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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.70mi
  2. Distance: 1.33mi
  3. Distance: 1.44mi
  4. Distance: 1.47mi

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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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (42)
Good for a Date (35)
Romantic (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Waterfront (23)
Scenic View (22)
Good for Groups (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Fun (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Casual (13)
Business Meals (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
People Watching (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Live Music (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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food5
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·Dined 5 days ago

It was an overall good experience. My only thoughts are there are too many people
waiting on you. LOL Three people is two too many. Also, lots of time lapse between
food person coming back to check on us for appetizers, entrees and finally bringing the
ticket.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

All staff was great! Food was great!

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·Dined 7 days ago

My 7 year old took his grandmother out to dinner they had s beautiful evening and sent me photos of the food presentation

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 11, 2018

Chicken Parmesan dry and tasteless. Server unhelpful with choices , poor attitude

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 10, 2018

This was my first trip to Ruffino's. The bar was great for a pre-dinner drink and the meal and service was excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 8, 2018

Very attentive service from each of our waiters/ servers. Even the maitre'd asked how our dining experience was. Food was excellent taste!

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food4
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service great food great 30 year anniversary

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 6, 2018

The food and service here is always amazing!!!

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·Dined on April 5, 2018

Very quick and responsive , helpful,

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·Dined on April 4, 2018

Always has been a top favorite!!! My family and I dined in Tuesday evening to celebrate mom & dad's 37th Wedding Anniversary! We were treated with respect, celebration, and the utmost service! It was a delight to us all, we laughed a ton, and everyone's food was delicious!!!! Overall A+ experience

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Romantic, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on April 1, 2018

Omg...the drinks and the food is phenomenal..We only eat fish over here...the best fish ever

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on March 31, 2018

Amazing! The food was fabulous as well as the service !

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 30, 2018

Outstanding!!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 25, 2018

Birthday lunch for granddaughter, Appetizers,

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 25, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Lafayette. We had requested a patio table for brunch. There was live music on the patio and it was so loud we had to transfer inside. We saw another table request to change to a table inside due to the music. Even the wait staff said it is always loud. Think it would be much more pleasant if they would turn down the speakers and only have instrumentals instead of a vocalist. Very hard to carry on a conversation if seated at a table outside. We were very disappointed.

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·Dined on March 24, 2018

Blah food for way too much money. Service is just ok. I had a $50 gift card and still left with a $70 bill. Ordered shrimp Alfredo and the shrimp were very over cooked and rubbery. Lemon drop martini was decent, but not the best I’ve had. Plus, they have zero beer on tap, because according to the waiter they care more about wine.

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food2
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on March 22, 2018

Too loud for a business meeting, food is mediocre for the price, The price is just due to location do not expect to be blown away by taste. Live music on a self procliamed fine dining restaurant!? Oh and my customer got ill , and he claims is all he ate all day. Not good , will not be back.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 20, 2018

Awesome food, my guest were form out of town and they loved it!

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2018

The appetizers were delicious, the main courses were disappointing and way overpriced. We enjoyed a bottle of Proseco, and the bottle of Italian red wine, and appreciated the wide range of price points on the wine list.

Reccomend:
*Wood Oven Roasted Oysters and the *Heirloom Tomato with Burrata Cheese appetizers.
*The Corn and Crabmeat Bisque.

Do not recommend:
-The Red Fish was not served as described on the menu. Also, the daily special fish (Mahi), both, way overpriced at $34.95!
-The Chicken Marsala, which was like a brown gravy (drowning the angel hair -Capellini- pasta underneath). Nowhere was the slightly sweet smoky flavor of Marsala wine. Call it something else. And for $19.95?!
-Chicken Parmesan way overpriced for a very underwhelming chicken breast with melted cheese for $18.95?! Tobasco helped.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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food2
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·Dined on March 17, 2018

Amy and Sarah took good care of us. Food was awesome!

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vip
 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything was perfect.

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·Dined on March 11, 2018

My wife and I had date night and this place was awesome!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2018

Very friendly. Interesting "team" service
We had somewhat "spotty" service- lots
of waiting time between courses.
The food was ok- not great
They do have a limited 3 course menu
for $25

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, People Watching, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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food3
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·Dined on March 7, 2018

12 year anniversary. I was able to book the reservation roughly 6 weeks ahead. Very nice staff and attentive service. Food was reasonably priced considering the service and quality. The wife was very pleased ......until near the end, haha. She noticed someone else had received a "Happy Anniversary" dish and cotton candy.....It bothered her enough that she inquired about it at the front while waiting for me to wash-up on the way out. Turns out that our main waiter (there seems to be 3 or 4 ) dropped the ball. All in all it was nice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 28, 2018

Service was some of the best I've had. Waiters very well organized and pleasant. The $25 prix fixe meal has to be the best value for fine dining in Lafayette

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 28, 2018

Just a great top drawer restaurant; often take folks from out of town when here for court and they are always impressed. Great appetizers, great drinks, great meals, great desserts. Awesome that they have separate servers for drinks and meals who coordinate. Excellent place with great ambiance.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 23, 2018

Flavor and presentation of the food was subpar. Staff is not well trained for a restaurant with this price point.

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·Dined on February 17, 2018

Great Service. Great food. Excellent overall! We will visit Ruffino's again soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Spicy
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·Dined on February 17, 2018

They forgot to bring the birthday cake i requested several hours before we arrived

Tags: Vegan
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I took my nephews for a celebration dinner on Valentines night. We had the three course set menu. The crab cheesecake was to die for and the seared tuna and pork cheeks were also delicious. The shrimp corndogs were ok. Fish Katie and pork chops were wonderful, lasagna was rather disappointing. Satsuma mules were a nice take on the traditional Moscow mule. Wine list was a little heavy on higher priced options, but we found a nice wine for under $50. Tiramisu was one of the best I've had and cotton candy was a nice surprise. Overall, a good experience and we will return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service at every level. We were seated under an A/c vent which got
cold, but staff quickly responded. Presence of HD TV screens was
unexpected and distracting....if you want a quiet, romantic table, another room would
have to be used. They're trying to satisfy a lot of preferences, it would appear, so
ask for what you want and chances are they have the perfect table

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Cozy, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for my wife's birthday and it was fabulous. I had the Butter Steak and my wife had the filet. Both were perfect. The manager on duty, Greg, was very accommodating and the wait staff was second to none. I highly recommend Ruffinos and the butter steak. Oh, the brownie and bread pudding were second to none.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Had a good night but they completely forgot my friend’s Birthday, which was the reason for our night out. Even after this was confirmed today just hours before our meal. Otherwise had a nice time

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We ordered the 16 ounce rib eye. Had it in the past. Was over cooked and not more than12 ounces. Were very quick to bring a new one out. Was at most 10 ounces but cooked perfect. Was disappointed after paying that priced to be shorted. As my husband has worked as a meat cutter he was very aware of the size difference in the steak

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food and service were great. Only disappointment was the seating. For a special occasion, we would have preferred not to sit between two large tables. Remember when large groups of 6 or more are seated together, each guest as they arrive stands at the table next to them to greet their friends which made us feel awkward. No big issue, we’ve been married a long time with lots of children and grandchildren.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very loud that night but a good experience

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Although we had a great experience, the area we were seated in was way too crowded. When I was going to be seated (near the bar) there were people, possibly previous guests, sitting at the table I reserved. The bar area should only have those sitting in the bar area and all other guests should have possibly another designated area to either wait or socialize. People were bumping into our table as well. Once it cleared out, the rest of our night was great. Food and service was excellent as well as drinks.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Special group of girlfriends celebrating a birthday this night. Wait staff was attentive, but they always seems to be rushing around in a bit of a frenzy! Soup/salad good as usual and the fish entree was very good but also quite pricey ($36). Not an inexpensive evening, but always very dependable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was great! My friends and I all tried each other's entrees, and we were impressed with all of the food. Our wait team was amazing...attentive and very helpful. I would definitely return to Ruffino's!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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