Martini calzones, martini gumbo, and martini toast are unfortunate examples of how a wonderful liquid like martini can be marred by improper use. Today's Groupon puts martinis adjacent to instead of inside meals with $35 worth of savory bites and drinks at Martinis for $15. Witness the complimentary relationship between foods and beverages firsthand, and glean how to combine the two on your own for parties and wild Wednesday nights at home.
While recent innovations of the classic cocktail have begun a new chapter in martini history, the annals chronicle a culture of swank and culinary luxury associated with the original drunken olive taxi. Martinis' maintains this mouthful of decadence under the culinary leadership of Gene Villiatora, a veteran of Bravo's Top Chef: New York. The elegantly designed and warmly lit modern restaurant features a full bar area studded with comfy leather chairs and a handsome dining room outfitted in rich woods and sultry red accents. Meet up with friends for strong sips and shared bites, or indulge your sweetie in a classy dinner for two.
A first-course temptation such as grilled rosen lamb chops (with roasted-pepper potato salad, frizzled arugula, and balsamic reduction, $14) is a delicious excuse to share forks with someone to whom you want to get close. Entrees and other items pass through the realms of seafood, landfood, pastas, burgers, and brick-oven-baked flatbreads. Try the artichoke flatbread, with a layer of marinara below artichokes, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, and parmesan ($10). Nine months after the ocean seeks the thrill of walking legs, it turns out crab- and gouda-stuffed chicken breasts ($18) and succulent prosciutto-wrapped Alaskan halibut (topped with heirloom tomatoes and an herb vinaigrette, $23). A juicy, 6-oz. filet mignon ($22) sidekicks nicely with one of the restaurant's signature crisp libations. Instead of running all over town to meal huts and martini stands, get a joint dining experience that localizes all components in one central kitchen hub.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal gives the overall experience at Martinis a B, and more than 10 Yelpers give four stars. Google Maps users give 3.5, TripAdvisors give 3.5 owl eyes, and 82% of Urbanspooners like the joint that features a Top Chef participant:
- It would take us (or anyone) quite a few months to work our way through Martinis' very tempting list of nonmartini martinis. Adroitly mixed cocktails are a natural for a poker bar -- especially one like this, with the dark woods and subdued feel of a gentleman's library. The good food is just a bonus. – Heidi Knapp Rinella, Las Vegas Review-Journal
- I enjoyed a dirty martini, a vodka gimlet and a chocolate martini there. I have also had the pleasure of their mushroom and port reduction sliders which were DIVINE! – Stella, Google Maps
- The menu compliments the libations perfectly! I really love the cocktail artwork that adorns the wall of Martini's. Give it a try. It's worth the effort of getting off the strip and boulevard for a bit! – Sherry, Urbanspoon