If you're in the market for a true, old-style Vegas experience, then visit the Golden Steer. The city's oldest steakhouse, this legendary restaurant has been around since 1958 and has hosted diners like Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley. The atmosphere is truly vintage Vegas, and the food retains its classic style. The menu offers all the old-school dishes you'd expect from a traditional Las Vegas steakhouse. To begin your meal, choose from favorites like Oysters Rockefeller, escargots or seafood stuffed mushroom caps. Be sure to have the famous Caesar Salad, prepared tableside. As for the steaks, guests can choose from all the standard cuts and three sizes of prime rib. A Chateaubriand for Two is also offered a memorable classic.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: For decades, the Golden Steer has served some of Las Vegas' best steaks in its classic steakhouse atmosphere.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you're feeling particularly nostalgic, see if you can get seating in Frank Sinatra's boothâ" it's essentially unchanged from the days when the Chairman of the Board himself sat there.
The chic, sexy setting at Bavette's is certainly part of its charm, but the food and drinks are the true stars. The underpinnings of the menu are French but without a trace of stuffiness. Starting with the hors d'oeuvres, diners are presented with an abundance of delicious dishes. Baked goat cheese, shrimp cocktail or steak tartare all make a great start to a memorable meal. While entrees include chicken, salmon, pork chops and lamb chops, the steaks (naturally) are the main attraction. Three cuts of filet are offered and include a bone-in filet, an unusual cut. Other cuts are the rib eye (in a couple of variations) and the New York strip. Bavette's has locations in Chicago and New York, and their new location in Las Vegas has been drawing diners since its opening.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Bavette's Steakhouse keeps attracting acclaim with its memorable steaks and classy, French-inspired ambiance.
Terrisa's expert tip: Bavette's may be focused on steaks, but it also offers a vegetarian menu with variety. In addition to salads and vegetables, they also offer vegetarian tomato pasta or stroganoff. Vegan options are also available.
Echo & Rig's distinctive design, which features a butcher shop on the first floor, elevates the traditional steakhouse experience. The décor's comfortable, slightly industrial style keeps the atmosphere casual and welcoming, and diners come dressed both casually and more formally. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, signature selections include the Spencer Steak, classic Rib-Eye, and the unusual Bavette (American Kobe beef), as well as a host of other cuts, including the rip-eye cap and trip-tip. All steaks are served with a selection of tasty sauces like a red wine demi, brandied mushroom, and horseradish cream. Beef isn't the only choice at Echo and Rig, which also offers lamb, chicken, and fish.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: With a selection of quality beef and a menu full of other delights, Echo & Rig stands out as one of Las Vegas' best steakhouses.
Terrisa's expert tip: Echo & Rig serves a popular brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gourmet sandwiches, breakfasts and an excellent short rib hash are just a few of the dishes offered.
Jose Andres' Bazaar Meat offers meat in more forms than the average person might even be able to think of. Tartares, carpaccios, cured meats, steak, lamb and pork--along with other meaty options--fill the menu in a profusion of delicious dishes. A5 Japanese Wagyu is available, and the domestic beef is sourced so precisely that the menu lists the ranch on which the beef was raised. Other dishes include Chateaubriand, roasted Jidori chicken, Burifarra Spiral (with Catalan-style pork sausage) and rack of lamb from New Zealand. Before you dig into the meat of your meal, enjoy a raw bar, oysters or caviar flights. A selection of specialty cocktails rounds out the menu, giving diners a choice of finely crafted beverages to go along with the food.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Bazaar Meat offers not only an extensive selection of fine beef but also dishes with wild boar sausage and suckling pig.
Terrisa's expert tip: One of Bazaar Meats' most talked-about items is the Cotton Candy Foie Gras, a unique and innovative creation sure to intrigue anyone who loves foie gras.
The Palms recently underwent a massive make-over, and part of that included the opening of Scotch 80 Prime, a restaurant with a Classic Vegas-style: leather booths, fine whiskey, and incredible beef. The beautiful interior sets the stage for a meal of delights. Opening dishes on the chilled side include hamachi, caviar, steak tartare and shrimp or crab cocktail. Enjoy warm starters like the popular lobster bisque, crab cake or the Kookoo Gulf Shrimp. Prime grade steaks include filet, New York, Delmonico (an 18-ounce cut from Washington) and Chateaubriand for two. Guests can also choose from Prime dry-aged steaks, grass-fed and pasture-raised plus authentic Japanese Kobe. An extensive selection of sides includes several vegetable options.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Scotch 80 Prime serves an array of fine beef, including authentic, A5 certified Kobe.
Terrisa's expert tip: Scotch 80 Prime features whiskeys from around the globe, including Japanese and Irish whiskey and the even the unusual banana whiskey. Guests can try a specialty Old Fashioned with one of the restaurant's fine whiskeys.
A celebrity favorite for good reason, CUT is often hailed as one of the city's best steakhouses. Featuring a menu of delicious steaks grilled over hardwood 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 Japanese Wagyu beef. 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. While none of the steaks disappoint, the Japanese Wagyu beef melts in your mouth. Be sure to try the Argentinean chimichurri sauce with the American Wagyu steak--it's delicious!
Recommended for Steakhouses because: CUT's wide selection of fine beef is cooked over hard white oak and mesquite wood with delectable results.
Terrisa's expert tip: The wine list at CUT offers more than 500 selections, with the focus mostly on wines from the United States, France, Italy, Spain and Australia.
The Andiamo Italian Steakhouse is tucked away on the second floor of The D Hotel and Casino. Its reputation for great food attracts locals and tourists from all over the city. This Detroit original serves up tender, perfectly cooked steaksâ"including the Andiamo Tomahawk, a long bone 32-ounce rib eyeâ"as well as charbroiled lamb and veal chops, plus pastas like Tortellacci Giuseppe with handmade ricotta cheese-filled pasta, Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, spinach, roasted tomato and creamy marsala sauce. The restaurant's beef is premium grade, and they feature lamb, veal and chicken that are hormone-free, free-raised, and all-natural. The small room has quickly gained a following and although the ownership is relatively new, the atmosphere is all Old Vegas.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Andiamo's serves fine steaks and authentic Italian dishes, including homemade bread and pasta.
Terrisa's expert tip: Another noteworthy spot on the second floor of The D is the Vue Bar, which includes a sportsbook and a patio that overlooks the Fremont Street Experience and offers an excellent view of the Viva Vision Light show.
A Strip favorite for more than 20 years--and deservedly so--this classic steakhouse is known for its succulent 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. 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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: For decades, THE Steak House at Circus Circus has been pleasing guests with its quality aged steaks prepared over a mesquite charcoal broiler.
Terrisa's expert tip: The atmosphere at THE Steakhouse is fairly casual compared to many other steakhouses on the Strip. Guests don't have to dress to the nines to feel at ease here.
This Downtown Las Vegas steakhouse is named after former mayor Oscar Goodman and epitomizes "dinner with a view." Located inside the Plaza's iconic dome, the restaurant provides diners with a stunning view of Fremont Street and downtown Las Vegas. Inside, Oscar's décor incorporates memorabilia from Goodman's 12-year tenure as mayor, including personal artifacts, photographs and news clips. While the atmosphere is truly unmatched, Oscar's perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill and made-from-scratch sides also keep guests coming back for more. You'll find plenty of classics here, from the fried calamari and crab cakes on the appetizer side to the juicy Prime Rib.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Oscar's Steakhouse embodies the spirit of an Old Vegas steakhouse, with big steaks and strong cocktails.
Terrisa's expert tip: Enjoy happy hour in the lounge at Oscars Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. with half-off appetizers, house wine, well drinks and beer.
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. Perfectly charred steaks are the featured item on the menu and include a mouth-watering array of choice cuts of beef like Bone-In Rib Eye, New York Strip, Filet Mignon, Bone-In New York and a 30-ounce Tomahawk chop. A Pepper Crusted Chateaubriand is also served. Feel like your steak needs a little something extra? Add an accompaniment like Maine 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, salmon and chicken, as well as vegetarian selections.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Serving only the finest beef, SW Steakhouse elevates the steakhouse experience with impeccable service and elegant décor.
Terrisa's expert tip: SW Steakhouse is one of a select few Las Vegas restaurants serving authentic A5 Japanese Wagyu beef certified with the Kobe Beef Federation. Less than a dozen restaurants in the entire United States serve certified A5.