Tysons Corner location http://www.ruthschris.com/Steak-House/17059/Tysons-Corner
8521 Leesburg Pike
Tysons Corner, VA
I sent a limousine and a plane ticket to my Mother since it was her birthday and Mother’s Day recently. For dinner I took her to Ruth’s Chris, since she really enjoys steaks, and this place has given me the best steak at a restaurant to date. I called for a reservation at 6:30PM Saturday evening, and they were able to squeeze us in for two at 7:45PM.
When we arrived, the parking lot was full. No worries, since they have complimentary valet parking. Walking in, it had the same feel as a steakhouse with the wood, dim lighting, and bar at the front. This location seemed a little more modern than normal, however. I found out later this place is one of their newer locations as it has been open for about six months. We were there ten minutes earlier than our time, and they escorted us to a room immediately where there were four tables. We filled the third table, but it was still uncomfortably quiet until the fourth table filled up with a family. Because of this, the room had a range of ages from early teens to the elderly. Outside the room, however, I saw the typical people you’d see at the bar to regular diners to bikers equipped with the Harley swag, beards, tats, and everything. It was Memorial Day weekend, and D.C. swarms with bikers from all over, and I guess they want a good steak, too while remembering their fallen brothers and sisters.
The waiter seemed new, and his spiel sounded incredibly scripted – and it was – because when the family came in after us, he gave them the exact wording. He was polite, and when he learned that a member at another table was having a birthday, he stopped what he was doing and sang her happy birthday in a baritone voice that made everyone in the room stop. It wasn’t excellent, but it was charming. A guest at another table had trouble with her dinner, and the waiter tried very hard to make it up to her and even brought a shopping bag full of stuff from Ruth’s Chris that she turned down. I’ll give him credit for trying.
Now then, the food. The waiter described how they have been trying to get Kobe steaks on their menu and finally had it available, though I did not order it this time. I ordered one of their signature cuts, the Cowboy Ribeye (medium), and she ordered the Petite Filet (medium well). (Normally I order it medium rare, but I went with the waiter’s recommendation.) We had creamed spinach and au gratin potatoes for our sides. Before the meal, we had the typical warm bread and butter and ice cold water. Water is water for the most part, but I enjoyed how cold this was and that it was delivered in a new, unopened Acqua Panna bottle. The meat is prepared with 1800 degree heat, and the plates are heated to 500 degrees. 25 minutes later, our order arrived, sizzling on their plates. I cut into my steak right away, and the knife easily parts through it. There’s enough pink, and it bleeds nicely. I put the piece in my mouth, and I was reminded once again why Ruth’s Chris has delivered the best steak at a restaurant to date. Delicious. My Mother was happy, too. Compared to my cut, her piece was small. But if you didn’t compare it to anything, her Petite Fillet was really not petite at all. The sides were just normal and nothing out of the ordinary.
As you can imagine, I would definitely go again. I recommend this place in a heartbeat. The bill was $103 (before gratuity), but we didn’t have alcoholic drinks, appetizers, or dessert.