The Best Steakhouses In Las Vegas

For when you're daydreaming of peppery chars and juicy ribeyes.
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Steakhouses are in the bones of Las Vegas. They were the glitzy establishments that helped the city boom during the mid-1900s, luring waves of new visitors and people who may or may not have been connected to the mob. Some of the old-school classics are still around and have even made Hollywood cameos, but there are also newer celebrity chef-owned spots with delicious chops and affordable places where the bill won’t raise your blood pressure. And when you’re looking for something that didn’t come from a cow, we have guides to the best restaurants and breakfast in Las Vegas as well.


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The menu at Bazaar Meat is pretty different from other steakhouses, and that’s precisely why it’s our favorite. Just take their Vaca Vieja—a rib-eye cut with the soft texture of a filet mignon that beats out any other piece of meat in town. And yes, before you ask, it does mean “old cow,” but the aging is what makes it so flavorful. They have great Spanish dishes like the croquetas de pollo and crispy patatas bravas, which are a welcomed upgrade from typical steakhouse sides, and a “beefsteak” tomato tartare that tastes like the real thing and not something that came off the vine. This sleek spot at the Sahara manages to be creative without sacrificing quality, which can be difficult in a city that loves dupes of World Wonders.

SW feels like a steakhouse plucked out of Beverly Hills and placed along the Wynn’s Lake of Dreams, where you might be sitting next to a famous Swedish DJ or casino president. It’s easy to be hypnotized by the 90-foot waterfall that turns into a screen playing Fantasia-esque shorts, but the fantastic steaks are even more impressive. Our go-to is the 16-ounce New York strip that has a nice peppery char, but the filet mignon and 18-ounce boneless ribeye are both always perfectly cooked. If SW wasn’t Hollywood enough, the steaks come from the ranch of the guy who created Yellowstone.

On any given night at Barry’s Downtown Prime, you could be eating alongside Drake or Mel Gibson. And sure, you could say that about a handful of Vegas restaurants, but what makes Barry’s stand out is their namesake 12-ounce rib cap. The thick steak is tender like a filet with the juiciness of a ribeye, a meal paired well with sides like the loaded baked potato or sweet and smooth creamed corn. For that one meat-abstaining friend, Barry’s has pretty good vegan options, including a salisbury “steak” made with red pepper and ratatouille-stuffed artichokes.

T-Bones is the special occasion spot when you want to avoid the Strip and get the highest-quality meats in the suburbs. It’s best to grab a seat at the onyx marble bar so you can eavesdrop on weekend golf plans and chat up the bartender about the latest neighborhood scandal. The kobe beef is excellent, the kind of steak so tender that it’s like cutting through Jell-O to reveal a perfectly-marble inside. Post up with some fondue mac and cheese or creamed spinach and count how many couples are celebrating their anniversary.

People at Carversteak like to party. Just take the martini cart rolling around during dinner service as an example. So when the investment bankers at the nearby table invite you for drinks at the bar, go along for the ride. Sure, this is a swanky party spot with great steaks, but where the restaurant shines is the seafood dishes. The chilled platters come with plump shrimp, huge lobster tails, and meaty oysters you’ll slurp up with the force of a Dyson vacuum. It’s all filling without making you feel stuffed, so you can keep up with whatever plans your new VP of Finance friend pitches next.

Forget about steaks for a moment and go for the fantastic Angus Burger at Oscar’s. It’s a juicy piece of meat between two slices of toasted brioche with american cheese, and doused in Plaza sauce, a creamy topping that’s like fancy In N’ Out spread. Yes, it’s messy, but you won’t even think about putting it down for a second. If you consider yourself a Letterboxd microinfluencer, Oscar’s has some extra appeal—it’s where they filmed the famous dinner scene between Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro in Casino. You might even recognize the panoramic windows, which used to look down on Fremont Street until they were blocked by the Slotzilla Zipline.

The NYC location of Peter Luger isn’t what it used to be, so this desert outpost shows that sometimes Vegas one-ups the original. Order the porterhouse: simple, basted in butter, and tastes even better with the horseradish-tinged Luger house sauce. It’s served in a gravy boat, an ideal pool to dip bread and their iconic thick-cut bacon. This is a spot where tourists can check the box of eating at a legacy restaurant, but all the zipping black tie-wearing waiters really make it a fun (if slightly chaotic) atmosphere for anybody. Meat nerds can even tour the basement dry-aging room if they ask nicely.

Golden Steer is one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, but it’s undoubtedly out-of-towner bait. That’s because famous people like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and the Rat Pack were regulars, and their juiced-up Instagram account teases jumbo lobster tails and glistening slabs of red meat. You can get better steak at the other spots on this list, but you’re coming here to lean into the Las Vegas lore, which includes eating Frank Sinatra’s off-the-menu favorite: a 16-ounce New York strip cooked medium rare and topped with housemade pizzaiola sauce. Just make sure to also order the bananas foster that’s flambéed tableside.

Swing by Hank’s for a stellar Happy Hour of half-off dirty martinis and bands covering Sublime at the piano bar. We like it for a steakhouse-lite experience of snacking on tiny tuna tacos and beef wellington bites dipped in beer cheese sauce. It’s a little more upscale than the typical Vegas gaming bars on the eastside, so there’s likely going to be a lot of the local Henderson crowd hanging out. If traffic makes you miss Happy Hour, you can still have an excellent meal by starting with the chunky crab cakes and wedge salad before slicing into the wet-aged petite filet mignon.

Whip out the company card to pay for a stupid expensive meal at Cut. The six-ounce wagyu ribeye is an excellently-marbled piece of beef from Hokkaido and the Australian wagyu tomahawk is buttery, fatty, and a better use of your money than a night at the Four Seasons. If you don’t have a benefactor, the Japanese beef burger is a good deal, since it has the same top-tier wagyu but doesn't cost nearly as much. Lucky guests might even spot Wolfgang Puck himself schmoozing with some fans.

Casual and affordable, Echo & Rig has a solid steak lunch when you can’t wait until dinnertime for a hunk of red meat. Their New York strip is a relieving $40—marbled like a cut that’s three times the price elsewhere—and goes well with the brandied mushroom sauce that has just the right level of sweetness. On your way out, pick up corn-finished ribeye from the butcher side of the restaurant, so you can grill another steak (or three) for dinner back at home. 

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