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Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

From the moment you enter Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, you just know you are in for a treat.

The dark mahogany wood paneling, dim lighting, lack of windows and crisp white tablecloths offers a clublike atmosphere.

Step into the main dining room and watch the many servers assigned to a particular table. One will ensure your water glass is always filled and another will keep the bread fresh and hot for the table, all while your server keeps the drinks flowing and food coming.

The menu here is not designed for those on a diet. Portions are enormous and suggested to be shared between two or more guests, family-style.

The shrimp cocktail ($9.95) came complete with four fresh pieces of shrimp, a slice of lemon and spicy cocktail sauce.

The lobster bisque ($7.50) was creamy with small pieces of lobster. The chef can split each appetizer among guests before they arrive at the table. The sizzling blue crab cakes ($17.95) were not as hot as we would have liked but they were loaded with crabmeat and barely any breading - a rare find.

The tomato and onion salad ($5.95) can always be found at fine steakhouses - Ruth's Chris was no exception. Plump, juicy beefsteak tomatoes were sliced with red onions and topped with fresh bleu cheese and a vinaigrette dressing.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse The steaks here are among the finest prime cuts in the city. The filet mignon ($27.95) was a thick, flavorful cut. This filet is also available in a smaller version, the petite filet ($23.95).

The New York strip ($29.95) was also a success - cooked perfectly to a medium rare request. (Each steak arrives sizzling in butter). The specials that evening were buffalo and lobster.

The hearty side dishes are to be shared among the tables. The sautéed whole mushrooms were flavored with garlic butter.

Save some room for dessert if you can. The dessert menu offered unique treats like Key Lime pie and cheesecake.

Ruth's Chris has locations nationwide.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
1601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109


Hours: Monday-Saturday 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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