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3815 State St. (La Cumbre Rd.) Send to Phone
Thick steaks sizzling in butter are this upscale chain's claim to fame.

Dinner nightly
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Ruth's Chris Steak House Restaurant Review

: Though the term "fine-dining chain" rings oxymoronic, this upscale steakhouse with locations in nearly every state does well at maintaining a consistent level of quality. The Santa Barbara restaurant breathes fresh life into a notoriously bland shopping center on Upper State Street. The menu is stacked with a wide range of surf ‘n’ turf. Daily seafood specials follow the market---look for local fish such as white sea bass, halibut and thresher shark. The marinated veal chop gets a savory kick from a blend of pepper, vinegar, garlic and onions, while the lamb chops are delightfully simple; cut extra-thick and served with fresh mint, their natural flavor takes center stage. But the tradition here is beef. Opt for Prime steaks seared at 1,800 degrees and served sizzling in rich butter. Filet, rib-eye, New York strip and giant slabs of porterhouse are carefully selected and aged for tenderness. The wine list is stocked with big reds that pair well with the Ruth’s Chris meat fest. If you're not feeling up to a porterhouse, a light fare menu called "Ruth's Bistro" offers smaller portions, sushi and salads. Serious diners can end their meal with an espresso-spiked chocolate sin cake.


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