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Tender at Luxor: Seeking suggestions

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by M_ILIS, Aug 16, 2013.

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  1. M_ILIS

    M_ILIS High-Roller

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    My wife and I will be using a $150 MyVegas comp at Tender in a little more than a week. I just found their menu on OpenTable.com, and now I'm realizing I might have underestimated the restaurant a bit. Pleasantly surprised to see several options in the categories of filets, strip steaks and rib eyes.

    From an initial glance, I think I'm leaning toward the 16 oz., bone-in dry aged Kansas City Strip, but curious if anyone has any specific suggestions. I love rib eyes, but the best steak I've ever had was a (NY) Strip, and I've been searching for another like it ever since. There's also a 14 oz. range-fed New York Strip from a New Zealand meat company on the menu.

    For those who have been to Tender, are there any standouts on salads/apps/sides/desserts? Anyone try a cheese plate? Best/most romantic places to sit?

    Thanks for any info you can offer.
     
  2. volfaninbama

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    We had the cheese plate and it was very good. I had the porterhouse and it was excellent. The forbidden rice was very good and something I had not seen offered before. I think you will enjoy the meal I know we did.
     
  3. KellyLovesVegas

    KellyLovesVegas certified personal trainer/retired space nerd

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    The best place to sit is at a table behind the drapes. Second best would be in one of the semi-circular banquettes along the back wall. (The last time we had dinner there was late March 2012, so the floor plan have changed.)
    Enjoy!
     
  4. Kickin

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    My gf got this same award and I had the bison ribeye which was very good. We ordered standard sides like mashed potatoes and asparagus which were fine. We started with the mezza which I wouldn't recommend, it was fine but nothing great. The cheese selections or charcuterie would've been a better choice. They make nice strong cocktails as well.

    I agree with Kelly on the seating. Don't know about the drapes but we sat in a semi-circle booth which is what I usually go for if a restaurant has them and it was very comfortable and private.
     
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    The steak i had tried that my gf ordered was very good, i believe it was a ny strip. I had "kobe" beef and lobster burgers or something like that. the night before i had some short rib type of dish which was good, but i'd go with a regular steak next time. My biggest suggestion would be the cream of mushroom soup. Best i've ever had by a landslide. Tender seems to be forgotten or at least underrated when it comes to steak places in LV, but besides my own experience, i've only heard good things about it.

    Go with the kansas city strip if you're unsure. Not every place has that on the menu.
     
  6. KellyLovesVegas

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    +1. The food quality at Tender is underrated. And IIRC, they have a fairly decent wine list.
     
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    I also agree this place is underrated. Had the MyVegas voucher and ate here 2 days after eating at Gordon Ramsay Steak and thought it was wayyyy better than Gordon Ramsay's. I had the 20oz Bone In Ribeye and Tender's Ribeye was the second best steak I've ever had (only one better was at Delmonico). We did the soup trio with mushroom soup, lobster bisque, and chili which we enjoyed them all. Fiance had the pot roast which she said was the best she's ever had but only ate about half because the gravy was too rich and after a while became too much. We had the braised lobster which was also amazing. Downside was the sides, they just weren't that great. We had the truffle mac and cheese along with green bean casserole. I see you got 3 days til your trip, ENJOY!
     
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this place as well. Enough that I'd be willing to go back despite the horrible ambiance there due to the music and proximity to the casino floor. My girlfriend had the A5 Kobe, which was simply amazing. It was actually quite filling despite its size due to the richness of the fat. I had the bison osso buco, which was excellent. The girlfriend couldn't stop stealing the mashed potatoes, and I loved the marrow. We also had a bison carpaccio, which was good, but they need to go lighter on the greens. We had to push them aside because they were overpowering the meat (maybe they were trying to hide the gamey flavor of the bison?). The lobster risotto was also exceptional. I'm a huge fan of risotto the girlfriend tries to avoid it but she kept going back for more on this one!
     
  9. heatherlovesvegas

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    I went in July and it was great! Not FANTASTIC, but a good and way better than I expected, solid steak dinner. I also had the $150 voucher.

    I'd say sit in the back, not facing the casino, we had a nice booth.

    I got a filet and my Mom got a lobster, we shared some side dishes. Filet was good, I don't remember much about it. The "sauteed exotic organic mushrooms" were delicious!! Best thing we had. We also had the lyonnaise potatoes. Those were ok, probably wouldn't get those again.

    I had a special heirloom and tomato salad it was delicious, not sure if they always have that though...

    For a steak, lobster, 2 salads and 2 sides, and 1 soda my meal came to almost $150 exactly. Just left the tip. Good deal! The same meal would of been twice as much as Stripsteak next door.
     
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    I was there in April and had the Bison Ribeye which was a little smaller than my wife's regular Ribeye, so I ate half of hers. Both were very good.

    The Kobe chili as an appetizer was just awesome. Next time I go to Luxor to play I plan on swinging by tender just to get a chili to go.
     
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    They have a wild game tasting plate composed of venison, antelope and wild boar. I read in article about in some time last year in a magazine and have wanted to try it. However, the fact is at Luxor has sort of put me off. If it was at Wynn or bellagio, I would have gone. Same reason I never went to that Circus Circus steakhouse. Just not locations that scream high end steakhouse. I bet both are actually really good. I'm gonna reconsider.
     
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    The wild game sampler is excellent, that from a life long hunter who has actually cooked all those game meats before, the prep is done very well and the Antelope Osso Bucco was outstanding which trust me from a personal experience is not simply done. Tender is our yearly Christmas meal and they have nevr disappointed in the least on any dish. I am a big fan of the aforementioned Bison Ribeye but the rest of the steak I have had there have all been done wonderfully, better than Stripsteak has ever done at twice the cost. For an appetizer I would suggest, if you are a fan of such, the Charcuterie tray combined with the cheese tasting, but do bring an appetite as that combo is enough we had it along with a few drinks in the lounge back in May. BUT the Kobe carpaccio is outstanding as well for a lighter fare.
     
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