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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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Great service

KS
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First of all, we don’t blame our waiter for this issue. Mike was great. We came with an out of town guest and two family members. Several minutes after we ordered the waiter returned and indicated that they were out of the entree our guest ordered. We get it as it happens on occasion. The waiter was very apologetic and indicated they would treat us to dessert for the inconvenience. After our wonderful dinner we ordered two desserts and within a reasonable amount of time he informed us they were out of BOTH desserts. What? We told him to pick what was available. We’ll return to the Precinct but were embarrassed as we’re sung the praises of the restaurant.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very surprised at the poor service, as I e been here before and typically has great experiences. Parts of the meal were never delivered, poor timing of food and cocktails to the table, undercooked steak, saw so little of our waiter that we couldn’t even bring the matters to his attention. Would be hesitant to try again; even worse dined with another couple who had never been and they left with a sub-pat opinion.

AF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time ever trying The Precinct and we loved it!!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was amazing and the food was exquisite. The table behind us was a little vulgar, loud and rude but the staff did offer to move our table. Overall no complaints, the steak was cooked perfectly, and we couldn’t be happier with the overall evening.

J
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

This was the worst experience I've had at The Precinct. First, we had to wait 35 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Our reservation was at 8:15, and we were seated at 8:50. Once seated, our drink orders were promptly taken, but but we sat with our menus in our laps for approximately 10-15 minutes before our dinner orders were taken. The food, of course, was excellent as always. I was especially disappointed with the delays mentioned above as my husband and I had two dinner guests with us that had never been to The Precinct, and we had told them how excellent it was. Finally, while we did enjoy our table which was next to the wall and a little more private, it was very cold. One of our guests was pregnant and was visibly chilly the entire dinner.

T
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The steak was great, the garlic mashed potatoes were too garlicky and only luke warm.

t
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a first-class establishment! We have dined at other Jeff Ruby owned restaurants, this one is my new favorite. the food was exquisite, the drinks were impeccably crafted, and the diamond crown cigars, well, I haven't smoked them yet (bought multiples) but I am confident they will also be top-notch.
Simply put, I cannot wait to return to explore the menu again. Well done!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

DM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Celebrating our anniversary (like everyone one else here apparently lol). Dinner was great!!! Service was great (Cory and Alex waited on us) we have eaten at Jeff Ruby’s and Carlo and Johnnys this was our first visit to the Precinct. The tables were a little closer together than I like. I feel uncomfortable talking about anything when I feel like others can hear me and we were next to a drafty cold mirrored wall. All that aside I still liked that old building and the food was great and made even better by really good service. Rachel the hostess was nice the valet was nice all the way around I liked it here and will do it again

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Precinct is by far the best steak house in Cincinnati. The meal was impeccable along with the service. Our waiter was Cole and he was very kind and so exceptional. He even gave us a tour of the restaurant when we were finished.
We both have nothing but excellent things to say about our experience!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

It was very poor. Food was undercooked, server hovered and rushed us, and just overall was not even close to being worth the price. Will definitely not go back.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular. The food, the service, the atmosphere.

WQ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my 12 year old daughter before seeing a show at The Aronoff...wanted her to experience the joy of dining at an upscale restaurant for a nice night out. The restaurant had a nice selection of items on their kids menu which she really enjoyed, as all the selections on the main menu just were a little too upscale yet for her palate. I had the roasted chicken which was amazing. The staff was so attentive and kind. Really a great experience all around!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife’s Birthday. They were very accommodating to our family and my 2 boys ages 12 and 13. The steak was awesome. The Mac and cheese the kids loved and the dessert was huge.
Will definitely be back.

a
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You can't beat the Precinct for an outstanding steak house experience. The service is impeccable and the quality of the food is wonderful. The decor could use updating, but I would still recommend the Precinct over any other steak house in town.

TM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not for those on a budget. Been wanting to go here for years. Reservations for the dining area have to be made ahead of time. Quality of food and service is to be expected of a Jeff Ruby establishment. What I thought was excellent was when we asked for a to go box. The busboy took the food away, put it in a very nice, reusable container in a quality reusable shopping bag...not Styrofoam in a plastic bag. Would recommend highly!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Saturday night we did not have a great experience like we are used to at a Ruby restaurant. Since then we have received numerous follow up calls from multiple managers to talk through our experience. It has made us feel much better about what happened Saturday and that it will most likely never happen again. We appreciate the follow up and will be dining with you guys again soon.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, we’ve eaten at The Precinct for the last 13 years. We do birthdays, anniversaries, or whatever. We find an excuse every six months or so.

Tonight was no exception to our long running position that the Precinct is the best place within 50 miles of our home to have a perfect evening. Sandals Royal Bahamian is the only other place in our time zone that is better, but only for the atmosphere. The Precinct’s food is still better.

This evening there was a grouchy woman giving the check-in staff a hard time, but they handled it extremely professionally even when she started using foul language. Kudos to the three Precinct employees that were in the unfortunate position of dealing with her.

I can’t imagine anyone ever being unhappy here. We’ve enjoyed dinner here 25+ times and have never left without a delicious meal, great service, AND the thought that we needed to find an excuse to book again ASAP.

We can’t wait for our next excuse for dinner here!

L
Cincinnati
100 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner choices, Bridget went out of her way to make our dining experience memorable..appreciate all the small touches that went into a perfect evening.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before our daughter retuned to college for second semester

LD
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and good food. I love the atmosphere of the Precinct. We had a great time!

FJ
Cincinnati
161 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual the food was excellent (best steaks in Cincinnati) and the service superb. And in case you don't like steak, their lobster macaroni dish that evening was great.

c
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant all around. Easy valet parking, nice hostesses. Felt welcomed. Our server Bridgette was very knowledgeable about the food and wine selections. She was very open, friendly and attentive making certain everything was done the way we wanted. We had 12 oz Filets which were excellent cuts and done exactly as requested. The gnocchis were wonderful and the scallops perfect. Certainly expensive but worth it for an occasional special outing.

A
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the the second we walked in the front door you could tell the energy of the restaurant was just on another level. The hostesses Amanda & Riley welcomed us with a warm smile and you could tell the night was going to be a special one. Jordan and Joey the managers were very charming as well, they made sure everything throughout our experience was spot on. Paul our server was spot on with all of his recommendations, but his attentiveness and hospitality were also right on point. Not very often that my friends get to enjoy a dining experience like this and they were blown away, they're still talking about it and it was almost a week ago. That's when you know a meal is more than just a meal, it's an experience.
Paul is truly a Throughbred and should be treated as such. We will be back soon ♥️

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 21st bday celebration!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go to the Precinct it seems the experience keeps getting better and better. The staff is very friendly, customer service is top notch, which you can tell is their top priority. The food is simply amazing, starting with the salad to the desserts which we were informed are made in house (we had a butter pie which was phenomenal). They offer a lot of different add ons to the steaks but honestly the flavor of the steak is so good we don’t end up using the add ons we get. We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greatest dinning experience I’ve ever had. Jordan was amazing from start to finish and I can’t say enough about the manager Jordan. Highly recommend!!!

MJ
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Precinct is my favorite restaurant and always my first choice for any special occasion. The food and service is always exceptional. You can never go wrong with any of the steaks. I treated myself with the Marty & Joe. Save room for dessert. Highly recommend The Precinct.

M
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant. Jordan is one of the best waiters that has ever served us!

a
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Zoe was very knowledgeable about the wine & dinner menu, Jordan, Joey and Trey all made sure my guests and I had a wonderful time. :)

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably the best service we have had. We have never had poor service at Precinct. This visit the service was outstanding and the server was amazing. His name was Brandon! Would love to go back and have him serve us again!!

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely wonderful as always - as to be expected at ANY Ruby's establishment. The service is what really keeps you coming back. From the hostess' welcoming to the bartender/servers and every position in between. Impeccable in all aspects. We will be back very soon! Thank you for the wonderful evening.

JW
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve left several reviews of The Precinct, and they’re all the same. The place is incredible. The food is outstanding. The venue is so unique. And, the service is second to none.

MP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Precinct never disappoints! We go there for every special occasion and host all of our out of town guess there.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it!

L
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service. Great atmosphere. Enthusiastic and fun staff but not too intrusive. Food was outstanding. Steaks were superbly done to everyone’s liking.It is not louder t restaurant. The place is wonderful. Loved it and look forward to going again someday.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool experience to start the new year. Chad my waiter was excellent and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be coming back

BM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food good. Money much. Wine good. Farted at table. Nobody noticed.