BB King’s Blues Club

Restaurant reviews are easy to write when the restaurant is very good…or very bad. So what can you say about a restaurant falls into a mundane category and there are so very few interesting mundane adjectives to describe it?

This probably isn’t an issue for food writers in most cities, but when it’s a restaurant in a major resort on the Las Vegas strip the words are even harder to find. This brings us to BB King’s Blues Club at the Mirage.

To be fair, it’s a good thing to find a restaurant connected to a celebrity name in a major strip resort that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and can get you out at under $25 per person. That’s pretty much where the good things stop and ordinary kicks in.

On a recent weekday evening our group of five diners consumed food from an uninspired menu (if there were any specials, our waitress didn’t mention them). Our cheese dip ($8.00) and spinach appetizers ($9.00) were served with colorful, not quite stale, chips.

A beef filet ($25.00) “tasted as it ought to” as one person in our party described it. It was cooked as ordered.

The fried catfish entrée ($18.00) included two nice sized pieces of dry fish served on top of cold, limp fries and two strangely textured hushpuppies. We think we liked the cole slaw, but there wasn’t enough of it in a little plastic condiment cup to be sure.

A ribeye steak ($28.00) ordered medium was actually rare, but garlic mashed potatoes in a thimble-size portioned cup were “good” as were the green beans served with another entrée.

On a darker note (yes, it was very dark in the area where we were seated), beware of an 18% gratuity automatically added to your bill and be prepared for the lack of restrooms. Should you need to wash up before eating, you will need to exit the restaurant and walk quite a distance through an impressive selection of slot machines to any one of the public restrooms located out in the Mirage casino area.

The breakfast menu looked a little more interesting than the lunch & dinner menu and I suspect might be worth a try if you happen to be staying at the Mirage.

BB King’s Blues ClubThe Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd So.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-242-KING (5464)

6:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sun – Wed
6:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Thurs – Sat
6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
BB King’s Blues Club website

  1. Wow, at first I got all excited (’cause I love BB King w/ a passion). Reading your description I realized it reminds me of a place our daughter used to frequent while living in West Hollyweird, called Baby Blues Barbeque. She was so excited about taking us there & I was seriously shocked at how old the food was. However, I’m pretty sure I would have loved it at her age too. Being from Texas & of good taste, their food made me want to hurl into the nearest trash can. Obviously, my daughter’s taste changed once she moved to L.A. Now that I’ve got her back in Texas, she’ll be better in no time.

    I will say that a restaurant that serves slightly stale (and especially) colored tortilla chips is going to stink 9 times out of 10. It’s been that way in my experience & you know they come a dime a dozen out here in the West Texas desert

    • Hiya Liz..good to hear from you! I suspect the only reason this place remains open is that it has BB King’s name endorsing it. Proof that just because someone famous has their name on the menu doesn’t mean the food will be good. It wasn’t gawd-awful, just overpriced for the quality. And I abhor that sneaky 18% gratuity they tack on. That’s often a sign that many other people haven’t tipped very well for some reason…hmm, quality of the food maybe?

  2. wow, that is a $6.99 plate of catfish at a local joint, but the atmosphere is a little more rustic…

    • I wouldn’t have a problem with the price if it was good, but it wasn’t anything special. Betcha BB King doesn’t actually eat there…lol!

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