Ruth's Chris

Barbara and I went to Ruth’s Chris last night — the first time for either of us at any Ruth’s Chris location. The positives outweighed the negatives, but…

Here’s the scoop. By and large the food was excellent. We both started with lobster bisque, which was tasty and well-prepared. Then Barbara had a filet mignon, Oscar style (with asparagus, crabmeat, and bearnaise sauce); she reports that it was good, but nothing special. I had a “small” ribeye (12 ounces!), which was quite exceptional because of the dry-aged prime beef. Of course the filet was very tender and the ribeye was very flavorful. Both were prepared exactly as ordered: rare for me, medium rare for Barbara. As an all steak houses, the menu is à la carte, so side dishes are extra; we eschewed the traditional creamed spinach and had shoestring potatoes and broccoli au gratin. Both were very good, though the latter was more like broccoli with cheddar cheese sauce than a traditional au gratin. Wine was excellent and relatively low-priced compared to most of the list. The waiter brought me a first-class crème brulée with fresh berries for dessert; with it I had a perfect (and surprisingly large!) double espresso, and Barbara had a glass of perfect dessert wine. Service was impeccable, and the high-ceilinged dining room in Old City Hall was gorgeous.

So what’s not to love? Why the mixed review? The $300 price tag is why. I would go there again if somebody else was paying for it, but frankly it was not worth the price.

Categories: Dorchester/Boston, Food & Restaurants