The Barrymore

A diamond in the rough. That's what I think The Barrymore is best described as. Nestled in the newly renovated Royal Resort on Convention Center Drive, The Barrymore really is a destination. Unless you're cutting through, going to a convention, or indoor skydiving, there's no real reason to be on that road. But now The Barrymore presents a reason to stop and take in it's cool, retro atmosphere with a great layout and even better food.

We were first greeted by the hostess at their enormous white door that transports you from the dreary Royal Resort into the decadence that is The Barrymore. From the entrance you can see the hip and stylized bar directly in front, the relaxed outdoor patio with cushy seating and a fire trimmed wall, and the two dining rooms, one directly ahead past the bar, and one to the right. We were escorted to a plush booth in the dining room on the right and seated. The décor inside The Barrymore reminds me of the Cosmo, attention to detail and quality at it's finest. Everywhere you look you see something posh and nostalgic. The ceiling is given style with film reels, the space between booths has golden eagle statues jettisoning out, and the walls are covered with mirrors small and large. It gives you the retro Vegas feel while at the same time feeling very updated. I love the look and feel of every part of The Barrymore.

The menu is very straight forward and precise. It's simplicity is part of its genius and is really well thought out. We started out with the Chef's choice of the Lobster "Deviled Eggs" and the Roasted Artichoke. The Lobster "Deviled Eggs" are served beautifully and a perfect amount for two to share. The fillings were fluffy and very flavorful by themselves, but the American caviar on top really puts it over the edge. For what this appetizer lacks in size, it makes up for in richness and flavor. The Roasted Artichoke easily could be my new favorite appetizer. At first glance it looks like a salad, but once you dig in, you see the meaty artichoke hearts waiting for you. The flavor profile is robust and just downright amazing. The char was perfect, the consistency was outstanding, and the salsa verde sauce takes it to a whole other level. I will order this every time I go to The Barrymore.

We were so delighted with our appetizers we had forgotten to even try the Table Bread! When presented to us, I couldn't completely understand the server, but I'm pretty sure she said one of the breads had bacon in it. Even if it didn't, it was quite good. The parmesan flat bread was über cheesy and fresh while the "bacon" bread was also delicious and went great with their slightly salty butter. 

When our waitress was telling us about the specials for the day, an off menu item caught my attention... Swordfish, I love me some swordfish. My Swordfish was served on a bed of sausage, a great tomato sauce, and topped with delicately sliced onions that were sweet and complimented the fish well. The Swordfish itself was very well cooked and was excellently seasoned. It had a great char on it as well, and was a decent portion size. The two slices of sausage and the tomato sauce were very rich and kept a good contrast of flavors compared to the Swordfish. It was overall very enjoyable and I'm glad I ordered it.

Our other entree was the 16oz Pork Chop. This beast was exceptional. Sporting amazing grill marks and being very tender throughout, this was a stellar choice. The rustic seasoning on the chop was perfect and well paired with the aioli sauce on the side that was buttery and creamy(Not Pictured). We ate half at the restaurant and I had the rest reheated in the oven the next day, still amazing!

For our sides, we had the French Fries and Asparagus. The fries are cutely served in a mini "frying basket" and are great, but they're the same as the ones at Public House. I would have liked to have seen a little more of a "Barrymore spin" on those. The Asparagus was offered grilled or sautéed, I got them sautéed which included them being dressed with a heavy parmesan cheese spread. The asparagus themselves were very thick and cooked through and they all had a great parmesan flavor even without the cheese stuck to them. 

For our closing act we went with the Gelato: vanilla & berry flavors. I've had more gelato in my life than you could ever think of (long story), so I'm picky when it comes to this dessert. If The Barrymore makes their own Gelato in house, I'm extremely impressed, if it's outsourced, it's still damn good. The vanilla was bold and strong in its taste but not overpowering and the berry had a great fruity mouth feel and was definitely made with real fruit. Absolutely grade A Gelato.

I feel like we just scratched the surface of The Barrymore on this trip. I really want to go back to explore the rest of the menu and to also try out their signature Cocktails at the bar. I really hope The Barrymore is here to stay, I'm not saying that because of the establishment, more of the establishment it's located inside of.   Otherwise, this should become a great local secret like Chicago Joe's and the Ranch House, where only the cool Vegas people know where it is and what it's all about.

Rating Description
out of 10
7 Location
The actual venue is amazing. But it's located in a small redone hotel/timeshare on Convention Center Drive. At least it's centrally located!
10 The Décor
Beautiful. It's very well done and the attention to detail is outstanding.
9 The Prices
You're looking at about $50 a person for a decent meal, but the price definitely is worth the quality of the food.
N/A The Drinks
I'm going N/A for my trip this time. I didn't have any alcoholic beverages, but I do know their wine selection is astounding and they have great looking cocktails. I'll update this eventually.
10 The Food
Nothing we had was mediocre. Everything was great. I'm stoked to try more off of the menu ASAP.
A Sin City Foodie top pick!
(out of 10)

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