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Let's Get it Started at Ruth's Chris
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Let’s Get it Started at Ruth’s Chris

Story By Kyle Galdeira Photos By Lawrence Tabudlo
March 13 - 19, 2011

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A common pet peeve held by diners searching for Happy Hour specials is the always-disappointing promise of discounted pupus that often equates to tiny portions — and empty stomachs.

  • Mushrooms Stuffed with Crab Meat ($7)
  • Private dining room at the Restaurant Row location
  • Fried Calamari ($7)
  • Ahi, Seared or Sashimi ($8)
  • Oysters Rockefeller ($8)
  • Veal Osso Buco Ravioli ($13.95)
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However, when it comes to the Happy Hour at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, no worries. Every appetizer on the discounted menu available daily from 5 to 7 p.m. comes served as a full portion — just as you would get after ordering off the traditional menu — but at a sweet price, as most items are half off. The pau hana pit stop also offers up drink specials on everything from ice-cold draft beer to wine and martinis.

The Oysters Rockefeller ($8) steals the show, and is an event in itself. The five half-shells are baked and served flaming as a touch of Malibu 151 rum is ignited on a bed of Hawaiian salt as the dish is brought to the table. Talk about a cool touch to this hot seller.

“It’s all about the flame,” says general manager Don Asam after igniting a plate of oysters at the Restaurant Row location. “At night, the flame shows blue.”

Ruth’s Chris also offers a stellar selection of seafood starters headlined by the Ahi, served seared or sashimi-style ($8). The freshly cut fish is prepared with a lightly blackened crust or traditionally, and is accompanied by a tangy mustard sauce. The Fried Calamari ($7), Barbequed Shrimp ($7) and Mushrooms Stuffed With Crab Meat ($7) also provide diners with the ultimate fresh catch.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

  • Locations
    • 500 Ala Moana Boulevard #6C
    • Honolulu, HI 96813
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    • 226 Lewers Street #L-236
    • Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Call
    • (808) 599-3860 (Ala Moana)
    • (808) 440-7910 (Lewers)
  • Hours
    • Open for dinner nightly from 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Notes
    • Happy Hour specials served daily from 5 to 7 p.m. in the bar and lounge area. Drink specials also available.
  • Website