Nestled in the Riviera Hotel and Casino, R Steak & Seafood Restaurant spreads out a straight flush of beef fillets. Each comes seasoned with the same distinctive signature spice rub the casino’s dealers use to make the cards extra lucky. Grilled, sautéed, or blackened, seafood selections such as pan-roasted salmon and tuna au poivre tempt the gourmand in every gamer. Wait staff can recommend wine pairings and selections from a suite of sauces—including béarnaise, demi-glace, bourbon barbecue, and green peppercorn—to match any of the slabs of tender protein. Without leaving the grounds, diners can try their chances at 100,000 square feet of table games and slot machines at the casino, or stop off for regular entertainment such as Jan Rouven’s Illusions magic show, live music at Le Bistro Lounge, and a bustling comedy club featuring local favorites and national headliners.
Out the window, the blue of the Palms Place pool sparkles; in the air, the smell of braised beef short ribs linger. This marriage of elegance and hearty food might not seem an intuitive one, but the man behind the recipe makes it sing. Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon, who Rolling Stone famously deemed "the Rock-and-Roll chef," has braved Iron Chef America's "Kitchen Stadium" and opened restaurants the world over. His Palms Place jewel, Simon Restaurant & Lounge, takes inspiration from his jet-setting ways—literally. "I call it designed from jet lag," Simon told the Las Vegas Sun. "It was a lot of stuff that, over the years when I traveled, I craved."
Luckily for guests, Chef Simon's cravings are varied. At the sushi bar, diners feast on specialty rolls and sashimi, with wok-charred edamame and ahi tuna tartare ready to accompany the hand rolls and tiny dishes of soy sauce. Mama Simon's meatloaf, made with beef and veal, goes toe-to-toe with truffled mac and cheese for the title of most comforting dish, while a 40-ounce porterhouse waits to test the depths of guests' hunger or the size of their cheek pouches. But it isn't all savory—the brunch menu boasts brioche apple-crunch pancakes crusted in Frosted Flakes, and Simon Junk Food platters, designed to be shared, let diners walk down memory lane with brownies, Rice Krispie treats, cupcakes, cookies, and cotton candy.
Growing up in Evanston, Illinois, Kerry Simon wanted nothing more than to be a musician. To fund his dream, he worked in the kitchen of a chain pizzeria when he fell in love with another art form: food. After cooking around the country and countless media appearances that include InStyle, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, as well as stints on Hell's Kitchen and Iron Chef America, where he beat Iron Chef Cat Cora, he's made his home in Vegas where he helms the kitchen of KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers and is sometimes called the "Rock 'n' Roll Chef". KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers is located inside of Harrah's Las Vegas.
At KGB he puts a gourmet chef's spin on a diner-counter classic. Besides all-natural beef iterations topped with smoked gouda or roasted jalapeños, his culinary staff delights diners with other options that build on the usual beef or patties between the buns, including sides such as "Iron Chef" sliders, tater tots, cotton candy, and Cap'n Crunch milkshakes. His gourmet and colorfully topped burgers are served in a modern yet sultry restaurant lined in exposed brick and warm colors, decorated with Russian propaganda posters from the 1960s. KGB also offers diners a full-service bar.
Though Zhigang Wang mastered the art of sushi in Tokyo, he refined a second Japanese culinary art—hibachi—during an eight-year tenure at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Today, he showcases both cooking styles as head chef of Ohjah Japanese Steakhouse Rainbow.
Before they can assemble rolls from handpicked ingredients in Zhigang's kitchen, all Ohjah's sushi chefs must have at least six years of sushi-rolling experience. That training shines through on the menu's many specialties including the french kiss roll, a shrimp tempura, crab, and cucumber medley covered with mango-tomato salsa. They also cook elements that many chefs might usually keep raw, whether its deep-frying the casino roll's salmon and asparagus or baking the Japanese lasagna roll's crab and cream cheese.
Away from the sushi bar, Ohjah's hibachi chefs show off their culinary wizardry at the restaurant's teppanyaki tables. As flames shoot from the grills, chefs sear succulent cuts of everything from kobe beef to teriyaki-flavored scallop and halibut. More hot dishes emerge from Ohjah's kitchen, including "nachos" made from wonton chips smothered in avocado and spicy sautéed crab.
A stay at Four Queens Hotel and Casino places you in the heart of Las Vegas, walking distance from Mob Museum and Fremont Street Flightlinez. This casino hotel is within close proximity of Fremont Street Experience and Las Vegas City Hall. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 695 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. High-definition televisions with premium TV channels are provided, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Try your luck at the casino and enjoy other recreational amenities including a casino and a nightclub. This hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. n Dining
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 5 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at one of the 3 bars/lounges. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and currency exchange. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.