The Vegaster 7: Top 7 Steakhouses in Vegas
The Steak House: Having been voted Best of Las Vegas for as long as I have been going there, this Circus-Circus staple has to top the list. This Zagat Award winning restaurant is best known for its mesquite-grilled steaks and savory filet mignon served like you’re dining next to the ranch. But honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the steaks you will find here.
Best Grub Pick: A side of king crab legs with your steak just to keep it interesting.
Delmonico's: Inside of the Venetian is Delmonico's, Emeril’s version of an American steakhouse. Using only the finest top shelf beef Emeril adds some BAM to your meat with his special blend of creole spices. Whether a ribeye is your thing, or your a sucker for a New York strip, you are not going to be disappointed.
Best Grub Pick: Angus beef Chateaubriand. You may not be able to say it, but your mouth is going to thank you for it. Carved tableside for two, this is a culinary pleasure you are never going to forget.
Strip Steak: Nestled inside of the Mandalay Bay is an authentic steakhouse with some very unusual cooking methods. But as much as we eat steak, we have never come across a porterhouse as juicy as this. The Strip Steak chefs sous-vide the meat (a fancy term for poach) at a low temperature before grilling them over an open flame. They can sous-vide all they want if it means I get a steak that is melting in my mouth.
Best Grub Pick: 8oz Wagyu filet. There’s Angus, and there is Wagyu. And in this case, not being able to say it does make it taste better.
Prime: It may be one of the pricier steakhouses in town, but it is well worth it. Found inside of the Bellagio with an incredible view of the fountains, Prime takes the American steakhouse theme and kicks it up about ten notches. The menu here is vast with plenty to choose from for non-steak lovers (if there is such a thing).
Best Grub Pick: A six-peppercorn-encrusted strip steak. Guys who appreciate a good steak like it simple, and this one has just the right amount of spice to make it perfection.
Botero: Our mouths are so happy that all we can manage to say right now is Encore. Which is where you are going to find this sophisticated steak house. Yet before we can even cut into the porterhouse we need to talk décor. Only because this steak house is dressed to the nines with paintings and sculptures from Columbian artist Fernando Botero. The menu touches on all the classic steak dishes, but with that special something-something that the Encore always provides.
Best Grub Pick: I’m going with the Australian Wagyu Beef Tartare appetizer on this one. An incredible combination of flavors combined with an amazing cut of meat.
Sadly, 1 of our favorite Vegas spots closed (November 2015) to make room for another great spot, Costa Di Mare.
Carnevino: The name is a combining of the Italian words for meat and wine, and lets you know exactly what you are in for when you step foot into the Palazzo’s Italian themed steakhouse. Dry aged for at least five weeks BBL beef makes the filet mignon here exceptional. The prices are a bit higher than others, but worth it once you see what aging can do to a great cut of steak.
Best Grub Pick: The wine list. You are not going to be disappointed with the over 100 choices of Italy’s finest wines. Wine goes in the mouth so that counts as grub no?
Charlie Palmer Steakhouse: Getting best steakhouse nods from the Las Vegas Review Journal, Charlie Palmer’s is next to the lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel. The menu covers the whole gambit of steak lover’s delights, from a flat iron steak to Kobe filet mignon. Each entrée has its own special kick, like roasted shallots or truffle potato gratin, to round out the robust flavor of the meats.
Best Grub Pick: Ritz cracker stuffed lobster. I know, not a steak, but this was something way off course from the boring crab meat stuffing you usually get. Throw in a side of bone marrow if you have to get your beef fix in.
When done right, a steak is the epitome of great food. All 7 of these picks not only make great steak, they add their own flair to take it out of the stratosphere. Make sure that every trip to Vegas includes a stop at one of these amazing steakhouses and you will see what a bit of Vegas can do to a bite of meat.