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Ruth's Chris Steak House

1601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Pacific Heights)
(415) 673 - 0557
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Ranked #249 of 4,945 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
Cross street: California
Transit: End of California Line
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Legnano, Italy
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ok it is a steak house. It isn't cheap. In fact it is costly. However, it is the place for steak in San Francisco. The meat comes out HOT as it should. Have eaten here maybe twenty times it has always been great. We got there at 5:30 the other night, sat and talked and enjoyed a bottle of wine... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Please beware, restaurant has hidden charges in small print when dining with friends ! Still feel sick by experience. Contacted Headquarters, refered me to Gen Manager. She sent me a short note, asking to explain, then never bothered to answer my concern and message. Recontacted headquarters, never got an answer. You will 'sense' the moment you walk in that this... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We knew this was a proper steak house as soon as we walked in through the door - the steaks come out of the kitchen sizzling! We ordered a New York strip to share and glad that we did because it was massive. The steak was superbly cooked, succulent all the way through and perfectly seasoned. We had a side... More

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Vienna, Austria
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Yes that's what Ruth's Chris is all about! I just love that special moment when that sizzel from the hot plates tell you well in advance that the waiter (and with him your dinner) is just a few steps away. We loved the mashed potatoes mit a hint of garlic...

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Corte Madera, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have been to ALL of SF's big (and small) steakhouses, and THIS place tops them all! CONSISTENTLY amazing across the board from beef, to creamed spinach, great potato selections and amazing desserts! We always have a cocktail at the small bar before dinner, and they have some tasty seasonal drinks as well as several bottled beer choices. (No draught... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

An amazing steak experience at Ruth's Chris. It is a chain steakhouse, but it is marvelous. They served the steak only with pepper and salt, and its own juice. The best way to serve it. No fancy sauce, no fancy dressing. Real steakhouse, a bit expensive, but well...

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Guelph, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This being our second Ruth's Chris visit (our first being in Chicago) our expectations were high. Thankfully they did not disappoint. The steaks were of a very high quality and cooked to perfection. I would say that the cuts weren't as high in quality as we'd had in Chicago but still well above any other steakhouse we've been to in... More

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156 reviews 156 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We first visited this restaurant in the mid 1990s! It was the first Ruth's we had ever been to. It started a love of the chain that has resulted in us visiting around 20 different locations over the years. We returned here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. They did it in style for us. The bartender Jesse was welcoming and... More

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Sonoma, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was a company function and we had a very nice table in the back, where we could have some privacy. The attention by the wait staff was very good, however, when my wife and I received our Ribeye steak we found it to be below the standard expected from a steakhouse. We shared a 16 oz piece and my... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was our first time at a Ruth's Chris even though we travel extensively. We had dinner here before we went to see Beach Blanket Babylon. The steak of course was delicious, however it was soaked in butter. My husband ordered the Chilean sea bass. I told him not to order fish at a steakhouse. The fish was cut thickly... More

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