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Ponchatoulas

109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
+1 318-254-5200
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Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood gumbo” (12 reviews)
“boudin balls” (8 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Value
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LOCATION
109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
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1 - 10 of 193 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just driving thru and wanted dinner. Read reviews & gave it a try. Great service and generous portions. Catfish dinner was enough for two and fried perfectly. Hubby loved red beans & rice. My first taste of boudinballs was live at first bite. 6 large...More

Thank D8471CJmariannem
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent one night in Ruston on our way to OK and wanted to find a good Cajun restaurant and we found a great one! Do NOT miss this place if you are looking for great Cajun/Creole food. There service is superb, the food is...More

Thank Woodsmith44
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi! Thank you so much for the review! The positive feedback is always enjoyed by our wonderful staff! We are glad our little taste of New Orleans to satisfy all of your cravings! Come back soon and thank you again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, good service, and very good food. I had the combo with crawfish etoufee and fried shrimp. Well prepared and good portions.

Thank smittyODU
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for the review! We strive to have the best atmosphere and staff around! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stuffed catfish was simply outstanding! It was a recommended dish to us and we recommend it for you. The disappointment was the seafood gumbo- the dish itself was tasty but the temp of the soup was not hot.. it was luke warm.More

Thank Kwajkid007
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review and GREAT choice on the stuffed catfish. Our seafood gumbo is one of our more popular items on the menu so, I apologize for the disappointment. I will definitely relay this message to management to have it resolved immediately! Thank...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughters good friend Hannah is a bartender here and recommended it to me and my husband. I live in Texas and we love our good food from our neighbors! This is such a lovely space and really gives me a taste of the local...More

Thank timrachels
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Tim and Rachel! We love our waitresses and we're happy to hear nothing but GREAT things from your first experience with us! Thank you again for the sweet review and we hope to see y'all soon!!!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tow of us snuck in on a Saturday night, with a line out the door...but since only 2 of us they took us right in. This is an old time local establishment with a big menu of many regional items that you can order...More

Thank Ed R
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Ed! We can definitely get busy at times, but we do our best to sit everyone as quick as possible while also, continuing to have a comfortable dining area for our customers! We can't wait to see y'all again!!

Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Came here with a group of ten people and had dinner on a Thursday. Service was friendly and speedy. We all shared appetizers of fried pickle chips and fried green tomatoes. My hubby got shrimp ettoufee with a side of fried shrimp and I got...More

Thank Laura K
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review Laura! Our staff works hard to make sure everything is perfect for our customers! We are happy y'all enjoyed your experience and we hope to see y'all soon!

Reviewed 6 April 2018

Traveling through to TX, staying in Ruston. We decided to try Ponchatoulas. Husband had the cup of gumbo and the Italian salad. Both were excellent! We have a friend, who is from New Orleans, and cooks a great roux sauce and gumbo. It so reminded...More

Thank nancy m
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the sweet review Nancy! We appreciate you taking the time to write us and are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience! We do our best to give everyone a little taste of New Orleans in a small town! Most of...More

Reviewed 18 March 2018

Funny, I've driven through Ruston for years and always assumed that the old town was north of I 20. Not true, The old town is almost a mile south of the interstate. There are several watering holes and a very good Cajun seafood restaurant called...More

1  Thank Sid H
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi Sid! Thank you for the sweet, sweet review! We love when our customers enjoy the food and atmosphere as much as we do! You definitely made a GREAT choice on squeezing the bread pudding in! It is for sure a "must try." Thank you...More

Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Cool looking hang-out where everyone fits in. College kids, adults, business people and families were all there, and no one felt out of place. That's why I gave 4 stars. The food was good. The service was okay.More

1  Thank Monica_Michigan
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you Monica. You hit the nail on the head with the atmosphere we are trying to achieve! We strive to make our restaurant inviting for anyone and everyone. However, it seems as if you were not pleased with the food and service. If there...More

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Sharon K
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.
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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
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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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