Steakhouses are a touchy subject in Vegas. A lot of them exist only to exist because management KNOWS they are going to make money and some places still put a lot of effort into theirs. Venetian/Palazzo definitely have three of the best strip steakhouses, possibly the actual top 3. Of the three, Delmonico Steakhouse has a special place in my heart because it was the first nice restaurant I went to in Vegas before I even moved here. When you put everything together, it’s hard to beat.
I parked in a somewhat secret spot in the Palazzo garage and proceeded to “Restaurant Row” which only has like 3 restaurants in it. I passed this extremely sad looking ad on the way to the restaurant, the text might as well have read “CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION.”
I suppose I should do another FOOD BLOG SHOUTOUT to John S for joining me at this meal, but he made me wait approximately 12 minutes so he’s just a big jerk instead.
We were quickly seated, even though the dining room is COMPLETELY full. There is a rather large convention going on in Vegas right now, and it is apparent that they have their hands full serving everyone. The server came over, introduced himself and asked what we’d like to drink. And because WE ARE ADULTS WHO DECIDE WHAT THAT MEANS, John opted for a root beer float.
Most steakhouses in town have some sort of tasty bread service but I think Delmonico goes above and beyond and serve oven hot popovers, bread that is so buttery it barely qualifies as bread. They were incredible but I’m glad they only gave us 2 each.
John said he hadn’t eaten all day so we went pretty crazy with the ordering. I thought that was fine since I was going to be reviewing the place and wanted to get as much in the review as possible, and it actually gave me the opportunity to order a few things I had never eaten before. He got the gumbo, I got the lobster bisque and we split some truffle parmesan chips which Yelp seemed to rave over.
The gumbo was really good, as was to be expected in a New Orleans themed steakhouse. It’s not especially spicy or super thick, it’s more of a soup than a stew. But the roux is incredibly dark and the broth itself has a ton of flavor. The bisque was thick as well and definitely one of the better lobster bisques I’ve had, with a big chunk of lobster in the middle. Actually that was my only complaint. If they had cut up the lobster I would’ve enjoyed it much more. I love soup, but I absolutely hate it when they expect me to apparently use a knife and fork to eat it. It is not easy to cut lobster into chunks with a spoon.
The truffle parmesan chips were exactly what they sounded like. The chips themselves were homemade and very well done, super crispy and salty but not overly so on each. It seems like the truffle flavor came from white truffle oil which is bullshit in a bottle (it’s 100% artificial, no actual truffle involved) and the parmesan was just sprinkled on top as an afterthought. It doesn’t surprise me that yelp users loved it, but that’s because I have absolutely no respect for the average yelp user’s opinion on food.
ON TO THE MAIN COURSE!
To be honest I think they had an off day today. Consistency is really important in a place like this and it might have been the fact that the place was so crowded but the steaks could’ve been better. John’s filet was cooked perfectly but my ribeye was solidly medium instead of medium rare. A rare slipup at a place which usually has spotless service and consistency. We ordered a few sides which was probably a mistake since after our many appetizers we were quickly growing full. Flavor of everything was great, but I think steakhouses like undercooking their green vegetables and I enjoy mine a little bit softer. Asparagus is one of those things where one end is usually cooked fine and the other one is almost raw and I wish they would’ve cooked them slightly more.
I’m no grits expert, but these were so thick they were almost like mashed potatoes made of corn. Really delicious, but I don’t think that’s the point of grits.
John immediately said LET’S GET TWO DESSERTS and I had to refuse even though I really wanted a picture of the banana cream pie. We instead split their special dessert for the evening, a cinnamon roll bread pudding. After we finished it, they asked us what we thought of it, as it is a new thing the chef is trying. It was really delicious, but a cinnamon roll is already amazing. Soaking it in custard is not really showing off either the cinnamon roll or the custard in its best light. I think there’s work to be done here. It also did not look appetizing at all to be honest.
Overall I’d say Delmonico stumbled a little bit from its usual self. Places that serve huge parties night after night like this need consistency to really stand out and I can’t say they were consistent with what I’ve come to expect from them. At $270 after tip for two people, you should almost always opt for an off strip place unless you’re celebrating something. Even though I really enjoy them from time to time, strip restaurants are at the point where there’s almost always an equal or better option for cheaper in a shitty strip mall down the street.
The Venetian, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 414-3737
Hours: Open daily 5:00 – 10:00 pm