About Ruffino’s on the River
Lafayette, LA 70508
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
My husband and I were celebrating our te ...
My husband and I were celebrating our ten year anniversary. The wait staff was extremely helpful in choosing a wine and recommending entrees. They took note of a passing comment I made about it being our tenth and they brought out complimentary champagne and desert. It made the night extra special. We will definitely be coming here again.
We had an amazing time! It was me and my ...
We had an amazing time! It was me and my girls one year together. We showed up and there was a note congratulating us, they they brought us wine to celebrate and at the end they brought a piece of cake with happy 1st anniversary on it in sauce! Thank you so much for the experience ruffinos!
We arrived on time for our 8:30 reservat ...
We arrived on time for our 8:30 reservation and weren't seated until 9:20. No-one seemed to care. We had drinks at the bar - vodka soda. I advised the bartender that the soda was flat. He said it was actually water, not soda. Really, vodka water? He promptly poured vodka soda. After complaining twice about the delayed table we were finally seated. A restaurant manager came over, apologized, and offered to get us complimentary appetizers. We had salads - ice box cold. Once it got to just above room temperature it was ok. We all ordered steaks and 3 out of 4 were good. The fourth (ordered 'medium' was well done). Given the time invested in waiting for a table I didn't send it back only to wait longer for another. This place is clearly a factory rather than a culinary experience. Service was awkward and spotty, and we didn't get cotton candy at the end. Oh well. I live in NYC and was in Lafayette for an event. Fortunately for me I never have to dine at this place again.
Last minute reservation made thru Open T ...
Last minute reservation made thru Open Table worked well. Good service. I enjoyed my 8oz. filet but my wife thought the redfish en papillote tasted odd and the portion was tiny for the $35 charge. We ordered no dessert but had a coffee which was served lukewarm. Not their best effort that night.
First time at the Sunday brunch. Not all ...
First time at the Sunday brunch. Not all seating areas open for brunch therefore the condensed environment created a higher noise level than I have experienced at evening dining. One beverage order a little slow in getting to the table, other than that, menu options, food and service was good as usual.
We went there with friends and we sat in ...
We went there with friends and we sat in the bar area. The service was some of the worst that I have experienced. I waited 22 minutes for my water to be refilled. We got bread right before our entrees(after asking 3 times) then it was bread with no olive oil sauce to put on our bread. I ordered a steak and had to ask the waiter 2 different times to get me a steak knife. I guess I am spoiled because we live in baton rouge and that has never happened at Highland. I do not know if I will go back to that location.
The food was exactly what I expected, gr ...
The food was exactly what I expected, great food that tasted very fresh and full flavored. Ruffino's sampler was a great way to try multiple appetizers, the pork cheek was our favorite. I had the Pork chop and my wife had the beef shoulder pasta. The entrees were way better then the last time we went although desert tasted like it sat in a fridge all day, I've had way better tiarimisu at many places.
Very Disappointed We were seated in the ...
We were seated in the bar at a pub table. There were loud obnoxious people crowding against my wife's back while we were trying to eat. Very noisy, could not have a conversation for the people almost screaming right next to us.
Appetizer and Entree was almost inedible it was so salty. Not served hot, like it sat in the kitchen awhile before being served. Yucky.
We liked the Sensation salad, but glad we ordered the dressing on the side. Won't order that dressing again.
Service was OK. Had to request refills on drinks as that was neglected, but I wouldn't say it was my best service experience. Seemed like the team was trying though. Maybe they had too many tables.
Overall- very disappointed. We will try it again, maybe it was a fluke. Because it was our anniversary, it was a real let down as we wanted to have a special, romantic night and had great things about Ruffino's
It was a busy night with many large tabl ...
It was a busy night with many large tables for the holidays , but the service was impeccable , and the food outstanding .
The duck was one of the best dishes I have had in a long time .
Highly recommend it .
I will be back soon !
We sat at a table in the bar. I was surp ...
We sat at a table in the bar. I was surprised to see how busy it was on a Sunday night, which is a good sign of a popular place. It was quiet and unpretentious. I wish the weather had been nicer so we could have enjoyed a walk outside.
Had reservations but still had to wait. ...
Had reservations but still had to wait. Then they tried to sit us in the bar in high chairs with people standing all around you. I refused and waited longer until a normal table was ready. The menu was limited which also was aggravating. I had veal Parmesan which had a lot of gristle. Also the noise level was deafening. I used to love Ruffino's. After having too many bad meals at the Baton Rouge location I figured I'd give the Lafayette location a try. Not much better. Won't go back!
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.
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