Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

1601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
Pacific Heights
(415) 673-0557

Are you the kind of guy who drives an incredible car because you love the physics of a truly crafted automobile made by hand in some small Italian town by men whose grandfathers also worked in the same factory? Or, do you drive a pretty good car simply because it looks good enough and you like to get from point A to point B without having your friends take up a collection to buy you new hubcaps? Ruth’s Chris is the steakhouse equivalent of the latter: completely utilitarian and no frills. You get a great steak, made to order, at a reasonable price with acceptable service, minus the snobby attitude and Donald Trump-size prices. We love Ruth’s Chris because you always know what you’re getting and, hey, red meat is red meat. For our dollar, this place can’t be beat. The upside is that no one will grumble and groan when the check comes and the Bachelor keeps his wallet in his pocket... that cheap bastard.

Venue Tip: 

Only insiders know you can order your cut "Oscar style," which means your steak will come topped with asparagus, crab cakes and Bearnaise sauce.

The Good: 
Very lively scene full of younger steak lovers who are more interested in mingling and chatting than focusing on getting the perfect steak cooked to perfection. For the money, this is a very good option though.
The Bad: 
Ruth’s Chris is a chain. It’s a nice chain, to be sure, but you won’t get an authentic San Francisco experience here. Nor will you get the same service you would if you went somewhere twice as expensive (and twice as stuffy).
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Price: $$$$

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Signature dish: Lobster Bisque, 16-Oz Ribeye, French Fries, Carrot Cake (in that order).

Attire: Look sharp, but this Northern California so no need to get carried away.

Needs Reservations: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

What’s next?: Bullitt (Extremely fun frat-type bar), Whiskey Thieves, Tipsy Pig (gastro pub, always a good time), Hemlock Tavern, Royal Oak (A lounge a la San Francisco in the 1950's)