Although Ruth’s Chris is technically a chain restaurant, as it has locations around the country, there’s something unique about the one in Hotel Park City. Despite the establishment’s five-star appeal, it exudes an air of casual elegance, a perfect complement to the restaurant’s luxurious but rustic setting in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.
With both tables and booths, Ruth’s Chris is a rewarding choice for anything from a romantic dinner for two to lively family gatherings. While the luxe mountain ambiance does require a pair of dress pants and a nice top, it is versatile enough to accommodate all sorts of occasions.
A dinner at Ruth’s Chris begins with a warm offering of French bread. With buttery soft dough and a crispy exterior, the baguette is of surprisingly high quality for a steak house. It’s far too easy to devour the entire basket, but the full meal is certainly worth waiting for.
For appetizers, the Blue Crab Cakes are a nice way to begin the meal. Served on one of Ruth’s Chris iconic sizzling plates, the crabmeat’s decadent flavor is mild but savory, without overpowering the palette. The lemon butter complements the soft texture and balances the dish, leaving diners satisfied but eager for the next course.
Herbivores and omnivores alike should consider the Harvest Salad as an appetizer sans-meat, as it can be ordered without bacon. The crispy, fresh Romaine is tossed in a delectable white balsamic. The dressing offers a mildly acidic note of sweetness that harmonizes with cranberries, pecans and onions. Guaranteed, the plate will be left clean.
Next stop, of course, is Ruth’s Chris hallmark entrée: the Porterhouse for two. Half New York sirloin and half filet mignon, your meal will be preceded by a rich aroma from the sizzling 500-degree plate the dish is served on. The entrée is best ordered “medium,” resulting in tender meat that melts in your mouth, and will likely beckon your return to Ruth's Chris time and time again.
Fortunately, vegetarians are not forsaken at Ruth’s Chris, which is a bit of a rarity when it comes to steak houses. Herbivores can choose three optins from the restaurant’s extensive side dish menu, which includes an assortment of vegetables, potatoes and grains. Highlights include the shoestring fries, slender-cut and herb-tossed with a dash of salt; the sautéed mushrooms, savory with a supple texture; and the asparagus, which couldn’t have been fresher.
If you have room for dessert, Ruth’s Chris après-dinner menu is definitely worth a gander. The options are so delicious that even if you don’t have room, you’ll likely make it. Consider the classic cheesecake, with a creamy filling and hearty graham cracker crust. It was the epitome of New York cheesecake, finely presented with fresh berries. The chocolate cake was equally delectable. Its warm center was reminiscent of smooth, liquid fudge and was the perfect balance to the rich outer cake layer.
From first bite to last, Ruth’s Chris’ fine food will leave diners basking in the glow of a good dinner. Because it is a top-notch restaurant, expect to receive a pretty hefty restaurant bill, but if you’re looking for a way to end your Park City ski vacation on a high note, Ruth’s Christ is it. After all, the restaurant is the prime place to enjoy prime steak in an relaxing yet elegant atmosphere.