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The Top 5 Steakhouses in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for many things. The gambling and nightlife industries have taken over as the main attractions in Sin City. However, those “in the know” are more than aware of the amazing fine dining options located in the “entertainment capital of the world.”

The problem is when I googled “best steakhouses in Las Vegas,” the only thing that came up were rankings and reviews from “trip advisor” type websites. Have these writers even eaten at these establishments? Are the sites taking a fee and just blindly promoting certain restaurants?

I want to read about the best steakhouses in Las Vegas from a qualified individual. Someone who is not only passionate about food and appreciates fine dining and exquisite service, but someone who isn’t affiliated with any brands or eateries that are paying them to write “top-notch” reviews.

I realized “that someone” was me. Not only have I spent my entire life in Vegas, I have been around the casino industry for enough years to make my rounds around most of the fancy restaurants in town. On top of that, I spend most of my free time at home watching the Food Network and the Cooking Channel picking up ideas and recipes that I can try myself. The point is- I appreciate really delicious food and know what excellent service is when I see it.

When I think of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas, I think about the best-tasting food combined with service so supreme you can’t wait to come back. With that in mind, I decided to create a list of the five steakhouses in town that check those two boxes.

If you are looking for a guide to the best meals in town for under $20 or when the happy hours’ and best deals are, this is not the guide for you. If you want someone to reveal the five best steakhouses in terms of taste and service, regardless of price-perfect. Just keep on reading.

SW STEAKHOUSE

Are you looking for an amazing cut of beef or exceptional service? How about both? Head to SW Steakhouse at the Wynn Hotel and that’s exactly what you will find. The Wynn Casino Resort is known for having unparalleled service across the board and they certainly don’t let you down at SW. The restaurant is named after the brains behind the entire operation- casino mogul Steve Wynn. He has proven over time that he builds properties that are equipped with only the best of the best. You will find only the finest cuts of meats and the freshest seafood in town. Yes, there is obviously no ocean nearby but don’t worry. If you order a lobster tail or some crab legs, they were more than likely flown in that same morning.

Executive Chef David Walzog takes no shortcuts when it comes to preparing a plate of food for one of his guests. I recommend trying the chile-rubbed double ribeye or the broiled veal chop with roasted garlic and preserved lemons. The black truffle creamed corn with cashew cream is a dish that under no circumstances can you afford not to order- it’s that delightful.

If you got lucky at the tables or slots and feel like eating a meal fit for a King, go ahead and order from the A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef menu. It won’t be light on your wallet but you may never encounter a piece of meat so soft and tender. Well, that is until you win big again and head over to the next place on our list. They have some pretty snazzy items on the menu as well.

Craftsteak

I got to be honest, this place absolutely blew me away with how good the meal was. I went there for the first time with a small group of about 6 friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. Little did I know I would walk out of Craftsteak at the MGM Grand realizing I just finished eating one of the top 2 or 3 meals of my life.

I must preface this by saying that a member of our party was, let’s just say “quite successful” and decided that he would be ordering for the table. I figured I’m not that picky, how bad can it be?

Next thing you know some sort of Shrimp Tower/Shellfish Sampler arrived at the table and I was told, “try this.” When I thought things couldn’t get better, the entrees showed up. Everyone had their own 8oz A5 Wagyu Japanese filet mignon. Then a couple of Lobster Tails were plopped onto the center of the table and the host of the dinner said, “dig in.”

In case you were wondering, I never caught a glimpse of the final bill. I do know the 8oz filets were going at $275 a pop so I imagine the final tally was a substantial amount of money. Thankfully I was treated, otherwise, I never would have experienced a piece of meat that actually melted in my mouth. Forget about moving your lips and teeth around, this meat didn’t need to be chewed.

It’s, take a bite, and simply close your mouth and close your eyes. If this description of undeniable lusciousness and feeling of jubilation is wrong- then I don’t want to be right. Do it right at Craftsteak and you are looking truly looking at a meal of a lifetime.

Prime

Are you the type of man or woman who likes gorgeous scenery when you sit down for an elegant meal? The Fountains at Bellagio are one of the “can’t miss” attractions on the Las Vegas Strip. You can easily access the show by walking on the west side of the street on the Strip. If you are fortunate, you may be able to find some room amongst the crowd and catch the fountains in action. If you are really lucky, you may even have enough room to snap some photos or record a short video.

But I have a better idea. Snag a reservation at Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio and the fountain show comes to you. Talk about impressing someone on a date? Call in advance and reserve a table outside on the patio and needless say, it will be a night to remember.

The service can be described as “tip-top” and the items on the menu are opulent. I had had bacon-wrapped shrimp before as an appetizer, but never with a drizzle of passion fruit mustard sauce.

Legendary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten stuns his guests with plates that resemble works of art. If you enjoy clean flavors with an uptick in presentation, you are going to love any dish you order at Prime. There are a lot of steakhouse restaurants that call themselves “prime” or add the word “prime” to their title.

At the Bellagio Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Jean-Georges sophisticated dining establishment only needs one word and we can assure you it lives up to its name.

Strip House

Typically, I would never, ever, rank a steakhouse in Vegas in the top five it was a part of a chain. Strip House at the Planet Hollywood Resort isn’t exactly a chain, but they do have three other locations. The fact that all three of those are in reputable areas in New York City, I decided to give Strip House a shot.

First of all, I love where it’s located. If you have ever stepped foot inside the Planet Hollywood, you know how crowded and crazy it can get in there, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. The Miracle Mile Shops feed right into the casino and it seems like there are people everywhere. Well, if you take the escalator up to the Mezzanine Level, you will find a large open space and an entrance into their theater.

Tucked away in a private little corner is Strip House. It looked rather unassuming from the outside, but that all changed as soon as I walked in and sat down. The ambiance is one that I really latched on to. Despite being a fancy place serving expensive cuts of meat and seafood, nobody in there seemed snobby, I didn’t notice anyone acting as if were superior to anyone else.

When you eat at the nicest restaurants on the Strip in Las Vegas, the people you encounter and the customer service you receive is not always up to par. At Strip House, they treat all their patrons with the utmost respect. The service is pristine, without being too over the top.

There isn’t enough time in the day to describe how delicious the food was. From the prosciutto rolls infused with Calabrian-goat cheese to the 14 oz. dry-aged ribeye, I was at a loss for words. Literally, I looked at my friends sitting at the table and just nodded my head in silence.

Check it out for yourself and I bet you will be doing the same.

Del Frisco’s

Ok boys and girls, enough screwing around. Las Vegas is known for the Strip and there are a plethora of amazing restaurants. Some of the best steaks (and meals for that matter) can be found on the 4.2 mile stretch of Las Vegas Blvd in some of the nicest hotels in the whole world.

But when it comes to the best tasting steak I have had in town, it actually didn’t occur on the strip. The best steak I have had in Las Vegas is at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. It is conveniently located just east of the strip in the Howard Hughes Plaza off of Flamingo Road and Paradise Road.

Those that are not familiar, it’s about 5-7 minutes from all the hoopla on the strip. Just close enough to be within shouting distance in case something big is going on and just far enough away to have a quiet and peaceful dinner. Enough small talk- about the actual meal.

After trying the place multiple times and unable to get over how delicious and well-seasoned my steak was, I actually asked the waiter- “How do you guys do it every single time?”

His response is one that has stuck with me to this day and is something I keep in mind when I am “playing chef” at home. He told me that if they don’t have at least one steak sent back each day for having too much salt or pepper- they simply aren’t doing their job.

That was the key. The steaks at Del Frisco’s don’t have some secret blend of seasoning that they have to kill you in order to tell you. They simply use kosher salt and coarse black pepper and they aren’t shy about it.

If you want to socialize and say you went to a fancy steakhouse in Vegas- go ahead and aim for one of the four places on the Strip that I listed. If are interested in the tastiest, most succulent steak you have ever had in your life for a reasonable price- the answer is Del Frisco’s.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks. Las Vegas is known for having great food, especially fancy steakhouses.

I took a trip memory lane and remembered which ones in town have really stood out over time. If you have ever spent any time in Sin City, you know there is no shortage of fabulous restaurants. Given the bigtime Chefs who have had residences here in town, it isn’t difficult to find a quality piece of meat. Just be willing to reach back into your wallet because these meals aren’t cheap.

As you know, there are plenty of guides and reviews on the internet about restaurants in Vegas. How many of them are purely authentic? How many of them were written with no hidden agendas? I cant answer for sure but I don’t presume there are many.

I created a list of what I think are the five best steakhouses in town. I didn’t accept any fees or pick any places because I was told to do so. I simply used my knowledge and experience for more than 20 years and came up with the five places that rose above. The ones that served the best food and took pride while doing it.

If you have the chance to come to Vegas, try and book a reservation at one of the places I discussed. Not because I get a commission out of it, but because I want you to have the best meal possible. I want to send you to the “Promised Land.” of eating steak in Las Vegas. The eateries on this page are your ticket to getting there!

Wayne Carter :