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Going to Vegas for Labor Day with my best friend. We want to have one great steak dinner. New York steaks, martinis, good salads or vegetable sides, and desserts.

We've been to Vegas a lot. We like to find places that are a little off the beaten path, or maybe slightly old-school or a bit seedy (maybe "fading rose" is a better term), as long as the food is good and the people-watching is just as good. We don't want a "hush hush" steakhouse or one that's too much of an LA scene.

I've had steak at Hugo's Cellar (not bad), The Golden Steer (it was a bit too empty and while the steaks were good, sides were not), CarneVino (great but not right for this), Onda (not right for this), Kokomo's (same)...probably forgetting a few.

Should I try Circus Circus next? Never done it and seems like it might fit the bill. Or is there some other steakhouse I'm missing?

Thanks. Price is not really a concern. Meat-wise, I don't need anything fancier than a great New York steak.

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Golden Steer
308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Hugo's Cellar
202 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Onda
3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. I am in Vegas every year for tradeshows and no trip is complete without a trip to Del Frisco's. Buddy from CHI (they know beef) recommended it a few years back, and it's a MUST DO ever since... Yes, it is a chain (I think there are 5 or 6 of them in the U.S.) but everything is top notch. Usually, some great bone in cuts, great apps (crabcake!) huge winelist, nice STEAKHOUSE feel. Not cheap but nothing in Vegas really is.... definitely worth the 10 minute cab ride off the strip IMHO.

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    Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - Las Vegas
    3925 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169

    1. oh yeah... but not really seedy... just a tremendous steak.

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      Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - Las Vegas
      3925 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169

      1. Circus Circus would be it then. Back when we used to live there, we heard good things and decided to go. The restaurant itself is old school steak house and when you enter the aging room is right there. All in all good with very reasonable prices. The scary part is getting to the restaurant. Even the gangstas wear cheap metal chains not gold one if that helps you visualize the ambiance outside the restaurant.

        1. Check out Piero's. It is a fun, old-school spot. Officially Italian, but they have a great NY steak.

          http://www.pieroscuisine.com/index.htm

          1. CircusCircus is the place. Great dry-aged beef, good salads, but just OK sides. Restaurant itself is elegant, but the surrounding casino (which you can't avoid walking through) more than makes up for it in seediness.

            1. I think Circus Circus Steakhouse is a good option. Over the years it has gone from a reasonably priced steakhouse with very good steaks to an expensive steakhouse with very good steaks. The one thing I do not get is why they never seem to season their steaks? I am a huge advocate of less salt in food but steak is one thing that you really need to salt in order to get that great crust/flavor.

              One option that has not been discussed (and probably for good reason) is Binion Ranch Steakhouse. I have never eaten there but Binion's and the "old" downtown area perfectly fits the "seedy" aspect of your search.

              1. It has been a few years, but the Redwood Grill at the California Hotel downtown fits this description. As I remember it had the required steakhouse/chop house menu. The service was always special.

                1. Del Frisco's (almost all the locals I know call it "The Double Eagle"), The Circus Circus Steakhouse, & Redwood Grille are all solid choices. I'm surprised that the sides didn't impress you at the Golden Steer. I've eaten there dozens & dozens of times and never had anything that was less than superb IMO. If it's seedy that you're looking for, the Binion's Steakhouse is hard to beat, but the food, especially the steaks, are still excellent.

                  Another option you might want to check out, especially of you want a local, "authentic" steakhouse that's about as local as you can find, is Bob Taylor's Ranch House. It's off the beaten track all right, but it really is a unique Las Vegas dining experience.

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                  Bob Taylor's Ranch House
                  6250 Rio Vista St, Las Vegas, NV 89130

                  Golden Steer
                  308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102

                  1. Redwood at California hotel--please ask for their non on menu deals.