Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
  • Address:
    1601 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Steak
    Price: $31 to $50

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ruthschris.com/Steak-House/3099/San-Francisco
  • Phone: 4156730557
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Yusuf Kocabiyik
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Ruth's Catering in San Francisco, CA - Bring the service, expertise and flavor of Ruth's Chris Steak House to the location of your choice! Your Private Event Manager is ready to help attend to every detail of your event, from the menu to the martinis. Ruth's will bring in a team of trained chefs, bartenders and servers to make the most of your experience.
  • Private Party Facilities: No matter what the occasion, Ruth's Chris is the perfect place to gather. We will work with you to customize any menu to meet your needs and budget. Work one-on-one with our Private Event Manager to select the right room and configuration, accommodate your A/V needs, and help enhance your event with floral arrangements and more.
  • Private Party Contact: Vanessa Lee 4156730557

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Public Transit: End of California Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10.00 valet parking fee.
A word from Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
Ruth's Chris Steak House in San Francisco, CA serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (85)romantic (52)notable wine list (40)fit for foodies (35)good for groups (32)neighborhood gem (19)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (7)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The waitress was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The waitress was wonderful. The guy at the front door who greets you was rude and very unpleasant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Filet in the city!!!
    AwesomeFiletVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Bar none-the best filet in the city. Sizzling in butter, no one beats!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmm...steak!
    luvs2eat
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I ordered the Filet and my boyfriend ordered the 16 ounce Rib-eye. My steak just melted in my mouth. I love that they drench the steaks in butter. My boyfriend liked that his steak remained hot with every bite. If you love steaks, I highly recommend this place as you definitely get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic steak house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This is a great place if your craving some good ol fashion steak. Main menu is ordered la carte but you can also get a pre-fixed menu. Love this restaurant for those special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great, but Check Your Steak
    Quikgrass7
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Ruth's Chris is always a great place to dine, but on this occasion my steak was a little undercooked. I ordered medium, but got medium rare. I probably should have sent it back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic!
    egalvanVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Ruth & Chris is a classic on my list. Always great service but best of all great streak! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything excellent!
    NetcatAsyc
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Really enjoyed the food and service. The steaks were awesome. My friends (2 guys) had a Porterhouse to share and I had the Fillet. It was sooooo delicious. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love their cocktail! Best
    Fat2na
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Love their cocktail! Best side car I ever drink at any restaurant in the bay area. The 16oz prime rib was juicy and flavorful, so were all the side such as lobster mac & cheese, cream spanish, and the bake potato. It was a very satisfying steak dinner. Food has always been consistent at Ruth Chris, and the service was great as usual. We sure will be back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Consistent Special Occasion
    Backtosf4me
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Another home run! Molly was the perfect server. Timing was impeccable and courteous! The filets were done perfectly (even allowed us to order individual scallops as an accompaniment. We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome beef!
    MoMo
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Me & my husband enjoyed this place! We went for our anniversary and must I say, EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING was awesome! The steaks was out of this world, every bite was seasoned well, very juicy. It's not like other steaks where it's only the top or bottom is seasoned, it was thru out every chew/bite. Becareful when you order your sides, me and my husband chosed one side each because the portions was good for 2-3 ppl. The only thing it would complain about is the steak knife. But other then that it was good! They also gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary and it was yummy! Very romantic or good for adults parties. We would defineltly do it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    Marie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Our waiter Robin was fantastic. He was on top of everything, very professional. The filet was very good, the New York was tough. For $47, you should expect a quality piece of meat. It's not the first time I was disappointed with my meal there. It was probably my 10th time dining there; the first 5 were perfect, the last 5 forgettable. If not for Robin our waiter, the meal would have been totally disappointing for the price you pay for your meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carol's birthday celebration
    ck94112VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I enjoy this restaurant before with friends, and will continue. Many thanks for making my birthday a nice dinner event.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but Not Great
    ronmarti
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I've eaten at Ruth's Chris Steak Houses all over the United States, including two Hawaii locations. I continue to go there when I am looking for a great steak, great service and great ambience, because I feel I can always count on them for consistently high quality food and service. This was my first visit to the San Francisco location and given my past experiences, this one did not live up. The food was good but not great. I had the filet and it was a little spongy and not as firm as I would normally expect. The service, was good but not great. I was seated in the bar area and it was expectedly noisy. The person seated next to me had to ask the waiter to check on his meal as he had waited longer than normal to receive his food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    SMEChristy
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Solid service, great steaks. Super bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We came here for our wedding anniversary dinner. This is the first time we had dined here while we are naive San Franciscans. It was a great experience ! My hisband's steak was flavorful, tender, and stayed hot on the plate. Love the cream of spinach and show string fries . I had the crab cakes which were good but Alittle oily but it was flavorful. I also ordered the blueberry mojito and first time trying this drink. Our server, Jordan, was terrific! Our food was ordered and served fast with hardly any waiting, and she was very friendly providing above and beyond customer service! She was very attentive and checked on her customers regularly!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Management been changed?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    it was the second time there in SF. We really enjoyed their foods and services last year so we always wanted go back there and we finally made it but we were very disappointed . We ordered filet and bone ribeye both were very bad. I mean very dry. Last time it was very tender and moistures but not this time. It was loud because of our next table. I wanted to have some romantic dinner for celebrating my hubby's birthday. We ordered a wine but they didn't have it and food wasn't good at all. We didn't see what was difference than Outback's steaks... We will not go back. we didn't like the area neither but we liked the food so we went there again but not anymore. Hopefully they found out what it was and keep in business. Thanks.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum..!
    Doll
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Went here with a small group for my birthday. The table had Happy Birthday confetti on each, which I appreciated. They do have a kids menu, but this place is too pricey to bring kids. Much better for a romantic date, group setting for special occasions, and even happy hour would be nice. I will definitely return. I enjoyed the dessert that had a candle in the ice cream and Happy Birthday written in edible chocolate on the place. I watch a lot of food network stuff, so I loved seeing the way my food was plated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nephew's Birthday
    my2cents4dining
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We brought our hungry nephew & his partner to this steak house & watched the two of them devour a huge T-bone steak cooked to perfection. The salads were delicious & the sides we ordered with our dinner (creamed spinach, mashed potatoes & sauteed mushrooms) were full of flavor, brought to us nice and hot, and plentiful. Two of us had the house red wine; it was very reasonably priced & went well with our steaks. We returned to the restaurant hoping they would have lamb chops on the menu as they were out of them the last time, and they still did not have them. Apparently, they are trying to source high quality lamb for all of their restaurants. You'd think they'd just go up north to Petaluma,CA and find a new source of great lamb up there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Date Night
    arbitroaz
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    It was a special date night for my girlfriend and I, we were celebrating her birthday. Every staff member was polite and friendly. The food was delicious. Kudos!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruth's Chris Steaks
    GFOODVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Ruth's Chris is a national chain for steaks. It is fine dining. And overall it's very good. The crab cakes were super good. The chopped salad is always one of my favorites. And their seared ahi is always a wonderful dish with the Japanese influenced sauce with the wasabi spices. The creamed spinach is probably the best I've had along with the mushrooms. And those sliced potatoes were tremendous. But I felt the ribeye was different this time. The cut was thinner than I remember, not the thick meaty steak that I'm used to seeing. Sure, it was very tasty. But not so meaty. I wonder what has changed? They still say that their steaks are the top 2%. And that must be true. But the steak ribeye cut looked rather thin on the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Angie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was our first time at Ruth Chris' Steakhouse in San Francisco and we absolutely loved it! The porterhouse steak for two was so tender that it melted in your mouth. The service was great, friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    Evelyn
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    First I had mentioned in the reservations that this was to celebrate my daughters Birthday, when they showed us to the table there were Happy Birthday cuttings all over the table, she really lived that, everyone that passed by wished her Happy Birthday, and then the desert was delicious! This is a very pricy restaurant, but its worth it for the food, it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • they are usually pretty good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    they are usually pretty good, but this time i got medium instead of meduim rare and my husband was vice versa. they gave us one desert upgrade to compensate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation? Waste of Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Nothing like making a reservation for a nice steak house on a Saturday night, right? Beat the crowds, good for me! Until you show up for your 7:30 reservation and be told that its a 45 minute wait for a table. Great service guys, great service.
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  • always great
    Bigmo
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Ruth Chris never fails and always delivers a great dining experience. The steak were cooked to perfection and the sides were very tasty as usaul. I have eaten at many Ruth Chris around the country and the service has always been perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    4foodVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Another wonderful meal at Ruth's Chris. It's a favorite place for a small group or to go on a date. Food was perfectly prepared. It was a busy night and I saw the hostess stroll by our table at least 6 times to figure out when our table might be available.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ruth's
    davy
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    always excellent but to pricey for everyday dining. wines are almost tripled to much
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    dbenjamin
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    GrEAT for a date. Plan on spending $100 each for food and drinks
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines dinner
    Suzie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We came here for Valentines and really loved it. We arrived and were seated early which was nice. The waiter was super friendly made us feel like we were his friends! And the food was amazing of course ! We decided on the porterhouse for two, crab cakes, lobster Mac and cheese and broccoli. I received a rose as well which was a cute detail! Thank you Ruth's Chris!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V-Day
    Anzu
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The place was packed for Valentine's Day and the room in the back was crammed with table to seat 2. We still had a fun time
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love For Good Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As always, Ruth's Chris never disappoints. On this excursion to out favorite steak house, we celebrated Valentine's Day doing what we love the most, eating and drinking! I ordered from the Classic menu this time, having the 16 oz. Ribeye, with a ceasar salad, creamed spinach and a baked potato. My steak was a tad undercooked (I order it medium), but I usually can't eat the whole thing, so it's perfect the next day. Overall the meal was great, along with the wine and cocktails we had as well. Ryan, our server was adorable and took good care of us. He was very personable and patient with us. We can be a little rowdy sometimes :).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy stuck in casual
    WineNdine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I really enjoyed our dining experience at Ruth Chris on valentines day, however I did not enjoy seeing individuals wearing sweatpants, and sweatshirts while dining. I was under the impression that it was a fine dining establishment but was disappointed to have to view individuals whom looked as if they just rolled out of bed while I dined. If I am going to pay the price I payed for food I expect not to have to see that,at all. Our server Jesse was great though ! Major kuddos for him.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars
    Lilone
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Celebrated Valentine's day here. Fantastic food & ambience was intimate & romantic. I highly recommend for special occasions! A bit pricey but so worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Impressions
    Chel
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Maitre-D was rude. We arrived, gave our name, and were asked to please take a seat to wait. The restaurant had not yet filled up. The hostess was on the phone. The Maitre-D made us wait more than 10 minutes while he made phone call after phone call. He avoided eye contact and was not very welcoming. Had I not been to this restaurant before and had a more favorable first impression , this would have been my last visit!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Frank
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Great lobster Mac n' Cheese. Meant for a much older cloud but great service
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service, OK Food
    Service1stVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    What stood out the most from this dinner was the quick, attentive and great service from our waiter. We ordered the porterhouse to share and most of it was very chewy with only 2 pieces out of 10 were good. The asparagus was hard at the bottom stems and the cream of spinach was nothing special. We also tried the stuffed mushrooms, which were just drenched in butter, couldn't taste the crab. We came for an early valentines dinner and it was fine for that but we definitely wouldn't come back just to have good food because it wasn't. The service though saved the night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good steaks, but not the best
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    The ambient is great, classic American steak restaurant. The service is good, they pay attention detail. The starter was great, but the main course, the filet, well there was a lot of room for improvement. Ppt was cooked accordingly, but the meat quality was about average. The wine list is great though and offers a large selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • my2cents4dining
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We come to Ruth's Chris about twice a year for great steaks, lamb and seafood and old fashioned, delicious, caloric, expensive well prepared food. This year, they were out of lamb chops both times we came in for a landing, so we were a little disappointed, but the food (filet mignon and shrimp scampi) we had was cooked to perfection. The plates arrive at 500 degrees so you know your food is going to be hot. The portions are generous and the service is wonderful. We will call again to see whether the lamb chops are back on the menu and then will drive into town for another memorable meal at Ruth's Chris. Oh, my husband said to leave room for the chocolate desserts.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over sold!!
    dafsterVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Made an Open Table reservation at the last minute. There was an 8:15 PM available table. We were on time. Reception said there would be a short wait. So we waited there rather than go to the bar. We waited 25 minutes. People with 8:30 PM reservations were seated before us. The visible computers showed VIP status for some customers. We've only been there 100 times. Clearly Ruth's intentionally over sells using Open Table to bring in more people than they can handle. Over sold!!!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always love Ruth's
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We dine all over San Francisco and we are always pleased with consistency of Ruth's Chris. The food is always prepared perfectly and the service is always excellent. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate