Ruffino’s on the River

4.6
613 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 613 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
10 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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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
10 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
10 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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OT
New Orleans
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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AM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our server was very inattentive and service was very slow. Very disappointing

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S
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate the lobster special. It was fantastic. We were treated very well and given a very quiet table.

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed our 32 anniversary dinner at your restaurant. We had the best wait staff, I recall the main waiter was Steve, (who gave us a Wisconsin connection) They all were very hospitable and friendly. The hotel (Home 2 Suites by Hilton) we stayed at recommended your restaurant on their website. Since were from out of town, we thought we would give it a try. We couldn't have been more pleased with everything. Thanks for making it a wonderful time.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The staff was great and we were treated well. Service was prompt. The food was disappointing but the desserts were fabulous. The veal parm was over cooked and the sauce was too thick. The lobster special was really lacking lobster and seafood taste, too much cream sauce.

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n
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around good. Noise level was unbearable for a Friday night.

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only the 2nd time we went but just love the service we got. The whole staff made it a great dining experience. They even surprised us with a sample of a desert when we weren't too sure we would like it. Food is pricey especially the shrimp pasta my wife got. Just 6 shrimp and a lot of pasta for over $20. That would be the only negative though on a great night.

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Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, the live band was too loud for a restaurant environment. The adult beverages need improvement. The special 3 course meal was very good and we had a great time. Bailey was great.

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A
New Orleans
56 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated my sons 22nd birthday at the restaurant and we had a cozy booth for 5 in the bar area. Great evening with an attentive staff. Steaks were excellent and cooked to perfection. The bar area can be loud especially with live music. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the entertainment was good.

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J
Baton Rouge
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always Ruffino’s is a great place to go for brunch. Special items fresh fish and a great soups and pastas. Stakes are always cooked to perfection.

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SF
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were all great! The finishing touch is the surprise you get at the end of your meal... COTTON CANDY!! YUMMY!!

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