Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations at Oscar’s 2018

12 thanksgiving group sales This Thanksgiving, let us do the cooking so you can sit back and relax with your family and friends. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to do any of the cooking and cleanup? Thanksgiving should be time spent around the table as a family, sharing stories and laughs. That’s why we would love the opportunity to cook for your family. We understand how special eating a hand prepared thanksgiving feast is, that’s why we’re only using the finest ingredients to deliver a meal your mother would be proud of. This year, make Thanksgiving Dinner reservations at Oscar’s Steakhouse. Bring your family and enjoy a special four course dinner prepared by our Chef Jeffrey Martell C.E.C., where he prepares some of Oscar Goodman’s favorite recipes and the best steaks in Downtown Las Vegas.

Best Thanksgiving Dinner in Las Vegas

Our special four course Thanksgiving Dinner includes light festive salads, creamy rich desserts, and roasted turkey. It starts with a Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad topped with walnuts, red onion, gorgonzola blue cheese, arugula, and balsamic dressing. The second course will consist of a Butternut Squash soup, incorporating one of fall’s most beloved flavors. For the main course, Oscar’s will be serving up a perfectly roasted turkey with dressing, baby vegetables, corn brûlée mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy. This unique combination of flavors will make this Thanksgiving a feast you’ll never forget. For dessert, Pumpkin White Chocolate Cheesecake with Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream. That was a mouthful…of delicious pumpkin inspired treats. 4 thanksgiving oscar's

After Thanksgiving Dinner

After you’re meal, we’ll get the dishes, so your family can head straight into Black Friday and score some great deals on gifts. Make it a game and try and keep each other guessing. Thanksgiving is more than a meal, it’s time shared shopping, watching, playing, listening, or doing anything you enjoy doing as a family. Oscar’s and the Plaza Hotel & Casino are steps away from the Fremont Street Experience and minutes from Downtown Las Vegas attractions (check out our blog 20 awesome things to do in Downtown Las Vegas).
    • SlotZilla
    • Container Park
  • And more await you
To make a reservation, call us now.

The Mob Museum and Oscars Give You A Deal You Can’t Refuse

Crime Lab at the Mob Museum It’s no secret that Las Vegas has strong ties to the mob that started around the 1950s. Originally, most of the casinos on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas were owned by the mob and organized crime was rampant throughout the city. The Mob Museum, or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opened its doors to downtown Vegas in 2012 and is one of the most popular attractions in the downtown area. The museum is an interactive journey through the history of the mob and organized crime as well as the history of Las Vegas and how the city’s roots are connected to the mob. Located in the old federal courthouse, the crown jewel of the museum is the second-floor courtroom where one of the Kefauver Committee hearings was held in the 1950s to expose organized crime. That courtroom now serves as part of the museum and plays a short film detailing the hearings and how they impacted the country.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

oscars steakhouse stock Just down the street from the museum is one of Las Vegas’ best restaurants, Oscar’s Steakhouse, named for Mayor Oscar Goodman himself. Before becoming mayor of Las Vegas, Goodman worked as a defense attorney and defended many clients that are featured in the mob museum that were accused of organized crime such as Meyer Lansky and Frank Rosenthal. Mayor Goodman has often been referred to as the city’s most popular mayor and served for the maximum amount of terms that a mayor can serve in Las Vegas. Named after Mayor Goodman, Oscar’s Steakhouse features perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill. The steakhouse overlooks downtown Las Vegas from its vantage point at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. In addition to the Mob Museum, a visit to Oscar’s is a must do when visiting downtown Las Vegas. Luckily, the two have teamed up to give you an offer you can’t refuse. You can get tickets to the Mob Museum and a three-course prix fixe meal at Oscar’s with a cocktail in one all-inclusive package which costs $99 per person. If you’re looking for a perfect night in downtown Vegas this is the best deal for you. Due to its popularity, we do encourage you to call ahead and make reservations at Oscar’s Steakhouse even if you’ve purchased a package. Book Your Package Now We hope to see you soon!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day At A Vegas Icon

Valentine’s Day is the one day a year we genuinely get to celebrate love and enjoy time with that special someone, even if that special someone is yourself! oscars-steakhouse-6-oz-filet-mignon-and-lobster-tail-valentines-day If you’re trying to impress someone, the best way to make a good impression is to wine and dine them with a delicious meal. There’s no shortage of excellent restaurants in Las Vegas, and you can find cuisine from all around the world, but when it comes to a romantic dinner for two nothing beats the iconic Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Located in the Plaza, Oscar’s Steakhouse overlooks Fremont Street with astounding views of the lights in downtown Vegas. The steakhouse is known for perfectly aged steaks that are cooked over a 600-degree grill. Entrees and appetizers are all inspired by family recipes so you’ll feel like you’re eating a delicious home-cooked meal in an elegant setting. Also, did we mention Oscar’s Steakhouse was voted Best of Las Vegas? Best of Las Vegas Awards 2018 for Oscars Steakhouse   On Valentine’s Day, Oscar’s Steakhouse offers a special three-course menu which includes something for everyone and comes with an optional wine pairing for each course. The meal starts with your choice of a beet salad or tuna tartare, which can be paired with a glass of Nuschese or Pinot Grigio. For the second course, you can choose between pan-seared scallops or 6oz filet mignon and lobster tail. The pan-seared scallops are prepared with cauliflower and black truffle risotto, while the 6oz filet mignon and lobster tail is served with potato puree and haricot verts. To finish off the meal with a romantic touch, Oscar’s is serving a mouthwatering trio of chocolate mousse with a chocolate covered strawberry is served with Moscato. View Valentine’s Menu This three-course meal is $70 per person or $103 per person including food and wine. Oscar’s is Vegas’ favorite spot for Valentine’s Day, so it is highly recommended to make reservations by calling 702-386-7227 or make your Valentine’s Day Reservation online. We hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with love and delicious food!

The Plaza Ranked First Place for Best of Las Vegas

The best of vegas Las Vegas is a big beautiful city where people come to dream and play. The casino lights and glamour of the city are dazzling to locals and visitors alike and the splendor of the city can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be hard to decide what is worth your time and what isn’t, especially if you’re on a short vacation to Las Vegas. There’s so much to do here and even living here it’s nearly impossible to do it all. Luckily, The Best of Las Vegas has dedicated the time and effort to searching the city for the best places to go for many different categories, so you won’t have to waste your time researching or guessing where the Vegas hot spots are. It’s no surprise that the iconic Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas came out on the top in several categories. The Plaza was voted first place in 2017 for:
  • Best Bingo in Las Vegas
  • Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas for our steakhouse, Oscar’s
  • Best Pool in Downtown
  • Best Slots in Downtown
  • Best Hotel in Downtown
Plaza also took second place for Downtown Table Games. This means that the Plaza can be your ultimate destination for a great time in Vegas.

What Is Best of Las Vegas?

The 2017 Best of Las Vegas, invites, engages and allows their audience to vote for their favorite businesses in multiple categories, 290 to be exact. The winners are decided by locals and tourists in several categories including, things to do, places to go, and more. The Best of Las Vegas relies on their audience to supply them with the name of outstanding businesses and recognizes those winners every year in their annual Best of Las Vegas awards. Winners are announced in Mid-November and all winners are honored in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s special section publishing the Best of Las Vegas.

How to have The Best of Las Vegas in one day?

To have a perfect day at The Plaza you can check in and spend some time by our rooftop pool. When you’re done relaxing by the pool you can try your luck at bingo, slots, or one of the many table games. Then go out and explore the Fremont Street Experience and cultural district of downtown Las Vegas. After your adventure, come back and have an excellent dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse then end the night with a great night’s sleep in one of the many comfortable hotel rooms that The Plaza has to offer. In a city as great as Las Vegas, it’s easy to find many places to have fun and relax. There is no shortage for a good time in the city and you’ll always be able to find something to do, see, eat, or drink. But, why settle for good when you can stay with the best?

Voting is now open for 2018

We are excited to have won Best of Las Vegas 2017 and honored to be nominated again for 2018! Now we need your continued support to help us win the categories got nominated for this year. VOTE TODAY

How to Have a Great Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Dinner

Mother’s Day is the one time of year we get to truly say thank you to our moms and show them how much they mean to us. Our mothers have done so much for us. They’ve done our laundry, made our beds, tucked us in at night, and always made sure that we didn’t go hungry. Show your mom how special she is this Mother’s Day by planning out the whole day full of surprises for her.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Moms rarely get to sleep in late, so let her sleep in and treat her to breakfast in bed. You can serve up a traditional breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes with coffee and orange juice. She’ll love the gesture and enjoy the opportunity to stay in bed. This is also the perfect time to present her with a Mother’s Day card filled with words of your love and gratitude for her.

A Little Bit of Pampering

All moms deserve a little extra tender loving care. Take your mom to get her nails and hair done, get a massage, or for a spa day. She deserves the opportunity to relax and will appreciate being pampered. Most moms don’t get enough self-care, so remind her that she is important and needs to take some time for herself.

Something Fun

After she’s feeling refreshed from her pampering, take mom out for a little bit of fun. This can be shopping, a walk in the park, a movie, or even going to a nice museum. Whatever you think your mom will enjoy. Remember that the day is about her to take her and do something she’ll love.

There are plenty of options to choose from in Downtown Las Vegas. The Container Park is a great destination for shopping and walking around. You can check out The Mob Museum or the Neon Museum to take in the history of Las Vegas. If your mom enjoys the pool, take her to the rooftop pool at The Plaza for some fun in the sun.

Mother’s Day Dinner

Give back to your mom this Mother’s Day by treating her to a lovely night out with some delicious food. Every mother knows that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, which is why we’re serving up a special Mother’s Day dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

Say “thank you” to mom by taking her out for a delightful meal surrounded by the people she loves the most. Moms are always cooking up wonderful meals for family and friends, but on Mother’s Day, you can tell her that we’ll handle the cooking at Oscar’s.

We’ve put together a special menu with a luxurious meal just for mom. The meal starts with her choice of Tomato and Burrata salad or Truffle Risotto and for the entrée special she’ll be served Crispy Branzino.

No matter how you end up celebrating the day, remember to give mom your love and remind her that you’re thankful for all she’s done for you.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Downtown Las Vegas

There is nothing like ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones. In fact, Downtown Las Vegas is showcasing a number of NYE2017 events and parties for the entire family. As the epicenter of global entertainment, the City of Lights will feature a myriad of social functions guaranteed to keep you and yours dancing all night long. From champagne celebrations and fireworks to the hottest bands and entertainers. With an array of amazing celebrations for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here are our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve festivities happening in Downtown Las Vegas.

Party on the Plaza

oscars steak house downtown las vegas Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza will host a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party for one and all. Enjoy the hottest dance tracks and pop music spun to perfection by live DJs in the Lounge. This fun-filled event will feature all night appetizers, midnight Champagne toast, party favors, and stunning performances by Frankie Scinta. There will also be a spectacular fireworks show emanating from the towers of the Plaza. Tickets are only $49 per person and the party goes on till 2 a.m.! From locals to tourists and guests, Party on the Plaza will leave you with NYE memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Fremont Street Experience

fremont street experience during new years eve The Fremont Street Experience is truly a NYE party like no other! Just a stones throw from the world-renowned Plaza Hotel, “America’s Party Downtown” will feature 15 bands on three stages. Dance and sing with over 25,000 party goers and usher in the New Year with Mayor Carolyn Goodman. What can you expect to find at this year’s New Years Eve celebration?This open-air extravaganza will also showcase a spectacular laser light show, and the premiere of “Green Day – Revolution Vegas”. With ample parking and plenty of space to party and celebrate, nothing speaks Downtown Las Vegas better than the Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Jam!
  • Immersive, next generation laser light show spectacular from the producers of the Super Bowl, EDC and Life is Beautiful festivals.
  • See the premiere of the new Viva Vision light show show, “Green Day – Revolution Vegas”
  • Fly into the New Year on the SlotZilla Zoomline.
With ample parking and plenty of space to party and celebrate, nothing speaks Downtown Las Vegas better than the Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Jam!
 

America’s Party on the Las Vegas Strip

This year, seven casinos will be letting off rooftop fireworks at midnight. The dazzling eight-minute display will be choreographed to music. For the best view, head to the upper levels of any downtown parking garage. You will be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks while avoiding the massive crowds on the Strip. Remember, the Strip is closed to vehicular traffic on NYE at around 5:00 p.m., so you’ll want to arrive at your downtown destination before then.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Vegas with Kids

If you’re seeking a family-friendly, all-ages celebration in Vegas, there are several options available. At Sunset Station, youngsters can have a great time playing arcade games or bowling before ringing in the New Year. Another option is the group of libraries in the Clark County District, which have celebrations from 11 a.m. to noon that are fun and appropriate for all ages.

Backstage Bar and Billiards

Backstage Bar and Billiards will feature a live performance by XEB that simply cannot be missed! The band features the ex-original members of Third Eye Blind – Kevin Cadogan, Arion Salazar, Adrian Burley, and Tony Fredianelli. From classic rock to the latest in synth-wave and dance, the Backstage Bar will ring in the New Year with pulsating beats and heart-pounding numbers. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 the day of the event. There is ample parking on Fremont Street, and all patrons will receive free posters and get to meet the band in person. Be ready for a number of NYE surprises that night as well!

Tips for Making the Most of New Year’s Eve

Before heading to any of the NYE celebrations happening in Vegas, fuel up with a light meal at one of the Plaza’s restaurants such as Oscar’s Steakhouse or Pop Up Pizza. Dressing for the weather is crucial when it comes to comfort; it’s hard to have a good time if you’re too cold or too warm. Because Vegas winters can range from mild to frosty, layered apparel is recommended. To keep your celebration stress-free, arrive at your New Year’s Eve destination a little early. Last but not least, have fun! Lastly, plan in advance and enjoy reasonable hotel room rates at Plaza while staying in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

The Plaza Presents “One Epic Night”

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is renowned for delivering affordable luxury and a variety of gambling and dining opportunities. Yet, one of the best attributes of this classic downtown Vegas hotel is the creativity inherent to its live entertainment offerings. The newest show at the Plaza, One Epic Night, is virtually unlike any other show in Las Vegas. Prepare to be amazed! plaza-one-epic-night-cast Debuting on August 29th and set to run until January 4, 2017, visitors have just four months in which to witness the live performances and carefully executed feats of skill that are the hallmark of One Epic Night. The show features headliners plucked from the latest television-based talent shows like “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” “Masters of Illusion,” and more. This limited engagement show is produced by Frank DiMaggio and Nick Padgett of entertainment group American Dream Concerts and is delivered in association with Bonkerz Comedy Productions. What’s better is the entire show is backed up by an incredible live band comprised of several nationally known artists such as Michael T. Ross, Stet Howland, and Brent Muscat. While the band guarantees a good time, so do the performers, which include:
  •  James Durbin, singer, and guitarist who finished in the top four on the 10th season of American Idol
  • Will Champlin, singer who placed third on season five of The Voice
  • Megan Ruger, a popular contestant from season six of The Voice and season 10 of American Idol
  • Jarrett and Raja, known as “The Magic and Piano Guys” who delivered their own brand of magic and music on shows like America’s Got Talent, Masters of Illusion, and Shark Tank.
… and more! You’ll be blown away by the talent gathered on one stage, and the 70-minute show is appropriate for all ages. It is presently running from Saturday through Wednesday of each week in the Plaza showroom. A special “dinner and a show” package is available that includes a preferred seating ticket to One Epic Night, as well as a three-course Prix fix dinner at the legendary Oscar’s Steakhouse. The rotating cast of standout performers will delight and entertain. Watch as you, your guests, and the entire crowd erupts in laughter as the impressionists, comedians, and other performers transport you away from the hustle of the casino floor to a showcase of quick-witted, incredible talent. All scheduled entertainers are uniquely suited to this type of fast-paced program. The intimate setting, stellar band, and rotating cast members will have you singing along in no time. To get tickets for One Epic Night, the show that is truly for everyone, visit the Plaza Hotel and Casino’s entertainment page, where you’ll find this show, as well as several other entertainment opportunities. Or, call the Casino Box Office at 702-386-2507. Ticket prices begin at $59.95 for general admission with meet and greet ticketing available.

Highlight: Oscar’s Dinner Series at Plaza

oscar goodman oscar's dinner series plaza Located in the spectacular dome of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, Oscar’s Steakhouse exudes old Vegas swagger and charm. Join the Rat Pack just for the evening and surround yourself with the ambiance of Vegas’ glory days. Oscar’s promises Beef, Booze, and Broads and fully delivers on each of these promises. The true highlight of the restaurant, however, is the Oscar Dinner Series – a quarterly dinner series with the founder, Oscar B. Goodman. Through its Oscar Dinner Series, guests can enjoy a gourmet three-course meal while Goodman shares his experiences and Vegas’ interesting history. Although each dinner focuses on a certain subject, Goodman talks about whatever comes into his head – no script, notes, or filter. You’re sure to have an entirely unique experience when you attend an Oscar Dinner. So, head over to Oscar’s for dinner and relive Vegas’ glory days from a living legend himself.

The Man Behind It All

Before opening Oscar’s, Goodman had a colorful career as an actor, spokesman, mob attorney, and three-term mayor of Las Vegas. His criminal defense past, however, played a significant influence in the creation of the Oscar Dinner Series. As a mob attorney, Goodman represented high-profile mob clients, including Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, and Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro. Many of his stories at Oscar Dinners come from his encounters with these notorious mobsters. Just as colorful and charismatic as his personality, Goodman’s stories are definitely the highlight of each Oscar Dinner. Having worked with some of the most infamous criminals in Vegas, Goodman creates a whole new dining experience with his stories. During the Oscar Dinner Series, guests will truly feel like they’ve been transported back to the old Vegas, circa the 1970s.

Mobsters and Steaks

The inspiration for the Oscar Dinner Series comes from Jonathan Jossel, CEO of PlayLV, wanting to share Goodman’s eclectic background to the public. “We just thought this would be a great way to tell his stories, which are always entertaining,” Jossel said. With his colorful past, Goodman offers an interesting look into Vegas’ history and how far it’s come. The Oscar Dinner Series almost always sells out and attracts a variety of unique individuals. These usually include politicians, lawyers, FBI agents, IRS agents, business owners, and some of Vegas’ most eccentric characters. With the wide popularity of these events, Goodman and Jossel have no plan to stop the Oscar Dinner Series anytime soon.

Reserve Your Seat Today

The next dinner is on June 15th at 6:30 pm, at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. At the upcoming dinner, Goodman will speak about “Lying Cops & Dirty Prosecutors”. For the dinner menu, guests can start with a Caesar salad or Oscar’s Chopped Salad. Entrée selections include a veal chop with sweet onions; halibut with saffron cream and rainbow chard; a signature New York Strip with fingerling potatoes and baby vegetables; or roasted chicken with artichokes and natural jus. Desserts include chocolate marquee or triple layer mousse. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP and pre-payment of $150 are required. To RSVP or for more information, please call (702) 386-7227 or email RSVP@playlv.com.

5 Places to Grab a Quick, Cheap Bite in Downtown Vegas

When you’re on the go in downtown Las Vegas, it helps to know the best places to grab a bite to eat if you’re feeling those hunger pangs. Thanks to the following affordable establishments, dining on the run in Downtown Vegas is convenient, yet still delicious.

Pop Up Pizza

Is there anything better than pizza for satisfying your hunger quickly?  You don’t even have to leave the Plaza to enjoy incredible pizza — just head to Pop Up Pizza at the south end of the casino floor. Here, you’ll find a wide array of pizza choices including vegan options.
 

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All of the gourmet pizzas at Pop Up Pizza are crafted from the freshest, finest ingredients for premium quality at a reasonable price.

Viva Las Arepas

For authentic Venezuelan flavor, visit Viva Las Arepas. This restaurant offers a twist on fast food — with menu choices ranging from Wood Fire Shredded Chicken Arepas to Fried Yucca Root. Open seven days a week; Viva Las Arepas also has unique beverage selections like fresh fruit coolers in mango and passion fruit flavors.

Earl of Sandwich

Another favorite sandwich shop in Downtown Las Vegas is Earl of Sandwich. This establishment’s affordable menu features sandwiches such as the Chipotle Chicken Avocado and the Tuna Melt. Earl of Sandwich is open 24 hours and has free Wi-Fi.

The Goodwich

A well-made sandwich, like those at The Goodwich, is the perfect antidote to hunger. This DTLV sandwich shop has an extensive menu of creative sandwiches, including one called Fun Guy — featuring roasted mushrooms, fried onion, and sweet garlic fondue.
 

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In the mood for something a bit more old-school? Try the Grilled Cheese, Fried Egg, or Bologna sandwich.

Tacos El Gordo

In the mood for something spicy? Head to Tacos El Gordo, a chain Mexican restaurant that serves up delicious food at affordable prices. Locals love the Carne Asada, although the extensive menu has plenty of other selections from which to choose. Be sure to try the topped fries, a delicious treat loaded with succulent meats and cheeses. For a large appetite, there’s the Mula — featuring two tortillas stuffed with savory fillings. Downtown Las Vegas is one of the best areas in town for affordable, delicious food offerings. After enjoying these convenient food offerings, head back to the Plaza where you can catch an exciting show or try your luck on the casino floor.

Top Steakhouses in Downtown Las Vegas

There’s just something romantic about a quality meal enjoyed in a refined setting. Luckily for you and your sweetheart, Las Vegas has some of the finest steakhouses found anywhere — especially in the dazzling downtown area. Consider these great steakhouses in Downtown Las Vegas when making your dinner reservations.

Oscar’s

You don’t have to travel far from the comfort of your Plaza hotel room for an extraordinary meal and impeccable service. Head to Oscar’s, a steakhouse opened by Vegas icon and former Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. Start your Oscar’s experience with an appetizer like Steak Tartare A’La Meyer or Sal’s Shrimp Cocktail — paired with a selection from the extensive wine list. For entrees, there’s something on the dinner menu to please every palate, with items such as Joey C’s Filet Mignon and Citrus Crusted Halibut. Dining at Oscar’s steakhouse is an unparalleled culinary experience, which you’ll want to top off with a delectable dessert like tiramisu or crème brulee.

Hugo’s Cellar

Every lady who visits this romantic restaurant is presented with a rose, and that’s not all. When you visit Hugo’s Cellar, prepare for special touches like sorbet between courses and chocolate-covered strawberries brought to your table. Appetizers here include jumbo shrimp cocktail, seafood on ice for two, and escargot en croute. When it comes to steaks, you’ll find charbroiled Black Angus cuts including rib-eye, prime rib, and New York strip. Sweet indulgences that complete your meal include cherries jubilee and bananas foster for two.

Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

Surf and turf is just one possibility when you choose to dine at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse on Fremont Street. Start your meal with an appetizer of fresh raw oysters on the half-shell, or try the artisan cheese plate. Seared foie gras and maple glazed quail are two other options to consider. When it comes to entrees, you can’t beat a juicy steak like the filet mignon or prime rib-eye. For a light bite, this restaurant also has an array of gourmet salads from which to choose.

Chart House

This charming steakhouse at the Golden Nugget offers delicious American fare and elegant décor. Start things off with a charcuterie and cheese platter, featuring a tempting selection of cured meats and gourmet cheeses. When it comes to steak, filet mignon, and prime rib are just two available options. If you’ve got room for dessert, try the Chart House Soufflé, which is made with Grand Marnier and comes with chocolate, raspberry, or cream Anglaise. No matter where you choose to dine in Downtown Vegas, you’ll find no shortage of fantastic steaks, seafood, desserts, and beverages. After dinner, enjoy a show at the Plaza or head to the Plaza casino floor for fun and excitement. Of course, if you’re too stuffed for revelry, head back to your Plaza hotel room to relax in comfort and style.

6 Great Coffee Shops in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas has it all — glitzy casinos, incredible shopping and dining, and an array of excellent coffee shops. Fuel up for your Vegas adventure with a cup of java at one of these downtown hotspots:

Coffee Bar

Located inside the Plaza Hotel is Coffee Bar — a warm and welcoming cafe famous for its amazing gelato and a tempting array of coffee drinks. Enjoy a Latte, Chai Tea, or Americano coffee. Also, on the menu is Cappuccino, Cafe Moka, and much more. In the mood for an intense jolt? Coffe Bar also sells single and double Italian-style espresso shots with soy milk and flavor shot additions available.

The Beat

The Beat is a coffee house that also serves as a restaurant, vinyl record shop, and performing arts venue. Despite the fact that beer and wine are also served here, this establishment is open to all ages — all the time. Choose from coffee choices like traditional drip-style, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and more. If you’re hungry, The Beat also serves breakfast, soup, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers.

Makers & Finders

This urban coffee bar is a local favorite for its uplifting atmosphere, Latin cuisine, and last but not least — its coffee. Select your favorite brew from five single origin bean choices, then customize your coffee with tempting house-made flavor syrups. Coffee is brewed seven different ways at Makers & Finders — no matter how you like your java prepared, this unique establishment is sure to please.

PublicUs

Vegas locals and visitors alike love PublicUs for its friendly staff, breakfast dishes, and an array of coffee drinks. Whether you take your brew hot or iced, black or sweetened, you’ll find an ideal beverage. Consider the Shaken Almond Latte, which is available hot or iced. This cafe has a variety of flavor syrups so you can customize your coffee to suit your tastes.

Bronze Cafe

You’ll find the charming Bronze Cafe tucked into the LGBTQ Community Center. On the menu is an array of vegan dishes, however, there are also items featuring bacon jam — a customer favorite. When it comes to coffee, both hot and iced brews are made to suit any taste. Pair your coffee with something sweet, like a Fruity Pebbles Treat — made with vegan marshmallows — or Blueberry Coffee Cake.
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Hash House A Go Go

Last but not least on our list of great places to get coffee in Vegas is Hash House A Go Go, a Plaza restaurant that specializes in breakfast dishes but also serves lunch and dinner. While you here, be sure to indulge in the famous S’mores Mocha or one of Hash House’s unique latte offerings including the Banana Latte or Frosted Mint Latte.

The Best Pizza Joints in Downtown Las Vegas

Although Las Vegas is full of incredible restaurants serving every cuisine imaginable, sometimes only pizza will do. When you’re in the mood for a slice or two, look no further than Downtown Las Vegas for an array of delicious pizza joints. Here are our favorites.

Pop Up Pizza

Enjoy some of the city’s best pizza without ever leaving your hotel. The Plaza is home to Pop Up Pizza, an establishment with a cozy, welcoming ambiance and an array of tempting menu items.

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For a taste of the traditional, try the 18b — a classic pizza made with whole-milk mozzarella. Or, opt for the 5th Street — a pie that’s piled high with caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, and pepperoni. Pair your pizza with a side such as onion rings or mozzarella sticks.

Boston Pizza

For pizza, wings, and more, visit Boston Pizza. This establishment offers dine-in, carryout, and even delivery for your convenience. On the menu, you’ll find an array of pizza choices including the Boston Vegetarian and the Boston Meat Lover’s. If you want something other than pizza or wings, Boston Pizza has burgers, pasta, and even fish.

Pizza Rock

Another favorite pizza establishment in downtown Vegas is Pizza Rock, which features incredible pies crafted by award-winning chef Gemignani. Start off with an appetizer like White Wine Clams or Classic Meatballs, then satisfy your pizza craving with a New York-style, Chicago-style, or Sicilian-style pie. Also on the menu are strombolis, calzones, and more. For dessert, try Tony’s Tiramisu or the decadent Mud Pie.

Anthony’s New York Pizza & Deli

Head to Anthony’s New York Pizza & Deli for an authentic taste of the Big Apple right in downtown Vegas. This restaurant doesn’t only serve pizza; you’ll also find an assortment of breakfast dishes, pasta, strombolis, and calzones. Popular pies at this establishment include the Hawaiian Pizza, which comes with ham and pineapple, and the Double Decker Pizza, which features two layers of meaty toppings and melted cheese.

Other Dining Options at the Plaza

In addition to Pop Up Pizza, the Plaza offers other dining options to satisfy your cravings, including Oscar’s Steakhouse, the Beer Garden, and the Food Court to name just a few. Of course, most of the pizza restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas are happy to deliver, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your suite to enjoy a delicious slice.

The Best Happy Hour Hotspots in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city that has most everything you can imagine, including some great places to have a drink. Whether you’re a visitor to the city or a resident entertaining friends or family from out of town, you’ll find an array of happy hour hotspots within convenient walking distance of each other. Here are some of our favorites.

Velveteen Rabbit

The locally-loved Velveteen Rabbit bar has happy hour every day except during the monthly First Friday events. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., you’ll save $2 on specialty cocktails, $2 off beer, $4 off well drinks and $1 off any other menu items.

Commonwealth

Enjoy happy hour at this cocktail lounge — inspired by the pre-Prohibition era — from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Well cocktails and domestic beers are only $3; premium cocktails and craft beers are reduced to $5. Music and a rooftop patio make this bar a favorite of locals and visitors like.

Therapy

Therapy is a hip Vegas haunt with happy hour daily from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., as well as on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Menu items include draft beer, handmade sangria, and signature cocktails. Be sure to try the refreshing Deal Maker, a combination of Hana Gin, grapefruit, maraschino, and fresh lemon-lime soda.

Fizz

Champagne lovers, rejoice! From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Fizz offers the Bottomless Bubbles deal. You will get unlimited glasses of J. Roget Champagne during the two-hour period for only $36. Pair your bubbly with a delicious offering from the menu such as Caviar on the Rocks or Wagyu & Horseradish Panini Bites.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

Of course, you don’t even need to leave your hotel in Downtown Las Vegas to enjoy a fabulous happy hour. Just head to Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday for great deals on drinks and food. Not sure what to try first? Oscar’s is famous for its steaks, of course, but you also don’t want to miss the signature martinis. Taking advantage of great happy hours in Downtown Las Vegas is an excellent way to get more bang for your buck. No matter what kind of libations you are looking for, you are sure to find them at one of these great happy hours.

5 Great Dessert Spots in Downtown Las Vegas

There’s always room for dessert, especially when you’re in Downtown Las Vegas. In addition to the fabulous entertainment and shopping destinations found here, downtown is also home to some of the best desserts in the city. These fabulous establishments are serving up crave-worthy treats sure to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. Here are a few of our favorites.

ChillSpot by SasaSweets

When nothing but a frozen treat will do, head to Chillspot by SasaSweets. The ice cream served here is made right in front of you using liquid nitrogen for unparalleled freshness. For an indulgent experience, try a Belgian Chocolate or Madagascar Vanilla Sundae. Want something on the light side? The shop’s Sorbettos and Italian Ices are available in a variety of fruit flavors.

JinJu Chocolates

This Vegas chocolatier offers a decadent assortment of handmade treats ideal for taking back to your hotel to enjoy later or for giving as a gift. If you’re stopping in for a quick bite, try the AKOYA 4-piece bonbon collection. Or, indulge in the Fortunato No. 4 Chocolate Bar, crafted with 68 percent Grand Cru dark chocolate.

Cupkates by Kate

Although cupcakes are the main attraction at this Vegas bakery, Cupkates also offers delicious dipped apples and strawberries, cake pops, and cookies.
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Cupcake flavors change by the day, so if you’re craving a particular flavor, call ahead to see if it’s available. Popular cupcake varieties found here include PB & J, Snickerdoodle, and Lemoncello — just to name a few!

Luv-It Frozen Custard

For an authentic taste of Vegas, head to this quaint frozen custard shop that has been in business since 1973. In addition to creamy frozen custard served in cones and cups, this establishment offers a variety of creative sundaes. The Luv-It Special sports pecans and strawberries while the Banana Fudge Krumble features cookie crumbles, sliced banana, and hot fudge.

Dessert at the Plaza

Despite the presence of the fabulous dessert destinations mentioned above, you don’t even need to leave your downtown Las Vegas hotel to enjoy a sweet treat. For an authentic taste of down-home cooking, visit Hash House A Go Go at the Plaza. In addition to the breakfast and lunch fare, you’ll find Andy’s Famous Bread Pudding, topped with ice cream and served with a cup of coffee. At Oscar’s Steakhouse, be sure to try the authentic New York Cheesecake or the delectable crème brulee. No matter what kind of sweet treat you are looking for, you are sure to find it in Downtown Las Vegas.

Exploring Downtown Las Vegas’ Beer Garden

 

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Downtown Las Vegas is a hub of fun activities and a large variety of different cuisines sure to appeal to anyone. Although there are dining options including everything from a decadent steak dinner, to oversized favorites such as chicken and waffles, there is nothing quite like the Beer Garden at Plaza. This unique venue aims to recreate the traditional European beer gardens with its own unique twist. Those looking for a quick and delicious bite to eat and a frosty craft beer straight from the tap will love Beer Garden.

Food

 
 
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The food offerings at Beer Garden are German-inspired and are sure to please. The venue offers a variety of great snacks to pair will you beer including an extra giant size German pretzel that feeds 4 and crispy onion strings served with your choice of dipping sauce. The real draw here, however, are the signature wursts.
 

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These artfully crafted wursts include options such as The Westerner, with smoked polish sausage, roasted jalapenos, crispy fried onions and a chipotle aioli and The Golden Slipper, with andouille sausage, crispy bacon, and cream cheese topped with a fried egg. You also have the option to create your own wurst and even order a slice of specialty pizza from neighboring Pop Up Pizza. This is the perfect food to satisfy after a long day of exploring Downtown Las Vegas.  

Beer

There are few things that go together better than an ice cold draft beer and a wurst. Beer Garden takes things to a new level by offering over 20 different craft beers to pair with your food. No matter what flavor profile you are looking for, Beer Garden is sure to have it.

 

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There are so many options including from American and European pale lager, cider, fruit beer, IPA, Irish stout and Belgian golden. The selection is wider than you will find anywhere else downtown.  They even offer interesting suggestions on which beer will pair best with certain menu offerings.  

Atmosphere

 
 
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Aside from the great food and wide variety of craft beers on tap, Beer Garden also boasts a uniquely fun atmosphere. If you are in the mood for a quick bite, the spacious indoor bar area is the perfect space to indulge. For those who are in the mood to hang out while enjoying the delicious food and drink offerings, Beer Garden also features a fully equipped outdoor area.

 

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Modeled to feel like a home backyard, this outdoor area features picnic table seating, artificial grass and plants along with table games and live entertainment. This urban oasis overlooking Fremont Street stays true to the beer garden experience with downtown’s only living wall. The wall is a 400 square foot garden with more than 900 different plants growing on it.

 

This makes Beer Garden the ultimate pub experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Make sure to stop by and try one of their amazing wursts and a frosty beer!

If afterwards you’re ready for some rest, take advantage of our affordable hotel room rates at Plaza and stay in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.

What to Expect When Dining at Oscar’s

Oscar's Steakhouse Las Vegas

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Come on In

It isn’t a trip to Vegas unless you’ve dined at Oscar’s. Flirt with all the showgirls you want, but you haven’t done Sin City without the signature steaks and cocktails that await you at the only dining establishment that’s earned the name of the Happiest Mayor on Earth. And while you’re here, you may even get to meet the legendary mob-boss-turned-mayor, Oscar Goodman himself. Located in the iconic glass dome of the the jewel of Downtown – the Plaza Hotel and Casino – it’s a true Vegas experience worthy of any appetite.

Take in the View  – Inside & Out

The all-glass dome of the Plaza used to be home of this Downtown classic’s pool. This was a scene where you wanted to be seen…and not much has changed to this day. From your table, you’ll be treated to views of the iconic Fremont Street Experience. Inside, enjoy the glitz and glam of old-school Vegas with mood lighting and classic jazz. While you’re here, take in some of Oscar’s rare photographs of vintage Vegas, along with memorabilia from Mr. Goodman’s 12-year tenure as mayor.

Did We Mention the Broads?

Can you beat beauty and brains? No way. The Broads of Oscar’s are beautiful dinner hostesses and companions who can regale you with tales of Vegas history, recommend must-do Vegas attractions (although you’d be experiencing one during your conversation), talk sports, debate politics – anything you want. They were inspired by Oscar Goodman’s “booze and broads” trial back when he was a mob attorney, and the Bacchanal Room at the old Caesars Palace where guests were invited to party with the Goddesses. Oscar’s Broads are there to enliven your experience…after all, nothing complements a great dinner like sparkling conversation with a beautiful companion. As the man himself says, “I’d take one Betty over 100 showgirls any day.”

Eat and Drink Like You Own This Town

Oscars Steakhouse Steak The crowning jewel of Oscar’s is the amazingly varied food menu and classic drink offerings. As a fine dining steakhouse, Oscar’s offers a variety of perfectly aged cuts which are then seared over a 600 degree grill to ensure they are flavorful, juicy and tender. Adding to the unmistakably Las Vegas glam feel, Oscar’s offers jumbo shrimp, crab legs and lobster tail to complement any of the already delicious entrees. All of the side dishes at Oscar’s are made from scratch with only the highest quality ingredients. Featuring staples such as smashed potatoes and steamed asparagus to less-expected offerings such as roasted corn brulee and onion strings, you are sure to find something you love. With a full bar, you can opt for a classic cocktail or one of the many signature and hand-crafted Las Vegas inspired drinks at the restaurant. Don’t forget to try Mr. Goodman’s signature Bombay Sapphire martini while you’re here. Oscar would insist on it.

So When Are You Coming?

Hopefully your appetite is whetted for the quintessential Vegas dining experience, courtesy of beloved Mayor and famed mob attorney Oscar Goodman. Just remember, if you haven’t been here, you haven’t really been to Vegas. Cheers!

Food Diary: Eating Our Way Through the Day

Plaza breakfast 7:00 a.m. The alarm clock went off and there was no hitting snooze. We had a lot to get to at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, but before we could do anything, whether work or play, we needed to eat a solid breakfast. The best way to start the day is with breakfast at Hash House A Go Go. One of our favorite dishes there is the classic Boston Hash – crispy potatoes, mixed onions and fresh tomatoes crowned with blue crab cake drizzled with horseradish cream and served with eggs and fresh fruit. After a breakfast of that magnitude we were almost ready to begin the day. We just needed to stop by Cafelatte for a Lavazza coffee first. 12:32 p.m. Before we knew it, it was already time for lunch. We were still a little full from breakfast and were busy making the most of the day so we opted for something quick and easy at Pop Up Pizza. We indulged in a slice of cheese, but also had a salad. Mom always said eat your veggies! 5:00 p.m. Five o’clock rolled around. It was a busy and productive day, but now it was time to relax and enjoy the evening. It was a beautiful fall day in Vegas. Today’s sky was a mix of pink, orange and red as the sun set. We headed to the Bier Garten for a craft beer and to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Las Vegas from the outdoor area. In addition to our beers, we ordered a giant pretzel and wurst to share as a snack before dinner. Bier Garten food and drinks 6:52 p.m. We had a reservation at Oscar’s for 7 p.m. so we headed upstairs to the restaurant. The decor of Oscar’s is glamorous. It incorporates memorabilia from Oscar Goodman’s 12-year tenure as mayor as well as classic photographs of Las Vegas from over the years. It makes you feel like a star. We started with some calamari and chose the pork chop for the entrée. The calamari was nice and crispy on the outside and the pork chop had been perfectly seared. Not a bad way to wrap up another fun day at the Plaza. Oscar's calamari Oscar's pork chop

How to Make the Perfect Mint Julep

The Mint Julep has been the official drink for the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. How did this drink consisting of mint, sugar, and bourbon achieve such fame?

History of the Julep

“Julep” comes from the Persian for “rose water”. It describes a sweet drink used to mask the taste of medicine. Truth be told, mint juleps were the original energizing morning drink! Horse trainers who woke up early would prepare the drink to help face the day. Eventually, the julep started showing up at horse races. In 1938, Churchill Downs started charging twenty-five cents once they noticed the mint julep glasses disappearing. Those cups are the leading Kentucky Derby collectible. It is tradition for the Kentucky Governor to use the mint julep sterling silver glass to toast the winning Derby owner. KentuckyDerby.com explains that during the Kentucky Derby, 120,000 mint juleps are served over the two-day period. That’s eighty tons of shaved ice and 2,200 pounds of fresh mint! Since 2006, one has the option of purchasing a custom-made mint julep served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw for $1,000! Proceeds from this extra-premium drink go to care for retired race horses.

Mint Julep Recipe

Oscar's Mint Julep Here at Oscar’s you can find a similar, more moderately priced, premium drink. If you are watching The Derby at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, come into Oscar’s Steakhouse for a perfectly muddled mint julep using Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of The Kentucky Derby! We also enjoy the mint julep mixed with Blanton’s Bourbon because of the festive bottle pictured below. Or make your own with the following recipe:
  • 10 Mint Leaves
  • ¼ oz Simple Syrup
  • Crushed Ice
  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve or Blanton’s Bourbon
  • ¼ oz Soda Water
  • 1 Lime Wedge
Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup. Pour over crushed ice. Add bourbon. Add sprits of soda water. Mix well. Garnish with mint leaf and lime wedge. Cheers! Blantons

Plaza Las Vegas Bartender Keith Wins Competition

Congratulations to Oscar’s Beef Booze and Broads’ bartender Keith Baker for winning the Mob Museum’s first annual “Boss of the Bars” contest! This event, hosted by and at the Mob Museum, located in downtown Las Vegas and is just steps away from Fremont Street Las Vegas. The “Boss of the Bars” contest marks the date that Prohibition was repealed in the United States.
keithKeith is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and has been bartending since he was 21 years old. Keith says he has entered several contests online but has never actually won a contest before winning the “Boss of the Bars” contest. Keith’s winning drink is called the “21st Hour”. The clever name served two purposes. First, cocktail parties on December 5th celebrating the end of prohibition, traditionally had hostesses who planned to be “kickin’ it” (really busy) at 9pm (the 21st hour), the second reason is, the Mob Museum was hosting a cocktail party at 9pm on December 5th, when the contest was set to start, so he figured it paid great homage to the occasion. Keith was kind enough to share the winning recipe with us!
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The recipe is:

  • 1 oz. Bathtub Gin made with Tito’s Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
  • .5 oz. Artisanal Sweet Vermouth
  • .25 Horsford’s Acid Phosphate
  • 1 dash Handcrafted Bitters Solution
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a mixing vessel and stir 20-30 times with no ice. Pour over crushed ice in an old fashioned glass. The cinnamon stick will be your garnish.
For the “Boss of the Bars” contest Keith went all out. He actually made his own vermouth and bitters from scratch. He used a “bathtub” gin he made himself with Tito’s Vodka infusing it with juniper, other spices and aromatics. Back in the days of prohibition Keith says he would have used grain alcohol, moonshine, juniper extract or other cheap ingredients and diluted them with water. That process was of course illegal back in the day and, in Nevada, it still is.Keith used Horsford’s Acid Phosphate as well in his cocktail. It is a re-creation by the Extinct Chemical Company of a real product that was in heavy use at the end of the 1800’s all the way up until the 1950’s when the soda fountain died out and drinking sodas on the go became the norm. Back then you would belly up to the counter and ask for a Cherry Phosphate; sweetened cherry syrup, acid phosphate, and soda water or similar beverage or, of course, a Coke. This ingredient would have been very familiar to bartenders of the time and easy to get without suspicion. Come in to Oscar’s Beef, Booze and Broad’s, the best steakhouse downtown Las Vegas and order yourself the 21st Hour from award winning “Boss of the Bar” Bartender Keith Baker!

Oscar’s Signature Cocktails

Tasting a bit of Vegas has never been so thrilling

Many of our locals and tourists alike find the history and legacy of Vegas thrilling and part of the charm of Sin City.  For those who may not be as familiar with the namesake of this iconic steakhouse in Downtown Las Vegas at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, let us indulge you. Oscar Goodman served as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe” for Las Vegas from 1999 to 2011.  However it’s his former career that has audiences captivated.  In his career as a defense attorney, he represented defendants accused of being some of the leading organized crime figures in Vegas.  To get in touch with that side of Goodman just watch the 1995 movie Casino which portrayed a couple of his former clients and in which he has a cameo appearance. Fast forward to present day and Goodman is now the namesake behind the Oscar’s Beef-Booze-Broads steakhouse.  Be sure to checkout the photo montage of his careers as you saunter into the lounge and restaurant.  Now sit back and enjoy the libations and just imagine what it must have been like and order like he would.

Cocktails at Oscar's Steakhouse

What Oscar Drinks

5 ounces Bombay Sapphire gin (& then more Bombay Sapphire gin) Ice A slice of jalapeno Big, strong and the perfect drink…at least according to Oscar.  (If you have an opportunity see Oscar out and about this is what you will likely find in his hand!)

Goodmans Legacy

4 ounces sparkling wine 1 ounces St. Germain liquor ½ ounces Vodka This drink is tart, fizzy and just a little on the dry side. Perfect for toasting Oscar’s “forty years and still going strong”!

Downtown Smash

2 oz. vodka 1/2 oz. lime juice fresh 1/2 oz. simple syrup Muddled (fresh) strawberries & blackberries   The result is a sweetness with a refreshing citric zing. This drink truly makes you feel like it is “a long time coming and now a huge success”. Come on in for “Happiest Hour” from 4-6 pm Monday thru Friday in Oscar’s Lounge for half priced drinks and select appetizers.   At the bar or over dinner in the iconic glass dome, the bartenders will mix up one of these iconic spirits or your own favorite.   When you’re looking for a true Vegas experience, Oscar’s has both the goods and the history!