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

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Romantic (56)
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Good for a Date (52)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Business Meals (32)
Live Music (26)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Cozy (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Good for Groups (20)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Authentic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Comfort Food (7)
People Watching (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service and food. Wine list is pricier than other high end restaurants I've been to but a good selection nonetheless. Live piano music so if you don't want to be seated near the piano, let the hostess know.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food and service was phenomenal will definitely be going in the future

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 2 days ago

Not worth it. By no means am I cheap, but this place is definitely not worth the money. I suspect there may have been something going on behind the scenes that we were not made aware of. Perhaps they were short staffed? Our waiter was a nice guy, but not a great waiter. He was a college student, and not an experienced server. The wait for the main course seemed eternal, and when it came, only 6 of the 7 meals were served. Another 5 minutes passed before I received my meal. My wife had an empty wine glass in front of her for most of the evening, and I had to ask another server that passed by for my drink order that had been forgotten. All things being equal, there are many better options out there. The appetizers and desserts were good, but the entrees were average. The timing was way off, and the food was not hot. It seemed as if it was everyone's first day on the job. At $842 for dinner and tip for a party of 7, this effort was not good enough.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Really liked the whole experiance from drinks at the bar Peter the piano player was excellent and personable and the steaks was great can't belive i haven't been here before !
Can not wait to go back
excellent!!

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Prime Rib needs no introduction. It is the best steakhouse you can find. Come and get the signature prime rib and see for yourself. It’s one of a kind.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was amazing, service was great too

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely great meal. The steak was like butter with great flavor, escargot perfect and my memory of dessert was obscured by great wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The prime rib, what a lovely experience, a lovely waitress, great food, loved the piano player, It was a special birthday for my husband, without even asking the waitress brought him a piece of cake with candle and sang along with us! We Never felt rushed and relaxed after dinner and enjoyed a great dessert. Thank you all, we will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our experience began with misinformation on the Prime Rib website. As we arrived for our reservation, the website said we can take advantage of valet parking at the Warwick hotel. When we pulled up to the hotel, the attendant informed us if we weren’t staying in the hotel they wouldn’t valet our car and prime rib’s website is incorrect. After entering the restaurant, we were greeted and had a great interaction with coat check. Once seated, that’s where it took a turn for the worst. Our waiter, Vinny/Vincent provided the worst service we’ve ever had. His service alone makes me not want to return and makes me think of I would be treated the same by other servers. We received no introduction, specials/explanation of the menu, suggestions on wines, etc. Yet, the table directly behind us received a “performance” to say the least. Which to note is the only reason why I even know his name, because of what he said to the other table “call me Vinny, like from My Cousin Vinny”. Service was completely different between the 2 tables and very disrespectful. After this experience, I don’t think I would return or recommend this location to anyone.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Used to be a great restaurant,but apparently they have fallen in bad times. Service was generally confused, food was very poorly coursed, and to top it off they entree was a much diminshed serving of their prime rib that was wayyyyy overcooked. Used to be a place I enjoyed. Will not be going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, but don't order mixed drinks from the bar as they have almost no alcohol despite the premium charge.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We always enjoy the Prime Rib for special occasions.... The steaks and other menu entrée items are excellent..... the potato skins as an appetizer with the horseradish sauce is wonderful. Service and atmosphere is always exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was a very disappointing experience for both me and my wife. Valet Parking was full had to park at a lot 3 blocks away in the rain. Then my wife who I dropped off so she would not have to walk. Had to stand while she waited for me. The building has a large waiting area with no seating. Finally our steaks came out almost still bleeding like tje meat was still alive.
The Prime was one of the most disappointing experiences ive seen from a 5 star restaurant

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We started off being told there was no valet parking, so we ended up walking 5 blocks in the rain. One of the reasons we choose this restaurant was that the web page offered valet parking.Once seated, soaking wet from our walk in the rain, we had to ask four times for a wine list. Food was acceptable, but for the prices I expected exceptional not just acceptable. My wife had Dover Sole, which was good. The rest of table had prime rib. Two servings of the bone in and one serving of the regular cut. My bone in prime in was more on the medium well side as opposed to medium rare which was ordered. In all three cases the prime rib was exceedingly fatty. Due to the mediocre food, poor service, and lack of valet parking we will not be back.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding dining experience. Food was perfect. Service was attentive and the dining room is magical

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very expensive. Prime rib options too large. No small portion options on the menu for prime rib. Overpriced compared to Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Not a good value for the food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We both had soup, tomato and onion. I had the sweet potato which is good as they put nothing in it. My husband and shrimp cocktail which he liked.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server Carlos was outstanding. Very attentive and gave us good suggestions. I had the signature prime rib entree and it was only mediocre. My wife had the filet and enjoyed it. The side dishes were average.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good! Besides the noise level from another group, Everything was great, the food was good. They even sung happy Birthday to me at the end. I highly appreciate this place. I would definitely like to recommend it for any special occasions or even a date with your loved one!

Thank you, Prime Rib!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food , great service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I absolutely love this place! The prime rib is the best and the Cadillac margarita I ordered was made to perfection!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Prime Rib is such a beautiful, special restaurant! It is one of our very favorite in the City.! The servers are wonderful. The food is delicious! Our table of 6 were all very happy!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Thank goodness this classic is still the most classic in all Philadelphia. Service continues to be impeccable, and food is deliciously consistent. Keep it up!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Dinner was wonderful. The only complaint was that there was a gift card left for us and bottle of wine which was never presented to us until we asked at the end of the meal when we received the bill. It was a bit embarrassing and at that point the bottle of wine was a mute point, dinner over.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food, a little pricey but great for special nights

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

You can always depend on this restaurant for a good meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Initially, I was looking for a nice restaurant in close proximity to the Academy of Music, in Philadelphia for the Sunday, following the last performance of Les Miserables. I found The Prime Rib via Open Table, and I booked a table for 2 for 9 pm. During intermission, on the night, I realized that the show was going to run later than 9 pm, so I called and spoke with the Maitre 'd, Vinnie to tell him we were going to be late for our reservation. He said "no problem, but if it's going to be later than 9:30 pm, to call and let him know". Low and behold, the show let out right 9:30 pm, so I quick called; and again Vinnie told me to come anyway, and they would do what they can as the kitchen and dining room were starting to breakdown. When we arrived, Vinnie met us and escorted us to an amazing table. We apologized for being so late, but Vinnie would have none of it, he was amazingly accommodating, gracious and kind - treated like old friends. Vinnie, and the entire staff were quintessential professionals.

The cocktails orders were promptly taken, and when served, were perfectly mixed (Old Fashion's), and generously poured. Surprisingly the full menu was still available, including the Prix Fixe offering, which we ordered off. The main courses, Salmon for my guest, and a true med-rare prime rib for myself. I was totally blown away that they still had med-rare cuts available at this very late hour. Both dishes were perfectly prepared, professionally served and delicious on the palate.

I would absolutely recommend The Prime Rib to anyone, and as good as the food was, the experience was substantially more memorable and charming due in large part to the Maitre 'd Vinnie and the entire staff.

I will certainly frequent The Prime Rib again, and recommend it to anyone!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Steaks are delicious as was the huge shrimp cocktails and french onion soup. The ceasar salad was just OK.
Cocktails were also very good but it took way too long to get a drink menu take our order and then get the dinner menu. There is a fine line between fine dining and slow service. I think they must have been short on help. The only excellent service we received was from the waiter who refreshed our water glasses.
The ambiance was very nice with live piano music.
I think one and done for my family.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Love the environment, old school atmosphere and especially the over the top meal. Went to the top of our favorite list of restaurants.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We came for my son in law's birthday and the meal was fantastic. Definitely worth the 50 minute drive during crazy restaurant week in Phila. ( the Prime Rib does not participate). The Prime Rib was full, our service was impeccable and the food was to die for. We would DEFINITELY recommend and return ! A 10+ for the Prime Rib!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I USUALLY DO NOT FREQUENT STEAK RESTAURANTS; HOWEVER, THE AMBIANCE WAS RELAXING, EASY TO HAVE CONVERSATION AND MOST OF ALL EVERYTHING WE ORDERED WAS WELL PREPARED.

Tags: Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our table was ready, that's 5 *
Our waiter was FANTASTIC, we felt like we were the only table he had (we weren't it was a busy Saturday) so that's also 5*
The food was very good, thats 5 more *
And lastly the atmosphere was wonderful that's 5 huge *

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Pleasantly surprised and realy enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Pricing was pretty good, not too much liek some other steak hosues. Portion sizes were rather large. Overall, very good choice and we will most likely go back again!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Everything was great from start to finish. The service was excellent, mood was perfect and the food was everything. I will definitely go back again. Special thanks to our waitress, Cristina, she was knowledgeable and gracious and extremely helpful.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

a much older crowd, the menu seemed to be designed for those that need glasses. Overall an amazing place with great service and great food

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I was disappointed when I was told that it wasn't participating in restaurant week after I made the appointment on open table under restaurant week.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Don't Waste Time or Money. Place is rip-off.. prices on menu are higher than those given online.. waiter made mistake of asking us if we wanted a complimentary wine (*which was his error but we were charged for those glasses anyway). Manager refused to take wines off bill but instead took off the tip for the waiter (which was more than 1/2 of price of wine).

Big rip-off.. and very poor experience.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This was a birthday dinner and PR is a great combination of elegant and cozy. The food is amazing, the service outstanding and the piano —-just a great place. Add that the seating is such that you are not on top of one another. A great time!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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