By Heather Turk
The dining scene in Las Vegas is always abuzz with the latest restaurant openings, but not every noteworthy restaurant in town opened in the past few years. There are several places just off-Strip that have withstood the test of time thanks to their unparalleled service and fabulous fare.
GOLDEN STEER STEAKHOUSE
Las Vegas’ longest continually running restaurant, this vintage Vegas steakhouse has been frequented by countless celebrities since opening its doors in 1958. Guests will find that each leather banquette has a name plaque next to it noting the person who frequently dined there, like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Some booths are even dedicated to current celebrity guests, like Terry Fator. While the staff’s stories about the restaurant’s history are entertaining, the food speaks for itself. In addition to serving a selection of the finest Prime aged beef, including 10-, 18- and 24-ounce cuts of juicy prime rib, several items are prepared tableside. Be sure to start your dinner with the tasty tableside Caesar salad made with 12 ingredients and end the evening with the Bananas Foster flambéed tableside. goldensteerlasvegas.com
Originally the idea of owner Georges La Forge and his intended partner Bobby Darin before the singer’s untimely death, Las Vegas’ oldest French restaurant allows guests to dine in a French cottage setting while feasting upon a menu of French Provençal fare, steaks and seafood. A favorite for 41 years, guests can enjoy a variety of prix fixe menus or order items à la carte, like the flavorful filet mignon au poivre or the duck breast and leg confit once featured in Bon Appétit magazine. While it can be easy to fill up on the spectacular crudité basket that’s brought out to each table, save some room for a cup of the French onion soup served with a splash of sherry on top and the Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert. pamplemousserestaurant.com
PIERO’S ITALIAN CUISINE
A Las Vegas star for more than 30 years, this family-run Italian restaurant was featured in the movie Casino. Guests can dine on an array of impeccably prepared dishes, such as the restaurant’s signature Osso Buco that’s so tender you only need a fork to cut it. Nothing disappoints, from the homemade pastas (try the Penne Vodka with prosciutto) to the delightful desserts. It’s no wonder so many celebrities and politicians love to eat here! pieroscuisine.com
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