On and Off the Strip: Smith & Wollensky, T-Bones Chophouse and Brass Fork
On the Strip: Smith & Wollensky
Long before steakhouses proliferated the Strip and the burbs, Smith & Wollensky, which opened in 1998 near the Showcase Mall, was a favorite for locals and Vegas visitors until it shuttered in 2017. Now the franchise is back on the Strip (The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, 702.637.1515) with a 14,000-square-foot space complete with its own classic touches like green awnings, antique lighting and herringbone dark-wood flooring. The specialties are dry-aged and hand-butchered USDA Prime steaks, and diners can get a peek into the butcher room where the dry-aging magic happens.
For starters, there’s steak tartare, seared scallops and crab cakes along with a selection of chilled seafood and shellfish towers of varying sizes. But you’re probably here for the meat, and you’ll be pleased to know the hand-cut steaks are chosen from the top two percent of all beef in America, then aged for 28 days. You can’t go wrong with the 24-ounce ribeye or the bone-in New York cut. -Genevie Durano
Off the Strip: T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge
T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge (Red Rock Resort, 702.797.7777) has long been recognized as one of the best steakhouses off the Strip, but the Summerlin restaurant is also one of the most socially inclined hot spots. The sprawling bar space is a favorite meet-up point, anchored by ever-changing happy hour and “fireside bites” small bites, the latter of which are served at the charming outdoor patio. Highlights include beef carpaccio rolls, sliders and lobster rolls, while happy hour offerings range from specialty cocktails like the White Cosmo or the coconut-and-pineapple Black Pearl to snacks like Hawaiian tuna tacos and tomato caprese vol-au-vent. –Brock Radke
#trending: Brass Fork Kitchen & Bar
Brass Fork Kitchen & Bar (Palace Station, 702.367.2411) is one of the latest restaurant renovations at the off-the-Strip property, bringing innovative flair to the classic casino coffee shop concept. All your favorites are on these breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, but you can also sample a miso crab omelet or funnel cake French toast, seafood chowder or reuben panini, and diner classics like meatloaf or liver and onions. It’s a taste of vintage Vegas mixed with creativity, and it’s fun around the clock. –BR