All visits to Las Vegas include food. Lots of food, often in one meal. Buffets are abundant and inexpensive, and let’s get this right, you can eat..a lot. However, if bulk isn’t your bag, then you can also find lots of high end restaurants, with big chef names attached, at just about every casino.
On our quickie road trip on I-40 across the States, after having some amazing food in Albuquerque and Memphis, we were looking for one good restaurant experience. Only one to splurge on. We chose Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.
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First Impressions – Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas
As soon as we knew we were heading to Las Vegas, we made reservations online. We went for lunch. I’m not sure you always need reservations, but there was a pretty long line of people waiting to get in, so we’re glad we did. On this whirlwind stop in Sin City, we didn’t really have time to just wait around.
As soon as I walked through the door, I was kind of star-struck. I love Gordon Ramsay. Yes, even his potty mouth. I find him very entertaining, and I think he knows his stuff. Jim and I have eaten at a few of his restaurants and always had impeccable food.
The first thing I noticed is how loud it was. With tiled floors, and not much buffer between tables, it felt friendly and fun. I’m not a huge fan of restaurants where I feel I have to whisper to my table mates. I want to talk, laugh, and enjoy myself. (Is that too American of me?) At any rate, I really enjoyed the atmosphere.
We were ushered to our table, which was in the main dining room within full view of the red and blue kitchens in the back of the room. The hostess assured us that walking around and taking photos was not only okay but encouraged. (We obliged, of course.)
Now all we had to do was make the very difficult choice of deciding what we were going to eat. I knew I wanted to try some of his signature dishes. Maybe everybody does. Almost every dish I wanted to try was listed on the menu. Mm mm.
HK Lunch Menu and What We Ate
The first thing I always check out, if there is one, is the fixed menu. In Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, he calls it the “HK Express Three Course Lunch,” and the price is fixed at $62.95.
It included the obligatory Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Oooh, maybe that is quite steep, but hey, it had everything I wanted on it – well, almost.
I didn’t care too much about the appetizers offered with the set menu, so for the table, we couldn’t help but try two of his classic appetizers, the Pan Seared Scallops and the Lobster Risotto. Of course, this was for sharing, but he mentions them in almost every episode of Hell’s Kitchen so a true fan’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. And they were, just as he often says, “amazing!”
Not everyone at our table had the set menu, because Gordon is famous for more than just those dishes and we wanted to all taste as many as we could. Add that to trying some of his cocktails, well, we were well on our way to having a fantastic lunch.
Is It Worth It?
Eating a meal at Hell’s Kitchen is a must-do if you are a fan of the show. It almost feels like you are right on the set, which I guess it is sometimes. However, if you are just someone who loves a great meal, you should give it a go. It’s British and delicious.
We paid about $85 each for our lunch meal. It’s definitely pricey, and that’s why we had one splurge-out restaurant dinner and we chose this, and we loved it.
Where is Hell’s Kitchen?
In Las Vegas, as I mentioned, many casinos draw in their customers by offering a variety of restaurants and eateries. Gordon Ramsay has five eateries in Las Vegas, not surprisingly all attached in one way or another to a casino.
Hell’s Kitchen is located in the front of Caesar’s Palace. It is very easy to find, and of course Caesar’s has parking and rooms. Do you have to go anywhere else?
Is There A Dress Code?
According to the website, the restaurant does have a dress code – Business Casual.
To me this means that there are no shorts or sandals, office wear. However, this is Vegas, baby, and they were not turning away anyone at lunch. Maybe it’s just casual then. I would call and ask if I was really concerned.
Who is the Head Chef?
Ariel Contreras-Fox is the new head chef at Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas. She is the Season 18 winner. (source)
How Do I Make Reservations?
The best way to make reservations is online through the Gordon Ramsay Restaurants website. We were in Vegas in April, and it was busy, busy, busy, so I would make a reservation if you know you want to go.
If you are looking for a fun place to eat, and you are even a mild fan of Gordon Ramsay, go for it. The atmosphere was fun, the drinks and food were amazing, and there was some cool souvenirs in the gift shop.