This Friday night we ventured to Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Waltham, located just off the route 128 exit at Totten Pond Road. We missed the entrance at first, partly due to construction and partly do to the understated signage.
When you venture to an iconic steak house like Ruth’s Chris, knowing the prices you are going to pay, you expect top-notch service and dining. The complimentary valet was ready and waiting to assist us, with both doors being opened for us simultaneously. The attendant took Jerry’s cell phone number and sent a text with a link. We were instructed to hit the link 5 minutes before we were ready to leave and our car would be waiting. Nice use of technology.
As we entered, there was an attendant to open the first door – no one for the second door, nor was there a coat check. Now I am not adverse to opening my own door but as I stated earlier, you expect top-notch service when paying top-notch prices.
Our table was waiting and we were seated promptly. We were shown the table but again no one pulled out the chair. I’m not trying to sound like a princess, again the prices dictate the type of service we should expect.
The dining room itself was quite lovely with recessed lighting behind wall panels as well as chandeliers with beaded trim that offered soft lighting. The seating was comfortable. The dining room was large but you never felt like you were sitting on top of each other nor was it overly loud.
We both opted for the prefix dinner. For $59 it included an app, main, side and dessert. This is actually a bargain for Ruth’s. The petite rib eye, which was my choice for a main from the prefix, was $49 on the regular menu and that is for just the steak. Everything is a la carte.
Side note, I thought it interesting that the Ruth’s Chris web site has the full menu – minus the prefix – including the full wine menu, but not a price was listed for anything. Perhaps they don’t want to scare people away.
Jerry and I each started with a salad. I opted for the Caesar while he went with the steak house salad. We both enjoyed these. They were light and fresh and not overly dressed.
As I stated earlier, for my protein, I opted for the petite rib eye. The waitress described this as their tastiest cut of meat. She wasn’t kidding, these flavors are ones you want to savor in your mouth. It was served, of course, sizzling on their signature 500 degree plate. Jerry opted for the ahi tuna. His option too was well seasoned with a “spirited sauce with hints of ginger, mustard and beer”. It was served rare and the portion was generous. It too was served sizzling on a hot plate.
Our sides of garlic mashed potatoes and broccolini were served in hot serving dishes but the both sides were just warm and there was nothing special about them. The brussel sprouts, on the other hand, were yummy! They are roasted with honey butter and tossed with crispy bits of bacon.
Ruth’s has several handcrafted cocktails that looked tempting but we opted for a bottle from is extensive wine list. They listed their wines from least to most expensive making it easy to find a wine in your price range. I found it interesting that they did not have a sommelier and the waitress didn’t seem too interested in what wine we might choose. (I did notice another waiter explaining several different wines to another party.)
The prefix came with an apple cheesecake with a crumble topping and served with vanilla ice cream. It was really an original kind of dessert with chunks of apple mixed in the cheese cake and “the crumble” was really like crispy pieces of short bread. It is not something I might have ordered for myself but I really enjoyed it. O.k, I’ll admit it, I had to restrain myself from licking the plate!
I had to catch the waitress to order to ask for a cappuccino, she forgot that sometimes people like hot drinks with their dessert. It took quite a long time to get that drink. We had to take another look in Jerry’s espresso cup to be sure there was really anything in there; perhaps the machine ran a bit short.
It took even longer to get someone to take the credit card to pay the bill. Once the bill was paid, Jerry hit that link sent to us earlier. As we walked out our car was brought out and parked facing out so all we had to do is drive away.
Tonight’s date night was a nice experience since Ruth’s Chris Steak House is iconic but there are other restaurants that I have enjoyed more and have cost half what we paid here tonight. Ruth’s Chris earned three and a half cheers.