The Precinct

4.8
4245 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30-9:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 321-5454
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nick Ellison
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Catering
Catering is available as long as the site has proper equipment.
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Cross street
Columbia Parkway
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Parking details
Valet parking - $5
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Public transit
There is a public transit stop across the street from the front entrance.
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Entertainment
Happy hour in bar Sun-Fri 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Happy Hour not available Saturdays
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor 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.

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What 4245 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. Couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary dinner and experience. Thank you Jeff ruby!

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r
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to have dinner. From the time we walked in to the time we left the staff was great. we were treated like we were important. the food is amazing overall a great night for my wifes birthday.

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CF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Precinct never disappoints. We love to celebrate all our major milestones here. The food and service were amazing as always.

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BS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I brought our son and his girlfriend along with my daughter and her boyfriend. It was a special occasion. The food, service and atmosphere was everything I expected and more. We were seated in the Jeff Ruby Room. This was unexpected and my son was most certainly surprised and excited. I look forward to returning soon after we try Carlo & Johnnys first. Thank You!

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A Cincinnati must do...great steaks & great service! Pricey but what restaurant with this quality of service isn't?

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L
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience from beginning to end. The friendly, professional and experienced wait staff combined with the delicious chef prepared appetizers, entrees and deserts helped make my wife’s birthday a memorable one. Many thanks to everyone.

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KB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my son here for his 18th birthday. First time for both of us! I think we found his new birthday tradition!

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d
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food are fabulous, even though I do not eat steak. This time we were near the kitchen which was fine because we had younger children with us. Usually, a dessert is offered for the birthday person, an adult son, and I don't think that happened even though I had put in the special occasion on open table. My son lives on the east coast, and he says that while the restaurants there provide fantastic seafood, they cannot produce a steak the quality of the Precinct's.

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B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

A good outing. The food was not up to the usual standard I have had in the past. The hostess was awesome, greeted us and paced us at out table promptly. Server was pretty good. I have had better waiters in the past. Ruby restaurants set the bar very high with service

The prep time on our dinner was longer than usual. We had a long space between salad and entree. My steak was fantastic. My son’s was not at the correct temperature

Overall. Not my best trip here, but it’s still my favorite in Cincinnati

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HB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey but great food, etc. They should have "specials for 2" like other high price joints

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must-do when in Cincinnati if you enjoy great food and impeccable service in an historic setting!

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MH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. Phenomenal service. We don't go often but always exceeds expectations as a special treat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, my wife and her sisters birthdays.
Great personal service from valet, hostess server and her assistant back to valet. Very pleasant experience and great food!

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our steak was very juicy and sooo tender!!
My daughter was a little disappointed that they didn't have the hazelnut dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! This was our 3rd or 4th time dining here and the customer service is always phenomenal. They are very attentive and genuine. My husband and I didn't care for our salads so they apologized, offered us a different salad to take home which we told them wasn't necessary and then they took them off our bill. I always highly recommend this!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The steaks were phenomenal. The salads were good. Our sides were barely warm. That was disappointing. Our server Donnie was off the chart excellent. Thank you Donnie! His knowledge of the dry aging process versus the wet aging was great. His knowledge of the other 2 Cincinnati Jeff Ruby restaurants was impressive.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake our server was fantastic. The food was over the top amazing as usual. We had a great time celebrating our anniversary there.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Best steaks. Excellent service. Never a disappointment.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Each time we go it looses the JR flair. Being longtime patrons of the Waterfront makes every other JR experience less of a high end dining option. The server must've been new as everything came off as odd while going through the menu. Getting seated in a corner up against the mirror was our worst seat so far. Hopefully the next time will surprise us as we love JR as a family dining option.

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DG
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Steaks were excellent. Mushroom toast appetizer could have been warmer. Waiter, Jake, was pleasant, helpful and conversational. Made the experience more enjoyable.

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m
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing timr

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t
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice time the food and the service was great we will definitely be back

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DB
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, as usual! We were seated promptly and with a smile. Service and the food were on point!

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AM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful anniversary dinner at The Precinct. The ambiance was romantic, food was off the charts and the service was outstanding. Our waiter, Cory, did an amazing job of recommending wine and food for us that was sooo good! He made the experience above just great food. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and outstanding food!

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KE
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit to The Precinct. While the seating for our anniversary wasn't ideal, the service was very good, and the Collinsworth filet was exceptional. The bread was a bit tough and could have been better, but you don't go to The Precinct for the bread.

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LL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While the Collinsworth filet has always been my favorite, the blackened boneless ribeye may easily take over that spot! It was amazing!!

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C
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service outstanding. Just what you would expect from a Jeff Ruby restaurant. With every penny we spent.

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EG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse I’ve been to in the US. The entire wait staff is incredibly accommodating and the food is amazing!

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O
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very accommodating for our anniversary. He surprised us with a slice of (delicious) cheesecake with a candle to celebrate. I would highly recommend The Precinct if you're looking for a high-end, fine dining, delicious place to eat- especially for a special occasion.

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AK
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven’t been to the Precinct in many years. We enjoy some of the other Jeff Ruby restaurants too. Although the space is small, the service and food were perfect. One of the best steaks we have had in a long time. Highly recommend for special occasions.

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MA
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our food was delicious, and our server (Sue) was great! My only complaint would be that it's a little dark. I'd have liked the little lamp on our table to have been lit, but it wasn't a huge deal. We'll be back for sure.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bryan was an awesome server; the service team was all fantastic. The food was second to none and the drink selection was also high quality.

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KF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding steak, service and dessert. Will definitely be back. I was pleasantly surprised to see a salad and starch served with the steak.

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LS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Precinct never disappoints, we celebrated our son's Birthday and it couldn't have been a more enjoyable experience!

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KA
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

I can understand the appeal of The Precinct. And for a special occasion, it is one of the best in the city. I personally don’t see the value in paying $250 for a dinner and drink where I am so close to the people sitting next to us that I know their whole life story and struggle to hear my husband sitting directly across from me. There is a row of seating in the main dining room where 4 couples are crammed together in one seating row. This section is just unacceptable and undesirable. We were placed here a few years ago on Valentine’s Day and at the time we assumed they were trying to maximize space based upon high demand. But much to our disappointment and 2 years later when we decided to try The Precinct again, we were seated at this exact same cozy table. We asked to be moved and they accommodated this request well. The service was excellent and this less than perfect review should not reflect poorly upon the staff, cooks, or servers. I’m just looking for a slightly more intimate setting when I’m spending a mini fortune on a meal. Remodel that row of seats or reduce the number of people you cram into that area.

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KM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. They really made it a special evening.

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CG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The night we visited there was a major catastrophe in a private dining room in which a sprinkler went off. As a result the restaurant was thrown into chaos - the wait staff was rushing around to address the situation, fire fighters were in and out of the restaurant, and overall it had a negative effect on our experience. The level of service and overall atmosphere within the restaurant definitely suffered as a result. To their credit the management staff worked hard to minimize the impact of the situation and offered us free dessert for the trouble . However, it was our anniversary and a visit to the Precinct is a rare, expensive treat so the whole experience was a let down.

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DC
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Family dinner for our daughter’s 18th birthday. We had a great time. Atmosphere was lively and relaxed; everyone out to have a good time. Food was very good but not exceptional - steaks are better at Jeff Ruby’s downtown or his other place up in Montgomery (Carlo and Johnny’s). Appetizers were good as well but not a wow. Service was tremendous though and we were well taken care off.

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