Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

| March 2, 2011

Jeff Ruby's Dining Area

With Valentine’s Day behind us and no major holidays in the near future, I was beginning to get underwhelmed by the absence of a ring on my finger. So I decided to change my gem obsession from diamonds to rubies – Jeff Ruby’s that is. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right?

Some diners cringe at the thought of a white tablecloth restaurant, but Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse has redefined gourmet eating with an inviting and upbeat ambiance that is sure to satisfy both your taste buds and your mood. This place sizzles with flavor yet screams fun. Think lobster tails and cocktails – not tuxedo tails.

Located right in the heart of downtown, if this place wasn’t already your pre-game go-to spot, the KFC Yum! Center has most likely changed that. As long as you’re wearing red, this fan-friendly eatery is the perfect gathering place to grab an appetizer and go. Take a seat at the lively bar so your dinner doesn’t go into OT and create your own raw bar experience by picking from a selection of sushi specialty rolls, tiger shrimp or market fresh oysters.

Long Bone

Jeff Ruby's Long Bone

For those looking to make a night out of their dining experience, the possibilities for satisfaction are endless. My advice? Start out light and progressively work your way to the meat and potatoes of the menu (literally).

It took some convincing for my meat-only counterpart, but we started our voyage with an order of the tuna tartare ($9).,  Asian pear, green onions, cilantro and wasabi vinaigrette was the perfect way to jump-start our taste buds.

Before we headed to the entree selections, the sides to share caught my eye. These aren’t just ordinary peas and carrots. From imported six-cheese macaroni and cheese ($9), wok-charred french beans and caramelized root veggies with smoked bacon and almonds (both $7) these edible accessories were already making my mouth water.

And while I could have easily made a meal simply off the assorted sides, a visit to Jeff Ruby’s would not be complete without paying a little homage to what made the man a steakhouse legend: the USDA prime steaks.

Seeing as I had completed all of last week’s laundry earlier that day, I treated myself to the queen filet mignon, crowned with white truffle butter, ordered another cocktail and went to town.

And why not indulge? It’s not like I’m on the wedding dress diet.

My date went with the bone-in cowboy steak. The in-house dry-aged meat was paired with fries and didn’t stand a chance.

JeffRubysDessertWhether you’re looking to entertain, stopping in before a Cards game or celebrating, the decision to dine at one of Louisville’s hot spots is a win-win.

With weekly events such as jazz and R&B entertainment, there’s no reason to wait for the weekend – or a special occasion to dine here.
An old favorite, I can honestly say I am never disappointed by Jeff Ruby’s.

Located at Waterfront Plaza, 325 W. Main St., Jeff Ruby’s is open 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

Call (502) 584-0102 or visit


With a fun, enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere, Jeff Ruby’s is like the beating heart of downtown. A plush dining room and inviting bar makes it the life of the party.


Live music, laughing and even a little,  Cards cheering.


If you’re lucky enough to find street parking, go for it! But chances are, the garage is your best bet.

Dish everyone knows to order Lobster mashed potatoes: poached lobster tail, lobster butter and tobika ($9). Not only does everyone know to order this, but it is simply a must-have.

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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