Oyster Bar at Harrah’s specializes in succulent seafood
Sometimes you just get a craving for oysters. That’s completely understandable. One of the ocean’s most flavorful offerings, oysters are the seafood equivalent of potato chips: You can’t eat just one. And while Las Vegas has more than its fair share of oyster bars, make sure you include The Oyster Bar at Harrah’s on your mollusk itinerary.
A staple at Harrah’s for the last nine years, Oyster Bar features a wide-ranging menu courtesy of chef Robert Crofford. It’s clearly designed for oyster fans, with a large bar area as well as plenty of table seating.
Eight different options here include oysters on the half shell (our personal favorite), grilled oysters with garlic-Parmesan butter and oysters Rockefeller, prepared with spinach, Hollandaise sauce and a dash of Pernod. Select from six or a dozen, all paired with horseradish, which really helps to bring out the briny zing in every bite.
It seems almost inconceivable to be eating oysters without the accompaniment of an alcoholic beverage, and Oyster Bar has plenty to keep you fueled for that next delicious morsel. In addition to a respectable beer and wine list, choose from signature cocktails like the Blue Lagoon, made with Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, Midori Melon liqueur and Hiram Walker blue curacao, and the Red Tide, featuring Belvedere black raspberry vodka, Chambord black raspberry liqueur and watermelon schnapps.
Now that you’ve warmed up with some oysters, continue your culinary odyssey with a huge array of appetizers. The melt-in-your-mouth tuna sashimi is a particular highlight, as are Maryland crab cakes, cooked thin and served on mixed greens with red pepper aioli, a fantastic combination of sea and garden. Bacon-wrapped shrimp and scallops almost look too good to eat, but c’mon—who can resist bacon? The cold seafood platter for two could substitute as a meal, featuring lobster, shrimp, mussels and oysters. And don’t miss out on some of the best clam chowder on the Strip—Oyster Bar serves both the smooth, creamy New England and minestrone-esque Manhattan styles, also available in bread bowls.
Keep the seafood party going with signature entrées like Parmesan-crusted halibut, perfectly paired with Florentine sauce and fried potato rounds, succulent Alaskan king crab legs that are pre-cracked for maximum enjoyment and zero work, and the classic surf and turf combo of lobster tail and petite filet. For the truly hungry, try O.B.’s pan roast, a compilation of lobster, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels in a smoked tomato cream sauce served with jasmine rice. This one is as fun to ogle as it is to eat.
Ordering dessert at Oyster Bar is an uncomplicated affair—there are three pies on the menu, and all are equally decadent. Choose from key lime, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or Oreo ice cream. They’re the perfect capper for an amazing evening of seafood delights.
Harrah’s, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.369.5000