Despite all the new steakhouses that are on The Strip in Vegas, there is still plenty of appeal when it comes to dining “classic Vegas” style. While many of the iconic hotels from “The Rat Pack” era have been either demolished or transformed beyond recognition, there are still some shining examples of where the guys would want to go when craving a good steak. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the five best old-school steakhouses in the city for you to try during your next night out.
This is the oldest steakhouse in the city and is where celebrities like John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Muhammed Ali, and of course, The Rat Pack, all came to dine. Despite the Golden Steer undergoing many changes since that time period, the dining experience and steaks still rank among the best in the city. While the outside may not look like much, once you step inside, you’re transported back to glamor of 1960’s Las Vegas, complete with waiters sporting tuxedos and a red-themed decor that is slightly reminiscent of the hotel dining room from “The Shining”. But there’s nothing to fear at the Golden Steer, as the classic steak cuts are large and seared to perfection.
308 West Sahara Ave, (702) 384-4470
You probably aren’t thinking about Binion’s Gambling Hall and Casino when you feel to need to treat yourself to a good steak, but sitting on the 24th floor is a classic steakhouse with a stunning view of the city. Top of Binion’s signature steaks are aged a minimum of 28 days and that ties in well with the cool, throwback atmosphere. Steak not your thing? The other fan-favorite menu items to try are their Chicken Fried Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. When the dishes and views are this good, Top of Binion’s Steakhouse makes for the ideal spot to show someone the classic side of Sin City.Top of
128 Fremont St., (702) 382-1600
Former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar B. Goodman, opened this restaurant in 2011 and dubbed it, “The Happiest Steakhouse in the Universe”. While Oscar’s Steakhouse is fairy new, everything about the restaurant is a throwback to the the golden era of Las Vegas, complete with their infamous slogan, “Beef, Booze & Broads”. Bring your appetite though, as the portions are huge. The steaks are of course the featured item, but we also recommend trying the fresh ahi tuna, as well as the amazing meatballs. You will also be treated to an expansive view of Downtown’s Fremont Street while you dine. Plus, if you need a date, one of Oscar’s “broads” (AKA hostesses) will happily join your table and discuss everything from sports to politics with you.
1 South Main St., (702) 386-7227
Sure the Circus Circus hotel caters to kids, but their steakhouse, aptly named, THE Steakhouse, has been voted “Best of Las Vegas” for the last twenty years! This is truly a diamond in the rough if you’re willing to trek through an actual circus to get to the restaurant. While the atmosphere is pretty much your traditional steakhouse, the food is the reason for all the accolades. The menu is streamlined and features mesquite grilled steaks, prime rib, plus, fresh lobster and crab legs. We also recommend saving room for the chocolate covered strawberries, which look like they are donning fancy tuxedos. Despite the unconventional location, THE Steakhouse at Circus Circus is well-deserving of all their awards and is absolutely worth experiencing for yourself.
2880 South Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 794-3767
Upon arrival you are given a red rose and escorted into Hugo’s fine dining room. While quaint in nature, you will feel right at home as red brick walls and old paintings surround you. The service is second to none and menu has lots more than just steak to offer. But Hugo’s Cellar steak cuts are oh so tasty! The Prime Rib is so tender that it will melt in your mouth, as will the Veal Oscar. For dessert, don’t miss Hugo’s signature cherries jubilee and Kona coffee, which are both freshly made right at your table. While there are certainly flashier steakhouses on The Strip now, few boast the first-class experience that Hugo’s Cellar offers.
202 Fremont St., (702) 385-4011