Ruth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention Center
Ruth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention Center

Ruth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention Center

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ruthschris.com/Restaurant-Locations/washington-convention-center
  • Phone: 2023934488
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Happy Hour: Sunday - Friday, 4:30 - 7:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Seth Olinger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Ruth's Catering in Washington, DC - 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: Ruth's Chris - DC - Convention Center offers 4 private rooms accommodating from 12 to 70 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Anne Choe 8889259937
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz: Wednesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G & H
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place Metro stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available in front of the restaurant for $10.00.
A word from Ruth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention Center
Ruth's Chris Steak House 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 while you enjoy the warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality.

Looking to celebrate with a group? We have private dining spaces for almost any size group. Need to host an event at your place? No problem. We'll bring the sizzle to you!

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.

Reservations are suggested.
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention Center reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (46)romantic (32)good for groups (19)notable wine list (14)fit for foodies (12)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (3)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • good
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    food was good, just as any other Ruth Chris. The restaurant was a Little too dark though. The service was also good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice room... But very disappointed in service... We often go to Ruth Chris, love the food. Tried this location. Planning a dinner party with Vic went fine. However, once we got there things were different. Not prepared for our 10+ party. Long waits and unfriendly service at the bar. Guests went to the bar because no service at the table. No one waiting yet barmaid didn't acknowledge guests waiting. Late night party, waitress never checked back. We had to find them. And, the restaurant was not busy. Overheard waitress comment about the party. Unprofessional. I love Ruth Chris but I will continue to go to Wisconsin Ave and will not recommend the 9th street location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food
    BirthdayVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful meal. Ribeye was delicious; cooked perfectly. Special summer menu; 3 courses for $53!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hale and Hearty restaurant
    UmmmUmmmGood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My son and I visited Ruth's Chris on 9th St. in DC the other night. We have visited Ruth's Chris in Chicago on a fairly regular basis since he was 6 or 7 years old, he's 23 now. As always everything we enjoy about fine dining was clearly in evidence. The drinks (for me) were hale and hearty and the food was outstanding. I've traveled all over this country and Ruth's Chris continues to shine in many of the cities I've visited.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've been to this Ruth's Chris several times and it never disappoints. The food was exceptional and our waiter was very attentive and top notch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First timer
    Monty216
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I must say the food is very pricey but it is worth it. Best crab cake and steak of my life! I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Happy
    DrMath
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My friends and I had an amazing experience this past Sunday night. Some of the guests were late so we sat at the bar (which was still serving happy hour) and enjoyed the company of helpful and funny bartentenders and delicious drinks. Our table was perfect, a corner booth for us four ladies. The food was amazing and our waiter Jonathan was very attentive and friendly. We are definitely going back soon :) Oh and Valet was only $10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tasty
    livelife
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had a great experience at Ruth Chris. The service was great, the food came out at a reasonable time and our food taste delightful. I will definitely visit this Ruth Chris location again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday dinner
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had my birthday dinner there and even though my reso said bday the server never acknowledged it nor did he bring me a bday dessert. The kicker was the table behind me was for a bday and they were treated like I would have assumed I would have been. We never got our bread, finally had to request some and still never got. Had to constantly ask for drink refills, and the server came to check if the steaks were ok after we had finished our meal. My steak was extremely rare for my liking but could not send it back because we never saw our server. This is one of the worst Ruth's Chris I have ever been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food good service
    Foodie82
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is the third time I've come here for my birthday and each time has been great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    FunAt48
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My birthday dinner at Ruth Chris was wonderful. The food was outstanding as well as the service. Mei was a great server and very attentive!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Recommended
    Betty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went to Ruth Chris for restaurant week mainly to relive fond memories of going to the Ruth Chris in Santa Monica- the difference is night and day. First off, we had reservations and were seated immediately. Our waitress Maxine could've been a little more friendly and in tuned with us but she did not seem that eager to help. I could not have been more clear that I did not want the cheesecake offered in the prix fixed menu but she pretty much just ignored me. The steak was unremarkable and greasy with splatter stains everywhere. It tasted fine but not nearly as good as I remembered from childhood. The cheesecake was generic and supermarket quality at best. I will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so many servers!
    Cielbee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was excellent. At one point, we had three different servers helping us. It made things a bit confusing. Also, our seat at a tiny table for four in a place that serves everything a la carte made for a crowded meal with beverage glasses and all the plates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How many servers does it take?
    TravelingDPS
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was top notch. My issue with this specific Ruth's Chris is the service. My reservation was at 6pm on a Wednesday evening. I was seated in the very back of the dining room and was the only table at that time. My server came up after several minutes to welcome me, took my drink order and my dinner order and came back to fill my water glass. Then another brought the bread, another assistant server brought my salad, the manager brought my cocktail order, then someone else brought my entree. My initial server came back at the end of my salad & entree courses to take my dessert order. Someone else refilled my water glass after I requested. So it took 6 people to provide me service! All were good, but was very disjointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The restaurant experience was good although the restaurant week menu was different than the one printed online. The glass of wine was a bit "skimpy" for $10.00 but quality good. Staff were very pleasant. Glad to experience this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly awesome
    Nyumnyums
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I assumed because RCS was a chain that I would leave unfulfilled. Boy, was I wrong! Excellent service, delicious buttery steaks, and a laid back sophisticated vibe that cannot be beat! I was especially impressed by the restaurant week menu. Many restaurants provide low quality options, e.g. hanger steak, but RCS didn't scrimp out on quality. I will absolutely return here and recommend everyone experience RCS at least once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Menu is a good deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    At first, I was a little disappointed that the special menu for Restaurant Week did not allow substitutions. What was there seemed mundane. But the price was a great deal so we went with it. The choices may have been mundane, ( no foam...no panes of potatoes...no BACON?) but there's reason this place is famous. Perfection. I had the mixed grill; chicken breast, filet mignon and crab cake and everything was perfect. Even my vodka martini was great. Sometimes mundane is sublime.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant evening, Good food
    WHUFC
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    4 colleagues out for the evening, Ruths is a safe bet, good food, good wine..Service is the variable at Ruth's... Ours was pleasant but sometimes a bit slow. Restaurant wasnt packed...plenty of tables available, mind you this place is The Steak restaurant market is competitive, I think this restaurant needs to sharpen up its act to stay competitive, there are plenty of other options in DC for the money & you cant just rely on the brand to carry you. However we had a good evening, but repeat...Ummm gets a maybe...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melt in your mouth steak!
    Tidbit
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My first visit to Ruth's Chris Steak House was during Restaurant Week in celebration of my birthday. Best birthday ever. Restaurant atmosphere was great; not too noisy. Wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive but not overbearing. The table ordered the petit filet, the mixed grill, creamed spinach, and garlic mashed potatoes. Food arrived quite quickly, and still sizzling! Steak was cooked to perfection, and it was so tender, I barely had to chew.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RC is a must
    biggiefoodie123
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food selection is awesome and the staff is very knowledgable and nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8/11/14
    Equinox
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have eaten at Ruth Chris many times over many years. The chopped salad and raviolis were very good. For our entree's we had a stuffed chicken which was very good, a petite filet, a regular size filet and a bone in rib eye. The steaks were also very good but by far from great and honestly have had better at other Ruth Chris'. The sides were very good and we passed on dessert. I guess where the surprise came in was understanding where the cost of having a fine dinner experience has gone. We averaged $60 a person, which is steep when you consider there were no alcoholic beverages ordered. To conclude, be prepared for very good food but understand its going to cost you. Ps. Our waiter was just OK, the other help were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just wow...
    t8teVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    What a lovely anniversary celebration we had at Ruth's Chris in DC. Abdel was amazing as was the rest of the staff. I have to thank the bar for making me the best Manhattan (everyone makes them too sweet even when I say "not sweet - very little sweet vermouth" - but Ruth's Chris bar got it right!). Food was wonderful as always, and they made our celebration all the more special with celebratory confetti and a complimentary and personalized dessert. We were very impressed that Ruth's Chris acknowledged our special occasion, especially since we're a same sex couple. It's good to see that this matters less and less. We'll definitely be back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ruth's Chris - DC Convention Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was great as always. We like the Ruth's specials, as those are great values. Service here really needs to improve. After ordering, our salads did not come in a timely manner, as the entrees came shortly thereafter. After we finished our entrees, we waited a long time for our desserts. When paying for the check, we used a gift card but the remaining amount was the same as the original check. Management needs to do better training at this location.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hitting the Mark
    TC8322
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I travel on business all over the US and when ever possible I eat at a Ruth's Chris Steak House. The food is perfect and the atmosphere is always very nice. We had reservations for 8pm and arrived 15min early. Our table wasn't ready so we waited in the bar. The bar was very busy and very loud as well. I ordered a drink and my wife a glass of wine. I got my drink, but they advised us they were out of wine glasses at the bar... So no wine for her. We were seated at 8pm sharp and the dining room was MUCH quieter.. Our waitress was very busy and did her best to meet our requests. She had an assistant, but we only saw it twice..Once he filled the water glasses and once to bring bread. We got our meals and they were AMAZING..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Use Caution
    WellFedVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A ribeye is comprised of two parts, a tender fattier section and a firmer not so fatty portion. The ratio between the two varies and I can accept that but my first steak had a sliver of the tender section and its replacement had slightly bigger sliver. The name for a steak without the tender fattier section is usually called a strip steak. If you dine at Ruth's Chris be prepared to negotiate for a good ribeye. I will go again but I will ask to see the steak first. To be fair to Ruth's Chris, I did not complain about the second steak and I have no doubt the manager would have tried it a third time since he seemed genuinely concerned that I was not satisfied.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service and Food
    thebarbiefication
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I took my mother to celebrate what would have been the her wedding anniversary. I made note of this to the restaurant and also asked that they send a slice of cheesecake with two candles to the table after dinner. The restaurant had champagne confetti sprinkled on our table for the occasion and upon greeting us our waiter extended his condolences to my mother. I ordered the crabcake entree and my mother ordered the chicken. We also ordered the creamed spinach side dish to share. Dinner was delicious and the portions were satisfactory. After dinner the waiter delivered the cheesecake, which was presented very nicely with "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate script on the plate. My mother was very happy and can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails Me!
    MsVicSmith
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I absolutely love Ruths Chris and the food and service is always amazing!!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible was to spend Anniversary
    SLS1978
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    While the food was amazing the service was horrible. First, the hostess could not find our reservation, although it was made through open table & they called earlier to confirm. While the hostess tried to locate our reservation, we noticed the place was really empty. The most logical thought would be "is the reservation even necessary." Once seated we ordered drinks & appertizers. After waiting 30 minutes we received the drinks but no appetizer; the server then took our dinner order;25 minutes later we received our dinner; still no appetizer. Did I mention, we order additional drinks and we never received them. We advised the server of the missing items; he apologized & disappeared only to return later asking if we were ready for the check.
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  • Disapointing evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My main criticism was the lack of service by our server and not a single manager stopped by our table to inquire if all was well. Our server seemed to disappear for very long stretches at a time and only once did he stop by the table to check on us. He did not refill the water glasses promptly, or ask if we would like additional drinks. The one time we flagged him over for drinks he forgot my cocktail. All in all for the price paid for this business meal that I arranged for my customers it was a very disappointing evening at Ruth Chris....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reunion trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We have dined at Ruth's Chris in at least 5 different cities in the last 5 yrs. This was the best filet my wife and I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AKCO
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food, not so great service. Sat with empty glasses several times. The manager cleared plates and got drinks one time. Went in for a quick dinner, but the service stretched it to 2.5 hours.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best
    Tater
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This place was awsome food great service great. People great And made our special day great Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruth's near DC Convention Center
    Southmedineguy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Excellent food with very good service. Recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food compensated for service
    jnzdogs
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were about 20 min early for our reservation so we waited at the bar. 17 or those minutes were spent waiting for or cocktails. We settled out and then went back to the desk for our 7:30 seating - we now had to wait another 10 minutes for a table. First server seemed competent, then mid-meal we had someone else (not so much). LONG time before we saw a server once the entree arrived (you missed selling us some more wine!) and then another wait between for coffee/dessert (which we asked for 'to go' b/c we were pretty full) but wanted coffee. Plate cleanups could have occurred more quickly, too. That took a while to show up, desserts never did. Steaks were perfect and BLT salad, delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Subpar location.
    irishbrahmVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is the worst RC location that I have dined. The service was sub par. The server was unprofessional and tried to be too chummy with our party. We could also hear the servers chattering and gossiping from the kitchen. As for the food, it was mediocre. I've ordered the same dishes at other RC locations and have been blown away. Not here. Also, the kitchen messed up my entree. It took 10 mins. to refire it while my guest's steak was getting cold (I told him to start eating). The manager came by to apologize, but so what? He did not even comp the entree. As for ambiance, this location lacked in elegance. I think the Capital Grille and Morton's are much better choices.
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  • Great dinner
    Springle
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I am a regular customer of this particular Ruth Chris. They always take outstanding care of me and my guests. My recent dinner was no exception. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing expensive Lobster
    snowbunny
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My husbands dinner of lamb chops was delicious and well cooked.The garlic mashed potatoes were creamy and full of garlic...yum!The creamed spinach was also good. But...I was very disappointed with the very expensive lobster. I got a gift card from work to celebrate 30yrs.So I wanted my celebration to include Lobster! When my lobster came it looked great. But when I started to eat my favorite part...the tail...I was so disappointed. The tail was very chewy/rubbery and over cooked.So disappointing for my celebration.The rest of the lobster was good. The waiter said he would get me another tail, but we had a show to go to. I was also disappointed with the coffee...it was cold. I was looking forward to a cup of hot french pressed coffee.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 731 reviews are from the Ruth's Chris Steak House - DC - Convention Center reviews archive.
  • Service is not that professional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I went this restaurant for my birthday. Five things... 1. They gave us wrong menus. They had to go back to get new menu TWO times. The first time for myself, and the other time for my father. 2. Although they knew the party was 3. They had a set up for only 2 people. 3. Dessert took so long and the server apologized for this too. 4. Total bill came out to be ~$300 (for 3 people) including a bottle of wine + tax => not worth this money. 5. Food was ok.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peeling wallpaper and poor service
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Poor service, out of date menus, peeling wallpaper and a round table thrown together with a square table to seat 8. All together a forgettable experience. One we shall not be repeating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening in DC
    Sauvlet
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The menu was varied and the service outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant for business dinner meetings. Good location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.