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La Ripaille

4.8
4.8
861 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 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 1:00 pm–10:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 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 861 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    French

  • Manhattan

    French

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  1. TW

    TaraW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Repaille is one of the best kept secrets in NYC. It is sublime in every way from ambiance to the food. I highly recommend it.
  2. m

    madclash

    Milwaukee

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite French spot in NYC. Classic options where the food is always perfect, and the service reminds you what dining out should be like! We will be back again and again!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Went here for an anniversary date with my boyfriend last weekend, and was unfortunately very underwhelmed. Service was poor (our server lacked knowledge about the specials and recurrent menu). At one point, the owner(?) came out and yelled at all of the staff for coming in and out of the kitchen (not sure why), and the space is already very intimate. Most of our food was quite good, but my main course had clearly been sitting out while my partner’s was still being prepared. The place has fantastic potential - great location, and awesome interior. But the staff were undertrained for even a very slow night. And the owner yelling at them all in the dining room was certainly less than tasteful.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Ripaille is a venture to another time and country. The food is very good, the ambiance even better. Traditional hole in the wall only to be fallen on in a per happenstance manner in NYC. Go
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a perfect meal always. The food is great, the space is cozy, and the service cannot be more lively.
  6. a

    amyh

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Ripaille is a wonderful restaurant - great food, service and ambience. The restaurant has been a landmark in the Village for many years and will hopefully be for many years to come. While you know you're in the Village, you could also be in Paris...the pate de campagne, chicken stuffed with spinach and mushrooms in truffle oil, and tarte tatin are magnifique!
  7. AV

    AntonyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Un restaurant où on mange très bien ça fait du bien à New York. Le cadre est chaleureux cosy et du coup inspire la quiétude. Le patron est incontournable et d’une amabilité de plus en français.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nous avons passé un super bon moment, avec de très bon produit. Nous sommes français expatriés et nous avons pris plaisir à manger de ce lieux 🇫🇷
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal in a warm and inviting environment
  10. M

    Martha

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I don't like to say how great this small restaurant is because I don't want others to discover it. Cannot believe it has been there for 40 years and we just discovered it.
  11. CM

    CatherineM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the French treasure near the Whitney. The owner greet AC you warmly and you get a hand written bill. It is an intimate warm space where conversation is easy no shouting to hear each other. We had the branding in ginger and lemon, lamb with herbs de Provence and of course a Cote Du Rhône wine. Food was excellent. We topped it off with a crème brûlée and apple tartin. Highly recommend!
  12. MW

    MaryW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live part-time in Paris and when we need a food fix, we go to La Rippaille. It is an exceedingly warm restaurant with tables properly spaced, low noise and excellent, friendly and warm service always. The menu is very French in choices and the food is delicious. We love the escargot (out of the shell in a tasty sauce) and the juicy lamb and the skirt steak with fries. And the fish. and mussels, and ......when available the cassoulet is just perfection. It is all delicious....oh, and don't forget the broccoli mouse!
  13. L

    Leisurist

    Dallas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at La Ripaille is sophisticated and tastes great! The service is friendly and professional. The pricing is moderate, and the atmosphere is welcoming. We will return.
  14. WE

    WEWILLBEBACK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    There was a major wait service absence
  15. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly service. I went with my wife for our anniversary. I'm glad we chose La Ripaille!
  16. M

    Mcleangirl

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the minute we walked into La Ripaille we knew it was going to be special. The owner was so nice and his team couldn't have been more attentive. The food was awesome. We now have a little slice of France a few blocks from our apartment. We have found a new favorite. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  17. SK

    SusanK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very simple, quaint, and cozy restaurant with a legitimate French ambiance and quality.
  18. NF

    NashFoodieGirl

    Nashville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was looking king for a French restaurant in NYC and found this in Open Table with great reviews. I was supposed that it was a tiny neighborhood place and that added to the charm. The food was very good - my mother’s lamb was excellent. We also really enjoyed desert!
  19. MF

    MichaelF

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am not sure why this place is not packed on a Saturday night. We had a great meal. Not rushed. Nice wines. Excellent appetizers and entrees. Comfort food. All of it delicious. Go!
  20. L

    Luvgoodfood

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been going to La Rapiere for years, have never been disappointed. The food and service have always been outstanding. Everyone is welcoming and accommodating.
  21. NN

    NathalieN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The couple that runs the restaurant was absolutely lovely. We had a couple friends come meet us on the Patio and everyone agreed it was well worth coming back. Ambiance was 10/10
  22. j

    josephb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely delicious evening.
  23. ZZ

    ZZ007

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a great night out....you're happy to spend $ in a place like this
  24. r

    roxy

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a marvelous dinner at the West Village classic. Years ago, I lived next door and ate there regularly. We hadn't been at the restaurant since we moved to Westchester and we were sorry that was the case. It's the perfect little bistro with all the classics you'd want and we will make it a point to go there more frequently!
  25. B

    Bobm

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Owner/manager was constantly barking at his wait staff in front of everyone in the restaurant. Not a good vibe. No complaints about the food the overall the experience wasn't great.
  26. A

    Addicted

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been coming to La Ripaille for 35 years, and the food is better than ever.
  27. V

    Vail77

    Los Angeles

    438 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    438 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I’ve lived in NYC most of my life until I ventured out west and I’ve never heard of La Ripaille. Fortunately, I stumbled upon it with a recent trip back home. It’s a small boutique type restaurant with fabulous charm and ambiance. It almost feels like you’re in Paris. Most of the staff are from France so be prepared for a 2-3 hour dinner. That’s typically how it goes in Paris. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was also very good. My only complaint was the hostess (blonde woman) behind the bar like area (not a bar though). When we arrived she was cold and aloof (the reason for 4 stars) but Alain the owner swept in and saved us. It was a poor first impression. Thank you to the chef for a fantastic dinner!
  28. JH

    JohnH

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intimate setting, authentic French food, attentive service. Romantic and cozy!
  29. JF

    JerryF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A real find! An intimate restaurant with a warm ambiance and friendly and personalized service that made us feel welcome as if we were guests in someone's French home. The food was particularly good. Will definitely return again and again.
  30. MK

    MatthewK

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent, even for French cuisine. The location and service add to the experience.
  31. U

    Uws40ishlady

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Paris earlier this year and were mourning the lack of great French food in unfussy places until we discovered La Ripaille. Broccoli mousse and mushroom tart appetizers were DELICIOUS- fish special delicious- frozen coconut-passion fruit soufflé really amazing. Owner makes you feel so welcome. Service is excellent. Overall an incredible find.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a part time apartment in NY! When we visit we always pick our favorite restaurants to visit. LaRipalle is one of the best! Food is fantastic and the service is excellent! We enjoyed an amazing salad and flavorful entrees. Lemon tart was outstanding! The owner is welcoming and offers excellent advice about the evenings choices. Will be back!
  33. ET

    EmilyT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delicious, delightful authentic French bistro, complete with the convivial, jovial French host, whose charm infuses the place with ambiance! If you're looking for the true, old-fashioned yet with contemporary touches, French bistro of yesteryear, this is your spot! Merci infiniment!
  34. a

    alice

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The restaurant is totally overrated. It was a huge disappointment and waste of money. I have a suspicion that their chef has never tasted authentic French cuisine.
  35. PR

    PaulR

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place is a gem, for the most part. The owner is a gregarious, funny and friendly French transplant that has improved NYC and America for many decades. The menu is small and excellent, both food and drinks. Try a cocktail! I had my very first Negroni here and thought it was quite good. If you are going to bring a bottle of wine do let the restaurant know in advance. The music is basically French radio from a small but not tinny speaker, modern and old. The atmosphere is much quieter than the average NYC restaurant, making it a much better option when you want to enjoy the people you are dining with. There are about eight seats outside and perhaps twenty-four inside. The filet mignon was one of the best I've had in my life. The onion goat cheese tarte was delicious. All the food, in fact, was excellent. I will keep coming back on every visit to NYC.
  36. JO

    JeffO

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Fantastic food with a neighborhood restaurant feel.
  37. WO

    WandaO

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have been enjoying this charming little restaurant since we dated back in the 90's, and when we more recently returned a few times with our adult children and their partners, it has never failed to delight. Beautifully situated across from Abingdon Square Park in Greenwich Village, the location only adds to the sense that you have been transported to France amid the hustle and bustle of NYC. The food is excellent, the service is top-notch and we can only hope that, with all the "cool and hip" eateries opening up in the area, this absolute gem will continue to enchant for many decades to come.
  38. VP

    VincentP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A fantastic neighborhood gem with fantastic service and classic French offerings.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner and host could not have been more personable. The ambiance is charming. This is a lovely, neighborhood gem with excellent food.
  40. U

    Uriah

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm not going to tell you this was the finest French food money can buy in NYC... or that the restaurant's decor is jaw-dropping in any way... It isn't. What it *is*, however, is one of the most charming, romantic, endearing, and true-to-form French experiences you can have without taking a flight. Every single item we ordered was perfectly executed and reminiscent of the French countryside. The staff made of husband, wife, and daughter made us feel like we were visiting with long-lost family from Provence. The decor and, tableware, and menu were authentic. Our evening was perfect and we will definitely be back (how did we not know of this place before hand?) What we ate/recommend - appetizers - mushroom puff pastry, pate de campagne, salmon terrine (special)... entrees, both specials - cod in a lemon butter sauce (wow... just wow), blanquette de veau (comme il faut)... dessert: dome du chocolat, creme Catalan...

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Ripaille is rated 4.8 stars by 861 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 7 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

    Lunch Tue–Sat 1:00 pm–10:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • 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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