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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (48)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
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Good for a Date (35)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Business Meals (23)
Cozy (18)
Live Music (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Fun (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Seasonal (5)
People Watching (4)
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Creative Cuisine (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

Great service and great food

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful dining experience! Food is always good, and the service is impeccable!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food and impeccable service -- a high quality traditional steakhouse.

We were there for Thanksgiving and one table chose to sing loudly and off-key with the piano player -- made the ambiance challenging.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was Thanksgiving Day. Service was done well, if not a little strained. Food quality was the same. My husband had the Thanksgiving menu and said it was good. I had sea bass, potato skins, corn after my Caesar salad. I liked it.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We celebrated out first month of marriage and my husband's birthday. Everything was delicious and they treated him to a free dessert!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was not good. Steaks were fatty, ( we ordered the best). I will not be returning. Of note, is that it was our 25th wedding anniversary which was noted on the record. They didn’t even send over a “cupcake”. It was particularly annoying because they sent things to other tables that were celebrating.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful ambience with piano music and flowers
High quality food in a steakhouse
And warm , helpful, And friendly service

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The service was excellent, but drinks, food, side dishes were below excellent. Weak drinks and skimpy side dish servings. Totally annoyed that you have to go out of restaurant to the rest rooms which was not clean. Most likely won’t return.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

I liked it a lot. Meal was excellent. I would eat here again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Loved the decor and ambiance. Food was average. Service was very good. The hostess basically had sweat pants on with high heals - it was very odd and stood out from all other servers & staff, not necessarily in a good way. Live piano music was nice. Might be more fun with a big crowd.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always consistently excellent. Luis our waiter was very attentive without being intrusive. Highly recommend the Prime Rib

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always the best in every way and can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner, great service, wonderful environment and delicious food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great atmosphere, group, service, attention, cocktails, excellent food and very good time.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Could not get reservations for a restaurant close to The Kimmel Center (we were going to a concert) so this was 2nd choice...turned out to be perfect! 5:45 reservations so it was very quiet, only a few tables seated in their split level dining room (not so at the bar..packed with happy drinkers). The best crab cakes EVER (and I order them frequently) The only gluten free dessert was sherbet or ice cream...perhaps an addition in a cake or pie would add to the variety.
Excellent service which very few restaurants offer these days. Will return for pre concert again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Get prime rib as rare as I love it! My wife and I also enjoyed a well-paired merlot for only $40/ bottle. Service and live grand piano lends really enjoyable atmosphere to impress.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We went on Halloween night for the Prime Rib special. The blue cheese salad had a bit too much dressing for my liking, but was very good. The prime rib itself was awesome, as it usually is. The grilled asparagus with holandaise was a nice addition. The piano player on this night sounded a bit “tired” - as best I can describe it. But, as always, the food and service was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We have dined here several times and receive regular offers and encouragement to return via email. We were enticed to return with an off for the Signature 15 oz.Prime Rib. Two plates arrived, one nearly perfect. The other was a bit too rare for "medium-rare" and upon trying to cut, my wife found the serving unacceptably tough and chewy. It was returned to the kitchen without fuss and the replacement was fine. Otherwise the meal was excellent- especially the 2 sides, grilled asparagus and Brussel sprouts. Very unique preparation of the potato skins appetizer. Usually a quantity of potato is left in the skin and is covered with some toppings. These are nearly stripped to the skin and baked/broiled to a crispy texture, served bare with sour cream and creamy horseradish on the side. Service was excellent, seating near the piano (as requested in the reservation), bar drinks well made. All in all a lovely night.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The service and food was very good. Highly recommend the crab cakes and the prime rib. The mashed potatoes are also quite good.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was a pleasant birthday surprise we had a table of 4...great food and drinks and friendly staff

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

5 stars for dealing with BJ and because Joe got to eat for free because BJ stabbed him in the arm and BJ only took one bite and paid the most

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A very attractive and comfortable upscale restaurant. Lots of dark wood on walls, with brass accents, crisp white table clothes and excellent food. We found the prices a little high, even for a steak house restaurant. And I'm comparing them to NYC establishments. Dinner for 2, with salads, 1 appetizer ,a side of creamed spinach and bottle of wine came to about $300 without potato dessert or coffee.

The service was very professional, and friendly at the same time. The escargot was incredibly
delicious and tender with an incredible garlic butter sauce. The large prime rib that we shared
was very good.

The ambiance made for a very delightful 44th anniversary celebration for myself and my
husband!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Prime Rib returns you to a quiet, kinder time! Nightclub feel, lovely wines, delicious food and delicious desserts!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent service. Wonderful filet mignon, soups, vegetables and dessert.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always enjoy our evenings at the Prime Rib. Love the atmosphere, piano player, bartenders and servers. Food is always good too.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Gorgeous dining room, delicious food, excellent service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best prime rib I have ever eaten.

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