My husband and I decided to drive over to Charlestown WV to the casino. We had not been there for a number of years, since they added the table games. I looked online to see what restaurants were available, since we did not want a buffet or food court experience. I made a reservation for The Final Cut via Open Table. This gave me a chance to review the menu offerings and prices before we went, so we knew it was a high end restaurant.
The restaurant is right in the middle of the casino, but it is surprisingly quiet inside and you feel removed from the activity on the casino floor. Tables or booths are widely spaced, which adds to a sense of privacy. You must have a reservation; they were turning folks away who just walked in and we waited about ten minutes to be seated for our reservation.
The server was very attentive. As others have said, the drink menu is on an ipad at each table. We ordered a bottle of California merlot -- B. R. Cohn, which at $47, was one of the more reasonable choices. They bring you a basket of the brioche French bread, which is very rich and has kosher salt on the crust. The service was leisurely and we waited a while for our appetizers but we never felt ignored. My husband had the French onion soup, which was excellent; I ordered the spinach salad, which was a nice size portion and was very tasty. For our entrees, I ordered the petite 8 oz filet medium and my husband ordered the strip steak. He was a bit taken aback at first at the prices but the food was excellent. The steaks are clearly prime beef. My "petite" filet was a nice, thick cut portion. We have eaten at Morton's, Ruth's Chris, Capital Grille, and other pricey steak houses and these steaks were among the best we have been served. The side dishes are a la carte; we split the grilled asparagus, which was a generous serving for two and which was delicious.
We did not order dessert -- the steaks were a very generous portion and we were stuffed. The bill, including wine, was $162 for two before the tip. The reviews I have read by others tend to agree that the food is excellent. You have to be prepared that it is a high end steakhouse, like you would find in in a major city, and not a Ponderosa, a Longhorn or chain restaurant like you might expect in the suburbs or out in WV. The prices reflect the quality. However, we have not had such excellent steaks anywhere. It transformed the evening from an outing at a noisy, smoky casino to a very relaxing, fine dining experience. We highly recommend The Final Cut.
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