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109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
+1 318-254-5200
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood gumbo” (16 reviews)
“boudin balls” (9 reviews)
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Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I found Ponchatoulas on Trip Advisor and decided to try it out. We were not disappointed! Both the food and the service were great! He had shrimp creole and I had grilled shrimp with broccoli. Our server, Kaylie (sp) was fantastic!

Thank Rrduty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great spot. Skip the chain restaurants. Onions rings are good enough to be an entree. Ice cold draft beers.

Thank Marty G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our way to Florida from Texas and it was a great little lunch place. I had fried shrimp and my wife had red beans and rice. Both were very good. Certainly beats fast food on the interstate. Very good choice for...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant yoLoved the downtown location. I had the fried shrimp and maybe half of them had been deveined. Test was very good. Best part of meal was the gumbo fil. Food server needed menu and food prep training. Overall not bad. Next time I will...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting menu but extremely delicious and good customer service although they should be more attentive to customers. had to get out my seat a few times

Thank greatcarlyn
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Early dinner started with sampler appetizer. Fried mushrooms were juicy and fantastic. Mini meat pies were a good sampling, boudin balls were very good also. We got gumbo with catfish, gumbo with fried oysters, red beans with crabcake, and I got the stuffed catfish. Everything...More

Thank gbr4
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

My son and I visited this restaurant based on good reviews on trip advisor and the fact that it is the number one restaurant on trip advisor in Ruston. We ordered the appetizer sampler, the crawfish Shirley and the shrimp platter. The food was ok...More

Thank gincapello
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

I’ve eaten here about 4 times the past 6 or so years while staying in Ruston for teaching conferences. It’s got a heavy bar feel to the facility & dated look but AMAZING food. I’m not doing the Fried stuff the past few years but...More

1  Thank Onewaymn
Kayli B, Public Relations Manager at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Hi! Thank you for your review! We love our servers and they work very hard to ensure the best service for our customers. The grilled salmon on the healthy request is one of our most popular items. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed August 10, 2018

Found this gem on our return road trip from Texas to Florida. Fried green tomatoes - incredible! They had a wonderfully spiced breading and the dipping sauce had the right amount of kick to it. I had the seafood gumbo which was full of crab...More

Thank Teri24
Kayli B, Public Relations Manager at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Thank you for the review Teri! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! We love hearing feedback from our awesome customers! We hope to see you all again soon!

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Friendly and fast service. Large portions for a great price. Good laid back atmosphere that we enjoyed.More

Thank Shannon S
Kayli B, Public Relations Manager at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Hi Shannon! 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 do our best to ensure our customers have the best experiences! Again, thank you! Come back to see...More

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Questions & Answers
February 7, 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
December 9, 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
July 23, 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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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
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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