You very well may end up at Christy’s because a relative with fond memories of this Gables steakhouse insists on celebrating a special occasion here. And, as long as they’re the one picking up the tab, fine. But if you’re looking to celebrate your own special occasion, or just have a fondness for the classic steakhouse, don’t come here.
Even though it’s been around for over 40 years (although under new ownership as of summer 2020) Christy’s is pretty disappointing. It’s expensive - even by steakhouse standards - and looks like it was designed by a vampire who peaked in the ’80s, with blood-red walls and an odd mix of bright, colorful pop art that clashes with the whole ’80s vampire aesthetic. A $28 “full” order of shrimp cocktail comes with just four rubbery, overcooked shrimp. The sides, which any great steakhouse should knock out of the park, are also pretty bad. The potatoes au gratin are bland and under-seasoned, and the truffle mac and cheese is proof there is such a thing as too much truffle.
The meat entrees - like the $54 prime rib - are fine, but you can probably find a comparable version at an above-average national chain restaurant (for a lot less, too). Even the flammable tableside baked alaska doesn’t make this restaurant feel particularly exciting. The only truly memorable part of eating here will be the smile on Aunt Helen’s face when you all sing her happy birthday.