Top 10: Las Vegas's Best Steakhouses

Las Vegas is home to some of the best steakhouses in the world. Almost every major Las Vegas Casino, Hotel or Resort has a steakhouse (or many steakhouses).  World renown Chefs, such as José Andrés, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Emeril Lagasse, and Wolfgang Puck each have made their mark on the Las Vegas Steakhouse. We at Party Pantheon love steak and feel that eating steaks in Las Vegas is one of the highlights of each and every trip. We recommend that you splurge and experience an excellent meal on your visit to Sin City, these Steakhouse are not Outback! Below, we have compiled our list of the Top 10 Las Vegas Steakhouses. And if you are still having problems finding a steakhouse in Las Vegas reference our handy Las Vegas Steakhouse list. We recommend making reservations for your party well before arrival to these fine establishments.

Surf and Turf at The Steakhouse

10. The Steakhouse - Circus Circus Las Vegas is getting quite long in the tooth at this point it its history and its not known for its epicurean delights. But, believe it or not, The Steakhouse (creative name huh?) at Circus Circus is well known as a authentic quality must visit steakhouse on the Las Vegas strip. Why you ask? It is known for its quality steaks, classic steakhouse fare, masculine decor and affordable prices. It's menu hits all the marks: NY Strip, Porterhouse, Bone in Ribeye and the Filet Mignon. Steaks are even aged onsite in a dry aging room. If you want a quality steak that is not horrible on your pocketbook this is your place.  

9. Strip Steak - We move to the complete opposite end of the strip to Mandalay Bay and Michael Mina's Strip Steak.  This restaurant is situated a bit off the casino floor on the way to the Mandalay Bay Convention center.  Don't let its location fool you, this is one of Mina's best spots in town (there are quite a number of Michael Mina restaurants in Las Vegas). They specialize in Angus and Wagyu beef but do not miss the sides.

Bone in Rib Eye at Strip Steak

8. SW Steakhouse - Adorned with the initials of the resort's former Owner and CEO Steve Wynn, SW Steakhouse is the first of one of the most well know steakhouses in Las Vegas on our List.  This steakhouse is known for its classy upscale representation of the classic Steakhouse. The steaks are not the only rare sight on the menu as the restaurant has a stunning view of Wynn's Lake of Dreams. Do eat the Chili Rubbed Double Rib Eye or any of the Wagyu selection. Prices aren't for the faint-of-heart with the Porterhouse clocking in at $148 and Wagyu selections over $200. Come hungry and willing to spend at this fabulous Las Vegas Steak House.

The Patio at SW Steakhouse

 Rib Eye at Craft Steak

Rib Eye at Craft Steak

7. Craft Steak - By Top Chef Host Tom Colicchio, Craft Steak is tucked away in MGM Grand's restaurant Row.  One of the first major Las Vegas Celebrity Chef Steak House, Craft Steak Continues to produce fine food and times. It is now considered a Las Vegas Classic. Try the NY Strip, A5 Wagyu, Hen of the Wood Mushroom (amazing) and the Potato Purée.

6. Bavette's - Bavette's is one of the newest Steakhouses on this list and in Las Vegas. Located Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo), it is a outpost of a Chicagoland Favorite Steakhouse by the same name.  The interior is dark and mysterious, steaks and sides excellent. Steaks can come pepper crusted with sides of sauce. Bavette's also boasts a great cocktail program specializing in Old Fashions. Do try the Chicago Cut Rib eye, Steak Frites, Old Overholt Old Fashion and their amazing Cheese Burger.

 Petite Filet with Steak Salt at Bavette's

Petite Filet with Steak Salt at Bavette's

The view from the patio at Prime

5. Prime - What's better at Prime; the views or the steaks? We here at Party Pantheon are hard pressed to give either the crown as they are both spectacular. Located in the Bellagio with a patio that is on the Lagoon, you will have a front row seat to the Bellagio fountain show.  The Steaks are cooked to perfection, as you would expect from a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant.  Do sit on the patio. Do eat a Peppercorn-crusted New York Strip steak. Do order the onion rings (best I have had in my life). Do enjoy your wine.

4. Gordon Ramsay Steak - Gordon Ramsay Steak is veritable outpost of meat. This restaurant was Chef Ramsay's first venture in Las Vegas.  Located at Paris you enter through an archway that is intended to simulate the English Channel Tunnel (chunnel).  Once you exit the other side you are transported into England and the home of Gordon Ramsay. The steaks here are impeccable. The Porterhouse for two was exquisite. But don't forget the signature Gordon Ramsay Beef Wellington (give extra time for this one as they cook it to order!).  Finally don't forget to save room for the sticky toffee pudding.  

3. Cut - Cut is Wolfgang Puck's take on a steakhouse located in Palazzo. Cut is known for their comprehensive selection of beef. The menu is separated into sections designating the location of origin and feed style of each steak.  On the menu you will find numerous cuts of beef from each of the following: USDA prime steaks from Illinois and Nebraska, grass fed beef from Australia, American Wagyu from Snake River Idaho and Japansese Wagyu from Miyazaki Prefecture.  This is a beef connoisseur's heaven. Add a slab of point Reyes blue cheese to any steak to crank it up a notch.  

 Piedmontese Cow

Piedmontese Cow

2. Delmonico - Continuing the Celebrity Chef trend is Delmonico in the Venetian. This restaurant is headed by Emeril Lagasse and named after the famed and Original New York City Steakhouse Delmonico. The menu covers classic steak fare with the typical Lagasse New Orleans style additions such as Gumbo, BBQ Shrimp and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The steaks are pretty typical for Las Vegas with Prime cuts and 100% Japanese Wagyu selections. However there a quiet a special option on the menu: Italian Piedmontese beef. These cows are known for their intense musculature that continues to grow throughout its life. They look like body builders. This leaves the resulting beef  low on fat but remains very tender and full of beef flavor. Amazing!

1. Bazaar Meat - The number one steak house on our list is Bazaar Meat (note: the spelling of Bazaar).  This establishment is ran by Celebrity Chef José Andrés andSLS Las Vegas and is called a Tapas Style steakhouse. Now many people think of tapas as small dishes, but in this sense think of sharing dishes. Steaks are typically ordered by the kilogram to be shared by the entire table. Thier meat ranges from Typical steak cuts to exotic, all are cooked to 46 degrees C (read rare). They have 5 kitchens each specializing in a different preparation of food. Once speciality to try is the Vaca Vieja - an 8 year old dairy cow retired and harvested for beef, its taste is much more pronounced and will leave your wanting more.  Try the Foie gras lollipops, beef carpaccio, beef tartare, suckling pig and all of the steaks. Make sure to come with a group to be able to try it all. Did I mention A5 Wagyu grilled on a traditional Japanese Ishiyaki Grilling stone? This place has it all!

Massive porterhouse at Bazaar Meats

Special Mention

Carnevino - If it wasn't closing on July 27th, Carnevino would be Party Pantheon's choice for best steak house in Las Vegas.  Carnevino is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, this is without mentioning the beef. The beef is out of this world: "Carnevino beef is often beyond regular USDA prime standards for marbling and flavor and is hormone and antibiotic free." The Fiorentina is an essential take on the Italian version of the porterhouse (not cheap at $170). The sides are so good including hand made pasta, Italian style fried calamari and, the amazing mashed potatoes with a poached egg on top. Finally their crowning achievement: the riserva steaks.  Aged in their himalayan salt room for up to 240 days, these steaks have gone beyond they typical dry aging process. Notes of funk and blue cheese permeate these stakes. At $100 an inch they aren't horrible deal. Get one while you can and share with the table!

Super Bowl LII is set! Eagles VS Patriots - But what about Vegas?

The road to Super Bowl LII is almost over. Last weekend we watched the Patriots and Eagles both clinch spots in this year's Big Game.  The Big game will be played in Minneapolis on February 4th 5:30PM local time. We cannot be more excited.

High Roller

In addition to the Super Bowl being set we have finalized our group plans.  Here's where we stand: The majority of us arrive Thursday evening and will be checking in to all of our 3 suites that night. That night we intend to keep it somewhat mellow. Easy dinner, maybe some gambling and possibly a trip on the High Roller for the Happy Half Hour. We see this as a good way to get kick started with a big group. We'll all be in the same place together with great views and be able to drink a few cocktails at ease. After that some gambling at Casino Royale.

Bavette's Steak

Friday, day time, will be spend sleeping in, with a visit to the pool or spa. Once we are recovered from the previous night's festivities, some of the group has expressed interest in visiting a dispensary. Reef looks like a great one! Later in the evening, when the rest of our group arrives, we'll head over to steaks at Bavette's. Bavette's is a Chicago transplant steak house at the currently under remodel Monte Carlo (in transition to Park MGM). The menu looks great here, a very classic feel, especially the cocktails. After Bavette's we'll be taking the tram over to Bellagio so we can go to Hyde to spend the night at the club. Even though we are a bit older the club is a fun time, especially when you got a reserved table and a great view.

The next day we'll, once again, recover in the morning. Then head to a buffet; our favorites are Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan, Bacchanal at Caesars and Bellagio. Eventually we'll make our way over to Top Golf for a few rounds of fun. Top golf was a stand out from last year's trip. We think it could be a staple for years to come.  Finally, on Sunday is the Superbowl. We'll be attending a Super Bowl Party that is on our list.

This will be a great year. 10 guys from all over the states getting back together for a weekend of fun and football. Hope to see you in vegas!

 

Planning for the Big Game - Reserving Rooms for a Large Group in Las Vegas

If you are a reader of this site you know we love going to Las Vegas for the Big Game every February. This year will be our group's 17th year in Las Vegas for the NFL Championship game.  Our group is large, 11 guys, so planning and coordination is very important. 

The Switch to Suites

Group inertia is hard to overcome.

After 2010, when we stayed at the beautiful Aria Las Vegas, our group realized that having space for us to gather was becoming more and more important. We needed spots to mix drinks, hang with the boys and recover from the night before. Not just a place to crash for the night. I firmly believe that the adage of "you never spend time in your room in Vegas" is wrong

The following year we did our research. We started looking at hotels that offered suites that had decent sized living rooms with a kitchen that included a full refrigerator. We identified hotels such as Hilton Grand Vacations Elara (formerly Planet Hollywood Towers), Marriott Grand Chateau, Vdara and MGM Signature.  After debate and investigation we decided on Elara for the 2011 trip.  That year we got two 2 room suites, a total of 4 rooms. These rooms were very well outfitted; each with a full kitchen and an extra small fridge in one of the two adjoining rooms. With these rooms we had a total of 8 beds. Also included was a full room height projected TV, so cool for the big game.  

Next few years we spent at Elara, then one year at MGM Signature. MGM Signature had a similar situation with multiple rooms, kitchen and gathering spaces. We had stayed at MGM Signature for my bachelor party and it worked out well.  When we returned to Elara, the following year, we chose the 4 bedroom suite since in previous years our two rooms were spread over multiple floors.  The 4 bedroom suite was a revelation. All of us could be in the same space with no coordination with finding the rest of of the group. So much fun. 

The Pink tunnel at Hilton Grand Vacations Elara

It has been a great run at Elara but last year we got a bit of a bummer of a room. Typically we received a room that faced the strip that had a section of the "pink" tunnel on in it. We got space and a view. We had to pay their "premier rate" for an upgrade to this room but it was worth it. Last year we had reserved what we thought was the same room. Come the big game weekend we went to check in and our room wasn't ready yet. We finally got into our room around 4pm to find that it pointed away from the strip, and, even though it was 4 bedrooms, it had a much worse floor plan than the strip facing rooms and much less square foot. Additionally there was a bad smell in the room. The final breaking point for us was realizing we were spending too much time in the room. The distance to the strip and real food or entertainment was quiet a walk from Elara. 

Something had to change.  

The Hunt for a New Home

Luckily when I started doing research for rooms this year the Elara 4 bedroom suite price had jumped up an extra $1500 for the entire weekend. That was our final catalyst for change. I started doing research again. In addition to the list above I found multi-room suites at major hotels such as Mirage, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Aria, Linq, Cromwell and Flamingo.  I started making calls.

Unfortunately, I quickly made a realization: none of these rooms were available for superbowl weekend. Finally I got a good representative on the phone at one of the properties and they said that the rooms were removed from listing on that weekend to save for whales coming in for the Big Game. 

I became discouraged at this point. 

Vdara

I looked back at our previous list. What if I could be creative? What about a mix of rooms to give us plenty of sleeping space, gathering space, and a good location with easy access to food, drinking, entertainment and gambling.  I already liked the location of Vdara: it has a direct hallway to Bellagio, a short walk around a traffic circle to Aria, a walk down stairs from Cosmopolitan and a tram ride away from Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM). 

Could I make staying at Vdara work?

Now there are a ton of options for rooms at Vdara, from studios to 1 bedroom to 2 bedroom penthouses.  I started doing youtube tours of rooms. I was leaning toward multiple 2 story lofts, but after viewing youtube videos of the suites I realized that their living areas were very cramped. So I struck that out. I looked at square footage of the 2 room suites and saw that the hospitality suite had the most square footage. It's a good mix of gathering space and sleeping space. I called Vdara up to figure out the rest of my options. I asked if any of the rooms adjoined each other.  They said that the City Corner and Studio Parlor connect.  NowI had at least 7 beds with tons of gathering space in a great location. 

The Hospitality suite has 3 floor plans available.

I made reservations over the phone for one of each of the following: Hospitality SuiteCity Corner and Studio parlor. I asked if I could lock in adjoining rooms and the representative said that they would put a note on the reservation but they couldn't guarantee anything since rooms were assigned at check it.  To increase our odds of getting the rooms near each other we decided that going in on Thursday would be our best bet. The representative agreed we'd have best luck with this plan.   

I think we are all excited about this plan. We have plenty of sleeping and gathering space. We have an obvious room to gather in: the hospitality suite.  We are closer to the action and we'll be having experiences at a new, to us, location.  

44 Days Until the Super Bowl!

Las Vegas Sign

Party Pantheon is all about preparing YOU for the Superbowl in  Las Vegas. There are 44 days left until the Super Bowl and we could not be more excited.

We've been updating our  Big Game Viewing Party List almost daily now.  We have about double the amount of parties listed as we had last year.Make sure to check out our Big Game Viewing Party List for the most updated information in Las Vegas Big Game Viewing Parties.

I want to give a big shout out to our friends at the Vegas Big Game Facebook Group and at VegasBigGame. We are all part of the same team trying to make your weekend in Las Vegas more epic. On their site they host reviews of each party's food offerings crowdsourced from reviews taken from the Vegas Big Game Facebook Group's previous years experiences.

Here's a countdown to the big game:

Las Vegas Hotel Map

Below is a map of hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Click on the map to enlarge to full screen. Each shaded area represents a Las Vegas Strip Casino.  Each color represents a different Casino Players club.

Black = Wynn / Encore
Light Green = Treasure Island
Orange = MLife
Red/Pink = Venetian / Palazzo
Green = Total Rewards (Caesars)
Blue = Cosmopolitan
Yellow = Elara
Purple = Tropicana