top steakhouses in vegas?
Like most questions posed here, you will find everyone has a favorite and there is no clear favorite. And the dizzying array of steakhouses makes it almost impossible to have a clear choice. Also, what are your parameters? Are you looking for that really "Old School Vegas" (The Golden Steer) or the more glitzy "New School" (too many to name)? And are you concerned about price?
Personally I have a couple of favorites. For the older experience I like the Steakhouse in Circus Circus. Has always been very good on my visits. As you may envision for an older type of place, it is decorated in wood and red velvet interior with a long oak bar area. Food has been good to excellent with the steaks being consistently very good to great. It is by no means a chic place to be seen steakhouse but has always been inviting. One other perk that keeps me going back...they have a VERY friendly corkage policy. And for wine geeks like myself, that is a HUGE perk! On the newer (by NO MEANS is it new) side I am a fan of Prime in the Bellagio. Consistently delicious and probably one of, if not the top as far as comfort and ambiance, it is also very expensive. It is a beautiful restaurant and must be considered one of the best.
These are only 2 of the multiple places for steaks (Zagats lists 61, but those are considered pure steakhouses. There are plenty of other restaurants that serve a great steak.). I have been to many of the Vegas steakhouses (Delmonico's being my biggest disappointment while Capital Grill was my best surprise) and I have never had a "bad" meal at the 2 I mentioned. If I am being cost conscience and want to bring my own wine I will ALWAYS go to the Circus Circus Steakhouse (not cheap as far as cheap eats is concerned but in the Steak category, one of the more reasonable) and if price is not a factor (in this category is my biggest "beef", sorry for the bad pun, the new Carnevino. SKY HIGH prices for what? So far the reviews have been mediocre AT BEST for beef that isn't even USDA graded prime!) and I am looking for ambiance Prime has NEVER disappointed!
SW served up a wilted Caesar. We had filet and bone-in NY. The NY was not prepared as requested so it was sent back. Au gratin potatoes were tasty. Our check was $152.
I've dined at many LV Steakhouses here's a list in order of my preference:
Lawry's Prime Rib
Prime Rib Loft
Triple George Grill
Mon Ami Gabi
The best steak I've encountered was not from a Steakhouse, it was from Nobhill.
I have but not full dinner. Grazed at the bar. Certainly a beautiful restaurant and has the financial backing to succeed. We enjoyed our apps, but again, I cannot really comment as far as steak is concerned. There is a new place that is in the Palazzo that reads really well and has good pedigree. CUT, which is the offshoot of Wolfgang Pucks highly successful Beverly Hills restaurant. A friend of mine who lives in Santa Monica says it is one of his top 3 steakhouses he has been. And given that he spent 5 years living in NYC, that is fairly high praise. If they are able to parlay that quality to Las Vegas, it may be something to try. He did comment that it is VERY expensive so beware. I looked at the menu and will agree that it is VERY pricy, it doesn't look to be as egregiously priced as Carnevino.