Eat & Drink Like Frank Sinatra At The Golden Steer Steakhouse
Beginning Dec. 1, The Golden Steer Steakhouse in Las Vegas will offer a special menu dedicated to Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 on Dec. 12. The 3-course menu was created based on what Sinatra ordered when he regularly dined at the restaurant in the ’60s while performing with the Rat Pack.
Sinatra became a regular guest at The Golden Steer in the ’60s while he was performing with the Rat Pack (Peter Lawson, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop). It was Sammy Davis, Jr. who first brought Sinatra to the restaurant. In the ’60s, African-Americans could not dine in the hotels and this applied to Davis, even though he was a performer. The Golden Steer welcomed Davis who would stop to eat at the restaurant which was, at the time, located between the Moulin Rouge, Las Vegas’ first desegregated hotel and casino, and the Sands Hotel and Casino, where the Rat Pack performed. The Golden Steer honors its repeat and loyal guests by dedicating booths. Thanks to Sinatra’s patronage, the restaurant’s celebrity guest list would expand to begin including regulars such as Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and John Wayne. The restaurant dedicated booth number 20 to Davis, booth number 21 to Martin and booth number 22 to Sinatra, where all three tables remain next to one another to this day.
Priced at $100* per person, guests who experience “Frank’s Menu” will dine in his actual booth (table 22) which seats up to four guests. His menu will include:
- Clams Casino: prepared with clams on the half shell, baked with white wine, bacon, diced red and yellow peppers and bread crumbs.
- New York Strip Steak, 16 oz.: served with sautéed diced tomatoes, garlic and white wine and medium rare.
- Bananas Foster: the house specialty, The Golden Steer is one of the few restaurants in Las Vegas able to stylishly serve this dessert tableside as a flambé.
- Jack Daniels: the drink will be prepared just as he drank it – with three fingers of Jack and two ice cubes.
- Italian red wine.
- One classic Zippo lighter, engraved with The Golden Steer logo and the date of Sinatra’s 100th birthday.
- One ticket for admission to The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, where guests can learn more about Sinatra’s history with the mafia including FBI photos regarding the kidnapping of Sinatra’s only son, Frank, Jr. (see below for more information) and his ties to Chicago Outfit boss Sam Giancana and the Cal-Neva lodge.
For guests wishing to dine on Sinatra’s actual birthday, Saturday, Dec. 12, in addition to Frank’s Menu and being seated in his booth, each guest will receive:
- One roll of dimes: on Dec. 8, 1963, Sinatra’s only son, Frank, Jr., was kidnapped at Harrah’s Club Lodge in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He was 19-years-old at the time and preparing for his own performance that night. The kidnappers demanded Sinatra call from untraceable pay phones. Following the return of his son, Sinatra began a lifelong habit of carrying a roll of dimes (the cost of a pay phone call at the time) “just in case of emergency.” He was reportedly buried with a roll of dimes, as well as a bottle of Jack Daniels and a pack of Camel cigarettes.
- On that night only, there will be a live performance of Sinatra classics.
The price for “Frank’s Menu” scheduled on his birthday will be a minimum of $1,000 per reservation for the four-top. Only three times are available that evening for reservations: 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.