In 2015 the Galleria in Henderson completed a massive $24 million expansion which included bringing in some excellent restaurants to the southwest quadrant of the mall. One of those new restaurants is Larsen’s Grill, an eatery with a wide menu and luxurious décor.
Larsen’s is simultaneously upscale and casual; you can be relaxed while in a classy environment with fine dining quality. The décor is highlighted by crystal chandeliers, wood beam ceiling, wood tabletops, brick columns and a window fronting the kitchen with simulated burning coals setting the tone for the Prime and Choice meats you are about to enjoy.
This location was the 5th in the chain which now numbers six, with another one opening soon in La Jolla, CA. The man behind the brand is President/Owner Flemming Larsen, who now resides in Southern Nevada after moving here from California in 2013 to escape the heavy burden of the Golden State’s taxes, even before deciding to open a restaurant here. Flemming opened his first restaurant in Solvang in 1991, when he was only 22 years old. On March 23, 2008 he opened his first Larsen’s, and coincidentally it was nine years to the day when we dined at the Galleria Larsen’s and had the pleasure to visit with him. Although originally a butcher by trade, he found being a butcher wasn’t his passion, but has put the skills he learned to good use. A meat aging facility in California ages the USDA Prime (dry aged 2-4 weeks) and USDA Choice Angus (wet aged 4-6 weeks) steaks before they are vacuum sealed and sent to his restaurants.
Our server during our visit was Jeff Sletton, a Thousand Oaks, CA native who trained at the Oxnard Larsen’s location before transferring to the new Henderson restaurant while it was still being built. Jeff tells a fun story of coming into the restaurant and seeing a man pounding nails in the baseboards, who asked him if there was anything he would change about the design, to which Jeff replied he would put carpet over the cement floor. The worker turned out to be none other than Flemming Larsen and when you visit you will notice he listened to Jeff. Definitely a hands-on owner, Flemming has a general contractor’s license and is involved in designing and building each of his restaurants.
Regarding working at Larsen’s, Jeff said, “Most of us have been here since the restaurant opened and we stay because it’s ‘family’ and there is a circle of trust among the staff.” A multi-media major in college, Jeff does social media for the restaurant and also serves as a manager a few days a week.
As for the menu, there are plenty of choices. Star appetizers are the Filet Mignon Sashimi with wasabi mashed potato and steak cooked rare that is so tender you can cut it with a fork; and Lobster Crunch Sushi Roll with tempura fried lobster, crab salad, avocado and eel sauce wrapped in soy paper. From the salad menu, go with the Chop Salad—a wonderful mix of hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, jack cheese, chopped egg and garbanzo beans tossed in a champagne vinaigrette.
The aforementioned aged steaks come in choices of NY Strip, Filet Mignon, Organic Grass Fed Filet, Rib Eye and Porterhouse and can be complemented with peppercorn or bearnaise sauce. Seafood options include a Chardonnay Soaked Cedar Plank Salmon served with asparagus and a beurre blanc sauce and Chilean Sea Bass drizzled with a miso glaze.
Sweet finishes include Crème Brulee with mixed berries and the Hot Fudge Sundae which comes with a brownie covered with a mountain of ice cream and whipped cream.
Being a spirits fan, I was quite impressed with the Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rye and tequila list which included more than 60 choices, such as one of my favorites, Angel’s Envy Kentucky Bourbon.
A very nice outdoor patio from the second level perch lends itself to enjoying the view where you can take advantage of the Larsen’s Piano Hour nightly from 5-7 p.m. with several outstanding deals from $5-10 (also available in the bar) with the likes of Crab Cake, Filet Mignon Tacos and Prime Rib French Dip Sliders.
Larsen’s Grill is filling a void for fine dining steakhouses in the area. When you go, ask to meet Flemming and tell him I sent you. Chances are pretty good he’ll be there.
Larsen’s Grill at the Galleria
1300 W Sunset Rd #2950
LUNCH: daily 11:30 – 2 p.m.
DINNER: daily from 5 p.m.