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Worst steakhouse experience ever (long)

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Worst steakhouse experience ever (long)

Joanie | Feb 19, 2006 08:10 PM

Unlike many people here, I enjoy hitting the Boston steakhouses once or twice a year and have had good luck at most of them. Other than getting a seat at the bar pretty quickly and a great dessert, there wasn't much good to say about Ruth's Chris in the former Maison Robert space. The place was packed which maybe put a crimp in the bartenders dealing with things, but it just seemed like the kind of half-assed service you'd get from a place where you're paying $6 for entrees, not twice that much for dessert. No martini glasses and when they found one, it wasn't properly chilled. We asked if they had any nuts or anything and they said they had homemade chips, which were decent but took forever to come. Had to ask for bread. He didn't know they had viognier on the list when I asked for it. They didn't ask us about 2nd drinks, or clear away the old glasses til after a while. They serve their stuff on these sizzling plates which is more of a pain than anything. The overpriced crabcakes ($19.95 for two med. sized) were okay but I've had better and there was nothing else with them except for a little butter that got dried up by the hot plate. The small spinach salad was indeed that. We ordered one petit fillet and one p. fillet with shrimp, both steaks medium. One came medium, mine was WAY less than that. They were going to take the whole plate away but I'd already put potato on with my shrimp, so they took the steak and told me they were doing them all over instead of just cooking for a little longer. I then got another bunch of shrimp and meat that was just cooked slightly more, still not medium in my book tho. Shrimp were over cooked and fairly tough, most of them were on the small side. Mashed potatos were super creamy which isn't necessarily a good thing. Asparagus with hollandaise was all right. To top things off, this little girl was grabbing my boss' leg as he waited at the coat check and wouldn't let go. It was weird but good for a laugh and seemed to fit the rest of the night.

Good points you ask? The room is great with ceilings that go on forever. Caramelized banana cream pie was superb and I'm told the berries with cream were good. Lots of younger people in the bar which seemed surprising for a place charging lots for glasses of wine. Then again, many were drinking Bud Light. With one martini, one bellini and 3 glasses of wine, it was $222 before tip. Too much money for sure.

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