Hi, I do apologize that it took a while for my wife and I to give this comment. We are hoping it may help anyone perplexed by the miriad of great choices of steak in Vegas. It is a good town, it is a great meat town, but you can eat a bad steak if you are not careful. Please be careful.
For simplicity we will go South to North, based on hotel. We will leave some out; based on word of mouth and/or newness, we have not yet visited certain establishments.
Mandalay: Stripsteak - A fabulous execution. Only place on the Strip proper to age on site. Only site to sous vide. Nonetheless, very rich. Great wine list. Fab service. Very casual atmosphere.
Luxor - Don't eat the steak. The apps were great, especially the mixed game meat. It is definitely worth just going there for that app. Service overly fast. Steak overdone; rare place where we sent steak back as over cooked. Service just ok. Casual.
MGM - Stripsteak. Not good. Avoid. Over salted. End of story (unusal for us to issue this opinion).
Smith & Wollensky. Mixed. Back in 2011 it was amazing; lately, not so much. Hard to recommend now with all the other amazing places.
Aria - Jean Georges. Meat- No. Everything else- Yes. It's a fun place with great service and a fabulous wine list. The meat, though, was just too over cooked.
Paris - Eiffel Tower - Great view. Oh, did I say great view. Just go for the view, drink some wine and eat an app, then run away. It is a view that anyone and everyone should experience in Vegas; it is exquisite, but, that is, after all, thanks to Bellagio. The menu otherwise is not suited for my palate or my wife.
Paris- Ramsey - This is good. One of his international better successes. This is not Tokyo. This rocks. No misses here, from service to food to wine. This is easy top 10 steakhouse material. Highest praise!
Bellagio - Prime - Well, good points are there. Stick to the bar. Have a drink, an app, and well, go across the street (or better yet, next door to Picasso (my next dissection is Vegas French)).
Venetian - Delmonico - This is fabulous! Way better than the style in New Orleans, at least for my wife & I. Service was probably best ever. They actually followed up on us to see if enjoyed the meal 1 month later and then sent another letter, hand written, months later, requesting us to re-visit. We did not spend much money, so this was truly an effort upon their part to express their commitment to service. Easily top ten in Vegas per their food, however, probably all around at 4th place.
Cut. Wow. A hidden jem in Vegas. Way better than Beverly Hills. My wife and I consider it flawless here in Vegas, nonetheless missing some of the Vegas magic. Easily top 10. Just the neighbors outperform! It's like breeded dogs and mutts compared with LA; the Vegas establishment is truly outstanding.
Palazzo- No disclaimers, my favorite hotel to stay. An aside.
Carnevino. Now we have arrived. Do you eat? Do you eat Steak? Do you want to eat at the one steakhouse that defines Vegas? Defines Steak? That is Carnevino. I have never met Batali and probably never will. The food, wine, friend memories he has created at this Steak Heaven in Vegas are part of my existence. It is the highest praise I could ever give to a steak chef. Having spent much time with many of the staff, I am deeply grateful for every second in the restaurant, by myself, with my friends, with my business partners. To all my steak-wine friends. Easily best steak in Vegas. Easily best Italian wine list in America. Please pre-order the 18-month steak and have the staff pair a great wine with it. This is ultra-extreme steak in Vegas. This is the pinnacle.
I look forward to your comments.
Palazzo- Morels. Well, after the downstairs outfit, good luck! No, actually it's good. Balls to that chef. I'd like to meet and praise him.
Fashion Show - Capital Grille - Actually really very good. A bargain.
Wynn- SW - Quite nice; end comment.
Wynn- Switch - Avoid.
Circus - The Steakhouse- Really good! Never disappointing! Very pocket friendly. (Through the thread of DR Phil, lies the oasis of Steak; common knowledge from others in the know).
Golden Nugget - Vic&Anthony - Actually, best bargain in Vegas for a steak (sorry last on the list). Ask for Victor to serve you (best server in Vegas; trust me). The lobster is amazing; order in advance. I know you all may know better places back East, but this is best in Vegas. If I were to propose, celebrate marriage, celebrate a birthday, celebrate a funeral, die myself, celebrate anything, this is the best all around place in Vegas. Just ask for Victor to serve you.
Best to you all and looking forward to some very heated discussion. Heated words are most welcome; I'll still buy you a drink when we meet up, because no matter how different our opinions, we still just love food & drink.
To a very happy prosperous new year to us all!
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