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109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
+1 318-254-5200
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Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Bar
$$ - $$$
109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Going here for lunch requires EXTRA time; lunchtime service is notoriously and chronically s-l-o-w! If you can, wait for the lunch crush to pass or go for dinner. Service is better here in the evening, anyway. The food is generally good, but there are some...More

Thank BelleOfMyHeart
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a local eatery that serves a great lunch. Try to get there before 12:00 or the service slows down considerably. Red beans and rice is always good, as well as both versions of their gumbo. Onion rings are hand cut and battered.

Thank Frank H
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

We do offer online ordering now for quicker service on to-go orders! We thank you for coming in and look forward to your next visit! :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Husband and I both had the shrimp poboys with French fries. We both thought it was very good. The poboys were big and it will fill you up.

Thank RhondaSue57
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thanks Ms. Rhonda! If you haven't signed up for our email blast list yet we recommend it. We send out monthly coupons which can be really helpful!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service and food. Waitress extremely helpful and courteous. Coffee was excellent. Quiet, peaceful atmosphere..

Thank lyndonpousson
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thank you! We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I can only say that the food is consistently good, and I have always liked the atmosphere. Last night's stuffed catfish was excellent, and so was the seafood platter. The service is fast and friendly.

Thank Keylargo77
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Our guests opinions are always important to us. Can't wait to have you visit us again! :)

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Several of us had launch and choices was hard to pick out a entree due everything at other tables look good. Crab cakes were so flavorful. Wait staff was great. Can't wait to go back to try new food.

Thank Alan R
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thank you for coming in Alan! We appreciate the kind review! :)

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Good food didn't like the atmosphere very expensive a little displeased maybe we need to try to again on another night

Thank grammy61407
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

The next time you visit us feel free to talk to management so we can make sure you have a great time with us. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 12 April 2017

I brought a group of 17 students for lunch. We faxed our orders in and when we got there they had everything prepared. We did not have to wait for anything. We were out of there by 45 minutes. It was awesome!!

Thank Kathy L
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thank you guys for coming in! We loved having y'all!

Reviewed 21 March 2017

We arrived for supper about 7 pm. There was people waiting outside for a table. The hostess took our name and was friendly. Wait time was about 30 minutes so we headed to the bar to kill the time. Bartenders were friendly and even gave...More

Thank Chad B
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

So glad you guys chose us to dine with! We try our best to get our guests seated as quickly as possible but on a Friday evening we are always busy. We hope to see y'all again soon! :)

Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Good family atmosphere! Food was pretty good. Crab fingers were really good and the crabcake as well. Our server was accommodating when I asked to move due to space. I would go back.

Thank Angela C
Jennifer M, In-House Marketer at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We really appreciate hearing your kind words. We just updated our menu though and we will no longer have the crab claws. We hope that you will find another favorite appetizer though and visit us again!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Sharon K
Do you have gluten-free options?
8 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.
Latoya M
If we come after a 10 o'clock movie on a Friday night will we still have enough time to relax and eat??? Maybe around 12:30 & closing time is 2 am...will the food still be fresh
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
Can you get in and out for lunch time
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
  • Value
After-hours, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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
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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.