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7 Must-Try Steakhouses in Las Vegas
These Vegas chophouses are a cut above.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés is "a shrine to molecular gastronomy and has an excellent seafood menu." The restaurant features a raw bar with caviar flights and a meat bar with tartares and carpaccios.(AVABLU)
Dry-aged or wet-aged, filet or rib-eye, sauce or no sauce – when it comes to steaks, there are seemingly endless options, and with a steakhouse in every casino, Las Vegas does not make the decision-making any easier. To help you find your choice steak on (or off) the Strip, local experts weighed in on their favorite meat-eries.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés(Courtesy of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino)
For the adventurous set: Celebrity chef and restaurateur José Andrés infuses Bazaar Meat at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino with creative twists and tastes of Spain. The dry-aged steaks are “par excellence,” according to Andrew Kiraly, editor of Desert Companion, a southern Nevada lifestyle magazine. But he adds, “It’s also a shrine to molecular gastronomy and has an excellent seafood menu. So, it is like three or four different restaurants rolled up into one. You can have a great steak, order some oysters and do some martinis, but you can also order cotton candy foie gras and air waffles.”
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There's a raw bar that includes caviar flights from $45 to $350 and a meat bar featuring tartares, carpaccios and cured meats. Unique beef offerings include three A5 wagyu options from $35 to $50 an ounce, “vaca vieja” (which means “old cow” in Spanish and refers to an 8- to 10-year-old Holstein) for $65 per pound and a $75, 16-ounce chateaubriand. Small plates, such as the $14 patatas bravas, reflect Andrés’ Spanish heritage, as does the whole suckling pig, which must be ordered in advance, for $540.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House(Courtesy of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House)
The James Bond table is reason enough to take a short ride off the Strip to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, according to Joe Moracco, concierge at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. You can’t sit at the 007-inspired masterpiece, but you can watch it come alive as it opens up to display a selection of custom Bond-themed wine bottles. Plus, Moracco assures that “the food is phenomenal.” He recommends the jumbo lump crab cake, which you can order as an appetizer for $21.
The a la carte menu features steaks ranging from $42.50 for an 8-ounce filet mignon to $89 for a 32-ounce wagyu tomahawk chop. Sides start at $10.50, but the decadent lobster macaroni and cheese will cost you $18.50. Monday through Friday, you can enjoy the steakhouse's happy hour, featuring half-price bar menu items, including a top-notch burger and select adult beverages. It's held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the patio and in the bar.
Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas
Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas(Sabin Orr)
“One of my favorites is Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons,” says Kelly Messina, senior director of leisure sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “They have kind of a secret menu called the Cut of the Week. It is a $58-per-person, three-course menu with bottomless glass wine pairings, which is a tremendous value.”
Otherwise, the a la carte menu includes A5 wagyu rib-eye from Kagoshima, Japan, for $30 per ounce, as well as a more affordable $41 flat iron steak. You can add seared foie gras to your steak for $24 or half a Maine lobster for $25. Sides start at $9.
Prime Steakhouse(Courtesy of MGM Resorts International)
If you’re looking to impress your dining guests with lakeside luxe, celebrity chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio Las Vegas is for you. As Tina Matson, head concierge at the hotel, says, “It is a traditional steakhouse, and it has a huge patio that guests love because they get to watch the fountains of Bellagio.” Be sure to call ahead to reserve a table with a view.
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Matson recommends starting with the onion soup and moving on to the dry-aged, bone-in rib-eye, which costs $73 for the 18-ounce cut. “If someone does not necessarily love steak, they also have the best blackened Dover sole” for $68, she says. Sides start at $13 on the a la carte menu.
Carnevino at The Palazzo Las Vegas is one of the few steakhouses on the Strip where you can enjoy lunch. Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s steakhouse offers a three-course, two-martini lunch for $65. And don’t skip the martinis – the cocktails at Carnevino are as noteworthy as the riserva (Italian for "reserve") steaks, which are dry-aged for six to nine months. The riserva cuts have limited availability, so call to confirm they are being offered if you’re questing for dry-aged extremes. They are priced by the inch and served in 1- to 3-inch cuts. The rib-eye and porterhouse are $115 an inch, and the New York strip is $88 an inch.
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Otherwise, you can enjoy the standard 90- to 120-day dry-aged, bone-in rib-eye for $152 or the similarly aged New York strip for $70. For fans of sauce, there are 10 options, each costing $5. Vegetarians and Italian-lovers will appreciate the lengthy pasta menu, with options starting at $19.
The Steak House
For a bit of vintage Vegas with your steak, Melinda Sheckells, editor-in-chief of Vegas Seven, a weekly Las Vegas lifestyle magazine, thinks you can’t top The Steak House at Circus Circus Las Vegas. “You pull in [to Circus Circus] on a Friday night, and you feel like you're in another place and time in Las Vegas,” she says. As for the restaurant itself, Sheckells admires the “incredible aging room, where you see all the meat,” which is ultimately grilled over mesquite wood. “It is such a great vibe, and the food is great.” Steaks average $55, and every entree includes a vegetable, a choice of black bean soup or salad, and a choice of potato.
Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse
Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse(Courtesy of Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse)
“It is worth the drive out to Summerlin to eat at Echo & Rig,” says Carol Styles, concierge at The Venetian Las Vegas and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association awarded this local favorite Best Off-Strip Restaurant in 2017. Proprietor and chef Sam Marvin is also behind the acclaimed Bottega Louie in Los Angeles. You can dine alfresco on the patio overlooking Tivoli Village, an outdoor shopping development, while an on-property butcher prepares cuts.
With a wide selection of cuts, including hard-to-find beauties such as the bavette, that cost about $30, Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse saves you enough to afford the trip off the Strip. Vegetarians will appreciate the salads and small-plate vegetables starting at $6.40. Echo & Rig also serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To experience more of what Las Vegas has to offer, check out the U.S. News Travel guide.
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