Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is a Certified Strip Stand-Out

One hallmark of a remarkable dining experience in Las Vegas is the memory of it lingers. Given we’re still thinking about Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab long after our visit, it more than qualifies.

And we aren’t even a seafood person.

Joe's Seafood Las Vegas

If you’re not salivating by the time you finish this story, we have failed miserably.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab has been a fixture at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace since 2004.

It’s rumored the restaurant is one of the most profitable in all of Las Vegas, and it’s easy to see why. Hint: It’s the awesome.

Joe's Las Vegas

Start in the bar. In Las Vegas, it’s the law.

From Joe’s elevated but unpretentious atmosphere to its stellar cocktails and mind-blowing entrees, this restaurant is a must-try.

Once you try it, expect to discover your latest dining addiction in Las Vegas. As if you didn’t have enough places to love, already.

Let’s kick things off with an amazing cocktail, one our waiter (more about him in a minute) said is about the only signature drink offered.

Most of the cocktail menu consists of classics, but the South Beach Peach cocktail is an original and joins our roster of world-class panty-droppers.

Joe's Las Vegas

“Pantry-droppers” should be shared by consenting adults, so no need to get indignant.

There’s a wide selection of appetizers as you might expect, with a decidedly seafood bent, including fried calamari ($15.95), oysters Rockefeller ($18.95), charred octopus ($17.95) and jumbo shrimp cocktail ($18.95).

We really need to just skip listing the prices, because it’s Vegas, and money is no object! Translation: Our friend paid. Moving on.

Joe's Seafood Las Vegas

Kusshi (Japanese for “precious”) oysters were priced at “market,” so good luck with that.

The menu at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab holds one delight after another, so let’s just dive into the goodness.

Joe’s is known for its crab, and the Alaskan king crab got rave reviews from the seafood-lovers in our party.

Joe's Seafood Alaskan king crab

It’s all fun and games until somebody puts an eye out.

Joe’s has a guy who cracks, cuts and trims the crab legs for you, so don’t worry about breaking a nail.

Crab shucker

There’s probably a name for this gig. Crab sheller? Shucker? Enabler? Oh, just eat.

Let’s just say every entree and every side was spectacular in quality, quantity and presentation.

The Filet Oscar ($49.95) made one of our dining companions swoon. Literally.

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This food has not been styled. This is just how it looks. In real life.

There were three highlights of our evening at Joe’s. You’ve seen the first, it was the South Beach Peach. Plural.

Second, we had one of the best steaks we’ve ever had in Las Vegas, and we’ve been to just about every steakhouse in town. The bone-in filet mignon ($58.95) is in the “Bone-In Signature Prime Steaks” portion of the menu, and has probably ruined us for any other filet mignon, ever.

Joe's bone-in filet

Behold, 16 succulent ounces of paid vacation for your taste receptors.

A third highlight of our evening was meeting John Lucas. We’d call John a server, but that’s like calling Michelangelo a “proficient doodler.”

Lucas’ whip-smart banter and exhaustive knowledge of the menu helped make a great meal into an utterly unforgettable evening on the town.

John Lucas Joe's Seafood

John needs his own TV series. Please get on that, Hollywood producers.

Lucas deftly orchestrated delivery and removal of plates and glasses, timing courses masterfully and shepherding others on the team at Joe’s in a way that was a wonder to watch.

Our only observation would be the masterful orchestration of the waitstaff wouldn’t be necessary if the booths weren’t so small. Then again, the food’s so good, elbow room be damned.

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Casual dress, lively vibe, no loud music. We would like to kiss you deeply on the mouth, Joe’s.

As so often happens during a restaurant outing in Las Vegas, self-restraint flies out the window at Joe’s, but you’ll want to show a little because at this restaurant, desserts aren’t just understudies, they’re superstars in their own right.

And we aren’t even a pie person.

First up, some kind of pie with berries. They appear blue.

Joe's Seafood blueberry pie

We tried taking a bite and nearly lost our hand. People are very passionate about pie.

Then we had what can only be described as an orgasm on a plate. Check out Joe’s banana cream pie ($9.95).

Joe's Seafood banana cream pie

We’re fairly sure the banana cream pie at Joe’s could bring about world peace.

Just wow. We’ve always sort of hated the texture of pie, but that dislike ended the moment we took a bite of the banana cream pie. We may go back just to have it again.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab more than exceeded all our expectations, and as we said, our meal has crossed our mind innumerable times since our visit.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is about the only shopping mall worthy of Joe’s.

Forum Shops Las Vegas

Hey, we have to throw a little love to Pinterest every once in awhile. More than 160,000 people visit our boards each month. It’s not bragging if it’s true.

Learn more about Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, and check out the full menu, on the restaurant’s official site.

If you give Joe’s a try, let us know if you enjoyed it as much as we did, although we’re fairly sure that’s not possible.

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13 thoughts on “Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is a Certified Strip Stand-Out


    Huh, you don’t normally hear much about Joe’s being one of the better steakhouses in town (maybe because it’s in a shopping mall?) but everything you photographed looks amazing. May have to put it in the hopper for the August trip.

  2. Terry

    They really need to figure out how to operate their reservation system though. We arrived at our appointed time and were told it would be an hour and a half before being seated. Inexcusable. So we have no idea what the food is like there, went to the Venetian to eat.

  3. DuLac55

    Joe’s is absolutely outstanding! It’s amazing that your review was so strong considering you didn’t even have two of the best three items on the menu – the stone crab claws for appetizer and the key lime pie for dessert. The key lime pie is literally the best there is.

  4. Zoddiac

    Orgasm on a plate doesn’t really make me want to eat cream pie.
    The picture looked great, though. Didn’t look like an orgasm on a plate.
    I’ll be trying this place next trip. Great review, thanks!

  5. Ryan

    Easily one of the top three all around restaurants. Their steaks will give any top steakhouse in town a serious run for their money.

  6. wolfdog

    I rarely do steak/seafood in Vegas. If I’m putting out that kinda jack, tripadvisor rates more then two dozen steakhouses better. So I probably won’t do Joe’s, except for maybe the Key lime pie.

      1. wolfdog

        Actually, it’s all the hundreds of TA reviewers who, in total, rate two dozen other places as better. Of course, some have given Joe’s excellent reviews, as well. Strength in numbers.

        1. Lewintn

          Yes, and “Big Bang Theory” is one of the funniest shows in history…as it’s highly rated! I looked at that list and, well, though there are a few good ones on there ahead of Joe’s…there is also…Outback (twice), Texas de Brazil, Fogo de Chao, Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, etc. So, that’s fine, more for me.

    1. alex

      To each her or his own, but the problem with Trip Advisor is that there’s no baseline. Too few reviews provide context. That means you don’t know if “best steak I’ve ever had” was from someone who typically gets their steak from Outback Steakhouse or from (insert the name of a very high end steakhouse because I don’t eat steak).

      I don’t know if it holds for restaurants, but lots of Trip Advisor reviewers conflate price with quality when it comes to hotels. They bash a limited service hotel simply because they’re staying during a high demand period and paying a lot. Or, they’ll lower a rating at a full-service hotel because it doesn’t include the “free” breakfast they got at the Hampton Inn they stayed at on their last road trip to a national park.

      1. Tessa

        Alex, your post is spot on regarding trip advisor reviews. Need to triangulate whatever is on TA with other sources of info.

        I want to try Joe’s for sure, based on great comments I’ve heard from friends. Plus how many places actually have banana cream pie?

  7. Albert G

    I haven’t read any of the previous replies but I can say that there’s absolutely no restaurant in Las Vegas better than Joe’s. I’ve lived here forever and tried just about everyplace but still go back here at least twice every month. And…. John Lucas is my personal server! He’s amazing – as are most of the servers at Joe’s. he’s been working there for right around 20 years and is consider one of the new guys LOL.

    The entire menu is great but I still order the same thing every time: Chopped Salad, Filet, Lyonnaise Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus or Creamed Spinach, Key Lime pie – which is always local comped, and of course a bottle of wine. Give it a try if you enjoy a good meal. It also costs about 60-70% of the price of the more “name” steak houses in town like STK or Cut. I’ve sent hundreds of people here and never had a single person complain or not like it – the food and service are ridiculously consistent and the location and valet are really nice.


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