Choosing the best steakhouse in Las Vegas is impossible. Fortunately, depending on your location, bankroll and sense of adventure, there are enough excellent choices to satisfy even the most finicky quest for the perfect steak amidst the neon glamour.
(Bonus Tip: Las Vegas’ best kept secret for a premium steak dinner will be revealed at the end of this article!)
Nevada is one of the few states in the union that still has wild horses. That means we have cowboys. By virtue of the National Rodeo Finals, Bull Riding championships and an interstate that connects the cowboy heartland to the West Coast, the neon oasis that is Las Vegas knows a lot about cowboys. Cowboys mean cattle and cattle means steak. The freshest, most perfectly aged and seasoned steak in the entire country to be exact.
On The Strip
SW Steakhouse at The Wynn has received the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Sophisticated with celebrity clientele and a beautiful outdoor terrace over looking a waterfall, SW Steakhouse is absolutely guaranteed to make any special celebration memorable. Chef David Walzog specializes in a wide variety of prime-aged steaks, lamb chops and prime rib, as well as poultry and seafood specialties. Pricey, but worth it. They’re open everyday for dinner, but only until 10 PM. Call (702) 248-3463 for reservations.
The Chef’s Selection at Craftsteak at the MGM Grand is never disappointing and offers something for everyone, even picky meat eaters. It’s a three course menu that includes two cuts of meat and a vast array of delicious appetizers and side dishes. Don’t miss the ribeye, yukon gold puree or any of their homemade sorbets! With no outdoor seating and far fewer celebrities, it’s not quite as expensive as SW Steakhouse and a lot more convenient for those staying on the southern end of the Strip. Call (702) 891-7318 for reservations.
Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian is probably one of the best known steakhouses in Las Vegas. Started by tough guy celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, Delmonico is classy, upscale, pricey because of the celebrity appeal, but reliably delicious. They’re open everyday for lunch and dinner and they stay open until 10:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Call (702) 414-1992 for reservations.
Other notable mentions for best steakhouse along the Strip in Vegas are:
- CUT at the Palazzo
- Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio (*outdoor seating*)
- Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas (Don’t miss the “Cut of the Week” deal)
- Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris (romantic with a great view)
- Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab at Caesar’s Palace (*outdoor seating*)
Best Steakhouses in Vegas – Strip Adjacent
The Golden Steer at 308 W. Sahara is an increasingly rare time capsule tucked just off the Strip in a little shopping mall. Despite it’s modest exterior, it’s a classic restaurant that has been serving delicious steaks, prime rib and twice baked potatoes since 1958. Classy with abundant old-school charm inside, get your waiter talking and you’ll feel like Frank, Deano, Elvis, Benny Binion or anyone featured in the movie “Casino” could be sitting next to you. Always an epicurean delight and reasonably priced ($30-50 entrees) even if you add cab fare. Call (702) 384-4470 for reservations.
The Cortez Room at the Gold Coast is worth a notable mention, especially if you love prime rib. It’s delicious and a great value. (note: The Cortez Room will be closed from August 1 to Sept 6, 2011 for re-modeling)
Best Steakhouses in Downtown Las Vegas
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse in Houston is regularly voted one of the ten best steakhouses in the U.S.. Their two-year old sister location at the Golden Nugget in downtown Vegas is quickly becoming equally famous. The succulent, seasoned steaks and the eclectic wine list are priced above the downtown average, but they don’t come without the sticker shock of some Strip properties. A fifty-dollar steak at Vic & Anthony’s never disappoints and choosing between their rib-eye, or their turf and surf (which features fork tender filet mignon with juicy, perfectly cooked Australian lobster) will be one of the hardest choices of your visit.
Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens gives a long stem red rose to every woman, young or old, that they seat. It’s always an immediate hit with the ladies and guaranteed to put the brakes on any argument or misunderstanding. The service is warm and friendly. The steaks, lamb chops and seafood always perfectly seasoned and served. Reservations suggested but walk-ins welcome. Good value. Don’t miss their Hot Rocks Specialty appetizer prepared right at your table (tenderloin medallions, marinated swordfish, chicken and jumbo shrimp grilled on a sizzling slab of granite). Call (702) 385-4011 for reservations and allow some extra time for some good blackjack and roulette action upstairs.
Off the Strip
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House at 3925 Paradise Road offers the same premium quality steak choices that it does at its other locations. It’s located near the Convention Center one block north of Flamingo. There are eight private dining rooms, live music nightly, a cigar patio, a sports room and even seating in the wine cellar. Call 702-796-0063 for reservations.
The Best Kept Secret in Las Vegas for Premium Steak?
Twin Creeks at the Silverton Lodge & Casino on Blue Diamond Highway just of the I-15 is one of the newest, best kept secrets for premium steak in Las Vegas. They have a half-price Happy Hour at the bar from 6-8PM every night that includes a delicious array of appetizers. Think bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp or seasoned scallops for $5. There’s even more good news for those on a budget: from 8-10PM appetizers at the bar go to 75% off! Those looking for a full dinner experience won’t be disappointed or have price shock in the restaurant either. Try the bone-in bourbon BBQ bone t-bone or the 24oz. porterhouse steak (both are less than $30). Call (702) 263-7777 for reservations, or just show up and hang out for a drink or two in the bar while you wait for a table. Twin Creeks is definitely one of the most affordable premium steakhouses in Vegas and it has an excellent and very reasonably priced wine list, too.
Happy Eating! Be sure to leave a comment if you want to let us know your favorite Steakhouse in Las Vegas.