Burger Bar

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

128 Ratings
Burger BarBurger Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

3930 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119-1010
United States

(702) 632-9364 | map
mandalaybay.com

Notes:
Located in Mandalay Place.

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
96
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.03%
 
 
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Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited during the weekend of 5/9/08 - 5/10/08.

I had heard seating was tough here, and it is. But both times I visited, I was able to get a seat at the bar with no wait (once for a party of two then again for a party of four).

The bartenders are very friendly and personable. I didn't need their beer expertise to decide what to drink, but I saw them helping some craft newbies decide on a brew.

The draft selection is solid and is probably the best thing they have to offer. Be warned that pints are pricey, though.

Food is, to put it mildly, seriously overpriced. Burgers can easily run over $20.00 without much effort. If they were truly $20.00 burgers, this would be acceptable. But I feel these burgers and sides (brought in frozen or prepackaged, no less) are worth perhaps half to two thirds what is being charged. You are definitely paying for the scene.

Speaking of scene... it is crowded with youngish, good looking people. Saw lots of beer being consumed, but also saw a good amount of other beverages. I don't think the craft beer list is the main attraction for most of the diners.

Some places have deserved reps for great burgers (Father's Office and Lucky Devil's in L.A., for instance), but this place is getting by on its inexplicable "hot" status. Don't get me wrong, the food is good. But it's not buzz worthy.

I don't think I'll be going back here again unless it's to grab a pint on the way to eat somewhere else.

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Photo of tomtuttle
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The Burger Bar is my favorite place in Las Vegas, by a wide margin. It's so good, I went there twice in four days despite the overwhelming competition for my attention.

The location in Mandalay Place is actually the upscale mall that connects the Mandalay Bay and Luxor complexes. You could easily walk by this place and think it was just another, nondescript mall eatery.

In addition to a passion for beer, I am also a hamburger afficionado. The burgers at this place are exquisite! There is a wide selection of toppings, meat (buffalo, kobe, angus, etc.), buns, cheeses, etc. You do end up with a ~$15 burger using this approach, but the quality is so good that I think it is actually a good value. Especially in Vegas. Get the sweet potato fries. I ordered my burger medium-rare and it was perfect.

The beer selection is very good; five fine Belgians plus numerous other imports and big and/or hoppy American craft beers. Proper glassware. You can get a taster of any five of the draughts. I had probably ten different beers on my visits, and each was in excellent condition.

Service was competent and friendly.

Do not miss the Burger Bar if you are anywhere near the south end of the Las Vegas strip.

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Photo of jbmorch
4.15/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

You don't come to Vegas to save money, so why not splurge on a $20 hamburger. And don't skimp on the a-la-carte burger toppings. It's the best burger I've ever eaten - though it seems a shame to grind up that Kobe beef. There are vegetarian options like a portabella burger.

Anyway, the taps were fairly impressive and would have been rated higher with more IPAs on tap. I ended up having a $7 Grimbergen Dubbel which was served in its own tulip glass (I noticed pilseners and a Chimay being served properly too).

There is a full bar in addition to the good beer. They play good music and it is a hip scene.

The place is crowded at night and typically has a 30-45 minute wait (in my limited 2-day experience).

Bottom line, if you are a beer lover in Vegas, you should go out of your way to have a meal at this place. Talk to Lloyd, the bar manager - he has a passion for good beer and warms quickly to other beer lovers.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mandalay is a bit off the beaten path, but if you're looking for good beer on the strip, you gotta check this place out.
Got there about 7PM and it was pretty busy, but there were a few seats at the bar so took advantage of that. I didn't get food, but it all looked and smelled great. It's more a restaurant than a bar, really, so you get the typical restaurant atmosphere. Nothing wrong with that.
They had a good selection on top, I would say maybe 20 beers or so, but perhaps more. Quite a few Belgian brews, plus a bunch of solid American micro's. Something for everybody. I had a Delerium Noel and a NB 2 Below. Tons of stuff in bottles as well, and they absolutely feature Belgian stuff. Also had a few Unibroue, and of course they list Firestone 10 for $150.
Bartenders were friendly and seemed to know their stuff. Like I said, food looked awesome. Prices were ok. I paid 10 bucks for Delerium Noel but only 5.50 for the 2 Below. Can't complain.
Again, a must do if you're in Vegas and looking for a good brew...

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I wound up going here on recommendation from a fellow BA sirk0rebreg. I always love to try new places when I travel and this one was a great find. The menu focuses on burgers, surprise, with a few other options to reasonably please a diverse dining group. My custom designed burger came out quite tasty.

What I enjoyed most of all was getting a leatherbound beer menu with pages of bottled belgian, german and american beers. This is in addition to an extensive on tap and "regular" bottled lineup.

Their dedication to beer is impressive. The waitstaff are encouraged to try and learn the beer menu and the bar / beer manager was incredibly into great beers. On the strength of the beer list alone you've got to try this place.

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Photo of perfectkaos
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Burger Bar is a neat little place tucked into the Mandalay Place shopping mall in between Mandalay Bay and Luxor. Definitely worth stopping in.
Quasi-sportsbar with TVs placed in every booth, and three widescreen flat panels above the bar.

A good variety of beer on tap, even more in the bottle selection. During my two trips here, I had Fântome Primtemps and Sprecher Scotch Ale. Beer pricing is what you would expect, depending on the beers you buy. Had I won at the craps tables, I probably would have sprung for the $150 Beer (and the $60 burger)

Speaking of the burgers, The Burger Bar lets you customize every aspect of your burger, from the type of beef used to the bun to an extensive list of toppings including foie gras and lobster tail. The $60 burger mentioned above, known as the Rossini, is a piece of steak topped with foie gras and truffles.

I put the pricing as reasonable, because depending on what you get, you pay more or less. A regular beef burger ends up running around 9-10 bucks, which is what you pay at Red Robin or Fridays. American Kobe naturally runs a bit more.

My only complaint was that the bar closed at midnight, something I was not expecting for Vegas. The weekend sees the bar stay open later.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped here while in Vegas in August 2007. I found the place on beerfly, otherwise I never would have seen it. It's in the shopping mall portion of the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The atmosphere is strange, a pub on the top level of a shopping mall. There was seating for maybe 20 people at the bar, and my friend and I took 2 of them. There were about 12 taps and ~50 bottles to choose from (including some really rare ones like Firestone 10, for $150 per 22oz bottle OUCH). The taps included New Belgium Fat Tire and Skinny Dip, Grimbergen, Kronenberg, Lindemans Framboise, Chimay White, and others. There are 2 beer menus, the "regular" one on the food menu and the "reserve" one which lists mostly Belgian beers and UK beers.

The prices are reasonable in general, about $5-6 for draft beers, and you're in good shape unless you go for the rare beers. Maybe the best attribute was the generosity of the bartenders, they were sampling many of the beers themselves and let us try sips of almost everything they sampled.

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Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

visited for lunch on june 5th/07.

the burger bar is a long narrow space with a nice marble topped bar running along one side, booths on the other, and tables up the middle. lots of dark wood on the walls gives it a bit of an "english library" feel, but there's a definite modern slant too. 24 taps, about half craft and half imports, mostly more common stuff. the music playing was odd...early 90s pop/hiphop type stuff, with some other less interesting stuff mixed in.

quality was good. one thing i found a little odd was two different beer menus: the regular one with their draft list and some bottles, and a "reserve" list with some wackier belgian and other imports. definitely ask for the reserve menu (which was in a nice chimay book). the two beers i had were good, one i'd never heard of.

the service was great. we sat at the bar, and the bartender was attentive without being annoying. the "beer guy" was quick to answer our questions and very helpful, even when we asked about other places in the area to visit. the only real faux-pas was when the bartender noticed i still had about a half ounce in the bottom of my bottle and dumped it into my glass before i could protest. i only had a sip left in the glass and didn't really care, but would have been unhappy had this happened at the start of my glass.

the selection was better than i expectd in a casino, but nothing too crazy. while most of the imports are more common stuff, it was nice to see the chimay white on tap and several things in bottles that i'd never tried before.

the food was excellent. this place is great, since even your non-beer geek companions will enjoy the visit (and the couple macro taps may be to their liking anyway). we both really enjoyed our burgers. my wife said the lemonaid was the best ever - not too sweet or acidic, and she also really liked the sweet potato fries and what seemed to be home made dressing.

i thought the prices were reasonable. they weren't spectacular, but definitely better than i expected in a casino (and less than i paid at a few other places in the area). i'd happily return and would recommend this as a good beer oasis on the fairly bland vegas strip.

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Photo of harsley
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I liked this place a lot. All wait staff were very friendly, timely, and attentative. Nicely set up in a mall connecting two casino/hotels, had lots of dark wood, very clean, and was decorated tastefully, not over done, too keep things a little nicer. Beer menu was good. I would guess the best you'll find on the strip but I could be mistaken. Lots on tap including three Belgians, and more in bottles listed by country. Also had some Sin City beers on tap that are brewed locally. Obviously you go here to get a burger. They were cooked to order perfectly (not over done) and tasted great. A few different types of meat to choose from and many different add ons, including cinnamon bacon (sounds weird but was good). Definitely should hit this place up if you are in Vegas. Prices weren't bad either, but I'm used to Boston so it may seem like more if you're not used to city prices.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located in the mall between MB and Luxor. Stopped in for lunch mid-week and the place had a good sized crowd. I decided to grab a stool at the bar since there were a good number available. Sleek bar with about 20+ stools and in the dining section there was nice high booths with TVs in some of them. First thing I noticed was the louder than necessary and very annoying rap / dance music playing. Is this a dance club or a restaurant ?

There are 24 beers on tap here with a large selection of macros but a nice choice of different styles. Anchor Steam, Chimay, Fat Tire, SNPA, Grimbergen, and Sierra Celebration with a some Stella, Kronenberg 1664, and Blue Moon to round it out. 20+ bottles to choose from too. Beers are about $5.50 - $6 / pint.

Bartender was unfriendly and seemed to be bothered I asked for a lunch menu. Over the stay I wasn't impressed with him, but the food did come out quick and the other servers seemed friendly.

The burgers are very good and worth the higher price IMHO. Large number of fixin's available to customize your burger. Some rediculously priced Kobe beef burgers are available if money is no object.

If you want a good burger and a decent beer - this place is worth a stop.

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Photo of Umbra
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Located in the corridor between Mandalay Bay and Luxor. Found by accident as I was joyously leaving (almost skipping from) the poker room at Mandalay Bay--the house pays extra on certain winning hands, and Mr. Umbra was the first person of the day with a straight flush :)

Saw the sign and made my way over, thinking to enjoy a hearty burger and brew since I hadn't eaten in several hours. Set-up was shotgun style front to back with a bar to one side and a kitchen in the rear.

Service was a bit aloof and wasn't overly good with the product rundown or description. As there was no list of product available, one had to go to the bar to get an idea, which lead to more of a wait for the return of the server...

Mostly macro micros and macros available on tap. A few pints of fresh Fat Tire go very well with burgers. Expensive, but good burgers with interesting toppings. Fries were lackluster. Mon Ami Gabi over @ Paris were much better options.

Overall: Unique for Vegas, but not recommended unless you're from the East Coast and can't get Fat Tire at home. For the price, you really should just head over to Rosemary's at the Rio.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

We went at 12:30 p.m. on a Friday. Obviously a popular place since it was packed. Had to wait about 20 minutes to get a table.

Place is located in the walkway, so not exactly a lovely setting. It does have a decent size bar [+/- 30 people] and some tables & booths. Not a huge place. Between the loud music and the packed house, the bar was quite noisy. A very frenetic feel to it. Lots of TV's over the bar area. They also have beer paraphenalia all along the walls.

Beer: Very nice tap/bottle selection for a burger joint. Probably around 25 on tap and an equal amount of bottles. A sampling includes: Sin City [$5.50) Chimay ($9), Fat Tire, Stella, Sapporo, Dos Equis. Bottles: Peroni, Deschuttes, Duvel, Franziskaner, Coopers.

I had a Brimberger and it was served in the appropriate glassware. Can't argue with that.

Food is the basics: burgers, sandwhiches. The burges come with a wide variety of toppings that you can choose from. We had the Black Angus burger with a side of onion rings. This burger was as good as I've ever had. Very delicious. Rings were also good.

Service was very friendly, attentive and always smiling. Served our beer quickly and noticed the small details [replaced our ketchup when it was running low, etc.].

Not a very cheap place, but the quality is worth it. I would definitely go back when I'm in Vegas.

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Photo of rudyarmand
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I recently attended a convention held at the Mandalay Bay Casino and one of my buddies noticed that a restaurant located in the shopping arcade between Mandalay Bay and the Luxor had some rare beers on tap. We visited the Burger Bar after working the show and were tired and in need of refreshment. To my delight, they had Chimay Triple on draft as well as Grimbergen. We had both of them over the next three days and really were very happy. The service was good, the servers friendly, and when they were changing out the kegs of Chimay Triple, instead of pouring the foam down the drain, they let us drink the beer for free.

We got ripped. We were very happy.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A- First lets take note that there is plenty very attractive mid to early 20 year old females working there. Nice color scheme, bigger than it looks from out front. Every booth has a TV built into. Very laid back, clean, and quiet for a burger joint in a casino. It gets busy but its still possible to have a conversation with yelling.

Q- Beer was served in apporiate glassware, some even in the brewers glassware. Just a well taken care of place that looks like that take pride in what they are doing.

S- it was saturday evening and it only took us 5 mintues to get a table for nine people. Very impressive. Food was ordered just as ordered and was out relavtively quick. Only problem was that the waiter was almost nonexistent. Most of the we had to flag him down for refills, another beer, and even the check.

S- very nice selection. 24 taps and probably 20 bottles selections. Out of the 24 taps, no macros. That were some familiar taps, i think newcastle probably being the most recognizable (ended my dinner with one, yummy). Other than that they had SNPA, anchor steam, sin city light &amber, lindemans raspberry, dos equis amber, bass, boddingtons, among others. For bottles there were some macros, two samuel smiths, samuel adams and others.
I went with Sin City Amber, Anchor Steam, and Newcastle. All were very good. Escpecially the Sin City.

F- Food was as delicous as could of been. The only problem was that the portions were way to small for what you pay for. Very Very Yummy though. The menu is huge.

V- best way to put this is expensive and at times over priced. Beers were expensive starting at $5.50 for a pint with the most expensive being $7.50 for 9oz of lindemans raspberry. The food was overpriced. Good food, but you really should be getting more with what it cost.

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Photo of slander
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I'm experiencing a certain inability to leave the blackjack tables. The sweet songs of the autoshuffler onetwosix sirens are steering me towards the rocks to the tune of at least 4 bills now. I have to get the hell out of here for something sustanance soon and I seem to remember readin' about the Burger Bar at Mandalay Place. It's got to be around here somewhere but I can't see past the dirty slot machines...
Having finally escaped the tables briefly for a beer and a bite, we trudged through Mandalay Place, a strip of pricey stores and more connecting Mandalay Bay and the Luxor, and found the Burger Bar. It's dinerish like only a place in an upscale casino can be. A marble topped angled bar seats a dozen to the left and 10 booths run the wall to the right with 8 tables in the middle of the room. To the rear of the room, the bar continues straight back seating another dozen with 5 tables and 5 booths sitting adjacent. Angled walls, sectioned pressed tin ceiling with chandaliers and spotlights, and framed coaster displays above the bar. The bar back holds booze on the shelves and 4 flat screens above them with small nooks holding a Chimay magnum and colored seltzer bottles. A Newcastle mirror and a bunch of framed French/Belgian beer ads. It's a decent enough place except for the loud shitty club music.
24 taps. 2 towers of 12 each at different ends of the front bar. New Belgium Fat Tire, Pyramid Snow Cap & Hefe, Chimay White, Anchor Steam, Blue Moon, Sin City Amber & Light, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and then the standard crappy macro imports. They also carry roughly 18 bottles, a handful of them are worthwhile (Sam Smith Taddy Porter & Organic Ale, PU, Fischer Amber, Sam Adams Lager) but mostly not.
The food menu is all about the burger. You can choose from a good variety of toppings (cheeses, meats, vegetables and more). Who would order the lobster as a topping, I wondered. Opted not for the $60 Kobe burger with foie gras & truffles, but rather the $15 Angus burger, gone all mad bacon cheddar on a whole wheat bun, yeah with onion, it's crazy, I know (Hey, what happens in Vegas...). it was a marvelous damn burger. Enough so, that having briefly escaped the casino again 2 days later, we did a revisit for another burger and a Fat Tire.
Not a destination place by any means unless you need a little down time away from the tables, and you're hankering for a great burger and an easy beer.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I read some of the Beer Fly reviews prior to my Vegas trip, and thought I'd check it out.

The place was quite crowded for a weekday afternoon, but me, my wife and my son were able to score a booth which had an LCD screen tuned in to ESPN.

The place has a funky sort of vibe - most of the waitresses had mulitple piercings, dyed hair, and tattoos, but were very friendly and efficient. The music changed from hip-hop to jazz to swing to bubble gum all in the 1hr+ time we were there.

Ever dreamed of having a $60.00 burger? Well this is your place to have a Kobe beef burger with foie gras and truffles. On more of a budget? This place also offers Angus burgers and choice beef that you can pile with a bunch of toppings of your choice...and you can also pick the type of roll.

On to the beer selection - probably about 15-20 or so decent taps. I went with the Sin City and an Anchor Steam, both seemed pretty fresh.

Probably not worth a special trip, but if you're in the Mandalay Bay/Luxor area, it's worth checking out for a quick lunch.

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Photo of rousee
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

These upscale casinos all have their obligatory upscale shopping areas and Burger bar is found between Luxor and Mandalay bay. I love these fancy hotels. They are so clean, new and just plain pretty to look at.

So.. burger bar has a diner look and feel to it but a very nice/expensive diner. Spotless inside with many servers to attend to everyone's needs quickly. The beer selection was somewhat unimpressive. Yeah they had a lot of 'em, but nothing that I don't see in Boston fairly regularly. They had some breweries represented that are a little more unusual but they had styles by them that I wasnt in the mood for. I got a Sin City amber or something and after having the sample , I liked it, but after downing a pint, there was no way I would want another. My wife had pear cider which was pretty good.

My wife and I split a kobe burger and sweet potato fries. It was real good but I have had kobe beef before and prefer it as a steak rather than burger. Food overall was excellent though. The bartender was extremely pleasant and right on top of her game. It is somewhat expensive as the burger was like $15 and the pints were a tad over $5 I believe. I don't mind paying a little extra for a beautiful environment, good quality food and beer and excellent service though. Yeah, I'll be back at this place again and probably every LV trip from now on.

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Photo of brotherfraz2
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I made my way back to Las Vegas and one of my first stops was to Return to the Burger Bar at Mandalay Place. The beer selection has not changed since my previous review (Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat, Sin City Amber,McEwan's, and Chimay White).

The main reason for my return was to have the "Rossini Burger" and it was all the I expected. The Kobe beef was incredibly flavorful and juicy. Topping it was the seared Foie Gras and shaved Black Truffles. The Mediera sauce was on the side. Without a doubt it was the best and most expensive burger I've ever had.

I will be back on my next sojourn out west.

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Burger Bar in Las Vegas, NV
4.11 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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