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La Ripaille

4.8
4.8
822 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 1 time 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 822 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Romantic

  • Manhattan

    French

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  1. U

    Uriah

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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...
  2. MP

    MattP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fantastic. Kind enough to bring champagne to the table for my girlfriend's birthday
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing food, a small romantic hidden gem
  4. PP

    PranayP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    awesome! Les Allies champagne, recommended by the chef, was awesome too!
  5. L

    Lesm4

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going here for 32 years and the quality has been maintained since day one. Try the broccoli mousse!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good exceptional , the owners / the servers were so incredibly sweet. It’s my new favorite place in WV.
  7. J

    Josephinenyc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere, French cuisine in a nice simple way
  8. BB

    BarbaraB

    New York Area

    127 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Although a small piece the filey mignon was absolutely delicious. It hit our 3 needs tender, flavourful and juicy and cooked exactly as we requested. Escargot preparation unusual and excellent as was the pate compagne
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful neighborhood gem with such a charm ~ the food is fantastic and the space is cozy.
  10. KI

    KumiI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Authentic French cuisine plus casual atmosphere of a bistro: an unbeatable combination!
  11. C

    Cathy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a lovely evening for outdoor dining. The food and service outstanding. We highly recommend and will return.
  12. MH

    MichaelH

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to enjoy a family dinner. Attentive service and delicious meal. Wine and champagne list outstanding!
  13. AS

    AndrewS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service, amazing drinks, and the wine selection is top notch. Great bistro in the west village.
  14. LS

    LoveSoho

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to this comfortable, charming classic French restaurant for more than 25 years. The experience is always superb. Alain ( and often his wife) are perfect hosts; the food is wonderful and the room and pace of the meal allows a relaxing, quiet time with your date or friends and family. There are few places left in the city like La Ripaille.
  15. JB

    JoanB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner. For a moment I thought I was back on the Ile Saint Louis. The food was wonderful and the service outstanding. We will be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Ripaille is some of the best French food I’ve eaten in NYC. The broccoli mouse and mushroom appetizers are must-haves, and their specials menu is incredible. Lovely ambiance and extremely courteous hosts.
  17. MS

    MartiniakSenior

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tiny cute French restaurant with a very creative menu and excellent preparation. Delicious.
  18. TZ

    TonyZ

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wonderful service. Perfect spot well worth the visit ,
  19. JW

    JanetW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    4 days later and my husband is still talking about what a waste of $400 our dinner for 4 people at La Ripaille was. There is NO WAY the food is prepared on the premises. It is comparable to airplane food. To give just one example: $48 for Steak au Poivre with no poivre in the 1 tablespoon of sauce with a re-heated steak I am pretty sure they got from Trader Joe's. Worst meal I've had in NYC in 9 years. At first, I felt sorry for them but after getting our main courses it felt like the owner couldn't care less and thought Americans wouldn't know the difference. Frankly, we left feeling ripped off and disrespected.
  20. NM

    NicoleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hosts were wonderful and the food was great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great spot
  22. b

    bmaguide

    New York Area

    101 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful meal in a charming setting. Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.
  23. d

    dearaddie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sumptuous and exquisite, dining at La Ripaiile is always a joyous experience. The food, the service, and the ambiance never disappoint. Alain and crew make you feel welcome, never rushed and the cuisine is superb. Along with the old world charm, there is a clean, fresh feeling and always the best vibes.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s so good to have a neighborhood gem like this place. It’s been around 40 years. You meet neighbors, old and new here. The service is warm and professional. The food is just yummy!!!
  25. SP

    SusanP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and excellent food. I highly recommend and would go back the next time I’m in NYC.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt like we were in Paris. Service was terrific, from the moment we were welcomed at the door. Very relaxed atmosphere, never felt rushed. We had two appetizers, the salmon tartare and the broccoli mousse - the salmon was good, but the mousse was really delicious. Both of our mains were tasty, but the chicken calvados that my wife ordered was really terrific. We’ll be back!
  27. A

    kayeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful authentic French food in a beautiful setting with attentive service. We can’t wait to repeat the experience here again. First rate in every way.
  28. NI

    NICKW

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This was a lovely little bistro. I do wish the bread were warm and that the restaurant itself were a bit warmer as well. The service was attentive but clearly one server was in training, so there were a few small deals that were a little off. All in all, it was a lovely meal.
  29. MP

    MarkP

    Dallas

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a nice evening at La Ripaille! It was cold and damp outside and the atmosphere inside the restaurant was warm and charming.......a true, little French bistro. My spouse ordered a Manhattan and I ordered a sauvignon blanc. The cocktail was not only very good quality but a hefty pour. The wine...excellent. We shared the puff pastry with mushrooms for an appetizer. The pastry was done perfectly and the mushrooms and sauce were aromatic and tasty. We had the bass special and grilled shrimps for our entries. Both were good. The chocolate dessert was rich, not to sweet and terrific! A very nice evening.
  30. MS

    MargauxS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at La Ripaille and it was fantastic! My boyfriend and I split the mushroom pastry and broccoli mousse appetizers which were both so good - I had never heard of broccoli mousse before and it was very rich and delicious. My boyfriend got the veal special, which he loved, and I had some of the best truffle pasta I've ever had. The staff was kind and courteous and the interior was really cozy and cute. I would absolutely come here again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing authentic French food in a modest but cozy environment
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    The food wasn't particularly good, below average. It was also quite pricey for what it was.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely place with a crew that genuinely cares about their customers having a great experience. Definitely recommend and will return.
  34. I

    Isabel

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had one of the best dinners of our life here, truly outstanding. The food was delicious, everything was perfectly cooked, the menu has lots of good options (including veggie it's a quiet, cozy restaurant that feels like stepping back in time to old new york. Highly recommend, really one of the best nights out we've had in years.
  35. GL

    GraceL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, it’s authentic and intimate. Sauces are impeccable.
  36. S

    Steven

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful spot. The food is very good, the desserts are excellent, the ambiance is great and the owner,Alain,is a hoot. You will have a great time!
  37. R

    Raquel

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most adorable spot. This place is peak cozy dining in the village but with elegance. So much personality and warmth. The food was immaculate, everything was prepared and served with intention. Truly a gem. Will be back many, many times.
  38. c

    conniep

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hospitality was superb and food beyond delicious Would definitely go back
  39. l

    lizf

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Delicious food and lovely ambience. Will definitely return.
  40. HA

    HollyA

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious and the service impeccable. Always warmly greeted and our coats are hung up for us before we are ushered to the table. The restaurant is small, intimate, welcoming, and cozy. We’ve loved every meal and experience. If you don’t live in the west village, it’s worth the trip.

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 822 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 1 time 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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