My wife and I went to Morton's for the first time last night for a birthday dinner. Of course we had heard great things, but in the back of our minds, we were wondering how it would measure up to Ruth's Chris, which we both love. Here's my comparison of the two, based on my experience: APPETIZERS - the Seared Ahi Tuna at Ruth's is good, but the Colossal Shrimp Alexander at Morton's is amazing. Morton's wins for this dish alone, however, my wife wasn't too impressed with her crab cake at Morton's. SALADS - At Morton's they are huge, but not incredibly tasty or inventive (and who wants to fill up on lettuce before having their steak, anyway?) The Ruth's Chop Salad is wonderful, so I will give them the edge here. SIDES - Again, I prefer Ruth's Chris. Their baked potato tasted better than the one at Morton's, and I'm quite partial to potatoes au gratin, which Morton's doesn't have. STEAKS - In my opinion, they are just about equal. I would give RC the slight edge on the taste of the steak itself, but as far as portion size, the double-cut filet at Morton's is impossible to resist. I do enjoy the whole sizzling butter thing at Ruth's, but the bernaise sauce accompanying the steaks at Morton's is FABULOUS... this puts their steak over the top for me. DESSERTS - My wife and I adore the Caramelized Banana Cream Pie at RC, but the Morton's Hot Chocolate Cake is out of this world! Slight edge to Morton's. SERVICE - In my experience, the service at Morton's was a bit better. CONCLUSION - Both are awesome places with fabulous steaks, and both are expensive, with Morton's being slightly more so. You really can't go wrong with either one... but if you were to ask me where I wanted to go to dinner tonight, I would probably lean towards Morton's.
Pros: One of the best meals you'll ever eat.
Cons: You're gonna pay for it.