While it is generally known in Las Vegas that Gold Coast has one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants around, the resort hasn’t been as well known for its steakhouse. That needs to change, as the new Cornerstone creates a gorgeous place to gather, elegant and inviting, with touches of cerulean blue accenting a landscape of black and creamy white. As you enter, check out the cozy lounge, where whiskies line the wall and inspired delights line the menu.

Start your meal with a cocktail with Prohibition inspiration, like the 40-day barrel-aged Old Fashioned, or a Lem N’ Berry. The Lem N’ Berry will please those who like their cocktails sweet, and the Old Fashioned is so smooth. Taking that smoothness one step further, indulge in a flight of blended Scotch, perhaps the Macallan 12 year, Laphroaig Quarter Cask and the Dalmore 12 year. Cornerstone has a massive list of whiskies to choose from, and specialty flights highlight the different notes in each. Check out the drink menu for a brief description of what you can expect.

Cornerstone’s dinner menu evokes classic American steakhouses, but cleverly twists their revered dishes. For instance, Shanghai-style fried calamari spices up that staple with a chili glaze, crushed peanuts and red peppers. Craft beer and cheese bisque—super creamy with amber ale, Tillamook cheddar and Dijon—comes accented with grilled cheese croutons. The beet and teardrop tomato salad is a perfect starter, with arugula, goat cheese and pecan drizzled with balsamic and an herb vinaigrette.


Roasted beets and teardrop tomatoes View Gallery

You can find many of your favorites here, such as sautéed scampi, lobster tails and lamb chops, as well as house specialties like the prime rib crown steak. The filet wagyu coulotte sirloin is a petite, 10-ounce cut; pair that with whole sautéed mushrooms, roasted cauliflower with panko and hard-boiled egg, a loaded baked potato, lobster mac and cheese or jumbo asparagus spears. Toppers vary, with bone marrow and chimichurri sauce adding even more flavors. One side that you won’t find on many other menus in Vegas is the baked sweet potato, a holiday staple that just feels right in winter.

It’s hard to resist dessert, and maybe you shouldn’t try. The limoncello cake keeps it light and gives you a shot of limoncello on the side—just for digestive purposes, of course. Even lighter are the sorbets—raspberry, lemon and champagne. The raspberry and lemon flavors are quite delicious, but the champagne variety easily exceeds that superlative. Cornerstone’s take on classic bananas Foster pulls plantains into the mix, as well as dark rum, almond praline ice cream, banana liqueur, butter and brown sugar—it all makes a pretty magnificent ending for a decadent meal.

Gold Coast, 5-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.367.7111