Saltgrass Steak House Opens at Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget officially has its second steakhouse, Saltgrass Steak House.

The steakhouse joins the popular Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse at Golden Nugget, taking over the former Grotto Italian Restaurant space.

Grotto has moved into the former Lillie’s Asian Cuisine restaurant space, in the hotel’s Carson tower. Lillie’s closed in Oct. 2019.

There will be a quiz.

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As the old Vegas adage goes, you can never have too much meat.

Saltgrass was poised to open several months ago, but then the pandemic happened.

It appears casino officials now believe demand has returned enough to sustain both its steakhouses.

Saltgrass Steak House fills a need for value-oriented customers who prefer their fare casual, while Vic & Anthony’s is considered fine dining. We consider it flipping delicious. Bonus: Casual Meat would make a great band name.

Saltgrass is also more kid-friendly than the fancier Vic & Anthony’s, despite our best efforts.

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The genus name for saltgrass is “distichlis,” which sounds like it could very well be the German word for “distillery,” so we’re good with it.

The price points at Saltgrass are appealing, with our go-to (nine-ounce) filet for $34.49. There’s also a crowd-pleasing selection of chicken and ribs entrees, as well as sandwiches and seafood.

Find the full menu on the official Golden Nugget site.

We’re anxious to try some of the signature cocktails at Saltgrass. Oh, who are we kidding with “some.”

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Please stop putting calorie counts on cocktail menus. It’s buzzkill.

Saltgrass is in the Landry’s family of restaurants, owned by Tilman Fertitta, as is the Golden Nugget. The chain has more than 80 locations across the country.

Golden Nugget cowboyed up its Grotto footprint for Saltgrass. It’s now replete with wood paneling, steer horns and rodeo photos.

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Vegas Vic is next door to Golden Nugget, so they’d better stock up on Howdy Podner Burgers. Which should be a thing.

At the moment, reservations are by phone, but will soon be available on Open Table.

For now, Saltgrass is closed Monday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday, hours are 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saltgrass is open Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

It’s worth noting the Saltgrass bar is open until 11:00 p.m. Thursdays, 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10:00 p.m. on Sundays.


Saltgrass kept Grotto’s little side dining area with a great view of the pool, with its shark tank and a number of people with a little too much body confidence, all due respect.

While we haven’t been to Saltgrass yet, we’re looking forward to a visit. Landry’s has the mid-level restaurant game down, and Golden Nugget has one of the best dining mixes in town.

Other restaurant options include the reliable Claimjumper, excellent Cadillac Mexican Kitchen, Red Sushi (recently rebranded to Red Asian Cuisine) and even Chick-fil-A.

Anticipate our clumsy review of Saltgrass Steak House at Golden Nugget soon!

9 thoughts on “Saltgrass Steak House Opens at Golden Nugget

  1. William Wingo

    Golden Nugget Laughlin has had Saltgrass for years, on the lower level with a view of the river. It’s a good place to have a beer and split an appetizer at the bar. I haven’t been back there since before the pandemic, so can’t report on its current status.

  2. Mike Alexakis

    Very impressive restaurant lineup, I have always loved the Golden Nugget, the day before I got married 29 years ago we walked through the Nugget on the way to the courthouse to get our marriage license, right there on the casino floor, the owner was there, Steve Wynn. Very gracious, I made a joke about having towels ready for us, he played along. Later that night we saw Don Rickles there, he pulled me up onto the stage and ripped me, then he sent over a bottle of Don Rickles Champaign to our table. the bottle had a caricature of his face on it, we lost that bottle in the 1994 Northridge earthquake…

  3. Boulder Steve

    Great story. That Don Rickles champagne is a collectors item for sure. I lived in Sherman Oaks during the Northridge quake. Lost many things but nothing irreplaceable like that

    1. Mike Alexakis

      We lived in Santa Monica, our entire kitchen and dining room emptied out onto the floor, including that bottle and all of our wedding crystal, it was over a foot deep in broken glass… We had to climb over collapsed book cases to get to our then one year old son, who amazingly slept through it. I have been through several big ones, the Northridge quake was the only one I thought I was going to die during. Sherman Oaks took a big beating as well, there was a huge apartment complex right behind Barone’s restaurant that collapsed, glad you survived…


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