Warning: This article contains mention of the consumption of large quantities of red meat. Not recommended reading for vegetarians.
When I think of Las Vegas food, the first thing that comes to mind is prime rib. I have eaten prime rib elsewhere, of course, but it wasn’t until I had prime rib on my first trip to Las Vegas that my inner carnivore was awakened. I guess you could say it became my vice of choice. Now, it’s on my to-do list for every trip. A trip to Vegas without prime rib is like chocolate cake without frosting; it’s still good, but it’s just not the same. Luckily, it’s not hard to find no matter where you go in the city. If you’re looking for highly-recommended places to try prime rib in Las Vegas, look no further than these ten choices:
The Prime Rib Loft at the Orleans – Located in the Orleans Casino (off-Strip), the Prime Rib Loft offers old -school prime rib at an affordable price and with a view overlooking the casino. It even has bar seating for the social solo diner. The prime rib here is dry aged 21 days, seasoned with sea salt and cracked pepper, and slow-roasted. You can order the 10-oz Orleans cut for $14, the 14 oz. Gamblers Cut for $17, or the monstrously huge 22 oz. Beefeater Cut for $23 (served bone-on).
Lawry’s the Prime Rib – (4043 Howard Hughes Parkway, east of the Strip) Not only can you get regular cuts of prime rib here, but you can get more creative prime rib options as well, such as the Thai Prime Rib Salad and Prime Rib Chili. The prime rib dinner (available in five cuts with the option to pair it with one or two lobster tails) comes with accompaniments of salad, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, and whipped cream horseradish. Lawry’s is slightly more upscale than some of the restaurants on this list, so dress nicely.
Triple 7 Brew Pub at Main Street Station (Downtown) – One of my favorites. After 4pm, you can get 1/2 lb. of prime rib (served with vegetables and baked potato) for $8.95, or a King Size cut (which I believe is 16 oz., but don’t quote me on that) for $15.50. Order one of the Triple 7’s award-winning microbrews to go with it and you have yourself a great dinner.
Magnolia’s Veranda Cafe at the Four Queens (Downtown) – This is the first place I had prime rib in Las Vegas. Magnolia’s is the Four Queen’s 24 hour cafe. They offer a $9.95 prime rib special ($7.95 with Players Club card, so sign up for that first–it’s free) that is not on the menu. It comes with (an admittedly mediocre) salad, roll, your choice of potato (go with the fries, they’re awesome) and vegetable. Last time I was there, they served real horseradish on the side, not the creamy stuff. If nothing else will clear your sinuses, that will. Service and atmosphere is old school Vegas (older, efficient, not too chatty), and there’s a fairly good chance you’ll be the youngest person in the room, no matter your age.
South Point (9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South) – South Point offers two levels of prime rib experience (and alliteration). The Coronado Cafe, has a prime rib special that is served 24 hours a day. It’s a 10 oz cut with au jus and horseradish cream, served with a garden salad and your choice of potato (baked, mashed or fries), all for $12.95. Primarily Prime Rib offers 4 cuts of prime rib: The South Point Cut (a thick cut) for $14.95, the English Cut (3 thin slices) for $15.95, Blackened Cajun style for $15.95, and The Cowboy Cut (extra thick double cut with the bone) for $19.95. This comes with choice of soup or salad plus baked potato or rice pilaf.
Market Street Cafe at the California (Downtown) – Located next to Main Street Station in Downtown Las Vegas, the California’s 24 hour cafe offers one of the best prime rib specials in town. For $7.95, you get a cut of prime rib, plus potato and vegetables, soup or salad bar, AND cherries jubilee for dessert. This is only served 4pm-11pm. Be forewarned, the lines at this cafe are always ridiculously long. I recommend a stop at the restroom before you get in line. And maybe bring a book or smartphone to entertain yourself while you wait.
Cortez Room at the Gold Coast (4000 West Flamingo Road, off-Strip) – The Cortez Room (open daily 5pm-10pm) specializes in prime rib and is a favorite with many. They offer a queen cut (10 oz) prime rib for $14 and a king cut (bone-in 22 oz) for $20. It is served with the soup of the day or house salad plus choice of potato. (Or, if you really want to gorge yourself on red meat, you can always opt for the Gold Coast’s all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet, available Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm-9pm at the Ports O’ Call Buffet for $12.99 — $11.99 with players club card.)
Binion’s Ranch Steak House at Binion’s (Downtown on Fremont Street) – For an upscale atmosphere and terrific view to go along with your prime rib, try this steak house, located on the 24th floor of Binion’s. Binion’s Steak House offers a 16 oz regular cut or a 24 oz Binion’s cut of prime rib and comes with vegetables, choice of starch, fresh rolls and bottled water. Open for dinner only, 5:30pm-10:30pm.
Mr. Lucky’s at the Hard Rock (4455 Paradise Road) – Mr. Lucky’s is the Hard Rock’s 24 hour cafe. It has an off-menu all-you-can-eat prime rib special for $9.99 (as well as a steak and shrimp special for $7.77), served 4pm-4am. This 16 oz cut of prime rib comes with mashed potatoes and vegetables. I dare you to eat more than one serving.
The Victorian Room, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon (center Strip) – Bill’s offers a fairly well-regarded $14.95 prime rib special available 24 hours a day which comes with soup or salad and potato. A little pricey, compared to some of the other 24-hour cafe options, but I suppose you’re paying extra for the convenient location on the Strip. [CLOSED]