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, saut?ed, 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 b?arnaise, 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.
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 Marilyn Monroe. 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. The restaurant's famous cuts of prime rib and new york strip steaks earned it the Las Vegas Review Journal's title of Best Las Vegas Steakhouse in 2010 and 2013. 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.
A traditional spice market gathers a plethora of exotic flavors into one convenient location?something Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood accomplishes with its lavish spread, which showcases food from Italy, Mexico, Asia, America, and the Middle East. At any one time, dishes may include fried rice and sushi, tacos and huevos rancheros, pizza and pasta, hummus and kebabs, or rock shrimp and oysters. A special tailgate menu also includes pre-game favorites, such as chicken wings, grilled steak, and sliders.
Instead of one buffet line that amounts to a culinary free-for-all, Spice Market Buffet divides up the food by region, offering separate stations for each type of cuisine and clearly separating the Chinese chopsticks from the Italian sporks. According to BestofVegas.com, Planet Hollywood?s buffet is ?often considered one of the best in town,? and the reviewer claims that ?even buffet skeptics can easily find something they like at the Spice Market.?
Head chef and owner Scott Ghormley revealed the inspiration behind Rhythm Kitchen Seafood & Steaks to Nevada Magazine, saying, "I love the food and culture in the southern part of the country. And that's what I wanted to bring to Las Vegas." His menu backs that statement up with a slate of creole and Cajun classics such as jambalaya and a medley of catfish and shrimp in the N'Awlins Seafood Delight. Scott and his staff embellish their signature steaks and crayfish with sauces and fresh spices, and maintain a robust wine list to accompany dishes.
The decor reflects the fare's New Orleans origins, with a golden fleur-de-lis and a ferocious alligator figurine accenting a dining room of white tablecloths and maroon napkins. The banquet room, which comfortably welcomes up to 250 partygoers, boasts black leather booths and a bar with two TVs showing sports or nature documentaries about the world's most ornery reptiles.
In 1971, Jimmy Nishiyama introduced the city of Las Vegas to Japanese hibachi cuisine. Three decades later, Geisha House Steak & Sushi, Nishiyama's brainchild, has grown to fill three locations and eight menu pages. Colorful specialty sushi rolls, such as the baked japanese lasagna?cream cheese and mayo atop a crabmeat and avocado roll?make fitting partners for grilled lobster, filet mignon, or scallops in hibachi dinners. Nearly 30 varieties of sake trip merrily across the palate, while the Geisha martini blends sake with plum wine and a treasure trove of James Bond jokes.
A daily happy hour is even more focused on cocktails, with other Easternized offerings including sake bombs, ginger sake mojitos, and lychee and Sanyo strawberry martinis. As for food, groups can share both creative hot bites and traditional maki such as spicy tuna and california rolls.
PB&J doesn’t mean the same thing to executive chef Gene Villiatora that it does to most folks. At Xtreme Sushi & Asian Tapas Bar, Gene’s PB and J roll is a medley of prawns, bacon, and jalapeno, all rolled with a creamy dash of avocado. He puts a similarly creative spin on his other sushi inventions, whether by incorporating fixings like Cajun albacore and garlic ponzu or deep-frying classic rolls like the California and Philadelphia.
His inspired take on culinary staples isn’t limited to sushi. Gene integrates Japanese and other eastern flavors into original tapas, from miso-glazed kobe burgers to Thai-style salmon with peanut butter curry sauce. On select evenings, he also hosts multi-course dinners centered on steaks aged for 28 days, the maximum amount of time steak can go before it qualifies for retirement benefits.