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South Strip

3771 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-733-7625

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$20-$40

Sun-Thu 11am-12am

Fri-Sat 11am-1am

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

Eat a hamburger in a Rock & Roll museum!

Where is it?

In between MGM Grand and the Showcase Mall on the South Strip.

What kind of food is served?

The Hard Rock is most famous for their burgers but they have a wide range of eats including salads, steaks, pastas, sandwiches, and barbecue.

What is the atmosphere like?

Rock and Roll memorabilia covers just about every available wall and surface while rock music blares through the sound system. Terrific distractions to look at and listen to if you don't want to actually talk to the people you are dining with.

How is the service?

Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.

What are the prices like?

Overpriced for what you get but you aren't really paying for the food - you're paying for the experience.

What else do I need to know?

The Hard Rock Café that used to be at the Hard Rock Hotel closed but this one is still open.

What's the bottom line?

If you've ever eaten at a Hard Rock Café there probably isn't any reason to come to this one unless you are a real music memorabilia junkie.

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FULL REVIEW

Does Las Vegas really need two Hard Rock Café's? Probably not. But I have to say that if you're going to have two of them, you better make one really stand out. The newer Hard Rock Café conveniently located on The Strip does a pretty good job of doing just that.

Located just north of MGM Grand next to the Showcase Mall, this outlet outshone its sister at the Hard Rock Hotel in many ways, which may be why that one closed and this one is still open. The three story facility features a big retail shop on the ground floor, a restaurant and bar on the second floor, and a concert venue/nightclub up at the top. It's a gorgeous space complete with the requisite music memorabilia (Britney's dress!) but also with a bunch of high-tech wizardry including a touch-screen wall that allows you to pull up photos, information, and back-stories on more ephemera than they could ever pack into the place. The tables also have touch-screen panels that allow you to request music videos, read trivia, and much more. It's fun.

If you've ever been to a Hard Rock Café or any other theme restaurant, the food here won't surprise you a bit. It's basically a grab bag of everything burgers to BBQ, sandwiches to steak, salads, pastas, and more. Walk into it with your expectations firmly in check - this is not haute cuisine - and you will probably walk away satisfied.

We visited at lunch and tried some of the pulled pork BBQ (in sandwich form) and one of their signature burgers. Both were very well prepared, flavorful, and huge. Seriously, we really need to work on our portion control in this country, but that's more our fault than the restaurant's.

Prices are moderate, which is to say more than you should be paying for a burger, but not at all out of line for a Strip restaurant. Figure $20 per person at lunch and a little more if you go with some of the bigger main courses for dinner.

Although certainly not wowed, I couldn't come up with any serious complaints about the place other than the most obvious, which is that the place is really loud. Sonic in its loudness. Of course you probably wouldn't come to the Hard Rock expecting anything else would you?

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