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
306 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (276)romantic (183)notable wine list (128)neighborhood gem (96)fit for foodies (94)good for groups (59)hot spot (57)vibrant bar scene (52)late-night find (15)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Steak
    Chris
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came for the steak...
    SurfingSquid
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awsome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    love all the jeff ruby restaurants, excellent in every way
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Five Star Dining
    jake
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tables to close
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor College Kid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Jeff Ruby Favorite
    SteakExpertVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The steak was perfect and the ambiance was fun! The martini's were perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Dinner
    buster
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great dining experience and wonderful service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and amazing food
    YummifinderVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Precinct, as a Cincinnati landmark, has the best steaks in the country. I also appreciate that their plates come with a salad and potatoe offering (rare with nice restaurants these days when everything is a la cart). The wine list wasn't unreasonable in price and short enough to make an easy decision. Simply put: it's the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steak
    Maggie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The steak was amazing–if you like spicy foods, try the chili rub on your steak. The cocktails are all handmade; you can't have just one. The service is impeccable. I won't eat steak anywhere but this place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Always Love
    NightOut
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We really enjoy going to The Precinct. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is very nice, the staff is exceptional, and the food is fantastic!! Whenever we have guest in from out of town we make sure they experience The Precinct. I am hoping that one day they bring the shrimp and grits back to the appetizer menu. It is definitely a must go to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Marge
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The steak is always tender and cooked just right, and the sides and dessert are delicious. The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable Experience
    cincybrb
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Everyone deserves to truly enjoy an evening out and the Precinct is a spectacular way to do just that! Once you've walked in, you know you are in store for a great time. The relaxed atmosphere, great service and superb food will make any dinner make excuses for returning. Whether it is a special occasion or just dinning with a friend, the experience will leave you with a lasting experience. The food is second to non and the wine list compliments every taste on the menu and the appetizers are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    As always we had a most wonderful experience. The only draw-back is the price. We would go there more if the prices were less. However it is a special treat. We were there for my husband's Birthday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Steaks
    SteakMort
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Nice romantic restaurant in the classic steak house style!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Dissapoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner and the food and service was great as always. Our waiter was so personable and the food was outstanding as always. Many memorable dinners at this restaurant!!! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    foodie7
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I used to go to The Precinct several times a year. I haven't been in over a year. What happened to the old Precinct? Food was not nearly the quality nor quantity. Server was slow. When check arrived, we were charged for 2 more entrees than we had ordered. It took the server two times to get the bill correct. Also, we were celebrating a birthday. We were served a piece of plain boring cheesecake (which we would not have chosen) and then charged for it! We were a table of 6 --- a shame for a special evening out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Took my fiance here for a birthday dinner. The service was great albeit a little slow at times. We had cocktails and a glass of pinot noir which was excellent. We started with oysters that were very fresh. We had the mac and cheese which is as good as everyone says. My fiance had the steak collinsworth. I usually don't like filet but this was delicious and perfectly cooked. I had the sea bass which was also cooked well and I sopped up all the sauce. They brought out cheesecake for his birthday which was very nice. My only complaint is that it was chilly inside but most restaurant are. We peeked at the bar area which looked like it matched the decor. Not sure I'll be back just because of the price but it was worth it!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • THE steak house in Cincinnati
    MarkVegas65VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Always excited to go to the Precinct. Great steaks, atmosphere and service. You won't find anything better in Cincinnati when it comes to a classic steakhouse. A small snafu with the steaks this night. Seems the chef had injured himself the day before and they had no one to place the order so they were out of ribeye and hatchet steaks. Really? No one else is competent enough to place the order? That aside we still found choices that were amazing and cooked perfectly. Couldn't have asked for any better service. Timely and attentive. An overall wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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 steak, but prices are UP...
    JimLevVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Steak was great... Salad (hot slaw) was not as good as in the past... Prices seemed to go up $10 per meal!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Client Resturant
    GreyVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Took some client and they were very happy with the choice of the restaurant and the food they chose. The Aged Bone-in is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Had a blast. The waitstaff were great. Had a blast. The waitstaff were great. Had a blast. The waitstaff were great. Had a blast. The waitstaff Had a blast. The waitstaff were great.were great.Had a blast. The waitstaff were great.Had a blast. The waitstaff were great.Had a blast. The waitstaff were great.
    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
    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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.
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    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate