Delmonico Steakhouse, Las Vegas

Date: July 8, 2005
Location: The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Corkage: $25/bottle
Cost: $450 - party of four (including tax, tip & corkage)
Reservation: 702.414.3737
Website: www.emerils.com

To my surprise, got a last minute reservation through opentable.com just a couple of days before the trip to Vegas. So instead of Fleming's, Capital Grille, or BOA, the three other places I had thought about to kick off my friend's bachelor party weekend, this is where we end up for dinner on the Friday night.

The four of us arrived about 15 minutes early and were promptly seated, busy but not completely packed.

The service was above average, but not warm, mechanical is the best word to describe. I asked for the three bottles of wine I brought to be decanted, which was no problem at all. No Riedels, but nice enough stemware to pass.

We ordered an antipasto for the table to get started. I had the Classic Steak Tartare as the appetizer and had the dry-aged Bone In Rib Steak as the entree.

The Classic Steak Tartare is the best presentation of such I've seen. Tartare in the center with individual garnishes fanned out, completed with baguette toast points. Flavor was good, but missing the bam element I expected.

The Rib Steak I ordered was suppose to be medium-rare, but was closer to a medium, which was fine by me, as I tend to like it somewhere in between the two. Word of caution here, all four steaks we had at our table, the temperature were missed by close to one notch, rare = medium rare, medium-rare = medium...etc.
Good piece of raw material, but the kitchen failed to make it stand-out. Again, seasoning was lacking, salt and pepper can definitely be used more liberally.

Ordered three desserts to pass around the table to finish the dinner, nothing interesting here to write home about.

The total including tax, tip and corkage came out to be $450 for the four of us, not a bad price tag especially considering we are in Vegas.

With this outing, I think I am completely done with top name destination Vegas restaurants. Aureole, Bradley Ogden,
Picasso and now this, none has given me a desire to visit for a second time.
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I had dinner at Delmonico's when I was in Vegas a year and 1/2 ago and was somewhat disappointed with it. Your description of "mechanical" seems right on target. It wasn't a bad meal, in any sense, but it wasn't a stellar meal, and that was what I had expected.
preferred,

No, I went by the poker room at Bellagio on early Saturday afternoon, complete zoo. 30-40 deep on the waiting list for $4/$8 and $8/$16 games. Didn't bother to track anything else down after that. Blackjack tables did pay for my trip and a bit more in my pocket. Big Grin

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benchland,

Oops...need to read what you post slower... Razz
I brought three bottle of 2001 Napa Cab. Karl Lawrence Reserve Herb Lamb Vineyard, 2001 Pride and 2001 Neal Family Second Chance.

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Rothko,

Exactly, wasn't bad, just not up to expectation.
Powell-
I am going to think your dinner was July 8th, you had me in an alternate reality for a moment.
I will agree and disagre with you, I have been to Delmonico's maybe 20 x in the last 6 years; 15 experiences were great, 3 were just average and 2 were actually bad. I don't know why this inconsistency exists. I now ask for the same server and w/o fail if he is not available, it seems I get a bit more attention due to the fact, I guess, that maybe certain things are noted on the resvervation system-- when I call for a res I do know my dining history is accessed. It is perplexing. Now, if I make a res through Venetian VIP services it is a different story and I try to avoid that because then the waitstaff is falling all over themselves and everytime you turn around, some glass is being filled and I hate that. But I totally know what you mean-- I have observed other tables when I am dining there and "mechanical" really is an apt descriptor.
Did you try Mix yet?
PE,

Thanks for catching that, maybe I am a bit more exhausted than I realized. Wink

Haven't tried Mix, thought about it but the $75 or so corkage fee just won't cut it. Also thought about trying the restaurants at Wynn, but the prices on the menu is just ridiculous even for Vegas standards.
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With this outing, I think I am completely done with top name destination Vegas restaurants. Aureole, Bradley Ogden,
Picasso and now this, none has given me a desire to visit for a second time.

I am so with you on this one. The buffet at Mandalay Bay beats out the food at Aureole...sorry to say...and for all you smart arses, it wasn't because of the amount of food.
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
...The buffet at Mandalay Bay beats out the food at Aureole...sorry to say...and for all you smart arses, it wasn't because of the amount of food...

we just love to disagree don't we - my family has stayed at Mandalay at least once a month since it opened, up to about a year ago, and i can't agree with that comment.

while the food at Aureole is over priced, it is not bad. and while the buffet is great, it's not Aureole... now if you're talking value for $$$, that's different.
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while the food at Aureole is over priced, it is not bad. and while the buffet is great, it's not Aureole... now if you're talking value for $$$, that's different.

I'm referring to the taste of the food, not the value for the $$$. Maybe it was just what I ordered that I didn't like (tuna tartare, lamb shank with truffled mashed potatoes, some kind of chocolate cake)
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Originally posted by AES:
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I've eaten twice at Aureole and both occasions were simply outstanding.
Were these meals before Jan. 2004 -- chef change? I had one before and one after and the second was noticeably less exciting.


August 11, 2003 and March 12, 2004.

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