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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (68)romantic (43)notable wine list (32)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (23)neighborhood gem (10)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Except for a tough steak (we
    TigerVirgo
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Except for a tough steak (we did not bring it to our waiter's attention), our meal was superb (especially my filet). Celebrating an anniversary and birthday, we BARTed over from the East Bay, strolled up from a show at the Orpheum Theater and rode the cable car back down to Market Street after dinner. A very romantic day. Not sure we would attempt driving over just for dinner, though. Traffic and parking are a hindrance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It is an expensive restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    It is an expensive restaurant. Really for a special occasion.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The worst dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    The worst dining experience. The food is extremly overpriced and the service is horrible. I will never never go back the place. The watress named Michell adds unpleasant experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • absolutely loved the creamed
    Lyles711
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    absolutely loved the creamed spinach. the beef was spectacular... petite filet and shrimp exceptional. great experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • parking sucks, but then again,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    parking sucks, but then again, everywhere in san francisco as far as parking goes sucks. the food was outstanding, probably the best steak ive ever had. i definitely will come back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • someone gave my husband a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    someone gave my husband a gift certificate which is the only reason we went here. it's a chain...there are plenty of superior steak houses in San Francisco that are far better. Harris's, or Izzy's rock!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had outstanding service
    Kubbydoo
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    We had outstanding service by our attendant. She was very attentive without being oppressive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Server Christy was great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Our Server Christy was great, everything was perfect.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is really slipping...the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    This place is really slipping...the waitress, while pleasant, was robotic and every time REACHED across us ALL THE TIME until I had to tell her I would hand something to her if she needed it. The third time I had to be stern with her. The $42 T Bone, was a substandard piece of meet. The usual black crust was missing, this had been slow baked. I mean there was NO char compared to my guests filet mignon. Having been to this Ruth Chris over the years, and a steak eater around the world - this Ruth Chris is off my list. Bob's steak house in the Omni is a surer bet. Too bad, but not with my money again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The servers were nice, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    The servers were nice, but incredibly unorganized, starting with seating us at a table set for 4 (despite our rezzies for 2 & waiting for 10 minutes to be seated in a nearly empty restaurant) then reaching across us to clear the other 2 spots while we sat there. Then it took our server another 20 minutes to take our order. Then they didn't have the ingredients for the drink (from the menu) that my husband ordered. Then the server delivered the wrong food to our table. They ended up taking it away just as we were about to eat...I'd expect this from a lesser restaurant, but when I'm paying $70 for a steak, I'd like the service to stand up to the prices.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restuarant has a great
    RX300
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    This restuarant has a great reputation, it is consistently very good, and the same no matter where you dine at Ruth's Chris. Can't go wrong by selecting this steak house and the steaks are succulent. I enjoy the steaks each time I go and have not been disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall the experience was
    Raiders
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Overall the experience was very good. I was disappointed that the server did not sing happy birthday to my guest. I had indicated that request on my reservation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were there long before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    We were there long before the rush (it was packed when we left) and were seated at the most awful table right next to the kitchen--and a 4-top although there was two of us. That was really disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a little pricey for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    This was a little pricey for steak & french fries! - my husband got french fries and those were fair. Overall the food was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gets all the basics down just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Gets all the basics down just fine. Obviously, the focus is on the beef, which is delicious, and the rest is competent to good but limited and pretty much standard fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good quality meat, dependable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Very good quality meat, dependable and consistent dining experience - and much better than for instance Harris'. Ambiance a little too dark and stuffy for our liking (a little more light wouldn't hurt), service overly formal but ok. Although the restaurant was literally empty at 5 PM we were given a table right in the middle of the restaurant, with waiters and guests heading for the restroom constantly rushing by - which wasn't quite cozy. Other than that, we keep coming back for the best steak in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and food were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    The service and food were superb. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak in town! Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Best steak in town! Outstanding wine list. Superior service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jose is really nice and friendly.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    Jose is really nice and friendly. As always, the steak was amazing. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was amazing, really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/25/2008
    The service was amazing, really top notch. Our waitress was informed and very attentive to the needs of the table. The food was delicious and I especially enjoyed the buttery smell throughout the whole restaurant. I am a lover of butter. I would recommend this spot to anyone who enjoys steak. Next time I'd like to try a special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious for red meat eaters.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    delicious for red meat eaters. Much better than I expected.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why is it that every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    Why is it that every time I go here, the waiter NEVER repours or "touch up" the wine glass after the first pour? I find this at Ruth Chris's on a cosistent basis.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were going to a performance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2008
    We were going to a performance in SF and wanted to take my significant other's father to a special restaurant for his 91st birthday. This was an excellent choice. Our only concern with it was that they cook a lot with butter, which was too heavy for his tastes (we had asked for our food to not be cooked in butter, but we forgot to ask the same with Andy's father...his food was very high in the butter count). It was a wonderful restaurant with very good service...the food was extraordinary...we had steaks and they were some of the best steaks that we have had in year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • They kept us waiting 20 minutes
    GourmetVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    They kept us waiting 20 minutes despite the fact that we showed up on time per our reservation. Don't order the veal chop but the other food was all excellent. The wait staff was courteous and competent.
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  • Food and service are fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2008
    Food and service are fantastic. The only slight bummer is that the other patrons can be loud, obnoxious, and seemingly not aware of the general sharing of common space that happens when dinning out (this comes from many repeat visit experience).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ordered 4 appetizers and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/2/2008
    We ordered 4 appetizers and they were all drenched in butter. It smelled great but, I got sick to my stomach after the first few bits. The steak was a bit bland but not bad. The service was excellent though. The appetizers took the place of one entree, so we ordered a large steak and had them split it for us at the table.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/1/2008
    Great Service and the food was superb! The steaks are pretty good and their side dishes come in big proportions. When making a dinner reservation for two and your celebrating a special occasion request for their booth table.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal, and a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/31/2008
    Excellent meal, and a great time for all. My wife and I were thinking of coming back again during restaurant week to try the different options on the Restaurant Week menu.
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  • Loved it every time! Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/24/2008
    Loved it every time! Food is always excellent. Though I did notice that one time service was not great because we ordered from the dine-about-town menu. But that was only one time and maybe that server was just having a tough day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was delicious, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/22/2008
    The food was delicious, the service was impeccable. I mentioned it was for an anniversary when I made the reservation, and they gave us a complimentary dessert after dinner! This restaurant has fast become one of my all time favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/20/2008
    Food was very good and service was excellent. One of the best steaks I had in a long time. It was fairly busy though and tables are close together but in the end, it's all about the food....
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harris Steak House is a lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/2/2007
    Harris Steak House is a lot better and cheaper....but the best one in town is Joe DiMaggio...
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  • when i were there the 1 st
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/23/2007
    when i were there the 1 st time, i love this place....so i went back on my wife's birthday....end up my wife had the worst birthday dinner ever...: ( never go back again
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  • ...foor good, serivce, not so much.
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2006
    ...service was too rushed, they were putting entree's in front of us before we were done with appetizers and drinks. Sorry but when your spend several hundred dollars for four people the service needs to be better.
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