The past two years, we have visited Jeff Ruby restaurants on my birthday in July. So far we've only been to the Precinct and Carlo and Johnny's.
The Precinct is the "original" Jeff Ruby restaurant and it is located in the Columbia Tusculum area. There are pros and cons to the Precinct. The food is great, David and I each got steaks, obviously, which were cooked very well, and I was even got free cake because it was my birthday.
The biggest con is how small the place actually is. We sat right next to another couple who was going to the opera and had been drinking pretty heavily. As he was sloppily gesticulating with his steak knife in my direction, I cringed a little. The restaurant really loses intimacy when I'm worried about somebody losing their grip on a steak knife and me losing an eye. You can't help but overhear other diner's discussions, and it makes it very awkward. It's kind of like when you hear your co-workers on the phone at work. You don't want to listen….but you don't really have a choice unless you move farther away.