3 Steakhouse Choices Looking for Feedback
I own a remodeling company in Denver. I am taking a supervisor and crew chief with me to Vegas for thank you trip. I wanted to take them out for steaks, guys are very casual and steak / potato eaters. I would like to keep total cost $100-150 per person including apps, diner no desert and probably 1-2 drinks each.
I am considering the following.
The Steakhouse - Circus Circus
Palm - In the Forum
We are staying at the Mirage. Feedback on these or other suggestions would be great.
Trip is Jan 22-24
I think you are on the right track. These are probably not the best three steakhouses you could have chosen, but I think all three are places that would make your guests feel comfortable.
I'd urge you not to go to the Palm for a couple of reasons. One, there is a Palm in Denver (unless it closed), and the Las Vegas branch is not particularly distinctive from any of the other branches (except, perhaps, for its location in the Forum Mall).
Both The Steakhouse and Golden Steer will give them a real "old school" experience in different ways. In the case of GS, you have an off-Strip institution that the Rat Pack actually frequented. The Steakhouse gives a genuine feel for what a steakhouse was like on the Strip in the 50s and 60s.
Based on atmosphere, I might give a slight edge to GS. I haven't been to any of the three in more than ten years, so I have to yield to other Chowhounds on food quality -- based on my my meals 10-20 years ago, I'd have to give a slight nod to The Steakhouse.
I don't think the budget should be a problem at any of the three places. May I add that I think it's great that you are so sensitive to where your guests will feel comfortable. Cut, Craftsteak, and Carnevino, just as three examples, feel like "fine dining" palaces more than the three you've mentioned, where it's possible they could conceivably feel ill at ease.
Another option you might consider in the same category is Binions Steakhouse in Binions Gambling Hall on Fremont Street. The restaurant is located on the 24th floor and has a decent view of down town Las Vegas. It is very old school; jeans and a collared shirt are acceptable attire. Should be able to easily meet your stated price point. Most expensive app is around $16; most expensive steak (includes sides) $46; leaving plenty of room for a couple of drinks.
Walk across the street from the Mirage and hit Delmonico at the Venetian. It's a step up from your choices and an excellent meal. It's definitely within your budget and although very nice, not pretentious at all. And by all means, get the exceptional ribeye. Plus, no need for a taxi or designated driver.
Another steakhouse in a similar price range and atmosphere is Joe's Stone Crab and Prime Steaks. I think that it is the best Steak in that range - the bone in filets are very good, and it is probably the most Consistent of the restaurants in that range. I also think that the sides are very good - they are very meat and potatoes, but the crispy hash browns and the onion strings are still very well done. It is not as much Old Vegas style - more like Old Chicago style, which I guess is pretty similar. I've eaten at all four, and like all four, but my favorite of them would be Joe's.