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The Precinct

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311 Delta Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2135 (Columbia Parkway)
There is a public transit stop across the street from the front entrance.
513-321-5454
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: For Jeff Ruby, this is the steakhouse that started it all. In 1981, The...
For Jeff Ruby, this is the steakhouse that started it all. In 1981, The Precinct was born in the former Cincinnati Police Patrol House Number 6. This turn-of-the-century, Romanesque-style structure would hold what is now the longest, continuously running white tablecloth restaurant in the city. Recently named one of America's Top 10 Steakhouses by USA Today and Gayot.com, The Precinct is frequently recognized as having Cincinnati’s best steaks, seafood and service. This consistent high level of quality and overall guest experience over 3 decades has endeared Precinct to celebrities, businesspeople, families and loyal diners alike.
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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Steakhouse in the country

The Precinct is one of Cincinnati's best restaurants. Formerly a police station, and one of Jeff Ruby's many restaurants around the Cincinnati area, The Precinct is a cut above the rest. The steaks are aged and cooked "Philadelphia style" - slightly charred on the outside. The filet is my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Jewels1698
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Precinct is one of Cincinnati's best restaurants. Formerly a police station, and one of Jeff Ruby's many restaurants around the Cincinnati area, The Precinct is a cut above the rest. The steaks are aged and cooked "Philadelphia style" - slightly charred on the outside. The filet is my favorite, and enough to share for 2 people. The sides are... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Precinct has long been one of the crown jewels of the Jeff Ruby restaurant chains. Sometimes overshadowed by its downtown Steakhouse counterpart or Carlos & Johnny, The Precinct always delivers like an old friend. Last evening my wife and I celebrated my coming 64th birthday and under the watchful eye of Brandon Ruby and our excellent waiter Bobby Keagan,... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had one of the best meals ever celebrating my husband's 50th birthday. We were seated in the bar room, which we weren't so sure we were going to like. Turns out we like it so much better - much more casual feel yet still beautiful. The service was outstanding, and of course so were the meals. I even received... More 

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Loveland
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Service and food were excellent! The price check was quite high. A bit out of our price rang, probably won't go back. Cost more than Carlo and Johnny's

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great food in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. The steaks are outrageous as is everything else on the menu!

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautiful place, the food is decent and the service is good, but it is quite pretentious and pricey. Like most of these upscale restaurants everything is al cart. It is an older crowd, because most young people cannot afford it, and a bit stuffy. I would go back if someone else is paying.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Precinct opened bar area last year and truthfully I prefer it s atmosphere to the front restaurant. Restaurant seating is a little tight. Specialty is steak and their bone in selections are as good as they get. Much better than a Morton s, Ruth Chris, or the Capital Grill. Sides are tasty with Freddie salad being a favorite. Love their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

This place never fails to impress! I've eaten at dozens of top ranked steak houses across the country-this is the best!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food is always great, service unbeatable. Great place for special occasions, but now that they have the bar area with food you can go for a slightly more casual experience as well - although still expensive.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Precinct serves some of the best steaks you'll ever have. In fact, all of their food is wonderful, and the service is impeccable. The only negative with The Precinct is that there are too many tables, too close together, in a small space. It isn't an intimate setting because of the proximity of the tables which can make the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 311 Delta Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2135
    (Columbia Parkway)
  • Public Transportation: There is a public transit stop across the street from the front entrance.
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: 513-321-5454

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

For Jeff Ruby, this is the steakhouse that started it all. In 1981, The Precinct was born in the former Cincinnati Police Patrol House Number 6. This turn-of-the-century, Romanesque-style structure would hold what is now the longest, continuously running white tablecloth restaurant in the city. Recently named one of America's Top 10 Steakhouses by USA Today and Gayot.com, The Precinct is frequently recognized as having Cincinnati’s best steaks, seafood and service. This consistent high level of quality and overall guest experience over 3 decades has endeared Precinct to celebrities, businesspeople, families and loyal diners alike.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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