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Our DAT experience at Ruth Chris' Steakhouse

Cindy Jan 24, 2008 12:14 PM

We went here Saturday night - the food was mostly good (we ordered the Porterhouse for two off the DAT menu, as well as the carpaccio off the regular menu) although it got off to a not-so-good start.

Our reservation was at 5:30pm; we entered the restaurant a few minutes early. After waiting about 5 minutes, our party of 2 was escorted into the largest dining area - to the table right next to the restrooms! I asked, in disbelief since the restaurant was only 1/3 full at that early hour, if this was the only table they had. The host asked me "Did you make a special request?" No, but I would have, if I had known you'd lead me to this table! He then escorted us to another table in one of the smaller dining rooms.

Thank goodness the rest of the service was great that evening. I still think it was very odd that he led us directly to that table.

  1. Civil Bear Jan 24, 2008 01:40 PM

    Could you please tell us what was on the DAT menu?

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    1. re: Civil Bear
      Cindy Jan 24, 2008 01:49 PM

      First Course
      Steak House Salad - Iceberg, Arugula and baby lettuces with cherry tomatoes, garlic croutons and red onions.

      Second Course
      12 oz. Ribeye - An outstanding example of USDA Prime at its best. Well marbled for peak flavor, deliciously juicy.
      or
      6 oz. Filet - The most tender cut of corn-fed Midwestern beef.
      or
      Stuffed Chicken Breast - Oven roasted free-range chicken breast stuffed with garlic herb cheese and served with lemon butter.

      Accompaniments
      Mashed Potatoes
      or
      Creamed Spinach

      Third Course
      Key Lime Pie
      or
      Bread Pudding

      We overheard another waiter saying that the Porterhouse for 2 (usually $81) could be substituted for a party of 2 (still getting the salad and side dishes). Seemed like a good deal; the filet portion was very tender, and the strip portion was flavorful.

      1. re: Cindy
        baron45 Jan 24, 2008 03:31 PM

        If that's the case with the Porterhouse substitution, then that would make this one of the best DAT deals.

        1. re: baron45
          Cindy Jan 25, 2008 10:15 AM

          Yes, it was unpublished. We only lucked on it because I overheard another server (not ours) describing it a couple of tables away. When our server arrived, I waited for her to describe the porterhouse option, but she didn't, so I mentioned it to her. She went to check on it, and said yep, it's a DAT option.

          My coworked arrived half an hour later with her family, and I mentioned the porterhouse special to her. Good thing, since her server apparently didn't know about it either!

        2. re: Cindy
          rworange Jan 24, 2008 06:16 PM

          'mostly' ... what didn't you care for?

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

          Dine About Town
          San Francisco, Ca, San Francisco, Ca

          1. re: rworange
            Cindy Jan 25, 2008 10:10 AM

            I think the desserts were the weakest link. Bread pudding - tasty but on the dry side. The Key Lime pie was better, but I'm not a big fan of sour desserts. We left our desserts about 1/3 unfinished (highly unusual for us!) Thanks for posting the links.

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