A Saturday night at 7:15 reservation. Parking in the mall area is a disaster on Friday and Sat night, but I did not downgrade for that -- just be prepared if a weekend night. Table are nicely set. I told the waiter we would not be having wine and that he could remove the wine glasses, but he never did. We got one small loaf of hot bread and were never asked if we wanted more. We all ordered off the fixed menu. I had a 6 oz filet with 3 shrimp on top, a side of mashed potatoes and a greek salad. Dessert was a minature cheesecake and few pieces of almond bark. Price was $42.00 Coffee at end was an additional $3 and we had the calamari appetiizer for $14. My husband had the 16 oz rib eye for $56. Steak was hot, delicious and perfect. Shrimp was skimpy. Why even call it steak and shrimp if you are only going to give 3 small shrimp. Potatos were blah. They did not have baked potatoes and that was a dissapointement. Greek salad was good,but lettuce was mostly white iceberg. Not enough butter with bread. Service was attentive. When brought check, the bill for 4 of us was $235 (we only had ice water). I gave the server gift cards. He comes back tells me the cards had $275 on them and if I wanted to use the remainder for a tip, that would be very generous of me. Hmmm. I think I can be trusted to make my own determination of a tip without being coached about what would be "generous" of me. I did not appreciate at all the server suggesting that I use the remainder of my card balance for his tip. I did thoroughly enjoy the steak, loved the ambience of the resturant, and like the padded white table. Service was efficient and we were not made to feel rushed. I am not a fan of the a la carte menu, which it definately is unless you take the price fix menu. You end up eating out of two dishes because the steak comes on one mini plate and potatoes come in a small oval dish. You won't get stuffed, because portions are small on the $42 meal. Coffee was perfect, though I did have to remind server for more Splenda when he came for a refill. In short, nice place to eat. It has some shorcomings, but they are few. Most offensive was the suggestion for me to leave a $40 tip. That was 20% granted, but I like to think customers can do the math themselves. That was the bigget turn off. The waiter got his $40, but I'm not sure Ruth Chris' will get a return visit.
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