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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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 !!!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The Precinct was outstanding as usual. Recommend to all."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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 !!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "One of the top 3 dining experiences I have ever had."
    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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "our dinner at the precinct was spot-on as usual. they are still doing it right."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The service was outstanding and the food was incredible!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Cannot go wrong eating at the Precinct! The best raw bar! Steaks are to die for!!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We were at the Precinct to celebrate my friend's birthday and had a wonderful experience. Neither of us had been to your restaurant in a while but it was just as great as we remembered it!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This is my favorite place to dine. The food is always fantastic as well as the service. I love the charm of the restaurant. Peaceful and warm feeling."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Could not have had a better dining experience for our 35th wedding anniversary. My wife, our son, and I truly enjoyed it."
    Dined on 7/26/2014