Las Vegas Steak - SW Steakhouse, Delmonico's or other
We're going to Las Vegas in early January. Okada is in for one of the nights, and a steak place the second. SW Steakhouse, Delmonico's or another place? Has anyone eaten at SW since the chef changed? We looking for a great steak, some good seafood on the menu for non-meat eaters and a great overall experience. Thanks.
PRIME - I have eaten there many times, and most recently, twice in the last 4 months. It is an exemplary restaurant: excellent service, wonderful steaks, terrific sides - and it is beautiful, with a view of the Bellagio fountains to boot. My most recent experience was a wedding party - 18 people on a Saturday night, which is not easy for a busy restaurant to pull off. It was flawless and all in attendance agreed it was one of the best meals any of us had ever had. It is so much better than Delmonico's.
i simply answered between the 2 but for background i've eaten at:
stripsteak - decent
charlie palmers - also decent ( not sure if still open )
craftsteak - 2 visits - 1st, great, 2nd average
S&W - 2 visits - below average
prime - decent ( didn't feel like steakhouse )
circus circus - decent ( especially value )
hanks - average
ruth chris - good
morton's - good
double eagle - average
nine - above average ( the scene is impressive )
delmonico - above average
flemings - average
boa - average
it gets to be difficult to differentiate after awhile - for the most part they are all good
Although a chain, we had an excellent experience @ Capital Grill across the street from Wynn in the fashion mall. Views are tremendous and everybody loved their steaks, not to mention great service. There are also plenty of non-beef items on their menu. A previous poster mentioned that most steak places do not distinguish themselves from others and I could not agree more. Prime, whether it be dry or wet (dry only for me), is prime, and if cooked properly, all should be about equal. Do yourself a favor, save a couple of bucks and go to Capital Grill.
If you want something different, I had the bone-in ribeye at Fiamma and it was fantastic! Easily on par with the steak at Delmonico. Fiamma has some of the best restaurant ambience I've ever seen, very fun place.
I'm also a big fan of Michael Mina's food-his new steakhouse at Mandalay Bay just opened-Stripsteak. I will definitely be trying in my next time in Vegas. http://www.michaelmina.net
Gallagher's is okay. It's really hard for a steakhouse to distinguish itself from the others without having a signature item outside of the beef. They dry age their beef at Gallagher's ( one of only a couple places in the city that does such ), but I prefer a wet aged steak to a dry one. I didn't have anything there that was bad, in fact from what I remember it was all tasty enough but the fact that I can't really recall much about what I ate speaks volumes. I tend to remember all the great and awful dining experiences. I forget about the average meals.
I thought SW was overrated. I really don't like Delmonico. I know that everyone recommends Delmonico but I can't understand why for the life of me. The steaks aren't that great and everything else is "off" on flavor. You'll hear a lot of people talk about Prime as well. I think it's overrated also. The steaks are decent but everything else ( sides, apps, salads, etc. ) really aren't very good IMO. I think the biggest draw there is the fact that it's on the water at Bellagio and it's a great spot to watch the fountains.
I've said it before and this is the perfect place for me to say it again: Craftsteak at the MGM, for me, is the best steakhouse around. I've posted about it before:
"Craftsteak is, hand's down, my favorite non-special-occasion restaurant in the city. Their beef is so good. They do grass-fed, grain-fed, and they usually have the American and Japanese "A5" Kobe. I eat there at least once a month with the same order: Kobe Tartare ( @ $22 none the less ), foie gras ( it's the best in town -- I put my reputation on it ), and the grain-fed Strip steak. Grain-fed is important. You can really taste the difference. I'll also get one side dish and that just about gives me the K.O. for the night. They do have some great desserts if you have the room afterwards. The "monkey bread" is pretty tasty and their sorbets are really well done."
I think I'm heading there again on Wednesday.