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“As good as expected!”

Ruth's Chris Steak House
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Ranked #204 of 1,008 Restaurants in Madison
Price range: $60 - $80
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: University Avenue
Reviewed September 20, 2013

We dined again at the Middleton location last week with two of our adult daughters, our first time in the dining room. The décor is wonderful as is the atmosphere. We ordered a nice bottle of Cabernet and two appetizers, the Ahi Tuna and crab cakes, both were amazing! We ordered a variety of entree's, two filets, and two different seafood selections. The presentation and flavor were incredible. Unfortunately the food far outweighed the quality of our server who was lukewarm to be kind. You would think that working in a restaurant that you know is going to be a minimum of $100 a plate when all is said and done would be motivation enough to provide first class service. We would highly recommend this wonderful restaurant despite having a server who had obviously quit a while ago but forgot to leave the building.

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1  Thank Jon P
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

A decent steak house...

The appetizers were okay. We've had the calamari, which was the standard you'd find at most restaurants. But the mushrooms stuffed with crab meat were delicious. As for the steaks, filets are usually small, but at Ruth's Chris Steak House, they are especially small. The seasoning and spices on the steak weren't all that special either. So, my only experience here was an extremely expensive and unsatisfying dinner.

Service, on the other hand, was impeccable. I'll give credit for that.

2  Thank Tunaidi
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

I was overwhelmingly delighted with every aspect of my visit to this fine restaurant. The word "steakhouse" does not do justice to this establishment.
Every inch of atmosphere and service provided was exceptional. We both ordered filets which were done to perfection. Attention to every detail by our server did not go without notice. It was obvious all of the staff had undergone extensive training before they were allowed to interact with customers. The Creme Brule served at the end of the meal was smooth and flavorful. A perfect ending to this romantic meal.

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1  Thank Darci M
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We have been to a few of the Ruth's Chris steakhouses, from Maui to Buckhead to San Francisco to Portland. We have not had a bad experience yet, and the trend continued into the Madison WI restaurant.

We were a party of four, celebrating a birthday.

We all had steak, the filet, and the last one to order, our son, had his Oscar style, stuffed with crab and smothered in asparagus and sauce...and then the other three of us stared at him while trying to decide if we should change our order...

We had a couple bottles of Pinot Noir with the meal, not too bad for the pricing, they averaged about $40/bottle, and we tried two different vineyards. Both were good, and went well with our meal.

Our steak was incredible, it came with asparagus, which was not overcooked, or end of the season, just really, really good.

We stole a bite of our son's steak...we should have changed our order, his was incredible...next time we may have to leave him home...or make him order first.

There was a complementary Crème Brule dessert, because it was a birthday, and it was shared, not so quietly, by my wife and our daughter in law...they were smiling a lot...need I say more ?

This is not Joes Steak house...our dinner for 4, complete with wine, without a tip, was just south of $400...and worth every penny of it, great dinner, great service, great night.

If money could spoil your dinner, this may be a little high for you...we think it is the best steak house we have found in Madison...so we skip the other steak houses during the year, and come here once or twice a year instead.

This is definitely a two-thumbs way up Yooper guarantee for a great steak...and comes with our extra 4 cold beers in the river warranty...which is double our standard warranty.

Tired of ties and underwear and cheap socket sets and gift cards and barbecue utensils for your birthday/anniversary/fathers day ??? Tell your kids to get together, pool their resources, and have them take you here...something you can dream about next time the Packers are having a bad game...


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1  Thank GenoMIchiganYooper
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

The service was terribly slow to the point we were considering leaving...who'd notice???
The crab bisque was like Del Monte Tomato Sauce from a can....TERRIBLE
The steak and shrimp was bad. Steak flavorless with what appeared to be 3 baby shrimp still stuck together from freezer on top.
Don't waste your money on the Sea Bass either.
It's too bad because the bar and atmosphere are decent although the restaraunt lighting is exceptionally dark. I've been to several Ruth's Chris and this in no way compared to the typical franchise.

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3  Thank HKYFAN
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