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“AMAZING!!!!”
Review of The Precinct

The Precinct
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Ranked #6 of 1,969 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Columbia Parkway
Transit: There is a public transit stop across the street from the front entrance.
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.
Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“AMAZING!!!!”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Veal chop was amazing, Stone crab was to die for, their garlic mashed were AMAZING!!! Such a great spot!

Visited October 2011
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Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Always A Great Meal”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

You will not find a better steak than at one of Jeff Ruby's restaurants. The Precinct is, as the name implies, in the old Cincinnati Police Station. The charm of the old building is intact with photos on the wall from its time as the police station.

Everything is first class from the attentive, but not intrusive, staff to the perfect steaks and side dishes. I recommend the 16oz filet with the garlic mash potatoes, accompanied with sautéed mushroom and asparagus. There is also an extensive dinner and after dinner wine selection.

I have always had a great dinning experience at the Precinct and will continue to visit it regularly. Plan to spend $75 per person before drinks and I would not recommend young children dine here, even though the staff would accommodate a child’s need for a burger or sandwich.

  • Visited September 2011
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Union, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“best place for excellent steaks”
Reviewed October 21, 2011

My husband and I took my sister/husband, who are from New Orleans, to the Precinct, and they were impressed with the ambience and excellent food. The steaks can compete with any in the USA, and they felt that, even in New Orleans, the Precinct would be a special place to eat.
The restaurant is going through an expansion, to enlarge the bar area, which will open soon, and this will only add to the atmosphere. The Precinct has, wonderful,personal attention, and not overly noisy, so one can have a normal conversation. Also, an excellent wine selection.

  • Visited October 2011
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“I don't understand the good reviews.”
Reviewed October 13, 2011

Sure, it's expensive, but that doesn't mean it's good. The steak here is just a decent cut of meat that they destroy by putting a thick and heavy sauce on top. It's really the same with all of Ruby's restaurants. The food is just smothered in something that ruins the flavor of what you actually ordered.

The service is good and the atmosphere is pretty cool, but I wouldn't come for food or drinks.

  • Visited July 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great steak and service!”
Reviewed September 28, 2011

Went there with 3 friends for a night out. The crab cakes and shrimp cocktail were very good. We ordered 3 rib eyes and a filet. This was my second time there and the steak was prepared the exact same way as the first time.... both being excellent!

We also had some sides: creamed corn and spinach- outstanding. Washed it down with a bottle of wine from their well priced list.

Another excellent dinner at the Precinct! Be sure to be hungry as the portions are quite large. Many people leave with left overs.

  • Visited September 2011
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