Ruth's Chris Steak House – Tulsa, OK
From memorable meals to life’s milestone celebrations, happy hours with friends to distinctive corporate events, Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the River Spirit Casino Resort offers a refreshingly modern take on the traditional steakhouse experience.
World-class dining with a hometown welcome: When a town can trace its roots back to the cattle industry, you can bet they take their steaks seriously. But not without first creating a welcoming place for their guests to enjoy them.
Inside their signature red doors, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Arkansas River, while elegant stonework and a custom carpet inspired by the Indian Blanket flower create a rustic elegance. A curved mural wall near coveted banquettes celebrates the city’s heritage and that of their legendary steakhouse’s founder, Ruth Fertel.
An inviting bar plus private event spaces: Whether you gather around their communal table lit by artfully repurposed glass bottles or relax into one of their cozy tufted booths, you’ll find a bar area that invites guests to linger longer and enjoy this stylish space. A glassed-in wine room showcases popular pours to award-winning vintages.
Three separate event spaces expand as needed, each equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual, ideal for business or social gatherings.
All with Ruth’s signature sizzle. While their world-famous USDA Prime steaks, distinct bone-in cuts, and their signature sizzle already have Tulsa talking, you’ll also find fresh seafood, scratch-made sides, and desserts, hand-crafted cocktails, and award-winning wines, all served up with the sort of warm hospitality that would make their namesake proud.
The Unforgettable Journey
In 1965, Looking for ways to increase income, 38-year-old single mother Ruth Fertel spotted a local restaurant for sale in a classified ad. Against advice from her banker, lawyer, family and friends, she mortgaged her house and bought the 60-seat Chris Steak House.
Just months after opening the restaurant, Hurricane Betsy roared into New Orleans. Amid flooding, devastation, and a week-long power outage that would spoil her food, Ruth Fertel got busy: she cooked a feast and dished it out to weary relief workers and storm victims.
In 1967, Early on Ruth discovered a 500° plate with a pat of butter gave a satisfying sound and kept steak hot to the last bite. To replicate that sizzle worldwide, she would eventually put her chemistry background to work designing a proprietary 1800-degree broiler.
After 11 years of success, a fire destroyed the steak house, and Ruth was forced to find a new location. Her contract wouldn’t allow her to keep the original restaurant name so she added hers to it: Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
She could have spent her career at the original restaurant, but Ruth always looked for new challenges. When her first franchisee set up shop in 1976, it began the transformation of Ruth’s Chris into the world’s largest fine dining company.
In 2005, Ruth’s Chris took a bold step: initiating a public stock offering, giving guests a chance to invest in a restaurant they already loved. A tribute to its founder, the company still trades on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol RUTH.