Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego

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Ruth's Chris Steak House in San Diego, CA 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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San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great environment! Here for a Birthday celebration and the menu had a customized Birthday wish for our Momma! Love this place, our waiters were so nice and answered any questions we had, and the food was DELICIOUS as well

j
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We both had the special steak and crab legs. I would not suggest ordering that I would go with one of their standard items on the regular menu.

OT
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent, albeit expensive.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as the first time we visited Ruth’s at this location. We enjoyed splendid meals, at a fair price along with excellent service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruth’s Chris never disappoints! Food was excellent. Our waiter Murray was great. No complaints!

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

20 Year Anniversary dinner. Great food as always. Ambiance could use improvement to feel more “fancy”.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waiter was exceptional, but that was the only highlight of our Valentine’s Day dinner. Just a word of advice, customer service is extremely important, especially at an establishment that prides itself with “exceptional food and incredible service” The hostess was lackluster in her service. Nothing to note and not impressed at all. She handed me the menu with a look of disdain and didn’t show any interest in her job. Not the quality of service that I have come to expect from a place my husband I spend $200 plus at. The salmon was way off from what I’ve ordered many times in the past from the location in Carmel Valley. The sauce was more like a sweet and sour instead of the buttery sauce. The presentation was completely different from that of other locations I’ve ordered this from. The tables were incredibly close to each other which made it awkward to have any personal conversation with my spouse. My experience with Ruth’s Chris has always been wonderful and that along with the food is the reason we come back time and time again. We tried this new location in hopes of having that same experience, but disappointingly it missed the mark for us.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

Please rest assured that in this Ruth's Chris, as well as all others, our intention is to provide the highest and finest quality with regard to both food and service, not to mention hospitality - much like Ruth would have done herself. Please reply to us directly, or private message us with your contact information, including a phone number, so that we can further address your concerns. We hope you will give us another chance. Thank you!

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JB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall one of the best experiences in the 20 years we’ve been coming.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed myself. The waiter was excellent

S
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with friends from out of town - were given a window table with a great view of the bay. The service was prompt, professional and very friendly, and the food was outstanding. It's a pricey place, but anyone going there should know that ahead of time - plus it's worth the cost.

B
Tahoe
32 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made a last minute reservation that was at 9:00pm. After arrival and check in we asked if we could just sit at the bar. James the bartender took excellent care of us. Food was great! Service was excellent! And he makes a mean dirty martini!

M
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Ruth Chris used to be a lovely restaurant. And expensive. It’s still expensive but is no longer lovely. The food is salty. The ambiance lacking and why oh why do 30 somethings go to a “grown up” restaurant and still want to act like they’re in a bar, talking and laughing so loud they disturb diners all around them.
It was a salty experience for sure.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded on February 15, 2020

We are sorry to see that it looks like your experience with us was less than favorable. We would like to know more. Please consider sending us a private message with your contact information, including a phone number, so we can make this right. Thanks!

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Ruth Chris is my favorite place to go for any celebration.

CC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, our server (Tommie) was phenomenal only complaint was having to wait 30 minutes after our reservation time. But will go back. Steak and lobster were impeccable. A must visit.

JE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Our reservation is at 7:45PM, arrived at 7:40PM but didn't get a table until 8:15. A full 30 minutes wait for a reservation is unacceptable.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded on February 11, 2020

Jay, thank you for your candid review. It is our goal to always provide an exceptional dining experience from start to finish. So that we can personally address your concerns, please private message us with your contact information, including a phone number. Thank you!

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The food was piping hot and outstandingly well prepared. No issues with the actual meal.
However the place was loud and felt more like a sports bar with a game on the tv and patrons reacting to plays. For this price point (180) for my wife and I with no alcoholic drinks I would have expected a much quieter and warm environment.
The bathrooms were filthy both my wife and I commented similarly on that experience.
Worst was our server who was pushy to get us to order and when the meal was completed stopped three separate times within 10 minutes to see if we were ready to pay. He saw we paid cash and then committed the ultimate sin asking if we wanted change back.
Next time we will probably try a different steakhouse.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded on February 11, 2020

Bart, thank you for your candid review. We strive for the highest brand standards in terms of quality, service and atmosphere. We would welcome the opportunity to earn back your business. Please send your contact information, including a phone number, to us as a private message so we may speak to you directly. Thank you!

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our steaks were delicious. The side dishes were ok. We had asparagus, baked potatoes and also mashed potatoes. We had a 6:30 reservation and we were seated almost an hour later. It was very busy and loud that night. I don’t think we will be coming back.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for your feedback, David. We hold ourselves to the highest brand standards for food quality, atmosphere and service. We do hope you'll consider giving us a second chance to make a great impression. Should you wish to discuss your concerns in greater detail, please with your contact information including a phone number.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing as always. Waiter was exceptional. My only pet peeve was getting seated. I made a reservation for 6:15 and we weren’t seated until 6:40....standing in a small waiting area with several other groups. I kept thinking, “why even make a reservation if you’re not gonna reserve a table

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was perfect. Very friendly and attentive. The food was great as always. Just one little note, not a deal breaker, one of our sweat potato casseroles came out a tad bit burnt...was edible but noticeably burnt. Again, not a deal breaker as their food is usually perfect. Date night? Special occasion? I highly recommend.

A
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Servicio muy lento

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Did not know until after diner that 3 of the 5 steaks that were ordered were not cooked as requested. That was disappointing as the last time we dined in the Boston location my steak was well done which was supposed to be med rare. They did provide me with another steak but at the cost of eating separately, disappointed 2 out of the last three times. Singapore in the middle of the last three visits was great all around. My steaks have always been great and looked forward to when we are planing on stopping in but now the last couple of times the money paid was not worth the product delivered, unfortunately.
Thank you,
Michael D.

D
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with a nice view of the San Diego Bay sunset! Mouthwatering melt-in-your-mouth steak - great food in a fantastic venue!

VC
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. A little pricey but totally worth it.

M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The wait expectation given was a little off and the front of the house seemed a little confused to proper seating assignment. The food also seemed to be a step off in comparison to meat selection and it’s actual reception when compared to other times here. Overall, the location is wonderful and the service was excellent so it was a good night in the end.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I loved that they included a little message for my son on the menu! That was a nice surprise. The service was amazing, too.

3
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the pleasure to attend R.C. on 2/1 and they didnt dissapoint. The Lakers game came on at 7:30, so I sat at the bar. The bartenders James, and Jllian, were very attentive and professional. I had the fillet with the lobster tails with a side of sweet potatoe casserole. U cant beat that choice. Very delicious. I will definitely be back. Awesome experience.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very busy but well organized and the service and food were incredible

TD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an outstanding evening at Ruth Chris celebrating a 94th birthday! They surprised us with over the top details; birthday confetti sprinkled on the table and personalized menus printed with "Happy 94th Birthday!" on the top of each menu. From their the evening only got better with excellent service from Mary, our waitress extraordinaire and the excellent food. All 6 of us were delighted with a meals!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Steaks were okay. Ordered a filet medium and it arrived medium rare. Ahi tuna appetizer was good. Sides were bland and boring. Desserts need to be improved.

LM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was phenomenal. The service left a lot to be desired. We had to ask three times for bread. It felt like we were a commodity. I have been to many fancy restaurants and the servers were grateful and accommodating. Unfortunately this was not our experience.

AB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Even though it's restaurant week, it's a special occasion place for those of us living on a budget. Food is awesome and Ron, our server is so friendly, informative and gave useful tips.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Decided to take my wife for our anniversary and had a decent experience. There were two complaints, first is that there was a long woman’s hair on the plate. It was not touching the food and I’m not a complainer so I decided to just pick it out. Food did take a long time to come out and we were already hungry so that was another reason I decided not to bring it up. Secondly, we had a reservation and it took over 30 mins to be seated

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service- a rare find in SD

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was wonderful.
Both steaks ordered were overcooked. Ordered medium and very little pink, if any, on one of the steaks.
Sides were delicious though.
For the price, I was hoping the steaks would have been cooked to the right temperature and pink throughout as medium is expected and explained.

MF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great and the food is very impressive. They have the best steaks in town.

BR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was exceptional! Fantastic value and incredible service!

SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ruth's Chris San Diego is consistently excellent on all levels - food, service and excellent view. It continues to be my favorite steakhouse!

RP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not a good ribeye. Meat looked like an end cut, but the guy next to me got a perfect one. Apparently he was a regular. Server noticed that I was skeptical about the meat, chose not to follow up. So I won't go follow up either.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded on January 29, 2020

We truly appreciate your feedback because it helps us improve. This is not at all the experience we aim to provide. So we can learn more, please consider sending us your contact information, including a phone number. Thank you!

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JG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took some friends there for their first time the service was outstanding the meal as well they can’t wait to go back again

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