Our Story

Creating Memorable Moments

A Rich Heritage of Beliefs and Values

Since our humble beginnings, Ruth’s Hospitality Group has believed in the importance of trust, virtue, caring and responsible restauranteurship. Our core values define the essence of our company and guide our thoughts and actions. These include wisdom, courage, justice, temperance, transcendence and humanity as we stay true to our heritage and build a future of which we are proud.

We operate according to a set of ethical business basics that direct us to prosper the right way and merit trust. We define success as earning the active loyalty of Our People and measure it as real growth in sales, profit and market share.

Our Story.

For over fifty-five years, we have built a reputation for fine food, award-winning wine list and exceptional hospitality at our Ruth’s Chris restaurants. We stay true to our founder’s vision and New Orleans roots.


Ruth’s Chris founder, Ruth Fertel, risked it all mortgaging her home to buy “Chris Steak House”, a 60-seat restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The first franchisee-owned Ruth’s Chris Steak House opens in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Ruth’s Chris expands internationally opening its first restaurant in Asia.


Our company and certain selling shareholders completed an initial public offering of common stock. We are listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “RUTH.”

Guests and a People-First Business

Starting with the first restaurant, we have always defined success as earning the loyalty of our people and creating a dining experience where Guests feel welcomed and valued.



We create the finest steak house ambiance for our Guests to enjoy—one where they can relax and indulge in style. From the moment our Guests arrive, we treat each of them as if they are the only guest in the restaurant. Ruth’s Chris excels at delighting customers with lagniappe—the little extras. Our Team Members provide the perfect balance of quality and fun so our Guests can laissez les bon temps rouler—let the good times roll!

Team Members

Team Members

It takes a special person to help us provide the best steak house experience. We are proud to hire and develop consummate professionals who care for each other and our Guests. Our Team Members are Ruth’s Chris. They deliver timeless American steak house food, a great American bar with a twist, legendary service and total guest indulgence.

Supporting Our Local Communities

Supporting Our Local Communities

Caring is Part of Our Heritage

We are passionate about being a valued corporate citizen and member of the community. Our founder Ruth Fertel set the standard in her first restaurant when she cooked everything in her kitchen and delivered it to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Betsy struck New Orleans in 1965.

Since then, every one of our Ruth’s Chris restaurants has built a personal relationship with the local community. We buy and hire locally and actively support our neighborhoods through involvement and generosity.

Quality Throughout Our Supply Chain

Quality Throughout Our Supply Chain

From Sourcing to Serving, We Uphold the Highest Standards

We are committed to good business practices throughout our supply chain. Our goals are to reduce our environmental impact and serve the finest quality products to our Guests. We source local ingredients for our restaurants whenever possible and choose suppliers that are committed to sustainability, ethical labor practices and animal welfare.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We’ve built a forward-thinking and inclusive culture and are governed by a diverse board of directors. Women fill five of our eight board seats and fill 33 percent of our committee chair positions. Twenty-five percent of our board members represent traditionally marginalized racial and ethnic groups. Our diverse leaders are highly skilled professionals who offer a range of viewpoints.

Recognized by 50/50 Women on Boards™

Ruth’s Hospitality Group is proud to be recognized by 50/50 Women on Boards™ for having 63 percent women on our board of directors. Ruth’s Hospitality Group is one of only nine companies on the Russell 3000 where women hold more corporate board seats than men.