Besides serving great steaks, soups, sides, pasta dishes, and desserts are amazing there as well. Emeril Lagasse is renowned for his rich banana cream pie, which is difficult to finish after indulging in two or more prior courses. Delmonico's is my favorite all-purpose restaurant for lunch or dinner in Las Vegas.
----- Delmonico's Steakhouse 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
I would not give up on Carnevino just yet! I ate there a few days ago with my wife and son, and the dry-aged bone-in ribeye was the very best steak I have ever tasted--and I have sampled quite a few. In fact, I dined at both Santa Fe Station's Charcoal Room and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse within two weeks of my venture to Carnevino. Both served excellent steaks--but not on a par with what Carnevino produced. The same is true of an earlier venture to Golden Steer. Carnevino's ribeye yielded deep, pleasing bursts of flavor that is difficult to describe in words, and the pasta that preceded it (potato gnocchi bolognese and pappardelle noodles with a delicate mushroom sauce) was very clean-tasting and refined. I am seriously considering returning for lunch there soon just to savor the pasta again. One can only eat steak so often before the cholesterol level will rebel! Complimentary doughy cheese puff balls were an appreciated amuse-bouche from the chef. But I still prefer butter on my warm bread to offered lardon. Bearnaise sauce was excellent; gorgonzola mascarpone less so only because its strong flavor tended to dominate rather than harmonize with the meat. Warm apple fritters with vanilla bean and chocolate gelato topped off a great meal. I was glad we followed our server's valuable tip: 2 orders of dry-aged bone-in ribeye netted about 40 ounces of meat, which was more than adequate to well feed 3 diners-especially with 2 pastas and 2 sides to share. I caution all steak lovers, while in Vegas, to not make the mistake of missing out on a memorable meal at Carnevino!
----- Golden Steer 308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102
CarneVino Italian Steakhouse - Palazzo Hotel 3325 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Charcoal Room 4949 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130
You can't miss at Society inside Encore. Much more than a cafe, this is a serious restaurant with very inventive comfort food fare. The menu changes often, but on a given day one might find pigs in the blanket; a delicious, savory pot pie; above-average potstickers; superior meatballs; and large and warm, freshly baked salted pretzels.
----- Society Cafe 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
For a really special but expensive "Vegas experience" meal, Mario Batali's Carnevino inside the Palazzo (steaks and pasta) and Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico (steaks and Creole cuisine) inside the Venetian will nicely fill the bill. Less expensive is Lavo inside the entrance to the Palazzo for a great, large-portioned Italian meal.
----- Lavo Restaurant 3327 South Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 1760, Las Vegas, NV 89109