About The Precinct
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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30-9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Happy hour in bar Sun-Fri 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Happy Hour not available Saturdays
Catering is available as long as the site has proper equipment.
Valet parking - $5
There is a public transit stop across the street from the front entrance.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
We offer a complete, turn-key private event planning experience. This includes an array of audio/video and floral options. Our sales manager will work with you and our vendors to ensure every detail exceeds your expectations.
The Precinct Ratings and Reviews
I've lived in Cincy for one year and I w ...
I've lived in Cincy for one year and I was looking forward to finally going to this place. I tried 2 times prior to make a reservation, but no one ever called me back. Finally, I was able to make a reservation through Open Table for a 9:15pm reservation on a Friday night. I was on a date and we were greeted by a very friendly receptionist, Tara. We arrived early and enjoyed a cocktail and thee very crowded and loud bar. Thankfully, we were served our drinks timely and even got sat 15 minutes at our very small two person table. The menu was a standard steak house menu. We started with a bottle of wine, the waiter had good knowledge which helped me to narrow my selection. It was spot on. We had two appetizers, e both enjoyed the super yummy bacon/not healthy salad. I ordered the surf & turf and my date ordered the Rib Eye. My steak arrived medium well when I ordered medium. We both had the creamy garlic mashed potatoes with minimal flavor and shared asparagus. Not knowing to many other steak places in the area, I can only compare this place to my experiences dining in LA and NYC. Based on that, I would rate it a 3+ out of 5. The waiter was fantastic, my steak at $75 for surf & turf was dissapointedly overcooked and our table was so small it did not fit all our plates. I'm thinking this place survives on the hype. After I gain more experience @ comparable steak places in the area, i'll come back to compare once more. For now, my $450 meal for 2 was too much without anything being offered to us as "special." The only thing special about my meal was celebrating the birthday of the special person with me.
We try to get to the Precinct once a yea ...
We try to get to the Precinct once a year. We always look forward to the day. This year was a let down. The server was just not the quality that we have had before. He did not do anything particularly bad but he was just not as refined as prior servers. We had the sea bass and one of the filets. The sea bass was OK. The crab and the sauce was very nice. The filet was also OK but the mushrooms and onions were some what bland.
We will be back next year and hope for a better evening.
What's not to like about the Precinct? F ...
What's not to like about the Precinct? From the unique setting, to the many celebrity photos, the ambiance and atmosphere are superb. The attentive service coupled with the flavorful food, makes for a memorable dining experience. Looking forward to dining there again.
Had a lovely meal - waiter was very fri ...
Had a lovely meal - waiter was very friendly if a bit over the top. Bottle of wine, two steaks some oysters before and coffee and cheesecake for dessert came to about $200 so certainly not an everyday indulgence. Fiancé really enjoyed it for his birthday and the atmosphere is very cool - a little more fun and eclectic than your average high end steak house.
While the menu is mostly the same from l ...
While the menu is mostly the same from location to location, The Precinct is the absolute BEST steakhouse in Cincinnati. From the ambiance of the restored police station to the best in dry-aged steaks, this place has it all.
The atmosphere was lovely. Historic buil ...
The atmosphere was lovely. Historic building and very professional staff however the food was nothing to rave about and prices and meal satisfaction certainly did not align. I can say that I have been there now, but I would recommend several other "fancy restaurants" in the tristate area before the Precinct.
This was my first time visiting The Prec ...
This was my first time visiting The Precinct. I grew up in Cincinnati and have heard about it many times, but never been in. My boyfriend loves steak and I thought it would be a fun surprise for his visit. We were not disappointed.
The service was impeccable and we really felt cared for. The staff seems to take pride in the restaurant and makes excellent recommendations. While it's not a cheap dinner by any means, it's wonderful that potato and salad is included in the price of the steak. The steaks were delicious, as were the drinks and the celebratory cheesecake for dessert. We will go back!
Friends wanted to see this former 1901 P ...
Friends wanted to see this former 1901 Police Precinct converted to an upscale steak house and the ambience was fantastic. We had a late reservation at 9:15pm and only ordered light meals but these were very well prepared...Shrimp fettucinne, Salmon, and couple of Burgers...not traditional steak house specialties...Desserts were Macadamian Nut Ice Cream Pie and Carrot Cake were awesome. Service was excellent. Burgers were nice on presentation but very light on meat...Jeff Ruby where's the meat in your signature burger ??? All and all, enjoyable.
We had a very nice time at the Precinct ...
We had a very nice time at the Precinct on Wednesday. The restaurant was less than full and the noise level was perfect for conversation- a big thing for me. The bread was interesting and crusty, the Freddie salad (Lettuce, tomato, and bacon) reliably good, the steaks great, particularly if you like the dry aged style. We were comped a cheesecake to share for our anniversary, a very nice touch.
Now, if only they would upgrade their wine service. The glassware is fine and I realize they must sell a cellar full of Napa cabs every night. But really, adding a sommelier and a handful of interesting, non-trophy wines would make a world of difference to the wine lovers who want the best steak in town but also something other than a gigantic, high alcohol fruit bomb to go with it. There are fascinating wines from all over the world at all price points- All you need is a somm who is willing to bring in a few and share them with customers who are adventuresome. Then you'll have a complete dining experience at the Precinct.
It just does not get better than this. ...
It just does not get better than this. If you have not dined at a Ruby establishment or treated yourself to a Ruby steak, do yourself the favor. Hands down, best in the country. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but nobody can say this is not one of the best.
I was disappointed in our meal. The pri ...
I was disappointed in our meal. The prices had gone up quite a bit since we were there last year. My Freddie salad wasn't as good as in the past, the potato was so so and the steak was kind of tough. Had to saw into it with the steak knife. I had the blackened New York strip medium rare. Not sure I'll be back soon at that price for that quality. It was my birthday and they did give us an excellent piece of New York Cheesecake.
Everything worked out. This was a re do ...
Everything worked out. This was a re do of a previous anniversary celebration at the Carlo & Johnny restaurant when the entire Montgomery grid had a power failure. Upon finding out that I made a reservation at the Precinct, the manager of the entire Jeff Ruby corporate said he will do something special for us. Upon arriving, a bottle of champagne is waiting at our table.
Food is something you expect to be perfect, day in day out at this establishment and they did not disappoint. Cody our waiter is fantastic.
As always the food, service was perfect. ...
As always the food, service was perfect. Wife's B-day, sent out a free cheesecake, nice. Phone died, they brought me a charger to plug in. Sat next to the Jeff Ruby room, kinda noisy in that back area, will request other area if party going on next time.
I have dined at the restaurant several t ...
I have dined at the restaurant several times and love the atmosphere. This occasion, my steak was overdone and I asked the waiter for his opinion. He told me it was fine and thought perhaps it was the lighting. After comparing it to my date's steak, it was evident the two temperatures had been mixed up. Needless to say, two expensive steaks and neither was cooked properly. By the time we found the waiter to make a comment again, we had just decided to suck it up. We got our bill and left. I was shocked though as I know how great of an establishment the precinct is and this is the first I ever came away disappointed.
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