10 Las Vegas Steakhouses That Are Well Done
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
In some cities, finding 10 steakhouses might be a challenge, but in Las Vegas, narrowing down its extensive list of steakhouses to just 10 is next to impossible.
Not surprisingly, the Las Vegas Strip lays claim to the majority of the city's top steakhouses, with The Venetian/The Palazzo alone boasting several salivating options--including CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's Carnevino and the always impressive Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro. However, there are several Strip-quality steakhouses found off-Strip as well, like VooDoo Steakhouse on the 50th floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.
Rather than highlighting all of the usual high-end Strip steakhouses, though, like Prime at Bellagio or SW at Wynn Las Vegas, our list of the city's 10 best steakhouses also sheds light on a couple of more affordable, sometimes overlooked Strip options, like Biscayne inside The NEW Tropicana Las Vegas and THE Steak House at Circus Circus. We've included a couple of steakhouses that truly go out of their way to showcase their beautiful cuts of beef, too, including Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, which rolls out a sleek steak trolley to each table so guests can actually see the different types of marbling for themselves.
Ultimately, no matter where you go in Las Vegas, its many steakhouses are all typically well done, but these 10 restaurants truly know how to carve out an exquisite steakhouse experience that's all their own.
A bit of a hidden secret, this elegant South Beach-themed steakhouse is known for its sizzling cuts of beef. Prices are quite reasonable compared to other Strip steakhouses, too, making Biscayne a great option for diners who don't want to sacrifice quality for price. Guests can choose from three different categories of beef on the menu--dry aged, Texas Wagyu and sterling silver--the latter of which is made up of the upper two-thirds choice of Angus beef. The tender dry-aged Bone-In Filet practically melts in your mouth and the sterling silver Prime Rib (available in 12- and 16-ounce cuts) is easily some of the best prime rib in the city. The enjoyable dining experience is further enhanced by the tuxedo-clad wait staff, giving the modern steakhouse a bit of a vintage Vegas vibe to it. Other must-tries include the Caramelized Onion Soup and Grilled Harissa Corn with cilantro butter. (800-462-8767)
9 T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge
Offering an elegant steakhouse experience away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip, this modern steakhouse features an extensive menu of steaks seasoned simply and delivered to your table perfectly charred and bursting with flavor. Guests can choose from a selection of Niman Ranch steaks wet aged for a minimum of 28 days; Prime bone-in steaks wet aged for a minimum of 14 days and dry aged for 28 days; Wagyu steaks; and even grass fed, antibiotic-free steaks, like the 11-ounce Bison Filet. Twelve- and 24-ounce cuts of juicy Prime Rib are available, too, guaranteeing there's something for every meat lover on the menu. Just remember to save some room for your entrée: the complimentary bread, which guests get to choose from a selection of fresh-baked breads the wait staff brings to your table, is so amazing, it's easy to fill up on--especially the delicious pretzel bread. (702-797-7576)
8 Strip House
Offering prime cuts of beef charred to perfection, Strip House is arguably Sin City's most sensual steakhouse. The double entendre name refers to the restaurant's signature cut of steak as well as the series of early 1900s Studio Manasse black-and-white nudes that amplify the sultry ambiance. Further setting the mood for romance, the steakhouse recently introduced a late-night "Strip Tease" menu that's perfect for guests after seeing a show or before hitting the club. Starting at $59 per person and available from 9 p.m. until close, the menu showcases three of the steakhouse's signature dishes, including a freshly tossed Caesar salad, a 16-ounce dry-aged 1855 Heritage New York Strip carved tableside and a Baked Alaska flambéed before your eyes. Guests also can enhance their dining experience by adding a wine pairing for each course or a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. It's the perfect late-night menu for couples and discerning diners alike. (702-737-5200)
7 VooDoo Steakhouse
A restaurant that takes the Las Vegas steakhouse experience to new heights, VooDoo Steakhouse is sure to put a spell on everyone who dines there. Located on the 50th floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, diners can feast upon some of the most striking views of the city while digging in to one of the restaurant's dry-aged, Prime and Wagyu steaks, like the tender 12-ounce Grade 6 Australian Wagyu Ribeye. Guests can start their meal with arguably the best steak tartare in Las Vegas as well--VooDoo's scrumptious Prime Steak Tartare--served with salted brioche, black truffle aioli and quail egg, and wash everything down with the potent Witch Doctor dry ice cocktail. In between courses, be sure to wander outside to check out VooDoo's rooftop patio, and don't forget to dance off those extra calories upstairs at VooDoo Nightclub--diners get free entry into the club. (702-777-7800)
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's interpretation of the classic American steakhouse truly lives up to the phrase 'aged to perfection.' Aging its meats beyond industry standards for maximum flavor, Carnevino's menu includes porterhouse and ribeye steaks aged a minimum of 90 to 120 days. Additionally, its steaks are often beyond regular USDA Prime standards for marbling and flavor and are hormone and antibiotic free. That's a difference you can taste! The beautiful cuts of beef, which include a delectable Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye and classic Florentine porterhouse for two carved tableside, are rubbed with sea salt and fresh rosemary for a slightly charred crust. While sauces are available, they're truly not needed, as the steaks are plenty flavorful on their own. Paired with a selection from the restaurant's impressive wine list and a side of Carnevino's amazing Mascarpone & Guanciale Mashed Potatoes, guests have a meal to remember. (702-789-4141)
5 CUT by Wolfgang Puck
A celebrity favorite for good reason, CUT is often hailed as one of the city's best steakhouses. Featuring a menu of succulent steaks grilled over hard wood and charcoal then finished under a 1,200-degree broiler, CUT boasts a selection of U.S.D.A. Prime corn-fed steaks aged between 21 and 35 days as well as steaks made from American Wagyu and true 100 percent Japanese Wagyu beef. While guests can see the difference in marbling between the American and Japanese Wagyu steaks when the waiter brings the cuts of beef to the table, diners can actually taste the difference with CUT's Tasting of New York Sirloin menu option, which also includes a 4-ounce cut of the U.S.D.A. Prime New York Sirloin. While none of the steaks disappoint, the Japanese Wagyu beef just melts in your mouth. Be sure to try the Argentinean chimichurri sauce with the American Wagyu steak--it's delicious! (702-607-6300)
4 Gordon Ramsay Steak
It should come as no surprise that the celebrity chef who has made a living off of demanding perfection in his kitchens is behind one of Las Vegas' best steakhouses. Diners can dig in to an array of savory steaks, which are rolled out to guests on a sleek steak trolley to showcase the different types of beef available. In addition to a selection of hand-selected Creekstone Prime beef that's been dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days in house, there's a variety of American Wagyu steaks available with a beef marbling score of 9 or higher and even Triple Seared Japanese A5 Kobe steak available by the ounce. The 8-ounce American Rib Cap is easily one of Las Vegas' finest cuts of beef, though the 18-ounce Bone-in New York Strip is delightful as well. Even the steak carpaccio is a cut above the rest, made from American Wagyu beef. (877-346-4642)
3 The Steak House at Circus Circus
A Strip favorite for more than 20 years--and deservedly so--this classic steakhouse is known for its mouthwatering mesquite-grilled steaks. Serving a selection of Midwestern beef aged to perfection for 21 days in a glass-enclosed aging room that guests walk past as they're being seated, THE Steak House serves up a memorable dining experience unlike any other in the city. Guests can watch as their choice cut of beef is being prepared over an open-hearth mesquite charcoal broiler (10Best recommends the flavorful bone-in Rib-Eye), as the chef actually cooks the steaks inside of the dining area. Additionally, dinner includes fresh-baked breads, chef's vegetable and your choice of black bean soup or a house salad and garlic mashed potatoes, a baked potato or a wild rice blend for a side, making it a much more affordable option than most other steakhouses where sides, soups and salads are priced à la carte. (702-794-3767)
2 Old Homestead Steakhouse
This Las Vegas outpost of the famed New York City steakhouse prides itself on being 'the king of beef,' serving a savory selection of Certified Angus USDA beef dry-aged for a minimum of 30 days. Offering cuts both on and off the bone, the steaks are aggressively seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper, then seared and crusted under 1,200 degrees to seal in the flavor. Its 24-ounce 'Gotham' Ribeye Steak, served on the bone, is undoubtedly one of the best steaks--if not the best steak--on the Strip. Each bite is full of flavor, making the slightly heftier price tag ($82, $80 for Total Rewards members) well worth every penny. Old Homestead also features a selection of American Wagyu and Japanese 'A5' Wagyu steaks for those really looking to splurge on some quality beef, though all of the steaks on the menu are sure to wow taste buds. (702-731-7560)
1 Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
This elegant French steakhouse and bistro might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas' most succulent steaks, but it should be. Featuring a menu of Prime dry-aged and wet-aged steaks grilled under a 1,200-degree broiler, Morels serves some of the best steaks in town, like the perfectly prepared Prime Bone In Rib-Eye "Tomahawk" for Two that's carved tableside. Even when ordered medium-well, the steak is so tender it practically melts in your mouth! What truly makes Morels one of the city's best steakhouses, though, is that nothing on its menu ever disappoints. Its seasonal dishes are always splendid, like summer's Bruschetta & Smoked Ricotta and Mixed "Red Salad" & Nectarines with Laura Chanel goat cheese and a walnut oil vinaigrette. As for dessert, Morels' light and airy Chocolate Mousse the perfect after-dinner treat. One bite and taste buds will be in heaven! (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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