Ruth’s Chris Steak House
* * *(Very Good)
1355 North Harbor Drive, downtown; 619-233-1422; also 11582 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-755-1454; ruthschris.com.
HOURS: Monday–Thursday 5:00–10:00 p.m., Friday until 10:30 p.m.; Saturday 4:30–10:30 p.m., Sunday 4:30–10:00 p.m.
PRICES: Appetizers, $12–$15; entrées and steaks, $21–$65; sides, $8; salads, $7–$15; desserts, $8–$10. Summer special prix-fixe three-course dinners for two, with several choices for each course, $89 per couple, with $20 per person matched wine flight.
CUISINE AND BEVERAGES: USDA prime steaks (wet-aged) and standard steakhouse sides, other modern American classics including New Orleans specialties. International wine list from five continents with bottles at all price points, huge selection by the glass. Full bar, both classic and creative cocktails.
PICK HITS: Crab-stuffed mushrooms; Louisiana crab cakes; seared ahi slices; steak of choice or mixed grill; broiled tomatoes; bread pudding.
NEED TO KNOW: Ramped entrance, elevator to dining room. Valet parking $6, or validated half-price self-parking in Holiday Inn lot. Lively but painless sound level, harbor views. Mostly semi-casual dress. Some outdoor dining on small balcony. One lacto-vegetarian entrée, plus vast choice of sides and salads, but very little for vegans.