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Texas Station

2101 Texas Star Lane

Las Vegas, NV 89032

702-631-1000

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$40-$75

Daily 5pm-10pm

Steak & Seafood

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

One of the best steakhouses in town.

Where is it?

At Texas Station, north and west of The Strip.

What kind of food is served?

Lots of terrific steaks, chops, seafood, salads, and more.

What is the atmosphere like?

Upscale but not stuffy or pretentious. Get dressed up or go casual - they don't care.

How is the service?

Very good.

What are the prices like?

Expensive but cheaper than what you'd pay for a similar meal on The Strip.

What else do I need to know?

The filet is so tender you can cut it with a fork.

What's the bottom line?

A terrific steakhouse experience without the crazy high prices.

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FULL REVIEW

Steakhouses in Vegas are the definition of the phrase "dime a dozen." Harking back to the wild west days of yore, this city has been almost synonymous with big cuts of meat and hearty baked potatoes. So it's surprising, and delightful, to find a steakhouse as satisfying as Austins at Texas Station.

The menu is similar to what you'll find at most steakhouses in town - appetizers heavy on the seafood, some salads and soups, and then lots of steaks and fish in the entree section (plus some poultry and pork thrown in just to make everyone happy). But while they aren't breaking new ground with the selections, what they do have is an amazing attention to detail and quality of preparation that shines through.

Need proof? Order the filet and then just put away your knife. Their cuts are so tender that you can eat it with a fork and so flavorful that you'll want to polish off every last little bit of it. The prime rib is slow cooked, juicy beyond belief, and so good that it will make you forget about those $4.99 graveyard specials.

Again, nothing here is terribly revolutionary, but it's just something about the way they cook things that makes it better than your average steakhouse.

The atmosphere is vaguely 60's mod, with exposed stone, colorful glass panels, and the requisite steakhouse copper and mahogany accents. It's upscale without trying too hard and not at all pretentious or intimidating. It's perfect for the special occasion if you feel like getting dressed up or a great meal if you feel like wearing jeans.

Prices are reasonable for the amount of food you get and how good it was. Appetizers run $7-12, soups and salads $5-8, ala carte entrees $17-40 (or more for market price seafood), vegetable sides (hash browns, yams, green beans, asparagus, and more) are all $4, and desserts are $6 apiece. A full wine list and bar menu starts at around $4 a glass and goes up from there. A full, very satisfying dinner will probably run you in the $50-75 per person range but you feel like you get your money's worth here.

Texas Station is located north and west of The Strip, about a 10-minute drive depending on traffic. Take the I-15 freeway north to the 95 freeway north and take the first exit - Rancho Road. Turn right and Texas Station is up about 2 miles on your right. If surface streets are more your style, take Sahara west to Rancho Road (just past the I-15 underpass), turn right, and go about 3 1/2 miles to Texas Station.

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