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
311 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (283)romantic (191)notable wine list (127)neighborhood gem (99)fit for foodies (89)hot spot (59)good for groups (58)vibrant bar scene (48)late-night find (19)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Very Good - But
    Letdown
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Recently on a Sunday night we celebrated a family birthday by a trip to the Precinct. Everything that was there was excellent, the service, and the food that we were served was what we have come to expect. What was missing, however, was a significant part of their menu...they had no strip steaks eliminating at least four entrees from their selection. These were frankly what we had been looking forward to eating. Again the people could not have been nicer and the food we had was well prepared but it was not the food that we had gone to the Precinct to enjoy. It was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The wife and I went for an anniversary dinner. The food and service were above excellent. It is a little pricey, but well worth it. It is not a place we will go and take the kids, but it is surely a place that I will return to again. Our server Robbie was on point. He recommended the macaroni and cheese and now I do as well. We didn't find one menu item that we didn't love.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply the best..
    wlfmn5360
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Weve been everywhere in Cincinnati to eat, and there aee many great eateries here, but for that "Special" Dinner...you can't beat The Precinct. The service is the best, the atmosphere is energetic and sedate at the same time..But the winner is the Food. The Collinsworth is perfect and the sides are perfectly prepared... Another nice touch is the manager, Brad...Jeff Ruby's son, who stops by every table and chats, (which makes you feel like they feel lucky you chose to eat at their restaurant.) Very good experience..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emma
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were disappointed that they did not have Sea Bass. We had planned on that instead of steak, but had to go with the Collinsworth, which of coarse, was very good, but not what we had planned. Our grandson had a wonderful dinner, so everything was OK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
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    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable
    BoomBoom
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was my first visit and my grandson's also. We had been anticipating it for a long time and were certainly not disappointed. The service, the food and the ambience was over the top. Our steaks were so tender my grandson remarked he could cut his with his fork. Cincinnati is very fortunate to have such a superb restaurant to enjoy. I would definitely recommend it to anyone for a very special occasion. Thank you Jeff Ruby.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Small Issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The only issue I had is my wife's filet was medium-well when she ordered medium. If you pay that much for steak, it needs to be right. Still, very good! Definitely a must!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    More4mymoney
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We arrived about ten minutes prior to our reservation. The restaurant seemed to be not very busy but it was early only five forty five. It took about ten minutes to get seated. There seemed to be some conversation about where to seat us. After being seated it took about ten minutes for the waiter to take our drink order. After that the waiter was smooth and timely with the service. The food was delicious but pricey. With two drinks apiece and no dessert our bill was two hundred with tip two hundred and forty. I can think of two other places with very similar quality of food that the bill would have been a hundred dollars less. The precinct is good but there are competitors just as good for much less.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Visit not as good as the 1st.
    Rosie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our second visit to the precinct, and the service was not as good as the first time we were there. We ordered a nice bottle of cab. The sommelier was prompt, attentive, and we never had to pour our own wine. We waited a long time to order our food Our food was excellent. ordered coffee and dessert in that order. Dessert came, but no coffee. Had to ask again for our coffee. It did not taste fresh either. We were not offered anything and else even though we did not want anything.... check was promptly placed on our table. I expected better service for the price point of the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy but Public
    GreatExpectations
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went here for our one year anniversary. We got there early, checked in, went to the bar for a quick drink before our reservation time. We each ordered one drink at the bar and closed out the tab. We then stood there at the bar for five minutes waiting for the tab to be closed out. It was early evening and not crowded. When we got to dinner, the dining area was much smaller than expected and we got a very small two person table that was a foot and a half from the party to my right and a foot and a half from the party to my left. We both could hear everything the other parties were saying and felt like we were sitting at the same table. If you want some privacy this is not the place for you. Food was good but hard to see in the low light.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 9/16/14
    Eastside
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Party of four. Three of the meals were terrific. One Brennaman filet was ordered Pittsburgh and came out medium well. The Precinct is usually on its game but wasn't that night. Well come back though. Everyone swings at a pitch in the dirt every now and then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sparkling and Enjoyable
    spark86
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Never disappointed. Enjoyable atmosphere, time well spent with family and friends. The Precinct never misses a beat, always there service and the steaks were the best - we enjoyed the various renditions of a filet mignon, strip steaks with our group of 4. We enjoyed our visit, and only marked off one star on ambiance due to the guests at the table nearest to us who were louder than any others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner
    HungryHippo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Precinct is incredible, few restaurants focus the attention to every detail like they do. Each member of the staff was friendly, attentive and efficient, from the valet, to the front desk, in the bar and finally the servers. Perfect evening, perfect meal, worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pinkandblue1234
    Sophie1959
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always wonderful and delicious. love, love , love the atmosphere. Service is great. I love being inside this building while eating phenomenal food. This was my husband's first visit. He loved it. Wants to come back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but Exorbitant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    No doubt these are scrumptious steaks, but $60+ an entree felt so obscene I could not really enjoy it. I'd much rather give a local farmer $20 for a similar cut of pastured beef and broil it myself. The side dishes and dessert were reasonably priced and also very tasty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satiated
    Obeywankanobe
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a great time. Bryan was informative, thoughtful and considerate. Steaks fabulous !
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best Steakhouses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Precinct is one of the best steakhouses in all of the United States. Excellent steaks and great service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Woody
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a great meal. Sat at the bar waiting for our table as we were 30 minutes early. My wife had a specialty cocktail. ALthough a bit expensive she enjoyed it very much. Our meal was fantastic. The Steak Collinsworth was cooked perfectly and had great flavor. Also had the Arancini as an appetizer. You can't go wrong with a Jeff Ruby steak and the service that his restaurants provide.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4foodgreat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Worth the price. Jeff Ruby trains the staff to perfection. It is impossible to find better steaks than what gets in any of Ruby's steak houses. We started in 1981 to eat at the Precinct and it only got better over the years. Yes we are regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    8great
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Yet again another amazing experience at a Jeff Ruby steakhouse. It had been 12 years or so since I had been to The Precinct and it did not disappoint. My wife and I had gone to Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in downtown Cincinnati for our anniversary back in January but The Precinct takes the cake. The atmosphere is great and is very intimate. What a gem for Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    Franzman
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We celebrated our sons 18th birthday with an incredible dinner here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit.
    excellentdining1
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary and decided to go to someplace very special. The food was wonderful and the presentation perfect. Our server, John, was extremely polite and answered our questions regarding the menu in a knowledgeable manor. The wine we order was very good. In all, it was great!!! The cheese cake was superb.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Dinner.
    number1fan
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I had wonderful dinner. we were celebrating our 46 wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful wait staff, and the atmosphere was very nice. we will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it!!!
    Foodie123
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was our first visit to The Precinct - definitely did not disappoint. It is expensive but it's worth it - food and ambiance are first rate!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Continues to impress
    Redsfn77
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We usually go to a The Precinct 2-3 times a year for special occasions and the quality of the service and food are second to none. You won't find a better place to eat quality food at an unbeatable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, very memorable!
    BHeartfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We decided to dine at the precinct to celebrate a few birthdays and had a reservation for a large group. They called us the morning of and offered us the ruby room as it had not been booked which was a really nice surprise. It gave us space and privacy to really make the most of our family dinner. The service from our waiter was amazing, the food was excellent and they brought out complementary dessert to top it off! My father-in-law (from the comfort of the velvet chair) said it was one of the most memorable meals he's had in a long time. Will definitely be considering for future special occasions!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As always, you are never disappointed when dining at a Jeff Ruby Restaurant.....The Precinct lived up to its excellent reputation....the Freddie Salad, the steak Collinsworth, and the baked potato, were cooked to perfection.....and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 35th Wedding Anniversary
    2EatDrinkandbeHappy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A great night from the moment we walked in to when we left. We felt spoiled, great service and the food is to die for. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    your new rye bread was supposed to be great by your waiters standards but I thought it was very chewy - maybe it could be cut thinner
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is my son's "go to" steak restaurant. Most of the time we have had a very good time. However, I was caught off guard when I looked at the bill details. The waiter knew it was his birthday and informed him that a special dessert was being provided. I want to mention that at no time did we request anything. This is important, because the bill had a line item on it of F-Celebration $4.95. I did not notice it until we got home. I checked every line on the bill and it appears we were charged for a dessert that he didn't really want. Also, on a lesser note, we specifically requested the bone from my steak to bring back for our dogs, but when we check the "doggie bag" the bone was not there.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for celebrations
    Fkc10
    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.
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    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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate