Vegas Values: Rare 120 Degrees

Rare 120º at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is named after the optimal temperature in which a rare steak is cooked. The restaurant, owned by The Dolce Group, is known for serving Hollywood’s high profile crowds at The Geisha House and Ketchup. This is its first venture in Las Vegas. Diners can expect to find classic steakhouse cuisine reinvented by Executive Chef, Jonathan Snyder. Before landing at Rare 120º Snyder gained experience at upscale steakhouses such as Bellagio’s Prime and Strip House at Planet Hollywood. Today, he features a creative menu suited for Hard Rock’s trendy crowd.

A peek at Rare 120º's sleek design
Photo Courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The focus at Rare 120º is to use the freshest seasonal ingredients, with an emphasis on organic and farm raised meats to create new twists on old steakhouse favorites. The a la carte menu was no afterthought, this was an intentional nod to encourage guests to build their ideal experience by marrying the perfect protein and sides. Prime steaks are aged 28 days, other carnivorous selections include Colorado Lamb Chops, Berkshire Pork Porterhouse, and Organic Chicken Two Ways. From the sea, you can expect Chilean Sea Bass, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Pan-seared Scallops. Additionally, there is an ample selection of starters running the gamut of cold, crisp and hot. Rice Cracker Tuna, Mini Iceberg Wedges and Kobe Meatball Lollipops are popular choices. Finally, a tempting variety of sides are available such as Mushroom Pot Pie, Grilled Corn, and a Mashed Potato Trio (lobster, truffle, and rosemary-parmesan ).

We noshed on a delicious pretzel bread basket with mustard-butter while we narrowed down selections from the enticing menu. We began with Kobe Beef Carpaccio ($14) it was tender, and the sprinkling of truffle, capers and parmesan flavored each bite. We also sampled the Maryland Crab Cakes ($14). Often crab cakes are overwhelmed with bread crumbs, this was not the case; These were meaty cakes. Afterwards, we dug into crisp Iceberg Wedges ($10) topped with applewood-smoked bacon, Point Reyes blue cheese and tossed with red onion and teardrop tomatoes. Then, the main course was served. The Swordfish ($32) with a mango, pineapple and citrus salsa was refreshing and light. The Bone-in Ribeye ($44) was nicely prepared and bursting with bold meaty flavor. Sides of Mac and Cheese ($12) and Broccolini ($8) were also shared.

We left no room for dessert, but we took advantage of the sweetest treat at Rare 120º, Half-Price Mondays. The entire food menu is 50% off Monday evenings 5-10:30pm. This is a real bargain. The restaurant also offers happy hour in the lounge Tuesday-Thursday and Friday from 5:30-7:30pm. You can also join them for food and drink specials during reverse happy hour special 9pm-close Tuesday-Thursday.

If you’re looking to stretch your dollar even further, you’ll be happy to learn Rare 120º is partnered with Open Table and Restaurant.com. Open Table is a free reservation site that allows you to earn reward points for making reservations at popular restaurants across the country. Those points can later be redeemed for dining certificates. Restaurant.com is a website to purchase dining certificates at a discount. For example, you can purchase a $50 Gift Certificate for Rare 120º for only $20. Furthermore, Restaurant.com regularly offers discount codes for additional savings. You can save 30% on purchases through 12/30/10 by using code: MYEDU.

Pick a way to save, and treat yourself to a meal at Rare 120º.

Rare 120º is located inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, it is open Sunday-Thursday 5-10:30pm and Friday & Saturday 5-11pm.

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  1. I was surprised to see that the prices actually seem reasonable, for what at least looks like an upscale steakhouse. Generally I find the US steak prices to be incredibly high, but Rare 120 degrees sounds like a decent one to check out.

    Thanks again for all your reviews

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