OverRye is dedicated to the kind of experience that happens over a glass or two of rye whiskey, bourbon or Scotch, or maybe a cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir. (I think we can agree, though, these type of experiences typically don’t happen over rosé. Or, if it’s over tequila, an experience might happen all right, but we can also agree that it might not always be advisable to write about it.)
But over a glass of rye, you can have an in-depth conversation. You can unpack so much about life, careers, relationships, a restaurant’s spirits selection, the ambiance, atmosphere, service and cuisine. OverRye is about a special type of experience that we decided to create for ourselves and capture for you, a kind of a boys night with a twist.
And who are “we”? We are two real estate brokers and a cop, all friends for 18-plus years and all residents of Las Vegas. We are also steak lovers, rye lovers, Scotch, wine—the whole nine.
There’s always that discussion about which steakhouse is “The Best.” And when you’re in Las Vegas that discussion is amplified—all the greats are here! Some are unique. Some that are solid go-to. And, like most cities, there are some historic relics. So, with that said, we decided that once a month we will visit a Las Vegas steakhouse. Each of us will invite one friend for a total of six people, and we will write about our experience.
Welcome to OverRye.com. We look forward to unpacking the discussion of the Las Vegas steakhouse with you.
President - MDL Group
CraftSteak – Monday, April 23, 2018
CraftSteak Over/Under Review: “Under. Service was good. Steak was good. Apps were good, but sides we’re weak.”
CraftSteak Over/Under Review: “Over. But only for groups. The chef’s tasting is worth experiencing.”
CraftSteak Over/Under Review: “Over. Group setting, flat iron was good, unobtrusive service. Didn’t want for anything.”
CraftSteak Over/Under Review: “Over. It’s the complete package. Favorite was the flat iron.”
Herbs and Rye Steakhouse – Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Herbs and Rye Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. The tartare was good, the whiskey selection was great but all and all, not incredible.”
Herbs and Rye Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. The chicken and the whiskey are over the top! Steak and sides were underwhelming though.”
Unfortunately, our third guest had to cancel last minute due to a work emergency.
Andiamo Steakhouse – Wednesday, November 18, 2017
Andiamo Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Over. The pasta was delicious. The tomahawk steak was a delight. But the service sucked. My water glass was dry most of the night.”
Andiamo Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Over.”
Andiamo Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Over. Half the dishes were decent, and the other half were delicious. The agnolotti was great. The tomahawk chop with the butter sauce were delicious—as it should be for $89.”
Bavette’s Steakhouse – Wednesday, November 16, 2017
Bavette’s Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Over. The experience is exceptional! I cannot say enough about the atmosphere and service, and the food is stellar, as well. This is the kind of place that makes you feel good from the moment you walk in the door and you are not really sure why. I will be back.”
Bavette’s Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. Generally, I thought it was a good experience. The remodel of the restaurant is beautiful. Although I did think it was a little too dark. Service was on point all night. Most of the food was great, however, I found the actual steaks to be a little lackluster and bland. The apps ranged from good (goat cheese in marinara) to great (steak tartar)! The composed dishes were all very good, too, with the standout being the fried chicken.”
Bavette’s Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Over. Definitely over…I thought the atmosphere was amazing. Throwback feel. Awesome dark liquor selection and quality service. All that made up for what I consider to be minor shortcomings on food that will be worked out as the restaurant opens.”
PRIME Steakhouse – Wednesday, November 1, 2017
PRIME Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. The service and food were good but nothing wowed me or has me itching to come back, especially for the price. Since I couldn’t even see the fountains from my spot, I didn’t think the atmosphere was anything special. It seemed loud, to top it off. Overall I expected a little more out of a steakhouse of that nature.”
PRIME Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Over. The atmosphere and service are amazing. The truffle mashed potatoes and ginger sweet potatoes were incredible.”
PRIME Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Over. I loved the atmosphere, especially the amazing view of the fountains. My steak was cooked perfectly and tasted good but, surprisingly, the chicken was my favorite.”
Oakville Steakhouse – Wednesday, September 2, 2017
Oakville Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. The food was genuinely forgettable and in some cases disappointing. There wasn’t a dish that we “fought” over for the last bite. Service was solid. Atmosphere was pleasant-enough but had a sterile feel. Vegas expects more… and so do we.”
Oakville Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. The food was good, but it felt very much that we were in a hotel restaurant, rather than a restaurant that would stand alone in its own right; if it were a standalone it just wouldn’t make it!”
Oakville Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. It didn’t make me feel like it was a fine dining restaurant. For being a steakhouse on the Las Vegas Strip I expected more. It was just average.”
Golden Steer Steakhouse – Thursday, July 28, 2017
Golden Steer Steakhouse – Over/Under: “Under. It is more about the experience than the food. Cocktails and wine were solid.”
Golden Steer Steakhouse – Over/Under: “Under. I love the atmosphere. It’s a shame the food isn’t better. Wasn’t good enough for what we paid.”
Golden Steer Steakhouse – Over/Under Review: “Under. They’re selling old Vegas ambiance at new Vegas prices. Meat was decent, but now that I’ve checked this off the list, I don’t see a good reason to return.”