I'm a foodie. I love cooking, baking. I love eating (as evidenced by my pants size) and I love restaurants. I've done waitstaff and hostessing and bartending. And I travel a lot, so I have been to many wonderful restaurants in many interesting locations and at times eaten food that I am glad I didn't know what I was eating.
The first time I ever moaned aloud -- not just "mmm" but "ohhhh mmm!!" -- was at Emeril's at Universal Citywalk in Orlando. Since then I've tried Emeril's NOLA in New Orleans (delish!) and Emeril's Fishhouse in Las Vegas, but on a recent return trip to Vegas, we went to Emeril's Delmonico Steakhouse (the original is in New Orleans).
I am firmly a carnivore. Steak? Love it. Chicken, turkey, pork, fish . . . all things blissful in the right hands, and just grub in the wrong. Delmonico's does steaks and meats, and while they are done well, they are not well-done unless you prefer it that way. ;-)
Delmonico's Las Vegas is tucked in the back of the Venetian Hotel, away from the jar and clang of the casino, and entering is like walking into a soothing chapel, with vaulted off-white ceilings, earth-toned furniture, and its well-dressed waitstaff smoothly gliding between the tables.
French onion soup is always good at any Emeril's, so I started with that. We shared some New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp (tasty and just-right spicy-hot), while my companion had the Hickory Smoked Mushrooms. I moved on to a medium-rare Pepper Crusted Dry Aged Beef Sirloin, juicy and delectable in its red wine demi glace, and my companion had the NY Steak. (By the way, having had Emeril's Grilled Sweet Barbequed Atlantic Salmon, which is offered at Delmonico's, before, I can also recommend that). Accompanying it all was a pair of selections from the extensive wine list.
And although we were ready to burst, there's always room for dessert . . . a bit of Bourbon Praline Bread Pudding, mmm...
The service was lovely, discreet, and well-tended. I have (personally) yet to be disappointed by an Emeril's dining experience, and Delmonico's was no exception. If you're looking for excellent fine dining in Vegas, Delmonico's at the Venetian is where to go.
Hours: lunch daily 11:30am-2pm
Dinner: Sun-Thur 5:30-10:30pm
Fri and Sat 5:30-11pm