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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Ruth’s Chris?

Our founder, Ruth Fertel, purchased a restaurant called Chris Steak House in May of 1965 in New Orleans. Ruth had never planned to expand, but after a fierce kitchen fire decimated the property she was forced to relocate in order to stay in business. Within ten days Ruth had the restaurant up and running. But the Chris Steak House name was not allowed to move with it. With little time and a mischievous smile, Ruth added her own name to the sign, making it “Ruth’s Chris Steak House.” Now with her own name in lights the tongue-twisting name was born. Later Ruth admitted the name was strange, but she managed to work around it.

Who is Ruth?

Fifty years ago in New Orleans—one of America’s most culturally rich cities—Ruth Fertel, a single working mother looking to provide a better life for her two sons, browsed the “Classifieds” section of the Times-Picayune. She spotted an ad reading “Steak House for Sale.” Driven by an inherent entrepreneurial spirit, she mortgaged her home to purchase Chris’ Steak House on the corner of North Broad St. and Ursulines in New Orleans. Even though she had no restaurant experience, her intelligence and drive to succeed enabled her to become a successful business owner and eventually to lead the company to become the largest upscale steak house in the world.

Ruth worked and lived by the mantra, "Do what you love, love what you do." She had the reputation of being a driven, hard-working person who never met a challenge not worth overcoming. Ruth was successful because of her strong work ethic and keen ability to understand her guests.

Ruth had a certain way of doing things. How to run a restaurant. How to treat people. How to handcraft the perfect cocktail and how to maintain the best wine list in town. Of course, Ruth was a stickler for sourcing only the top 2% of the country’s beef and serving the best steak on a 500° sizzling plate (that’s so it would stay warm through the very last bite). She also insisted on making things fresh in-house daily, from fresh-squeezed juices for handcrafted cocktails to her own famous sides and desserts. Often, people would ask Ruth why her food was so good, and she’d simply say, “Just follow the recipe.” We invite you to experience how Ruth’s timeless recipe is alive and well to this day.

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Can I request a special table, booth or window seat?

We will always try our best to accommodate any special requests to make your evening more memorable. Because some of our locations have limited availability, please call the restaurant in advance to make sure your request is noted for your reservation and please confirm when checking in at the host stand upon arrival.

What is the dress code?

Because some of our locations vary slightly on dress code, please check with your local Ruth's Chris on dress code or check their location page. 

When is Happy Hour?

Many of our locations offer Happy Hour. Please select your local Ruth’s Chris to find specific Happy Hour offerings and hours.

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Do you allow your customers to bring in their own wine? And what is the corkage fee?

We do allow our guest to bring their own wine at select locations. Please contact the restaurant you plan to visit to see if they allow and obtain corkage fee pricing.

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What is your reservation policy?

Reservations are recommended, but not required. Please call the location you wish to visit to make and confirm your reservations. You can also make your reservations online.

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What do you do for special occasions?

Ruth's Chris is the best place to celebrate life's special moments, big or small. Whether it’s a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business meeting or a private party, Ruth’s Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs.

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Do you offer lunch?

We offer lunch at a variety of locations. Please select your local Ruth’s Chris to find specific lunch offerings and hours.

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How can I see the menu prices?

Ruth’s Chris Steak House has over 140 locations worldwide and our menu and prices vary slightly by geographic location. We recommend contacting your preferred location directly in order to get most accurate and up-to-date pricing and menu information.

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Do you offer a children’s menu?

Yes, we do offer a children’s menu. Please click the link below to view. Selections may vary by location, so please contact your local Ruth’s Chris to find specific offerings. Click here to see our Children Menu

Can you make reservations in the bar?

All bar seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Our popular Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl happy hour seating is limited in some locations due to bar size, so we recommend checking in with the hostess to see if there is a wait list.

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Where does Ruth’s Chris get its steak?

At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we're proud to serve the highest quality USDA Prime beef supplied to us by nationally recognized premium beef suppliers. Our steaks are Prime or high cuts of Choice, corn-fed Midwestern beef. They are first fed on grass then switched to corn in order to get the flavor and quality that meet our standards. We are fully confident in the strict quality and safety standards and practices employed by our beef suppliers as well as the USDA. Our suppliers fully comply with the rigorous grading, ratings, testing and quality controls of the USDA, which thus ensures the highest possible level of safety for our guests. When you dine at Ruth's Chris, you can be sure that you're getting the highest quality beef available.

Do you offer gluten-free menu options?

Yes, we do offer a gluten-free menu. The items available are either gluten-free as prepared, or are modified to be gluten-free. Please keep in mind that our kitchens are not gluten-free, but every attempt is made to meet your needs. If you have an allergy or dietary concern, please contact the restaurant before your reservation time or ask to speak with a manager or chef upon arrival.

Do you offer vegetarian menu options?

Yes, we do offer vegetarian options. Whether it’s a specialty vegetarian entrée or one of the many vegetarian side selections from our menu, we have it taken care of. If you're considering visiting one of our restaurants and have specific dietary questions, please contact the restaurant before your reservation time and inquire about any changes that can be made to your meal.

Can I get a copy of a Ruth’s Chris recipe?

We currently have six recipes that are available to our guests: Barbecued Shrimp, Bread Pudding, Creamed Spinach, Sweet Potato Casserole, Crab Cakes and Fresh Mozzarella & Kumato Tomato Salad. Please speak with a Ruth’s Chris team member to get more information.

How do I purchase a gift card?

Ruth’s Chris Steak House gift cards can be purchased on our website, in person at any of our Ruth’s Chris locations or by phone at 800-544-0808, ext. 999. Gift cards never expire and may be used at any of our U.S. and International locations.

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Who do I contact about a donation request or charitable contribution?

Ruth’s Chris Steak House takes great pride in being engaged and supportive within its local communities. If you are interested in partnering with Ruth's for your upcoming event or are in need of a contribution for charitable purposes, please reach out to your local restaurant General Manager as they work directly in each community. Please understand not all requests can be honored due to the amount of requests we receive.

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