As a Las Vegas Local, I am asked all the time about my favorite Las Vegas steaks or steakhouses. Let me be honest and transparent right off the bat, I love steak and it is my favorite option when dining out. Vegas has literally thousands of great dining options and is one of the greatest parts of living here. In conjunction with what I hope is valuable sports and race betting content on this website, I will from time to time discuss the Vegas food scene. I am not a foodie, but I take pride in the places I choose to eat at. Personally, I think word of mouth recommendations is the absolute best way to advertise.
“Top Ten lists” or “Best of Lists” will always be debated. Just because you may not see your favorite option below, doesn’t mean I don’t approve. There are still some steakhouses in town I haven’t been too yet, or maybe our taste buds are just a little different. THAT IS OK! I have tried to get creative with my categories, I hope you enjoy them and find them useful. As always, if you want more information, want to discuss or continue the conversation, never hesitate to reach out to me. Maybe one day, we can share a meal together in person.
Favorite Strip Steakhouse
The Steakhouse at Circus Circus: Now, I know what you are thinking…what kind of credibility does this guy have when the first recommendation out of his mouth has the term “Circus Circus” in it. Let me be clear, to me…there is no other reason to ever step foot in Circus Circus. It’s old, has an “aroma” I don’t really care for and is overrun with kids. However, trust me when I say it’s worth it to walk through that craziness to get to the steakhouse.
The Steakhouse features a long hallway connected to the casino. Once you enter that hallway and head towards your meal, you feel like you have stepped back in time. Featuring an old-school feel and terrific service, you will immediately forget the chaos you saw on your way in. Old school red banquette booths, a full menu of all of your favorite steak options and a tremendous wine list round out a great experience.
I don’t mind spending a premium on a delicious steak experience, but one of my favorite things about The Steakhouse, unlike most Vegas steakhouses, your meal isn’t completely ala carte. If I remember correctly, you have a choice of soup or salad and potato as part of your purchase. That works for me every time.
2nd Choice, Prime at Bellagio: Prime is everything that is the opposite of The Steakhouse at Circus Circus. The bill will probably be double and no doubt the clientele you pass as you head to the restaurant is different. Having said that, the food is beyond melt in your mouth worthy and the setting near the fountains just can’t be beaten. A perfect spot for that most special occasion. I was very pleased with my Peppercorn Crusted NY Strip.
Favorite Downtown Steakhouse
Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, The D: I think transparency is important on this site. So I will say, there are two steakhouses on my list downtown that I haven’t tried yet. Oscar’s at the Plaza and Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens. I have heard nothing but great things about them and when I finally do go, you will no doubt see a review from those meals.
Back to Andiamo, I love everything about this place. The decor, the location, the service and most of all the food. If I remember correctly, I had the bone-in NY with the Andiamo signature Zip Sauce. I am a “medium” guy when it comes to doneness and it was perfect. The thing that excites me most about here is that there are at least another 4 or 5 steaks I look forward to trying. Almost every time I visit a steakhouse, I accompany my steak with a Caesar salad and Andiamo does theirs right tableside. All in all, I highly recommend this joint.
2nd Choice, Therapy: Not a steakhouse as mostly they are known for their small plates, but don’t hesitate to visit when on Fremont East and try their amazing 12 oz. sliced Chimichurri Steak. One of the best steaks I have had in a non-traditional steakhouse setting.
Favorite Slightly Off Strip/Off Downtown Steakhouse
Golden Steer (just off Las Vegas Blvd on Sahara): If you want old school…this is the place for you. Open since 1958, the Golden Steer takes you back to the time of Frank. A reservation (like many places in town) is a must and should be planned out somewhat in advance. Your visit to Golden Steer is a great reason spot to dress up and enjoy a special occasion.
I recently took an out of town friend and our wives here for his 50th birthday. From start to finish it felt special. Again, tableside Caesar salad is a must, not to mention one of their ala carte prime steaks. Not inexpensive, when you do go, be sure to budget accordingly if you are a dessert person. Their tableside Bananas Foster is always a huge hit. Simply the perfect spot for a Hendricks martini, caesar salad, and favorite steak for me.
2nd Choice, Herbs & Rye: One of the greatest dinner “happy hours” in all of Vegas is at Herbs & Rye. Located on Sahara, Herbs & Rye features a happy hour from 5-8pm every Monday – Friday. Whether you are in the dining room or at the bar, you can get 50% off your steak. Not only can you get great value, but it’s in a unique old-school setting and the food is delicious.
Favorite Local Casino Steakhouse
Charcoal Room, Palace or Santa Fe Station: As locals, you don’t go down to the tourist corridor all the time for a myriad of reasons. Whether it’s cost, aggravation, or time availability, sometimes you just have to stay away.
If you are staying off the strip and looking for a strip worthy dinner at off strip prices, look no more. I recommend the Charcoal Room, with locations at both the remodeled Palace Station & Santa Fe Station. I have been at least a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. Whether it’s the Porterhouse, NY Strip or Ribeye, I have yet to leave the table unsatisfied.
Do yourself a favor when you go, order (at no added cost) the house Garlic/Cilantro sauce to accompany your steak. I promise you won’t regret it.
2nd Choice, Prime Rib Loft at the Orleans: For you prime rib lovers out there, there are a number of great spots in town to go to. I for one loved my meal at the Prime Rib Loft which is located on the second level of the Orleans. Specializing in a number of different cuts, this location has something for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed my Cajun Cut as the flavor was out of this world. The cost at Prime Rib Loft is a fraction of what you will find on the strip, but only a short Uber ride away.
This blog post and list isn’t gospel, but it’s what I have found I liked. Vegas is a steak lover’s paradise and good finds are always around the corner. As the city’s offerings change, so might this list or other reviews I post. If you take one of these recommendations to try out, let me know how it went. Good, bad or indifferent…always love to hear what others think.