

I have always had a great dining experience at Ruffino’s. I took a friend of mine who had never been there before. After I had bragged so many times about how great the food and service were, we were very disappointed. The food came to us barely warm and our waiter was not very personable. I have never had a bad experience at Ruffino’s until this one. how

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·Dined on June 5, 2018

I took my wife to Rufinno's to celebrate her birthday. The food was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the crab cheesecake and pork cheeks. We were delighted to find all the local ingredients that were used throughout the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on June 4, 2018

The draw is the ambiance--perhaps one of the best venues for this in Lafayette. The food is serviceable but, for the most part, not special (and not in keeping with the pricing). The Service is handled by a rotating team that is very attentive...really too attentive--they appear at the table so often as to be a mild nuisance, making conversation a challenge.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 2, 2018

I had a ribeye with roasted potatoes both had a little to much salt, it appeared to be the kitchens own blend. I advised the waiter who in turn told the head chef. However the steak had a great taste.

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·Dined on June 2, 2018

Anniversary dinner. Staff was professional & courteous

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 1, 2018

Friendly & professional service and delicious food!

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on May 25, 2018

I Ordered 8oz filet my husband had ribeye...no taste at all. Potatos were dry. Best part of our meal was white chocolate bread pudding. Too pricey for tasteless food

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 25, 2018

Everything was fantastic, food was perfect, service was great. It was my wife and I's second time going to Ruffino's and it may now be a tradition.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 22, 2018

Great food as always ! Thanks

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 19, 2018

Cocktails were not good, vodka tonic flat, and had to ask twice for lime.
Sensation salad was tasteless. Meat extravaganza pizza was pitiful. Bread was e excellent

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·Dined on May 13, 2018

This was a terrible experience. Menu wasn't accurate so they didn't have what I wanted. The service was terrible and the food I did order was not cooked properly. This was our anniversary dinner and it was a disaster. We won't be going back.

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·Dined on May 12, 2018

Great service. Love the concept of multiple waiters. Food could you some work. Although the dipping sauce for the bread was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on May 10, 2018

Took my wife to celebrate our anniversary. Service was excellent as our 3-person team took care of us from the start. Appetizer was very good. Problems started soon after that - one of two entrees arrived wrong. Sent it back. Took 15m to serve correct entree, meanwhile my wife's entree got cold as she wanted to eat together. Mgmt did bring the replacement but never checked back. If they would have, I would have told them the corrected entree (fish) was tough and chewy, full of bones, and the sauce tasted of hot sauce straight out of the bottle. Very poor food value.

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·Dined on May 5, 2018

Very good service, you are helped by several member of the wait staff throughout the night. Food is great. Many options.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2018

The staff was more than accommodating to change us to a larger table when we requested when we got there. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. My friends' first time at Ruffino's ended up being great and they really enjoyed their steak. My salad on the other hand, which I requested dressing on the side came fully doused in dressing but the waiter was so helpful getting us a bigger table that I didn't bother asking for a new salad.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on April 29, 2018

This was the first time here, and though different than it's Baton Rouge location, the experience was still excellent. There are great choices of Italian specialties, grilled meat dishes, creative salads, and other interesting menu items for anyone. We sat up at the chef's counter so we could view all the kitchen action. The food was well prepared, the service matched, and the presentation, excellent, as you'd expect of a good high end place. Highly recommended.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on April 29, 2018

Good over priced for a little bit! Not worth it to me! Best thing was a 6.95 salad that ia tossed in a bowl with dressing.

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·Dined on April 28, 2018

Overall experience was great! Loved the scenery and ambiance. This is my first time dining at a restaurant where I had three separate waiters. I believe this makes things easier on everyone. Everyone was inviting, warm and attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and plenty of options for gluten free!

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·Dined on April 21, 2018

The service was excellent. Food was delicious. Great place for a date or some apps and drinks with friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on April 21, 2018

We chose Ruffino’s to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Despite having made a reservation, which indicated our occasion, we were seated at a small cabaret table in the bar. The bar was loud and there was no room to spread out. There were larger vacant tables and other couples were being seated at larger tables in the main dining area, so space shouldn’t have been an issue. The food had a good flavor, but the plating was messy and unappealing. The wine was awful. But, the waitstaff was prompt and professional. Overall, I didn’t think our meal or experience was worth the $125 tab for 2 people...we could have gone to Outback (which I like) to get what we got. In the future, we’ll stick with Ruth’s Chris, Mr. Lester’s & the like when looking for a fine dining experience.

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·Dined on April 21, 2018

Steak was not especially tender and tasty. Would have preferred baked potato instead of mashed potatoes.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on April 21, 2018

Absolutely Amazing Experience and would go back !!!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Seasonal, Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on April 17, 2018

Great meal with my dad. Fantastic service. Thanks, Ruffin!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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