The Precinct

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4476 reviews
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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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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great but service was not great. It was good but could have been lots better. When u pay over $100 a plate u want great service.

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LM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service. Food was pretty good. We are big fans of Jeff’s Ruby restaurants. This one did not disappoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful date! Food was great but the steak was a little on the salty side for our taste. We don’t eat a lot of salt. Ambience was pleasant however all the mirrors were a little distracting because it multiplied the movement about the room by waiters and other staff.
Overall we will definitely consider going there again!

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CA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have eaten here almost every year for the last 12 years and steak did not taste as good this time or have the same quality as previously. The menu on the website does not match the menu at the restaurant. So did not order what I had planned to.

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AB
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, fabulous food and amazing staff

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SH
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Client Dinner, great time! Thank you!

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JR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great steaks! But this place is well past it’s prime and significantly overpriced. I live in downtown Chicago and don’t expect to pay more at a steakhouse in the Cincinnati suburbs. If you really want a good steak, make the trip downtown to the main Jeff Ruby’s.

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have dined there four times and have always had great service and the different appetizers and steaks are delicious. We would like to visit more often, but we are afraid of losing the excitement of anticipation. Can't wait to schedule again for my birthday!

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited The Precinct to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint. We were promptly seated upon arrival and I was instantly impressed with the ambiance and feel of the room. The service was outstanding. Bridgette was very knowledgeable and spoke confidently about the menu and also made an excellent wine selection. Our waters never fell below half a glassful. When my wife asked where the restroom was, a nice gentleman offered to escort her there explaining it was a little hard to find. My wife enjoyed the Arancini and I thoroughly enjoyed the Chesapeake oysters. The presentation of the oysters was beautiful. My wife ordered the petite filet and I ordered the Lachey 22 oz ribeye and both were cooked to perfection. Each was just about the best we’ve ever had. I proudly ate the entire steak much to the dismay of my lovely wife as she could not finish her 8 oz steak. After the meal Bridgette brought us a complimentary piece of cheesecake which was a very nice touch. We did not expect that and it was a wonderful end to a fantastic meal. The overall experience was very special. I wasn’t especially blown away by the Caesar Salad or the garlic mashed potatoes if I’m being honest. The mashed potatoes had good flavor but the texture was average. I wanted more. To that end, my wife mentioned her baked potato was the best she’s ever had. It had a smoky flavor that was truly unique. Apparently I made the wrong choice on the side item. The final price was shocking but expected considering she enjoyed 2 glasses of wine and my 2 Michters. All in all, worth the money and helped make our anniversary dinner very special.

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BD
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, service was outstanding and the food was first rate. Although my steak was slightly undercooked at closer to Medium Rare vs Medium, it was still delicious.

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RW
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Precinct is a family "routine" for special occasions, and it never disappoints. In addition to the superb steaks, the salted rye bread and Freddie salad are treats we can't get at any other restaurant. The service is professional, attentive, but not overbearing or "stuffy."

Jeff Ruby knows how to do it right.

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

4 year anniversary- 1st timers- will return. Service and food was best we have ever had. Anthony was great and very personable. Food delicious, wine great, brought lots of left overs home. Recommended for any occasion.

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B
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love eating here. Sue provided the best service we have ever received! She was amazing. The food is always outstanding, especially the desserts. This was my parents first time eating at the Precinct and they enjoyed themselves tremendously!

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J
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner to celebrate my daughter’s and my birthday. Food was great, as always. Our waiter, Chris, was knowledgeable of the menu and provided the right amount of service and the right amount of time for us to enjoy our evening. Bring back the flaming bananas foster! It’s just not the same without the flame.

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak I have ever had lives here! The staff was excellent, too.

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E
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top 3 restaurants in the US. When I visit Cincinnati - I always visit the Precinct. Fabulous food; great service; reasonably priced for such a elite restaurant. Treats me like a king - always welcome - remembers my name. I bring my 92 yr old father-in-law - WW II vet. They have a martini waiting for him everything time he comes in. He feels so special - and I can't thank the Precinct enough for how well they treat us.

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AH
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, would recommend as a restaurant of the highest caliber.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best steak in the city. The service and staff are exceptional and the ambience nostalgic. Not my first time and it will not be my last.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very good waiter, food was great as usual!!

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience and loved the place. It felt comfortable and the staff was great.

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JS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, crab cakes were outstanding! Got a chocolate chip dessert as well for the next day, it didn't make it until next day. It was so yummy!!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience. The food was delicious and it all came to our table in a timely manner. Cole was very good.

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KB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing steak and ambiance! I wish we were not at a middle table of the restaurant but the precinct never disappoints!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak I have ever eaten. Very attentive and professional waitstaff. Great atmosphere, though a tad noisy.

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TE
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Precinct has always been one of my favorites, and my visit on 1/5/19 didn't disappoint. Probably had the best steak I've ever eaten. Ryan and Chris did a great job of tending to our meal.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was out of this world amazing, the desserts were almost better!

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g
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, The Precinct experience was perfect; great wait staff, drinks and steaks. One of the best steak houses in the country!

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GG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at The Precinct as neither of us had ever eaten there before. The food was delicious and the service was good. We will definitely go back again. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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D
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great steak as expected from a Ruby’s restaurant. Has become overpriced though, which is disappointing. A 4 oz crab leg is a pricey $25 as an appetizer, Bernie’s is $4 instead of include, and my wedge salad was an $8 upcharge over the included Freddie’s salad. Also pork belly strips on salad were very fatty and had to remove most of it (I like crispy bacon strips on a salad vs this fatty option). Glass of wine was $17.

Paid $225 for 2 of us before tip so think they’re pricing themselves out of a lot of customers. Fleming’s is as good or better and 10-20% less expensive.

Sad but will need to move on...

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great place for an amazing steak dinner but a little pricey

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JS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We brought our youngest son here (21 yo) to celebrate his 3.95 gpa for college. Our food was very good--but I think I enjoyed the service just as much. Our server Sue, was a gem. She was so good at fielding my son's questions. Tended to us just enough that we never wanted for anything, but not hovering.

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A
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to this restaurant for my daughter’s birthday. We had a wonderful meal and great service. I would highly recommend.

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W
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place ! Fantastic food and Service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family time love the round tables for conversations!

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WS
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to go in Cincinnati

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steak and the Greek salad were delicious, everything exceeded my expectations!

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AL
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service! We love this place! Always a fabulous evening at Jeff Ruby’s.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality dining experience and excellent service, as usual. Steak Collinsworth and Sea Bass was absolutely perfect!

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ZF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner and the service was better than expected and with this Jeff Ruby restaurant you expect the best. This was even better. Keep in mind these steaks are the very best and sometimes as thick as they are, you might need to butterfly it!

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