Las Vegas has always had a good relationship with meat. Even before modern Las Vegas had turned itself into one of the premier food meccas in the country, gamblers knew they could get to the city in the desert and fuel their gambling urges with cheap steak.
Unfortunately, along with Las Vegas’ reputation as a great food town has come a reimagination of its food prices. It’s almost impossible to find five or ten dollar steak dinners anywhere even close to Sin City, but what gamblers have lost in frugality they have gained in “Oh my goodness, that’s amazing steak.”
(Or what non-food writers call “quality.”)
Anyway, given the culinary expansion of Las Vegas, it was hard to pick just a handful of great steak places in Las Vegas. It was a rough job, but after careful consideration (and some meat sweats), I submit to you eight of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas.
8- Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
I have a soft spot in my heart for Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, especially after discovering their location in Atlantic City. I just can’t get over the almost retro-throwback elegance of their menu and how much attention they put into serving great food.
It’s hard to find old school caviar services since they’ve gone out of style (and, let’s face, they’re not cheap.) However, Vic and Anthony’s has a professional caviar course that will set you back some of those hard-earned chips you got from gambling all night. Then again, it’s worth it.
If that’s not your thing, you really can’t go wrong with roasted marrow bones with crostini, smoked salt, and candied mustard seed or maple-glazed quail.
Of course, there’s still the not-so-small matter of the steak. For that, I would recommend either the A5 Kobe Hyogo Prefecture, 100% Tajima beef, or the A5 filet mignon. If Wagyu’s not your thing, the 12oz filet and the prime ribeye are both fantastic.
Okay, you caught me. Nobu, the Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant, is not a steakhouse.
However, if you want steak, maybe you give it a try anyway?
Nobu features Japanese A5 Wagyu served in four different styles: New Style, Toban Yaki, Grilled Steak, or Tataki. They also have a Toban Yaki-style beef tenderloin that is small, but more than makes up for it in flavor. In fact, two years later, it’s still one of the top pieces of meat I have ever eaten.
It’s also some of the bests omakase I’ve ever had, but that’s a different story.
Nobu is also conveniently located inside the infamous Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. So after indulging in your savory steak, roam around the casino and check out what makes this place so great to many tourists.
6- Golden Steer
If you are a fan of Sin City history, walking into the Golden Steer is like a Cubs fan walking on the field at Wrigley or a college basketball fan seeing James Naismith’s original rules of basketball in Allen Fieldhouse.
Sure, it’s number six on the list of steakhouses, but that doesn’t mean it’s terrible. For starters, I would recommend something with a little Italian flair: ground fresh daily meatballs or toasted ravioli are both really good choices.
For the steaks, I’d really like to suggest the Longhorn (special thick New York cut), but the consensus is at the Golden Steer you get the filet mignon. It’s hard to argue with the consensus.
On the side, the twice baked potato is a classic throwback but is still amazing.
Located in the Mandalay Bay is one of the tastiest steakhouses in all of Las Vegas: STRIPSTEAK. The brainchild of Chef Michael Mina, STRIPSTEAK is a surprisingly modern steakhouse with the type of luxury/upscale menu one would expect from a Mandalay Bay restaurant.
To get things started, I recommend you gild the lily and the get seafood platter served with hot red miso butter. I would also recommend keeping the red miso butter around because it will make everything delicious.
If that’s not your thing, try the caviar “twinkie” or Hamachi and ahi poppers. If you’re not looking for a steak, the Jidori brick chicken with mushroom agnolotti is a real eye-catcher, but if red meat is what you want, you have a decision to make: Angus or Wagyu.
I recommend the Angus dry-aged rib eye myself, but you have a lot of choices.
On sides, opt for the black truffle Mac and cheese or whipped potato duo with Maine lobster.
4- Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres
“I will eat whatever makes me feel like a lion,”
is what Jose Andres says about his taste in cuisine.
“I’ll have what he’s having,” says me.
I pretty much will follow Jose Andres around and eat at any restaurant he opens. He could open “pig snout,” and I’d try it. The man is a genius, so clearly, Bazaar Meat is a must-try if you enjoy any of Jose Andres’ other restaurants.
Where to start? I wanted to recommend the croquetas de pollo (chicken-bechamel fritters), but at the end of the day, I cannot pass on the “super-giant pork skin chicharron” because fried pig skin. The Greek yogurt is fine, but I really want a salsa or something a bit spicier. I am not complaining, though.
For the steak, I can’t recommend anything because there’s too much. Hopefully, you can bring friends and get the A5 Wagyu eye of the rib, A5 Wagyu tenderloin, the “vaca vieja” rib eye tasting, and the suckling pig (quarter or whole if you pre-order.)
There’s no room for sides, but if you still want one, get grilled asparagus. It’s good and balances out the meal.
3- Hell’s Kitchen
Hell’s Kitchen is also on the list not because it’s a super steakhouse like the rest, but because it manages to serve several outstanding steaks.
Also, if you are a fan of the show Hell’s Kitchen, you have to go to this restaurant, which has a blue and red kitchen that are exact replicas of the show. Then when you’re there, you can order all of the dishes that the chefs mess up on the show: like beef Wellington.
The beef Wellington is savory and the pastry flaky and buttery. It goes well with the potato puree.
There are also three steaks you can choose from, but I recommend the filet. (It also pairs nicely with that puree.)
2- Hawthorn Grill
Hawthorn is consistently ranked amongst the top steakhouses in Las Vegas.
The starters at Hawthorn Grill are classic, so for something different, consider the kumquat and endive salad or the burrata caprese. The pan-seared scallops are good, but if red meat is your goal, go for the porterhouse. It’s reasonably priced, and it’s a whole lot of meat.
For the sides, the grilled sweet corn with cipollini onions or whipped sweet potato and marshmallow meringue are both excellent choices.
Also, unlike other restaurants, Hawthorn Grill has a breakfast and lunch menu, too.
1- Oscar’s Steakhouse
You have to respect that Oscar’s Steakhouse embraces that they are named after former “Las Vegas Mayor” and “mob attorney Oscar Goodman.” It’s not every day that you run into a place that so brazenly accepts that it’s named after a mob lawyer.
Then again, Las Vegas is a very, very different kind of place.
Anyway, as much as I respect their appreciation of where they came from, I can appreciate their high-class accommodations, formal atmosphere, and the attention to detail they put in their food.
Speaking of food, let’s get things started with No Nose’s Mob Meatballs (when in Rome, right?) or Steak Carpaccio a la Meyer (filet, truffles, arugula, and aioli.) Moe’s corn and crab bisque also is quite a bargain considering it comes with king crab.
After that, it’s time for the red meat. You can choose from Angus or USDA Prime. While it’s a little on the small side at 9oz, I would recommend the Prime rib cap and the Dragon Lady’s Crispy Brussel Sprouts or Sheriff Ralph’s Mashed Potatoes to go on the side.
So many steaks. So little time. Seriously, one could go to Las Vegas and do nothing but feast on steaks for their entire trip.
Because that’s not why most people head to Sin City, hopefully, this guide has narrowed down the steakhouses to a few prime locations. Feel free to indulge in as many of them as you can. They are delicious, and each offers something utterly unique, whether that’s caviar, history, or the chance to pretend you’re Gordon Ramsay.