When the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Lake Charles opened late last year, it added more than 740 hotel rooms and suites to the area. It’s line-up of amenities also includes seven restaurants and five bar and lounge options. Locals and visitors alike are taking full advantage of the newest dining options in town.
Tilman Fertitta, chairman, CEO and sole shareholder of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., also owns Landry’s Inc., a company that operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining restaurants around the world. Thanks to this, area diners now have the opportunity to choose from a variety of restaurants that provide new options for those looking for anything from a private or family dinner to a business lunch or sports viewing party.
Here’s a rundown of what food lovers can expect when heading out the Golden Nugget to dine.
NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT
If a cocktail and live entertainment is the Holy Grail you seek, then consider these options:
Forty-two signature martinis, specialty cocktails, fine wines and spirits are all available at Blue Martini, along with live entertainment every night.
Located in the center of the casino, steps away from the high-limit gaming area, Bar 46 also offers bar-top video poker.
Handmade cocktails are the staple in this icy inspired lobby bar.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Rush Lounge provides a place for guests to relax, enjoy cocktails, listen to live music, gamble and watch the latest game.
H20 Pool & Ultra Lounge
This outdoor lounge combines a poolside ambience with contemporary seating, a fire pit, a swim-up bar, lazy river and more.
For a more substantial meal, feast on these options:
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
Voted one of the Top Ten Steakhouses in America, Vic & Anthony’s features prime beef, fresh seafood and more, along with an extensive wine collection.
Grotto Italian Ristorante
Transport yourself to the setting of a trattoria in the Old Country while enjoying authentic Italian cuisine. Fresh antipasti, chicken, veal and fish entrees along with homemade pastas are all staples of Grotto’s menu.
Lillie’s Asian Cuisine
A fusion of Chinese and Japanese flavors with a Pan-Asian flair greet diners are Lillie’s. An extensive sushi and sashimi menu that includes Ahi, Sake and Unagi are also available.
Saltgrass Steak House
This award-winning steakhouse, famous for serving Certified Angus Beef®, is now a reality for Southwest Louisiana diners. Also available is a wide selection of seafood, chicken, BBQ, baby back ribs, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Breads, dressings, soups and desserts are made from scratch daily.
Claim Jumper Restaurant
Inspired by California’s Gold Rush history, this restaurant puts a modern twist on traditional American cuisine. Choices include burgers, sandwiches, fresh-baked pot pie, specialty salads and more. Made fresh daily, among other items, is the six-layer Chocolate Motherlode Cake, featured as one of America’s "Top 5 Most Decadent Desserts” on Food Network.
Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar
Tapas, tacos, enchiladas and much more make up the menu at Cadillac. The Tequila Bar features more than 70 boutique tequilas along with signature margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails.
Landry’s Seafood House
Founded in 1947, Landry’s Seafood is a Gulf tradition that opened its first location in Lafayette. Serving up fresh Gulf seafood, Landry’s offers gumbo made with dark brown roux, fresh fish and shrimp, oysters shucked to order and more.
And, if you still have room left after all these stops, check out The Chocolate Box. Offering high-end confections, handmade truffles and specialty candies and sweets, The Chocolate Box also serves gelato, milkshakes, coffee and more.