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josephml1 Dec 5, 2008 12:00 PM

Please let me know your opinions about a good steakhouse in Las Vegas...

Please mention your personal favorites and why...

:)))

  1. lacal Dec 5, 2008 12:15 PM

    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.

    1. azbirdiemaker Dec 6, 2008 12:55 AM

      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

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        Whisper Dec 6, 2008 07:17 AM

        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.

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          Claudette Jan 2, 2009 04:05 PM

          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.

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            elrushbo Jan 6, 2009 07:24 PM

            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.

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              azbirdiemaker Jan 6, 2009 08:59 PM

              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.

          2. josephml1 Dec 7, 2008 08:05 PM

            Excellent choices, thank you everyone for taking the time to post in this thread and sharing your personal favorites.

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              LVI Dec 8, 2008 03:55 AM

              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.

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                josephml1 Dec 8, 2008 12:15 PM

                I am also a huge fan of USDA prime dry aged beef ...

                Again thank you for for your post.

                :))))

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                  Illuminatus Jun 24, 2013 03:53 PM

                  Carnevino has great dry-aged steaks

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                    A5 KOBE Jun 24, 2013 04:16 PM

                    Carnevino definitely has the best dry aged steaks. I believe that are minimum 45 days.

                2. josephml1 Dec 31, 2008 02:06 PM

                  any opinion about Joe´s in the Forum?

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                    QAW Dec 31, 2008 03:00 PM

                    My friends and I have had nothing but good experiences at Joe's - not only the food quality, especially when the stone crabs are in season, but perhaps more than that the service has been a cut above, something that unfortunately can be hit or miss at the major Strip restaurants. It is almost 100 years since they first opened in Miami, so the quality control elements have been well-established, and their Las Vegas location has maintained them.

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                      jf123 Jan 22, 2009 04:40 PM

                      Joe's is AWESOME!!!! We have one in Chicago, favorite place for Anything.

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                        josephml1 Jan 23, 2009 09:19 AM

                        I got the Porter House and the cream spinach of course with the crab as an appetizer and it was great...

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                      timbigworm11 Dec 31, 2008 02:19 PM

                      I agree with the Steakhouse in Circus Circus. We always go there and have never had a bad meal. We dont drink when we go so the bill is usually around 100 plus tip which isnt bad. All your sides are included and they have excellent bread and salad. Top notch! Once you get past the crappy hotel that Circus Circus is, the Steakhouse is night and day.

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                      1. re: timbigworm11
                        Steve Green Jan 1, 2009 02:09 AM

                        Exactly right. The Steakhouse is a placid oasis within the nasty CircusCircus hotel/casino complex, which is crampacked with large families, screaming brats, strollers, etc. It's elegant and calm enough inside the restaurant, that you can forget about what lies outside those walls.

                        In terms of the meat quality, it's dry-aged and as good as any of the fancy steakhouses in town. For the same price that you would pay for just a steak at one of the other places, you also get a nice green salad or soup, and a choice of potato. The other optional sides are just OK though.

                        If you'd like a steak for lunch, The Palm at Caesars Forum serves a "Business Lunch" which includes a small filet topped w/sauteed mushrooms (there are also other entrees to choose from), along with soup or salad, plus homefries and chips, and a beverage, for under $20. Not a big steak, but still a very good value. Elegant inside, or you can sit at one of the "outside" (mall) tables and watch the world go by.

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                          josephml1 Jan 12, 2009 09:22 AM

                          I will try it and come back with my comments. Thanks Again.

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                          climberdoc Dec 31, 2008 02:35 PM

                          I recently dined at Botero at Encore. Here's my review:

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/582327

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                            josephml1 Jan 5, 2009 03:14 PM

                            Good review :) Thanks for sharing.

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                              HoosierFoodie Jan 12, 2009 09:43 AM

                              Been to Prime several times. asbirdiemaker's opinion is pretty much the same as mine. Our annual group moved our "steak night" to Stripsteak and were much, much happier.

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                                josephml1 Jan 15, 2009 09:13 AM

                                I had an excellent dinner experience on the StripSteak...

                          2. Rubee Jan 15, 2009 10:32 PM

                            My husband is a big steakhouse fan (Ha - in fact, we met at one in Boston), but I'm not usually, only because I prefer a more varied menu, so the ones we really like in Vegas that make us both happy -

                            I actually love Prime - maybe because it's not the typical steakhouse. I love walking into that beautiful restaurant. Absolutely gorgeous, elegant, but still warm, and I love the twists on conventional dishes. We've never had bad service. My favorite.

                            S&W at the Wynn - not so over the top, classics are great, comfortable, excellent service, and I think they have some of the best side dishes in Vegas. My husband's favorite.

                            I like N9Ne. But it's definitely a scene, which can be good depending on what you feel like. For me, the food has always been good so I'm happy. It's the place we choose if we have friends that want a great steakhouse menu, but in a sleek and trendy atmosphere as opposed to prototypical "men's club" or lots of wood, or with friends who are starting a night with good food, lots of energy, and ready to play some blackjack upstairs.

                            OTOH, I haven't been to Craftsteak, Stripsteak, Del Frisco's, Botero, sunset at the Ranch Steakhouse at Binion's, or some of the other great-sounding recs above...

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                            1. re: Rubee
                              josephml1 Jan 16, 2009 12:21 PM

                              Nice recommendations, Thank you for taking the time to post in this thread...

                              Prime is always a top choice.

                            2. A5 KOBE Jan 15, 2009 11:07 PM

                              I have tried most of the top steakhouse in Vegas and I have to say CUT is the best out of all of them.

                              Better than Prime and SW

                              The Kobe beef there is amazing and so is the beef tartare, and the lobster, and the desserts. Did I mention the lobster is sooooooooo sweet and the Kobe beef is so soft you can eat it with a fork.

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                                josephml1 Jan 16, 2009 12:20 PM

                                Great advice...the menu looks amazing... I will follow your advice and try the Kobe beef...

                                Mhhh I am Hungry just reading the Menu.

                                :),

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                                  A5 KOBE Jan 17, 2009 09:41 PM

                                  here are some pics...mmmm kobe beef and lobster

                                  both are amazing and can't go wrong with either one

                                   
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                                    josephml1 Jan 18, 2009 05:01 PM

                                    Great pics... Just see them make me hungry...Mmmhhh Again :),,,

                                    Thanks for sharing. :)

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                                jf123 Jan 22, 2009 04:43 PM

                                I would echo the rec of SW or Del Frisco's. I was at Del Friscos and Joe's in October, Ribeye at one and NY at the other. Both excellent.

                                1. josephml1 Jun 17, 2013 09:48 PM

                                  STK?

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                                    Searching4Dunny Jun 18, 2013 06:00 PM

                                    I am also wondering about STK.

                                    Also, any updates on Carnevino? Especially the dry aged beef.

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                                      Jwsel Jun 19, 2013 03:59 PM

                                      I went to Carnevino for the first time a few weeks ago and am kicking myself that I waited so long to try it. I normally go to Cut when I want a steak in Vegas (and have also been to CraftSteak and Delmonicos), but I thought the dry-aged bone-in New York Strip at Carnevino was by far the best steak I've had, even better than the Cut wagyu steaks I've had. Not to mention that my friend, who didn't really want a steak, was able to have a phenomenal pasta.

                                      Carnevino is now my go-to steak place in Vegas.

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                                        josephml1 Jun 21, 2013 12:02 PM

                                        I am going to try it, thanks for your advice.

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                                          A5 KOBE Jun 24, 2013 11:49 AM

                                          Carnevino definitely has the best dry aged steaks in town. Even better than the NY is the ribeye for 2 and porterhouse for 2.

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                                        jbsiegel Jun 24, 2013 12:03 PM

                                        Haven't been to Carnevino, but it gets good reviews.

                                        I like STK, but you have to be prepared for a relatively "lively" steakhouse. It's loud and has a younger, party-ish atmosphere. I've been to the Vegas one and the NYC one, and they are both good.

                                        I've also been to Cut and like that too, but they can tend to overseason the meat, so keep this in mind when ordering.

                                        I like Gordon Ramsay too.

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                                          A5 KOBE Jun 24, 2013 03:36 PM

                                          How is the dry age at Gordon Ramsay? I have only gone and had the wellington and it was good, not great.

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                                      TravelScholar Jun 18, 2013 11:20 PM

                                      Mastro's is by far my favourite for food quality, flavour, and service.

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                                        AMC1210 Jun 19, 2013 09:49 PM

                                        My wife and I went to Old Homestead at Caesars for Porterhouse for 2 last week. the steak was cooked perfectly to our order and It was excellent. The big surprise was the New York Cheese Cake for desert, It was the best we have had in a long time.

                                        1. josephml1 Jun 21, 2013 12:01 PM

                                          I had an amazing experience with the bone in rib eye with white truffle butter...

                                          The next time in Vegas I am going to try Cut or Carnevino.

                                          1. josephml1 Jul 29, 2013 09:13 PM

                                            carnevino for dry age steak.

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