One of the great things about Las Vegas is that it’s always changing. The 80′s and 90′s brought themed hotels and casinos while the city tried to cater to families. More recently hotels have shunned the themes in favor of more modern designs where they depend on what’s inside the casino to wow us. There are hotel-casinos, like the Cosmopolitan, which rarely mention the fact that they have gaming and emphasize the nightclubs and fine dining in their marketing. All of this just makes Las Vegas a more diverse town and that’s great. Somewhere between the theming and de-theming of the hotels Las Vegas became a town for foodies. The finest chefs across the world have restaurants in Las Vegas.

Variety is the spice of life whether you have wide interests and even when you focus on a niche. My niche as a foodie is steak. I’ve been to almost every steakhouse on the Vegas strip and I continue to explore different steakhouses when they open or go back to the few steakhouses that have been around for years that I haven’t had a chance to visit. This is no easy task as steakhouses seem to open more often than any other type of restaurant. While you can get a excellent, yet expensive, steak from a modern steakhouse like Gordon Ramsey Steak at Paris and you can also get a less expensive quality steak down the strip from The Steakhouse at Circus Circus.

Most of the steakhouses you’ll find on the Vegas strip are high end steakhouses where you’ll pay $50-$65 per steak on an a la carte menu. After you add a couple of drinks, appetizers, sides and/or dessert and you’re looking at a bill over $100 per person. Fortunately you can spend less than $10 on a steak any time of the day just off the strip at Ellis Island where you’ll get a very different experience but hey, it’s $7.99 for a steak, potato, vegetable and a beer.

I’m a steak snob and 95% of the time would rather spend too much money on a steak dinner experience than one of the less expensive options. In no particular order here are some of my favorite steakhouses in Vegas with notes on each.

- SW at Wynn Las Vegas – Great service, nice atmosphere, modern yet traditional decor, outdoor seating and most importantly great steak.

- Golden Steer (off the strip) – This is the kind of steakhouse that the Rat Pack used to visit in the 60′s. It’s not just traditional it’s old school. The steak and service are excellent and this is and experience you cannot find at any casino steakhouse.

- Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian – Emeril Lagasse’s steakhouse is very simple and more traditional than you might imagine. The steak and service have been among the best on the strip.

- Del Frisco’s (off the strip) – Yes, it’s a chain and there is little exciting about Del Frisco’s but the steak at this particular location is always excellent and one of the best steaks I’ve had in the past year.

- The Steakhouse at Circus Circus – The Steakhouse constantly gets rave reviews from customers on Trip Advisor and message boards. I usually avoid recommendations from the masses but they hit this one. This is also one of the least expensive high quality steakhouses in Vegas.

- Carne Vino at The Palazzo – Carne Vino is a Mario Batali’s take on an Italian steakhouse. It’s expensive but worth it. If this video of the table side service at Carne Vino doesn’t excite you, nothing will.

These are just the  the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dining on steak in Vegas. Every hotel has its own steakhouse and whether your budget dictates that you spend $10 on dinner or allows you to spend $200 on dinner there is a steak for you in Las Vegas.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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