About a month ago I visited Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio. Dinner was so flawless that I almost forgot about it. Almost.
Prime sits on the Bellagio lake that looks out onto the Vegas Strip. We planned to sit outside on the patio so we could enjoy the Bellagio Fountain Show but it was a bit hot for that. The sun was setting on a 115 degree day and it didn’t seem like the right time to eat steak outdoors. Call me crazy but steak outside doesn’t sound awesome when it’s still 100 degrees outside. We opted to sit inside and ended up with a seat near the window so we could kinda see the show.
Since this was a birthday celebration dinner started with a couple of drinks. Macallan 12 with 4 cubes (of ice) was how I began the night. As usual the ice was nearly melted when the drink arrived and totally gone when I finally got around to taking a sip.
Each section at Prime has 3 distinct waiters. SW Steakhouse at Wynn has a similar staffing model and it’s wonderful. You’re always speaking with someone who knows their section of the menu, be it a drink, food or otherwise.
There’s always a waiter checking in to see if you need something. THIS is how dinner at a $100+ per person meal should be served. Thankfully the service wasn’t the only great part of dinner.
I’m usually a New York Strip guy but recently have found myself enjoying a filet mignon my last few times out. When I saw that there was bone-in filet mignon on the menu, I had to have it. If there’s one complaint about the filet cut of steak is that it’s not flavorful. It makes sense since there isn’t much fat to keep the flavor in. The bone acted as a flavor saver (TWSS).
The bone-in filet mignon at Prime was outstanding!
As you can see I was so excited looking at the steak that I couldn’t wait to take a picture before digging in. The steak was so juicy and flavorful that I almost couldn’t believe that it was a filet. The steak was so gentle to the touch that I barely had to put pressure on the knife to cut it.
…Friday night I got dressed and headed over to Bellagio for dinner at Prime. It was at this time I realized that 8pm is a perfect time for dinner in Las Vegas. I order a glass of wine at the bar while waiting for the table. We’re taken outside to the patio for dinner. The weather was perfect. The patio was at the edge of the lake in front of Bellagio and the view was great.
I’m not much of a tourist so I didn’t realize that the water show happens every 15 minutes on the nose. It was pretty cool to be sitting outside about to have steak watching the show. Dinner probably lasted 2 hours because I think I saw the whole cycle of shows.
Having a winning afternoon and a little too much to drink I decided to splurge on dinner and I ordered a Kobe beef strip. It was only 6 ounces and cost $150. The smallish portion was actually perfect to soak up the alcohol and provided a nice base for the evening. It was also the best piece of steak I’ve ever had. Mac and cheese and onion rings were the sides and a nice compliment to the steak. Another GREAT dinner.
After dinner I headed out to the casino for a little gambling. One of the best things of gambling at Bellagio is that the drinks served are fantastic. Tonight was no different. After sitting down at a 3 card poker table I had a few more kettel one and soda’s. About an hour and a half later I was up another $400 and decided it was time to hang out with some younger people at the Palms.
The Palms was rocking as usual. Plenty of hot girls. This is probably where it hit me that half the girls in Vegas have not learned how to walk in heels. It’s pretty funny to watch girls on the edge of falling over while they try to look hot.
Anyway, I sat down for yet another session of 3 card poker. I don’t think I’ve ever played this much 3 card poker in one day. The drinks at the Palms were not awesome and the service was not as fast as the other casinos so I ordered double since the rest of the table was doing so. I was dealt 3 of a kind after about 20 minutes and that set the tone for the time at Palms. After couple more hours I walked away up another $300.
It was time to see how the other half lives at the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast has done some remodeling since I was there last. I’m not sure if TGIFridays would be considered an upgrade, but it was prefect for a 2am (or 3am) snack. It was about to close, but that didn’t stop the last order from going in. It was perfect.
I’m not sure if it was waking up at 7am or the many many drinks I had, but I was pooped. After losing $100 in Pai Gow I headed back to Caesars Palace. I had a great cab driver, who offered lots of laughs. I don’t remember if I gambled at all when I go back to Caesars. I do know that PURE was emptying and the corral they have for people was being broken down.