A classic returns: Welcoming old standards at a new steakhouse

After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography
After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography

Jon Bon Jovi was on hand to make the opening toast when Smith & Wollensky opened its new Las Vegas Strip restaurant on May 10. That ended the steakhouse’s two-year absence from Las Vegas, when it closed its free-standing Las Vegas Boulevard location after more than 18 years.

During the previous dining spot’s final week, company CEO Michael Feighery, who helped open the restaurant, lamented the difficulty of operating outside of casino environs, and vowed to return to Las Vegas. “We love the idea of going into a casino,” he said at the time.

So it wasn’t surprising when the company announced last year that it had found a new home in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. What might turn a few heads, however, is the complete renovation undertaken at the space, which formerly housed Italian restaurant Zefferino.

The restaurant’s new location is approximately 15,000 square feet and seats 360 in its upstairs dining area, which overlooks the resort’s canal. That space includes three private dining rooms, including one suspended above the bar and lounge, which seats an additional 80 to 120 customers. Drinks still feature generous hand-pours, and top cuts of beef on display in an on-site aging room.

The menu is heavy on classics, from split pea soup and Wollensky Salad to filets wrapped in bacon, rubbed in coffee and cocoa, or crusted in gorgonzola. Those looking for something a bit more avant-garde can get their steak brushed with uni (sea urchin) butter. smithandwollensky.com

Luxury is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian.
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