Redwood at the new California was a big surprise

Redwood at the new California was a big surprise

October 17, 2017 3:02 AM


I haven’t reviewed any place in downtown Las Vegas for a while so we went to the California Hotel and Casino.

If you haven’t been there in a while you’re in for a big surprise. The Boyd group has been renovating all of their properties. I was quite impressed with the renovations. Be sure to check out the cozy sportsbook as I love what they did.

The Redwood Steakhouse is open from 5 to 10 p.m. and on the weekends 5-11 p.m. We didn’t make reservations since it was a Tuesday and we planned on getting there by 6 p.m. We got right in but by 7:30 the entire restaurant was filled so I would highly recommend making reservations. For a downtown steakhouse to be filled on a Tuesday tells you they are doing some good things at the Redwood.

The decor was very nice. We had a round booth toward the back of the restaurant. As we sat down the waiter brought us roasted olives and a buttered breadboard. This was a nice touch rather than just the traditional warm breadbasket. For starters both of us had the French onion soup. It was quite tasty and reasonably priced at eight dollars.

For our main entrée we both ordered the bone-in rib-eye steak. It was 22 ounces and cooked to perfection. The rib-eye was very flavorful and priced at $38. All of the Redwood prices on steaks are well below what you would pay on the Strip. The 10-ounce filet was $34 while a 16-ounce New York Strip was $35. A 12-ounce lobster tail was $52.

We ordered two side dishes to share as the serving sizes would feed two to three people easily and just $6 a side dish is a bargain. We ordered the mac-and-cheese along with the creamed sweet corn. They have two different kinds of mac-and-cheese. You can order a smoked cheddar cheese or a buttermilk blue cheese and bacon. We went with smoked cheddar and of everything we had this was my least ­favorite as the smoky taste dominated the flavor. The creamed sweet corn was excellent and I will be ordering that again.

On my next visit I want to try the Redwood fried potatoes that are seasoned with olive oil, garlic, Parmesan and parsley. One of the other popular dishes I want to try on a future visit is the braised beef short ribs served in a Cabernet wine sauce over mashed potatoes. The Redwood also offers prime rib of beef. They have a 16-ounce cut for $29 and a 24-ounce redwood cut for $35.

The service was outstanding as our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, answering all of our questions as well as offering suggestions. My beverage glass never hit bottom before getting a refill.

If you’re looking for a nice happy hour downtown I would highly suggest Happy Hour here as they have several small bite dishes available for $8 each in the bar area. They have mini-prime rib sandwiches, oxtail fried rice, barbecue pork ribs and a grilled pork belly, just to name a few, each available for $8 during Happy Hour.

I will make room for dessert on my next visit to try the warm apple dumplings served with Lappert’s salted caramel ice cream. If you aren’t familiar with Lappert’s ice cream it is a specialty ice cream from Hawaii, which ties in with the island theme of the California.

The food was very good and reasonably priced for a Las Vegas steakhouse. I give the Redwood a rating of 3.75 forks.