The Precinct

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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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1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was not as experienced as before. That was the only issue. Steak seemed very chewy over previous melt in your mouth experience.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Cole, was outstanding! The king crab and the mac and cheese were the highlights for me. We genuinely felt taken care of the entire time we were there. This will definitely be our spot when we are in Cincinnati.

PJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Looking forward to our next visit. A must visit in the city of Cincinnati.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Best in the city!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my fiancé here to celebrate our engagement and my birthday. Free champagne for the engagement and free desert for the birthday

LH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This was my birthday dinner we had so looked forward to, have been there over the years and everything was always great. Don't know what happened this time but I ordered a medium rare petite filet and it was really just rare, I didn't want to complain so I couldn't finish it and took it home and cooked it more which is very disappointing since that's an expensive dinner and should have been right. Maybe next time we will go downtown as it's always been a great dinner there.

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

Gary and Jason were exceptional. Thank you for making my wife's first Ruby experience amazing. Thanks to Sara and Jordan, also, as always.

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

3rd wedding anniversary spent in a row dining at the precinct. We will definitely be back next year.

LN
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the precinct to celebrate special occasions- our birthdays. We weren’t disappointed. Dinner was great and service to match

DD
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list awesome steaks

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and it was very nice! Thank you!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great-food and service!

JB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just got to be my favorite restaurant. The food is always excellent and wonderful service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was incredible

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Steak lovers paradise!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I’d eaten at the precinct 20 years ago. I would say at that time it was one of the most delightful dining experiences I’ve ever had. I cannot say the same about this experience. The staff was wonderful and our server was very personable. The food, however, was just OK. The steak was cooked to perfection but in my opinion had no flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes were average to say the least. The salad .. iceberg lettuce, bacon , tomato and ranch dressing ..pretty unimpressive . The one thing that really floored me.... When we arrived they asked us if we were celebrating something and We said yes.. we’re celebrating our 60th BDs. Our server asked us the same question. After dinner they brought two desserts with a candle. We assumed it was complementary because we were not told otherwise. When we received our bill we were charged for 2 celebration desserts. It was a nice dessert but we should’ve been informed we would be charged.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal and service. Excellent way to spend our 25th anniversary.

H
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out with my sons 13 and 16 y.o. One of the best steaks in the entire country and only 15 minutes from home. Outstanding service and experience as usual. They also know how to pour on the service for the next generation who will keep their business rolling for many years to come.

SH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took our grandson for his 11th birthday and he said it was the best meal he had ever had! The only item that was not impressive was the Caesar salad. It was just ok - everything else was outstanding. In addition, while cutting my baked potato I cut my thumb with the knife and the staff was wonderful in helping me with band-aids, antibiotic cream, cut my food for me now that I couldn't. I felt really silly for having cut myself and they were all helpful and attentive. Thanks so much.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner with phenomenal service. Really made our anniversary special!

DD
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great first experience at Precinct. We have gone to Carlos & Johnny a couple of times per year the last few years and couldn’t get a reservation so decided to try Precinct. The room we were in had a bit of a musty smell unfortunately. Loved the ambiance otherwise.

CR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One thing I don't understand is how bar tables can be reserved. This is area supposed to be open while people wait for their reservations. This is counter intuitive and makes no sense.

BB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Precinct is my favorite “nice” restaurant. I go 1-2 times/year and have never had a bad experience.

s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool layout. The service was the best. Food was good also. Will definitely be back.

MO
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Precinct did not disappoint. Visiting from Springfield, IL. More casual than Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse. Loved the atmosphere and everyone having such a good time. Food and service was tremendous. Can't wait to go back.

JB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and the food was excellent. Our service like always was outstanding.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Middle table was very busy. Everyone bumping into each other. Very pricey.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Precinct is a staple of fine dining and should be considered a landmark. When going to high quality restaurants the food is typically what stands out, but at The Precinct the service is second to none. Perfection is something often strived for but not attained, yet Jeff Ruby has cracked the code on perfecting his culinary experience. 100/100, couldn't think of anywhere else I would rather eat.

JT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints service and food was excellent! We will definitely be back

r
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Sue provided excellent service. Was very attentive.

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

Best steak in cinci

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p
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Steaks were cooked perfectly. Outstanding service! Tucker, our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the restaurant. His recommendations were spot on. Expensive dinner but worth every penny.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for your hospitality! Christian I had a lovely time.

MC
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very expensive but really good. Love the atmosphere. Had an amazing manhattan cocktail.

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

Amazing!!!

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JT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ben went out of his way to make it great meal for us. Great job to the entire team as usual.

LW
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Jeff Ruby's The Precinct was exactly as amazing as I'd hoped! I had the very popular Steak Collinsworth, a filet mignon cut, cooked perfectly. It was tender, flavorful, and elegantly served with king crab, asparagus, bearnaise and bordelaise. My husband had the very filling 24 oz Porterhouse. The entire experience from the valet to the dessert was classy, professional, and inviting. The lighting was moody and the separate dining areas were cozy. For most people, The Precinct would only be considered for special occasions. This was the most expensive meal I've ever had. But, once a year, it's totally worth it!

M
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. Unfortunately it’s a little costly but that’s to be expected at a Ruby’s restaurant.

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

We had an amazing dinner for our 12th anniversary. Everything was perfect to getting a table right away, service and quality of the food. Thank you for making our day very special.

C
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and very good service. I would go back when the opportunity arises again.

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