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Ponchatoulas

109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
+1 318-254-5200
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Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood gumbo” (12 reviews)
“étouffée” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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Service
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LOCATION
109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
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1 - 10 of 170 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

This is moderately priced Cajun/Creole food. I have never regretted a single order here and am particularly fond of the fried seafood, the Crawfish Shirley and the Hamburger Steak. The only caveat is that while the menu and food is GOOD, there is not a...More

Thank ArkLaTexBob
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

About one mile off I-20 in Ruston, LA. What a hidden gem. If you want some really good Cajun food better go here. Really great! Good service. Food portions, quality fantastic! Nice menu lunch and dinner. Fair price. Try.....you won’t be sorry.

Thank Lloyd M
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review Mr. Lloyd! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! We love hearing feedback from our awesome customers!

Reviewed 1 week ago

When my sister-in-law is in town, this is the only place she wants to eat. We always get great service and good food. The pasta salad with fried crawfish tails is one of my favorites! And the bread pudding is a must!

Thank saspyles
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for the review! We love hearing positive experiences from our customers. We pride ourselves on great customer service and delicious cajun food! Our homemade white chocolate bread pudding is definitely a favorite! Thanks again! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had file and seafood gumbo and loved the flavor--important for LA girls. Excellent shrimp po boy and perfect sharing after gumbo. Would definitely eat there again

Thank Beth Ann May M
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Beth Ann! Thank you so much for your review. You definitely picked some great menu items! Those are some of our most popular dishes. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see y'all again very soon!

Reviewed 6 October 2017

We had heard a lot about this restaurant, and made it a point to visit when we were in Ruston. Definitely a good choice! They offer a nice variety of food, excellent presentation and a fun atmosphere. During the prime evening hours, parking is tight,...More

Thank 1Mustang7
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you so much for your review! So glad you found us! We love our customers and love to hear about their experiences! Thank you again for sharing! We look forward to your service in the future!

Reviewed 4 October 2017

Choose this place because of Tripadvisor and glad I did. Great food and neat atmosphere. I had the catfish stuffed with crayfish. Loved it. If you like onion rings theirs are homemade and fantastic. Next time I'm having the red beans and rice. Can't wait....More

Thank fivesolasturner
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We love our customers and love hearing from them! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and can't wait to see you again!!

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Pontchatoula's offers a taste of South Louisiana in Ruston with rustic decor, art by George Rodridgue (the Blue Dog artist), and a good selection of local beers. Menu has a wide range of seafood and Creole dishes like Shrimp Étouffée and Gumbo. It can be...More

Thank Julie L
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Hi Julie! Thank you so much for the review! You definitely hit the nail on the head describing us! We couldn't have said it better ourselves. We keep our restaurant as upbeat and festive as possible to ensure our customers have the best experiences! Again,...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Alway great food and service.!! Been several different occasions never been disappointed. Will continue to visit as much as possible.

Thank Chris R
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Hi Chris! Thank you for your sweet review! We love getting feedback from our awesome customers! We can't wait to see you again!!

Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Mainly fried cuisine with traditional louisiana options (gumbo, etouffe, etc). Seafood platter is delicious! Pasta salad is yummy too

Thank 78morgan
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We are glad you were pleased with your meal! You definitely picked some of our best items on the menu!! Again, thank you!!

Reviewed 12 September 2017

This place is so good, I had a hard time ordering yesterday so I settled for a Andoullie Poboy and red beans and rice. All good, I have eaten here several times and the gumbo and etouffe is awesome.

Thank Hontwe
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Hi! Thanks for the review! We appreciate our customers' feedback. You definitely chose some of our best options and we are happy to hear you enjoyed everything! We can't wait to see you again, thank you!

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Sharon K
7 February 2017|
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Response from Jennifer M | Property representative |
The grilled chicken, fish, and shrimp with grilled vegetables. You can do no rice or bread and that would work.
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Latoya M
9 December 2016|
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Response from Chris G | Property representative |
Yes you can come in an enjoy yourself and get your food cooked to order just like we do all day long. We do have a scaled down menu after 10 but it does include all our wonderful fried seafood and more. You may have to... More
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daylilyrx
24 July 2016|
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Response from sampettit | Reviewed this property |
You bet, they are quick
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Ruston
  • Phone Number: +1 318-254-5200
Description
Ponchatoulas was founded in February 1996, by original owner Johnny Gaudet, who then partnered with Chris Garriga in 2004. With a passion for good food and fun, Gaudet opened the restaurant on the bustling Park Avenue in downtown Ruston. The building housed a fire station in the early 1900's, complete with the big red fire truck and even horse-drawn carriages lining the downtown streets. Some years later, the location became a landmark for one of history's music legends, Elvis Presley. Presley recorded in an upstairs studio of the then KRUS radio station. It wasn't until the late 1980's that the building was converted to a restaurant, not much different from the current site. The full-service restaurant offers patrons a wide variety menu that includes appetizers of seafood gumbo, fried mushrooms and boudin balls, as well as from the fryer servings of fried crawfish tails, shrimp, oyster and catfish. Ponchatoulas is famous for their crawfish étouffée, red beans and rice, crab cakes, poboys, and white chocolate bread pudding. Open for lunch and dinner, patrons often come for the free live entertainment and happy hour drink specials. The restaurant's Cajun ambiance will make you feel as though you are sitting in the French Quarter of New Orleans. If you'd rather take that New Orleans feeling home to your dining table, Ponchatoulas makes it easy with heat and serve to go orders.
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