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Anniversary - December in Las Vegas - Steak Restaurant on Strip

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Our anniversary is December 15 and we always go to Vegas since we were married there. Our challenge each year is to find a good restaurant since many are dark. We can't change the date, does anyone have any good ideas? We are in our 50's and expect good service along with quality food -- someone recommended N9NE, but seems trendy and is out of the way. Any thoughts on SW? We tried Strip Steak and really enjoyed. Anything new at City Center worth trying. We have some time, but I would love some feedback!

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  1. I loved Jean george steakhouse in Aria. It's my second favorite with cut being my first.

    1. I vote Cut. Best steak and sides in Vegas IMO.

      1. We always stay at the Wynn and love Alex..only heard great things about SW steakhouse.

        I'm a huge fan of Jean George and we enjoy his J&G steakhouse at the Phoenician but have never been to the one in Vegas.
        SDGourmand has exquisite taste and knows his stuff!

        Happy anniversary and I'm thinking of doing a Vegas run the second week of December too..it's quiet and great room prices along with restaurants that aren't so busy..love that!

        1. In your 50's and celebrating an anniversary…hmmmm, 1st off congrats! Several places are top notch (many already mentioned) but I think Prime screams out as an obvious choice. After all it is a JG restaurant. It has withstood the test of time. The service is top notch. The food is excellent. The interior and exterior are hard to beat and the quiet yet beautiful room is as good as it gets. Charlie Palmer's place at the Four Seasons is also very nice, just a shade behind prime. I have yet to try the new JG in Aria so I can't comment on that. IMHO, places like CUT, Strip Steak are a bit too sterile and loud for a couple celebrating an anniversary. SW is over hyped and too inconsistent for me (been 3 times), although many others love it.

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          1. re: LVI

            Thanks! We ate at Prime about 8 years ago, and it was a poor experience . . . sat us by kitchen, but we are always willing to try again! I agree on Strip Steak, very sterile, but the food is good. We love the Four Seasons, so maybe Charlie Palmer's -- have only eaten there on business. David was pondering SW, so that is apparently not the best idea!

            1. re: zaxcat

              Many people like SW. And truth be told, my experiences there were not horrible. I tend to be very critical of steakhouses and have a very low tolerance for poor execution. Which is my biggest complaint about SW. It's a very nice setting and very lively but I think that its size actually hinders its ability to be consistent. And as expensive as SW is, performance should always be spot on. I also think that the service tends to be on the snooty side. Not rough just a bit of an attitude.

          2. My vote is for CUT at the Palazzo. Great food and attentive service. I'm looking forward to a return visit next spring (I'm in my 50s too).

            1. Something that has been brought up in different threads, and could be worth a look for you, is the "Cut of the Week" concept at Charlie Palmer Steak. Steve Blandino deserves accolades for the concept he has come up with (he also put together their "Sunday Supper" last year, before the times forced the restaurant to go dark on Sunday and Monday nights), and it is a nice setting for your purposes, with quality service. The portions are generous, the wine is unlimited, and it can make for a very pleasant evening.

              1. CUT is our favorite as well. I agree about the dining area as not very romantic. Not sure if this works for you but we always sit in the lounge at CUT. They dim the lights in there, have big cozy, plush booths and no need to worry about reservations. Service has always been excellent as well. Definitely our favorite steakhouse in Vegas and we have tried them all.

                On another note, If you're looking for cold steak try craftsteak. We actually nicknamed it ColdSteak. Not sure if we were gluttons for punishment but we tried on 3 seperate occasions and each visit our steak came out cold. Lesson learned.

                1. Thanks for all the great suggestions. Certainly gives us a lot to think about as we plan! Have never tried CUT, Stripsteak however was a pleasant experience -- meat was done perfectly -- too bad, JPirkle, that you had so many bad experiences. Maybe I just hit a good night!

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                  1. re: zaxcat

                    To clarify my reference to coldsteak was to craftsteak, the Tom Colicciho restaurant at MGM. Not StripSteak at Mandalay Bay.

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                    1. re: JPirkle

                      Oops -- that's what I get for reading quickly! Have never tried Craftsteak -- but seem to recall that they had a great selection of scotch!

                      1. re: zaxcat

                        I went with a group of guys to Vegas every Superbowl w/end for years. And, for many of those years we went to Prime. We quit going because it seemed to be more of "see and be seen", trendy restaurant for the truly beautiful people of the world. Great cocktails but both the food & service seemed to get a bit worse each year. We noticed the sides were not as good as when we started going.

                        We moved our business to Stripsteak (Michael Mina Group) and were much happier. The food was just as good and the service better, with less of an attitude. Agreed the room is more sterile than Prime.