The Barrymore

Another excellent restaurant by the folks at Block 16 Hospitality. I finally made it to the Barrymore a few weeks ago before my Groupon expired. We were seated in the smaller of the two dining rooms shortly after arriving. It was a last minute decision because we realized the Groupon was going to expire the next day, so we had the kid in tow for an early (6ish) dinner.

We went with two soups to start. The French onion soup ($8.50) is traditional in appearance and as good as any other version we’ve tried in town. The vegetable curry soup with crab ($7) was a daily special not listed on the menu that was poured table side. The smooth and rich soup was loaded with a spiciness that was moderate in heat, yet bold enough to satisfy.

Normally, their lounge menu isn’t available in the main dining rooms, but they were kind enough to make an exception for our kid, who wanted their chicken fingers ($10). The order was larger than expected, with four substantial strips of lightly breaded chicken and a mound of crispy skinny fries.

After visiting all the other Block 16 spots, I’ve noticed that one of their most popular accompaniments to their dishes is their bacon marmalade. It can be found on their burgers at LBS and Holsteins and a few dishes at Public House. You can’t really blame them, though because it adds a sweet, smokey flavor to dishes like the short rib entree ($28) at the Barrymore. I prefer the short rib dish at Public House, but the one here still has a mouthwatering, savoriness to it. Although it could have been larger and more tender.

On the other hand, the pan roasted Muscovy duck breast ($24) was a generous hunk of meat, cooked medium, with a slightly crispy skin. The creamy polenta and cherry-foie gras jus intensified the richness of the dish, making it easy for me to wipe the plate clean.

We split a side of the cream corn and lobster with bacon ($11). My wife liked it but I wasn’t a huge fan. Their bread basket was filled with four or five varieties. The bacon roll was clearly my favorite.

The drinks were excellent and reasonably priced (at least by Strip standards). The Spring Buzz ($13, Hanger One Maine wild blueberry, Kubler absinthe ginger beer, fresh lemon, berry syrup) was good and strong. The Au Bon Climat pinot noir and Lyeth meritage were good accompaniments to our dishes. If you’re looking for bottles, their list includes 50 under $50.

The service was solid and surprisingly, we saw two or three other parties with kids. The staff didn’t seem to mind and made us feel welcome. Although maybe the smaller dining area is where they stick all the people ballsy enough to bring their offspring?

Minus the Groupon, the total for dinner was around $150. It may not be as good as many of the top Strip restaurants, but it is a good value in a unique setting that’s close enough (or far enough) to the Strip to attract both tourists and locals alike. Great for dates or just for hanging out with friends, the trendy atmosphere fits the style of the recently renovated Royal House boutique hotel. It’s an eclectic mix of design patterns and motifs that’s refreshing compared to the over-the-top styles of many Strip hotels.

4 Stars

99 Convention Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 407-5303

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