About Ruffino’s on the River
Ruffino's on the River is located in Lafayette, LA.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:40pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11 am - 9:00pm
Between Caliste Saloom and Johnston St.
$31 to $50
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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.
Peter Sclafani III
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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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
This was one of my favorite restaurants. ...
This was one of my favorite restaurants. Love sitting in the bar area, hate the high top tables with more than two people. Table is too crowded and uncomfortable. I was disappointed. This time our one of our chicken dishes was dry and one was great. Not the same ambiance as past visits. The service was great and one of their best assets !
I went to Ruffino's for the wood fired p ...
I went to Ruffino's for the wood fired pizza. I was excited that Lafayette had such an option. From where I sat i could see perfectly round pizza crusts on the counter. I assumed they were purchased pizza crusts and not made in the restaurant. When i received and ate my pizza I found it to have a really tough crust though and poor texture. I asked why the pizza crust wasn't hand made. I was informed that it was. I later realized that they must be making them ahead of time and storing them on the counter until an order comes in. I am not sure if it was pre-baked crust or just refrigerated, but it destroyed the whole concept of a fresh made pizza. I was very disappointed at how close a restaurant could come to a great product yet fail so completely due to one error in technique. what a waste of a nice wood burning oven. If treating the crust this is a way Ruffino's is trying to save time I suggest they find another way.
We also ordered an eggplant parmigiana plate. This was underwhelming also. I cook at home often and I honestly could make better. I am not saying it was terrible. It wasn't. It was just blah. OK. slightly under average. That is not good enough to keep people coming back through the doors on a recurring basis.
I expect more from the food at a restaurant with such great ambiance and great wait staff. I watched 5 waiters and waitresses deliver food to a larger table near me. I am sure the patrons appreciate everyone getting their food at the same time. That is attention to detail I expect at such a place. If only the food were so delicately cared for i would go back, but it wasn't.
Food was less than good. Ordered filet. ...
Food was less than good. Ordered filet. Steak was sent back (2) times, because it was not cooked as ordered. Tough cut, could have gotten better at Texas Roadhouse ! My wife ordered Pork Chop. Potatoes were cold ! Asked for a manager. He didn't even ask me if I wanted to remove the steak from our bill. By the way, I never ate the steak, after sending it back twice, the same piece of MEAT, I told them to forget it ! I suggested that they remove it from the check ! They offered a desert free ! To say that I was disappointed, would be an understatement !
The food was amazing. First time there a ...
The food was amazing. First time there and first time having Cedar plank red fish. Also had the duck. Both were delicious. Portions are just right, but we didn't have any leftovers. The only thing we left with was desert. Staff is friendly and professional. Thanks for a wonderful anniversary dinner date.
Food is always great. Some of the best s ...
Food is always great. Some of the best steaks around.
I would recommend that if someone takes the time to make reservations for only 2 people, in the middle of the week, that Ruffino's should be able to accommodate that reservation immediately. Having to wait 30 minutes for a table when reservations were already made is really not acceptable. This particular time was not an issue, but I frequently dine out with my customers. If this were to happen when I was with my clients or customers, I would have probably left.
This will not stop me from going back, I'm merely making a recommendation for a better experience for customers with reservations.
We had a great meal. It was our anniver ...
We had a great meal. It was our anniversary, but we brought our 5 year old son with us. We sat on the deck which had a portable air conditioner running outside so it was comfortable. Our son was able to play outside while we enjoyed our date, then came up to eat his pizza with us when dinner arrived. It was a wonderful evening and the staff was super accommodating to both our son, and the celebration of our anniversary.
This was the worse service I have ever e ...
This was the worse service I have ever experienced in a restaurant of this caliber. I can appreciate when a server is busy, but in this case, the wait staff did not check on us from the time our food was delivered until the time out food was finished. The restaurant was NOT busy at this time, in fact, the young man responsible for our beverages was seen at his station playing the entire time we were there. My wife's drink and mine were both empty from the time our food was delivered to the time we ate our last bite. This was probably our 12th visit here and quite possibly our last.
Excellent experience. Was there with a ...
Excellent experience. Was there with a party of six to celebrate my son's 24th birthday. Wait-staff was very attentive but not overbearing. Food was very good (albeit pricey).
My 5-year-old granddaughter was allowed to create her own pizza and she especially enjoyed the cotton candy served to each table after the meal.
Prior to going there (second visit), we were unsure as to whether it would be a good experience for young family members and we found that it truly was.
My wife and I celebrated our wedding ann ...
My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary for the second consecutive year at Ruffinos. Both were very memorable experiences. We enjoyed the food very much and the service was excellent. We would definitely recommend Ruffinos to anyone in search of fine dinning.
Outstanding service! Young waiters who w ...
Outstanding service! Young waiters who were attentive and friendly. Then, we met the General Manager who gave us his card and walked us out! This is a restaurant (leadership and staff) who truly understand professionalism and personal service. Can't wait to return. Oh, and food options were quite diverse and tasty!
The service personel were wonderful: bri ...
The service personel were wonderful: bright spirited, genuinely interested in you having a good dining experience, knowledgeable, prompt and appropriately attentive. The food we ordered was delicious and well presented. Overall, my wife and I found the experience somewhat pricey, especially the cocktails we had before dinner. The menu did not indicate the price. In short, we would only want to dine here on very special occasions. The main complaint we had about the ambiance was the noise level. I would not want to dine here with a group because conversation among several people would be a strain. Otherwise, the ambiance was pleasant and tasteful in appearance.
Reasonable prices if you order reasonabl ...
Reasonable prices if you order reasonable food, i always splurge but our meal was fantastic, 2 people, amazing dry aged steaks, best dry aged ive ever had, excelently cooked and seasoned oysters for an appitizer, and some finely made cocktails for $150 before tip. Completely worth it with the unmatched level of service we received. Just the bread and dip is worthy of its own spot on the menu. Without a doubt we will be returning there and im highly dissappinted with myself for never going before.
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