About The Prime Rib

Gargantuan cuts of prime beef, extra thick chops, and simply prepared fresh seafood are the straightforward offerings of this steakhouse that evokes the supper clubs of Manhattan in the 1940's. Leopard print carpeting, black lacquered walls trimmed in brass and tuxedoed waiters complete the elegant atmosphere, featuring live piano and bass nightly. Dress code is business casual.

1701 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
17th and Locust

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 772-1701

Website:
http://www.theprimerib.com/

Entertainment:
Live Piano and Bass

Parking Details:
Valet Parking is $15.00 with The Prime Rib validation stamp - There are also, non-affiliated lots in the area.

Executive Chef:
Eddy Castillo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Prime Rib can accommodate parties of 12 to 75 in private rooms, up to 200 in entire restaurant. The Prime Rib offers ideal event spaces for rehearsal dinners, birthdays, and holiday celebrations.

The Prime Rib Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (50)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Good for a Date (38)
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Romantic (36)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Business Meals (25)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Bar Seating (18)
Live Music (17)
Cozy (17)
Happy Hour (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Casual (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was wonderful

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent, as usual. Some of the staff were watching the Eagles game on the TV at the bar, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Best Prime Rib I have ever had!!! Cooked to perfection! Side dishes were fantastic as well. Waiter was extremely polite , courteous and answered all of our questions. Management even checked on us to make sure everything was to our liking. Great atmosphere with a piano player playing some soft tunes. I would highly recommend dining here and I always reserve a table here every time I travel to Philly!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Third time in the past 2 months....food is delicious, service excellent (waiters VERY attentive) and live piano music a pleasant background. There were 4 of us...shared 6 clams casino & we each ordered different main courses (each went home with leftovers). Shared 2 desserts, key lime pie & cheesecake...yum. Will definitely return, especially before a Kimmel Center concert, very convenient.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Have spent the last 6 New Years eves at the Prime Rib. Always fun. This year was fun but our waiter was less then attentive. Never asked if we wanted a second drink and seemed to be rushing us through dinner.

Coffee was cold and had to hunt him down to get hot coffee. A restaurant of this caliber should be on point and not serve anything cold.

We also come for Birthdays and Anniversary. The food is always excellent. Waiter was just not up to your standards.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had dinner there New Years Eve and the service was great and food was even better!
Can't wait to go back for another special occasion.
We did ask to change our seats to the room in the back. We didn't like the overhead lighting in the front room. It was perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

excellent setting, great service and one of the best prime ribs i have ever had

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to The Prime Rib MANY TIMES. Every time we go the food and service is always outstanding . Our waiter Carlos always knows how to make sure that you are having the best time possible. There isn’t a better steakhouse in the city .

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were really pleased with our experience at The Prime Rib. The food was great, the wines were delicious and our service was quick and efficient.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Lamb chops were delicious as was the Chilean Sea Bass! Both were cooked perfectly.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food and service were good enough. My caeser salad was all lettuce with scant dressing. Lobster tail was obviously frozen. Sides were tasty but meager in portion. Prime rib, the signature dish, was excellent.

Warm welcome, good ambiance, piano player, an old- fashioned supper club atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great salads, potato skins, sautéed spinach and steaks in c really classy atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always an excellent choice for special occasions, holidays and romantic dinners. Our favorite for 23 years. We love the ambiance on Christmas Eve. This is our third year for Christmas Eve and new family tradition post mass at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Expensive, as expected, however the food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our Christmas Eve tradition is to let our two adult, steak loving sons pick the restaurant for dinner. Over the years we have visited just about every steakhouse in Philly, and The Prime Rib is the only one they have asked to return to for a second time. The restaurant is elegant and comfortable without being "stuffy" or overcrowded. We go a little early so that we can enjoy a cocktail at their cozy bar before dinner. While this is a steakhouse, and the steaks are fabulous and cooked perfectly, I always opt for seafood which is among the best I have had anywhere. We started with a few appetizers and ended with a shared, decadent chocolate mousse. The service is friendly and knowledgeable (never haughty like some places), and prices are more reasonable than other steakhouses in the city. The Prime Rib has become our favorite steakhouse and I would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I have been many times but this may be the final time. Food was mediocre, highly priced and the service was very average.

We have spent many special occasions there but I feel the the restaurant has lost its strength.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Unfortunately we had a terrible experience here the service was terrible and offered no apologies. The food was very good, not sure if it deserves the title best steak house in philly! The bottom line is for a restaurant of their stature when service for whatever reason isn’t up to par you offer an apology my friend literally looked at 3 men expressing legitimate complaints the hour wait in between appetizer and entre coming up. The messing up of handling the bill , we wanted to split the bill our waiter didn’t understand that so we said just put it all on one bill but he then split the bill on the same CC but then didn’t understand that he had done that and told us we needed to pay the other half . It was very confusing at the end of a long night of sparse servicecin which they weren’t busy! Unfortunately not one single manager apologized. That was the problem no apology! It’s a culture I will not support! We went around the corner to Parc for dessert and ended our night on a happy cheerful holiday note!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The Prime Rib is the best restaurant in Philly to have a truly romantic dinner. The food is consistently wonderful, the servers are charming and attentive but not intrusive, and the ambiance is glamorous. Live music (piano), art deco decor. Pricey, but worth it.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Always great service!! Our server was Christine on this evening. Not only did she remember us but she remembered our preferred bottle of wine and table. Very attentive from the entire staff. The food is always excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was ample and excellent on the prix-fixe menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wasn’t as “40s” themed as explained on the website... however still a good steak house with fantastic dirty martinis!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always, The Prime Rib was outstanding. My veal porterhouse was cooked to perfection and the service was impeccable. I’ve been to many other well-regarded steakhouses around the country, but The Prime Rib is still my favorite; it’s one of the few restaurants where the dining experience truly feels special. May it never change!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing experience, great service and memorable dining experience. Carlos is the best.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Live Music, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great job as always. Dined with Prime Rib many times. Never disappoints. Service impeccable. Sean (waiter) was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Eating at the Prime Rib is an experience. The food and service were exceptional.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very disappointed in the quality and taste of the food. My Prime Rib was under-cooked and very tough. The cauliflower was terrible tasting. The Buzz Salad was great, shrimp cocktail was awesome. Dessert was served microwave hot. Way over priced for the quality received. Not once did the waiter ask us if we enjoyed anything. No Maître D' was present.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great service and great food

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The waiter was rude and had a distinctly negative attitude problem. He was surly and arrogant throughout our entire dining experience. The final blow was when he picked up our bottle of red wine and emptied the entire remaining 15% of the bottle into my wife's glass, without sharing it with the other three people at the table. My mistake was ordering a second bottle of cabernet. He opened the bottle and poured it into MY EXISTING wine glass(NOT A FRESH GLASS to taste it), and then he walked AWAY. Did not offer any of our 2nd $105 Cabernet to any of the other three diners. I have dined at the Prime Rib in Philadelphia on many occasions, and this will be my last reservation at this establishment. Never again. I will be certain to share this expereience on yelp, urbanspoon, tripadvisor and opentable. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We always love the prime rib… Chris was our waiter and didn’t outstanding job. The staff is always very friendly and funny for a 5 Star steakhouse

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Expensive but worth it. The restaurant and bar has a classy ambiance.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It really was a wonderful experience. The. Food was great the table was very nice. Our waiter Derrick and his partner made the occassion. Unforgettable. It was our first time there. And we will return again. Thank you all for making it a special night

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Lovely atmosphere and music. Would recommend to anyone passing through Philadelphia! Great for romantic or fMily gatherings.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

we were very pleased with our dining experience. It was the weekend of the Army- Navy game and Prime Rib was packed. Our reservation was honored and the service was very good. Our waiter took very good care of us. We would definitely recommend The Prime Rib and we look forward to a return visit

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

was very happy with everything for my wife's birthday dinner. My new favorite place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a great experience. Our server was terrific. He made suggestions and made sure that we had everything that we needed. The early menu (until 6 PM ) was a good value with 3 courses for $49. We enjoyed the salmon, prime rib, and chopped steak. Everything was cooked the way we liked. The desserts were delicious! Great atmosphere too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Horrible service. The waiter needs more education in cocktails. Had never heard of Woodford and placed out cocktails ON OUR DINNER PLATES!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Romantic, fine service, piano player, classic menu with very delicious food

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our favorite steak house in the city, The Prime Rib pays homage to posh restaurants of 50years ago. We love the atmosphere. And the beef is tops. We have celebrated here many times over the years.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent as always.Staff can't do enough for you. Only problem was we realized after the fact that the piano player was going to play and we were seated right next to it but he toned in down fortunately. Great evening with family

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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