Jean Georges Steakhouse combines the traditional American menu with the elegant twist. Proving the rule that everything is Vegas is bigger and better than average, this restaurant at the ARIA Las Vegas builds on the basics with bold flavors and the freshest seafood this side of the ocean.
Aria Las Vegas Steakhouse
Led by award-winner and expert chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this excellent choice among the Las Vegas restaurants is open daily for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m. nightly and continues until 10:30 p.m. Because the ARIA steakhouse is so popular, reservations are highly recommended no matter the number of people in your dining party. Reservations are accepted up to 15 people at once.
Steaks and Sides
An early evening menu is available for the first two hours—a perfect stop before enjoying other nightlife escapades. The service begins with a choice of salad or soup, none of which is ordinary. The Caesar salad is accented by the traditional Parmesan and lemon with the non-traditional taste of chili. The butternut squash soup features notes of ginger and basil. Next comes the choice of entrees—a filet mignon, New York-cut steak or salmon with sauteed potatoes, olives, and passion fruit.
The final choice is organic chicken crowned with three cheeses, artichokes, and lemon-pepper sauce. The dessert course has three choices: chocolate cake, New York cheesecake or a cranberry pastry with carrot meringue and orange granita. Expertly paired wines can be added for an additional fee—they’re worth every penny.
The Jean Georges Steakhouse menu offers a la carte service from 5 to 10:30, a rather typical for the Las Vegas dining scene, plus various prix fixe menus. The menu features the freshest fruits of the sea, including sushi, Alaskan king crab, and tuna tartare, served with soy-ginger dressing and avocado with puffed rice. The soup-and-salad course has five choices of tasty dishes, while the appetizer menu expands to seven choices. The grilled foie gras is accompanied by lime, ginger, and grapefruit. Side dishes run the gamut from the traditional steakhouse classics of baked potatoes and creamed spinach to roasted chanterelle mushrooms.
When it’s time for the main course, you’ll have your choice of seafood and meat dishes. The JG cheeseburger is a wonder to behold. This upscale burger is topped with brie cheese, yuzu pickles, and truffle mayonnaise. Because this is a top-notch steakhouse, you can expect to find traditional cuts on the menu. USDA prime beef is expertly prepared over a wood-fired grill—from the 10-ounce filet to the 24-ounce porterhouse. In between, there’s the 12-ounce New York Strip and 18-ounce porterhouse.
Veal and lamb chops also come from the grill, as does the hearty 26-ounce Australian tomahawk chop, made from the best-quality beef from Down Under. The grill items are served with your choice of hot sauce, Bearnaise, a soy-miso butter or the signature steak sauce.
Chilean Sea Bass
The tasting menu is a popular choice for those who prefer to let the chef do the work—this isn’t the same as leaving your night up to chance in the ARIA casino. The expertly chosen menu is charged per-person, regardless of the number of people at the table. The meal begins with caviar and Meyer lemon gelée with crème fraiche and dill. The rest of the menu unfolds with bacon-wrapped shrimp, Chilean sea bass and mushrooms with miso and yuzu pickles. The main dish is the filet mignon, accompanied by Parmesan squash and spinach. The cranberry bar has been chosen to crown the meal.
Whether you order the tasting menu or you pick the dishes, wine service is always an option.
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