It’s been a long time since there was a Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Cleveland. And it’s been a long time since Frank & Pauly’s occupied space in the 200 Public Square building. So, it seems only fitting that the new Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Cleveland would occupy this long vacant space, bringing a triumphant return to both.
Over the weekend, Ruth’s Chris Cleveland hosted two nights of VIP dinners to debut this incredible space and amazing menu. The restaurant pays homage to it’s New Orleans heritage in décor, food, and hospitality. Ruth’s Chris Cleveland is massive, with beautiful chandeliers (different in each room) and lots of red and black notes. Our server Craig was the ultimate host for the evening, taking us through the menu and history of the restaurant and making us feel like family.
We started our dinner with the crab stack appetizer, featuring huge chunks of blue crab on top avocado, mango, and a cucumber salad with rice wine vinaigrette.
Light and fresh, with flavors that beautifully complimented each other, this was a great, not-too-heavy way to start our meal.
Next up was the lobster bisque, creamy and rich.
When Craig told is hushed, almost reverent tones about the 40-ounce Porterhouse for Two, Matthew and I knew exactly what we would have for our entrée.
Cooked to perfection and served, as all Ruth’s Chris steaks are, on a 500-degree plate, this was one sizzling steak! Ruth’s Chris steaks are prepared in a broiler, which seals in all the juicy flavor. Seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and parsley, these steaks don’t need anything else to shine. Matthew’s favorite steak is the New York Strip and I always enjoy filet, so the Porterhouse provided both of us with what we love.
At our server’s suggestion, we created our own surf and turf by ordering the King Salmon, served with roasted fennel and a thyme cream sauce.
Even if you’re not a meat-a-tarian as we are, you can make an entirely amazing meal on the seafood options at Ruth’s Chris!
The side dishes at Ruth’s Chris are built to share, which we did. We enjoyed the garlic mashed potatoes and lobster mac ‘n cheese (with an impressive 4 ounces of lobster).
I pretty much wanted to go face-first into both of these. Even something simple like mashed potatoes or the bread on the table was done to perfection.
Finally, dessert…the chocolate duo with lava cake and chocolate mousse was a wonderfully sweet end to an all-around fantastic meal.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a decadent, high-end, lovely addition to the downtown Cleveland restaurant scene. It opens it’s doors to the public today, Monday, March 13, with dinner service seven days a week. Happy hour in the lush bar area is available 4-6:30pm every day but Saturday. And you can celebrate Easter with Ruth’s Chris on Sunday, April 16 from 12pm-9pm.
The next time you want not only a great steak, but a fully immersive New Orleans experience, head to Ruth’s Chris Steak House!
***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the VIP Opening of Ruth’s Chris Steak House Cleveland with a guest. All choices of what to order, along with all opinions, are 100% my own.***