Steak lovers will never go hungry in Las Vegas, which is home to some of the best steak houses in the world. Whether you like your beef dry-aged or wet-aged, grass-fed or corn-fed, all-American or fancy French, Las Vegas has the steak for you. The local outposts of familiar top steak-house chains such as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Morton’s are a quick cab ride from the Strip. Better yet, celebrity chefs such as Charlie Palmer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Tom Colicchio are behind many of the top hotels’ carnivorous creations. Diners would expect no less from one of the nation’s hottest foodie cities.
Charlie Palmer Steak, led by famed chef Charlie Palmer, serves 28-day aged beef, seafood, and signature side dishes like truffle baked potatoes and Gruyere cheese gnocchi. Steaks include a 20-ounce New York shell steak with carmelized garlic jus and a 10-ounce charcoal grilled filet mignon with roasted shallot jus. In the informal dining area near the bar, diners can enjoy cigars over dinner and catch live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. The formal dining room is quiet and clubby, decorated with Spanish-style arches and a rich red carpet.
Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's acclaimed Prime Steakhouse serves dishes such as six-peppercorn New York steak with red onion compote and porterhouse with pearl onions in thyme. The dining room is decorated in tones of Tiffany blue and chocolate brown, and diners can puff on cigars on the garden patio.
MGM Grand is home to CraftSteak, led by James Beard award-winning chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio. The food, made with fresh ingredients from small family farms, is prepared simply. Signature dishes include grilled Kobe skirt steak and braised short ribs.
The Palazzo boasts three steak houses, two of them helmed by celebrity chefs: Cut from Wolfgang Puck, Carnevino from Mario Batali, and Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro. Cut's top-quality meats range from USDA Prime 35-day dry-aged steaks to Japanese 100 percent Wagyu beef. Carnevino serves dishes such as hand-cut steak tartare Piemonte-style. Morels, known for its wine selection as well as its steaks, offers 60 wines by the glass and more than 400 varieties of French and California wine by the bottle.
The top-notch steak houses at The Palazzo, the Venetian's sister property, may be under the same roof and just a quick walk away, but the Venetian has its own roster of celebrity-chef led steak houses too: Delmonico Steakhouse from Emeril Lagasse, and Pinot Brasserie from Joachim Splichal, named Restaurateur of the Year in 2002 by Bon Appetit. Delmonico's New Orleans-style specialties include bone-in rib eye steaks and double-cut pork chops. Diners at Pinot Brasserie can chose from filet mignon or a 20-ounce chateaubriand with a side of bearnaise for two.
Wynn's SW Steakhouse serves various cuts of aged Nebraskan corn-fed beef, from chili-rubbed double rib eye to filet mignon, as well as seafood dishes like cedar-roasted oysters with pancetta, leeks, and creme fraiche. The restaurant, led by chef David Walzog, won the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2008 and 2009 and was named the best steak house in Las Vegas by New York Magazine in 2009. The outdoor dining area overlooks the hotel's "Lake of Dreams" and its 90-foot waterfall. Wynn's other steak house, Country Club, is led by chef Carlos Guia, a James Beard award nominee in 2006.
Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay is the first steak house from star chef Michael Mina, Bon Appetit’s chef of the year in 2005. Esquire magazine voted its steak to be the best in America in 2008. Dishes include a 30-ounce Angus porterhouse and an 8-ounce American Kobe filet of Wagyu beef.