Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio has brought his distinctive vision of the American steakhouse to Las Vegas. Craftsteak's ingredient-driven menu features the highest quality meats and produce, presented with minimal interference as a la carte options to best showcase the integrity of their farm-fresh flavors. Chef Colicchio's standard of excellence is evident in all aspects of the restaurant: its extensive selection of Kobe and Wagyu beef, its 200 bottle collection of premium scotches and whiskies, and its diverse variety of seasonal sides and entrees prepared with reverence by Executive Chef Matt Seeber and his skilled team. Craftsteak is a welcome reminder of the wealth of potential that resides within the application of caring and thoughtful restraint.Read More ...
At Craftsteak, Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio brings his distinctive culinary ideology to the MGM Grand. Headed by Executive Chef Matt Seeber, this latest Colicchio incarnation pares down the classic American steakhouse to its essence with an ingredient-driven menu that exemplifies the eloquent and satisfying simplicity of farm-fresh flavors. Designed by notable architectural firm, Bentel and Bentel Architects, the warm and inviting dining room creates a subtly stunning backdrop for displaying Chef Seeber’s seasonal creations.
Craftsteak cultivates an aesthetic that combines Vegas swank with a homey accessibility. Bentel and Bentel Architects’ design juxtaposes sumptuous materials like leather and bronze with more plain ones like muslin for a dining space that is a visual representation of the restaurant’s emphasis on the simple yet sophisticated pleasures to be found in pure, unadulterated ingredients. The large, wood-laden bar with its staggering selection of over 200 bottles of premium scotches, whiskeys, and bourbons greets diners with the invitation to congregate in cozy lounge seating and circular wooden tables. The dining room itself opens up from the lively close quarters of the lounge with surprising expansiveness. Deep, recessed booths secluded between mesh curtains line the walls, while more open circular and square wooden tables offer seating in the very heart of the restaurant’s lively and convivial culinary activity.
Nowhere is Craftsteak’s ideology more evident than in the thoughtful and unique organization of its menu. Designed to encourage sharing, each component of the meal is served in large, family-style portions and is not only separated according to course, but is also categorized by food group and cooking preparation to better facilitate mixing and matching. It is a menu that promotes conversation and exploration, inviting diners to take a more active role in their dining experience.
Upon seating, we are presented with a selection of seasonal salads that showcase the current offerings of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, where Craftsteak obtains all of its produce. The Avocado Salad juxtaposes the creaminess of the halved and sliced Pinkerton avocado with the crispness of cucumbers and red onions for a refreshing beginning. The yuzu and Tabasco accents in the dressing brighten the flavors, enhancing the richness of the avocado and the clean, cool cucumber.
The Hamachi Salad pairs seasonal citrus with the smooth, slightly smoky flavors of yellowtail for a truly unique dish. Sections of blood orange and grapefruit mingle with chunks of pinkish hamachi in a tangle of fennel curlicues on the plate. The sweet tartness of the citrus and the slight anise notes of the young fennel add a spring-like clarity to the creamy fish for a delicate yet potently flavorful dish.
The Frisee and Bacon Salad and Arugula with Shaved Pecorino both emphasize the sublime pleasures to be found in the freshest, purest ingredients. The salty, smoky bacon deepens the flavors of the first salad and accentuates the frisee’s inherent ethereal character while the pairing of the pecorino with the arugula in the second salad intensifies the nutty bitterness of the greens.
The Porchetta epitomizes the importance of house made ingredients in the cuisine of Craftsteak. Made from a roast suckling pig, the pork is rolled with pistachios, fat back bacon, and a variety of spices and then sliced impossibly thin, giving it the appearance of mortadella, and then is drizzled with truffle vinaigrette to enhance its earthiness. While the flavors of the Porchetta are deep and almost wintry, the thin-sliced presentation manages to infuse the dish with an extraordinary lightness. The Porchetta showcases the skills of the Craftsteak kitchen, blending a kind of Old World rusticity with culinary elegance.
The Pan Roasted Diver Scallops are a revelation in the expert simplicity of the Craftsteak menu. The massive scallops are the essence of freshness: dry packed without chemicals and used within three days of being caught, they are free of the chewy fishiness that can plague a lesser quality product. Their buttery texture and sweetness are amplified by the lemon and fennel broth they’re immersed in. Although simple in construction, the intensity of the flavors derived from the high quality ingredients make the Scallops a truly memorable meal.
A trip to Craftsteak would not be complete without sampling its high quality beef. We are served a Kobe Skirt Steak and a Kobe Rib Eye, each presented modestly in a cast iron dish. The expert preparation of each steak accentuates their inherent distinctions and beautifully showcases their supreme quality. The Skirt Steak is robust and smoky while the rich, marbled Rib Eye offers intensely juicy succulence. It is clear from these two cuts of meat where Craftsteak gets its name: elevating the simple steak to the heights of culinary craft.
An assortment of deceptively simple sides accompanies our steaks: Sugar Snap Peas with shredded ricotta, a medley of Mushrooms, Puree of Yukon Gold Potatoes, and Battered Squash Blossoms. The staggering size of the bright green sugar snap peas captures the attention first. Sweet and crunchy, with a hint of richness from the ricotta, these inflated, plump vegetables are a celebration of freshness and act as a convincing argument in favor of holding out for optimum seasonal ripeness.
The roasted Mushrooms are an exploration in the earthy diversity and feature a wide variety including hen of the woods, shiitakes, and shimejis. They are as rich and smoky as the sugar snap peas are bright and crisp, and are well paired with the hearty flavors of the beef.
The Puree of Potatoes proves impossibly creamy, enriched by a generous helping of butter and olive oil to aid in the velvety texture. A sprinkling of chives adds a subtle pungency to the starchy, cloud-like texture, reminding taste buds of homey comforts.
In stark contrast to the silken potatoes, the Battered Squash Blossoms crackle with textural crunch. Large, golden fried squash blossoms are arranged on the plate around a small container of creamy chipotle sauce. The thick sauce clings to the blossoms, settling into the fried nooks of the batter and balancing the light, slightly floral crispness with its smoky spice.
An array of Craftsteak’s creative desserts rounds out our meal. Unlike the more straightforward savory dishes that have preceded them, these sweet treats combine unusual and novel ingredients. The Jasmine Pannacotta, for example, is an enigmatic concoction, pairing crisp Asian pear with almonds, and rose water with the creamy Italian-style custard for a sweetly delicate and mysteriously exotic confection.
Unlike the subtle Pannacotta, the Cinnamon Toffee Monkey Bread with Caramel Ice Cream embodies all of the rich comforts of a home-baked sticky bun. The miniature bundt cake permeates the air, and the taste buds, with the smoky spice of cinnamon and the nuttiness of toffee. The Caramel Ice Cream accompanying it adds additional notes of sweet indulgence.
Craftsteak’s take on Rice Pudding, the newest addition to the menu, transforms the standard dessert with South East Asian flavors and an inspired presentation. In this version, the creamy sweetness of the rice pudding acts as a filling for crisp, golden fried wontons and makes for a delightfully surprising textural juxtaposition. A brilliant yellow sour pineapple sorbet adds a tropical hint to the dish.
The Liquid Chocolate Cake with Pistachio Ice Cream promises true decadence. A dark mound of chocolate cake erupts with equally rich chocolate lava when cut with the fork, spilling out around the scoop of ice cream. The pistachio’s nuttiness cuts through the intense sweetness of the chocolate, contributing a welcome saltiness to the dessert.
As a suitably indulgent palate cleanser, we are offered a rainbow-colored selection of Craftsteak’s Sorbets. Classic flavors like Strawberry, Chocolate, and Lemon hold their own against more unique and inventive sorbets like Pineapple, Roasted Pineapple, Grape, and Orange Basil. Light and cool, each is an explosion of flavor, distilling the essence of each ingredient to its purest most concentrated taste.
From its innovative, seasonally-inspired menu to its elegantly unpretentious décor, Craftsteak is driven by a powerful ideology: its goal is to take dinner out of the realm of mere sustenance and to re-establish it as an excuse for gathering together and participating in a collective culinary event. The resulting dining experience is both nostalgic and ground-breaking, recalling the comforts of a family meal while pushing the epicurean envelope by exposing diners to new flavors and ever-changing ingredients.
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My dining experience at Craftsteak was excellent. The Kobe Filet was mouth watering and prepared perfectly. The restaurant has a nice relaxing vibe to it so you could enjoy the food & take in the atmosphere. The servers were pleasant and kept watch on what you needed so we didn't have to ask for anything. I highly recommend Craftsteak. Everything we ate was delicious! I will be dining here again and will look for Craftsteak in other cities when I'm traveling.
Best steak in Vegas!!! Best steak I've ever had.
I traveled to Las Vegas for business and was delighted to have dinner at Craftsteak! Everything was delicious and service was impeccable!
I've ALWAYS wanted to go to this restaurant. I was in Vegas on a whim and made a reservation 2 hours before (I was eating early though, I wouldn't recommend doing it late). Sure, the meal is pricey, but it was completely worth it. Everything was special, from the perfectly cooked food, the excellent service, the dim, romantic lighting, and some great red wine that was recommended to me. If you're looking for a special experience to top off your trip to Vegas, I definitely recommend this restaurant
From start to finish we enjoyed every moment at Craftsteak. We waited for our table at the bar and the bar tender was friendly and took the time to explain the menu. Once seated service and food was perfection! Can't wait to go back!
We experienced Craftsteak for the first time recently and it far exceeded all the reviews we had read. We wanted an excellent meal and incredible service and we got both! We highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or when you just want a wonderful evening.
Craftsteak Restaurant in the MGM is an outstanding restaurant in Las Vegas from the personal service you receive from the staff to the food. They are right on top of everything from refilling your water glasses to seeing if you want dessert. Would recommend to one and all.
My favorite meal is the lamb chops. I have eaten them in many of restaurants in the US and across the world. These were by far, the best I have ever had. The portions are large, so make sure to save room for dessert! And P.S. If you can't find a wine you don't like, then you don't like any wine at all.
If you are considering a visit to Craftsteak, think no more. It was an incredible experience. The menu was fantastic and our expectations were completely blown away. The menu, however, plays second-fiddle to the waitstaff. The service was outstanding. We never felt rushed and we were always taken care of. It is expensive, so prepare yourself for that right now, but it is absolutely worth it. Two words: monkey bread. Awesome. Just awesome. Go. You won't be disappointed.
We had an amazing dinner experience at Craftsteak! We were impressed by the atmosphere, the menu selection, and the service. We wanted a 5 star experience at a Top Chef restaurant and we were not let down. The portion sizes were more than we could handle and the risotto as a side is must have! We had no room for dessert, but the gold-dusted chocolate truffles with our check were delicious and indulgent. When we make our way back to Las Vegas, we will be making a reservation to return.
My girlfriends and I visited Craftsteak for a special occasion. The service was top notch. Several workers attended to our every need. We ordered the Wagyu steak 3 course meal and let the chef choose the appetizer and desserts. Everything we were served was wonderful. We are still talking about the whole experience and when we should go back.
The best place you'll ever have the pleasure to eat at. It's that simple.
The service and food were outstanding, but it was a little loud and lacked intimacy. I don't regret a single penny spent at Craft Steak and I would eat there again in a minute
My husband and I loved the food, service and the entire experience. It is pricey (so bring your wallet), but well worth it. It is a place where memories are made. By the way the steak... it will melt in your mouth.
I can not say in the best of words how wonderful Craftsteak was. The food ust melted in your mouth. It was a bit pricey but worth every penny of the cost. The staff are amazing and willing to help you make any selections from the menu. The service there was Amazing. I had a wonderful birthday dinner because we chose Craftsteak. Thank you for your amazing resturaunt and we look forward to visiting you in the future!
My wife loved the place. Made the whole evening a pleasure.
We chose the Wagyu Beef chef selection where the chef presents four selections of appetizers, desserts and selects the vegetable, potatoe and mushroom to complement the steaks. Every dish was amazing! We will be back to experience Craftsteak again!
craftsteak exceeded all expectations - one of my top three (3) places to dine in Las Vegas - great place to entertain customers- can't wait to go back!
By far one of the best meals I've ever had, anywhere in the world.
One of the best meals Ive had, loved this restaurant experience!! Little pricey, but I will definately dine here again next time Im in town, overall it was wonderful!
Price is big, but quality is great, service excellent, and overall experience memorable.
The restaurant and the food was fabulous. The restaurant is pricey, but to me who is a fan of Top Chef, it was well worth it.
The food was amazing, the service was outstanding, and the ambiance was nice. There were two to three servers per table and the serving stations where in the middle of the room so that they could see their customers. The atmosphere was nice and it could be business casual or dressier. I really enjoyed our family style tasting menu. You got a lot for your money and the food is outstanding.
Everything was excellent, food, staff, ambiance. It was expensive but worth every penny. I would return again and again.
This was my 2nd business dinner/meeting and this time I asked for a table that would allow for conversation and it worked out great. I went specifically for the chef's choice steak selection and was not disappointed, and neither were my guests. Will definitely go again during one of my future trips to LV.
This was just about the best meal we've ever had; the steak was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Our waiter was very polite and helpful. Expensive - yes, but well worth it.
Wonderful dining experience! I will definitely go back.
We've eaten at some extraordinary restaurants in Las Vegas, but this one was the most memorable: everything, from the service to the selections to the food and wine, was perfect. A must-go restaurant.
Craftsteak was a terrific place to celebrate our birthdays. We had the summer tasting menu which was lovely (too many fennely things though...) - the steak was perfect as were the scallops, majority of the sides as tasty. The dessert was mediocre however that was forgotten as the plates were beautifully decorated with birthday wishes! Definitely a place to go back to again. 'Wichcraft is on the list next!
Our company makes reservations at a number of steak houses everytime we travel. In most cases the food is good, but often heavy and pedestrian. Craftsteak was a HUGE break from the norm- Everything on the menu was delish. we enjoyed that the portions were not so big, that we were able to try everything. We all agree that Craftsteak is incredible, and plan on visintg again then ext time we have a meeting in Las Vegas. I strongy suggest ordering the lobster bisque- it was unbelievable. The filet and scallops were cooked to perfection, and the side dish of corn and bacon? To die for. Our experience was well worth every penny.
Food was excellent and I couldn't say better about the service. Expect to pay $200 to $300 for 2 people.
The entire experience here was incredible. The service was outstanding, but most of all, every item ordered was presented and cooked to perfection. We got the couples steak meal where we selected three salads, two steaks, and the chef prepared three desserts. I recommend the mozzarella salad starter, skirt steak, and all desserts were great. Didn't feel like I overpaid at all. Highly recommended.
Great Food and Atmosphere
Great food and service meals could have been served with a little more time in between dishes to digest more. Good size portions, too much for the 4 of us to finish. We did the Kobe tasting menu - chef's choice. Everything was great, except for the fact we were servied French Fries, I would expect better from a high end restaurant and one of the dessert's was maple bacon icecream - worst thing I have ever had!
Service was exceptional, atmosphere was edgy and comfy at the same time. All of the food was awesome, there wasn't anything I would not recommend and we had it all. Worth every penny, can't wait to go back!
Food and wine was out of this world. Great Job!
My wife and I renewed our vows and chose Craftsteak to celebrate. There were three of us and we all decided to go with the Chef's surf and turf tasting menu and we are glad we did. The food was exceptional! Each course had five dishes, so there was more than enough food. The Wagyu steak and lobster were unbelievable. It was a little expensive but we knew that going in to it so it was all good. We definitely feel that we got our money's worth as I can honestly say it was the best meal I have ever had. The service was great. We had two waiters and the sommelier was very nice and chose some great wine pairings with our meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant and we will definitely be returning.
The best part of this restaurant experience was the waitstaff were eceptionally good at not only recommending on the menu but there was always someone available to assist with all your dining needs. Great place and I would be happy to return.
This was probably THE best meal I have ever had. We chose the Chef's Waygu Menu. The chef was kind enough to accomodate my shellfish allergy when he selected our menu and served quail instead. The portions were much larger than I imagined for a chef's menu. Everything was cooked pefectly. I thought about the chocolate cake we were given for dessert for days afterward! The staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and the ambiance and decor were fabulous. It's not cheap, but it was worth every time I paid. We will absolutely come back and I would recommend it to anyone who truly enjoys fine food.
If you are considering eating a Craftsteak, you already know it isn't cheap. For your money though, you will get treated like a VIP. The service is above reproach and the food is even better than you expect it to be. Portions are realistic, not some speck in the middle of a plate if swirled sauces. The wines selection has something for everyone by the glass, bottle or half-bottle. The only negitive I can think of is having to hike through the MGM Grand to get there, but it just helps to work up an appetite. Everything I hoped for and more.
Our visit to Craftsteak was super.....deliscious food, fantastic ambience, excellent service. Next time we are in Vegas we will be back for sure!!!
Great food and ambiance!
From the service, to the pre-drinks, to the appetizers to the main course, thru to the dessert, finishing with after dinner drinks....we were in awe. The best preparation of meat ever, tastes I've never experienced. Costly, but strangly, I would be glad to pay again.
Service for a large group was extraordinary. Food and drinks were great. A little pricey, but overall, a super experience.
Overall a great experience. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice restaurant experience while in Vegas. Great food, great service and a great ambiance.
Steak was good sides were great
My wife and I ate here on her first trip to Vegas. We had the lobster bisque, the diver sea scallops and the NY strip. All were very good but I could not help but expect a little more from the bisque...esp. for $18/bowl. The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and the scallops were great. Finished off the meal with a martini. Overall a great visit.
It is nice restaurant with a good ambiance. Food quality was good, but be careful about wines..