A BIT ABOUT
THE GOLDEN STEER
THE GOLDEN STEER
MEET OUR LEGENDS
The Steer is filled with history and stories from the famous celebrities who dined there, and the signature red leather booths named in their honor from Frank Sinatra to Marilyn Monroe.
If you have ever seen the movie Casino most of the restaurant scenes were based on moments from the Golden Steer, a beloved hangout spot for the Mafioso back in the day.
Today, patrons dine at the Steer to experience fine dining at its most classic core – tuxedo servers, white tablecloths, Caesar salad tableside, flaming desserts, giant twice baked potatoes, and the most flavorful steak you’ve ever had. As one customer stated, “The Golden Steer feels like the soul of Las Vegas.”
Early Days of The Steer
In 1958, the New Frontier Hotel was located two blocks south of the Golden Steer Steakhouse on the famous Las Vegas Strip. The employees, stagehands, lounge acts and headliners of the hotel would flock to The Steer for the “Night Owl Specials,” wind-down beverages, and camaraderie. One of the headliners, a quiet, unassuming, good-looking singer, always came in to order the burger and fries, but with a soda instead of a beer. He performed only sixty-nine shows in the small theater at the New Frontier, his venue was soon cancelled.
Ten years later, that same headliner returned to perform in the two-thousand seat showroom at the International Hotel. He performed 629 shows to sold-out audiences. And like clockwork, he would always visit his old haunt, the Golden Steer Steakhouse.
The hamburger was no longer on the menu. Instead, the chefs in the back would hand-chop a sirloin steak to make into a hamburger. It was then served to the singer with his usual fries and a soda. This time, he was seated at a banquette named after him. The on the brass plaque as it appears today: ELVIS PRESLEY.
The Rat Pack At The Steer
Through the years, the Golden Steer Steakhouse gained legendary status, thanks especially to the loyal patronage of the Rat Pack. In the late 1960’s The Rat Pack, on their way to the Steer, would always have an extensive entourage in tow, fondly known as the Rat Pack Mascots: Angie Dickinson, Juliet Drowse, Buddy Greco, Shirley MacLaine, and comedian Corbett Monica, who frequently worked as the opening act for Frank Sinatra.
The Mob At The Steer
In the early days the Golden Steer Steakhouse was known as the hangout for some of Las Vegas’ more nefarious characters. It is no secret that the Founding Fathers of the casino and hotel industry in Las Vegas were connected to the Mafia. The Chicago Outfit’s enforcer, Tony Spilotro, had his own jewelry store called the Gold Rush, which was next door to the Golden Steer. He and his associates would routinely walk over from the shop to the restaurant for business meetings to speak with their lawyers. These regular gatherings led to the naming of one of the private rooms as “The Mob Room.” Tony Spilotro’s last dinner out was at the Steer 3 days before he was found dead, which spurred the nickname of “The Last Supper” for the Steer.
The Steer Today
When the Golden Steer Steakhouse opened in 1958, the menu was very much the same as it is today. The original menu, offered when the Steer first opened, remains on display in the memorabilia case in the lounge. There also wasn’t any wine list to boast of, as there is today.
Today the Golden Steer’s wine list has grown extensively. Proprietor Dr. Michael J. Signorelli is equally pleased with the culinary improvements the Steer has made over the years while never altering the menu or restaurant aesthetics, both of which have made this time-tested restaurant so popular with locals and visitors of Las Vegas.
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