Our Heritage

It All Started in New Orleans

In 1965, Ruth Fertel, a single mom looking for an opportunity, saw a steak house for sale in the classifieds. She didn't know much about restaurants or steak, but she took a chance and mortgaged her home to buy Chris Steak House. Ruth mastered all the ins and outs herself, from butchering and broiling steak perfectly to serving guests. From the opening day, the special sizzle she created was a huge local success. And 50 years later, that tradition continues.

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If you've ever had a filet this good, welcome back.

Ruth Fertel, Founder
That Special Name

Why Is It Called “Ruth’s Chris”?

When a kitchen fire destroyed Chris Steak House in 1976, Ruth was forced to relocate the restaurant to stay in business. But the Chris Steak House name wasn't allowed to move with it. So, with little time and a mischievous smile, Ruth added her own name to the sign, making it “Ruth’s Chris Steak House.” And it worked—that tongue-twister of a name was born.

Featured Locations

New & Updated Restaurants

We're always growing and making updates to our collection of local steak houses. See the latest updates in our family.

Dallas just opened Just Opened

Dallas - Uptown

Our new steak house in the vibrant Uptown District of Dallas features an elegant dining and wine room, a state-of-the-art private dining space and a spacious bar, offering a unique setting for both business and social events.

St Petersburg just opened Just Opened

St. Petersburg

Located in the heart of downtown at Sundial, our new St. Petersburg location features a covered outdoor patio, a New Orleans-inspired dining room and two state-of-the-art private dining rooms.

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Weekawken newly remodeled Newly Remodeled


Our renovation features an expanded bar and lounge with new seating options and a view of the marina. New design and lighting bring an elegant atmosphere to the main dining and state-of-the-art private dining rooms.

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