Category Archives: Las Vegas Restaurants

Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Reportedly Coming to Harrah’s Las Vegas

We hear celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s next restaurant concept will be at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

At first glance, Gordon Ramsay wouldn’t seem a great fit for Harrah’s, as his brand (and prices) tend to be “elevated,” but that doesn’t take into account Harrah’s is pivoting to being a convention hotel. (Gird your loins, Big Elvis!)

The new Caesars Forum conference center sits right at the casino’s back door.

Gordon Ramsay Harrah's

He’s only mean because he wants us all to do better.

The rumored Gordon Ramsay restaurant at Harrah’s hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the ongoing expansion of Ramsay’s empire in Las Vegas seems unstoppable.

Ramsay’s restaurants are almost universally well-regarded (sorry, Pub & Grill), and have turned out to be some of the most lucrative partnerships Caesars Entertainment has. (Caesars Entertainment owns Harrah’s Las Vegas, by the way.)

Ramsay’s restaurants are managed by the Caesars Entertainment food and beverage department, and the chef is contractually bound to show up occasionally for photo ops.

The typical financial arrangement is Gordon Ramsay gets 5% of up to $10 million in sales at the restaurants with his name on them. Sales between $10-15 million earns him 5.5%, and he gets 6% of sales greater than $15 million.

Ramsay’s existing restaurants include Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris, Burger at Planet Hollywood, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at Linq and the aforementioned runt of the litter, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

After a tough year, Hell’s Kitchen is back to printing money again.

It’s no surprise Gordon Ramsay is the richest celebrity chef in the world with a net worth of more than $220 million.

That’s a lot of clams.

While we don’t have any further details about the new Gordon Ramsay restaurant at Harrah’s,  we do know it won’t take up residence in the now-closed Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill space. It will be given the prominence at Gordon Ramsay joint so richly deserves (off the main casino floor).

Chatter is the restaurant will be in the former Flavors buffet space.

Harrah’s already has a steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris, so Italian this time, Chef Ramsay!

If our sources share any further scoop, you’ll hear it first! Well, technically, second, but you know what we mean.

America Restaurant at New York-New York Rolls Out B.S. “Process Fee”

Las Vegas is making a comeback, and unfortunately, that means horseshit fees are back as well.

Such fees aren’t, technically, fees for horseshit, because that would imply you get something for your fee (presumably, horseshit).

No, today’s shady fee is called a “process fee,” and it’s slapped on every tab at America Restaurant at New York-New York.

America Restaurant

“Leave America out of this dipshittery.” ~America

A customer who got dinged asked a manager what the charge is for, and got some slimy answer about it being a “fee imposed by Las Vegas for privacy.” Utter nonsense.

The guest asked for the charge to be removed and it was.

That’s because such ridiculous charges are voluntary. That’s right. Just because it’s on your bill doesn’t mean you have to pay it.

If they put a big, read arrow on the check, it would make this fee 10% less skeevy.

Such fees are shady because they rely upon a couple of things: 1) The knowledge most people don’t examine their checks too closely and they’ll just pay it, 2) Even if a tourist notices the charge, they’re on vacation and too busy to bother with having the fee removed.

Gross, really.

Reminder: While such charges are annoying (not to mention damaging to the perception of Las Vegas overall), do not take any frustration out on the server. They didn’t make the policy.

America Restaurant is operated by Ark Restaurants, with venues across the country.

Ark Vegas operates other restaurants at New York-New York, including Broadway Burger, Village Streets, Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Gonzalez Y Gonzalez, as well as Yolos Mexican Grill at Planet Hollywood.

We haven’t heard about this fee being perpetrated at other Ark Restaurants locations in Vegas,  but give it a minute.

Thanks to an eagle-eyed Twitter follower for bringing this charge to our attention.

Whenever we share a nuisance charge like this, and there have been many over the years, some bonehead always chimes in with something along the lines of, “Imagine complaining about a $2 charge.”

Dear, bonehead, it’s not the $2. These charges are insidious, deceitful and prey upon unsuspecting tourists.

They not only hurt tourism and employees, they hurt the perception of Las Vegas and they’re annoying AF.

Politely ask a manager to remove the charge and take your business elsewhere next time.

Yes, there are other venues with irksome fees, but they are in the minority, thankfully. Beware the CNF charge at Hexx and Beer Park at Paris, as well as the RRF charge at Cafe Americano at Paris and Caesars Palace. And don’t get us started on venue fees.

Don’t obsess about fees (we do, but it’s our job), just enjoy your vacation and know before you go.

Update (7/8/21): A representative for Ark Las Vegas reached out to say the company has reversed its policy and will no longer charge the process fee. The rep said, “I wanted to inform you that our management team at Ark Las Vegas has listened to our guests and removed the process fee on July 6, after just three days in operation. Instituting the process fee was a result of ongoing costs associated with Internet Protocols, EMV and PCI credit card processing rules, and the overall costs of protecting personal information and privacy. Lesson learned.”

We appreciate Ark Las Vegas being open to feedback, and are happy to report the end of this misguided fee.

Word Is Caesars Palace May Get Bazaar Meat

We love a juicy rumor! We hear Caesars Palace is going to have a Bazaar Meat restaurant from award-winning chef Jose Andres.

As this hasn’t been officially announced, we don’t know what this means for the existing north Strip location, inside The Casino That Shall Not Be Named Because We’re Not Giving Those Asshats Any Publicity.

Snagging a Bazaar Meat would be a big get for Caesars Palace.

Bazaar Meat

Bazaar Meat’s flair could add some bite to the restaurant mix at Caesars Palace.

This news comes on the heels of another steakhouse rumor from Las Vegas food critic John Curtas. The well-connected Curtas says Caesars Palace will be getting a Peter Luger Steak House, and also says the Bazaar Meat rumor has teeth.

While it’s not unprecedented for a casino to have two steakhouses (Golden Nugget has Vic & Anthony’s and Saltgrass), it seems highly unlikely Caesars would have three, so that means our beloved Old Homestead’s days could be numbered.

Old Homestead Steakhouse meatball

We miss you, Old Homestead’s meatball.

Bazaar Meat is highly regarded, and chef Jose Andres is renowned not only as a chef, but also as a philanthropist.

The chef’s World Central Kitchen has served 36 million meals to those in need.

We’d love to see Jose Andres expand his presence in Las Vegas, especially in a high profile resort like Caesars Palace.

Bazaar Meat isn’t just a steakhouse, it’s an experience, and one deserving of a more visible, successful location.

Today in Mixed Feelings: Excalibur Buffet Reopens July 1

Excalibur announced its buffet reopens July 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

First, who in the hell wakes up at 8:00 a.m. What, are people milking cows?

There is no excuse to get up that early unless you hooked up with a stranger at a Las Vegas nightclub and need to sneak out of their room without waking them up.

Excalibur Buffet is a solid 2.5 out of five stars on Yelp, which sort of explains the “mixed feelings” thing.

It might also explain why MGM Resorts, owner of Excalibur, announced this news on the same day Resorts World opens. You know, hoping nobody would notice.

Well, we noticed, because you deserve all the Las Vegas buffet news you can stuff into your face!

Excalibur Buffet

We totally forgot we took photos of the Excalibur buffet after its $6 million renovation in 2015.

The Excalibur Buffet got a $6.2 million renovation in 2015. Which you’d already know if you read photo captions.

Excalibur Buffet will have limited hours, which is probably best for everyone.

We kid because we love!

Selections will include made-to-order omelets, rotisserie chicken, iced shellfish, smoked brisket, sushi, beef birria and a dessert station with bread pudding, crepes, donuts, cakes, frozen custard and more.

There are few words that strike more fear into the hearts of sushi fans than “Excalibur Buffet sushi.”

Yes, we woke up on the wrong side of the snark today. Whatever, you’re still reading.

The Excalibur Buffet will be open Thursday through Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We may tease about the meh reviews, but there’s no denying the Excalibur Buffet is a great value.

Monday through Thursday, it’s $24.99, children (6-11) cost $14.99. Fat kids cost $18.99. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s $29.99; children cost $15.99, and fat kids cost $19.99. Kids five and younger eat free. Yes, even the fat kids.

Because the world is such a humorless place, we have to mention we made up the “fat kids” pricing to make sure you were paying attention. We do not endorse fat shaming. We are, however, supportive of stupid shaming. Stupid kids pay extra. Better?

Please address all letters of complaint about this blog post to the Excalibur Buffet. Don’t shoot the messenger. You’re the one who let your kid get fat. For starters, stop taking them to buffets. They’re going to find out they don’t just have “big bones” someday. Save them some time!

Excalibur Buffet

All due respect, but it may be time to update Excalibur Buffet’s “It’s just O.K.” tagline.

Even with its limited hours, it’s great to see the Excalibur buffet reopen!

Other buffets back in Las Vegas include: Bacchanal at Caesars, Wicked Spoon at Cosmo, MGM Grand Buffet, Circus Buffet at Circus Circus and the Wynn buffet reopens July 1.

If you have the cash, we’d recommend the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. It’s badass, and a value at $65 (weekdays).

We love Excalibur, as it now has Mac King (formerly at Harrah’s), the Australian Bee Gees and Thunder From Down Under. The “Tournament of Kings” show is coming back July 14, too.

We also love Excalibur because we’re pretty sure it’s the only Las Vegas casino featuring codpieces.

Vegas needs more codpieces!

Sure, they’ve got them at the Renaissance Festival, but that’s an annual thing. We need a steady supply of codpieces.

You might say Las Vegas could use a buffet of codpieces. You knew we’d bring it back around. You’re welcome.

Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier to Reopen at MGM Grand

Two of the fanciest restaurants in Las Vegas are back, despite what we hear has been some behind-the-scenes drama.

Joel Robuchon, the only three-star Michelin restaurant in Las Vegas, returns July 1, 2021.

This is great news despite the fact we wouldn’t know a Michelin star if a ninja threw one into our eyeball. We do know having three is an impressive accomplishment, mainly because it says so in the restaurant’s news release.

Robuchon MGM Grand

Three are just 12 tables in the main dining room at Joel Robuchon. Lap-sitting is discouraged. Keep it classy.

A sister restaurant, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, reopens July 15, 2021 at MGM Grand.

You know a restaurant is of extraordinary quality when you have no idea how to pronounce it.

Both Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon have been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

For months during the closures, rumors out of MGM Grand were these establishments might not be back, but soon foodies will once again be able to use words like “artisanal” and “bespoke” to their hearts’ content at these acclaimed fine dining venues.

Award-winning chef Joel Robuchon passed away in August 2018, but his namesake restaurants live on.

Fine dining is sort of an alternate reality, a place where a “degustation menu” is actually a good thing.

Some menu highlights from Joel Robuchon restaurant upon its return: Le Caviar Imperial (Osetra caviar served atop king crab in a crustacean gelee dotted with cauliflower puree), La Langoustine (truffled langoustine ravioli served with simmered cabbage and foie gras sauce) and La Rosa (delicate gelee of Dassai “39” sake topped with white chocolate rose and orange coulis).

“L’Atelier” means “workshop” in French, basically a studio where artists art.

No prices were provided, but figure on taking out a second mortgage. For example, the aforementioned 15-course “degustation menu” runs about $500.

As for L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, it’s described as a “rebellious concept built to challenge the status quo of fine dining.” Sort of thought we were doing that with snark, but whatever.

According to the news release, “Guests can enjoy pre-fixe and a la carte menu options while dining at L’Atelier’s countertop, wrapping around its open kitchen and framing the precision,
mastery and artistry of its culinary team.”

So, yeah, we still don’t know what it is, but we’re glad to hear it’s coming back!

L’Atelier menu highlights include: Le Saint Pierre (John Dory a la plancha on a “sambol” of tomato, confits lime zest and cilantro puree), Le Grenouillle (caramelized frog legs on creamy spelt risotto) and La Framboise (white chocolate sphere with fresh raspberry and yuzu ice cream).

Robuchon MGM Grand

You’re going to need the tiniest spoon, ever.

They had us at caramelized frog legs. Everything is better dipped in caramel.

We are so a foodie right now.

The hours for both restaurants will be Thursday through Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

While these establishments may not be our cup of crustacean gelee, extraordinary dining experiences are part of what make Las Vegas what it is.

Find out more about Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon on the MGM Grand Web site.

Resorts World Rounds Out Restaurant Roster With Carversteak

No self-respecting Las Vegas megaresort would be complete without a world-class steakhouse, so Resorts World has announced Carversteak, set to open in December, 2021.

Resorts World opens June 24, 2021, and we’re giddy as a schoolgirl about it.

Sorry, schoolperson.

Let’s take a look at Carversteak, a pretty badass steakhouse coming to Resorts World. A little late to the party, but meat, so all is forgiven.

Carversteak Resorts World

Carversteak looks hotter than the flame of an unclosed, wood-fired grill, a phrase we’re only using to give the appearance of us knowing anything about cooking.

Carversteak will be a massive 14,500-square-feet, and is being touted as “the city’s largest luxury steakhouse.”

The new steakhouse comes from Carver Road Hospitality, the brain child of Las Vegas nightlife veteran Sean Christie, who has worked at pretty much every nightlife company and venue in town: Light Group, Drai’s, Wynn, MGM Resorts and others.

Let’s just say Sean Christie knows things.

While Christie has a lengthy list of professional accomplishments, his biggest contribution to pop culture would have to be “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” He was the one who wrangled film projects for Wynn Las Vegas at the time. Don’t laugh, it was great exposure for Wynn and the movie is much better than you’d expect.

Moving on.

Carversteak was designed by design studio DesignAgency, which clearly knows how to make pretty things.

The news release says, Carversteak “boasts a mid-century modern aesthetic with a rich palette inspired by Las Vegas landscape.”

News releases gonna news release.

Carversteak

Does making a reservation six months ahead of time make us look desperate?

The steakhouse will have a 70-foot “honed quartzite stone” bar, and as everyone knows, all the best quartzite is honed AF.

As for the food, the news release continues, “Thick dry-aged American cuts will headline the steak program, accentuated by global artisan beef producers and Japanese-certified Wagyu cuts. Guests can expect signature dishes such as a 12-hour Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and Lobster Thermidor en Croute, and playful items like Caviar Poppers and Wagyu Mini Cheesesteak
Bites. Sumptuous vegan offerings will also abound.”

Carversteak sounds incredible despite the vegan part trying to rain on everyone’s parade.

The restaurant’s beverage program, helmed by Carver Road Hospitality’s Vice President of Beverage and Hospitality Culture Francesco Lafranconi, “will feature an extensive collection of approachable wines.”

Which are so much better than stand-offish wines. Who even invited those wines? They need to have some wine and loosen up, this is Las Vegas.

The Carversteak logo is simple but sharp.

Carversteak will join more than 40 (that’s not a typo) food and beverage outlets at Resort World.

The sheer number of restaurants at Resorts World is mind-numbing and should keep guests and bloggers busy until sometime in 2022.

Here’s a look at the restaurants and bars at Resorts World.

You know we’ll be covering the opening of Resorts World extensively, so bookmark this site and follow us on Twitter for all the latest scoop.

There’s nothing quite like new casino smell, and with the addition of Carversteak, more sensory stimulation is yet to come.