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It’s been a while since we did a review of a seafood restaurant so this week we headed downtown to the Chart House located inside the Golden Nugget.

As I have said in past reviews, I find myself going downtown more often as the scene continues to grow and is a happening place to be.

One of the nice things about living in Las Vegas is that we have some of the best happy hours around and Chart House is one of the better if you’re looking for cocktails and great appetizers. Happy hour offers $3 domestic beers, $4 import beers, $4 well drinks, $5 glasses of wine, $6 specialty cocktails and $7 Martinis. So you have a wide selection of different ways to get your drink on.

Looking for some appetizers to go with those drinks then check out the happy hour food menu as they have a Humus Trio with traditional, roasted red pepper and edamame humus for just $5.

Also available for $5 are lettuce wraps and a Spinach & artichoke dip. They offer Ahi Nachos, Calamari, Tempura Shrimp and Shrimp & Vegetable Fritters for $6. For $7 you can chose between a Mediterranean Chicken Pita, Firecracker Shrimp, Prime Rib Sliders or Fish Tacos.

Honestly this is one of the more extensive Happy Hour menus I have seen in Las Vegas so if you’re not feeling like the usual wings and other bar food items check out this upscale happy hour.

On this particular visit we went to have dinner so took a pass on the happy hour specials. We started out our evening by ordering the Stone Crab as an appetizer. To say the Stone Crab was amazing would not being doing it justice.

We shared a platter and it was a great start as the crab claws were huge and the meat was sweet. After my appetizer I was ready for my main course and went with my favorite fish dish which is Chilean Sea Bass grilled.

It was cooked to perfection. To me there isn’t a better tasting fish as it’s a mild flakey white fish. I usually go back and forth between having the Sea Bass just grilled with a touch of butter and garlic or blackened. Either way you can’t go wrong.

My friend Cris ordered the Brick chicken which was very good as it had a nice crispness outside while being extremely moist on the inside. Cris’ wife ordered the Pan seared Scallops done in a ginger soy sauce.

On my next visit I want to order the Lobster Francese, which is a lightly breaded Lobster tail served with angel hair pasta tossed with spinach, mushrooms, asparagus and tomatoes. This dish looked incredible and will be on my radar next time.

Although Chart House is a seafood restaurant there is something for everyone’s taste here as they have several steak options along with Prime Rib, Chicken and Lamb Chops.

The wait staff was very attentive and helpful in offering suggestions from the menu.

I give Chart House a rating of 3.50 Forks out of 4.

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].

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