Some of the last remaining links to Las Vegas’ storied past, these restaurants have stood the test of time. And while they certainly provide guests with the unique opportunity to eat where the biggest names of yesteryear did, they balance the shtick with great food and personable service.
Bob Taylor’s Ranch House
Las Vegas’ oldest operating restaurant, Bob Taylor’s Ranch House has been serving its sizzling steaks since 1955. Come for the steaks and prime rib, and stay for the ambiance that found Strip headliners, underworld figures and local politicos eating under the same roof.
Golden Steer Steakhouse
A small restaurant with a bar and dining room when it opened in 1958, the Golden Steer Steakhouse has been expanded and remodeled in the decades since. And while the space has morphed, it’s still teeming with ambiance from the days when guests such as Joe DiMaggio, Natalie Wood, Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley would indulge in the enormous, juicy steaks.
Four Queens Casino Hotel
Located under the decidedly unglamorous Four Queens in downtown Las Vegas, Hugo’s Cellar is a billet-doux to a bygone era. The formal service, tableside salad presentation and classic entrées such as beef Wellington, chateaubriand and Veal Oscar will have you eating like it’s 1969. Bonus: a long-stemmed red rose for every lady.
Pamplemousse Le Restaurant
Georges LaForge converted his crêperie into this cozy cottage of Provençal cuisine after the passing of his pal Bobby Darin (who’d always wanted to own a restaurant and loved the French word for grapefruit). Start with the crudité platter and savor such delicious delicacies as duck confit and a grilled prime rib eye. Tip: Make sure to leave room (and time) for the soufflé.
Since 1972, the Peppermill’s 24-hour coffee shop has been ground zero for some of Las Vegas’ best people-watching (think off-duty cops, pre-shift casino employees, after-hours revelers, Penn Jillette), but it’s the Peppermill’s legendary Fireside Lounge—with its faux foliage and 64-ounce Scorpions—that makes Instagrammers’ hearts race.
Instead of building a set for the restaurant scenes in Casino, Martin Scorsese opted to rent Piero’s for a week and film there. It has been a decades-long favorite of celebrities, visitors and locals alike. Don’t be surprised when the person savoring the restaurant’s bone-in veal chop Parmesan in the next banquette turns out to be Magic Johnson, Sarah Jessica Parker or one of the Rolling Stones.
Palms Casino Resort
Modeled after a private mid-century supper club, Sara’s is a temporally transportive experience. Thanks to a meticulously executed mélange of details—a simple menu filled with classics, a smoked prime rib cart, flambé desserts prepared tableside, flattering lighting, a sublimely soul-filled playlist, a particularly attentive staff—Sara’s presents the best of yesteryear today.
The Steak House
Serving prime cuts of the finest-quality Midwestern beef prepared in an open-hearth, exhibition-style mesquite coal broiler, The Steak House at Circus Circus has been pleasing palates in Las Vegas since 1982. Booths of crimson leather and walls in hunter green with hardwood trim add to the clubby, old-school steakhouse vibe.