Report Card: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Worthington, Ohio

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Worthington, Ohio

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http://www.ruthschris.com/

Overall GrubGrade B+

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade A:  This was our second visit to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  Our first visit was well over a decade ago, and all we can really remember about it was it was expensive.  Now that we are a little harder to impress, we decided to put Ruth’s to the test.  We booked a reservation for Valentine’s Day, and as such I was expecting the place to be packed.  Ruth’s was obviously expecting a big crowd, because they sat us in a part of the dining area that is not usually used.  It was secluded in one of the corners.  We were originally a little miffed at being put in the corner, but the seclusion turned out to be pretty nice since we were on a date.  Ruth’s was quiet and clean.  There were spotless linens on the tables and spotless glassware and plates on those spotless linens.  The only reason Ruth’s Steak House did not score an A+ was that the décor was slightly bland.  An hour after we left we couldn’t tell you any details about the décor, so it wasn’t very memorable.

High marks:  Nice secluded table, clean linens and glassware/plates, busy but not too crowded or noisy

Low marks:   Bland and unimaginative decor

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Service:  Grade B:  Our server, Jessica, did a fantastic job making sure all of our wants and needs were met.  Wait time for appetizers and entrees was what you would expect for this type of dining experience.  We didn’t feel rushed, nor did we feel like we were waiting an excessive amount of time for food.  There were no mistakes made with our order.  The service was extremely professional and efficient.  Normally, this type of service would earn at least an A-/B+ grade.  However, in this case we found nothing really special about the service.  We did not feel engaged, which isn’t a huge deal except that when you go to Ruth’s Chris, you know you’re going to drop some serious coin.  So our expectations for phenomenal service are really high.

High marks:  Accurate, timely, and professional service

Low marks:   Stiff and unimaginative service

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A-:   Ruth’s Chris was so close to scoring an A or A+ in this category – real close.  Katina started off with a couple of Blueberry Mojitos and I enjoyed a couple of Thirsty Dog Cerberus ales.  The beer selection was golden and malty, with a slight oaky/bourbon note and some vanilla undertones.  Katina’s Blueberry Mojito was sweet and sugary, with virtually no alcohol bite to it.  It was a very well-mixed cocktail.  For an appetizer, we ordered the spicy lobster.  This dish consisted of bite-sized portions of lobster lightly breaded and tossed in a sweet and spicy glaze.  I think Katina and I had simultaneous mouthgasms.  We are big fans of the Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill.  The spicy lobster at Ruth’s Chris was like Bang Bang Shrimp on steroids…fantastic.  For entrees, Katina ordered the Crab cakes and I selected a NY Strip.  We split an order of Lobster Mac and Cheese for our side dish.  The Lobster Mac and Cheese had a nice crust and was slightly creamy.  It wasn’t quite as good as the lobster mac and cheese at Eddie Merlot’s, but Ruth’s Chris version was still pretty delicious.  Katina’s crab cakes were bigger than expected.  They were packed with crab meat and had a distinct crabby flavor.  In addition, the crab cakes absorbed the butter sauce they were served with, which further enhanced the flavor.  My NY strip arrived on a heated plate and immediately got me drooling.  I ordered the steak prepared medium well, and the version I received was definitely more on the medium end of the spectrum, but that was okay.  The steak was expertly seasoned.  BUT, I had originally wanted to order the lamb chops, but was told by our server that they were out of lamb since the shipment they had just received did not live up to Ruth’s Chris standards.  That’s fine, but that means that my second choice had better be a spectacular chunk of meat.  The first half of the steak tasted just a juicy and tender as it looked, but the second half of the steak had a ribbon of gristle running horizontally through the meat.  You couldn’t eat around it because of how it was situated in the steak.  I was a little disappointed that this piece of meat lived up to their standards but the lamb chops were tossed out.

High marks:  Maybe the best appetizer we’ve had, great drinks, fantastic crab cakes      

Low marks:   Large amount of gristle in steak led to doubts about the restaurant’s standards

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Value:  Grade C:   We give this category the lowest weight when we calculate the overall grade for a restaurant.  Unless you’ve been living in a box (or a van down by the river), you should be aware that Ruth’s Chris is not a place to visit if you’re concerned about spending some coin.  We entered Ruth’s Chris with the expectation of leaving a couple hundred dollars poorer, but we also expected our taste buds to experience an hour of ecstasy.   Ruth’s Chris came pretty close, but fell a little short.  However, don’t let the mediocre value grade dissuade you from stopping by.  Cash that income tax refund and live it up a little at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  It is an experience everyone should have (at least once).

High marks:   Nice upscale meal

Low marks:   For the price, quality should be beyond exceptional – this was just a little short of that

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