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Craftsteak at MGM Grand

3799 Las Vegas Blvd South (at E Tropicana Avenue)
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7777
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Craftsteak at MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV
Craftsteak at MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV
Craftsteak at MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV


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My boyfriend and I ate here for his birthday last year in August. We were staying at the MGM and were early for our reservation. Within a few minutes we were sat at a table. The s...


Great atmosphere and service. The Lobster Bisque was outstanding but the steak was not good at all cooked very well done when I asked for medium and it had a Whole lot of pepper ...

Pretty good 6/29/2011

I hadnt been to a buffet in a while but I can say I enjoyed this food. Definitely had a variety!!! more

Nice place 6/10/2010

Had a great night there - steaks are good and the wait staff is even better Pros: ambiance Cons: None more

f u c k 4/13/2010

f u c k Pros: f u c k Cons: f u c k more

Worth It 2/26/2009

My boyfriend and I ate here for his birthday last year in August. We were staying at the MGM and were early for our reservation. Within a few minutes we were sat at a table. The server was very polite and friendly. We ordered the summer tasting tasting menu that changes every season and every course as served family style. For the first course we had grilled quail, roasted red peppers, and a cucumber salad. All were simple and tasty. For the main we had grilled filet, roasted chicken, and diver scallops plus sides. We ordered the steak rare and it came out perfect. The steak came out sliced, it was seasoned well, and cut like butter. The roasted chicken was delicious and moist; the scallops were cooked well. As sides we had the potato puree, sauteed corn, and roasted mushrooms; all of which were excellent. The dessert was chef's choice. We had bread pudding and a berry crisp with vanilla ice cream. There was definitely a lot of food and the tasting menu was only $65 per person (and only $30 more per person for wine pairings for each course). The whole experience was pleasant. The service was excellent. The staff was very attentive and knowledgable. I have definitely recommended this place to friends and family. Pros: Quality food Cons: None more

Perfection 2/16/2009

My husband and I ate here on our wedding night (2/29/08). We didn't read any reviews before going here. In fact, we had never heard of the place before. We were staying at the MGM and wanted steaks, so we headed here. We didn't have reservations but were lucky enough to have been seated within 10 minutes of arriving. The atmosphere was very nice... dim lighting, romantic music softly playing in background, and somewhat private booths. We shared the porterhouse steak (one of our favorite cuts), friscee salad, and fingerling potatoes. The salad was served with large bits of bacon and warm dressing and tasted amazing. The steak comes to the table on a single plate for sharing as well as the potatoes. To our surprise, the steak was already sliced and put back together like a puzzle. It was seasoned just right and was unbelievably juicy. The potatoes were sooo good. I usually add salt and pepper to potatoes, but these were so good I didn't want to mess them up with over salting. Interesting enough, there was no salt or pepper on the table or any other table for that matter! They really know how to season food at this place. The bearnaise sauce was the best I've ever had. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. It was the perfect compliment to the meal. By the end of the meal we were so full we didn't have room for dessert. Instead we relaxed at the table with our drinks for a bit while we waited for the bill. The total bill, including drinks came to under $200. It was an incredible meal, the perfect atmosphere, and great service. My husband and I plan to visit many other Vegas steakhouses in the future but this steakhouse will be very hard to top. Pros: Very well seasoned entrees Cons: Dress code not enforced more

just ok 10/20/2008

Great atmosphere and service. The Lobster Bisque was outstanding but the steak was not good at all cooked very well done when I asked for medium and it had a Whole lot of pepper on it. I do not recommend this place to anyone that is looking for a good steak. TOURIST TRAP Pros: LOBSTER BISQUE Cons: STEAK more

Loved it! 7/9/2008

I don't know what the people below with bad reviews are talking about! The food here was amazing. Everything from the foie gras to the scallops to the kobe was impeccable! I would eat here every night if I could afford it... absolutely delicious! Pros: Food was delicious! Cons: High price more

Routine 7/2/2008

I have eaten many times at MGM's Grand Buffet, their breakfast is great!!!!!!!!!!! However, for lunch and dinner they serve the same thing over and over and over without change. That's a problem, because many people would like variety on a daily basis for lunch and dinner. Pros: Great Breakfast Cons: Same thing daily for lunch and dinner more

Right in line with MGM's overall standards. 6/14/2008

One of the better resort buffets on the strip. With the competition fierce for the $20+ that most of the top buffets charge on the strip, MGM's is still one of the best. They have an entire aisle dedicated to seafoods and shellfish. We've been there repeatedly over the past few years. Highly recommendable. Pros: Spacious, short wait to get seated. Variety of offerings. Cons: Same as most buffets, having to witness the intense grazing methods of human herefords @ buffets. more

terrible 6/12/2008

Too many complaints to list... my husband is a chef at one of the top restaurants in the country so he of all people should be able to pick out flaws in a meal but seriously, anyone could have noticed the problems with our meal. We had reso's for 5:30 when the restaurant opened and arrived on time but the hostess had us stand in the hall for nearly 15 minutes waiting to seat us, I still can't figure that out. So called sommelier couldn't tell me what WTW (white table wine) or RTW (red table wine) on the by the glass list meant, ha! Lobster $70 overcooked so that it was rubber, Kobe beef skirt steak $70 ordered mid-rare came out well done. Risotto was blah and mushy. Server to casual.....Whole experience was a let down and waste of money. If Tom sat at our table that night would he have approved? Pros: we can say we at at Tom Colicchio's restaurant Cons: not worth it more

Another disappointment 5/8/2008

The service was impeccable. Food was average. My guest and I ordered a shrimp cocktail to split as an appetizer. The shrimp were divine, but the cocktail sauce tasted like plain catsup. We had to ask for horseradish to add to the sauce. I ordered the roasted top sirloin, my guest ordered the roasted filet and we ordered sauteed spinach, roasted carrots and gratin of potatoes with leeks and roasted garlic. Everything but the carrots and potatoes was salty. I sent my steak back because it was tough (and had no flavor). We wanted to send the spinach back because it was so salty but decided not to after I had already sent back my steak. The was another expensive trip to a celebrity chef restaurant on the strip that wasn't worth it. more

it was just ok 5/5/2008

i have a problem with any high end steakhouse that does not know how to prepair a steak pittsburg rare(black&blue) and craft steak did not pass the test, why anybody who loves prime beef would ever want grass fed beef is beyond me! if you want lean meat eat buffalo, or tenderlion or just eat fish! of course lean meat is more heathy for you but when i am shelling out $100 a steak i dont want healthy ,i want richess and flavor! i cant say that the quality was bad but the preparation was less than great , no char or sear on my ribeye and no seasoning also ,another problem i had was i had to order a huge 40oz ribeye for two if i wanted a dry aged steak (thats what i ordered)i have heard that they offer all kinds of aged prime beef but the night i had dinner that was the only option on the menue for dry aged ,service was not great but not bad sides ok , drinks ok ,would i go again if i had to pay, NO! would i go if it was on sombody else, maybe, all i could think about while i was eating was Tom Coliccio bashing the young chefs on top chef about not seasoning food and poor preparation, hey Tom i think you better stop by you OWN kitchen and give your OWN food a test. Pros: nice room .large menue Cons: preparation , price more

OK for big groups, poor for couples 4/6/2008

Food: Porterhouse for two, lobster bisque, and salad were good, not excellent. Wine: Excellent wines, but no options for the average joe (ie. under $130/bottle). Ambiance: Noisy and busy. My wife and I had to shout to cary on a conversation. Service: Honestly, I have had better service at applebees. Not what I was expecting for the $$$. Summary: There are better places to eat in Vegas (including MGM)...don't wast your time and money here. Pros: Good food. Cons: Service; ambience; value. more

Incredibly Delicious Food, Beautiful Setting. 3/31/2008

We just went to Vegas for the weekend and I made a reservation about a week in advance for Craftsteak. We were really looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint!!! My wife and I each had the Filet Mignon, and they were spectacular. SO PERFECTLY COOKED AND DELICIOUS. The only negative was they were a little too large for us at 10 oz. each. The Shrimp Cocktail might be the finest I have ever had, only the cocktail sauce was extremely mild. I'm not big on horse-radish at all, but I believe you should be able to taste it a little. You could tell there was a hint of it, but that's it. Anyway, the shrimp were pristine. Firm, fresh, cold, and very tasty. Beautiful. I know it's a simple dish, but that's all the more reason it needs to be nailed, perfectly!!! My wife's Spinach Salad with a truffle-oil dressing was very simple but very good as well. Also we had Sauteed Baby Broccoli, which was SO delicious!!! For dessert we had the Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream. Incredible!!! We were so happy with our meal, and the excellent service. It was one of our best meals ever. The only Steak we could remember enjoying more was at Dylan Prime in NYC, and not by much. Pros: Incredibly Delicious, Simple Food!!! Cons: Pretty Expensive!!! more

Great steak and great service! 3/16/2008

Craftsteak is my favorite restaurant on the planet!!! The kobe beef tartare is sinful! I love the beet salad. The steak is always perfect! The sides are gigantic and there is always a great variety. The portions are huge...we always order way too much food. It all sounds so good we can't help ourselves. The service is always top notch. The bar is also a good place to eat if you are in a hurry or you can't get a reservation. My only less than positive comment is that I am never especially impressed by the dessert. We usually opt out or do an ice cream/sorbet sampler. The pastries do not match up to the stellar food and service. My suggestion is order several appetizers and sides, split a steak, and skip dessert. more

Fantastic Dinner - Best of Vegas! 2/11/2008

This was a fantastic place to eat. We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday and we were not disappointed. The service was impeccable - both of our servers were knowledgeable and friendly. This is a very elegant, beautiful restaurant, without being pretentious. I highly recommend following your server's recommendations: our server suggested the seasonal scallops and they were heavenly. The Kobe beef is just as wonderful as expected and the portions are perfect. The asparagus, as mentioned in an earlier review, was delicious. We did not stay for dessert, because we were just too full, however, I highly recommend the Sidecar Martini. This is the perfect place for atmosphere, upscale dining, and impeccable service. If you want some privacy, request a booth. Don't miss out on this place - it is a fabulous splurge and well worth the money. Pros: Service, Atmosphere, Great Food Cons: None more

One of the best buffets in Vegas 12/26/2007

We went twice and had excellent experiences both times. The food was great. They have a large selection with good standards. We had Sunday brunch (mimosas/booze was an extra $3) and gorged on the made to order omelettes, hot waffles, bagels & lox, prime rib, shrimp, etc. Everything was quite good and the servers were very pleasant. Then we went back for XMas dinner. They set up a made to order mashed potatoes instead of omelettes... brilliant! Also, made to order strip steaks... delicious! Everything was fantastic, although I skipped the Mexican food since I'm from Texas. Next time I'll probably stay at MGM to be closer to the buffet. Pros: Great food, excellent service, tons of choices Cons: can be pricey and crowded on special occasions more

Worth a visit...if you're not paying 11/26/2007

Let's just say that overall, I was happy, but the hefty price tag left me with a little more to desire...thankfully, I was traveling on business, so the bill wasn't completely absorbed by myself. The service was prompt and the staff was quite friendly even if they were a little difficult to understand. The bar is well stocked and the signature key-lime martini is a fantastic after dinner drink. As for the food, it was both great & o.k. I thoroughly enjoyed the yellow fin tuna appetizer. The bone-in steak however was good...not great, and at $50+ for just the steak, I've had better (the chop house in Chicago comes to mind). Note that I also don't particularly care for pre-cut meat (I am a big boy and you gave me a knife), nor did I particularly care for the rosemary the steak was garnished with. The side of asparagus was o.k., but nowhere near worth the cost. Why did I select this place to eat at in the first place...well, it was the end of a long 2 week trip it was downstairs, and I wanted a good steak. That's what I got, a good steak and a hefty bill, but I will say again, that the tuna was a fantastic appetizer. Would I go back, probably not, and I wouldn't recommend it to someone traveling on their own dime. Pros: they take reservarions and the dress code is relatively liberal for "fine dining" Cons: hefty cost for an o.k. cut of steak more

Avoid At All Costs. (And Boy Does It Cost.) 10/25/2007

A profound disappointment. Based on Colicchio's reputation and a sampling of diner reviews -- including some from this site -- I organized a family reunion and dinner at Craftsteak. Should not have bothered. Almost every aspect of our evening was underwhelming. Let me count the ways. 1.) The service was horrifically slow. Although we were seated promptly, five minutes passed before a waiter arrived; another ten minutes passed before our drinks arrived; another 15 minutes passed before water and bread arrived. Perhaps we were being conditioned, because our appetizers then took another half hour and our entrees -- ta da! -- arrived almost two hours after we first sat down. 2.) The steaks, which as others have noted are almost comically expensive, were unevenly cooked. Granted, this meant that half the steak was wonderfully prepared, tender and tasty. But it also meant that half of the same steak was either overdone or dripping raw, not to mention tough and gristly. 3.) The ambiance is more akin to a Denny's then to place where the per-person check tops $100. The restaurant is theme-park sized, obviously far too large to competently staff. The din is horrible. Four times during out meal waiters dropped plates or glasses -- four times! These thundering events were followed by much shouting and rushing about by the wait staff, and then frenzied mopping and sweeping, complete with chemical aromas. I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get my drift. We felt cheated and taken for granted, and we're now soured on the whole Craft empire. Had we not gone as a family the next day to Mesa, at Caesar's Palace, the reunion would have been ruined. Happily, Mesa's was quiet, the staff was competent, and food cheaper and much better than at Craft. Had I only known that in advance. Ah, well. Pros: None Cons: Cost, Ambience, Service, Noise more

Amazing for Groups!! 7/24/2007

My husband and I are HUGE Top Chef fans, so for our trip to Vegas we had to see if Chef Colicchio really knew what he was talking about in his sometimes harsh reviews of the contestants. Let me tell you, he has every right to point out every single little flaw because Craftsteak was absolutely flawless!! We went with 3 other couples who have never seen Top Chef and all are picky eaters and have huge appetites. First of all we were seated at a huge circular table with lots of room around it. This may seem like something so simple but it made for really easy conversations and a lot of laughs all night instead of the typical rectangular tables restaurants put groups at. Our server had a great sense of humor and almost insisted on us doing one of the chef's tasting menus. We decided on the $110 a person one which included Kobe beef since none of us had tried it yet. We were really leery that there wouldn't be nearly enough food for everyone but with the a la carte prices we trusted our server that we wouldn't be able to finish everything on the table and it was the best option for our group. We were SHOCKED at both the quality and the quantity of the food that was presented to us! The prawns in the appetizer course were the best shrimp that anyone in our group had ever had. My personal favorite for the entree course was the meat that they served in a little copper kettle that had been cooked for over 18 hours. For dessert, I would have to pick the cantaloupe gelato, I am craving it now!! Honestly, our group was filled with some of the pickiest eaters I know and they all couldn't stop raving about it!! I was so proud to have made the suggestion when two of the couples in my group said it was the best meal they had ever had. For the two of us to do the $110 tasting, 1 Kettel One dirty martini for him, and a glass of wine for me, including tax and tip it was $320 and worth every dollar!! Craftsteak is perfection without any snobby or elitist attitude. Pros: Perfect for Groups, Amazing food prepared simply Cons: Wine and cocktails were expensive but strong and large more
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