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About Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Louisville

The first & only steakhouse of its kind in the Louisville area, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse serves only dry-aged USDA prime beef. While steak is the foundation of the menu, Jeff Ruby's promises to please seafood lovers as well with its raw/sushi bar & seafood entrees.
Jeff Ruby regulars will be pleased to know that their favorite signature items from the Cincinnati restaurants will be well represented in Louisville. The bone-in filet, the 7 cheese baked macaroni, creamed spinach, truffle flake creamed corn, & of course Jeff Ruby's secret recipe cheesecake will all be staples of the Louisville menu.
Styled after the great NY steakhouses of the 1930's & 40's, Jeff Ruby's promises to be as pleasing visually as it is to the palate. French art-deco design, plush mohair upholstery, hand selected antique furniture and cinematic crystal chandeliers anchored by a 1950s-era antique featured in the Starz series Magic City and the 32 foot wall of wine.

325 W. Main Street
Suite 120 Waterfront Plaza
Louisville, KY 40202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 584-0102

Website:
http://www.jeffruby.com/

Entertainment:
Jeff Ruby's offers live entertainment 6 nights per week.

Parking Details:
Optional valet is offered at the entrance of the restaurant on 4th street, with street parking & 2 garages within one block.

Executive Chef:
Brian Steger

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We offer a complete, turn-key private event planning experience. This includes an array of audio/video and floral options. Our sales manager will work with you and our vendors to ensure every detail exceeds your expectations.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Louisville Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (103)
Good for a Date (95)
Good for Anniversaries (85)
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Romantic (75)
Business Meals (65)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Notable Wine List (60)
Worth the Drive (44)
Hot Spot (39)
Good for Groups (36)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Bar Seating (35)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
Live Music (35)
Fun (30)
Vibrant Bar Scene (29)
People Watching (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Authentic (19)
Cozy (17)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Casual (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Seasonal (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (5)
Healthy (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Waterfront (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

absolutely amazing
a phenomenon experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent restaurant would highly recommend to anyone on travel to Louisville.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Great meal and service was even better
Good table, evening was very nice

Tags: People Watching, Live Music, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

We visited Jeff Ruby's over the weekend before catching a show at the YUM center. We made our reservation a few month's in advance (which I highly recommend). They were completely booked on the Monday evening. The atmosphere is awesome...sort of retro with cozy couch like booths and chandeliers. We had the Godfather Roll as an appetizer and it was wonderful. I tried the Japenese Wagyu and it was totally worth the splurge. My husband tried the filet and he said it was the best he had ever had. We shared generious sides of mashed potatoes and mushrooms and they were fantastic as well. We were too stuffed to try any dessert but everything we saw looked delicious! We will return next time we visit Louisville. I highly recommend Jeff Ruby's.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 6 days ago

Always a wonderful experience. The food is excellent and the service is amazing

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our service and the quality of the food were both excellent. It was an excellent venue to celebrate a birthday with friends. After dinner, we enjoyed the live music in the bar area. It made for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for a Date, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Big thanks goes to Tyler for terrific service! He went above and beyond to help make my wife’s birthday dinner a fun and memorable one! Keep up the great work.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Jimette was our waitress and we are going to ask for her every time. She was wonderful!
Also Pete the piano player always gets a good tip from us before or after dinner when we sit at the bar and listen to him playing.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful meal, with great service and food we couldn't of enjoyed it anymore. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We normally love the ambiance and energy here. This time we were seated in a back room that was very quiet and seemed too separated from the main dining room. Other than that, we had a great experience as usual!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Really awesome. I knew the steaks were primo. But we tried the sushi and it was off the charts good.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our first visit and every aspect was exceptional. Our meal was delicious and prepared impeccably. Our waiter was exceptional. Service was timed perfectly right up to the check. I look forward to our next dinner at Jeff Ruby's.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was very over priced and I travel a lot. Have not experienced prices this high any place. Very good dirty martinis😃

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Let me say first I have been coming to JR now for several years. I have brought my kids here for their first high end dining experience and to make a great memory. I have brought countless clients visiting Louisville here, and I have celebrated business milestones with partners where I have spend more money on dinner than I care to actually admit here. I waited a few days to write this even to make sure I was not over reacting. The service in general was good, but it was very obvious that there were issues between the back and front of the house this night. We waited for 20 minutes between appetizers and entree. We had a gift card (a wedding present) and a $25 gift certificate from JR from a previous dinning experience. Our server advised since it has expired a week ago we could not use it. He advised that he asked his manager and the answer was no, it was expired. Keep in mind our coffees at the end of night was $25, so it would have been like comping a couple cups of coffee with Bailys. Really? Management can't comp $25 bucks?! It is merely the principle here, not the actual $25. Very disappointed in the management this night. I won't be back anytime soon.
Side note, JR is a high end steak house, but by 9:30 pm service suffers as the live entertainment takes over the noise level is elevated to that of small live music venue.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

All of the hoopla about this place is well deserved. While the steak was excellent and perfectly cooked, it IS just a piece of meat and there just isn't that much difference between JR's and other high-end steak houses. But the decor is fun, service is great, food is great. The shrimp cocktail came in a bowl with a blue light. Ooooh! The bread was excellent and the sides were very nice too. It is a memorable dining experience and we wouldn't hesitate to celebrate a special occasion there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I've been to a few nice steak houses and this has to be up there with the best. Our steak was truly flavourful and the mac & cheese to die for. To top it off our server was wonderfully attentive and assistant attentive yet almost invisible. The ambience of the place fit together many unique aspects in a most wonderful way. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our date. One of the best food experiences we've ever had.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

First class and then some

We had a couple rolls (The Godfather roll and an avacado roll) that were absolutely amazing.

A couple glasses of B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon with 2 house NY strips prepared with a Pittsburg sear...you don’t need a steak topping, but I would recommend their regular unsalted butter over any of the a la cart options. It was the best steak we’ve had in years, easy.

We split a baked potato and lobster macaroni and cheese and wished we’d just had the potato. The macaroni is very rich and decadent but we were nearly too full to enjoy dessert, nearly :)

My wife had the blackberry cobbler and I had the carrot cake...superb and a perfect end.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great atmosphere, service, and food. Didn't try the sushi or raw bar but everything looked very fresh. The steak selections are prime, wet or dry aged beef. The filet was excellent and the strip was phenomenal. Great selection of sides.....be sure to try the Mac and cheese! Best steak I've had outside of Chicago.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We chose Jeff Ruby’s based on a friends recommendation. It was a wonderful experience. Our waiter, William was more attentive to us than any other waiter we have had experience with. He made it his job to make sure our food choices, wine choices, and desert choices were superb. He took a real interest in our anniversary (21st), making sure to put the right amount of extra touches to make the night memorable. We loved William. So very charismatic and charming without being cheesy. Perfect integral part in our lovely anniversary dinner. Thank you for your time, kindness, and conversation William. You tipped the scales on the restaurant to one of a kind night.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We usually dine at this restaurant when we visit Louisville. They dont disappoint. The meal was excellent on this visit and the service was outstanding. Will return again when we are in the area

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We love this restaurant, and our server, Simone, was outstanding.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Not as good as the Cincinnati location for service or food. We have been long time diners at the Cincinnati location. So this one is a beautiful place, the pianist was really good and we enjoyed his music. The problem started when we ordered an expensive bottle of wine at the bar while we waited for our table. 15 - 20 minutes later we still had no wine. After asking several times they said they couldn't find it. I saw a manger tell the bartender. I felt the manager should have come to us and apologized or acknowledged us, or even bought us a glass of wine, appetizer or something. In a high end restaurant I would have expected more customer service. Things happen but its all about how it is handled. My husband and I both had filet which was a bit dry and not that great. Maybe an off night, who knows. The prices here are high, over $50 for the steak alone. That's OK if the overall experience is good. I can say we just did not enjoy our evening or our meal as much as we had hoped to. I will not go to that location again. I did not feel like a valued customer. Our waitress was very nice, but she was also preoccupied with a larger party, which sometimes happens. It was just the perfect storm as they say. Nothing was up to our previous experience as a Jeff Ruby Restaurant. We are no strangers to high end steakhouses. This one just didn't fit the bill.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I would eat there everyday if I could afford it. The food is delicious and the service is top notch. It is the best dining experience i’ve ever had!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We always enjoy our dinners at JR’s. The service, the ambiance, the food is always top-notch. We leave anticipating our next visit. Jimette was our server & very personable . Until next time....keep up the excellent work & thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food way
Over priced
Service suburb
Very attentive to your wants and needs

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. Food and service were outstanding. I've dined at first class restaurants around the US and globally. Jeff's is comparable. Décor is interesting, but great vibe.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I can always count on wonderful food and service at Jeff Ruby's! Amazing as always.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

A little hard to find but the service an food was awsome the rude group of not really ladies was loud

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Worth evey penny. Food, drinks, and the atmosphere. Greatly appreciated

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The atmosphere was wonderful for a date, dinning area good for conversation while the bar and awesome entertainment. The food was top notch, one of the best steaks i have ever had. Wine list has anything you could want, and the cheesecake for desert is to die for. the service was perfect as expected in a restaurant of this caliber. Highly recommend if you are in Louisville..

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Live Music, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great for business or special occasion dinner. Steak was good but not special (which it should be at the prices charged). Great service and great people watching and bar.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Best Steaks in Louisville!
Great service!
Birthday cheesecake an extra bonus!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Thought the $15 charge for valet parking was EXCESSIVE. Rip off of the public and senior citizens like me that do not walk very far.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is obviously top notch at Jeff Ruby’s, but the one thing that distinguishes it from ANY other restaurant is the level of service provided. Everyone is a VIP and the well-trained and expert staff makes sure everyone feels that way - anticipating your every need before you even realize it. I wish I could dine there every week, but reserving the experience for special occasions just makes them that much more special. Our lead waiter John was personable, helpful, and top-notch. As if the experience weren’t special enough, we were absolutely surprised and thrilled when he gifted us with a Jeff Ruby onesie and bib for our baby on the way. We LOVE them and will be back for a future special date night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful experience. It was my anniversary and my uncle's 81st birthday and he'd never been to Jeff Ruby's. We really enjoyed the experience and of course the wonderful food. Andrei was our waiter, which I had requested, and he made the evening very comfortable for those who'd never been to a fine dining restaurant. Thank you Andrei!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The evening was perfect. My wife and I treated our best friends to a special night. The food was excellent, the fillets were of course delicious but every side dish was outstanding. The MAC and cheese was extravagant. The girls said the house made from scratch sour mix for the Lily 's have changed their lives!!!!

I unfortunately can't recall our waitresses name but she was the best ever!!!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Best restaurant in town!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Had a very nice dinner. Wish I'd tried the sushi/raw bar, but the meal was more than enough food. However, those choices were appealing. My husband is not very adventurous. He had the New York strip and mashed potatoes. The strip steak was much more flavorful than my filet. The filet was tender but not very flavorful. The bernaise sauce was cool as was the asparagus. I ordered my steak med rare. I'll assume my steak toppings were cool while the chef prepared my husbands steak to his liking of medium well. The Mac and cheese was nothing short of amazing. My review of deserts were varied. The carrot cake was mediocre but the apple desert was just this side of heaven, from the crust to the slivers of raw apple topped with sweet whipped cream and caramel. Just the right finish to this meal but we took it to go because we simply could not eat everything but wanted to have a few bites of it all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great place! Pricey but worth it! I would reccomend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have dined @ Ruby’s each of the last 4 years during the GIE Conference, this years meal was underwhelming. The food took an awkwardly long time to arrive & when it did the lobster was warm not hot & my steak was hot which was supposed to be rare. Overall the food was good not great as in past visits which is not acceptable given the price point. You plan to dine at Ruby’s with the expectation that you will receive an excellent meal which justifies the cost. Our waiter recognized the wait as unacceptable & apologized while saying that too many people sat at once. He also comp’d dessert which was thoughtful but doesn’t make up for the overall subpar meal. While outside waiting for the valet I overheard another group having an identical conversation about the food being not nearly as good as previous visits. I will likely bring my group back to try again next year in hopes that this was an aberration.

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