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109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
+1 318-254-5200
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  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
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“seafood gumbo” (12 reviews)
“boudin balls” (8 reviews)
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Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
109 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270-4453
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 17 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 2 weeks ago

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 6 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 5 March 2018

I went to this restaurant for the first time and was a little disappointed because the person making the salads was fixing the plates with the tongs and I watched her pickup some of the salad that had fell off the plate with her hand....More

Thank dm03022
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve our atmosphere and ensure our customers are happy with everything! I have notified the owners of this issue and it will be fixed immediately. We apologize for this problem.

Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

As usual we enjoyed our dinner at Ponchatoulas. Fried mushrooms are my absolute favorite! Fried shrimp and oysters are really good as was the fried onion rings. I will definitely be back!!!More

1  Thank Dianne S
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the sweet review Dianne! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! You definitely picked some great items off the menu, as our fried mushrooms are one of the most popular appetizers! Thank you again and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Second trip thru Ruston, second visit too Ponchatoulas. Food very good especially considering its a college bar type atmosphere. Drinks are creative and a nice way to end a long car day. Ate the crawfish poo boy...crawfish appeared fresh. Staff was friendly and we didn't...More

Thank Amy A
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Hi Amy! Thank you for the review! Our crawfish poboys are a GREAT and DELICIOUS choice! Our poboy bread comes straight from Gambino's bakery in New Orleans. We are happy to hear that you are pleased with your visit and we hope to see you...More

Reviewed 2 February 2018

Best fried seafood in town! The catfish is fabulous. The seafood platter that boasts some of everything is such a winner! Always a great choice. Great etoufee and red beans and rice. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I think they...More

Thank Nancy W
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thank you for the review Nancy! We appreciate our customers' feedback and are always looking for ways to satisfy you all! I will let our owners know about the lack of shrimp in our gumbo. We try to put as much as we can in...More

Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

We were given this recommendation by a colleague who lives here. The reviews are very high but I guess I didn’t eat what they had eaten. Food- Their roux for my husbands dish was good. I had crawfish gumbo and a crab cake. The white...More

Thank Lisa_Anglin
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thank you for the feedback! We appreciate and welcome any and all feedback in order to better serve our customers! Our gumbo is homemade with a flavorful roux that is suited to please as many as possible! Some of the recommended dishes and house specialties...More

Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Great location. Staff real nice and professional. Food real good The red beans and rice is outstanding I always try to stop here when in the area Nice place. Food is real good. I’m not sure what else to write to make up the minimum...More

Thank K9sniffer
HannahBurr7, Marketing Coordinator at Ponchatoulas, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! Our atmosphere is definitely one of a kind and we try our best to please everyone and make it a fun place to be! Our staff works very hard to make sure our customers...More

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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.
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
23 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
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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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