Ruth's Chris Steak House - Knoxville

4.8
870 reviews
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Ruth's Chris Steak House in Knoxville, TN serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
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TB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!!!!

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SH
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Ruth Chris on our family celebrations

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JW
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. We ate outside overlooking the river. Always have dinner here whenever we come to Knoxville

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HV
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

I should have listened to the people who warned me against coming here. We love to go to nice restaurants, on our honeymoon we dropped a considerable chunk of change to go to two Michelin starred restaurants in Paris and we've hit every "expensive place" in town and in Atlanta; I say all this to establish I am perfectly willing to pay for a good experience. Ruth's Chris is emphatically NOT worth what they charge.


On a positive note, the steak was excellent - probably the best I've ever had...but not by a very wide margin. I've had comparable steaks in town for $20 less - and they come with a side item. For what we paid at Ruth's Chris for two steaks, two sides, and a lobster tail, we could have had an appetizer, drinks, two entrees, and a shared dessert at another highly rated restaurant in town. I would not have noticed much of a drop in quality. I'd even suggest that their lobster would be better, and the sides would be better too.


Also ridiculous is the idea that this is some kind of fine dining experience - the building is lovely, but it's a massive open space packed with people. People were constantly moving past our table and throughout the restaurant. Even worse, it was incredibly loud! I had difficulty hearing my husband across the table, but could hear about 3 other conversations from nearby tables. If you aren't literally sitting by the window overlooking the river you'd probably have a more intimate dining experience at almost any other sit-down restaurant.


So let me recap: the food is maybe $5, 10 if I'm being generous, better than another restaurant. Ambiance is decidedly average, no way to say you're paying for that. And somehow, we paid $100 more than we would have for a much better experience elsewhere. You're paying for the name - somehow this place has fooled cities around the country into thinking it's fine dining and charging exorbitant amounts to try and back up the idea. That's what we call a scam.

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Two steaks not prepared properly and then serious delay in redo of a filet supposed to be well done. Emphasized during initial ordering. The steak was put in a box and handed to us in a bag. Really, acceptable move from Applebee’s, unacceptable from Ruth’s Chris My wife never got to eat her dinner with the rest of us. Server, Jack, did his best. Kitchen let him down and he sealed the deal with the here’s your steak in a bag move.

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PN
Nashville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You know going into Ruth's Chris that you're going to be paying a premium. We went to celebrate our oldest's 17th birthday and the food, service and atmosphere did not disappoint. Steaks were excellent as always, service was top-notch and we had a good time.

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TS
E. Tennessee
40 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I have eaten at many other Ruth's Chris over many years as a traveling consultant, this was the first time visiting the restaurant in my home town. It was a wonderful experience!

Most of the Ruth's Chris restaurants that I've been to have been in basements of buildings or a standalone box without many windows. This one is, situated close to the Tennessee River in Knoxville, takes full advantage of the location and view with a wraparound deck and large windows around the restaurant's main floor. I was also surprised to find out that this location is the largest Ruth's Chris because of the lower floor which contains an event venue as well as hosting wine dinners.

We both started with the seasonal Mandarin & Prosciutto Salad. I'm not a big fan of mandarin oranges, but they were finely cut and not an overabundance of them. It was a very tasty salad with Arugula, spinach, pickled red onions, dried cherries, goat cheese crumbles, creamy bacon dressing.

My partner had a Petit Filet with Cognac sauce... very tasty. I enjoyed the Barbecue Shrimp which is a New Orleans-style barbeque meaning a pepper sauce. The shrimp were sauteed in wine, butter, garlic, pepper, and other spices. Very nice. I did feel that the wine-butter sauce could use another flavor to enliven it a bit... but all in all, very good.

We did not have dessert; although on my next visit, I plan to try the White Chocolate Bread Pudding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat with Steven at Ruths Chris and we had a wonderful time! Stuffed mushrooms were tasty, but a little less price or a little more food would be appropriate there. Steak was cooked to perfection, but crab cakes my date ordered were not spectacular, the way we’d expected. This is a well-renowned place, and the food is great, but you get the most stellar service and atmosphere around. A higher view of Knoxville with a great mixed skyline was gorgeous at sunset. I’ll go again next year. ❣️

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RD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent steaks cooked to perfection. Stuffed mushrooms a bit soggy. Service was good but seemed a tad rushed.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing experience and food, as always. For a classic formal dinner or special occasion, you cannot beat Ruth’s Chris.

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day.

The food was very good. Our server was outstanding.

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SL
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for my daughter’s graduation! Our server was spectacular. I didn’t expect to have such great service in Knoxville but it was outstanding! Our steaks were delicious. The best we’ve had anywhere! Dessert was a big hit. The wine was superb! Thank you for a wonderful celebration dinner!

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The service was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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MB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience as usual. Service was excellent on a very busy Friday night.

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SB
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating graduation. Enjoyed the food and location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and great food. Our servers were friendly and warm.

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DA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great! Always a pleasurable experience!

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was very good but the server was not, We were outside and had to ask for the lights to be turned on and for our table to be cleared at one point we thought he had forgotten us. But I would give another try. Thanks, Tim

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CW
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was unbelievable. The atmosphere was warming. The meal was very savory!! I will definitely be back

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AS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met our expectations

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LW
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our son there for his 26th Birthday and we had a great meal

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NN
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience - as usual. I love Ruth’s.

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B
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Truman is a fine waiter. He made our meal choices easy to decide upon, and he took care of every need.
Great evening.

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a
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful from start to finish!

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G
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food . Awesome staff. Everything was amazing. One of the best steaks I have had.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last visit to Knoxville for parents weekend! Such a nice relaxing evening

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I
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was extremely overpriced. My steak was very salty. I ordered a martini and it tasted like sea water.

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OT
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. Six adults and two children, the servers did a wonderful job accommodating all of us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner there for my husband’s birthday. Our service was wonderful. We started with cocktails on the patio. Our server, Krystal, made great recommendations from the Happy Hour menu. The wine manager was able to decant a very special bottle of wine we brought with us. Our server, Jack, was attentive but not hovering. Our food was prepared perfectly. We will definitely be back!

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chadwick was excellent and very attentive. My girlfriend and I went to celebrate her birthday, and safe to say Bridgett was very pleased. We will be coming back for sure!

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You know what you are getting "The Best of the Best" every time

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KK
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed, always wonderful. The food and service are superb.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy, our server, was outstanding. One of the best we have ever had.

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BF
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed very much. Great food and great service.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , excellent service. Great place to celebrate birthday !

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GE
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. Our waitress really made our dining experience very special.

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HD
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 1st Anniversary at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. It was a wonderful, memorable experience!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Steaks, we will be back the next time we are in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good service. Experienced waiter. Food was slightly better than okay.

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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