The Prime Rib in Center City

Entering through The Prime Rib’s corner location at 17th and Locust in the heart of Center City and only two blocks from Rittenhouse Square, I was immediately overtaken by a hall of glimmering white — marble on the floor, glistening chandelier above. The hallway is a bit of a trick actually, as the restaurant proper (“supper club” to the flapper crowd) is stowed away in a spacious wing of the Warwick Hotel’s main floor. Like Smith & Wollensky, Butcher & Singer and Barclay Prime, The Prime Rib has modeled itself as not only a steakhouse but a nighttime spot for those seeking the finer things in life: a piano & bass duo nightly, high walled leather chairs and massive cuts of roast prime rib cooked to order.

Luckily for the college/young entrepreneur crowd in Philly, The Prime Rib is offering a “prix fixe” during the month of January where you can choose from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts for the significantly affordable price of $35.

Worried you’ll get the short end of the stick? Don’t be. They’re offering up the full schtick (you see what I did there?) of options, including two different cuts of beef (yes, the eponymous prime rib is among them), the requisite chicken option and a variety of other fare, though vegetarians may be left out in the cold a bit — but then again, they’re in a steakhouse. Between the delicious soup or salad you start with — prepared in traditional steakhouse fashion — and the assortment of dripping-in-calories desserts you’ll top it all off with, The Prime Rib is a top-notch steakhouse from beginning to end.

One word of warning though: Regardless of the dinner you’re going for, wear a sport coat. Lesson learned.

The Prime Rib
1701 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103


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  1. The prime rib also has a pre-theater menu all the time, i believe, which is also $35, and they definitely do not skimp the way some fancy places do for restaurant week *cough* ruth chris *cough*

    I went there in an evening gown and my date wore a suit and we were not overdressed. Then we went to Avenue Q. We are classy.

    Our table wobbled and the waiter summoned people to have it taken away and brought us a new one. while we sat there.

    oh yeah, the food – excellent. wine list – i could have spent the evening reading it. (i did find a cheaper wine to go with our cheaper dinner)

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