I have had more than my share of disappointment from the Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain. I live closest to the Gainesville location, and not too far from the Manassas location. Since these are close, I go there when I want a rather guilt-free meal out (I love a salad bar). However, I always end up disappointed.
Last night my husband and I were out and about in the Chantilly area for an event. Afterward, we were starving, and decided to stop by (begrudgingly) to Ruby Tuesday in South Riding. Again, our expectations are usually set very low...so we weren't exactly looking forward to it, but knew we wouldn't leave hungry.
WOW! This location of Ruby Tuesday is OUTSTANDING! It started with the staff. Geniunely friendly and happy to help. They didn't seem put out at all that we were showing up there at 9pm.
The restaurant was IMMACULATE. The salad bar was delicious, and well stocked. And something in particular my husband and I both noticed about the salad bar...the plates were SPARKLING CLEAN. No smudges or funky dishwasher discolorations. (I told you our expectations have been set to low with this chain).
The food was EXACTLY AS WE ORDERED. (Everytime my husband orders the Triple Prime Cheddar burger in Gainesville, it is served with a lack of cheese. It's become a bit of a joke.) It was visually appealing, and served piping hot.
At the end of the meal we asked for the manager and told him just how surprised we were at the level of service and quality of food. He had come from other Ruby Tuesday restaurants in the area and knew what we were talking about.
As a total side note, the restaurant was a NO SMOKING establishment. I must say, that was the icing on the cake. The food tastes so much better when you are a non-smoker and not having to inhale other people's smoke. I wish Prince William County would get on board with NO SMOKING in restaurants. The Gainesville location that we ocassionally go to has a smoking area in the center of the restaurant...not walled off or anything...so the whole places reeks of smoke.
If you've had similar disappointments with Ruby Tuesday, please stop by the South Riding location. Their address is 25036 Riding Plaza, Chantilly, VA 20152. Phone number is 703-327-2982. It is worth the drive.