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 a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service

KT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our son’s birthday here per his request!!! Our sever Anthony was perfect in every aspect of our experience!! The food was perfectly prepared.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone was fantastic. The food was out of this world loved it!

MW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The first time there and certainly will not be the last time!

BW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have absolutely nothing negative to say about the Precinct. My wife and I go every year for our anniversary and always enjoy our food and service. Jordan was great this year.

RT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best steaks in Cincinnati.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. The best food I have had. Amazing service. Can’t wait to go back.

TR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Precinct is amazing for a fancy date night. Food and service is excellent.

VC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a Vietnam vet I went there to celebrate Veterans Day. I knew nothing was offered but a little something would have nice. Next time I’ll go to an establishment that honors vets.

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again perfection has been achieved by the highly talented and excellent staff at The Precinct. From the friendly and courteous hostess who greeted us to the server assistant and server, we experienced the finest service in the business. Seth and Cory "knocked it out of the park." Seth refilled our water before we even knew we needed it. Cory demonstrated very impressive knowledge of the building's history, the drinks, and of course the food. Other front of the house employees greeted us and spoke to us almost as if we were good friends that had come over for dinner at their homes. The front of the house manager Jordan was exceptionally courteous. He checked on us more than once to make sure everything was perfect. The food was absolutely delicious. We started with a couple of appetizers, including the waygu meatball. We've had it before at another Ruby's and it was just as tasty at The Precinct. Escargot was our other app and it was equally wonderful. Our two salads, The Freddie and a Caesar had exactly the right amount of dressing and very crisp lettuce. All three of our party ordered steaks. I ordered a Cowboy Ribeye with a Spinalis Topper. Why put a steak on top of another steak you may ask? Because I felt like it, that's why. It was ordered med rare and arrived precisely as I requested. Great job Lucas! My two companions both ordered 8 oz filets. One was a Steak Collinsworth and the other was naked. Both ordered med rare and both arrived med rare. As we were there for a birthday a dessert was sent to us without even asking for it. A chocolate chip pie was delivered and then quickly devoured. We were unable to finish everything so the excellent front of the house staff boxed our leftovers and gave us a Ruby's bag to go. Our "Ruby's Experience" lasted about two hours and every second was worth it. I generally dont give reviews but it really is a very wonderful experience to go to The Precinct. It's a joy to be around people who strive for perfection. Thank y

g
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great ambiance. Fantastic service. Neat setting.

W
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Waiters were good but 2 of the Freddie salads were very wilty and we ate less than half. Our waiter offered to change but I declined as I was didn’t want more If the same.
My 12 oz barrel cut filet was odd tasting and the 1st time ever here.
My family were all disappointed. My son was here a month ago and I was here in September. No manager was visible.
We feel the quality has fallen.

OT
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Precinct has been our go-to place for special occasions for many years. We live in Indy. The food, the service, the ambiance. Everything is just top notch. Every time.

MP
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved bringing our guests from out of town to The Precinct. It never disappoints!

MB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had a great experience for my husband & friend's birthday celebration. Chris Webb was a great waiter. Explained all the dishes since this was our first visit. Great night with friends

m
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Birthday Celebration. Food was cooked to perfection. Our server Tucker took great care of us. Would recommend that everybody try this restaurant for special occasions.

BS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW. What an experience! This was our very first experience at the Precinct. Impressive and Polite servers, Table available at the scheduled reservation time, Our Server was spectacular and extremely professional, history of the building was a great touch. We would definitely return again for another milestone celebration.

F
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We chose the Precinct to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It’s definitely our “go to” celebration restaurant and last night was the perfect example of why. The foods is always amazing. I’m addicted to the Freddie salad, I would seriously come to the Precinct just to order this salad! So so good! I also ordered the steak Collingsworth which is always cooked to perfection, but last night was off the charts! Even the asparagus was perfect! And the service was just outstanding. Cory was our waiter and he went above and beyond in taking care of us. He was so personable and polite, and made great recommendations. Even though we don’t stray far from our faves, he convinced us to try the Carrot Cake and oh my gosh....amazing! Easily the best cake I’ve ever eaten! The staff also took such great care in boxing our leftovers (because we had So. Much. Food.) and even threw in extra bread for us to take home...so sweet! There were so many unexpected, thoughtful touches, it just made our night extra special. Thank you, thank you to the fabulous staff at the Precinct! We can’t wait to celebrate with you again the next time!

OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience at The Precinct. We try to come annually. Our main meals were excellent. I was looking forward to having the banana foster to end our dinner. But i have to say it was a little disappointed. Maybe this is a different kind but I expected the sauce to be warmed and banana cooked throughly; so they be a little mushy and sweet. I could still taste the tartness in it. Despite of that my husband and I would still come back because overall everything else is excellent

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running late to our reservation and the staff couldn't have been friendlier and accomodating. This was my boyfriend and I's first time at the Precinct and everything from the wait staff to the wine was fantastic. The GM of the restaurant even gave us a ride back to our hotel in downtown Cincinnati because we were having trouble getting an Uber. Amazing place where they go above and beyond to make sure you have the best experience!

RM
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Precinct was outstanding. From excellent service through delicious food. Highly recommend The Precinct for best steak in Cincinnati. Keep up the great experience.

BL
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Precinct is the go to restaurant for my wife and myself. This is the only restaurant that I order steak. From the time we get out of our car until the time we drive we are treated like royalty. Every phase is outstanding.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

c
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was great and wouldn’t trade it for anything!!

P
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Ruby’s restaurant! I love the atmosphere and Michael Whitley is a great manager. Jan was a wonderful server!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and excellent food! The Precinct once again effortlessly shows a true tradition of excellence.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd wedding anniversary. Just excellent service from start to finish. Waiter and his team were excellent and the food was as amazing as always.

SG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great first experience here and can't wait to come back more!

B
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and and service! If you have not been highly recommended.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best dining experience we have ever had. We will definitely be back.

EJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all know The Precinct can be a bit pricey, but it is worth EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR! From the food to the service to the valet to the entire staff, it is as close to perfect as I have seen in Fine Dining.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance of an old building and intimate dinner where we were treated as guests. Our server Ryan and his assistant for the night (maybe Alex?) were extremely attentive while still allowing us to enjoy a deliciously cooked meal. Both our steaks were cooked exactly to our desired temperature and we had a wonderful cup of coffee with our desserts. Definitely an evening we won’t be forgetting any time soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with service , everyone was so attentive

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Our server Cole went above and beyond.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steaks in town; loved celebrating a birthday there

N
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For special occasions we go top notch, this was my wife's birthday. It was great. Beautiful place

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening

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A
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Steak is great as always.

KP
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service! Food! Ambiance!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the valet service to my birthday “dessert”, it was a peaceful, incredibly enjoyable experience!