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I checked most of the vegas threads on here, but was wondering if anyone had any new takes on vegas steakhouses? Eating at DB Brasserie and Bradley Ogden on two other nights, but looking for a good steak dinner to impress the in-laws :).

jonnymikes, if possible, would you please give us some more details about your trip, where you and your in-laws are from, first-time Vegasites, and any other culinary characteristics. Food likes/dislikes? Are they easy to impress? Are they foodies/eGers as well? I suspect not, based upon your request to find "a good steak dinner to impress the in-laws."

There are other steakhouses which I haven't tried yet (Smith & Wollensky's, Craftsteak). And there is Lawry's the Prime Rib (which is different from steak, IMO), off the Strip.

Lreda, I just checked the Mandalay Bay website and I couldn't find that "4710 Restaurant" you were mentioning. Different casino, perhaps?

Thanks for asking :). I am the only first-time Vegasite in the group of four (me, wife, and her parents), but I am pretty much the only foodie also, which is why I am planning the restaurants. They are very easy to impress, and for the most part, they like what could be described as "normal" food. We're staying at the Bellagio.

That kinda reaches the crux of my problem. I have been trying to find places with unique, outstanding food, but staying away from the type of food that some people find too exotic (the gelees, oxtails and raw meat) My choices so far are Bradley Ogden, Daniel Boulud and a steakhouse. Ogden is an easy pick because we are seeing Jerry Seinfeld at Caesar's that night. Anyone got any better ideas there? They all love seafood, so if that could be an option to replace Boulud, although I am pretty excited to try his food.

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Thanks for the info!

If you're all staying at the Bellagio, I would make the reservation for Prime and rack up the points, if you're into that kind of thing. Who knows, they might give you a discount when Bellagio totals up everything (guest rooms, dinners at their restaurants, etc.) at check-out time.

As for seafood, switch from Boulud over to Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, still inside the Wynn Resort. There's a separate discussion thread about the restaurant. You can read my "branzino" story. It's Italian, and their focus is seafood.


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Read your post and story RJ. Thanks for the heads up, first of all. And 2 questions about the restaurant, if you would be so kind.

1) In your first photo, I saw a guy in a tank top and shorts walking out of the place. Is that sort of attire standard in Vegas? I ask not because I mind, just wondering what to pack/wear. I live in Orlando now (but only for two more months, thank God), so I am used to that kind of casual attire in even higher-end places, but is that the Vegas standard as well?

2) I understand that the ordering at Bartolotta is done by the whole fish. Is that correct? And just to get a handle on the price, what would an average bill run there, in your experience? Did you find that style of menu to be a hurdle at all? Would people who are not as into food be turned off?

Just curious. Again, thanks for your help.

Jon

Thanks for the info!

If you're all staying at the Bellagio, I would make the reservation for Prime and rack up the points, if you're into that kind of thing. Who knows, they might give you a discount when Bellagio totals up everything (guest rooms, dinners at their restaurants, etc.) at check-out time.

As for seafood, switch from Boulud over to Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, still inside the Wynn Resort. There's a separate discussion thread about the restaurant. You can read my "branzino" story. It's Italian, and their focus is seafood.

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Prime is good, Delmonico's is simply outstanding. I've been to both and Delmonico's is always our go to place for steak in Vegas.  Ask for the parmesan truflle chips to nibble on to start.

Seconded. I go and sit at the bar every time I go out there just to get some of those parmesan truffle chips.

Prime is excellent and likely more impressive than Delmonico, if you're just trying to impress. Their fruits de mer platter is excellent and the steak ludricously huge.

Possibly my favorite is Craftsteak at the MGM Grand. It's very a la carte (much like it's sister Craft) -- try the onion rings and order a steak you normally wouldn't, like a skirt steak, and prepare to be amazed. When they have Wagyu, it's obviously worth getting as well. Be sure to ask about off-menu specials, especially vegetables and the like.


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Jon, Click here for the answers to your Bartollota questions.

Back to steak, what kind of steak and steakhouse are you looking for?

Do you just want the steak and some nice conversation? Or do you want the steak and the dancing water show and the view and the whole schmear?

Since we're all gonna be off doing our own thing, steak and conversation will do fine. If we want to see the water, we can go do it after/before/another day. I'm more looking for impressive food, not the side acts. After all, I want to end up happy too :).

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Right now, I am kinda leaning toward Delmonico's, from what I have seen on here.

You won't be sorry. Hate the BAM! all you want, but I've never been to any of Emeril's restaurants that weren't drop-dead good start to finish. And I've been to most of them.

The thing to get (steak-wise) at Delmonico is the bone-in dry-aged prime ribeye, which is f*cking delicious as all hell. They usually serve it with three or four different sauces on the side, all of which are worth trying. The parmesan truffle chips are the ultimate munchie, and the New Orleans style BBQ shrimp (they're not really barbecued) are superb. Their wine list is wonderful and the bar serves up very good -- and potent -- cocktails. Add to that an old-fashioned Caesar salad prepared tableside, plus mouthwatering daily specials (there's always a foie gras special as well as edgier stuff) and it's a winner.

I've eaten there about six times, which is VERY high praise for a restaurant in a city that's jam-packed with great restaurants. (I'm in Las Vegas a lot)

Since you love food, I also recommend going to L'Atelier Joel Robuchon and ordering a few tapas some night. It's not on the menu, but they'll definitely serve you a little bowl of Chef Robuchon's famous potato puree. Then you can say you've had it. It's like eating a bowlful of potato-flavored butter, and it's heaven.


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Has anyone been to the SW Steakhouse at the Wynn Resort yet? The menu looks killer. (I'd add a direct link were one available, but just go here and follow the prompts. The site's a bit pokey.)


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Right now, I am kinda leaning toward Delmonico's, from what I have seen on here.

You won't be sorry. Hate the BAM! all you want, but I've never been to any of Emeril's restaurants that weren't drop-dead good start to finish. And I've been to most of them.

The thing to get (steak-wise) at Delmonico is the bone-in dry-aged prime ribeye, which is f*cking delicious as all hell.

AMEN Bleachboy!! I've eaten there a bunch of times too, and I have yet to be let down. The place is very unlike some of his other restaurants that I've been to. You won't be let down at all.

I'm not a fan of Wynn's steakhouse. They must have been out of sharp knives when I was there, because I had to saw through my meat. It wasn't good! Also, the place looked like it needed some work too. The corners were missing paint, and it just looked shabby. The only redeeming quality of the place was the sommelier. There was a tasting earlier in the night and he gave us some tastes that were left over.

I've also been to Charlie Palmer's steakhouse too. I wouldn't recommend it, the sommelier was horrible and the steak didn't have much flavor.

I second the L'Atelier Joel Robuchon suggestion. The night after that meal I went to Guy Savoy at Ceasar's. UNBELIEVABLE FOOD!!


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Has anyone been to the SW Steakhouse at the Wynn Resort yet? The menu looks killer.  (I'd add a direct link were one available, but just go here and follow the prompts. The site's a bit pokey.)

I ate there about a year ago when Eric Klein was still the Chef. We had a special tasting menu, something like 10 courses, super yummy, although the floating head ( a "show" in the lake next to the restaurant, not a dish on the menu) is a bit freaky. David Walzog who was at Country Club Grill is the new chef and the changes - at least in terms of the temperment of the kitchen - are supposed to be quite interesting. At the time, SW didn't strike me as a "Steak House" so much as a restaurant that happened to have a nice selection of steaks on the menu. The service was excellent, many positions in the front of the house are filled by Circo and Le Cirque Alums, the cocktails are strong and the patio is delightful.

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I just made reservations at Delmonico's for Dec.24 as they can be difficult to get. I think it is a wonderful place to celebrate or just have a nice meal. i have done both there. I have eaten at the Palm and it is fine but not fabulous.

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were leaving tomorrow morning for vegas1 can't wait1 anyways,,,i was at delmonicos and craftsteak last year and they were both excellant! this time its back to delmonicos though. the dry aged prime rib is ti dieeeeeeee for! i'll let you know how my trip was next week! we also went to hugos cellar )with in-laws) 2 years ago and it was old school but excellant! i had the large ribeye there also and i swear it was 3 pounds! very good though! enjoy!

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I've eaten at Prime. Definitely dress up. I posted my report here.

I have not eaten at Delmonico ... yet. I keep hearing wonderful things about that place from Marlene, who knows meat.

As for Prime, I recommend making a reservation later in the evening, after 8:00 p.m., outside in the patio area. Hopefully, by that time, the dancing water show called Fountains of Bellagio will begin. Spectacular display of waterworks with piped-in Andrea Bocelli music (and other selections) never ceases to amaze me. That should definitely impress the in-laws, along with the steak dinner ...

I have eaten at both Prime and Delmonico, I have to give a slight edge to Delmonico on the meat-both were incredible, but Delmonico is just a tad bit better. Overall, I liked Delmonico better, I thought apps and sides were considerably better than Prime. Emeril's barbeque shrimp is absolutely heavenly! Service was imho better at Delmonico, more polished, more personable, I felt like I was treated as well as one possibly could be at Delmonico. Not that Prime's service was bad, but Delmonico's service was so good it was memorable.

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I checked most of the vegas threads on here, but was wondering if anyone had any new takes on vegas steakhouses? Eating at DB Brasserie and Bradley Ogden on two other nights, but looking for a good steak dinner to impress the in-laws :).

I'm interested in your report, I had soup and dessert at Ogden last year, want to know how the dinner is.

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I just made reservations at Delmonico's for Dec.24 as they can be difficult  to get. I think it is a wonderful place to celebrate or just have a nice meal. i have done both there.  I have eaten at the Palm and it is fine but not fabulous.

Delmonico really does fill up fast, you were wise to make a res early, especially on a holiday. Be sure to try the Parmesan Truffle Chips!

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We'll be in Vegas in a couple of weeks, and as always, the first reservation I make, (after hotel) is one for Delmonico's. It is always outstanding!


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I know it's too late, but for the benefit of others, Michael Mina just opened Stripsteak, his first steakhouse, and Mandalay Bay. The menu makes me drool like Homer SImpson. I will DEFINITELY be going to Stripsteak on my next Vegas trip. http://www.michaelmina.net/stripsteak/about.html

I ate at StripSteak a few days after it opened, and thought it was pretty good. My steak wasn't as good as what I've had at Delmonico or at SW Steakhouse, but it was still pretty good. On the other hand, the side dishes provided a lot of interest.

See my detailed review.

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I recently ate at CraftSteak at the MGM and it was an experince not worth repeating. Service was bad and the food was way below par. Since I was the only one at our table that ate any of roasted red peppers appetizer, I can only assume that was the dish that made me sick to my stomach two hours later. No one in our party enjoyed the food, decor or service.

Prime at the Bellagio has never let us down.

Tom Colicchio needs to take a good hard look at CraftSteak.

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Anyone ever have the "Triple Seared" Japanese Kobe at Bradley Ogden?

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I know it's too late, but for the benefit of others, Michael Mina just opened Stripsteak, his first steakhouse, and Mandalay Bay. The menu makes me drool like Homer SImpson. I will DEFINITELY be going to Stripsteak on my next Vegas trip. http://www.michaelmina.net/stripsteak/about.html

I ate at StripSteak a few days after it opened, and thought it was pretty good. My steak wasn't as good as what I've had at Delmonico or at SW Steakhouse, but it was still pretty good. On the other hand, the side dishes provided a lot of interest.

See my detailed review.

It looks like a fun place, nice to see decent reviews for a newly opened place, one can expect them to be even better and improve on weaknesses after a while.

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Anyone ever have the "Triple Seared" Japanese Kobe at Bradley Ogden?

I sent a friend with an expense account to Ogden and he had a Kobe filet mignon and said it was the best steak he'd ever had.

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