N9ne Steakhouse is not your normal steakhouse. And in all honesty, where it is set, The Palms Hotel, is not your normal hotel, either. Just off of the Strip, The Palms is the place to see and be seen, as is the steakhouse there. First off, there are no bathrooms inside the restaurant, so if you must go, do it before you go into the restaurant. It is really crowded in there, and getting out in any reasonable amount of time will just not happen. This is a busy restaurant and bar. If you don’t want this, don’t try to get in. As you enter the restaurant, you will see the hostess stand and, nine times out of ten, walls lined with people waiting. When we were there, the Playboy playmates lined the walls. Then it goes into the restaurant area, where it is split-level and has a blue hue. On the top level is the bar. On the right-hand side, the bar sat about eight people, and on the left-hand side, the bar seating included comfy chairs and large stools. The bar seating overlooked the restaurant.
The prices at the bar were not over-the-top either. The dining area is quite small here, with a round caviar bar in the center of the restaurant. The noise level was pretty high, so anyone trying to eavesdrop could not. Just to the left of the dining area is their "private" dining area, really more of a large room divided by mirrors and shut off from the rest of the world by tinted glass. Both sections seat about 25 people.
The food here was amazing. My favorite was the Crispy Carolina Rock Shrimp and two dipping sauces, one with a little kick and one with a lot of kick. They come in a Chinese food take-out box that is tall. If you eat enough of these, they could be your meal. For the main course, we had 12-oz. filet mignon Béarnaise. It was very tender, cooked the way you would like it. However, after filling up on shrimp, we didn’t get to eat as much as we would like. To top the filet were sautéed mushrooms. Those, you could have eaten alone. For dessert we had a chocolate ganache cake. Amazing. This large cake melted in your mouth. The also served small sides with our meal, like broccoli with lemon butter, potato gnocchi, and some of the best bread in Las Vegas. All of this was served with Page wine, one of the best wines I have ever tried. His wine is in several restaurants in Las Vegas. The waitstaff at both the bar and during dinner were fabulous and very attentive.
To make reservations, call 702/933-9900. They are open weekdays from 5 to 11pm and weekends from 5 to 11:30pm. They do have a dress code of business-casual. Overall, our dining experience left us still craving it. Definitely a stop every time we are in Vegas.