From the dark-wood paneling to the burgundy carpeting's oft-traveled fibers, hints of vintage Vegas thrive inside The Golden Steer Steakhouse. Since 1958, the restaurant has been sliding prime rib and new york strips under the noses of anticipant diners—which many times have been affixed to the faces of American icons, including Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Elvis Presley, and Godzilla. The long-tenured staff members add life to the legends, passing down stories at tables and behind the spacious bar, where a Victorian-inspired ambiance offers a tip of the fedora to San Francisco's Gold Rush era. During the spring of 2012, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman officially named April 7 Golden Steer Day, honoring the steak house's residency in Sin City. In 2013, Zagat recommends this steakhouse above all other steakhouses in Vegas.
Nestled in the Riviera Hotel and Casino, R Steak & Seafood Restaurant spreads out a straight flush of beef fillets from 6 ounces to 24 ounces. 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 mahi mahi and surf 'n' turf with drawn butter and lemon 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 au poivre—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.
Modeled after old-fashioned, gaucho-style spit-roasts, Pampas Brazilian Grille sates hungers with premium flame-spun meats, seafood, and veggies. At each table, Pampas's gauchos carve helpings of barbecued pork, Brazilian sausage, brontosaur femur, and other proteins for partakers of the meat rodizio. The servers add fresh seafood of the day for the surf and turf rodizio, or avoid animal products altogether in the veggie version. The large, open dining room has a soft-lit ambiance that proves ideal for all manner of social mealtime rendezvous or dinner dates with imaginary friends. Pampas also lords over a deep vault of wines wrangled from around the globe, ready to grace glasses with flavorful pours and appealing hues.
There is little in the entertainment business that Jeff Tracta hasn’t tried. Since his beginnings on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, he has acted on Broadway, released three musical albums, toured across the globe, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Now he headlines a one-man show from the opulent auditorium of the Pearl Concert Theater, contorting his voice and working his musical panache during 75-minute tours of pop culture. Backed by video productions and musical accompaniment, Tracta seamlessly slips between impersonations of celebrities such as Ray Romano, Chris Rock, and Jeff Foxworthy to incite laughter and overwhelm any mocking birds in the audience. He also performs musical impressions, aping the physical mannerisms and singing styles of current hitmakers such as Lady Gaga and Eminem to classic figures such as Elton John and Billy Joel.
When a popular steakhouse chain withdrew from the valley, leaving more than 100 workers unemployed, former district manager Arthur Church decided to follow his dream of running his own steakhouse. Hiring many of his old coworkers, he opened the doors of Dessy B's Steakhouse, where his team eschews the frozen, pre-made dishes of chain restaurants in favor of fresh-made steaks, seafood, and burgers.
The menu anchors plates with hearty, succulent steaks ranging from 8-ounce cuts of sirloin to 20-ounce porterhouses. Cooks grill trout and salmon, steam lobster tails, and build half-pound teriyaki pineapple burgers. The salad bar invites patrons to mix and match more than 50 ingredients that make the bar an ideal witness protection program for romaine lettuce.