Ruth's Chris Steak House - Durham
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Durham

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Durham

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ruthschris-durham.com/
  • Phone: (919) 361-0123
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private Dining Manager - Carly Tortorello- Davis - 919.361.0123

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Renaissance Parkway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
A word from Ruth's Chris Steak House - Durham
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Durham is located in the Renaissance Center at Southpoint; adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn.

Whether you’re planning a casual dinner with friends, a party to celebrate, business meeting or banquet or a romantic dinner, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the most distinctive dining destination in the area. Ruth’s Chris professional, but personable staff will make your evening a sizzling success with first class service that is attentive but never fussy.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Durham reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)romantic (22)fit for foodies (11)notable wine list (10)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Still okay but not anymore special
    Notsohappy
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We usually go to Ruth's Chris to celebrate our birthdays or anniversary. Last year, we had a great experience; the service was great, food was awesome, dessert was delicious. This year, everything was still okay but the restaurant was little noisy, the service and food were not much different from other steak houses like Longhorn or outback except the price. We had the classic full course menu but didn't get the side we liked and the dessert were also not what we expected. Overall we were little disappointed and we don't know whether we will go there again for a normal steak house experience by paying more money!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • package deal good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    It is nice to see that Ruth Chris has a 3 or4 course dinner at a reasonable price. The $39.95 filet dinneer is special and great for senior citizens. Those people who want to get more food or specil items can do their own thing also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too noisy and bad presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was great, but the presentation wasn't too impressive. This was my first time here and after hearing great things about this place, my expectations were high. However, our wine and our water were splashed onto the table and on us. When the steak was brought out, it was served on a plain plate, no plate presentation at all. We sat in a side room and it was so loud, we couldn't hear each other. What I thought to be a nice romantic dinner, turned into a loud, messy, and unpleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    Liveforthewknd
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food, great service! We sat on the bar side so it was a little louder than the regular dining side. I highly recommend the sweet potato casserole!! :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We went to Ruth's Chris for the first time to celebrate a birthday. The food was outstanding. It was one of the best meals that we have ever enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven
    JWorth
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The only reason we ate there was that it was homecoming weekend at Duke and it would be difficult to get in elsewhere. And, it is attached to the hotel were we were staying. At a venue of this caliber I expected that they would have most common drink ingredients. I ordered a vodka Gimlet and out of habit, specified that if they did not have Rose's Lime Juice (the only other ingredient in a Gimlet after the spirit) to come back to me. Cudos to our server that he came back..no Rose's..really?..I ordered a scotch, bad start. Two filets were excellent, a rib eye (which did not look like a rib eye) and a strip where tough and tasteless. At $40+ inexcusable. A round of drinks and wine, steak and two sides for four.. $330 + tip ridiculous!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Below their usual A rating
    June
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Rate dinner a B as waiter didn't know they had a wine he indicated was out, salad missing ingredients and sub par service. Not impressive on any level and a disappointment. I wouldn't take this as gospel as we've had better experiences there in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The atmosphere was good, quiet. The food was great, and so was the service. The wait staff was pretty on-point with everything, but they are pushy and blur the line between salesmen and waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Phenomenal Dining
    blevans94
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have never been to a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse before and I deeply regret that because the food I experienced there was outstanding. I have never had a better steak elsewhere. The filet was perfect. I could cut into it so easily and the steak just melted in my mouth. Everything here was great. The stuffed mushrooms are a must buy appetizer when going. Literally, everything on this menu was to die for, even the caesar salad was great. I didn't even think it was possible to make a salad taste as good as it did. I will continue to go here for all of my special occasions because the service and food was great. Obviously it is going to be pricy, but you're not only paying for great food, you're paying for phenomenal service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, Great food!
    belezapuro
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my first time dining at Ruth's Chris and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the restaurant. From the friendly host, to our pleasant waiter, to the table visit by the restaurant manager to make sure we were satisfied with everything, it was a great experience. The ribeye was excellent and the cab I had went perfectly with the steak. I would suggest Ruth's Chris to anyone looking to go out for fine dining with great ambiance and an excellent steak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good but....
    veterandiners
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Ambiance and service was fine at this Ruth's Chris location, however, there was one glaring problem among the overall good choices we were served. The filet mignon was not what one should be served when paying $45 for just that item in a fine steakhouse. It was presented in three somewhat connected segments pushed together, not cooked to the doneness requested and overall, not very tender and somewhat flavorless. Not wanting to disrupt the evening celebration and be forced to wait, we did not return it to the kitchen. The lamb chops I ordered were perfect. We probably will not return to this location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    Foodie11
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everything was fabulous, food,service, ambiance and just a great dinner. We made a reservation and had no problem being seated it was a little noisy at first, but soon everything was very romantic, and quiet. The menu was all encompassing, I will be back to try the other selections.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fair but ambiance great
    trianglemanVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The greeters were very nice as was our waiter. The petite filet mignon was tough to cut and had no flavor. The broccoli au gratin had no seasonings and tasted like cheap bottled cheese poured on top of broccoli. The shoestring fries were acceptable but again lacked in seasonings. Overall, I felt the restaurant is saving in seasonings and providing very mediocre unimaginative hard to eat fare. However, the ambiance was romantic and quiet and the tables (if you get there early and get a table for four not for two) are spacious and clean.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • colleen
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The evening was phenomenal! My uncle comes to Durham once a year and Ruth Chris was the perfect place to have dinner and fellowship with friends and family. We all enjoyed the evening, atmosphere and of course the wonderful food. Jay was our waiter for the evening and he was GREAT!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wish they had told me the water choices cost more money!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Steak- SLOW Food Delivery
    look4gddiningVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'll begin by saying the manager took my steak entree off our bill because the wait for it was beyond acceptable. It was, in all it's buttery goodness, absolutely delicious. All of the food was very good but the wait for it was just too long. ~~ I found the restaurant in need of a bit of an update: the wallpaper & wall prints seemed stark & a bit cheap. Dimming the lights & putting candles on the tables may help a bit. Some of the people dining there seemed to have just come from the mall or perhaps Walmart, based on how they were dressed. Just didn't have that Ruth's Chris upscale feeling. Wine list is good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful experience
    Eatout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went to Ruth Chris to celebrate our anniversary. Our service was absolutely horrible. Our waiter ignored our table the duration of dinner. It took about 25 minutes to get our salads and 30 minutes to get drink refills. I asked the manager for help but he did not do much. It still took forever to get our bill after that. One of our meals was comped for the awful service but I still will never return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful birthday experience
    tarheelVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Thank you Ruth's Chris in Durham for making my father's birthday dinner very special. From the moment we stepped out of the car for valet to the end of our meal, everything was wonderful. Everyone was so friendly, they all wished him a happy birthday, our table was prepared before hand with flowers, and the staff was very attentive. Our waiter, although seemed a little shy, was very kind and got our order perfect without delay. We even eventually made him laugh :) We have had a wonderful experience at the Greensboro location in the past with a large group and were happy about the same type of dining experience at this location as well. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Meal
    DiningTreat
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    As always the meals at Ruth's CHris Steak House are superb and the service excellent. For fine dining this is our place to go when we want a real treat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Pleasure
    Amber
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We always have a wonderful time every time we go to Ruths Christ…. The strawberry Blue cheese salad with almonds was AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    ratch
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Going to Ruth's Chris has become a ritual for my daughter and I she loves to put on her nice clothes and go to a fancy restaurant. The steaks are awesome doesn't get any better. Any special occasion and we are off to Ruth's.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    Giastorms
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a great experience as fist time diners at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The hostesses were polite and the servers were always ensuring we were comfortable and well informed about the menu. The food was top notch and for quality food and service the prices were of no concern. We will definitely done here again. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the small things
    Conrad
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have always been a Ruth Chris supporter and felt the exuberant pricing was justified because of great service and exceptional food. The last few times I visited my favorite Ruth Chris (Durham) I have noticed the service becoming mediocre at best. Broccoli was served raw and cold, by the time the new broccoli arrived dinner was over but we were still charged on the final check. I made a comment to the waiter, he told me to speak to the manager. The manager came over but would not offer to take the 9.50 off my check? A table for two at $250+ and you need to ask not to pay for cold and raw food?? If you going to charge a premium the food and service should reflect.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for romantic evening
    FishandVeggies
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Took my husband for a special, romantic night out. The service was outstanding! They make you feel like you have your own personal wait staff. The steak came out sizzling. My husband loved it because his steak was warm during the entire meal. The sides are big enough to share. Only 1 or 2 sides are necessary for 2 people. If possible, save room for dessert. We had a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Ruth's Chris goes not a winner
    Mdillon703
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I'm a loyal Ruth's Chris customer all over the country. This particular location is just not up to par on any of the levels. I won't repeat here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ok but over priced
    notrich
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Wanted to show best friends a really good dinner out for all their help so went to RC's. Knew it would be expensive but went anyway. Relied on specials shown on company website but did not read fine print. After getting there found the specials listed but at much higher price than website. Waitress informed me that those were corporate sites that had rates I had seen and they were not one. Our waitress had an attitude all night, not listening to our questions carefully and just seemed to have a superiority complex. Was not made to feel welcome. Food was good, but not great as expected. I have had better overall meals but we had a good time anyway. Just overpriced for what you got.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 548 reviews are from the Ruth's Chris Steak House - Durham reviews archive.
  • Great Steak
    Hannah
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Love the petite fillet. Makes my mouth water. Best steak in the area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 16th Anniversary
    16thAnniversary
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our experience was "AWESOME". The staff helped me with a surprise for my wife as we were celebrating our 16th anniversary. The environment was great. The food was great. The staff was great and it really made the celebration one to remember for years to come.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    GromitVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went for the lobster they are offering this summer. It was delicious. I love the service, the food, and classy atmosphere. Never disappointed here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service sets tone
    WantToBeARavingFan
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were there to celebrate a special occasion and were looking forward to exemplary service and a perfect steak. The food was OK at best. The bread was hard as rock. We could actually hit it on the table. When we asked for fresh bread, we received it, but not until 45 seconds before our entrees and our server mentioned three times that he hoped we liked it because "he baked it himself". One steak was perfect, one was the wrong temperature. The succotash was OK- nothing wrong with it other than it was almost cold. The au gratin potatoes were still cold in the center of the dish, leading us to feel like this was a frozen, pre-portioned side that had been reheated improperly. The server had no business in a fine dining restaurant.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    travelerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have dined at many Ruth Chris' Restaurants, including in Hong Kong, and this Durham, NC gem lived up to their great reputation. The food, the service, the attention to detail, all were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruth's Chris Durham
    goodfoodeater
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was good as usual. Service was a bit too cloying. Server sounded like he was performing an act. Not the best ambience as fairly noisy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took a group of 8 (6 adults + 2 children) for Father's Day dinner. It was a wonderful experience. The service was great. The food was great. The atmosphere was great. I will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak great!
    Grandaughters15129
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The steaks were great and so were the potatoes as we had 3 different kinds for our table of five. The asparagus was not something that we would order again, no taste, and not cooked to our preference. The other food was so good that we would not dare complain about the asparagus. An enjoyable evening by all!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    myoung
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Was traveling and needed a good dinner. Did not get it here. Food was ok, and service the same. In a hotel. So groups of guests and rather loud. Both Ribeyes were so full of fat, half was on our plate s when I finished. They cleared our table before even asking if we were done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Melt-in-your-mouth steak!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    My husband & I shared the porterhouse for 2 and thought we won't finish it.. it was sooo good we couldn't stay away from it. We added the blue cheese crust and it was just mmm. It was perfectly cooked (med rare) and was served on very hot platter. My daughter got the veal tbone and loved it--- I mentioned in my reservation that it was my husbands birthday. They served us a slice of cheesecake w/ a candle for my husband (free of charge). That was a nice touch! Their food is always great BUT ITS REALLY THEIR SERVICE THAT MAKE US COME BACK FOR MORE!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service rest rooms clean
    Jerryturner
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    the food was excellent the service was excellent the waitress was excellent the manager was great the overall experience was excellent thank you I will be back soon thank you for a wonderful experience we've always had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time guest
    Sparks
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I REALLY wish I had another waiter. Darryl seemed to be annoyed, sort of the service I've received when the waiter thinks that a one person table isn't worth it. He was too casual, uninterested, as if he was ready to leave and I was holding him up. My first experience, however, was what made me come back in the first place. It seemed like everyone rolled out the red carpet for me. This time, not even close. This time, my food wasn't as good. I don't know if it's because it was late and restaurant week, but my food didn't seem fresh, it seemed precooked. My chicken was DRY, too spicy and burnt. My gumbo was flavorless. I didn't voice this while I was there because I already felt like a bother, I just wanted to pay and leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruth's Chris - Always great!
    sporges
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My Wife & I love eating here, it is very hard to find another place that delivers as good a steak and also excellent, attentive service. Definitely a place for special occasions but in this case, you most certainly get what you pay for! The fillet is simply superb, and every starter / side / dessert and even the coffee is also top notch. Great wine & drinks list as well. Did I mention the amazing service? Really, what is not to like! (aside from other diners in the room shouting at the top of their lungs so everyone else can hear their conversation as well - but that was not Ruth's Chris' fault, some people just have no class)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect anniversary meal
    ladym
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    really had a great time. perfect food (get the barbecued shrimp app), delightful wine. great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.