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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BR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and were seated in a private room. Had a really wonderful evening. Will certainly return in the future.

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

The food and service are great but the prices are really unreasonable.

NR
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Our favorite place to eat!

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

My experience was one of a kind. I took my mother out for my birthday and she said she felt like it was her birthday from how awesome the staff all treated us. It was Definitely above and beyond my expectations. They did an outstanding job on both the serving side and the cooks and chefs cooking and preparing our food. I will for-sure be coming back again because I was so impressed with just everything. Well done.

SH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Did not like our seats that well. The tables were kinda squished together very close to others. People kept bumping into my chair and jackets would almost knock our drinks over

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome! The ambiance, the service, the food, and cleanliness were spot on! Can't wait to go back.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience, it was my Dads first time there for his 53rd birthday and he had a great experience and loved our service.

KP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Two members of our party became ill after eating the seafood sampler. One so violently ill that she is in bed 12 hours after becoming sick. I suspect is was oysters that were not stored properly by the restaurant. I made an observation to the manager that they appeared to be warm and the texture off. My fault for not sending them back immediately.

ST
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steaks were on point, as is always the case. The ambiance was great, not too loud and not too quiet. Great anniversary date!

DA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome steak, best ever! Service was outstanding.

A
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a wonderful meal and service.

Table was right next to kitchen, so not ideal, but all else was great, server was OUTSTANDING!

RS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Normally I always have a very good experience at any of the Ruby restaurants. I must say that I was a little disappointed in our last visit. We were
seated by a door that was the entrance to a party room that had a very large gathering therefore the door was being open and close quite a bit. We were approached and asked if we would like to move to a different table and we did, but I think that move got us mixed up in the shuffle and caused a delay of service.

R
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening. Our serving team was excellent and up to Jeff Ruby standards. The steak was awesome as was the rest of the meal.

k
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hardly every rate ANYTHING 5 stars across the board but the Precinct was exceptional!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as always.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our son is leaving for USMC bootcamp, brought him to your restaurant to celebrate him!

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Overall atmosphere is good. We were seated in this small room though. The distance between the tables are too close. I could hear everything people who seat next to our table said! And the wait person and the guest who seated behind us constantly trying to squeeze past behind my husband’s chair. Quite annoying which I did not expect from a five star steak house! The food were good but the green tea tasted aweful! The worst part I think was they served us four pieces of bread (like leftover) to start and we had to ask for more bread, quite stingy again for a five star steak house which their average entree price is $50!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!! Maddison , Trey , and Seth made our 1st anniversary

KG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

Mac and cheese was good! My steak was about the same as a normal $20 steak and my husbands was raw and gross!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to the Precinct for my birthday for the last 5 years and it has been amazing every year!

AW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big thanks to Michael and Sarah who got us in last minute on a weekend-not an easy feat. Madison and Trey took great care of us and the food was magnificent. Beautiful experience

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steaks in the city. Visiting the Precinct on any occasion is fun and enjoyable. The wait staff is extremely knowledgeable and polite.

j
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at The Precinct. It was our first time to dine at the restaurant and we could not have been more thrilled. Our waiter was phenomenal! We loved everything about him: his demeanor, knowledge of the menu and food choices, his recommendations, his friendliness and the way he took a serious interest in who we were.

W
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All meat dishes come with a salad and potato. The beef was delicious!!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable! Sue and Charlie served our table with confidence, they both anticipated our needs and were attentive. Sue stood out in a unique way by offering suggestions and in some cases alternative suggestions to complement our food choices. We accepted them and were pleasantly surprised. She was knowledgeable regarding cocktails, wine selection, entree and side choices, steak toppings, and dessert. We found her approach unique and refreshing.

Filet Mignon was cooked perfectly! Butter pie dessert was also unique and very good!

E
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have dined at the Precinct many times over the last 30 years and always felt we had outstanding food and great service. Our most recent visits were very disappointing. The food was average and the service not much better. Too bad, this really was a special restaurant back in the day.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond excellent! Service,timing,quality and delicious cuisine all above our highest expectations. A must do dining experience in Cincinnati!

T
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Food was fabulous and service even better. Atmosphere was beautiful!

D
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Continues to be our favorite place in Cincinnati. Great wine list and best steaks in town.

WH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time. From the moment we walked in, we were met with smiles and warmth. The food was superb. We could not have asked for a better experience!

F
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal a the Precinct. Steaks cooked to perfection, service was excellent! Definitely pricy but great for special occasions.

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

We have been to the Precinct several times but this time was even better. I had the best steak ever, a filet mingon. Our server was the best. My arm was in a sling due to a fractured elbow. When the server saw it she immediately offered to have the chef slice my steak, placed the mac and cheese on my plate, and overall made sure I could manage everything. It was a great dining experience.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While the ambience was great and the service very good the food was not to the level I was expecting having dined there before. My wife’s steak was cold inside while mine was seriously burned and had way too much butter. Additionally our desert creme brûlée was not set and was very runny. It was certainly disappointed and will consider other restaurants next time we head out for a special dinner like this one.

OG
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good but not awesome, and not to the level of a 4-week wait for a decent reservation day and time. Our steaks were fantastic and perfectly cooked. The sides were average, except for the mac and cheese, which was perfect.Great bread. We specifically asked for a booth in the bar which was not honored. Our table was fine but we would have preferred the bar area, as requested.

JK
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. While not inexpensive they consistently have the best steaks that have ever had. Service is excellent.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE AT THE PRECINCT. EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE EXPECTING / HOPING FOR. WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!

H
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like the cow my steak came from was hand picked for me.. this was truly the best steak of my entire life and I know none will compare to it ever again. Service was beyond excellent as well.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good steaks, super nice service, exceptional location.
Reasonable value!

PP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Jeff Ruby has simply the best in Cincinnati. Only Jeff Rubys Steakhouse compares.

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