Some gamblers like to say that Las Vegas is a real-life example of one basic fact—that all life is a gamble. That goes for when you enter any restaurant. You’re never sure that you’re actually getting good food for your money.
But somehow, it’s worse when you lose at a steakhouse. You come in dressed in some nice clothes, and you’re ready to spend good money to celebrate a special occasion with a fine steak. And when the steak is disappointing, it can truly break your heart.
The good news is that, to no one’s surprise, Las Vegas is filled with plenty of good steakhouses. A good night out in this town often starts with dinner at a steakhouse, though not all of them are equal. To make sure you’re off to a great start, try to get your steak at the following places:
Jean Georges Steakhouse
We’re talking about the place (Jean Georges) at the Aria, where the tableside carvery can show off such terrific cuts as a 36-ounce porterhouse, a 42-ounce Wagyu tomahawk, and a smoked Wagyu brisket.
This is also one of the few steakhouses in the city where you can get some authentic A5 Kobe beef from Japan, and it’s available in 3 sizes. Go with some foie gras, bone marrow, and king crab legs on the side, and your night is starting off right.
You’ll find this place at Virgin Hotels, along with executive chef Patrick Munster. The best options here include a 32-ounce tomahawk, an 18-ounce dry aged bone-in New York Strip, a New York strip with Australian prawns, and a 16-ounce bone-in filet mignon. Or you can try the Snake River Farm Wagyu strip with Alaskan King crab legs.
If you’re planning to come here with a large group, you should consider the Tomahawk Feast, with enough food for 10 to 12 folks. Just order it 72 hours in advance. Then you’ll get to enjoy a dry-aged, 16-pound (that’s pound, not ounce) prime tomahawk steak which they’ll carve tableside and serve with 6 side dishes.
STK Las Vegas
In the mood for some clubbing? You can get started early at STK, where they’re able to somehow combine a sit-down dinner vibe with a nightclub atmosphere. The various cuts come in 3 available sizes, with huge servings of bone-in ribeye steaks. Or you can pick the dry-aged porterhouse, that’s also large enough for 2.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Old Homestead started out as a landmark steakhouse in NYC, and now there’s a Las Vegas location for you to try. You can go for a porterhouse steak for two, or just a basic New York strip. If you want something a bit fancier, then you can go with bone-in the 24-ounce New York ribeye steak, or even a 10-ounce rare Japanese A5 wagyu.
Whatever you order, try it with some truffle butter. Somehow, this makes the steak even better.
The Palm Restaurant
You’ll find this steakhouse at the Forum Shops at Caesars, where you do have some memorable murals and caricatures on the walls. But the unforgettable steaks here are the main attractions. Here, they offer corn-fed, hand-selected USDA Prime Beef, which they then age for at least 35 days. It’s available in 14- and 18-ounce portions, along with a 24-ounce bone-in version.
Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
This place (Joe’s Seafood) may have started out in Miami, but it’s now a mainstay in the Las Vegas steakhouse scene. It’s also located at the Forum Shops at Caesars.
Start out with some fantastic stone crabs, and then get the filet mignon with the absolutely yummy creamed spinach on the side. It’s a true winner!