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Locals say Del Frisco for great steak in LV and other questions.

When we were in Las Vegas in November, we asked the locals where the best steak is and many of them replied, "Del Frisco". Is this a chain? Some were even saying it was just as good as the steak places at the casinos/hotels on the strip.

Also...has anyone been to Michael's (originally Barbary Coast) since they moved to South Pointe?

What are the top 5 restaurants of the moment that we should go to in March?

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  1. Yes, Del Frisco is a chain restaurant.

    Haven't been to Michael's since it moved to South Point.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "top 5 restaurants of the moment." Maybe we need Casey Kasem to decide for us!

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      lol.....top 5 favorites to go to as of today since reviews, expectations, etc. go up and down...that's all. sorry.

    2. It's a small chain like Ruth's Chris. A co-worker went to the one in Texas, and he said it was the best steakhouse he's ever been to in his life. It is owned by Lone Star Steakhouse. 3 locations in Texas, 1 in LV, 1 in NY, 1 in Colorado, 1 in North Carolina.

      I just recently found out about the one in Vegas, and have added it to my list of places to try.

      Here's their website:


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      1. re: Wonginator

        I ate at Del Frisco's about a month ago.....it was at a meeting so the menu was somewhat limited: we had our choice of steaks but the apps and salads were basically ordered for us (I think to keep the bill from being over the top...wine was also ordered by the hosts....).

        I enjoyed my steak, and there was a tuna dish that someone else had that was fantastic....It was your basic grilled ahi but that was some of the best ahi (sushi grade) that I have ever tasted...just really good quality. I had a ribeye and it was very tasty and juice and there were plenty of leftovers. The sides were pretty good too, comparable to Ruth Chris', Portions are huge, which is why I got to share some of that ahi......

        I do have a major complaint, however: Our group of about 20 was supposed to have a private room. But when we got into the room we found out that we were sharing the room with another (very loud) group...I seriously think it might have been a bachelor party..they had that sort of demeanor. Anyway, as we were there for a business meeting and there was a featured speaker who had been flown in from Reno, it was difficult at best. I felt sorry for the speaker..he did his best to be heard but it was almost comical. There was no chance of being moved...the place was just packed..and it looked like there were several of the private rooms with more than one group inside. In fact, it took them awhile just to find that place..we must have stood at the bar (no places to sit were left) for half an hour waiting to be seated....

      2. top 5...geez...that's a tough one...help us out a little ....price no object ? distance not an issue ? wine/alcohol preferences ? preferences as to french, american, italian etc i'm surprised about the response by the "locals" ...as a semi local i can tell ya...del frisco ain't cheap...then again, except circus circus, orleans and ...hmmmm...there are others that escape me, meat ain't cheap in vegas !!!

        1. Actually Del Frisco's is much better than what you would expect given its ownership but there is a warning you need to know about.

          Del Frisco's is a wet aged shop. If you prefer dry aged, you may not like it all. If you like wet aged then you will probably really like it as they are one of the better ones.

          My problem is that my girlfriend likes wet aged steaks while I prefer dry. This means I either force her to a place that is dry or accommodate her wishes for wet aged. The only restaurant where we can order to our true desire is Craftsteak which I think is better than Del Frisco's on both the meat and sides.

          When it comes to wet aged, Del Frisco is right at the top with N9ne, Morton's, SW etc. but you need to figure out if you prefer wet to dry or if you don't care either way.

          1. A pat on the back for Del Frisco's as well. I'm not a huge "steakhouse" guy as it's like American Chinese restaurants: the menu is the same everywhere.. boring! But Del Frisco's is the only steakhouse I've been to that I'd spend *MY* money at. There are quite a few where I'd spend *your* money but not mine. I have never had a steak I enjoyed more and if that means I prefer wet aged I guess I do. I have been 4 times and loved each time. Great execution and service. Great wine list. Relaxed pacing. Great potatoes! I'm only speaking of experience from Denver store as I've never been to another. I also don't have a ton of data to compare to as only other "high end " steakhouses I've been to are Morton's, Ruth's Cris and Palm. Have obviously been to the 2nd tier places: outback, lone star, etc...

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            1. re: e_bone

              Some people prefer wet aged. Every single restaurant you mentioned, Morton's, Ruth and N9ne at the Palm are wet aged. According to a website, roughly a quarter of people prefer dry. About half prefer wet and about a fourth either don't care or like both based on auction bidding preference.

              You sound like the majority of people. However, I love dry and do prefer it although Del Friscos is really good for a wet aged steak.

              1. re: masstech

                I'm hoping someone offer some insight into this decision: Del Frisco's or Lawry's? I'm planning a bachelor party and it looks like beef for dinner. Been to Lawry's many times in LA, so I know what to expect there, but can someone compare it to Del Frisco's? I know the offerings are somewhat different, but I'd like to know how they compare cost-wise and quality-wise. Thanks a lot!

            2. If you are going to spend DelFriscos prices you might as well go to Craft. Forget Lawry's

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              1. re: Justjenn

                You know, I went to Craftsteak the last time I was out in Vegas, and I have to say that I had an extremely disappointing meal there. Besides the almost non-existent service (which I actually sent them a complaint letter about), the wagyu beef was not spectacular, the braised shortribs were way too salty, although the foie gras was nice. Can't say that I'm a fan of Craft. Good to know where Del Frisco's stands price-wise though. Thanks.

                1. re: brewinphan

                  It's interesting that you wrote that the short ribs were too salty. We ordered the sauteed spinach and it was so salty that it is all I can remember from that experience. I've been wanting to give it another try, but I just can't get that out of my head. Everyone raves about the place.

              2. It's now mid-April, but I eat a lot of steak in town.

                Del Frisco is very good. It is a chain, but better than most of the other chain steak places (like Morton's, Ruth's Chris, etc.). In the chain steakhouses, my favorite is Capital Grill followed by Del Frisco.

                I have been to Michael's at South Pointe. But I had not been to it before it moved there. I was not particularly impressed by the food, but service was fantastic. I took a colleague there from LA and he was very impressed. He thought his filet was the best steak he had ever eaten. I thought my NY strip was average.

                For my tastes, the top steak restaurants in Las Vegas right now are:

                1. Prime
                2. Stripsteak
                3. N9ne
                4. Vic & Anthony's
                5. Capital Grill
                6. Del Frisco
                7. Morton's
                8. Delmonicos
                9. SW Steakhouse

                I also like Golden Steer - the food is ordinary, but the old-time Vegas atmosphere and the named booths are always "fun" especially with out-of-towners. Mon Ami Gabi is fun and enjoyable with reasonable food, but I don't go there for the food.

                I found the food pretty ordinary at what many consider to be top steakhouse choices like Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab, Michael's, Boa, Craftsteak, Palm, Ruth's Chris, Smith & Wolensky, Charlie Palmer, and Lawry's.

                I definitely would NOT recommend the Carnevino, Envy, or the Steakhouse at Circus Circus (used to be one of the very best and a top-5 choice of mine).

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                1. re: Adept1958

                  WHY do you no longer recommend The Steakhouse at Circus Circus?

                  1. re: shamu613

                    I used to really like the Steakhouse at Circus Circus. It was a refined, quiet, classic steakhouse.

                    The last time I went (about a month ago), it was crowded, noisy, and jam packed like a common cafeteria. There were children running around, crying, and screaming. There were parents yelling at their children. There were loud and raucous discussions all around me with foul language.

                    As far as the food was concerned, the salad was not well prepared and the dressing was inadequate (tasted like it came from a bottle). I ordered a NY steak blue. It came out medium rare. The meat was just not as tasty as I remember it from visits several years ago. The server disappeared for a long period of time, so I gave up on sending the food back. The sides that came with the steak were also bland and tasteless. I did use salt and pepper to season my food. My guests and I opted out of dessert and coffee.

                    I asked for tonic water with lemon, and got lime instead. I had to ask for refills - when I could locate wait staff.

                    So, my experience was that the atmosphere that I so liked was gone. The food was ordinary, though the prices were a lot lower than typical for the Strip. I felt as if I could have gotten a better meal at Outback for a whole lot less.

                    One steakhouse I failed to mention in my earlier post is Mesa Grill.. It fits in the top 10, probably between Morton's and Delmonicos.

                  2. re: Adept1958

                    may i ask what is wrong with envy steakhouse at the renaissance hotel? i got a dining certificate to the restaurant and plan to have dinner there in the near future.

                    1. re: zack

                      I liked Envy well enough but not to choose it over some of the heavy-hitters on the Strip. You should definitely give it a try - especially since you have a certificate.

                  3. I enjoyed Envy. Had great service, Great steak and good wine.