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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JP
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. This is one of our favorite restaurants. Our go to for the best steak.

A
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing dining experience! Fresh bread, fabulous steaks, attentive serve, view of San Diego Harbor, can you ask for more? Oh yes, don't leave without tasting the cheesecake!!

RG
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited the downtown San Diego Ruth's Chris on a Sunday evening at 5:15pm. I must say that if you visit this restaurant before sunset, the tables are situated so that you get a great view of the sun going down over the harbor. The Disney cruise ship was in port that day. I'm not sure if that was the reason, but the restaurant was slammed on an early Sunday. Even the valet parking filled up quickly. We received bread and water shortly after being seated, but it took 30 minutes for our waiter Sergio to wait on us. He was great however, and he proceeded to tell us that he wasn't scheduled to begin his shift until 6:00pm, but was brought in at 4:30pm to help with the unexpected crowd. After that everything went smoothly. Food was great as usual, but my wife was disappointed that her filet didn't look like the picture that is used to advertise the restaurant. From this experience I think we prefer the Del Mar location. Parking is better and the restaurant is not quite as busy and hectic.

D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was very sub par. It had been years since I have been to this location and I was quickly reminded of why I go to other steak houses other then this one. I was left disappointed and thirsty we were served one drink and left alone.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded 21 hours ago

Drey, thank you for your candid review. 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. Should you wish to discuss your concerns in greater detail, please reach out to us directly with your contact information including a phone number. Thank you!

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ET
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I struggle with this review because my feelings are mixed. I'll start with the positives...
Our server was great; friendly, efficient, very attentive, and paced our meal perfectly.
We started with the crab-stuffed mushrooms and they were delicious - great choice, no regrets. Nicely sized portion.
My Caprese salad was very tasty and hubs enjoyed his Caesar. We ordered the brussels sprouts and sweet potato casserole sides - LOVED them. One bite of the sweet potato casserole and I had to drop my fork and laugh. It was one of the best bites I'd ever had.
Because it was our anniversary we were comped the "seasonal" Strawberry Shortcake. Since I hate strawberry desserts I asked our server if they had anything more Fall-like since it is the end of Oct - I would've been happy to pay, but the answer was no. I did note that he offered nothing else.

So while I was very happy with all of the above, the disappointment came in my 16 oz ribeye. (Hubby ordered the same - his looked very different from mine and he was very satisfied with his.) Mine was one of the worst steaks I'd ever had. The flavor and temp were fine, but it was SO difficult to eat. It was sooo stringy throughout - full of those thick stretchy bands - it was near impossible to cut. So difficult at one point, I fought so hard to cut it - everything slipped and juices went flying onto the tablecloth and onto my dress. I didn't order the promotional deal - it was the full priced $62 steak. This was our first visit to a Ruth's Chris so I was rather surprised that the quality could be so poor. Didn't expect that at all.
Unsure if we would make a return visit. Hubs did not have issues with his steak. He enjoyed his, and did offer it to me, but I couldn't leave him with what I had. That sweet potato side dish might be enough to bring me back - it was that good. Not sure if I could recommend. Hubby might recommend to a friend, but he's not the one making reservations and writing reviews. ;-)

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded a few seconds ago

Thank you for your feedback. 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
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my Mom’s 70th bday and she always wanted to go there. I let them know and not only did they have little happy birthday confetti on the table but they also printed her a menu that said “Happy 70th Birthday Mom” on the top of it. It made her feel so special and I’m so happy that I chose Ruth’s Chris for this occasion. My T-Bone was legit, Dad loved his cowboy ribeye and Mom was obsessed with her Alaskan salmon. Shrimp was very good too. Lobster bisque and au gratin were tasty as well. Sergio, our waiter was attentive and enjoyable. It got a little loud as the night went on, but overall, a very memorable experience. Mama feels loved and that was the number 1 goal. Thank you.

f
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience here. It’s the best steakhouse out of the downtown San Diego options. The others are good but Ruth’s Chris is the best. Secret tip - the roasted chicken is amazing so don’t think you can’t bring someone who doesn’t eat beef. There are still great menu items that aren’t beef (my husband stopped eating beef last year).

R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a good time there for our Birthday Dinner. The servers were the best in San Diego, the food was outstanding. They paid a lot of attention to you, it makes me not want to go to another Steakhouse, there is none that can top Ruth Chris

M
Baja California
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

This is definitely the best steakhouse in San Diego.
Restaurant with a magnificent view of the harbor.
Impeccable service, wine list and overall a great experience.

OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food

MH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I'm sorry, I expected better, please see private comments.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
Responded on October 14, 2019

Manuel, 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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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gave us a fantastic table looking out over San Diego bay. Beautiful sunset, great service and fantastic food and drink

MD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

JR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was on a short vacation & we decided to try your restaurant.
The food was incredible! I have never had a steak(filet) taste so good! It was amazing.
The service was beyond compare! Our waiter was delightful. He was very knowledgeable and polite. Perfect timing. He knew exactly when to check on us without hovering. We definitely enjoyed him.

BE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great!

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service. Tommie from the waitstaff did another outstanding job of taking care of me and my client. We will return!

FI
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had dinner Saturday night, during Restaurant Week. We both had filet steak and it was the best I’d ever had, ever! Cooked to absolute perfection and exactly how I ordered it. The special promo menu was $53 for three courses, per person. We also ordered 1 cocktail, a promo bottle of wine at $35, 1 side (asparagus) and added ice cream to one of the deserts. With tax and tip, it still came to $215, so still pricey but worth it. Our waiter was Ty was an absolute pleasure to talk with - very knowledgeable, helpful and struck the right balance of help versus intrusion. Definitely recommend for a special occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here to treat my girlfriend to a special birthday dinner. It did not disappoint. If you want to treat your loved one to an amazing dining experience then this is the place. I definitely will be coming back for future special occasions.

S
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is place is seriously the bomb. Great food. Great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

tasty but not as nice and proper as expected

B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome ambiance. Awesome service. Love this place.

VF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Worth my $200. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves steak.

CA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

We were seated at a wonderful window table. Our server was not as attentive as past servers, but the bus boy nearly made up for it. When my steak wasn't charred on top as I had received in the past, I asked a passing manager about it who immediately addressed it (our server hadn't come back to check on our food after it had been served). We received a write-off on our check for our appetizer and a glass of wine as an apology. Again, the manager conveyed his appreciation for our business as we were leaving.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Throughly enjoyed our dining experience. Love Restaurant Week!

JB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food never disappoints! Service had a couple of mistakes—forgotten appetizers...

W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We went during restaurant week and the food was delicious. The only downside was our waiter giving us and the tables around us a lecture that everything served during restaurant week was subpar and we should order off the regular menu. He went on and on. We just went to eat and didn’t need a lecture.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Great value with the restaurant week and classics menu. Noise level was very high. My one complaint would be that the restaurant needs to do more to reduce the noise level in the main dining room.

B
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, it was a good experience. The service was exceptional. I ordered the steak and shrimp, I really enjoyed the meal. Also, they made a special menu for our celebration. I thought this was very nice and different.

RW
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak! A favorite to come for Restaurant Week and birthdays.

SG
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service...great night!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent on food and service!! They really made me feel special for my Birthday with all the extra little touches!! My name on the menu and desert!! Definitely will be back again and again!!

BF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have an excellent experience at Ruth Kris. Restaurant week is always busy and service and food are always excellent

KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated right away and our server Michael was great. The steaks and dessert just melted in our mouth. Thank you for a fabulous dinner.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed ambience here not so “stuffy”. Food was OUTSTANDING. Our server was friendly patient and helped me pick the right cocktail.

JW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious meal and great service. They know what they're doing there, unlike the Del Mar Ruth Chris.

OT
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo a riquísimo. Muy buen servicio. Y muy agradable Lugar Felicidades

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We have visited this location twice and this was not a good night for us. Our waiter and rest of the staff were very attentive but most of the complaints were the food. My wife loves the lobster bisque so she began with that and I with a wedge salad. After my wife tried the lobster bisque was she was not happy with it. It was water, did not include the usual amount of lobster bits and taste was off. She did not finish and we ordered our entrees. We ordered the petite filet and petitioned ribeye. Both dinners took the usual amount of time to come out but once received, the filet was rare and the ribeye was well done, which we confirmed with the waiter. So we sent them back and both came back within 5-7 minutes. At that time, the ribeye was perfect but unfortunately my wife’s filet had to be sent back 2 additional times. She was not happy with the third steak but had enough of asking for it to be cooked correctly. The manager did come and took the steak and one beverage off of the bill which we appreciated. We expect better than this from a fine dining establishment and will plan on returning to hopefully not have the same problems with the food.

HF
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pamela our server was pleasant, personable and efficient. Everyone that worked with her at our table were just as efficient.

My husband and I had the Caesar salad, fully loaded baked potato and asparagus. Food and service on point. Will def be back again.

2
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great steaks...

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wheelchair and service animal with our party, they were quite accommodating.

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