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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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Diner Reviews
  • "We often dine at high end restaurants such as other Jeff Rubys establishments. This was by far the best experience we have had. Service food and atmosphere was incredible. Best steak I have eaten in 40 years!"
    Dined on 11/23/2014
  • "we had a great visit at the precinct. we had some family issues going on and we brought our 4 month old son to the restaurant. the staff couldnt have been more accomodating, especially our server Mike who was so patient when one of the members in our party was over an hour late and we waited for him to arrive to order. i really appreciated everyone's positive vibe and customer first attitude. we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/22/2014
  • "I took my wife to The Precinct for her birthday...we had never eaten there but always wanted to. During the reservation process I asked for "something cozy" and they gave us a delightful table partitioned off from the main room where there were only four small tables together - perfect! Our waitress, Cherran, was very attentive and helpful without being intrusive. We started with a bottle of the Benziger Merlot which is always a winner - we toured the Benziger winery in Sonoma a few ago and highly recommend it. Both of us had the Freddie salad, a great way to start off - simple yet very satisfying. My wife got the Collinsworth and I got the Whitworth, both cooked perfectly. I found the whole experience to be very enjoyable and completely satisfying."
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "Our dinner was outstanding and the service from the staff was first class from everyone. Cincinnati appreciates having Jeff Ruby and the dining experiences at his restaurants."
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in you know this is a special place. Front staff are smart, quick, professional. Atmosphere and decor are what they are, historic, old, full of memories. Wait staff are impressive. IMO this is where this place shines. The staff are all A Plus. The know the menu, are flawless in thier operation, they know when to be seen and when to invisible. The food is also excellent. Its a meat and potatoes place but by God the meat is fantastic. Wide range of choices and all perfect. Moving onto price....its not cheap but then again it should not be. There were three of us Friday night, drinks, steaks, salads, one dessert with tip $230. For top food and service in a classic resturant thsi is excellent value and more than worth it. The only negative, and its not alone in this is seating arrangements. You do sit close to others and if they are a little loud then you are done! Drop the hostess a nice wink and a $20 to get a more secluded table or go early!!!"
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "Our party of four relished the excellent food, wine, setting - and each other's company as we laughed and shared stories. The waitress regularly interrupted to fuss over items on the table, oblivious to how we cared more about letting someone finish their sentence than whether or not she removed some item like a half full sauce container (which we'd already asked to keep on the table). This inappropriate over-servicing couldn't ruin our family celebration and we left what we felt was an appropriate $35 tip (albeit 10%). She returned with our credit card slip, claimed she couldn't read the writing (it was clear) and continued to embarrass us publicly into leaving another $20. We believe a tip is appreciation for good service NOT an assumed set percentage. We are amazed at the audacity of this waitress - to spoil a great experience only to squeeze $20 out of a group who would otherwise return again if we could have left with a better feeling."
    Dined on 11/20/2014
  • "We had never been to the Precinct before last Wednesday. I had been a gift card from co-workers for $170 as a retirement gift and came home with $154. That does not even include the $10 for valet parking and $35 tip. So ... $215 for an average meal. Obscene. We each had one glass of wine, I had one coffee, we shared one side, had no appetizers and no desserts. Our "cheapest steaks on the menu" were good, but for nearly $50, frankly disappointing. If someone had done a blind taste test with your steaks and $15/pound filets from the Fresh Thyme market prepared on my Weber, I really don't know if I could say yours was significantly better. We felt crowded and our conversation was probably easily heard by the couples sitting 2 feet to either side of us. We came away feeling unfulfilled and embarrassed that we had spent my colleagues' money so frivolously. The dinner experience was so ridiculously expensive, we will not come back and we certainly cannot recommend it to any of our middle class friends. Perhaps all the rich and famous in the lobby pictures enjoy spending $1,000 for dinner for four at The Precinct but I can only assume the rest of the 99%-ers don't"
    Dined on 11/19/2014
  • "Always excellent food and I'm a relatively frequent customer, but I'm really starting to question the value. Prices keep going up, seemingly faster than food costs and competitors."
    Dined on 11/19/2014
  • "For the Best steak in Cincinnati.....this IS the place"
    Dined on 11/18/2014
  • "Outstanding dining experience!! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was truly delicious and the service impeccable! This restaurant is a must for any special occasion event. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 11/14/2014
  • "It has been a while since we dined at the Precient so we decided on the spur of the moment to go out and it was a great decision. Since my wife's birthday was the following week and we had plans on her birthday this was a great time to go. The wait staff was excellent and the meal was fantastic. The gentleman in charge of the wait staff even sang "Happy Birthday" to my wife. All in all a fantastic evening and could not have gone better."
    Dined on 11/13/2014
  • "I've been to different Ruby's restaurants many times and I've never been disappointed. This visit, while still very good, was less than perfect. I ordered the Chris Mack (ribeye), and when our steaks came I told my wife I thought it looked like a strip instead. She suggested it was a different cut of ribeye than I was accustomed to, and I proceeded to eat. The steak was delicious, but I couldn't finish it (a frequent occurrence at Ruby's restaurants!). Our server boxed it up and we brought it home. When I put it in the fridge I noticed that it was labeled as a Whitworth (strip). I was torn between ordering the Mack and the Whitworth to begin with, and I was not disappointed with my meal, just the error. I should have spoken up."
    Dined on 11/12/2014
  • "I will never order a steak anywhere else. Twenty years in Cincinnati, I finally gave this place a try. As a foodie, I would be happy tp recommend this place to any of my steak-appreciating friends."
    Dined on 11/9/2014
  • "Literally the best steak and salad I have ever eaten. $70 for a steak my seem high but I have to admit it seemed to be worth it. I will definitely be back again."
    Dined on 11/9/2014
  • "I visited the Precinct for the second time this past weekend with my partner to celebrate our anniversary. Despite the fact that we are a young couple, we were treated as any other pair out to dinner for a special occasion might be. Our waiter was prompt and friendly, not too chatty and not cold at all, and was perfectly familiar with the restaurant's menu. He couldn't have been more perfect. The food, as usual, was absolutely superb and arrived hot and plated beautifully."
    Dined on 11/7/2014
  • "It's a $50+ steak. And it's worth EVERY penny. The filet melts in your mouth."
    Dined on 11/7/2014
  • "Food and service were impeccable. We will most certainly return and suggest to friends for that special evening go to "The Precinct""
    Dined on 11/4/2014
  • "We travel once a year to Cincinnati and we always do two things, catch a Bengals game and visit the Precinct. Steaks are amazing!!!!!"
    Dined on 11/2/2014
  • "My husband and I have chosen The Precinct to celebrate many special occasions over the last 20 years. Never does it let us down. The steaks are always cooked to perfection and the service is fabulous!"
    Dined on 11/2/2014
  • "We love dining at all of Jeff Ruby's restaurants! They have mastered the art of customer service paired with fabulous food and wine. You will not find a better steak anywhere and the wine list offers something for everyone. We appreciated the fact that Brandon was seen frequently in the dining room as he checked on the guests. Chris G. was our server and he was a true professional."
    Dined on 11/1/2014
  • "Great service. Waiter was honest in his suggestions on what to order."
    Dined on 10/31/2014
  • "We waited probably 15-20 mins to get our table, although we had a reservation. We waited too long to get a drink, our order taken, and our food. It was very disappointing and not what we have come to expect from a Jeff Ruby restaurant. I have gotten better service at Longhorn Steakhouse."
    Dined on 10/30/2014
  • "The Precinct was excellent! Great steaks, wine, and service."
    Dined on 10/28/2014
  • "Good ambience impeccable service cordial staff awesome wine and the best steak ever!!"
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "Outstanding service, the food and presentation was well presented, deserts and wine first class as the other amieinties"
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "If you have a special occasion to celebrate, or want a romantic, quiet experience, the Precinct is for you. Although quite pricey, it is a can't miss experience. My wife & I celebrated our 5th anniversary there on a Friday night, and it was simply outstanding. We each had the surf & turf--a 9 oz. filet mignon and lobster tail--and it was to die for! The Freddie salad (BLT salad) is incomparable, bread & spread while your entre is prepared, the entre itself, dessert...just phenomenal start to finish. Great service, incomparable food, quiet, romantic atmosphere--it simply doesn't get any finer than The Precinct."
    Dined on 10/24/2014
  • "Went to the Precinct for our anniversary and couldn't have asked for a better experience. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable."
    Dined on 10/23/2014
  • "My wife and I went for our anniversary dinner. Our server was Bryan and he was great. The food was amazing as usual, we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 10/23/2014
  • "Best steaks in town! And don't forget to try the mac and cheese side."
    Dined on 10/22/2014
  • "This was our first time to dine at The Precinct, a gift from our daughter! The food was everything I expected and the service was exactly what I remembered GOOD service to be."
    Dined on 10/20/2014
  • "The food and service at the Precinct is fit for an unforgettable experience! We could not have asked for a better place to celebrate a special occasion. Every aspect of your visit will have exceeded expectations. Our waiter, Paul, was the ultimate professional and the manager, Brian, was visible and active in the evening operations. Thank you for this memory!"
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "My Wife and I traveled a few hours and booked a hotel room to dine at this establishment , What a mistake . Upon arriving the seating was horribly cramped with waiters running into you while we were seated , then after waiting an hour without getting an appetizer order we decided this isn't like any other Jeff Ruby we have been to before , it was time to go , sad to think I grew up only minutes from the Precinct and this is what it has become ... commercial like Ruby Tuesday just bad service ."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "I have been to The Precinct several times and every time I am amazed with the quality of the food, service, and overall experience. The best restaurant that I have ever been too!"
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "Back at The Precinct again and what do we get? Excellent food and tremendously attentive service! We continue to dine at Jeff Ruby's restaurants, and The Precinct in particular, because we know what to expect. The steaks are always cooked perfectly, seasoned exquisitely, and enjoyed ravenously. My group of eight feasted on oysters, beef carpaccio, the exclusive Freddie salads, and wonderfully flavorful steaks. Go, no RUN, to The Precinct today for a meal you won't soon forget."
    Dined on 10/16/2014
  • "The service, ambiance and food were excellent. The steak was perfect and one of the best steaks I have ever had. The Crab cake there is the best I have ever had as well. The Crab meat was amazing! The salad was good and the mash potatoes were very good as well. I liked that the Steak entrée came with your choice of two sides. If I had only one complaint, it would be that of the chair that I sat in. It was a bit low to the ground in proportion to the table and it wasn't that comfortable. I sank into the chair. It might have been broken. But other than that, it was a great experience and I highly recommend The Precinct to friends and family."
    Dined on 10/16/2014
  • "And got outstanding service as well. Everything they do at the Precinct they do well. It's pretty incredible really. It's almost as if they rehearse."
    Dined on 10/16/2014
  • "love all the jeff ruby restaurants, excellent in every way"
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "For fine dining there is no better place than the Precinct. Their steaks are in a class of their own and the service terrific.We have been dining there for years and have never been let down."
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "We were seated at a table along a wall with 3 other tables, no privacy, tables too close together. Food excellent, but all Ruby places are good. Probably will not go back to this one"
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "As a poor college kid I can only afford to take my girlfriend out every now and then. I chose the precinct because I wanted to do something really special for Her even if it cost a good amount of money. The experience was great, and the food was some of the best food I've ever had. I want to come back again when I have money saved up, I highly recommend the restaurant to couples, great night!"
    Dined on 10/13/2014
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