Ruth's Chris Steak House - Middleton
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Middleton

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Middleton

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ruthschrismadison.com/
  • Phone: (608) 828-7884
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:000pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Trinidad Ocotl
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Yes
  • Private Party Contact: Lee Drapp 608-828-7884x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ruth's Chris Steak House - Middleton
Ruth's Chris Steak House serves the finest aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1,800° oven & served on a plate heated to 500 degrees, your steak is presented sizzling hot at your table.
Additionally, the menu includes select fresh seafood & other meat entrees, including seasonal specialties like foie gras, buffalo strip & scallops. A variety of fresh-cooked vegetables, including seven kinds of potatoes, salads, homemade desserts & an extensive selection of over 100 domestic & imported wines complete your dining experience.
Ruth's Chris never fails to please!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Middleton reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (23)romantic (15)notable wine list (15)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (5)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Rahnee
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Service was spotty, slow at first then the entree came before our salads were done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Excellent Excellent
    Excellence
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our party of 6 was looking for a late night dinner and looked on Open Table for a reservation. Only 3 restaurants came up in Madison, WI for an 11pm opening and 1 other was a new steakhouse in town. Since 4 of the 6 guests were from out of town and staying close we chose Ruth's Chris. Still hesitant that they would actually take our reservation we pulled up and went in to see if in fact they were open and would seat us. Wow- unbelievable service, food and atmosphere! I just moved from the Twin Cities and was pleasantly surprised to have Ruth's Chris here in Madison. I must say- I am impressed with this location as it did not fail in any way compared to Minneapolis! Excellent Excellent Excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok but overpriced
    ErikaMac
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We went BC I had a gift card I'm not a huge fan of chains. My steak was ok it was over cooked. Imo there are much better local steak places in town (delaneys, tornado, delmonicos) that I would pick first before Ruth's.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary!
    Triplehorn
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My honey and I visit Ruth Chris every year on our anniversary and it is always amazing. The staff always makes you feel special and the food is always magnificent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoingOut
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Friends were visiting and wanted to eat here, so we did. We dined early (about 6) and the place was pretty quiet - perfect for conversation. By the time we left around 8, it was busy! The steaks were great and perfectly done, and we shared 4 sides. Very good wine list, and masterful cocktails. The service is excellent - attentive but not annoying.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could Be A 5
    MrQPros
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love Ruth's Chris - for a chain, the restaurants are unique with a consistently high level of quality. At a price, of course. This particular location was convenient to lodging and shopping, and was generally easy to get to. Were it not for a couple of minor 'opportunities,' I would've happily given them 5 stars: 1) There was no valet. Not a big deal since the parking lot was readily accessible when we arrived, but I'm sure the later guests had to scramble a little. 2) Both when we arrived and when we left (probably a two-hour time frame), there was no one staffing the host desk at the entrance. 3) The staff, generally excellent, lacked a little attentiveness. Overall, this was a nice experience that could've been perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Steak Ever
    writerlauren
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Came here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday - he loves steak and is a big fan of Ruth's Chris. I was happy to find a Ruth's Chris near Madison and it was pretty easy to get to. Everything was incredible - the restaurant had put "happy birthday" confetti on the table and gave us a free creme brulee at the end of the night. They called us by name and were very attentive. Great martini list for those of us who are less wine-inclined. Although I suppose red wine goes better with steak than a French Martini, but nevertheless, it was delicious. We both had the filet - I cannot even begin to describe how tender and tasty this was. I am seriously having dreams about it. Can't wait to go back. Great sides and salads, as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service/food/wines!
    Lmaven
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Greatly appreciated the staff accommodating to my unusual specific dietary needs. Many thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always dependably excellent
    RonB
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Ruths Chris has never disappointed. The service, ambience, and food and beverage quality are first rate
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribeye Is To Die For
    HuntersLoveABigRack
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Luis, the waiter, was outstanding. Dinner was delicious. The ribeye is my favorite cut of meat there. The sides are big enough to feed two (or just take the rest home for yourself!). The crème brûlée is what keeps me coming back. Delish. Be prepared to spend a lot... But as a once in a while splurge, it is top notch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    dspuro
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The table I requested was ready for me when I got there at 5:00 pm. I requested outdoor by the band and it was perfect! I had additional guests arrive throughout the evening and the wait staff was very accommodating and were very quick to take orders for all!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cousins
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was excellent, but expensive! The wait staff was attentive and the wine list was impressive. We enjoyed "hanging out" in the comfortable bar area after our meal. ( One one rushed us, even though we closed the place.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruth Chris
    Soulman1251VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Always a great experience in every location. Excellent service, consistently great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    gradnewlywed
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Ruth's Chris Steak House is great for special occasions. We received a gift card, so we decided to try it for our anniversary. My husband and I dressed up, me in a dress and him in khakis and a collared shirt. Once we got to the restaurant we saw that there was a range of outfits, from jackets to jeans. There was a note on the menu about not using phones, but the table next to ours talked on their phones and had an ipad out taking pictures at one point, which was distracting. We appreciated the rose petals they put on the table and the acknowledgement of our celebration. My petit filet was good, but probably not worth the money. My husband and i both agreed that based on food quality alone we could have just gone to Outback.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 273 reviews are from the Ruth's Chris Steak House - Middleton reviews archive.
  • Food and service excell
    like2eatout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had reservations, but it was Restaurant Week so it was extremely busy and we were seated about 15 min. late. The wait was worth it. The bread eaters at the table were happy with the warm crusty bread and soon we all were sharing a chianti classic. Our courses were served with just the right pacing, not rushing the experience. The steak was sizzling hot, cooked just as ordered. The tilapia was encrusted and delicately seasoned. Each dish was accompanied with our vegetable of choice---mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Desserts were small and delicious and just gave a delightful final taste. Our waitress and other servers were attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Filet I have ever eaten.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have been to a lot of fine dining restaurants, but the food at Ruth's Chris was by far the best!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week review
    Skiman53528
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This isnt probably the best time to review this place, it was very busy and despite having a reservation we waited over an hour, I think we would have waited longer if frustraded people also waiting wouldnt have left. Restaurant week menu offers a $30.00 4 course meal which was all prepared and served perfectly to our table of 7. I would go back again despite the wait, the bar kept us occupied. Check out the fooball bowl rings on display from Barry Alverez while you are there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    Madtowndinner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was great! Had a 715 reservation, showed up early and didn't get sat until almost 8. Besides that everything was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    LovMarinersInn
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Wonderful meal with great friends and celebrated two summer birthdays. Food was, "melt in your mouth", good and very attentive servers. Thanks for the little "Happy Birthday" bling on the table when we arrived and the candles on our desserts at the end of the evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Ruth's Chris is by far one of my favorite steak houses in Madison. And even during restaurant week it didn't fail to impress. The food was wonderful and our waiter was nice. However even with a reservation months in advance they were slow to seat us and take our order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    DanMeg
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had an outstanding dinner, the staff was aware it was our anniversary and went to extra lengths to make us feel special. Service was great and most certainly matched by the meal. All together we had a great night!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Talisman
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent food and outstanding service. One of our favorites. Only disappointment was when we arrived at 4:55 for a 5:00 reservation was told they would be seating us in 15 min. When I pointed out that it was 5 min to 5, I was told, "Perhaps our clock is off". While we sat there in lobby waiting we realized why the delay, the staff was parading in while we sat there, the majority after 5. We were seated at 5:07, which is really quite promptly, no big deal. I don't care how they deal with their employees, but if they allow them to come in late, while customers wait, they really should use a back door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • twirl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Unfortunately we were unable to eat dinner at Ruth's Chris. We had a 7pm dinner reservation, and by 8:15 we were still not seated, and it looked like it was going to be at least another 15-30 minutes. We left, and went somewhere else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bbilly
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent food/experience as always. Looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unsatisfactory Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I attended this restaurant during Restaurant Week and was dissatisfied with the service. I have dined here before during and not during Restaurant Week and this was by far my worst dining experience. I had to wait an hour from my reservation time to be seated and then the service of our waiter was unacceptable. We would wait and have no interaction with our waiter for upwards to 35 minutes at a time. The food was as always amazing but if that had been my first experiece eating at Ruth's Chris I would never return. The handled the situation badly from beginning to end. Overall my trip was only fair due to the delicious food and great company sharing my meal. This is something they need to work on ligistically.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    1badger1
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    What a wonderful meal. Great attention to detail. You will feel pampered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review718
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Everything was wonderful! Excellent meal and great service! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    Steaklover
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were there for restaurant week. We were very pleased with the excellent food and selection for this "special menu" event. Further, I believe that the service and food were at an equal standard as to if we had ordered off the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mw444
    Mw444
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The problem with this restaurant is the extreme air conditioning and the lack of light to read the menu. While each staff member has small a light for the guest this is not optimal. However the steaks are great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ruth's
    cwmagli
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is the best place in Madison for steaks. Never had a bad steak here. Service is always good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistency
    Biendinerexperience
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is one of my go to restaurants when I'm in the mood for a great steak. I know the food and service will always be excellent. I am never let down, and always enjoy the experience. While a bit on the pricy side, it is worth the treat. The atmosphere is very comfortable and clean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Madisonian
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We absolutely loved dinner. The steaks were cooked to perfection. Katie was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding.
    Outstanding
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Service was great, very attentive to our needs and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Reabla
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Steak was delicious! Salad was very good too. I had the small filet and the chopped salad. We also ordered creamed spinach for the table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, dependable spot
    BJKKLG
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    If you are looking for a predictably-great steak, Ruth's Chris is a no brained. It's pricey, but the steaks are always perfectly prepared. The sides are enjoyable. The desserts are enticing. Good spot when you don't want any unpleasant surprises.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steakluver
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Dining at Ruth's Chris Steak House is always a memorable occasion! The service is outstanding - friendly, helpful and fast - and the food is superb! We love dining out at Ruth's Chris.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Sapphire
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a 7pm reservation & after waiting 20 minutes sitting at our table & not seeing our waitress, we asked the receptionist if there was a problem. We waited about another five minutes until the waitress came over & took our drink order. My husband's soup was cold but since no one checked on us, there was not an opportunity to have it heated. Both of our steaks were delicious but this was over shadowed by the fact that wait staff found it necessary to slip between my husband's chair & the table next to us...constantly bumping into him. There was plenty of room to go around the table, however the wait staff chose not to take that option.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    Zeke
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were celebrating 2 birthdays and an anniversary. Had a private room not requested but worked great. The waiter recognized we were celebrating several occasions and surprised with a great and varied desert. The Entrees were also excellent. We've not had a bad meal or service here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not 4 star service
    SteakhouseTours
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Need to recruit some professional wait staff. Not near the level of service I expect for a 4 star restaurant. They also need a sommelier.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • split decision
    larryVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My steak was good but for the price I would have expected great. My wife was very happy with her sea bass
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.