A Cut Above The Rest: The Strip's 10 Best Steakhouses
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
Not all steakhouses are created equal, especially the ones found on the Las Vegas Strip. Boasting everything from celebrity chef fare to award-winning wine lists, the Strip's many steakhouses are truly a cut above the rest. And with their striking surroundings and mouth-watering menu selections, there's sure to be a steakhouse for every occasion and taste.
Those hoping to set the mood for romance needn't look any further than Strip House, the sultry steakhouse inside Planet Hollywood that features early 1900s Studio Manasse black-and-white nudes adorning the walls. SW Steakhouse also knows how to serve up a side of romance, as it overlooks the Wynn's picturesque Lake of Dreams.
For those hungry for something different, TENDER Steakhouse & Seafood inside Luxor features a selection of meats guests won't find anywhere else on the Strip, like its Wild Game Tasting platter with antelope, venison and wild boar. Charlie Palmer Steak inside the Four Seasons, meanwhile, offers a unique Cut of the Week prix fixe menu, featuring three courses that change weekly and a bottomless glass of wine.
Some of the Strip's best restaurants also just happen to be steakhouses, like Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo and BRAND Steakhouse and Lounge at Monte Carlo. And let's not forget THE Steak House at Circus Circus, voted Best of Las Vegas for more than 20 years.
So next time you want a succulent steak, check out our list of the Strip's 10 best steakhouses. Regardless of which one you choose, they're all sure to be well done.
9 Delmonico Steakhouse
A classic steakhouse with a New Orleans Creole flare, Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico Steakhouse proudly offers more than the average Strip steakhouse. Sticking to its Gulf roots, Delmonico sources the freshest selection of regional and Gulf seafood and highlights it for guests' enjoyment. It also offers an incredible lunch program, which can be customized to a guest's specific needs. Menu must-tries include the dry-aged Bone In Ribeye and Emeril's New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp. An amazing Chef Table experience is also available, showcasing a delicious five-course menu designed just for the table. Be sure to wash everything down with a selection from the restaurant's Grand Award-winning wine list, boasting more than 2,300 bottles. (702-414-1992)
8 SW Steakhouse
You'd expect nothing less than a fabulous steakhouse at Wynn, and SW lives up to that expectation. Overlooking the Lake of Dreams and designed with sleek accents of marble, leather and wood, SW gives diners the perfect ambiance to go along with an elegant meal. Charred Prime steaks are the featured item on the menu, and include all the regular cuts of beef like Bone-In Rib Eye, New York Strip, Filet Mignon, Bone-In New York and a Porterhouse For Two. A Pepper Crusted Chateaubriand is also served. Feel that steak isn't enough? Add an accompaniment like Bahamian Lobster Tail, Peppercorn Shrimp Scampi or Smoked Bacon & Shallots to your meal. If you don't feel like steak--which seems unlikely at SW, but still--the extensive menu also offers scallops, tuna, swordfish, sea bass and chicken. (702-770-3325)
7 TENDER Steak & Seafood
TENDER Steak & Seafood features classic and American fare by Executive Chef K.C. Fazel, who trained with renowned chef Tom Colicchio. Decorated with leather seating and antler-crusted chandeliers, the elegant 12,000-square-foot steakhouse features warm cherry wood walls and soft lighting for an upscale dining experience. Serving only the highest quality of meats and seasonal ingredients from small farms, TENDER's flavorful menu includes main course entrées such as the Certified Black Angus Omaha Beef, Maine Sea Scallops and Range-Fed Silver Fern Farms Ribeye. It also offers an array of side selections, including Sauteed Organic Exotic Mushrooms, French-fried Potatoes and Lobster Risotto. An extensive wine list that's won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and a decadent dessert menu round out the incredible experience. (702-262-4778, 702-262-4852)
6 Strip House
Offering prime cuts of beef charred to perfection, signature side dishes, an extensive wine list and its famed 24-layer Chocolate Cake, Strip House is arguably the Strip's most sensual steakhouse. The double entendre name refers to the restaurant's signature cut of steak and to the series of early 1900s Studio Manasse black-and-white nudes that amplify the sultry ambiance. Set by the perfectly paired siren-red interior and modern twist on old-world glamour, the collision of sophisticated styles provides the central concept of Strip House's aesthetic design. While the space is appealing, it's Strip House's savory menu that truly leaves a lasting impression. Nothing from the Warm Garlic Bread served Jenga-style with Gorgonzola fondue to the tender Filet Mignon (served in 8- and 12-ounce cuts) disappoints. One bite, and guests are sure to fall in love! (702-737-5200)
5 The Steak House at Circus Circus
This year, THE Steak House at Circus Circus celebrates 32 years of irresistible food and unbeatable service on the Las Vegas Strip. It has been voted Best of Las Vegas for more than 20 years and received Zagat's outstanding rating in 2014. The award-winning restaurant features mesquite-grilled steaks, prime rib, lobster and crab legs in a traditional steakhouse setting. Its Midwestern beef is aged to perfection for 21 days in a glass-enclosed aging room and then prepared over an open-hearth mesquite charcoal broiler. The mouthwatering cuisine and impeccable service make THE Steak House one of the best-kept dining secrets in Las Vegas. (702-794-3767)
4 Charlie Palmer Steak
Tucked away inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Charlie Palmer Steak offers guests an elegant dining experience complete with some of the most succulent steaks in town. Nothing on its savory menu disappoints, from the 10-ounce Charcoal Grilled Filet Mignon to the 16-ounce New York Strip Steak. The entrees are complemented nicely by an array of tasty salads and sides, like the amazing California Goat Cheese Ricotta Gnocchi with arugula pesto, crisp Serrano ham and Sicilian pistachios and the flavorful Organic Spinach Salad with truffle fried egg, bacon lardons and mustard vinaigrette. While the food is remarkable, the service is some of the best in town and makes a trip to Charlie Palmer Steak that much more memorable. There's even a sommelier on site who will happily pair your selections with the appropriate wine(s) from the restaurant's eclectic wine list, representing some of the finest producers in the world. (702-632-5120)
3 Gordon Ramsay Steak
Named one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. by Gayot, Gordon Ramsay Steak serves traditional steakhouse fare alongside fresh seafood, French-influenced sides and delicious desserts. The delectable cuts of beef are hand selected by Pat LaFrieda before being dry aged for 28 days minimum in a himalayan salt room. They are then rolled out to guests on a sleek steak trolley, showcasing the different types available. While the 18-ounce Bone-in New York Strip is especially delicious, guests can opt to enjoy one of Ramsay's signature dishes instead, like the Roasted Beef Wellington or Fish and Chips. Other menu must-tries include the beautifully presented Smoked Beef Tartare accented with lemon zest, red onion, capers, quail egg and Guinness-infused mustard seeds, and the Market Green Salad: a palate-pleasing mix of butter lettuce, crisp pancetta, market greens, tomato raisins, Shropshire blue cheese and green goddess dressing. (877-346-4642)
2 BRAND Steakhouse and Lounge
A steakhouse that's well done, BRAND Steakhouse and Lounge is both cool yet refined, trendy yet classy. A mecca for meat eaters, the steakhouse has every cut of beef imaginable, like Anton's Tomahawk Rib Eye: 24 ounces of tender, juicy meat grilled to perfection. There's also savory Slow Roasted Prime Rib and a selection of seafood entrees on the menu sure to make taste buds flip. What makes BRAND one of the Strip's best steakhouses, though, is its selection of appetizers, like the flavorful Hot Rocks: thinly sliced sirloin guests prepare on a hot rock right at their table. It's also home to some of the coolest cocktails around, like the spicy Heat of the Moment, served with two hot Fresno chiles on the rim to symbolize devil horns. A mix of Espolon Blanco, fresh lime and passion fruit, the cocktail is truly one of Sin City's tastiest libations! (702-693-8300)
1 Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Not just one of the Strip's best steakhouses, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro is one of Las Vegas' best restaurants period. The exquisite eatery may be known for its succulent steaks, but its seasonal salads are also some of the best in town. Summer must-tries include the flavorful Mixed "Red Salad" & Nectarines with goat cheese and a walnut oil vinaigrette and the refreshing Sunsweet Watermelon & Arugula Salad with toasted pepita seeds. While none of the cuts of beef disappoint, Morels' selection of Iowa corn-fed, bone-in steaks--aged 28 days--are truly divine and go perfectly with a side of the Creamed Summer Sweet Corn. Of course, no meal would be complete without one of Morels' decadent desserts, and the warm Berry Crumble made with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries is to die for. Want to cool off? Then try Morels' Housemade Sorbets, like the tangy White Peach and delicious Blackberry. (702-607-6333)
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker, the Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Guide and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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