The Precinct
The Precinct

The Precinct

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jeffruby.com/
  • Phone: 5133215454x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Travis Maier
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available as long as the site has proper equipment.
  • Entertainment: Happy hour in bar Sun-Fri 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Happy Hour not available Saturdays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbia Parkway
  • Public Transit: There is a public transit stop across the street from the front entrance.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking - $5
A word from The Precinct
For Jeff Ruby, this is the steakhouse that started it all. In 1981, The Precinct was born in the former Cincinnati Police Patrol House Number 6. This turn-of-the-century, Romanesque-style structure would hold what is now the longest, continuously running white tablecloth restaurant in the city.
Recently named one of America's Top 10 Steakhouses by USA Today and Gayot.com, The Precinct is frequently recognized as having Cincinnati’s best steaks, seafood and service. This consistent high level of quality and overall guest experience over 3 decades has endeared Precinct to celebrities, businesspeople, families and loyal diners alike.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Precinct reviews from OpenTable diners
298 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (269)romantic (191)notable wine list (120)neighborhood gem (102)fit for foodies (92)hot spot (53)good for groups (50)vibrant bar scene (43)late-night find (18)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (5)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Birthday
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have celebrated two birthdays here this summer and have loved every bite we consumed. The service and the food are equally superb and I cannot wait to get older and return ;)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for celebrations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is the second time I've gone to the precinct for a celebration and it was absolutely wonderful. Our server Ricky was very accommodating and really helped us while ordering. I'm a vegetarian and they created a delicious Alfredo pasta with fresh vegetables mixed in for me. The precinct always makes for a memorable visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best
    ZoninVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    No where will you find a better steak. One amazing experience over and over...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food and service was first class! It was my son's 19th birthday and manager sent him a slice of carmel cheese cake with candle to cap off the evening. Highly recommend this place as one of the best steakhouses in this KY/Ohio market.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Unique
    visitingfishermanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Precinct is always uniquely entertaining and fun. This evening we shared a dining room with one couple, that after diner, became engaged to marry and another celebrating their wedding anniversary. Food is excellent and service wonderful. It does look like prices have increased about 10% in past year which sadly, makes The Precinct a dining option only for very special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 11 yr Anniversary Dinner
    jbryh
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife & I have celebrated our anniversay with dinner at The Precinct the past 2 years. As expected, the food & service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Restaurant!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and the service at this Jeff Ruby's restaurant is the best of the Jeff Ruby group. All his restaurants are great but at this location the steaks are paired with a salad and side included in the price! The Dry Aged Porterhouse can not be beat. It is delicious and cooked to perfection everytime. The Freddie salad is also wonderful as well as the mashed potatoes served with the steak. The waiters are very knowledgable about the food and the wine list and will gladly assist you in making the right choice for your meal. Ricky was our waiter. We have dined with him in the past and specifically request him each time we return. Go !! You will love it !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasions & Deep Pockets
    amg800
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    In the reservation, I said my wife and I were celebrating our 5yr anniversary and requested a quiet setting and Precinct delivered. We got a great table in a smaller room and they even gave us a celebratory cheesecake. It was a great night, we will definitely consider Precinct for our next special occasion.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GEM OF A RESTAURANT
    Rosie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were referred to this restaurant by a dear friend and she was not mistaken, it was FABULOUS! We were in town moving my daughter into college and wanted something special. The ambiance is excellent, service impeccable and our steaks were outstanding! I will go back when ever I visit my daughter. PS.Order the ricotta donuts for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cincinnati Classic
    stxu8589VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    LOVE The Precinct... Same great level of food as Jeff Ruby's downtown, but much more laid back. Love the bar area and the main restaurant. They always take such great care of us. We will be back soon, count on it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not A Juicy Beef Steak House
    Cornfedforme
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The meat was cooked as ordered, medium rare charred out and pink through but it was very dry. The Prices are such that the chef should leave some juice in the meat. If you are use to NYC food and prices this is a good special occasion place. Nosy and if running on time why did was have to wait 20 minutes past our reservation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    cgsags
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was our 25th Wedding Anniversary and our very FIRST time at The Precinct. Our server/waiter was terrific (Bryan/Hoagey). We had a lot in common so it was a pleasure talking with him. Very professional. The food was incredible and the attention to detail did not go unnoticed. Even the ladies restroom was beautiful. The architecture of the whole restaurant was unique. We went upstairs to the bar area which we plan on going back to on another visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Precinct never disappoints
    MJ41075VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything was perfect as usual. The Precinct is one of our favorites. Service was impeccable and the food divine. The steak cut like butter and the vegetables were cooked to perfection as well. Everyone was warm and welcoming as always. We save The Precinct for special occasions because the experience is always so special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good as always
    SkilletVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Evidently they had a big party somewhere in the restaurant, so the food was slower to come out than normal, but our server was good and the steaks were excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    WildKatFan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very nice place for a special occasion. Great Steaks and wife said the sea Bass was excellent. We only go a couple times a year, but we are always looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Date Night
    TheMarriedCouple
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful service accompanied fabulous meals of JAC Collingsworth steak and the salmon. Unfortunately we did not leave room for dessert. Especially pleasant was the fact that no one was pushing us. We each enjoyed a glass of wine prior to our receipt of the menu's, and we dined at our pace, not the restaurant's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Filet in the world.
    BiggestFan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The Precinct was outstanding as usual. Recommend to all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Anamericanmom
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Best steak and service in town! Server was very attentive. Not a detail was missed. Drinks were refilled before we realized there was a need.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeD
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent steaks!!!! The food and presentation was five star quality. The service matched the food. Overall a great dining experience. This was our second visit and we'll be back! If you are in Cincinnati, don't miss this restaurant !!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Michael
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    One of the top 3 dining experiences I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    BostonFabulous
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband ordered the Cowboy Ribeye and it was an amazing sight to see. Honestly - it was a huge piece of steak. He said the steak from The Precinct was one of the best steaks he has ever had (in his top 3 of all time). I had some raw bar, a wedge salad and some of the roasted asparagus. The oysters were huge and the asparagus was amazing. All of it was really yummy except for the salad dressing. It was supposed to be blue cheese dressing for the traditional wedge salad I ordered, but it was more like a watered down version of peppercorn. Not sure what happened there - I didn't mention it to the waiter - I just didn't eat it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still doing it right
    Randy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    our dinner at the precinct was spot-on as usual. they are still doing it right.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing steaks!
    kdbensonVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Was there to celebrate my son's engagement. There were 8 of us & we sat in their private dining area. We were able to enjoy celebrating the occasion in a private setting with a wonderful waiter, Bryan. He suggested a great bottle of wine & we liked it so much we ended up ordering 3 bottles! We moved to Dallas, TX & there's nothing that compares to Jeff Ruby's steaks! Beef -all so tender & delicious! Oysters Rockefeller were delicious too! My son's fiance & family had never been before & said it was the best steak they'd ever had! A great way to end such an amazing day for them! Family, great wine & amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steak was amazing!
    OnTheRoadAgiainKY
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our first time at The Precinct. We have visited most of Jeff Ruby's restaurants in the past and this one delivered great steaks as usual. The Precinct has more of a perceived value than the downtown location due to getting the salad and potato with the meal. Valet was great, and it was great chatting with Jeff Ruby in the valet parking lot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous experience
    steaklover
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was outstanding and the food was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded our expectations.
    lfd105
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    All the staff, and there were many, were attentive without being intrusive. Jeff and his son said hello. David was spot on with his recommendations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best around...
    euge
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    After eating here you may realize that you begin comparing it to every other steak restaurant, solidifying that it remains near the top of your list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was excellent, service was fab BUT our table was in a busy area and the noise level was a bit much... Other than that it was choice! My 89 year old mother had a difficult time hearing our conversations. Well, she is 89. Some things starts to go by then, right? Seriously it was a touch loud. I like the fact you are using local farmers and their produce and meats. Wise decision. Love the ambience in that it's a restored unique building w/history behind it. Keep up the good work. I used to be the coat check lady back in the day when there was a disco area upstairs. FUN!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Winner
    localeats
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took my wife for our wedding anniversary, and it was a big hit! Great steaks, exemplary service, fine wine - couldn't have asked for a more memorable meal. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy food, cramped seating
    Molo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was great.. Food, service, drinks. You get a huge reusable grocery bag with your leftovers. The only complaint, as a table of two we were placed closely between other tables of two which was awkward.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great Dinner
    FoodFighter
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We got there early and started the evening in the bar and enjoyed the ambience in there while sampling different wines. Picked the wine we liked best and headed to dinner. The food was fabulous, the steaks where cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth and the lobster was perfect. The proportions where the right size, you could eat it all and enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first visit to the Precinct. The service and dinner was absolutely wonderful. It is on the pricey side, but would definitely go again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Cannot go wrong eating at the Precinct! The best raw bar! Steaks are to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Precinct should be great
    ThomasJ
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Overall the food here is fine. For the price I would expect a touch of creativity. The garlic mashed potatoes were very ordinary. The service was very disappointing. Bread didn't arrive at the table for at least a half hour. We had to ask for a fork three times. Service is the easy part, and from a restaurant of this caliber, service should never lack.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Joyce Hartmann
    rock
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband and I were really looking forward to our dinner at the Presinct. I made a reservation through Open Table and while I know all requests are not always filled, I did request a table by a window. We were seated between two other couples an a wall and that was disappointing. We also found that it was extremely loud and very hard to have a conversation with each other. Our waiter Chris G. was absolutely wonderful, professional, and very attentive. The food was wonderful, exactly what we expected. Hats off to the chef! I would return, however, I would be very specific as to our seating arrangement and would make sure we were in a much quieter area of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Precinct
    fran
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent food and service, everytime. We try other restaurants for steak and we always regret it. The Precinct is a gem and it is great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The precinct had amazing food, and wonderful charismatic service. We went for a special occasion dinner, the waiter recommended an excellent bottle of wine and was extremely helpful and kind. I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 50th B-Day Celebration
    MICHELLEandMEL
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The staff is awesome from the valet, to the hostesses, to the endless wait staff. Extremely delightful music! Their finest bottle of Pinot Noir is AWESOME! Dover Sole and Filet Mignon with Lobster Tail is DELICIOUS! They treated me a slice of cheesecake served atop of swirled caramel, fresh red raspberries and a candle to make a wish and blow out...how nice is that. Top notch, beautiful ambiance atmosphere in the bar upstairs. It was abuzz even on a Tuesday night. Suffice to say it was a great way to start my 50s....however, I do have to say that the best part was the company of a wonderful tall, dark, handsome man who came to accompany me! I cannot thank you enough Jeff Ruby for your creation of the best steakhouses in Cincinnati!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent with single exception
    FragranceCzar
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have eaten at Jeff Ruby restaurants dozens and dozens of times for the past 30+ years. They set the standard for steaks, service and ambiance with no one coming close to this in southwest Ohio. For the first time, ever, I had a Prime Porterhouse steak the other night that was overdone (I asked for medium rare, and it was beyond medium.) For the price ($70+), I should have sent it back but didn't (it was my son's birthday and I didn't want to spoil the occasion by complaining). It was flavorful and delicious but overdone. But, I guess to have one miss in 30 years is still a pretty good track record. I will still return to Precinct and all the other Ruby steakhouses as no one else comes close.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bradleys
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Our server asked if we had been before and if we were celebrating anything special. It was our 13th anniversary. We decided to go somewhere special and our kids recommended the steaks at the Precinct. Our server was wonderful and made us feel like we were the most important people there. The steak was good! Cheesecake good! Coffee good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet