Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Bread Basket – Cheese Crisps, Pretzel, White Roll, Raisin Toast, Cornbread, Cold Butter
Fried Calamari – Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce
Shrimp de Jonghe – Garlic, Sherry, Breadcrumbs
Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms – Mozzarella, Garlic
All Green Salad – Creamy Vinaigrette
Colossal Lump Crab Cakes – Remoulade
Ahi Tuna Filet Mignon – Crispy Potato Cake, Spinach, Mushroom, Red Wine Bordelaise
Jennies Mashed Potatoes – Fontina Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Bread Crumbs
Sauteed Broccolini – Butter, Garlic
Key Lime Pie – Whipped Cream, Graham Cracker Crust
Banana Cream Pie – Foster Sauce, Pralines
Fortunate to have visited the Miami landmark during a good season it wasn’t until Friday that Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab was experienced here in Las Vegas, the 1913 building re-imagined inside Caesars Forum Shops bearing little resemblance to the original either in the heavily wooded main room or an upstairs space designed for private events.
No doubt targeting tourists and apparently doing well, the fact that Caesars’ Joe’s does not close during “off season” all the comment that is necessary regarding a focus on quantity over quality, it was after climbing stairs to a PDR already half-full with guests that sign-in took place, the prix-fixe menu not a bad collection though service was clearly of a “get in and get out with the least interruption possible” mindset.
Served in four courses with two offering a choice, Drink “tickets” handed out allowing for Domestic Beer or one of three budget Wines, it was with fairly good Prosecco that Appetizers were eaten, the Calamari pretty basic but thankfully not oily while overcooked Shrimp “de Jonghe” an basic stuffed Mushrooms both used plenty of Garlic and Breadcrumbs to help overcome their shortcomings in sourcing.
Offered Salad and Bread next, the latter highlighted by tender Corn Muffins that even warm could not melt pucks of icy Butter, it was with most Rolls inexplicably collected quickly that entrees arrived, the Crab Cakes thankfully all-Meat though not particularly memorable otherwise while Sashimi Grade Tuna atop fried Potatoes with convincing Bordelaise was certainly better and actually something worth seeking out in terms of taste and texture.
Rounding out the evening with Dessert, the effort to obtain Coffee deemed unjustified, it was from a fraction of Joe’s Cakes and Pies that Key Lime and Banana Cream were selected, the former identical to its Miami counterpart but larger in portion while Bananas relied too much on sugary “Foster Sauce” for sweetness and fell far short of Emeril’s version offered at MGM or The Venetian.
TWO AND A HALF STARS: Probably not the ideal setting to experience Joe’s Las Vegas outpost, though considering the sponsor’s investment one would have at least expected gracious service, it seems as though this house of Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab prefers dollars to quality or execution and that is precisely why chains no matter how “upscale” are rarely worth visiting once one has already dined at the original.
RECOMMENDED: Ahi Tuna Filet Mignon, Key Lime Pie, Cornbread.
AVOID: Shrimp de Jonghe, Banana Cream Pie, Butter.
TIP: 11:30a-10:00p daily and currently offering a “Buy one $100 gift card, get a $25 bonus” through 12/30/18.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.