Photos by Joe Urcioli and courtesy The Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead

Where on the Las Vegas Strip can you enjoy a great meal and smoke your favorite cigar? Turns out it’s at “The Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead” in Caesars Palace. While the Old Homestead Las Vegas outpost of the legendary NYC classic steakhouse opened in late 2011, the Clubhouse at Montecristo Cigar Bar situated just across from the restaurant was launched earlier this year and now presents a unique environment for those who love both fine dining and fine cigars. Last month I was given the opportunity to check out their ultimate cigar dinner experience, held within the Cigar Bar’s wood-paneled private dining room, which comfortably seats 10 guests and is equipped with a 55-inch HD TV and state-of-the-art air filtration system. 

At the cigar dinner we were first offered a cocktail, and I opted for a “Mr. Tasty’s Blackberry Mojito” made with Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, blackberries, fresh mint, hand-squeezed lime, house-made simple syrup and club soda. It was a little sweet, but very tasty and refreshing.

We were then given a tour of their extensive cigar walk-in humidor and choice of a cigar from the selection containing hundreds of top brands. My choice was a ROMEO, BY ROMEO Y JULIETA SAN ANDRES SHORT MAGNUM, which I enjoyed throughout the evening. Dark chocolate in color, with dark roast coffee, chocolate and leather flavors, it went really well with the espresso I had at the end of the dinner.

And then came the delicious food: Fresh-Shucked Oysters, Colossal Shrimp Cocktail (with house cocktail sauce and “atomic” horseradish), Lump Crab Meat Cocktail, Kitchen Sink Salad (shrimp, salami, bacon, avocado, tomato, hearts of palm, blue cheese crumbles and Champagne vinaigrette), Bone-in Porterhouse Steak, Rib Eye Steak, Mac & Four Cheese and Grilled Asparagus. And the finale was the desserts: Crème Brulee, Cheesecake, Big Fat Chocolate Cake, Warm Apple Cobbler, Banana Bread Pudding and Espresso Double.

During the dinner the fine wines we were served included Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2013—loads of red and black currant fruit as well as some licorice; and Chateau de Sancerre Vineyard Chateau de Sancerre Passe Avant le Meilleur Sauvignon Blanc—floral accents and smoky nuances.

A truly outstanding evening of eating, drinking and smoking that can be found nowhere else on the Vegas Strip. 

Dinner in the Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead is available every night of the week for up to 10 guests. Guests can choose from pre-set menus or customize their own with options from Old Homestead and Cigar Bar’s elegant selection of fine wine and spirits. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit
www.opentable.com/r/clubhouse-at-montecristo-by-old-homestead-caesars-palace-las-vegas or contact General Manager
David Chiti at 702-370-4435 or dchiti@caesarspalace.com.