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Ponchatoulas

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109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
+1 318-254-5200
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11:00 - 02:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Horrible service and food. Captain Ds would have been a better choice. Fried seafood platter was overlooked and French fries were cold.

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

We are very sorry to hear this. We would appreciate it if you could send us a little more information about your visit. You are welcome to email Christy at christym311@gmail.com. She is our manager and we want to know when you visited so we can hopefully solve this issue. We pride ourselves in putting out delicious and fresh food... More 

Madisonville, Louisiana
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eat here often. Consistently good food and service. Ruston is a college town but this place isn't typical college crowd food; it's much better. Obvious Cajun theme, owned by family from south La they do a good job with those dishes and yet the hamburger steak is down home good. Service is good, usually College students who do well. Happy... More 

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

Thank you so much!! We really appreciate the kind words. We will for sure be showing this to our employees. It always brightens their day when they hear about a positive review! :) More 

Ruston, Louisiana
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful atmosphere good food very nice staff. Very good desert I recommend the cheese cake and club Sam witch

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Jennifer M, In-House Marketing at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in and for taking the time to leave us a review! We really appreciate it and can't wait for you to come visit with us again! :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Awesome. I have never eaten real Italian food and it was great. I had a Muffaletta and it was great. Ponchatoula thanks for bring on trip advisor.

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

Thank YOU for visiting us! We mainly focus on cajun/creole food but we mix it up a little with our Crawfish Shirley and Muffaletta. Thanks again for dining with us! More 

Ruston, LA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Ponchatoulas has a good variety to choose from---burgers, fish and seafood, Italian. I'm not into Italian food but I've had their burgers, catfish, and fried shrimp---also onion rings. The food was always well cooked and piping hot. Service was really good. Time from order placement to food on the table was reasonable. All in all a pleasant family dining experience.

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Jennifer M, In-House Marketing at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thank you for being such a loyal customer! :) We definitely appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to see you soon! More 

Ruston, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Great place for some cajun cuisine. Good po boys, red beans and rice, or fried fish platter. Another little gem located in the historic downtown of Ruston near railroad park.

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Jennifer M, In-House Marketing at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We definitely appreciate it! More 

Jonesboro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This was our 1st time and it was great. Just the 2 of us and we relaxed the whole time. We ordered several appetizers to try. Great.

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Jennifer M, In-House Marketing at Ponchatoulas, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your 40th anniversary with and a happy belated anniversary to you both! We hope to see you guys again soon! :) More 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Friday night we had a 30 minute wait. Once seated and order placed the food arrived shortly. Nice place to watch the game and hang out with family. The food was good.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us! On a Friday night we are pretty busy but do our best to get our guests seated as fast as possible. Thanks again for dining with us! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We went here after a Tech game. Very busy place. Food was really good. I had the stuffed catfish that was topped with crawfish etoufe that was really good. Apparently is a popular place in town.

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

Glad you could stop in! We do stay fairly busy due to our great downtown location! Our stuffed catfish is a local favorite so you made a great choice! :) More 

Waynesboro, MS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We were in town for the weekend and decided on Ponchatoulas because it was close to our hotel. It felt more like a Sports bar with tvs on every wall which was nice for us since Alabama and LSU were playing and we did not want to miss the game. It is very casual, but the menu covers anything you... More 

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

So glad you were able to stop in! Sounds like you guys had a little bit of everything to make a perfect meal! We would love to have you guys back and look forward to the next time we see each other! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Bar
Meals
After-hours, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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