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Feb 19, 2014 02:35 PM

Prime Rib in Fairfield County CT

I'm looking for a good reasonably priced restaurant that serves roast prime rib of beef on weeknights in the Norwalk/Stamford/Westport area. I don't want a grilled rib eye steak. Growing up around here there was one of these type restaurants on every block but that changed in the seventies and eighties.Most places that offer prime rib only do so on the weekends nowadays.

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  1. HA! We only ever served prime rib on the weekends, too--always Saturday night and definitely throughout the 70s and 80s. :)

    1. If you are not opposed to out an Outback Steakhouse. They slow roast the beef, but it's boneless only.

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      1. re: fourunder

        We went to Outback in Wilton. We waited 10 minutes for a table and when they took our order the server said they only had medium well & well done. I wanted rare or medium rare. Probably a re-heat from a previous night. Unconscionable @ 7:00 PM for one of their signature items. We left.

        1. re: zackly

          If they sell out of a temperature because they had a run on the're going to hold it against them?

          As for the re-heat....that would be a no. Leftover Prime Rib is used only for sandwiches.

          1. re: fourunder

            At 7;00, yes. That's just poor planning or like I said they probably re-heated several partial ribs that started out medium rare. They are penny wise and dollar stupid because I won't be back anytime soon.

            1. re: zackly

              I think a restaurant that probably does 3 million+ per unit wont miss you.

              1. re: fourunder

                Probably not but that's a poor business decision, IMHO As trite as it may sound, every customer is important. When you start taking them for granted you're creating a bad mindset for your organization.

                1. re: zackly

                  You certainly have the right to believe what you wish and choose to spend your dollars wherever you wish...however,

                  I would opine your assumptions on how the Outback operates is misguided and that they probably made no less than one roast for at each temperature....of R/MR & MW/W....but the problem may have been something as simple as they did not receive their proper delivery and they did not have any to make for service. Outback no doubt records every sale and whatever is needed for next day service is automatically ordered for them and they receive their deliveries between 6-7AM, just like most Chain restaurants do.

                  Rather than feel slighted, voice your concerns to the local proprietor and explain your disappointment. Chains are very receptive to handling customer concerns and complaints. No one took you for granted.....

      2. Mario's Place
        32 Railroad Place, Westport facing the train tracks....

        An old school Italian-Continental-Steakhouse with wonderful food and service and stiff drinks.

        You will think you are in a time warp from the 60s, but all dark wood, not mid century modern.

        Roast Prime Rib au jus is on the everyday dinner menu, probably in the 27-30 dollar range.

        I found this place a few years ago in my search for a long disappeared Italian-American dessert from my youth-Tortoni, which they still serve. I have never been disappointed with a meal here.

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        1. re: bagelman01

          This sounds fun and much more like it! ;) I was going to ask if any of the BBQ places down FFD county way do prime rib.

          1. re: bagelman01

            I love Mario's prime rib but everytime I go there it is always so busy. We went with another couple a couple years ago. It was a Sat. night and we had a reservation for 8:30. When we finally got a table @ 9:45 they were out of prime rib. That I understand because things can get backed up. The problem with Mario's is that there is no place to wait comfortably for a table. Every square inch of that place is occupied. There is a place in Stamford, Tripps Restaurant on Hope Street that serves good prime rib. For you older folks from Stamford/Greenwich, this is the same family (Viscardi?)that owned The Colonial for many years in Old Greenwich.

            1. re: zackly


              Your OP was very specific about wanting Prime Rib served on weeknights. To respond to my suggestion (at a place where you "love" the prime rib) by complaining about a long wait a couple years ago on a Saturday night, makes little sense. i have never run into that long a wait on a non-holiday weeknight.

              BUT from more than 50 years of dining experience. If you want to be sure of getting the prime rib you desire (doneness and not sold out) you have to dine early. 8:30 is really chancing it in most places.

              1. re: bagelman01

                bagelman, you are correct, I'm expecting too much. I mentioned my last experience @ Mario's not so much as a complaint just my observation that they are always busy and deservedly so. It's an iconic restaurant. I have blood sugar issues so I need to coordinate my insulin intake with when I'm going to eat so I need to go to places that honor reservations within reason or are not busy. My issue not theirs.

                1. re: zackly

                  My brother has similar issues, therefore he dines out Mon-Wed only. Better chance of being seated on tiem.

          2. Trip's in Stamford has prime rib specials M-Thurs. according to their website menu, and I'm sure you can order it still mooing.

            I've been a couple of times but only for their lobster specials in the summer, it's a nice casual-elegant little neighborhood place.

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            1. re: mushroomaffairs

              Yes, Tripps serves good prime rib. That's my new go to place when I need a roast beef fix.

              1. re: mushroomaffairs

                I was going to say Trip's, too, when I saw your reply.
                We love to go and split an order of prime rib and an order of shrimp maren. Hits the spot!

              2. Just happened to stumble across this new place online and saw Prime Rib on the menu. I haven't been but there seems to be some good online reivews about the place oveall.


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                1. re: foleyd7

                  New local overpriced upscale watering hole in a terrible location................
                  Mostly gets a 40+ heavy drinking crowd. Always crowded, as it's the new place in town.

                  Food is very good, BUT as their menu says the Prime Rib is while it lasts. Twice friends have been and tried to order and it was not available. I don't think OP would want to drive upcounty and chance it.

                  BTW>>>I live in Trumbull. This location used to be a Dunkin Donuts and is in a small strip built behind and above some banks off White Plains Rd. No signage at the street, easy to miss (our local zoning stinks). I'd say give it another 3-5 months for some of the novelty to wear off, then try