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The Golden Steer hasn’t changed and that’s a good thing

Surf and turf, of course, at the Golden Steer.
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With so many high-profile, celebrity chef-owned steakhouses in Las Vegas, you might wonder why anyone would choose to dine off the beaten path. One trip to the Golden Steer and you’ll quickly understand.

Opened in 1958 and situated on the north end of the Strip, the Golden Steer hasn’t changed much in almost 60 years, and that’s a good thing. The surrounding neighborhood may no longer be the celebrity-laden locale it once was, but dining at the Steer provides a rare window into Vegas’ golden era, when Elvis, Sinatra and Muhammad Ali sipped Old Fashioneds in these tufted red-leather booths. And the steaks? Those remain first-class, too.

Before you reach for the evening’s feature, start with another Vegas classic, the jumbo Gulf shrimp cocktail, or the anything-but-average Caesar salad, prepared tableside. You can see the dedication that goes into the restaurant’s famously addictive dressing, firsthand. Of course, meat is the main event, and every steak is served a la carte and dry aged for 21 days. At 22 ounces, the beautifully marbled bone-in rib eye explodes with flavor, each tender bite juicier and somehow better than the last.

You can’t go wrong with the delectable chateaubriand for two—roasted tenderloin arved tableside—and Italian specialties like Chicken of the Angels—boneless chicken breast dipped in egg batter with artichokes and mushrooms—showcase the Steer’s versatility.

Resist the urge to lick your plate clean and instead order the bananas foster and cherries jubilee. Flambéed tableside, these desserts are the ultimate after-dinner indulgence. After all, that’s what classic Vegas is all about.

Golden Steer at 308 W. Sahara Ave., 702-384-4470; daily 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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