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The Precinct
The Precinct

The Precinct Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jeffruby.com
  • Phone: (513) 321-5454
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second visit to the Precinct, my parents' first time. I prefer the decor here over the downtown Jeff Ruby's. The oysters were very good. The cocktail sauce and horseradish were well prepared. (I would have suggest a vinegar/shallot combination or other garnish be available as well.) The Caesar salad and house salads were very well done. The breads and truffle butter were very tasty. My father and I had NY strip steaks that were accurately medium rare and well seasoned. My mother had sea bass that was excellent. The creamed spinach was great but a little too rich in my opinion. The ratatouille was excellent. Overall a great meal. Our server, Paul, did a great job of being attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went here for my fiances birthday, our waiter was fantastic. He had suggested his favorites, as an energetic and we had a great time. The food was amazing and the drinks were great, we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dinner at the Precinct for our anniverary couldn't have been better. Our server, Donnie was amazing and the food (as always) was fantastic. They made it a very special evening for us."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food and service is consistently excellent. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have dined at about all other Jeff Ruby restaurants but never got around to dining at the Precinct. Everything was excellent and our server, Sue was phenomenal. I look forward to a happy hour at the bar and another dinner sometime soon. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I attended a business celebration dinner at The Precinct. If you LOVE steak, this is a fantastic restaurant. The steak was moist and tender. It is expensive, but that makes it all that much more special to celebrate there. The server was attentive and knew the answer to all questions we asked."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We go to the Precinct once a year with our family and they never fail us. Our special occasion is that much more special thanks to the staff at the Precinct! Not to mention, the food is out of this world!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband and I were thoroughly delighted to come upon this gem of a restaurant. We were in town for a meeting. On Friday night I had an unplanned visit to the emergency room and asked the nurse about a good place to dine. Of course, she recommended "The Precinct". I made the reservation for Saturday night on my cell through open table. It worked out perfectly...Thank you Open Table!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was my wife's birthday... and my in-laws first trip there... and they/we all loved it! The food is terrific... best local steakhouse in town!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great menu, ambiance and service in a top steak house - which looks like an old police station from the outside, but is very comfortable with new brick decor inside. Our wait staff, led by Robby, was excellent and he helped us get a reservation at Carlo and Johnny's for next week. The Precinct and Carlo and Johnny's restaurant in Montgomery are both owned by same group. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "If you are able to splurge, this is the place to go in Cincinnati. You can always count on The Precinct to deliver amazing food and service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a great time. Food and service were both excellent."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great Food! Great Service! Never a bad visit! Perfect place for a special occasion..."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The steak was absolutely amazing. Best steak I have had thus far!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were lucky enough to score a rare, last minute reservation at the Precinct. We took our daughter and her boyfriend who was visiting from New York City. He had never been to Jeff Ruby restaurant and he was very impressed. As always, the food and service were outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "GREAT EXPIERENCE, THE FOOD, SERVICE, AND ATMOSPHERE WERE ALL EXCELLENT!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I'm from Chicago, where steakhouses are plentiful and top-notch. The Precinct would fit in just fine with any of my Windy City favorites. Each steak comes with a salad and a potato, so the pricing is quite good given the quality of the cuts. You can also get dry or wet-aged beef, which is nice."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "First time at the Precinct and is was the best steak I have ever had. My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner and the service was excellent! We will be back!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "While we won't keep The Precinct in business, I do enjoy celebrating my birthday here every year if in town. I always order the steak (filet) Collinsworth. The two sauces always are intense. A shrimp cocktail to start, and this year I was pleased to be able to order a Caesar salad for a slight up charge. Everything was delicious. The service is "comfortable". That is, spot on/attentive without being stuffy. None of that here. "Yes, I think we can do that." The wine list has a great range of prices, inexpensive to over the top. We tend to a moderately priced wine and let the steaks shine. Many other couples/families celebrating and happy to share a comment with other close diners. Adds to the celebratory evening."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our first visit to the Precinct was all we had imagined. The service was exceptional. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful with menu selections. Salted rye bread was some of the best we have ever had. The salads were very good. Our steaks, both had Brennaman filets, were without a doubt the best steaks we have ever eaten. The seasoning was exceptional but the meat was tender, cooked to perfection and flavorful. It will be impossible to ever get the same quality steak anywhere else. Again the staff was attentive and friendly. We were given a very nice cheesecake for my birthday and truly enjoyed everything about the dining experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Overpriced catering food. They've been making the same thnigs for so long there is no newness to it. "Hey Joe go fire up the mac and cheese" Similar to the Montgomery Inn on the river in the food quality. So much upselling and pushing the comment cards. That place needs to be rebooted."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This was an excellent dinning experience. The food and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We save there in to for special occasions...we may need to have more special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Second time at the Precinct - was as perfrect this time as the first. Best steak ever!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Could not have been a better dinning experience. The steaks we ordered where heavenly! They even gave us dessert on the house for our anniversary! Online reservations were so simple and fast. We will be going back and will be talking talking about this one for awhile. Sincerely, Steak lover's"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I went for our 5th wedding anniversary and it was fantastic! The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. They made our first experience there a memorable one."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have traveled extensively for business over my career, domestically and internationally. The Precinct is EASILY among the finest steakhouses at which I have dined. Great food, wine and ambience combine for a perfect evening with friends or business colleagues. The Precinct is a must take when in the Cincinnati area. Part of me wishes I lived here year round."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "What another great local restaurant in Cincinnati. We were in town for a convention and entertained a customer. Loved it. It was more expensive than I thought it would be. Everything is extra. The one mistake we made was accepting the servers recommendation for a seafood appetizer for the table (7 people). He should have given me an indication of the cost ($250!). Great wine selection and awesome steaks and desserts. Must have is the mac & cheese (award winning!)."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "By far the best of the Jeff Ruby restaurants! The food was to die for and when you add in the ambience and great service it is a can't miss. My wife and I will definitely be back. The server (Robby) was great...knowledgeable and friendly. You can't go wrong with the Precinct!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food & service was good but their policy on their gift cards sucks. I had two $100.00 gift cards to pay for our dinner, which we were celebrating my wife's birthday, to make sure that we had enough to cover the bill. After we ate and I gave Bill, the waiter, he took the bill and returned and stated " Their policy is that he is not allowed to include his tip on the gift card" so I had to put that on another card. Also the remaining balance was brought back to me on the gift card. Bill stated" that way we would have to return to get our money back. If this is a way to get return customers that isn't going to work. It seems like a poor tactic to get repeat customers that I may expect from a restaurant of a lesser standing than the Precint"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food is good, the restaurant has personality. However, it is the people who work there that make the Precinct so special."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The steak and service were outstanding in a perfect, one of a kind setting."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Excellent choice for our 15th wedding anniversary!! The service, food, atmosphere and cleanliness was excellent! Precinct even acknowledged our anniversary at the end of the meal with a surprise dessert!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have been hearing about Jeff Ruby's restaurants for 8 years and finally decided to try it. It was as good as the reviewers say. The serving staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. The steak was amazing! It even tasted good the next day for lunch. The restaurant was quiet and romantic despite having a bar upstairs. The bar could not be heard until entering the second floor. This is NOT a family restaurant unless the child is extremely well behaved and old enough to appreciate the specialness of the place. It will definitely be a place we remember for very, special occasions."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "When it comes to upper scale steakhouses, Jeff Ruby steakhouses tops them all. From the craft cocktails to the dry aged cuts, there is no better place to dine than Ruby's steakhouses. We sat in the bar to celebrate my girlfriends birthday, and the atmosphere is superb. Some bar experiences aren't quite as good as the dinning room experience, that is not the case here! Jessica was great, as she saw to our every need. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone seeking a fine meal, or just to relax & have a drink from their extensive selections. Thank you for making this an excellent dinning experience & celebration."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The past 2 years my wife and I have made The Precinct the only spot we would want to go for our anniversary. The food is spectacular the service is friendly and we never leave disappointed."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had reservations for the Precinct on Monday June 16. We were going to celebrate my husbands birthday and his Mom's birthday. There was a power outage that day on the East Side so the Precinct, which had to close because they were out of power, called and offered to switch the reservation to Carlo and Johnny's. I was impressed with their timely customer service. We had a wonderful meal, which is not surprising, it is great every time we go. The aged cowboy steak was amazing! I asked for scallops without sauce and they were done perfectly! Yummy! Our waiter was a lot of fun and kept us updated on the USA soccer score. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Steaks are always fabulous! Can't get a better steak anywhere else! Mac and cheese is great as well. Crab cakes are a must try!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "had a good strip steak.it was tender and flavorful.but I must say the knockout effect like other times we went there just was not there this time.still would recommend and we will return..."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "You can't go wrong at the Precinct! The food is fantastic, the service impeccable and the ambiance is excellent! Great for romantic dinners, special occasions or when you just want an amazing dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014