May 17, 2013 by Robin Moreland
It always feels like you went back in time to 1940s Manhattan when you dine at The Prime Rib. The first Prime Rib restaurant location opened in Baltimore in 1965, followed by Washington in 1976 and Philadelphia in 1997. All three restaurants were modeled after supper clubs that were popular during the 1940s in New York City. Brothers Buzz and Nick BeLer designed the restaurant to possess an old-school atmosphere. Guests sit in dark high-back leather chairs and are served by wait staff dressed in tuxedos. Large floral centerpieces decorate the tables. Large mirrors line the dark wooded walls along with framed Louis Icart lithographs. While conversing with your companions and eating, live music plays in the background — there is a baby grand piano and a bass player.
A block away from Rittenhouse Square at 1701 Locust St., The Prime Rib is located inside the Radisson Warwick Hotel. The steakhouse and seafood restaurant is open daily in the evening only for dinner, beginning at 4:30 p.m., requiring business casual attire. On Sundays, customers can bring their own wine if they do not wish to select a beer, cocktail or wine from the restaurant’s extensive list. There is a $45 prix fixe menu offered on Sundays and before 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. Private rooms are available for parties and business functions.
The entree selection is vast and will satisfy anybody’s cravings. To begin, the roast prime rib is a classic and favorite choice by customers, with a starting price of $36 or $55 for the full cut. The beef is selected from the finest grain-fed steers and aged for four to five weeks before being roasted in the restaurant’s special ovens. The steaks are consistently tender and flavorful. Another popular entree is the USDA prime filet mignon, which is prepared similarly to the roast prime rib. If you find yourself not wanting steak, there is also the porterhouse veal chop, rack of lamb, chicken piccata or roaster organic chicken. As for the seafood entrees, the imperial crab is the finest jumbo lump with light seasoning and baked in a shell. Furthermore, the Chilean sea bass and yellowfin “ahi” tuna are delectable. To conclude your meal, definitely try the creme brulee or key lime pie.
The Prime Rib is the perfect place to dine with friends or family; however, it is better to leave young children at home with a babysitter or at a friend’s house. Additionally, with the dimmed lights, intimate setting, music resonating from the baby grand piano, and delicious food and drinks, you could make it a romantic evening with your companion. Food & Wine magazine listed The Prime Rib as one of the top five romantic restaurants. The Zagat Guide ranked The Prime Rib as the No. 1 steakhouse in Philadelphia. Also, Esquire Magazine included The Prime Rib’s steaks as one of the top 20 served in the United Sates.
The service is impeccable; the waiters and waitresses know the menu and are able to give customers insight into the food and drinks. The classy, upscale restaurant has the best steaks, wonderful staff and elegant decor that every meat lover should experience.