Situated on the Intercoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach, within the Grand Dunes complex adjacent to the marina and Barefoot Resort, lies one of the prettiest and most well maintained Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses we have encountered. Not only is the surrounding area beautiful, the restaurant is as well, from the palmetto trees and gardens that line the valet parking area, to the elegant, bright and airy interior with a mix of dark and light wood.
As most steak lovers know, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is an upscale chain restaurant with humble beginnings in New Orleans. The menu features USDA Prime Midwestern Beef, aged to perfection, broiled at 1800 degrees and served with the Ruth’s Chris signature SIZZLE. You’ll want to refrain from touching your plate when the server delivers your meal to your table lest you burn your hands. And you might want to ensure that your linen napkin is covering your shirt, or perhaps lean back from the table a bit until the sizzling subsides in order to avoid any hot splatter. Then grab your steak knife and prepare for a taste explosion and a melt in your mouth experience. Whether you order a rib eye, a T-bone, a filet mignon, or a New York Strip, the restaurant assures a well-marbled choice cut that will impress you with its taste and tenderness. And at this Myrtle Beach location, the dining experience was no different.
Due to scheduling on the day of our visit, we made early dinner reservations and noted there were only a handful of guests in the restaurant when we arrived. The wait staff greeted us quickly, assigned us a window table, introduced our main server while a second server poured our ice water, and got our drinks underway immediately while we looked over the menu. The second server remained quietly on the sidelines for the remainder of the meal, refilling water, removing used plates and dusting crumbs off the table – in general, impressing us with such attentiveness and efficiency. And despite that the restaurant quickly began to fill up shortly afterwards, the level of proficiency never waivered.
We were impressed yet again by the food which included the following for our party: Caesar Salad as well as a seasonal salad featuring berries, feta cheese, and pecans; shared shoestring french fries for some and shared loaded baked potatoes for others (since portion size at Ruth’s Chris are very large, usually far too much for one person so sharing is encouraged). Dinner also included shared roasted Cremini mushrooms seasoned with thyme and garlic as well as buttery asparagus, in addition to New York Strip and T-bone steaks.
Each steak was cooked to order – juicy, tender and sizzling hot on the plate. And every side exceeded expectations. Salads were crisp with flavorful garnishes, the loaded baked potatoes featuring butter, sour cream, chives, cheese and bacon were like full meals in and of themselves, and the asparagus was fresh from the garden, steamed in order to retain the goodness and topped with creamy butter and ground pepper. It was the kind of dinner that was far too tasty and satisfying to leave a single bite on the plate, despite passing a noticeable feeling a fullness and having to struggle to finish it. Despite the obvious overindulgence, dessert sounded too good to pass up so we shared two desserts – the homemade cheesecake garnished with an assortment of fresh berries and the chocolate duo, which was a combination of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. This was mainly just for a bite or two each, in order to try it. And once again, the taste and texture were out of this world. Neither were overly sweet or overly heavy, leaving us with a delightful aftertaste that nicely finished the meal.
For patrons preferring something other than steak, Ruth’s Chris has you covered with a variety of entrees that include fresh seafood, prime lamb, and chicken. New Orleans-inspired appetizers include Barbecued Shrimp and Mushrooms Stuffed with Crabmeat, in addition to calamari and shrimp cocktails. Desserts also include Creme Brulee, White Chocolate Bread Pudding, and Seasonal Berries with Cream, ice cream or sorbet if you’re looking for something a little bit lighter.
The fact is, you can’t go wrong with a meal at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Undoubtedly, it’s on the pricey side with entrees averaging $60 and starters and sides averaging $15. But it’s well worth it to treat yourself and the concept of sharing does help a bit to cut keep costs down. As with most Ruth’s Chris locations, the wait staff is exceptional and the ambience is charming. And if you’re lucky enough to visit this scenic location on the waterway in Myrtle Beach, you can be assured of a meal you won’t soon forget.