The feeling of relaxation begins as you drive toward Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa which offers majestic views of Lake Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert. The expansive spa includes 24 treatment areas, where the staff performs Italian-inspired services using botanical ingredients. Couples destress in a side-by-side Mi Amore massage, and the napoli espresso body treatment exfoliates skin with finely ground coffee beans and volcanic pumice. During the Rejuvenator pedicure, feet drink in the fragrant essences of wild sage, lavender, and mint.
The Healing Waters area promotes tranquility with a candlelit whirlpool and soothing eucalyptus steam room. The spa also boasts an Essence of Ravella Aromatherapy Blend Bar, where guests can create their own essential-oil-rich lotions, sugar scrubs, and body butters to use on their skin or as sweet-smelling bicycle grease.
From its 1978 opening in New York City, Via Brasil Steakhouse has withstood the test of time and critics to bring the churrascaria tradition to diners on both ends of the country. At the stately Las Vegas restaurant, South American traditions come through not only in the more than 18 meats that grace tables but also in the way each one is prepared and served. The special churrascaria cooking traces its origins to southern Brazil's gauchos, who wound down their long days of herding cattle on the Pampas by roasting cuts of beef over crackling fire pits and writing up formal business proposals for opening steak houses in America. Today, chefs continue that tradition by roasting slabs of meat on rotisserie grills, then slicing each one tableside in order to give diners the exact cuts and temperatures they desire.
Inside the restaurant, an opulent surrounding of marble columns and countertops, floral centerpieces, and huge, sunny windows complement smartly dressed servers as they tote skewers to tables and carve off tender morsels of top sirloin, leg of lamb, and salmon. Selections from 16 side dishes garnish each savory cut of meat with exotic ingredients such as hearts of palm and yucca fries, and a salad bar urges diners to help themselves to more than 30 unique recipes. To complement the feasts, an ample wine cellar and a resident sommelier help diners bring out the rich flavors of each dish with expert advice on the dozens of bottles from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.