SteakHouse in Las Vegas...
Please let me know your opinions about a good steakhouse in Las Vegas...
Please mention your personal favorites and why...
I can recommend three -
1. The Ranch Steakhouse at Binions in the downtown section of Las Vegas - expensive, but between the quality of the food and the view from the 22nd floor I think it is worth it. I always recommend making reservations for a half hour before sunset since you can watch the sunset and the lights of the strip come up from one of the window views.
2. The Range Steakhouse at Harrah's on the strip. Ask for a table overlooking the strip.
3. The Golden Steer on Sahara Blvd just off the strip. Old style restaurant. Very good.
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Depends on your wants ...
N9NE Steakhouse/Palms - Good food served in a club-like environment. If you like to see and be "scene", this is your place. Dress like you are going to a club afterward and you'll be in good shape. Good beef, interesting apps/sides, beautiful people everywhere, and a bar scene that's top-notch.
Prime Steakhouse/Bellagio - Elegant steakhouse overlooking Lake Bellagio with a 30's cornflower/chocolate motif. One of the hardest reservations in Vegas. All said, I personally don't care for it. The food there ( other than the beef ) is very odd. Steakhouse in the kitchen of a mad scientist - Jean-George. Asian flair to a lot of the dishes. Downside - to get the full "Prime" experience you must be a who's-who.
Golden Steer/Sahara Ave. @ LVB - Old school style steakhouse. I mean, WAY old school. Pleather booths, red velvet wallpaper, faux tuxedos, the works. The service is just like you'd expect ... Old Vegas. The waiters shoot you looks of indifference - but that's the cool part. Good escargot, caesar salad, and the beef isn't bad either. Not to mention, tableside preparations of Banana's Foster and Cherries Jubilee.
Del Frisco's Steakhouse/Paradise Ave. - For the "I'm at a steakhouse and I'm going to eat a ton, drink some great wine, and then smoke a cigar while I sip cognac" type of experience. Order a magnum of Screaming Eagle and put a strain on the Amex. Rumor has it that they have a private "smoke room" in the back some nights.
Craftsteak/MGM - I've saved the best for last. This place is great. Casual and relaxed while still retaining an upscale masculine vibe. The food here rocks. IMO they serve the best seared foie gras in town, bar none. I enjoy the simple preps and the quality ingredients of the apps and sides. Their desserts are pretty tasty as well. This is my hands down all-around favorite place in Vegas.
Honorable Mention: Stripsteak/Mandalay Bay
I'll third the Golden Steer recommendation, but as mentioned, it all depends on what you're looking for. If you're more interested in hanging out with the hip crowd, or at least people trying to act hip, go somewhere else. If it's great food you want in a low key old school style steakhouse atmosphere, go to the Golden Steer.
I took some out of town friends there a while back and they said it was one of the most enjoyable dinners they've ever had anywhere, and they've been around. Of course, we're all in our 40's now so we enjoy a more relaxed type experience rather than the noise and flash that comes with some of the other previously mentioned suggestions. Just don't get scared away by the nondescript outside appearance of the place. Once you're inside it's quite nice.
I'm not a big steakhouse fan, but our ChowTeen wanted to go to a Tom Colicchio restaurant, so we chose Craftsteak, and it's all that azbirdiemaker said it was. I was very pleased with the atmosphere, food, service, and was especially surprised at how the desserts were a notch above that usually found at most restaurants.
I've been to Prime and I think you're way off base. We were treated like VIP's and we we're not. We were waiting for a table overlooking the fountains, when a party took longer than expected, they seated us and then gave us seating on the patio for dessert as 'compensation.' We were led past people in Armani suits behind a velvet rope to the patio. So I don't know what you're referring to about needing to be a "VIP," as you left us no specifics, but I didn't see any of that.
Hmmm ... well, maybe that wasn't quite the right way to put it but I stand behind what I wrote. Maybe I should have said that in order to get the full Prime experience you have to either be a who's-who or be there when there are other "factors" involved.
I know it sounds cryptic and, believe me, I wish I could go into specifics but I won't/can't here.
I'm glad you had a great time and it is an elegant atmosphere if you like that kind of thing but , for the most part, unless you are famous/wealthy/powerful there's a good chance that you'll only have an average experience there.
... and I'm sure there are other 'hounds who have had similar experiences to what you describe but keep in mind that's an extremely small percentage of their business.
There are people who love Prime and can't fathom a better place to have a meal. Great for them. But you know what they say about opinions ... mine happens to be that there are better steakhouses in Vegas in which to spend an evening. That's all I was really trying to say.
Excellent choices, thank you everyone for taking the time to post in this thread and sharing your personal favorites.
As azbirdiemaker mentions, knowing your preferences/desires will help with suggestions. My favorite steak place is Prime in Bellagio. It is a beautiful dining room that is about as warm and inviting as you would expect. It has that swanky type feeling w/out all the testosterone that many of the LV Steakhouses seem to exude. Their steaks have always been spot on and other non-carnivore choices are very good. It is pricey though so be prepared.
One place that has not been mentioned is The Steak House @ Circus Circus. The hotel/casino is SUCH a roach motel but this is a seriously good steak joint. It is a bit of a throwback. Although it is not as cheap as it once was, it is still very good. And one added perk, they do have a corkage policy so bringing one or more of your prized/better bottles will certainly keep costs down. As does Capital Grill (not a huge fan of chain steak joints, but this one seems to work.).
Just my 2-cents, I am not a big fan of Las Vegas Steak houses although I am a HUGE steak fan. Not that I do not like them but the quality levels do not justify the exorbitant pricing. A lot of place serve prime beef but very few have dry aged. I am a huge fan of USDA prime dry aged beef yet I have yet to fine the LV steak house that can compare w/any of the better NYC (I am from the NYC metro area) steak houses.