LV RESTAURANT WEEK 2018 | Day 1 – Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

Every day from June 18th to the 29th, some of Las Vegas’ best restaurants are teaming up with Three Square to bring us Restaurant Week 2018!

All participating establishments have curated pre-fixe menus for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Prices range from $20 per person to $80 per person.

The food is always worth it but, the best part about Restaurant Week here in Las Vegas is, for every meal you purchase; you are also providing up to 18 meals for the hungry.

I’ve taken on the challenge to attend a new restaurant every day of this event, even if I have to go it alone! I’ve read through each menu and I’ve chosen 12 different places with a $40 per person dinner menu, I have made all of my reservations, and have already attended my first two dinners.

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

Located inside the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Address: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135

June 18, 2018@05:00PM
Dinner for One

I made a reservation for myself at the Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar for 05:00PM through the OpenTable website. I was one of their first guests of the evening since they don’t open up for breakfast nor lunch (except on Sundays).

I got to the Red Rock Casino at around 04:30PM. I just walked and sat around until it was time for me to get seated. There was no getting in early, not even by a minute.

I walked into the restaurant through the doors on the inside of the casino so that I could check out the interior; it was super charming. It had a rustic, farm vibe. I asked to be seated outside though since the weather was really nice and the water spritzers were going.

A few other guests piled in after me. I was the only one there for Restaurant Week. When the waitress gave me the food and drinks menu, she didn’t even offer me the three-course meal I was there for. I politely set down the menu she gave me and said, “don’t you have the Restaurant Week menu?!”

She knew exactly what I was talking about and went to grab it for me from her podium. I do think other guests might have opted for the three-course meal if she offered the menu in the first place.

By checking into Yelp, I was given a free plate of their Happy Hour Jalapeno Hummus.

Rating: 1/5

I totally understand why they give this away for free. It doesn’t have a single flavor to it. It just tastes like plain mush in your mouth. I let them pack it in a to-go box because I felt bad for wasting but, boyfriend took one taste and chucked it right in the trash!

Soon after the hummus came out, my first course was presented to me…

Rating: 3.5/5

I chose the Crispy Calamari. Please, don’t laugh at me but, I accidentally took a huge bite and SWALLOWED a piece of the tempura lemon slice. I had squeezed some of the lemon juice on top of everything so when I took a bite of, what I thought was a yellow squash, it was definitely a little sour but, I thought nothing of it and I kept chewing. Not until I tasted the bitterness of the rind going down my throat did I realize that I had just eaten a lemon slice!! I can’t help but think that some people enjoy those tempura lemons?! They were made to look so edible and honestly, it wasn’t the absolute worst thing in the world.

There were tempura zucchini in the mix though, those were real but… gosh, were they salty!! Luckily, the calamari, was perfect. The meat was so plump and tender, not at all difficult to chew. The tempura stuck on, had a nice flavor, and a good crunch to them.

Then… seriously, an entire hour and 15 minutes later, I was given my main entrée. Everyone who had been seated after me was already chomping away on their meals, some were even leaving already. I was so confused.


Rating: 4/5

I was bothered by the presentation of this dish (and how freakin’ long it took to come out). On any regular day, this plate alone would cost you $33 (not worth it). Yes, this Hanger Steak was absolutely fantastic and yes, it literally melted in my mouth but, French fries? Tiny shoestring, overly salted French fries?! I barely ate them. A small side of plain, steamed veggies would’ve been better.

Before I had my last bite of the steak, I made sure to grab my waitress and let her know I was ready for my dessert. I was reeeeally hoping it wouldn’t take another hour for it to come out.

Rating: 3/5

It wasn’t out right away but, it definitely didn’t take as long as the steak!! Woo-hoo!!

I watch The Food Network a lot and I remembered how the judges always remark that all decorations should be edible so I tried to eat the flowers… it didn’t taste so bad because it was covered in powdered sugar but, the waitress caught me and laughed. She informed me that they are edible but, not so tasty. I shoved them off to the side and devoured the middle part of my Glazed Donut Bread Pudding.

The top of the bread pudding was a caramelized sugar, similar to a crème brûlée. The berries and sauce had an overwhelming alcoholic cherry flavor. The bread pudding was really good without the addition of those two components.

Most other states and even other countries host a Restaurant Week at least once a year. Don’t forget to check when YOUR city’s is! I’m honestly not sure that all cities donate a percentage of their earnings to a good cause but, I’m proud of Las Vegas for doing so!! Other states do seem to have cheaper menu options, though.

P.S. To my loyal readers and friends: if you were at all wondering, this is the reason why I cleared my schedule for the rest of June. I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled programming when the event is over and I get all the posts for it up! My blog collab posts still hold their residency on Mondays and Wednesdays but, every other day of the week, I will be bringing you on a new foodie adventure!


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31 thoughts on “LV RESTAURANT WEEK 2018 | Day 1 – Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

  1. You’ve inspired me to try SF’s restaurant week!!! These looks great- but I always appreciate your utmost honesty in everything.. still sounds like a fun experience though, and I could really go for that dessert right about now !

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    1. OOH, I bet SF has the BEST foodie spots. When is your Restaurant Week?! It was definitely a fun experience and I wasn’t really in a hurry, I still got to work “on time” but, it was REALLY ridiculous how long everything took lol. I wish I could have shared the dessert with you! ❤

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      1. There are definitely some amazing eats around here! Our next restaurant week is January 2019, so I have a while yet.

        oooooo, Maybe that’s just an excuse to get that dessert again sometime, lol!

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    1. I wonder if there is restaurant week where you are?! 😉 YES, the food took forever and was definitely underwhelming for the amount of time it took!!


    1. I know, it took forever!! No, I didn’t complain. They knew they were taking long because they kept saying “it’s almost done sorry for the wait” but they didin’t care! I bet there’s tons of delicious places that participate in Restaurant Week near you!!

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    1. Lol oh my gosh, I was confused. Why were there tempura lemon slices?! I couldn’t have been the only one who mistook it for a yellow squash lol I mean maybe I was the only one who completely chewed and swallowed it but… still!

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  2. What a fun adventure, Hunida! It sounds really great to try all these different restaurants and dishes and even better, knowing that it helps out other people so much! Good for you. Can’t wait to read more. 🙂

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    1. Aw, I am guessing you live quite a ways away from Baltimore?? I just looked it up and their restaurant week is actually next month starting July 27!! Calamari is always hit or miss for me so I hope when you try it, it’s good. I’ve also heard rumors that some places will use pig anus instead of squid because it’s cheaper & the texture is the same so I’m always worried but I order it anyways lol. 😛

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  3. I never knew this was a thing whaaaaa??????! I’ll have to check if they do that here too, it’d be a shame if Portland didn’t participate lol. I don’t think I could go to every single restaurant so I think it’s awesome of you to challenge yourself to do that, because after all, the money will go to a good cause 😁
    Anyway, I’m so sorry you had to wait so long for your meal to come, wtf, I’d be pissed lol. And yeah, French fries don’t even look good 🤣

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