We just returned from a trip to Las Vegas and I have this restaurant to tell you about.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The Husband and I returned Sunday afternoon from a three-night jaunt to Las Vegas, Nevada where we spent a few glorious days dining at some amazing restaurants, catching a couple of great shows and soaking up the sunshine with friends.


We are tired and stuffed, but can’t wipe off the grins we’re still wearing from all the fun we had.

If a weekend of entertainment is on your wish-list, consider booking a trip to Sin City. (And you don’t have to commit any sins to enjoy it.)


The airfares and hotel prices are beginning to return to normal, so don’t wait much longer. Things are bound to only get more expensive.


But the good news is that things are (mostly) back to normal in Vegas.

The mask mandate is still in place, which is kind of a bummer, but all of the restaurants and casinos are back in business.


The Hubs and I enjoy nice restaurants; dinners are the first thing we book when taking a vacation and Vegas is a mecca for foodies. It boasts some of the best restaurants in the world.


We enjoyed dinner at Prime Steakhouse in the Bellagio and the popular STK at the Cosmopolitan where we booked our stay.

Both places were astounding; delicious cuisine, beautiful atmosphere and impeccable service, but it was an old restaurant in a strip mall that we can’t stop talking about.


Finding it was just dumb luck on my part.


I was in charge of finding our group of eight a nice place for dinner Friday night near Fremont Street (the old part of Vegas that includes casinos like the Golden Nugget and Four Queens).

A quick Google search led me to Golden Steer Steakhouse, a restaurant once frequented by Frank Sinatra (they even have a booth with his name on it).


It looked great, so I made a reservation, then had a panic attack when we pulled up.


The Golden Steer is located in a strip mall in an area that isn’t high on glitz or glamour. I could tell the rest of the group was wondering what I had been thinking when I booked the reservation.

Then we stepped inside and were greeted with the old Las Vegas glamour of yesteryear; dim lighting, rich wood, red leather booths and the best martini you will ever taste.


The food was equally amazing. Think escargot, lobster and mouth-watering Italian dishes and tableside Caesar salad.


I half expected the Rat Pack to come sauntering in.


It was a night none of us will soon forget.

HERE’S WHAT ELSE WE DID


We stayed at the gorgeous Cosmopolitan, which I highly recommend. We were upgraded to a suite with a balcony that overlooked the strip and a giant bathtub perfect after a long day of walking.


If you go and the pool scene is your jam, splurge and rent a cabana or day bed for the afternoon at the Boulevard Pool. It was the perfect last-day-of-our-trip thing to do.


The Husband and I caught two shows during our stay. The first was David Copperfield at the MGM Grand. The illusions were amazing and we enjoyed it, but I can’t say that seeing it is a must.

What is an absolute Vegas-must, however, is Absinthe, which plays at Caesars Palace.


Our entire group saw this show and I cannot tell you how good it is; funny (slightly raunchy), but packed full of entertainment. It was another highlight of the trip.


So, what are you waiting for?! Book a trip to fabulous Las Vegas, and whatever you do, make a reservation at the Golden Steer Steakhouse.