One of the longest operating steakhouses in Las Vegas, The Steak House at Circus Circus, has more than 30 years in service.
There are no surprises at The Steak House, if you're going for steak, you get steak. The staff is friendly and has been there for a long time. They even have their own following. The room is old-school -- dark wood, carpet, large booths and balloon lighting fixtures. No surprises. And that's the way the patrons enjoy it.
"We've tried a few new things and it just doesn't work," says Robert O'Brien, Executive Chef of Circus Circus. "This is who we are. If I find a good place to eat, I'll go there all the time. I'd rather know what I'm going to get and I think our customers are that way too."
The Steak House at Circus Circus offers fine quality steaks, cooked on a charcoal grill, which is rare to find in Vegas.
"The charcoal imparts a great flavor you don't get from gas," says O'Brien.
O'Brien has been at Circus Circus and involved with The Steak House for 13 years. While that's a long time by Vegas standards, he considers himself a youngster. O'Brien says there are servers that have been at the restaurant more than twice as long, for 25 and 27 years. Long-time patrons coming to Vegas even call ahead to make sure their favorite waiter is at the restaurant.
One of The Steak House's best features is the value. When you order a steak, it comes with bread, a soup or salad, vegetable and a starch. Most steakhouses on the Las Vegas Strip serve appetizers, salads and sides separately from steaks.
The menu is simple, but done well.
Try the colossal shrimp cocktail, four plump shrimp served over ice and served with a tangy horseradish sauce and cocktail sauce. There's also a seafood platter available with oysters, shrimp and crab meat.
If you order a main course, it comes with a choice of mixed green salad or a delicious, flavorful black bean soup all served with minced red onion and sherry on the side.
For steaks, the menu features everything from a New York strip and huge porterhouse to a petite filet mignon. Your steak comes with your choice of potato and vegetable of the day. When I dined at the restaurant, I had tender asparagus spears and a large baked potato, which automatically comes with butter, sour cream, chives and bacon bits on the side.
If you're not a beef lover, The Steak House offers several seafood options including halibut, salmon and garlic shrimp.
The Steak House at Circus Circus is truly an experience. The restaurant is a good value, a bit of old-school ambiance and you'll always leave feeling like you want to come back again soon.
-- Review by Nikki Neu