Compared to other steak houses I’ve visited in Las Vegas, Stripsteak is middle-of-the-road. If I’m going to spend a lot of money I’d rather dine at Carnevino, Cut, or Delmonico. If I want a decent steak at a more affordable price, I’d go to Twin Creeks.

My wife and I arrived early — about half an hour before our reservation. The hostess still seated us promptly at a small circular two-top, but in the back of the lounge, in between the bar and the main dining area. It was very comfy — her on a long bench with big cushions, me in an oversized chair — but not ideal for eating a meal because of how low the chairs are in relation to the table. Add to that the deafening sound of all the lounge chatter and music and it was difficult to have a conversation.

The food wasn’t bad at all. As a matter of fact, some of it was great. But, I think there’s better value to be had elsewhere.

To start you off, they bring out a complimentary trio of fries (Old Bay flavored, Garlic herb, and truffle oil). All were some of the best fries I’ve had, with the garlic herb being my favorite. They were perfectly crispy, light, and addictive. We had to force each other to stop eating them and save room for the rest of our food.

Sweet onion soup ($17) – morels, parmesan crouton. Excellent depth in flavors, earthy and delicious mushrooms.

Main lobster fritters ($20) – bacon-wrapped fritters. Three per order. The lobster flavor was masked by the oiliness and saltiness of the dish. But the crispness and coolness of the lettuce wrap was a nice compliment. Not worth getting again.

//Entree and sides//
10 oz. filet ($56). They were nice enough to split it for us since we wanted to share. Ordered it medium rare, but it came out closer to rare. Tender and savory, but not nearly as good as the filet at Carnevino.

Two sides of king crab ($24 ea.). Each order contained two meaty crab legs with lemon. Served cold, it could have benefitted from some drawn butter.

Shallot potato cakes ($9) – scallion creme fraiche. Three cakes. Perfectly crispy, great flavor… kinda like the greatest hash browns you’ll ever have.

English peas ($14) – shaved fennel, pancetta. Peas are peas, nothing extraordinary, but the pancetta added a good bit of savoriness and salitness.

Overall, the food was pretty good, service not very attentive, the sommelier suggested a wine we weren’t crazy about, seating was comfy but not functional, and it was too loud to carry a conversation. Oh, and I forgot pricey. But we did have a $50 gift card that helped mitigate the damage.

3.5 Stars

Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-7414

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