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Best Spot For a Steak Downtown

Discussion in 'All Things Downtown' started by Marko62, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Marko62

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    I've narrowed it down to 3 spots for my one nice, sit down meal. I'm not a foodie, so eating at the bar or a comp buffet suits me fine, however, I've always wanted to have a nice steak downtown.

    Which would you choose?

    - Oscars
    - Binions Steakhouse
    - Andiamo at The D

    Thanks
    Marko..
     
  2. bu$hman

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    I have been to two of the three. I really enjoyed my experiences at Andiamo. Binion's was fine, and had the old school ambiance. Though, I would not say it was out fo this world. Never been to Oscar's.
    Just to throw it out there, I hit Vic & Anthony's every trip. Though you don't have it on the list, it certainly, for me, is above Binion's hands-down (though one can get and use coupons for Binion's.)
    Let us know what you choose, and what you thought.
     
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  3. bayoubengal

    bayoubengal World's Worst VP Player
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    I’ve only been to Andiamo’s. I enjoyed it. Their meatball appetizer is really good. It’s not on the level of Jean Georges or Prime but I liked it better than STK and would totally go again.
     
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    I've heard a lot of good things about Andiamo's. Looking forward to going when I get downtown next
     
  5. newmans

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    I'm a fan of Andiamo's
     
  6. Hard4

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    Not Binions
     
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    Binions is okay if you use the LVA coupon. Oscar’s was not a great experience my one time there. I do agree muchly with the Vic & Anthony comment. Multiple meals there with Mrs. S and happy each time. My only warning there is the mark-up on bottles of wine is about 5 times retail when many restaurants are closer to 3 times.
     
  8. Marko62

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    Thanks for all the info... I was leaning towars Binions for the view and old school vibe (the coupon is a bonus), I've had a drink at Oscars and it was nice. Will look into Vic and Anthonys.
     
  9. Funkhouser

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    I've done all three and liked Oscars the best, probably because of the vibe of the place and the tie in to Oscar Goodman


    Joe Vicari's Andiamo markets themselves as an Italian Steakhouse, which is funny since I have eaten at the
    Andiamo Italian Restaurant in Dearborn which was great. Not sure if this is a name only connection. I had their Bone in Ribeye
    which was okay. A little rough cut, not much better than the local steakhouses. I expected more for the prices. I will say the service was top notch
    and the Italian options were really good. Gamberi all' Andiamo Mrs. F had and loved it. I'd probably pass for steak at their prices.
    On a scale of 1 to 10, I rank it an 8 on food, 6 on Value, 8 on service.


    Oscars - I had the Bone in Ribeye and the steak was like slicing thru butter, this was a medium well, every bit as good as some of the other
    Steakhouses in Vegas. I also like the Bar at Oscars. The dining room isn't that great, getting seated in the dome is the place you want IMHO.
    Solid for at DT steakhouse. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rank it a 9 on food, 7 on value, and 9 on service.

    Top of Binions Steakhouse has great night time views of any DT Steakhouse. The prices are very reasonable for a Steakhouse, but the steaks aren't great.
    I would say its on par with what you would find at local midtier steakhouse. Your going to save a good 20% over the other places, so if your price sensitive this is the place you want to go. I've eaten there twice and I liked the halibut. Wife has had fish there. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rank the place a 7 on food, a 8 on value, but a solid 9 on service.
     
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  10. golfer

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    Hugo's Cellar - Old Vegas Experience. Slightly above average food. It has gone down hill, but the experience is worth it, so go at least once.

    Vic and Anthony's - Surprisingly good food. Kobe beef and select seafood available. You can call ahead to arrange it.

    Binion's - Go for the view. The food has gone down hill also. It's still above average, and some unique items. Chicken fried lobster as an example.

    Andiamo - Decent, but not great food. It's not the original So a lot like Martorano's in LV. It will do but it's not like the owner is there as he is in Florida. Or Detroit.

    Oscars - It's pretty good food, and easty to get 30% off. The chicken meatballs are close to authentic Sicilian. Ask for Nick to serve you. .

    If I'm taking a date, I'm going to Hugo's Cellar. If I want Nick to wait on me, I go to Oscar's. If I'm gambling at Golden Nugget and staying there, I call ahead and make sure I get all of my possible comps with some specialty foods items I call ahead for. I'm not eating at Binions unless someone wants to go there, and it is deeply discounted. I have mixed emotions about Andiamo. I ate there with the Derek and his daughter once. But I really don't like the casino, so I don't often end up there.

    I think there are also some new comers downtown that I really don't know anything about, but above is my take. Vic and Anthony's clearly had the best food, but I called in a special request. Hugo's is all about atmosphere. Oscars is a very good value at 30% off, and Nick has waited tables in Las Vegas for over 30 years.
     
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    Vic and Anthony's is a Landry's chain, its not bad as restaurants go. I ate the AC one and thought it was okay. There are so many better
    Vegas only Steakhouses to visit, so my general opinion is, unless I am getting comp'd, I'd rather pass on the chain Steakhouses.

    Hugo's is great and still a Vegas tradition, I still like the Golden Steer a lot, even though it changed hands from the original owner Joe Kludjian, who if ever you ever had the chance to meet, had great stories about the mob in Vegas, Sinatra, and what it was like in the 60's. Great guy I had the chance to meet him in 1999 a few years before he sold the place. The food is great, the atmosphere a throwback to old Vegas, and the service top notch.

    Everyone should eat at this place at least once. It's a slight trip from downtown (on Sahara near the Strat), but still a short ride from downtown via Uber or Lyft.
     
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  12. golfer

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    Golden Steer has gone (slightly) down hill as well unfortunately. But that is another place everyone needs to eat at, at least once. So is the Steakhouse at Circus Circus of all places.

    I certainly have spent a lot of time at the cigar store / lounge next to Golden Steer. That's one of the places I go when I need a break from baccarat. I play a $2 card game in there with the boys. A lot of boxing judges and officials hang out in there, as well as a couple of airline pilots from Allegiant. One of my Las Vegas secrets. I've never had an issue getting boxing tickets due to relationships developed in that store smoking cigars, not even the biggest boxing matches.

    It is what it is. I'm not that old, and I still remember when I had about $700 to bring to Las Vegas, and they'd bring a ham sandwich and Coke out to the craps tables at Binions. I used to love Binions Steakhouse, and the Italian American Club. And Binions Steakhouse not that long ago was very, very good. I was in my 20's, and thought those times were great. Not that long ago, if you were 20, and had $2K in downtown Las Vegas for a weekend, that was a lot of money, and you could get whatever you wanted fairly easily.

    But you're right with respect to Vegas only steakhouses. Vic and Anthonys was good for me, but that's becuase they got Kobe beef for me. I'll go to BLT in LVe, but I can go to BLT elsewhere. Same with Martoranos. I've been to the one where the owner supervises the kitchen, the ones in Las Vegas are below that place in terms of quality and experience. So many better, and newer places. So much really good steak, so little time.

    Things change. I'm hearing a lot about all the new places, not in casinos, downtown.

    I changed too. It's a weird deal. I went from the strip (briefly) to Hard Rock, to downtown, to places like Red Rock. I'm now back at the strip, and to me the strip is almost an entirely new experience since I haven't stayed, or played there in so long. Keeping it new and exciting, gambling less when I can afford it more, and certainly treating myself a lot better. I don't think the hosts necessarily care for it, but what casino hosts think is not on my list of things to worry about, they always come running when I'm ready to make another trip. What hasn't changed in Las Vegas is muck better when the economy is in a downturn. A lot of people stop going, and these periods are when I make 6-8 trips a year.
     
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  13. bu$hman

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    Another thing to think of, if one is looking to go to Vic & Anthony's is their distinctive dining menu. Decent value. I don't use it personally, but my wife does.
    Agree, it is a chain, but we do enjoy it for our Anniversary dinner.
    I also must say, we enjoyed our visit to The Golden Steer, many years ago. Old school, but I understand that is not what it used to be. Though, it does not meet the OP's idea of downtown steakhouse.
     
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    Andiamo (BTW it is not a name only connection to Andiamo in Detroit, the Vicari's own/operate them all), is probably the best meal you'll get of the three you mentioned. Atmosphere is also nice, but nothing necessarily unique about the ambiance.

    Oscars is probably the second best as far as the actual food goes, atmosphere is cool, but definitely not like it used to be since Slotzilla was installed and completely ruined the view down Fremont.

    Binions is probably the bottom of the three as far as food goes (still a fine meal but nothing special), but it's also the cheapest of the three meals, especially if you use the available discounts. It also has the coolest and most unique atmosphere, provided you're into that old school atmosphere and don't mind a sketchy elevator ride to the top. It's fun to watch the sunset over the valley from that panoramic viewpoint.

    At the end of the day if you're looking for the best meal, I'd say Andiamo. If you're looking for the best atmosphere and value I'd say Binions, and if you're looking for some blend of the two, Oscars is your best bet.
     
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    i only did binions once and it was cool (nice party of fellow vegas degens) and view was nice (if i remember correctly we went with glass elevator) but although food was ok i found it a bit overpriced(i guess you pay for the view)
     
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    I have been to Triple George a few times, been good every time.
     
  17. Tessa QC

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    @Marko62, which one did you choose in the end?

    (I’d do Binions with a group - great view and a large enough room - and Vic & Anthony’s for solo or duo.)
     
  18. Marko62

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    Of all the spots, we ended up at Triple George Grill. Furthermore, I ended up getting a burger. So, much like Vegas plans, our "steakhouse" plans went in a different direction. However, it was a great burger!
     
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