Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ruthschris.com/Steak-House/3505/San-Diego/Del-Mar
  • Phone: 8587551454
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Neftali Hernandez
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Ruth's Catering in San Diego, 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: Ruth's Chris - Del Mar offers 2 private rooms, the Torrey Pines room seats up to 30 guests while the Mezzanine/Upstairs seats up to 85 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Bobby Daitch 8772750570

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Camel Valley Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is $5.00 per vehicle. Self parking also available.
A word from Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar
Ruth's Chris Steak House in San Diego (Del Mar), 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 WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (57)romantic (35)scenic view (28)notable wine list (28)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (19)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Can't go Wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Always awesome! Service impeccable, cocktails amazing. Food: To. Die. For. BBQ shrimp. Ahi, soups, steaks. Always on par. A favorite anytime!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Does not disappoint. Notified the host that we were running behind and didn't have any problems. Thanks for a fabulous dinner before our John Legend concert!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Bob56
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Recent dinner was terrific! Handled last-minute reservation perfectly, seated us at table with excellent view right away, waiter helped us save a few bucks by offering prix fixe with a few substitutions to match what we were ready to order (waiter and server Chris were top-notch), corkage was reasonable, and ambiance was great. Recently had a couple slip-ups at the restaurant with some order mistakes or delays, but everything was perfect for us this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    GloberVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of the very best restaurants in all of San Diego - everything outstanding!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still my favorite steak house
    Skip
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have had many wonderful meals at Ruth's Chris Steak House, this was not one of them. The first rib eye, ordered medium rare, arrived medium well. The Manager saw Me cutting and examining the steak, came right over and apologized. He took the steak and brought back another one which was rare. Not wanting any further adou, I said it was fine. It was also the poorest quality of meat I have had at RCSH. the quality of service was excellent! The side dishes and dessert were really good! The Manager, waiters and hostesses were wonderful! I'll be back; we all make unintended errors sometimes. Thanks 30+ years of great meals!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the Sizzle
    KGirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We can always expect and get the best steak! Love coming here and the location is close to home. Great bar and happy hour, but often really crowded.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have celebrated a few Ann Dinners eating at Ruths Chris. This By far has been the best experience in our 22 years of marriage. We have dined all over the world at Ruth's Chris but Wow this locations was amazing. The hostess asked us if we were celebrating anything, we mentioned it was our 22nd Ann and before we knew it she was gone and back escorting us to our table. When we saw our table we both were shocked at the attention to detail. The hostess had arranged red rose petals and confetti on the table. She told us that they wanted to make this the best night ever. Boy she wasn't kidding. Our waiter had been filled in and greeted us with Happy 22nd Ann and thank you for celebrating it with us. The whole night was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mcschnoodles03
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have dined here at least 7 times. We were seated at the same table 3 out of 7 (all but one time we were a couple). The server was clearly over whelmed. I ordered a medium well steak with a hot buttered plate in case it wasn't cooked to my liking. We had 4 servers and a manager in 2 hours, so there was confusion. My medium -well steak was in the words of the server "rare at best". By the time I got my man course my husband was finished his t-bone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the1guy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    you dont even need a knife for the steaks, the view is awesome and service is great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice touch
    pecasbill
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I noticed that my wife's menu had a lower price for an item than mine did. I thought I would have a little fun so I told the waiter that I would have the item at the price on her menu not the price on my menu. Of course the check came with the price on my menu as expected. We brought our own bottle of wine. When the check came I noticed that there was no corkage fee for the wine and told the waiter that he forgot to charge me. He said that he and management discussed the corkage fee and decided to wave the charge because I pointed out the menu pricing error. I told waiter that it was not necessary but much appreciated. As usual, a lovely dinner with great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    JudyH
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were escorted to our table immediately and as I had expressed it was my daughter's 50th birthday as we were seated they sprinkled little happy birthday "dust' all around the center of table. We opened our menu's and there at top of the menu page they had printed on a machine Happy 50th birthday Cindy Davis. It was on all our men yes. So classy and memorable. She asked if she could take that page home and they brought her all four if our menus. It was a night to remember and she couldn't wait to take a picture of menu & put it on Facebook. Thank you for sending the correct info to Ruth Chris in Del Mar, CA
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    Anniversary
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took my wife to Ruth Chris in Carmel Valley location for anniversary. I used the third party florist on website to deliver flowers on site = really nice. Bar was a bit small and had to wait till seating was available = happy hour and Friday so understandable however bar does seem undersized. Service was very good and we were seated up stairs = no view but quieter location. Difficult for waiters to deliver food up & downstairs = no dumbwaiter. Food was excellent. We went for the seafood that evening and dinner for two. All in all I thought everything was done well. Expect to spend in the $250 bracket (2 people food, champagne, cocktails) for a nice evening dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unusually disappointing
    CityGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My friends and I have dined at this Ruth's Chris location and did not have any problem with our order. This time was filled with problems with our order not being cooked to order. Maybe the kitchen staff was new, but we had to send back two dinners because the kitchen added sauce that we specifically requested to not be topped on our steaks and the steaks were cooked the wrong done-ness. The server upgraded our desserts for free and gave us a partial credit on one Ruth's Classic dinner. We will have to reconsider this location for future visits to Del Mar. The Ruth's location in Irvine would never make such critical errors.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Nice....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    ...this location had great sunset lighting filling the dining room! Always a nice dinner regardless of the location for RC!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Saturday night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was able to get a last minute reservation and service was fantastic. They gave us a couple options on where we would want to sit and I really appreciate that. Food was well prepared and presented well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    IntheknowVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been to a few different Ruth's Chris and this one is by far the best. From the moment you walk through the door your evening is perfection. The Ruth's team goes out of their way to make sure your dining experience is supurb....we can't wait to come back. And, we are always so happy to see the lovely and joyous Miss Shelby. Give them a try, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kywaigrl53
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was greeted warmly by a very friendly Hostess. Although it took awhile before we were acknowledged by Lynn, our server, our Dining Room Attendent, Graham, was personable, attentive, and provided outstanding service. I ordered my fave, Ribeye steak and as usual, it was the best! My husband had the lobster/steak combination and truly enjoyed it. This Del Mar location is the best in San Diego and located close to where we live. We highly recommend this restaurant to everyond. Sincerely, Chrisine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So impress w/ their service & food!
    Dine4good
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I was at ahh that they had a customized menu for us- when I book online I told them it's our "14th Yr Anniversary" they went above & beyond and printed customized menu. Appetizers and steaks are always superb-five star that's why we come here to eat good steak!! Gem in the neighborhood. Love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B-Day Surprise
    andreink
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Swept my wife away for a 50th B-Day Surprise Staycation at Rancho Valencia Resort. Last minute plans changed after finding out the resorts main dinning room, Veladora was closed Mondays. Ruth's Chris was very accommodating with our requests, and Open Table made this very easy to book a table for five with an hours notice. Our waiter made the evening meal an experience worth returning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had a great meal with great service!! Wine list is pricy, but a good selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another GREAT Ruth's Chris
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've dined at several Ruth Chris and this one did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice for romantic dinners
    Itsrobynb
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I enjoy going to nice steak restaurants; especially for special occasions. This was our 11th anniversary, and we chose a San Diego favorite. Even though our romantic dinner ended up including a "plus one," due to having no babysitter at the last minute, we had an excellent meal. The filet was amazing, as usual, and I really loved the chop salad. The server was very accommodating to meet the picky needs of our 9-year-old, and our view was amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • July 4th at Ruth's
    MissChardie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Decided that we would give Ruth's a try on the 4th of July. We have been there many times, but never on July 4th. We didn't have plans for the beach or fireworks, and I'm so happy that we didn't. Ruth's was excellent!! I had requested a booth through Open Table and they gave us a perfect table. It wasn't too crowded; which I was hoping would be the case. Our food was prepared perfectly!! Our wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak place in Del Mar
    jpollVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were there to celebrate an anniversary and a birthday. The food was great, the ambiance was wonderful and our waiter did a superb job. Can't say more about our wonderful experience that we had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the Line Food and Service
    Bankmom
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have found Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar to be our favorite place to celebrate a special occasion or just to splurge on a nice dinner out. The food and service are consistently excellent and while very attentive, the servers don't feel intrusive. Everytime we have gone to this restaurant, the manager comes by each table and seems truly interested in making sure the diners' experience is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great as usual
    GaryGVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was delicious, fresh, well presented, perfect proportions. The service was excellent. We were welcomed like family. Perfect place to go for a special occasion or to make going there the special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phone Number Help Return Purse
    DinnerWithaView
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a lovely birthday dinner for my daughter. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. I prearranged our reservation for the evening on OpenTable and at the time had to give my phone number and e-mail. I left without my purse and received a call before we got back to the hotel room that they had found my purse! Yea! I also received a reservation confirmation prior to arriving confirming the reservation and I appreciated it because it was an unusual time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stand out place
    tilesVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    As always this is a great spot to catch up w friends, relax and have a great steak. Everyone from the General Manager to the folks in the bar and dining room are on top of their game.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    rhermer
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My triple celebration was beautifully handled by our hostess. Father's Day, daughter's high school graduation and son's university graduation were made so much more enjoyable with participation of the house staff. Many thanks!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day at Ruth's Chris
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    All in all it was a good experience. The food is the most consistent factor here - it was all good. It was extra busy because it was a holiday and they had 2 related issues of note. They were very behind on their bookings (1 half hour). The hostess suggested the bar to every family walking in, which was ridiculous considering every family walking in had children or minors with them because it was Father's Day. The service was rushed in many cases, and not the polished service we have had there before. We were not given a wine list/cocktail list when we were seated, and at one point the table busboy offered to take my husband's food which he was visibly still eating (he had his fork mid-air). Servers were polite, though, & food good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful food
    sdgal
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went to this restaurant for a birthday celebration. Our waitress was very attentive and patient with us as we took time to thoroughly peruse our menus. The food was perfectly prepared and our desserts were scrumptious. We have already decided to return for our next birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty good steak
    Jbeen
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We liked the restaurant. This was our first time here. The. Location is kind of in a very random spot. You get a spectacular view of the freeway. The food was good, although not really to order. My fiance and I ordered the ribeye. I got the 12oz, my fiance got the 16oz. We both asked for medium, but when we cut into the steak, it had no pink inside. It was very tasty, but steak should be cooked to what we want. I mean your spending $45 or more. Louis on his name tag or Luis as it said on our receipt was very nice. He did a wonderful job of serving us. The saving grace of the night. Dessert was pretty average too. We had the bread pudding. I was expecting a little more flavor. Oh well. It was a decent experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We went to Ruth's Chris for a special anniversary as we thought it would be a guaranteed good place for steak. It wasn't good. The Filet Mignon was disappointing, a very poor piece of meat. I recently went to Roth's Chris in Boston and it was very good. I won't be going back to the one in Del Mar. When the steak is very expensive it should be very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This can be fixed!
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Been to this location many times over the years, good food, nice location, great wait staff. Unfortunately the reservation times during evenings are very poorly managed. Dined there on may 10. Reservation for 715 and seated at 8. Bar area packed with no room to sit and have a drink. Unfortunately this is my 3rd in row exact same issue at this location; all weekend dinner bookings. The reservation hostes wasn't helpful when asked when we'll have a table; answer; as soon as we get tables from last seating cleared! Fairly poor experience to start a special occasion of any sorts; waiting around. I hope the management fixes this problem. It can be fixed!
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  • Good again
    StevoskiVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Been to RC many times and usually very good service and food. Same could be said this evening except Lynn, you need to get some better jokes! lol
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ruth's Chris @ Del Mar Review
    MarkCOside
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday at Ruth's Chris @ Del Mar. It was excellent as usual! The food came out sizzling hot on 500 deg. heated plates, to keep our food warm during our meal. The steaks were cooked to perfection and impeccably flavorful. The desserts were also very tasty. Our server was very attentive and did a great job of checking in on us. We reserve coming to Ruth's Chris for special occasions, and it's definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 782 reviews are from the Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar reviews archive.
  • Buen lugar
    Oscar
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Lugar agradable para cenar.. falta ambiente en el piso superior.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I little disappointed
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I use opentable because I detest waiting for tables at a restaurant. 99% of the time the restaurant I reserve through Opentable honors my reservation time. This was not the case at Ruth's Chris. We waited until 7:20 PM before being seated for a 7 PM reservation. I think for a dinner that costs upwards of $75 a person that the venue would recognize my time is important.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We are always well taken care of here….service is a 10. I wish they offered dry aged beef, and more interesting sides. Food is always well prepared.
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  • Great service, OK food
    JudyD
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This was my second visit to Ruth's Chris. First, the service is impeccable. You will be well taken care of from the moment you walk in. We ordered the filet mignon and the ribeye. My guest loved the filet, but the ribeye was no better than one I could have made at home on my grill. Certainly not worth the high price. We also ordered masked potatoes and asparagus. The asparagus was good but the mashed potatoes were a bit thin. We ended with the Chocolate Explosion which is fantastic. Plan to valet park as free parking is scarce.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic