We went to Ruth’s Chris Steak House on to celebrate Father’s Day. Normally I wouldn’t bring a 5-year-old to such a nice restaurant, but I figured with it being Father’s Day, the crowd would be a lot more families and a lot less of the usual quiet, romantic dinners. We made our reservation early, at 4:30pm, so we could have a nice long dinner together.
The interior of the restaurant is very dark, and there are separate rooms in the restaurant, giving it a more intimate feel. We were seated on the second floor in a room with approximately 15 tables or so. For Father’s Day they had an optional special to choose from, a soup or salad, a main dish, and a dessert for a comparatively lower price ($50 for everything). We could have ordered off the regular menu as well, but we chose to go with the specials. My husband and I both picked the lobster bisque as the appetizer, I got the rib eye (medium) with mashed potatoes as the entree, he got the NY strip with steak fries, and we both got the chocolate sin cake as a dessert. My son ordered the grilled cheese off the kid’s menu. I also ordered a Lockwood pinot noir to go with my meal.
The free bread was really good. There was a darker bread with raisins, some plain white bread, and some more hearty bread with pumpkin seeds on it. I liked all 3. The lobster bisque came out pretty quickly as well. I figure with it being one of the specials, the chef probably had it prepared already. Honestly, I’m still working my way into seafood, and I’d never had lobster bisque before. But this soup was awesome! It was like butter and cream and everything rich and savory, and the most tender little bits of lobster meat. Ever since this soup I’ve been dying for more lobster bisque. I might just come back here more often for the soup alone.
My son’s grilled cheese got delivered quickly. It was a pretty big plate for a kid’s meal, and he was already full from the bread. But the grilled cheese and fries were all good quality, and he did like what little he ate.
Our steaks came out sizzling on hot, hot plates. Had I known my plate was going to be 200 degrees, I would have ordered my steak rare and let it finish cooking on the plate. Lesson learned for next time. I actually like it this way though, by the time you get to the last few pieces, your steak is still nice and warm. It was a good cut of meat, and a delicious steak, despite getting cooked past medium as it sat there. My husband enjoyed his steak as well, though it seemed the NY strip had more chunks of fat on it than my rib eye. We also enjoyed the sides of garlic mashed potatoes and steak fries that we shared. I think the garlic mashed potatoes were the better of the two.
Though we were completely stuffed after the meal, we still decided to eat our chocolate sin cake there instead of having it packed up for home. The cake was amazingly moist, almost like pudding, and melted in your mouth. It was just so rich and wonderful. Afterward I felt like I was going to burst, but it had all been so delicious.
The prices here are comparable to Angus Barn, but the quality of food, the service and the presentation are all much better. Frequent visits here would be hard on my wallet and my waist, but I think as a once-a-year special occasion restaurant, it’s perfect.