On the Strip, home of the bachelor party (as the Hangover franchise has definitely proven!), the steakhouse is king. As a meat-loving editor who tries every restaurant in the name of research (also see my top five sushi picks), I’ve compiled my favorite ten Strip steakhouses. I chose to stay on the Strip, since most of the people who ask me for recommendations are tourists, not locals. But I can’t resist one shameless plug: My favorite steakhouse in all of Las Vegas is Hank’s, near my home in Green Valley. So if you make it out this way, you must try it! Scroll down to the bottom for two other non-Strip gems. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some of the top restaurants in Las Vegas — when it comes to finding a juicy steak.
Gorgeous views of the Bellagio fountains, the comfiest chairs, and melt-in-your mouth Jean-Georges Vongerichten dishes make this one of my favorite restaurants in town. A great date place (hint, hint), Prime comes at a hefty pricetag, but don’t sweat it — your meal and night will be so special, it won’t matter. From the bone-in rib-eye and tender short ribs to the decadent Wagyu sampler platter, meat eaters have plenty to dig into.
Canevino has a (young) woman butcher, its own local meat locker, and the oldest aged cuts on the Strip. Need I say more? True beef connoisseurs should call in advance to find out when they can get one of the special “riserva” steaks (aged up to eight months), as they’re not always available. On a more normal night, settle for Mario Batali’s 60-day, dry-aged rib-eyes. I happen to also love the octopus anti-pasti, among an eclectic variety of other mouth-watering choices, and the pasta here is other-worldly. Don’t be shy about having a cocktail at the bar before or after dinner — the bartenders at this hot spot, tucked into the corner of Palazzo, are inventive and talented.
Mandalay Bay’s Stripsteak was sublime before and is now pushing the envelope with some delicious new dishes under new executive chef Gerald Chin, who has added a Japanese food sensibility. Still on the itinerary? A trio of duck fat fries to start. Follow with delicious steaks prepared by a man not afraid of butter. A Michael Mina hot spot, Stripsteak is also known for its sides, including spinach souffle, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, and foie gras sliders.
The newest “you have to go” steakhouse in the bunch, Paris’ Gordon Ramsay Steak can be a tough reservation to get and not the easiest on the wallet. But it’s worth every penny. I learned the hard way that his famous fire-roasted corn is seasonal (you’re good all summer!), and I have friends in love with anything he does involving root vegetables. The restaurant’s steak cart is an easy way to order. Save room for dessert — the sticky pudding is ridiculous and served with a “stick” of brown butter ice-cream in the perfect shape of butter. Order post-dinner coffee for a surprise special treat.
A bit of a hike for locals who have to self park at Planet Hollywood, this NYC import’s lively, sexy ambiance (think rich red walls and retro pin-up pics) and delicious fare make up for it. Before seeing Peepshow with Ice Loves Coco’s Coco Austin, stop in for dinner at Strip House. The oysters and sides, from yummy green beans to goose fat potatoes and truffled cream spinach, could make a meal in themselves. But sign up for the 20 ounce bone-in rib eye for the complete experience.
Known as the priciest new place on the Strip, Old Homestead is also a venerable New Yorker. Located in a prime hallway at Caesars Palace near Nobu, this family-owned gem has history on its side: its Manhattanite reputation for to-die-for steaks of every cut on the planet precedes it. Be careful of wine-by-the-glass options if on a budget (but how could you be if dining here?), but dig into truffled gnocchi, an enormous basket of tater tots, and a bread basket that features (my favorite) pretzel bread and asiago cheese muffins.
You can’t go wrong with Wolfgang Puck, especially if he brings in prime cuts of steak from at least four US states to his hot spot Cut. An inventive menu that includes fried organic egg, tuna tartare sandwiches and Austrian oxtail bouillon with bone marrow dumplings, is a siren call to meat lovers from tourists to A-list stars.
Nine (N9NE) steakhouse’s voyeuristic private room, to me, is matched only by its famous gnocchi and “garbage” salad. The chef loves his celebrity friends who flock to this fun locale (he has them sign a door in the back of the house), but his food is the real reason this place is packed every night. There’s a Kobe burger, truffled meatloaf, and plenty of steaks, of course. Expect that yummy crust that comes from only super-hot grilling for a perfect char.
Honorable mention tie for number ten (although this list is not in order of preference):
I love the old-school Golden Steer, where the Rat Pack and Marilyn Monroe used to hang out (some of the waiters have been long enough to tell you stories) and old-fashioned Oscar’s (named after our famous former mayor, who is married to the current mayor) at the Plaza.
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