If there is one thing Vegas has a lot of it is good steakhouses.
The only higher end steakhouse I have eaten at in Vegas is StripSteak at the Mandalay Bay. It was quite good but not "blow me away" awesome.
Anyway, the names I always hear when people are talking about the best steakhouses in Vegas are Cut, Craftsteak and Carnevino. But for some reason, whenever I hear about some famous person coming into town, they always are said to be going to N9NE.
Is N9NE that good? If it is not good and those other places are so much better, why don't the famous people go to the other ones? The Palms isn't the only happening place in town.
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
I love N9NE. I also love PRIME and STRIPSTEAK. And Stripsteak has the amazing fries, three flavors, friend in duck fat, instead of bread. But N9NE is a wonderful vegas atmosphere. very good food (amazing sides and the popcorn shrimp to start are to die for) and the steaks are top notch.
Nine is not that good foodwise, IMO, compared to the top tier Las Vegas steakhouses. The reason it is a go-to spot is the reason you intimated - a loud, very hip, very trendy scene to be seen. Contrary to previous posts, several of the top level steakhouses source their meat independently, so there is a fair amount in variety/quality strictly from a product standpoint. The perceived reasonableness of the pricing, which I have never noticed(the cost comparable with most others), likely is a function of the wet-aging. My personal preference is for dry-aged, and Nine, if I recall correctly, wet-ages for ~21 days. Having said that, I have eaten there many, many times and the food(apps, main, sides) is always competent, if not outstanding. If you prefer wet-aged steaks, you really can't have a bad time there-its just the food has never been, nor had to be, the focus for the Nine group. I'd check out one of the three you mentioned instead.
* Del Frisco's
* Strip Steak
* The Steakhouse at Circus Circus
My personal favorite is The Steakhouse at Circus Circus, but most posters seem to favor either Craftsteak or CUT.
The Steakhouse at Circus Circus
2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Winchester, NV 89109
Yes, it's that good. It's not just the food, which is quite delicious although the desserts could stand some improvement, but rather a combination of the food and vibe. It's sceney but not obnoxious, although it can definitely get loud. The service is always very professional despite the scene. My husband and I are way too old to really be part of the scene, didn't care about it much when we were younger either. Yet they still treat us great. Year in and year out, N9NE is our favorite steakhouse in Vegas, it never disappoints. Second favorite is probably Craftsteak but it has a more business-like feel. Also enjoyed CUT. Have also been to Strip Steak, Charlie Palmer Steak, Delmonico, Circus Circus, maybe others over the years. Actually the steak at Joe's Stone Crab is very good too. But if I had to choose just one place for steak, it would definitely be N9NE.
Charlie Palmer Steak
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
The food is really good, but another reason I'd recommend N9NE is I think it's a higher ROI than many of the other steak places in Vegas. Overall, I think it's priced more reasonably than most of the other steak places and I've found the food to be just as -- or in some cases -- better than the more highbrow spots. The only real drawback for me is that it IS a scene...as in see-and-be-seen scene. So it gets loud and conversation is all but impossible.
N9ne is great. Let's face it, every steack place gets their meat from the same 2-3 places. They all have the same 1000 degree or hotter ovens, and there isnt much they do differntly to a steak. That siad, N9ne steaks are as good as any other place and it also has great bread, appetizers, sides and desserts. "Famous" people likely go there because its a fun clubby place and is in a hip hotel. You should go becasue the food is crative, diverse and great!
N9NE Steakhouse Las Vegas
4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103