Like other Vegas steakhouses, Old Homestead is dark. It’s also loud since the dining area opens up to the bar and a hallway within Caesars. And, like other steakhouses, you’ll find typical dishes like beef tartare, tuna tartare, French onion soup, oysters, salads, a few seafood dishes, sides that are a la carte, and of course a variety of beef options.
There’s nothing that really separates them from other steak places in town, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing since I happen to enjoy most of the steakhouses I’ve been to. One plus is they source their beef from Pat LaFrieda in NY (as does Gordon Ramsay’s new place). That counts for something.
The bread basket had a variety of items in it, the best was the bacon cheddar roll. The crab cake ($23) lacked jumbo lump meat and was formed with mostly body meat and backfin meat. It did, however, pack a little kick thanks to the roasted pepper aioli. The beef tartare ($22) could have used some of that to bolster its rather bland taste.
For entrees, we decided to split the bone-in filet ($69, 16oz.), which they brought out on separate plates. The char was excellent and it was as tender as expected. The side of crab legs ($27) ordered with the filet consisted of one leg and a large pile of crab meat on the side with some drawn butter and half a lemon. It didn’t look like much, but was plenty for the two of us. The roasted mushroom dish ($13) was also fabulous.
We still had room for dessert, so we opted for their carrot cake ($13). It was a large, traditional looking slice that could have fed four. The large chunks of walnuts in the cake added a nice contrast to the moist cake and mildly sweet (and creamy) icing. It was one of the better carrot cakes I’ve had in town and reason enough to return.
Prices are steep — again, just like any other Vegas Steakhouse. But if you have your Caesar’s/Harrah’s Total Rewards card you can get a dollar or two off of each dish. The biggest issue I have with the price is that it’s even more expensive than their New York restaurant. There’s really no good reason for everything being more expensive. The crab cake, for example, is $5 more in Vegas than New York.
Another gripe is the reservation system. Old Homestead isn’t on Open Table so you have to call their reservation line. The one listed on both the Old Homestead website and Caesar’s Palace website wasn’t working. I called numerous times over the course of an hour and the call would never go through. I had to call the hotel’s room reservation line and they gave me a different number to use which worked. As an added hassle, they ask for a credit card number when you place your reservation.
The place may not be original, but that doesn’t matter. Familiarity can be both comforting and satisfying and their dishes are just that — items you’ve probably seen and tasted a million times. But at least they execute most of them well.
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109