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La Ripaille, New York, NY
La Ripaille, New York, NY
La Ripaille, New York, NY
La Ripaille, New York, NY
La Ripaille, New York, NY

La Ripaille

4.8
4.8
954 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Winner Best Restaurant in March 2018!

Opened in 1980, La Ripaille is one of the oldest restaurants in West Village. Some of the regulars have been coming for as long as 25 years. We want everyone to feel welcome here, whether it’s the celebrities who frequent, the children for whom we provide games & crayons, or the people who live in the Village.

The owner, Alain Laurent, is integral in the day-to-day processes of La Ripaille. He daily scours the market for the freshest produce, often choosing the day’s specials based on his finds. This keeps the specials seasonal & unique. He decorates the ever changing wine list with the best wines available. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a terrace for the summer & a fireplace in the back for the winter. The candlelit tables light up French posters and paintings & fresh flowers decorate each table. For a taste of history and delicious French cuisine, visit La Ripaille. We have a seat just for you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Contemporary French
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 255-4406
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    French bistro <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Alain Laurent at 212 255 4406 to book your private event
  • Neighborhood
    Greenwich Village
  • Cross street
    W.12th
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Subway 1,2,3, 14th Street stop, 12th Street exit; A,C,E 14th Street stop
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 954 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    French

  • Manhattan

    French

954 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! Super authentic and delightful host

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  2. JoseV

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m it was a first date for us and it was a great place . The staff and food were amazing. I would definitely go back

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  3. EatOut

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Ambience and service was great. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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  4. Andrew

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In a word "wonderful." Everything was perfect, from the initial greeting from the owner to the attentive and professional service of the staff. The restaurant is a throwback to the good old days of French dining in NYC. My escargot, prepared in a tomato based sauce were delicious, and the steak au poivre almost brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely perfect!! The chocolate mousse was also terific and not to be missed. In short, La Ripaille was exactly what you want a restaurant to be. We certainly will be back, very soon.

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  5. Hootchdoc

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice neighborhood feel. Very warm. We sat outside and owner came out to greet us. What a find! I'll be back.

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  6. WendyW

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful in all ways - food, service and ambience! Plan to go often.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. Philip

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Surprise Valentine’s Day mandatory prix fixe menu, about a 60% price increase. At $125/person I would expect more courses, not just the usual menu marked up. Great good, felt a bit spoiled by the surprising price increase.

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  8. SuzieQ

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here for the second time and loved it. The owner is very attentive and very nice. Will recommend to others and WILL return.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dining experience I’ve had in the city since I moved here a year ago.

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  10. hungry60s

    New York City

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    La Ripaille ticked all of the boxes for me. It was welcoming, friendly, and intimate. The decor was kinda sorta French farmhouse. The lighting was intimate helped considerably by the Pina table lamps (excellent). The food was not cutting edge but leaned more to old style French with nice sauces. The service was attentive, but not fussy. I’m anxious to return to try other menu items. We had appetizers of mushrooms in cognac/ puff pastry, escargot in basil sauce; entrees were raviolis and medallions of monkfish; dessert was crème brûlée and a tart tatin. Wines by the glass were good and well chosen. Thanks to the owner and staff for an enjoyable evening.

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  11. Vail77

    Los Angeles

    522 reviews

    4.0

    522 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food as always was quite delicious but the service wasn’t as crisp as our last visit, however Alan and his wife had a rare night off. The host also never acknowledged our request upon check in. We’d give it a try next time in town but we were a little disappointed this time around.

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  12. suzannas

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic, charming, exceptional food in an intimate setting with a great menu. Knowledgeable and helpful wait staff, delightful owner and a perfect evening. Will be back again and again!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly staff and good food. Lots of character. The place could use a little touching up.

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  14. WenS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal in this charming restaurant. Our waiter was attentive and fun, without being intrusive. Calories should not be considered if going here, as the food is very authentic French, including very rich sauces, but everything was delicious. A real neighborhood gem for a romantic evening out.

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  15. TheJediFoodie

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent authentic French bistro menu..great atmosphere and ambiance but for $250 with wine, tax and tip..not sure value is there for me

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  16. Gary

    Atlantic City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite authentic, cozy, french restaurant in Manhattan.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little place. True French, romantic ambience, fine dining. Owner is real French too; a charming and funny character. The eating is, of course, real French as well and consistently excellent. Been going for years and always have a memorable night. Highly recommend.

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  18. NatalieW

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, wonderful service, a fabulous evening!

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  19. TK719

    New York City

    699 reviews

    5.0

    699 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love dining at La Ripaille, one of NYC’s most charming and authentic French restaurants. Delicious food and excellent service in a lovely setting. I look forward to returning.

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  20. BruceNYC

    New York City

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Classic French in an intimate surrounding. Definitely will be going back.

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  21. Johnny

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A West Village classic and the embodiment of great food meets authentic charm. I have been going for years, and I try to not let a holiday time pass by without going at least once. Bravo! Vive La Ripaille!

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  22. ReggieC

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and ambiance. Worth the trip from midtown to the village.

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  23. msf1

    New York City

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time at this wonderful restaurant. Cozy and quiet enough for conversation--a hard combo to find in Manhattan. Good for special occasions. Great food with ample choices a for vegetarians. The mushroom appetizer is especially delicious. Friendly and helpful service and the owner comes over the table. Highly recommend!

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  24. FabiolaG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hector and I love this restaurant. The food is great and the owner is usually very accommodating. Great French food.

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  25. CharlesS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Walking in your greeted like your coming home from college. The owner tajes your order makes suggestions and prepares you for a wonderful meal. The food was awesome and the dessert was in my top three of all time

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best restaurant in New York City. So cozy, charming, the food is the best. And a special thanks to Alain the owner so Welcoming. If you have a date or your girlfriend or your wife is the place intimate place you will find in NYC.

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  27. CharlesB

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the service very attentive.

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  28. MichelleS

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very authentic French cuisine. The owner is super friendly and goes the extra mile to make sure your dining experience is spectacular. You feel like you are in a cozy restaurant somewhere in France.

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  29. dearaddie

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at La Ripaille hundreds of times and it never disappoints! Every bite is delightful, the service impeccable and the old-world charm transports you to another time. The specials are special and dessert not to be missed. Alain the owner is so charming you want to take every meal with him. 3 courses later, we are full and sated, yet all is sitting lightly on the palette.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was such a wonderful experience. The waitstaff is fantastic, the food is authentic, and the ambiance is so romantic. Trust the chef. Let them curate your food and wine. They know what they are doing. 100/10

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  31. HollyA

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is consistently delicious. The owner is warm and welcoming. When you walk into the restaurant, you truly feel as though you have left NYC and have walked into a lovely restaurant in France. It is small, quiet, candlelit. I usually get the broccoli mousse and the branzino which is served in a ginger Thai broth. I’m just a creature of habit. My dining partner had the flambéd mushrooms in puff pastry and the salmon special. The desserts are equally delicious although my favorite is the chocolate mousse. We love the wine list. Perfect for the evening when you want to dine or celebrate a special occasion.

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  32. Alprez

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service Every dish was perfect

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  33. 1234

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant in Greenwich Village; wonderful ambience, friendly and welcoming owner, excellent food. Wish we could get there more often.

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  34. Jeff

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Ripaille is an amazing restaurant and never fails to meet that level. The owner tends to his patrons and makes everyone feel like family. The chef creates amazing meals. And the rest of the staff are very personable and great.

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  35. ChrisT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice, quaint French bistro. Good food and good service.

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  36. JonathanC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner here last Saturday. The place is cozy, the service friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The owner is still deeply involved and very friendly even after dealing with New York diners for over 40 years. Food was wonderful. We went with the specials for the evening with the exception of 2 appetizers, an uncommonly prepared escargot and the broccoli mousse, both excellent. We haven't had a date night dinner this satisfying in quite a while.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our dinner here and will definitely be coming back! When we first walked in it was a little quiet so we were worried - but the food, service, and ambiance was incredible! The host is very outgoing and convinced us to try the specials and it did not disappoint. Cozy and comforting French spot. Duck special was so good - my boyfriend was hesitant to try and ending up stealing three more bites! He loved his chicken special. Can’t recommend this place enough and give it a try!

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  38. PatriciaT

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. The food was fantastic. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere was wonderful. We had been away from NYC and missed La Ripaille. We received heartwarming hugs from Alain.

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  39. GetinMyBelly

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a wonderful birthday dinner at La Ripaille. The owner and staff were friendly and made an excellent wine recommendation. The Mousse de Brocoli was outstanding, as was the fish special (bass.) My wife loved her main, too, the Lamb Shank. Maybe the plates could have come out hot, instead of only warm? Otherwise we are guaranteed to return. Merci pour une soir pleine de bonhomie et gastronomie!

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  40. Theatergoer

    New York City

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely dinner there. The place is a gem. A real throw back to the old days of a small family run French bistro. This is actually the genuine article. The owner is very present and is part of the authentic atmosphere. The food is old school delicious French cooking—like Paris in the old days. Delicious sauces with lots of butter and cream. And Piaf on frequent rotation on the sound system. No irony here. Such a pleasure!

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FAQs

La Ripaille is rated 4.8 stars by 954 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for La Ripaille

605 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

Additional information

  • Cross street
    W.12th
  • Neighborhood
    Greenwich Village
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Contemporary French
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Subway 1,2,3, 14th Street stop, 12th Street exit; A,C,E 14th Street stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 255-4406
  • Catering
    French bistro <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Alain Laurent at 212 255 4406 to book your private event
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