We had never been to Sonoma Cellars but have heard many great things about it. When Tex and Gidget invited us to join them we could not pass it up. We were also joined by Mike and Aaron as well . The first aspect I liked about Sonoma Cellars is the ability to bring our own wines in. We had four bottles that were brought in by our group. There were two from Chateaunef-du-pape, a LeVieux Donjon and Domaine Grand Veneir 2005. We also enjoyed a Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel 2003 Paso Robles. As a special treat for the table we provided a Wagner Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2002 Finger Lakes. We got this wine when we attended the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in Watkins Glen this past summer. It is not often we can get Finger Lakes wines here in Las Vegas. If you want to know more about the Finger Lakes or Bill Wagner search the blog and you will find information about the area and its wines.
We dine out often at many of the steakhouses here in Las Vegas. As a result , We felt we could compare the food and service of Sonoma Cellars with some of the best we have been to. First off, the service was fantastic. We never had to ask a second time for anything that was needed and were provided with a new appropriate wine glass each time we opened a new bottle. This was a nice touch considering we brought in bottles.
Our server Rafael suggested we try the Rib Eye and the steakhouse salad. Being it is a steakhouse we agreed to his suggestion. The steakhouse salad is very large and full of fresh vegetables topped with a terrific vinaigrette dressing. The salad is so large it can easily be shared. The Rib Eye was cooked correctly per our request and served at the correct temperature.
Sonoma Cellars is located inside the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino. Most of the steakhouses we have eaten at have been owned or run by renowned Chefs. We were a little skeptical on how Sonoma Cellars, as Casino Run restaurant would compare. The atmosphere, even though nice was not comparable to a Emeril's Delmonicos for example. The service was professional, personable and attentive to our needs. The food was better than I expected from a casino run restaurant. Overall, it was a good experience and would and eat there again.