Mobile Menu Icon
Downtown Header

Experience Ruston Blog

5 Top Restaurants in Ruston Louisiana

September 25, 2019Written by: Two Upright Tray Tables

1 - Uitility.jpg

Ruston Louisiana is a quaint little town in north Louisana. While the size of the town may be small, the local restaurants are big on flavor. Several years ago, we used to live in Ruston. Now we're heading back for a weekend to visit a few favorite restaurants and try some new ones. Here's our list of the top five places to eat in Ruston, Louisiana.


1. Raw

 2 - Raw.jpg

Raw is our pick for the best restaurant in Ruston. It also happens to be one of the best sushi spots, not just in Ruston, but anywhere we've ever been. Seriously. It's that good. We started our meal with several appetizers. Pork gyoza, edamame, vegetarian spring rolls, and tuna poke. Amazing! Then we ordered a Fashion roll for me and the vegetarian special for Charise. We've never once had a bad meal or even a bad dish at this place. Raw is worth a visit to Ruston all on its own.

 3 - Raw food.jpg

Tuna Poke

 4 - RAW food.png

Vegetarian Special

5 - Raw Employee.jpg 


2. Beau Vines

 6 - Beau Vines.jpg

Not to be outdone is Beau Vines Steakhouse. Beau Vines is a warm and relaxing classic steakhouse. They also happen to have a huge open fire grill right in the middle of the dining room. Naturally, I ordered a steak that was cooked perfectly. Even though it's a steakhouse, Charise was happy with her strawberry salad and some vegetable sides. We both really enjoyed our meal and finished up with some cheesecake. If you want a steak in Ruston, this is where you go.

 6 - Beau Vines.jpg

Filet with crab and au gratin potatoes

 7 - Beau Vines.jpg



3. Utility Brewing Company

 9 - Utility Brewing.jpg

Brick oven pizza. On-site craft beer brewing. What more do you need? Utility has a fun atmosphere and delicious pizza. Charise ordered the Spicy Artichoke pie, and I chose the BBQ beef special. Both were amazing. Every beer we had was great too, but if you just can't decide, try a flight and sample 6 to pick your favorite.

 10 - Utility.jpg

 11 - Utility Pizza toss.jpg

Just throwing some dough around.

 12 - Utility Pizza.jpg

Spicy artichoke and BBQ beef pizzas

 12 - Utility Pizza.jpg

Honey Saison Ale


4. The Heard Food Trucks

 14 - Grown and Grazed.jpg

For an outdoor option, head to The Heard Food Truck Park. Here everyone can get something they like, and a group can share several different dishes. Grown and Grazed focuses on locally sourced ingredients for their sandwiches and burgers. Bad Wolf BBQ has some amazing brisket tacos. Chindian Flavors is there on some nights as well, serving up Indian and African cuisine. Cap it all off with some nitrogen ice cream from Yolo Nitro. It's hard to top that, especially when the weather is nice for sitting outside.

 15 - Yolo Nitro.jpg

Liquid nitrogen ice cream!

 16 - Food Truck Food.jpg

Habanero burger and BBQ brisket tacos


5. Ponchatoulas

Ponchatoulas is an excellent local place serving up great Louisiana dishes such as red beans and rice, catfish, and gumbo. Back when I lived in Ruston, I used to eat here almost every day for lunch or dinner. In fact, we came up with our own menu items. One example is the "Rob Trahan," which is the standard red beans and rice but with fried chicken on top. I'm pretty sure they won't know what you mean if you order the "Rob Trahan” now, but you can still get red beans and rice with fried chicken if you ask. The gumbo is also delicious, as is pretty much anything else on the menu. It won't be a light meal, but you'll love Ponchatoulas if you're in town.

 18 - ponchatoulas.jpg

Fried pickles

 18 - ponchatoulas.jpg

Chicken and sausage gumbo

 19 - Ponch.jpg

The “Rob Trahan”



Ruston Louisiana has some excellent food options. You can't go wrong with anything on our list. But there are more than five restaurants in Ruston. Did we miss your favorite? What did we leave off the list? Let us know below in the comments.

Tags: Eat Local

More Blog Posts


Guide to the 74th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival (5/24/24)5 Must-dos for the 74th Louisiana Peach Festival (5/7/24)Ultimate Sports Traveler Guide to Ruston, LA (4/26/24)Ruston, LA Named One of the Best Historic Small Towns in America (4/10/24)Spring in Lincoln Parish: 5 Must-Do Activities (4/9/24)Discover Everything Great About the 318 (3/15/24)Strong Year Reported for Tourism in Lincoln Parish (3/12/24)How to Celebrate 318 Day in Ruston, La (3/5/24)Celebrating Black History Month (2/20/24)74th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival to Feature Free Admission (2/15/24)Ruston's Top Pizza Picks: 4 Must-Try Spots (2/7/24)Lincoln Parish Sesquicentennial Committee Wins Hospitality Award (1/25/24)Exploring the Latest in Ruston: Your Guide to What's New (1/18/24)Discovering Mardi Gras Flavors in Ruston-Lincoln Parish (1/11/24)


8 Unforgettable Holiday Events in Lincoln Parish (11/12/23)Desi Bourgeois Brings a Taste of Ruston to Dallas (10/25/23)Desi Bourgeois Recognized as a Louisiana Chef to Watch (10/18/23)Fall Events and Activities: Your Guide to Ruston's Seasonal Delights! (10/2/23)The Ultimate Guide to Loyal Blue Weekends (10/1/23)Ruston’s Bad Wolf BBQ Receives Two Awards at Louisiana Food and Wine Festival (9/21/23)Ruston's Best Interstate Eats (9/6/23)LA Tech Game Day Guide 2023 (8/17/23)Experience Ruston Hires Director of Marketing & Communications (8/7/23)23 Things to Love About Lincoln Parish (7/13/23)Beat the Heat in Ruston-Lincoln Parish (6/26/23)Cold Treats (6/15/23)35 Things to Do in Ruston Before You Graduate (6/13/23)2023 Peach Restaurant Roundup (5/25/23)Ruston, LA to Host 2023 DYB World Series (2/13/23)Love in Lincoln Parish: Top Romantic Spots for Valentine's Day (2/7/23)Local Mardi Gras Food and Flavors (1/26/23)City of Ruston Announces Buc-ee's is Coming to Ruston, LA (1/13/23)New Year's Resolutions in Lincoln Parish (1/5/23)


Ruston Coffee Trail (11/21/22)Shop Small for the Holidays (11/15/22)5 Fun Kids Activities in Ruston (11/11/22)Autumn Vibes in Ruston (10/21/22)Must-attend Holiday Happenings in Ruston (10/20/22)Best Burgers in Ruston (10/19/22)4 Ways to Celebrate the Arts this Fall (10/12/22)Emily F. Stogner Named CVB Marketing & Communications Director (10/10/22)FREE PERFORMANCE OF WORLD RENOWN ZYDECO BAND IN RUSTON NOV 4TH (10/6/22)How to Spend a Rainy Day in Ruston (7/27/22)Our Favorite Free things to do in Ruston (6/24/22)Your Bulldog Based on Your Enneagram Type (6/22/22)Experience Ruston Awards Grant to Friends of Ruston Skatepark (5/24/22)Guide to the 72nd Annual Louisiana Peach Festival (5/13/22)History of the Louisiana Peach Festival (5/13/22)Experience Ruston Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week (5/2/22)5 Must-Attend Spring Events in Ruston (4/26/22)Restaurants Open on Sunday and Monday (3/16/22)Relax on these Ruston Patios (3/11/22)5 Places for Craft Beer in Ruston (3/1/22)10 Totally Romantic Ways to Experience Ruston (2/5/22)Lincoln Parish Park Wins 2022 Louey Award (2/4/22)Most Instagrammable Places in Ruston (1/28/22)Local Flavors of Mardi Gras (1/21/22)Grambling State University Wins Hospitality Award (1/10/22)



Full Course Feature Bonus: Ruston Lunch (11/18/20)Full Course Feature: Ruston Desserts (10/27/20)Full Course Feature: Ruston Entrées (10/20/20)Full Course Feature: Ruston Appetizers (10/14/20)Guide to Louisiana PEACHtober (10/12/20)Full Course Feature: Ruston Drinks (10/7/20)Dawg House: The Spot for LA Tech Football & More (9/1/20)Places to Work & Study Remotely: Ruston, LA (8/11/20)Pet-Friendly Guide to Ruston (8/3/20)Tori W. Davis Named CVB Marketing Director (7/20/20)5 Reasons to Visit Lincoln Parish Park (6/30/20)Where to Get Ruston Peaches (6/24/20)Ruston Eats Reopen (6/3/20)Shop Ruston Online (6/3/20)Local Attractions Reopen Safely (6/3/20)CVB and Lincoln Parish Police Jury Enter Into New CEA (3/11/20)Crawfish Season in Ruston, LA (3/9/20)Amanda Q. Carrier Named CVB President & CEO (3/6/20)A Vegetarian's Guide To Ruston Louisiana (3/2/20)Experience Ruston Wins STS 2020 Shining Example Award (2/17/20)Mamon Graduates Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy (2/7/20)Experience Ruston Wins Louisiana Travel Association 2020 Louey Award (2/4/20)Camp Ruston - A Brief History (1/28/20)Dixie Youth World Series Volunteers Win Hospitality Award (1/24/20)Mardi Gras in Ruston (1/15/20)


4 Kid-Friendly Hiking and Biking Trails in Ruston (12/18/19)Dixie Youth World Series Honored as a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact (12/17/19)SportsEvents Announces Ruston Sports Complex as a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award Winner (12/17/19)Holidays in Ruston (11/16/19)LA Tech Game Day Guide (10/22/19)Louisiana Seafood Gumbo Recipe (10/14/19)Quickest Ruston Eats for Interstate Travelers (10/14/19)Top 5 Places To Get Cocktails In Ruston Louisiana (9/26/19)Spending A Weekend In Ruston Louisiana (9/25/19)4 Must-Attend Events for Fall (9/23/19)Experience Ruston and Up with People Host Peace Day Celebration   (9/13/19)Gearin’ Up for Louisiana Tech Gamedays in Ruston, LA (9/4/19)Big Creek Trade Days (9/3/19)Strong Year Reported for Tourism in Lincoln Parish (8/22/19)Louisiana Tech Special Collections, Manuscripts & Archives (7/31/19)Ruston Sports Complex Now Open (7/26/19)Peachy Summer Recipes (7/10/19)Best Coffee Shops In Ruston (7/8/19)Top Cool Down Locales in Ruston (7/2/19)Guide to the Louisiana Peach Festival (6/4/19)BBQ Eats in Ruston (5/13/19)RUSTON STRONG (5/1/19)Tourism Development Grants Available (4/23/19)Downtown Food Park – The Latest in Ruston’s Culinary Scene (4/15/19)Ruston will host American Crappie Trail National Championship (3/25/19)Railroad Fest – A Celebration of Makers & Music (3/11/19)American Crappie Trail National Championship comes to North Louisiana (3/4/19)Loyal Blue Weekend wins 2019 Louey Award (1/30/19)Celebrating Black History Month in Lincoln Parish (1/29/19)Date Night in Ruston (1/13/19)Bustamante, Causey Win Hospitality Award (1/7/19)



Get Connected