There is a wide variety of dining options at GVR, everything from fast food to high end restaurants and a large selection of types of foods.
As I stated in my report on the hotel we had room service our first night there and room service for breakfast each day. I’d eat on the cheap for all meals if it meant I could have breakfast delivered to my door when in a hotel, it is the one luxury I allow myself each trip.
We were only there for lunch two days of our stay, had lunch at Palio at Bellagio the day we went into the strip. Lunch those two days at GVR was at the food court that is on one side of the casino. I wish more casinos offered this sort of set up, it’s great if you aren’t fussy about what you eat and don’t want to waste time on middle of the day dining and the prices are the same as you’d pay anywhere else for the food there since the places were chain fast food places. If you don’t want fast food at GVR while in the casino there are other options.
Fatburger vs In N Out…….ok now I’ve done the comparison and In N Out wins. Fatburger was very good though and I loved the fact that I could get refills on my diet cokes!
We ate in restaurants in the casino area three nights. The first was at Hanks Steakhouse. Now, you all know that Prime at Bellagio is my favorite fine dining restaurant in Vegas and it still is when weighing in all factors (food, service, ambience). Hanks is a beautiful restaurant, elegant chandeliers above the booths and throughout the restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was good.
The food was the best part about Hanks, steaks cooked to perfection, delicious salad for me and French Onion Soup for my husband and we split a side of horseradish potatoes. The side dish portions are huge, we barely made a dent in it. The potatoes were outstanding.
The timing of the meal was good after we finally got our drinks, we did wait quite awhile for those. My husband is a beer drinker and he’d ordered a German beer on tap that was on the light side when the waiter told him the beers they had on tap and in bottles. The waiter came back to the table to say that there wasn’t any of that particular beer available….strike #1. Why offer something they don’t have? He then offered a bottle of Newcastle Ale. Anyone that knows beers would not serve a heavier beer to someone who’d ordered a light type beer…strike #2. Strike #3 for the wait staff is that they were friendly, but in a too relaxed/laid back type of manner. In most restaurants this would be fine, but not in a place that is as elegant as Hanks is décor wise. I know this next is nitpicky, but for a restaurant with décor on the formal side, their attire was more old school steakhouse than refined which I feel it should have been given the elegance of the restaurant.
I try to be totally objective on restaurant reviews and that’s what I have done there. Don’t mistake what I’ve said here. The wait staff 3 strikes were minor things, nothing to make me not want to return to Hanks. It falls right under Prime on my steak house list. In fact, we felt the steak and the side dishes at Hanks were better than those of Bellagio. One beer, one glass of wine, a salad, soup, 2 steaks, one side dish, coffee and sorbet for dessert shared between the two of us, total cost $193.
I will definitely eat at Hank’s again, the place really is great and the flaws were minor, could have just been the waiter we had that didn’t gel for me.
The next night we weren’t hungry at all so went to the Grand Café and had soup and salads. The soup of the day was a cheese jalapeno pepper, the waitress said it had a slight kick to it……that soup almost kicked me across the room and I like spicy/hot foods! It was very good as was the side salad I had. One nice touch was the fact that when you get seated, the first thing you are given after being given the menu is a small loaf of hot bread and butter to enjoy while perusing the menu. One thing about the Grand Café, the food was good and the prices were also good! As I was perusing the menu, I noticed that you could get a complete dinner for between $9.95 and $15.95, unheard of in a 24 hr café on the strip. I saw some of those dinners being served, they looked wonderful to me!
Our final night at GVR we ate at Terra Verde, a lovely, contemporary restaurant. The food was delicious. One thing did mar the experience there, it was our server. We got seated and waited and waited and no one came to our table for quite a while. When our server did arrive, the first words out of her mouth were, ‘Have you two decided what you are going to have this evening?’ and she had her pen out ready to write. Only thing, she hadn’t and no one else had even asked if we might like to have a drink while looking through the menu! When she made her remark, I said, ‘We were hoping someone would ask if we might like to have a cocktail first.’ She didn’t ‘get it, merely asked what we would like to order to drink. Several times during our meal she disappeared and no one came by and asked if everything was ok with our meal or could they get anything for us. Food was put down and off she went. It’s sad that a server can ruin what could have been a very nice dining experience. I don’t remember the exact cost of the meal, think it was somewhere around $90. I had a Bruchetta as my starter, my husband had minestrone soup and he had lasagne (hugest portion I’ve ever seen!) and I had a shrimp in white wine sauce with linguine dish. Food was excellent.