The Precinct

4.8
4398 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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Neighborhood
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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
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the service was great!

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SS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent but we ordered a split bone in filet medium and it came out on the rare side of med rare. My husbands chicken was also severely undercooked however we were headed to Playhouse and couldn’t address that one. The manager did come over and cooked up the steak for us.

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JH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was Friday night, noisy and a bit crowded space...we had problems getting our of our dining area as trays with food blocked the small exit....a fire hazard. Waiter was good.

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FH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place to dine. The food is incredible! Service is excellent. I wish customer service everywhere else was like that.

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JC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick seating. No rush. Attentive service. Incredible food. Large variety of courses. Great ambience. Valet parking.

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CP
Cincinnati
86 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ruby restaurants continue to provide exceptionally tasty meals with room to have conversation at the table. Meaning -- the selections are presented in a good pace. The table for four actually fits four people comfortably. The best part is the service -- we had our server present our daughter with a candle & cheesecake. He had listened and heard her / our discussion about wedding planning. It is this type of
attention to detail, in addition to steak done right, that brings a Ruby restaurant to mind.

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FG
Columbus
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chad really made the experience perfect!

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AW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine! Very expensive, but worth it for a special occasion! Highly recommended.

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OT
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!

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KH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chad our waiter, was outstanding. Very friendly and personable. My husband and I went to the Precinct to celebrate both of our birthdays. They gave us 2 pieces of the cheesecake, complimentary and 2 more pieces to take home to our boys. Can’t wait to go back again.

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MT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All of the Ruby’s properties exude grace and elegance, they represent the best of fine dining in Cincinnati. However, we now have a favorite — The Precinct provides the standard of quality we know and love but with an added level of intimacy and exclusivity that surpasses our experiences at other locations. Our (belated) anniversary was made so special by the staff and my wife especially had a truly wonderful [first!] time. We cannot wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience. Highly recommend. Well done, Precinct.

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WB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in a while and the service was top notch. Total class experience

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E
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati - probably one of the top 3 steak houses in the country. Think Del Frisco's, Manny's and the Precinct. The staff is just fabulous - classy, charming, professional in every respect. They actually do their best to get to know you and cater to any special needs. I brought my father in law - a WW II veteran who just lost his wife of 68 years. The Precinct has so many memories of wonderful dinners with his late wife and it is his favorite restaurant. I asked them to have a big gin martini waiting for him when he arrived - and they did. They checked on him throughout the dinner - just true class and kindness. The food was fabulous; the wine selections - superb. I love the place - and every time when I visit Cincinnati (probably 10 times a year from Denver on business) - I eat at the Precinct.

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CB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We absolutely love the steak here! We always love the service and ambiance here. We were sad this visit when we got home and realized they forgot to include the bread and butter we requested with our leftovers. The truffle butter is our favorite!

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MA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughters 14th birthday here and everything was wonderful. Our server was informative and food arrived quickly and prepared perfectly. We come here to celebrate because we know it will always be good and this time was no exception. Simply excellent!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the most wonderful dining experience both of us had ever had. Superb!!

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t
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing, but definitely not in my price range for a regular visit. You will easily drop $150 for a couple and that's keeping things on the cheap. Food is great and service is well above average. I would recommend for a special occasion, anniversary or the like; unless you have deep pockets!

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LR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming to the Precinct for my birthday dinner was the best decision. I wouldn't have wanted to dine anywhere else. My server, Kris, did an outstanding job. He was very attentive to us and he made the experience 10x better.

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MP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional! Everything about the evening exceptional ... the food, the service, the environment!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing but the service took forever unfortunately. It was quite some time to be able to order drinks, then time before we got the wine bottle, and a lot of time to get new glasses while others were drinking away. The meal was great though

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DS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were celebrating our anniversary just happened to get a bad table. We were sitting right by a bigger room and the door kept opening and closing. Everything else was great.

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S
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Usually love the Precinct. It is my go-to for special occasions due to the exceptional service and cuisine; however, I was a little disappointed this time. We brought my parents who had never been to a Ruby’s restaurant, and I was a little embarrassed at the hostess service. Our waiter, Tucker, was fantastic. He was friendly and helpful and accommodating due to a time crunch with needing to be at another event. The issue we had was our reservation was at 5 and we checked in with the hostess about 10 min early. We were told we would be seated closer to 5, but we could wait in the bar. We didn’t want to do that so we waited in the lobby. About 15 people or so showed up with 5:00 and 5:15 reservations after we did and were told the same thing. When they finally started seating at 5, they took people randomly. About 10 min later, I went back to the hostess stand and she didn’t even have us checked in. It was frustrating because we had another event to be to and were hoping to be seated promptly. The whole seating process was disorganized and frustrating overall. The food was exceptional as usual, though, so that was a redeeming factor; and as I mentioned, Tucker’s service was outstanding. Kudos to him! Even got a free cheesecake for my husband’s birthday which Tucker promptly boxed when we told him we were running late for another event. I am disappointed that the ambiance of this restaurant has changed over the years. It is becoming more and more of a casual/business dining establishment as opposed to fine dining. Still love the food and will probably be back, but it is disappointing to dine next to patrons in jeans, tee shirts, and ball caps. I wish dress codes were better observed or maybe people just need to have more class.

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JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

29 year anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star experience as always!! Jessica was our waitress in the bar area and couldn’t have asked for a better evening with my wife

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KO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious steaks, cooked to order
Excellent service
Beautifully decorated for Christmas

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VD
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great service and a fun atmosphere. Will come back again for sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a bad experience here. One of my favorites.

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TR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful dinner with wonderful atmosphere and service.

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s
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bridgette was our waitress. She took great care of me and my crazy friends.

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GY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience. We have eaten there numerous times & really like it. Our servers were awesome!!! The food was awesome!!!!
The only issue we had was I made the reservation online. I then called to see if we could be seated in the bar? I was told you do not take bar reservations that they were first come first serve. We arrived early for our reservation and waited in the lobby. While we were waiting we heard numerous phone calls come in and one of them was a reservation for the bar?? They told the person on the phone we will see you when you get here. We even asked if we could be seated in the bar tonight & we were told no all of the booths were full tonight. How are they full for tonight when we were the first to get there before you were seating people for the night?
Again the service & the food was awesome!!!

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TO
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Precinct is a special place.

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KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service every time! Best burger in town.

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AM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing! Food was great!

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EM
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly cooked filet with excellent service. The wine list was extensive and it was a perfect location for my 45th birthday dinner.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the service was outstanding. The food was not the quality that we are accustomed to at Jeff Ruby’s restaurants and almost all of our steaks came out the wrong temperature, but the staff was very attentive and attempted to correct it. They also gave us a fee dessert which was nice!

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out visit to The Precinct was outstanding. Food and serve were both top notch!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

$77 steak was overcooked and certainly not worth the value. However chocolate, butter pie desert was wonderful.

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BM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre Thanksgiving meal has become a tradition. Best steakhouse I’ve been to and I’ve been to many all over the country and beyond. Very pricey, so be prepared.

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time customers celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Outstanding service, best steak ever! Without a doubt price is worth with it. We’ll be back😊

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