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Chart House Restaurant
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Ranked #38 of 5,009 Restaurants in Las Vegas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The 75,000 gallon aquarium is the centerpiece at the sleek Las Vegas Chart House, located in the Golden Nugget's brand new Rush Tower. If you’re looking for the heart & soul of Vegas, this is it - located on famous Fremont Street in downtown. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 27 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From top-of-the-catch seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi & our Slow Roasted Prime Rib, or indulge in one of our all new items such as Lobster Francese, Stuffed Flounder or New Wave Surf & Turf. We offer an extensive collection of fine wines & whiskies, & decadent desserts like our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake & Chart House Souffle.
Reviewed October 5, 2012

The food was your basic seafood, very good but not great, but the fish tank was amazing and the service was great.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stopped here for appetizers and a drink and we're so impressed by the hummus plate, shrimp cocktail and rolls that we returned for dinner.
The food is excellent and about half the cost of most do the upper end steak houses we had attended on this business trip.
Try the asparagus for a special side dish.
The staff are very friendly and sitting around the 75,000 gallon salt water aquarium watching a green moray eel shimmer among the colorful fish can't be beat!

Thank Serendipitea
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Very good food, great drinks, wait staff were friendly and large aquarium made for great atmosphere. We arrived early 7 pm and not too busy but by 8 the place was full. Highly recommend this place, even for just a drink.

Thank Suesmcd
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Stayed at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, this was one of the only high points of the stay. Chart House had a great Happy Hour with awesome drink specials and the plantain chips were amazing. Highly recommend a stop here IF you are in the Downtown area for Happy Hour as pretty much every other place is a DUMP!

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1  Thank cjruper
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Although I've not eaten at any other seafood restaurants in Las Vegas, after two meals at Chart House, I can say it can be favorably compared with some of the best seafood restaurants I've enjoyed in places like Boston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. My wife and I ate two dinners at the Chart House and we enjoyed them both.

Crab cakes are among my wife's favorite foods, and in the course of two dinners she had three orders of them, declaring these crab cakes to be the best she's ever had. Most crab cakes depend on breading to hold the cakes together so they can be fried. These, however, are evidently broiled and so can be held together more gently with less other stuff. The consequence of all this is a crab cake featuring large lumps of crab and little else to get in the way of the crab flavor.

Much the same approach is taken with the crab-stuffed fillet of flounder. It appears to be well buttered and seared from the top, producing a rich, brown, crunchy envelope surrounding moist, flaky fish and crab stuffing.

For the price, I thought the tuna sushi/carpaccio dish needed more tuna. The carpaccio did not do much for me, but the tuna sushi served on kimchee cole slaw I thought bordered on ambrosial.

If one is eating fish, one is probably interested, too, in vegetables. We had the hummus served with fried plantain which was surprisingly delicious. The side order of mushrooms, though simple, was quite tasty and large enough for two or three people. Ditto the green beans. It seems to me that if the Chart House were interested in bringing more life to their menu they might consider making a stronger vegetable offering: fish itself can be a little bland, no matter how it is prepared. And these vegetables, though competently prepared do not usually strengthen the offerings as much as they could.

On the second night I broke down and ordered the beer battered fish which I found to be delicious. The thin cut fries were overcooked, but I enjoyed picking the several coin-sized fried carrots out of the mess of fries. I also enjoyed that it was served with malt vinegar. It's the kind of thing one can find at a fast food seafood restaurant for much less than half the price. But you would also get much less than half the atmosphere.

It is impossible to think of this restaurant outside of the context of its setting which includes both very strong positives and very strong negatives. On the positive side, the restaurant is set next to a huge, 75000 gallon tropical fish tank. If one has the fortune of being seated next to the tank, it becomes a powerful and unique atmospheric influence with dozens of brightly colored fish swimming around in the coral. At the beginning of the meal, the fish are decoration and entertainment. By the middle of the meal and the second cocktail they begin to look delicious, too.

On the negative side, the restaurant is placed smack-dab in the middle of the lobby of a large, bustling hotel lobby and less than half of it is walled off. The sound of slot machines and of people waiting in line to register at the hotel filters in and reduces what could be a delightful private dining experience into a kind of public one. People who love to be on display as they eat and to feel connected to great throngs of people gambling may find this exciting. Others might find it a little uncomfortable or annoying. Either way, it's the kind of experience one is likely to remember for some time. It's a small restaurant, so be sure to reserve a spot near the fish tank well in advance.

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