Ruth Chris Restaurant – Grand Rapids, Michigan – My Opinion

Ruth Chris Steak House CroppedRuth Chris Restaurant at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan

I know – who doesn’t love a good Ruth Chris Steak House?  Food Great – Service Outstanding – Location Wonderful; I agree, but have just a bit of a hair under my saddle with a Ruth Chris taking over the Elegant 1913 Room at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.

A few nights ago we (my husband Guy and I) celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary at the Ruth Chris Steak House at the Amway.  The food was wonderful.   We started with ample glasses of Cabernet, shared Ruth Chris Chopped Salad (plenty for 2), I had the Dover Sole which was prepared very traditionally (delicious) and Guy had the Filet.  We had a chance to share the entrees and both agreed they were wonderful.  The side of fingerling potatoes with a cheese mustard sauce was perfect too – we shared this and certainly didn’t go away hungry.

7 years ago we dined at the 1913 Room in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and got engaged that evening.  It was a perfect evening sitting in a quiet, elegant room that stepped you back 100 years in time and made you feel unrushed and special.  Now, maybe it was because we got engaged that it was special – but I believe every time I dined at the 1913 Room I felt relaxed and pampered.

The ambiance between the 1913 Room and the Ruth Chris is vastly different.  They are in exactly the same location in the hotel.  The food in both is outstanding.  But it’s not the same – it seemed noisy (we were seated in the dining room with the hostess stand in the front so maybe that was a distraction) – it seemed stark instead of elegant.

I know – I know – get over it.  Ruth Chris is here to stay – yet, I think I would like to find an intimate elegant dining spot somewhere here in the Grand Rapids area yet – and I will.   Let me know if you have a favorite or a suggestion – I’d love to try it out.

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