Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Las Vegas >
Jul 3, 2007 10:05 PM

Nobody likes the French Green Beans at Ellis Island Casino in Las Vegas?

Geez. I guess I stand alone because I thought they were great.

A woman at the table next to me loudly proclaimed that no one likes the french green beans with the steak special. She questioned why the restaurant doesn't offer an alternative vegetable. I noticed nearly every steak special plate taken back by servers and bussers still had the green beans. Steak and potatoes were gone, of course, but anything green was untouched and headed for the garbage disposal!

The sirloin steak special makes the visit to Ellis Island Casino (not the most attractive casino in the world, to be sure) well-worth it.

Salad: p------thetic. Iceberg lettuce, a carrot stick, couple of cherry tomatoes, croutons and dressing. Nothing special at all.

Soup: green pea. Nice, creamy consistency. The soup tasted unsalted or very lightly salted. This is always a plus in my book.

Baked potato: large and cooked to perfection. Served with butter pats and strange sour cream packets.

French fries: steak fries really and quite good.

The sirloin steak itself: cooked the way I requested it. Plentiful, juicy, tender and tasty. Ask for horseradish, if you want an extra kick. I took half of the steak home and it will slice nicely for a steak salad tomorrow for lunch.

the aforementioned french green beans: cooked in garlic and a little butter. A little crunch & not swimming in butter. I don't understand why everyone sends them back to be thrown away. Maybe the steak and potatoes are so filling that these poor little green beans never stand a fighting chance?

$4.95?! You really can't beat it.

Ellis Island Casino Restaurant (it has been reviewed many times before)
4178 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-8901


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. for 5 bucks and people still complain??? man i need to try that dinner. i used to love the late night prime rib special at the stardust before they blew it up.

    1 Reply
    1. re: AGENT FOODIE

      Sorry, we have a habit of demolishing old casinos. Personally, I think it's in poor taste. I'd rather see a renovation/rehabilitation/new ownership than an explosion.

      You could give away the dinner for free and someone would still find it in their cold black heart to complain. Unappreciative, entitled people, we are.

      You must try it next time you're in Las Vegas. It's well-worth it but prepare for a 30 to 45 minute wait.


    2. Yeah, those green beans get no love, not even on Chowhound always. I wish the photo feature would come back because I posted a photo here in this other Ellis Island discussion (try the BBQ they say! and the house-made root beer!) Your palate (or your memory, or both) is obviously more refined than mine because I don't remember detecting the garlic and bit of butter, but, still, they were not the mushy gray/green, too salty out of a can type green beans, which you could totally understand for $5. I thought they were good, but, honestly, who but a Chowhound goes to Las Vegas to appreciate the vegetables?


      3 Replies
      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I am going to fess up - I thought the green beans were very good and I ate all of mine. Lots of garlic/butter taste and . I guess your mileage may vary.

        1. re: westie

          Thanks westie. I know I am not crazy - there were discernible bits of garlic on the beans as well.

        2. re: The Dairy Queen

          Hi Dairy Queen,
          I had no idea house-made root beer was even an option! Good tip.

          "they were not the mushy gray/green, too salty out of a can type green beans, which you could totally understand for $5. I thought they were good, but, honestly, who but a Chowhound goes to Las Vegas to appreciate the vegetables?"

          The gray/green mushy canned green beans are what I expected so maybe the pleasant surprise caused me to appreciate them more?

          I live in Las Vegas - that could also change my experience. It's easy for me to get back there anytime.


        3. Well folks, here are my 2 cents.... steak eaters are mostly, well, meat and potatos type. So it is not unusually seeing green beans leftover most of the time. I love those green beans which are not over-cooked. Too bad, they don't substitute for the steak special, otherwise I would forego the fries and have a double portion of the green beans!

          1 Reply
          1. re: frugalgourmet

            I think frugalgourmet hit the nail on the head. Meat & potato lovers are usually not so fond of the vegetables served as an accompaniment.

            Personally, I think EI's green beans are the best I have had anywhere. I always look forward to having them when I travel to Las Vegas. It seems like a simple preparation with butter and garlic. But all my attempts to duplicate them at home have fallen short.

          2. True: for $5 who should complain? I'm not really complaining, because my steak was good (esp. for $5). I'd definitely go back and have it again. But...

            I'm not a fan of the green beans. I really love vegetables, so I'm not one to eat only the meat and potatoes; I usually dig into vegetables early and eat them all.

            It's been noted already: the green beans were not soft and mushy. That's a definite plus in my book.

            But I felt that they had little or no flavor. They seemed pretty waxy rather than tender and flavorful.

            1. The original comment has been removed