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Golden Steer Makes List of 'Must-Visit Classic Restaurants'

Where: 308 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
September 2, 2009 at 5:19 PM | by | ()

With a half-century-plus in operation, the Golden Steer is doubtlessly one of Las Vegas’ oldest restaurants. It’s a novelty destination for a lot of locals and frequent visitors for its swanky, old-school atmosphere if not the stellar cuisine.

Don’t get us wrong: it’s not bad at all, but with so many uber-chefs opening up cutting-edge, contemporary steakhouses in town, the Steer’s fare can seem by comparison a little – oh, shall we say – fusty.

The restaurant, which is located in a tiny strip mall on Sahara Avenue just west of the intersection with Las Vegas Boulevard, has just earned recognition by the restaurant editor of Bon Appetit magazine for being one of 10 “must-visit classic restaurants” in the September issue. He says:

For a taste of vanishing Vegas, you can’t beat this steakhouse (circa 1958) where an order of Caesar salad, New York strip and multiple Martinis would make Sinatra proud.

And it is the ambiance and its je ne sais quoi that keeps people coming. Mobsters and entertainers who frequented the Steer over the years have their names emblazoned on little bronze plaques on the cushiony banquettes in the main dining room. Here, the prices are a bit less than most steakhouses on the Strip and the menu does lean toward the traditional (Chateaubriand, prime rib, creamed spinach are also on offer). Skip dessert and try the house “cappuccino” instead; it’s infused with chocolate and eight different liquors.

[Photo: roadsidepicutres/Allen]

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