Ruffino’s on the River

4.6
623 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole
Ruffino's on the River is located on the Vermillion River in River Ranch in Lafayette, LA.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Creole, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

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

Sunday: 11 am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(337) 706-7333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Sclafani III
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Caliste Saloom and Johnston St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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.

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Daily 4:30PM - 5:45PM

What 623 People Are Saying
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JL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This wasn't my first time at Ruffino's on the River. Really enjoyed the food. The service was a little slow this time which really surprised me. Overall we had a good dinner.

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LM
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine and have a few cocktails. The atmosphere is really nice.

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was outstanding. We were traveling between Colorado and Florida and this has the high point of our stop in Lafayette.

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P
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All was great until the loud duo began playing. If they could find a solution for the loudness it would be wonderful. Food and service were great.

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AE
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They surprised us with a dessert plate and champagne for our anniversary.

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MH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always great. The wait staff was attentive and made recommendations when asked.

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Bad experience due to poor service. No bread offered when all tables around us had bread. Asked for bread, still didn’t get it. Brought wrong appetizer. Still charged me for something I didn’t order. No dessert or anything special for anniversary. Not treated like a “regular”. Disappointing experience for $150 dinner for 2. Guess we weren’t important enough.....

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YS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 6th year wedding anniversary and it was hands down the best dinner ever! Steven was AMAZING and the hostess took our picture at the end of the night. From entrance to exit everything was excellent. We will visit again 🤗

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PA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Brooklyn and waiter Jake, we way above our expectations. They made our Anniversary a lil extra special. And the food is to die for!

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brad, Jake, and Mitch (could have gotten this wrong) were amazing! They even went a step further and gave us an anniversary desert.

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JG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My wife and I have dined at Ruffino’s many times and we have always been more than satisfied with the service and food, and have told others how great Ruffino’s is. However, our last visit was somewhat disappointing. We were a table of six and we found that the service was slow and some of the food was cold when it reached our table.
We look forward to dining at Ruffino’s again.
Regards
Jude

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love riffino's, the food is great, the service is outstanding and we always have a great time no matter what the occasion. They go above and beyond.

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GG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the service was top notch. I would not hesitate to recommend Rufinos to anyone for any occasion.

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TC
Baton Rouge
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The drinks are original for the restaurant and I found tasty. The veal micheal was okay with taste but I found the meat was a bit tough to cut with the butter knife provided and a little tough to chew.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and food. Not cheap, but always worth it

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HH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Ruffino's on the River multiple times, and just went this past weekend for my boyfriends birthday. I can honestly say that the staff made an effort to make his birthday very very special. The food was great and the service was even better. It was very romantic and intimate. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone for a special occasion/date night.

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OT
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Night Out for Dinner

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager went above and beyond to meet our requests for my birthday. The seating area was perfect!

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DN
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening, the Manager Chris went out of his way to make a wonderful dinner for our group. They have great food, and service you will not be disappointed !

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for my birthday. The staff was attentive, very polite. A dressy place. Thinking about hosting my 30th birthday there next year.

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancée and I dined at Ruffino’s for his birthday. It was our first time there. The food was excellent and the wait staff was great. We will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was awesome.

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F
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish specials were excellent. We had the redfish. The staff were very professional and courteous.

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CL
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While taking a long weekend in the Lafayette area a friend had recommended Ruffino's on the River so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant was much larger inside than it looked from the outside very well decorated with large high ceilings and lot's of great views. As requested on our OpenTable reservation we were seated at a table with the view of the river but the restaurant scene was even more exciting to view. We had not one but three wait staff assure our dining experience was going to be great and had a wonderful meal as well. A rather unique twist was something Ruffino's does for all diners a thank you for dining with us blue ( rasberry ) cotton candy complimentary treat. We enjoyed our Ruffino's experience and will most certainly be returning. We also learned that we have one closer to home in Baton Rough so seems like another road trip to check out the restaurant there. Ruffio's is a must so if you find yourself near one stop by and have a meal with them, you won't be disappointed.

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CG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Sunday brunch to celebrate a family birthday, it was a great experience. the staff is professional, knowledgeable, and goes above and beyond to accommodate your needs. One of our party is elderly and has mobility challenges, multiple staff members helped her get settled at our table and in and out of the restaurant. The food was very good and special requests were no problem. Will definitely visit again!

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GR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was well seasoned and perfectly prepared. Very attentive service

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, attractive dining room, and good service.

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruffinos was as great as I have heard. My husband and I both loved the food and environment . Definitely recommend to friends and family. Great place to bring visitors to share experience.

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NL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my nieces there and they loved it! Great food, great service, and great ambiance.

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C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table if 4 enjoyed our dinner immensely! everything was wonderful!

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OT
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. The atmosphere was very nice as was the service

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's half birthday and it was fun! Every thing was really good!

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DT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fourth year we celebrate our wedding anniversary at Ruffinos. We always enjoy the food and atmosphere. The service is always excellent.

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ME
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We all did the lobster fest. The lobster bisque and dessert were A-1. The lobster risotto had a lot of risotto but no so much lobster. The sliders were fine, but they were served without the traditional dressing. With out the dressing, the sliders were dry.

I've had lobster rolls in Boston, Nova Scotia and Maine. See I really do like lobster rolls. Perhaps instead of thee sliders they could offer a traditional lobster roll. Maybe with a steamed bun instead of heated bun. But a lobster roll should have a cabbage and condiment based dressing.

The lobster taco's were just right.



The drinks were wonderful, our wine pairing A-1, our servers were top notch, friendly and took great care of our table. We eat at Ruffino's as much any of Lafayette's finer restaurants. And we will continue to eat at Ruffino's as often as we can.

I might add the prices are fine, indeed they are more than competitive. Ruffino's is and will continue to be one of my favorite restaurants.

Thanking you in advance,

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s
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance is absolutely top notch. The food however is consistently below average and the price is astronomical. For the price, you should go elsewhere. Very VERY overpriced below average to average food.

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ME
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

Drop the live music. Way too loud. Unable to have a decent conversation.
Have eaten there several times. Impressed until this visit.

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was awesome. From service to food.
The mixed drinks were really proportional.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was wonderful service was spot on every time we needed something I highly recommend Ruffino’s to my friends and family great place for a date night or whatever the occasion.....

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DF
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. We had a small issue with a large party of diners hovering around our table instead of sitting at their table, making us feel a bit claustrophobic. We requested to be moved. Within seconds we were whisked away to another dining room. The manager apologized and followed up with us several times to make sure we were comfortable. We got a whole new wait staff but they didn’t skip a beat. Our food was correct and delivered promptly. They brought a Happy Birthday dessert even though we didn’t mention it to our new wait staff. The issue was not the restaurant’s fault. It was handled discretely and efficiently. The food was delicious, the staff was wonderful. We were able to take our time and enjoy a nice long visit without feeling rushed at all. We will definitely be back!

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just generally a 3. Been there twice and had the same feeling each time. Pretty place but I just can’t figure out why it doesn’t work well for me. Sorry

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