Vegas Eats: Kokomo's at Mirage Las Vegas Restaurant Review

Kokomo's is reminiscent of your average hotel buffet restaurant, but three times the price!

Posted by Mrs. Mo

Mirage Las Vegas Kokomo's Steak and Seafood Restaurant Review

Kokomo's is the first restaurant that every guest checking into the Mirage sees, potentially the only thing one can stare at while waiting in line since the famous aquarium that used to back the reception area has been covered up. The name alone conjures up that old Tom Cruise movie and blended alcoholic treats. Ko-ko-mo. Is it a real place? Where is it? Did it exist before The Beach Boys immortalized it for Tommy and Lizzy Shue?

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take ya...
Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby, why dont we go

Off the florida keys
Theres a place called Kokomo
Thats where you wanna go to get away from it all

Bodies in the sand
Tropical drink melting in your hand
Well be falling in love
To the rhythm of a steel drum band
Down in Kokomo

Tropical, right? That means pineapple, jerk chicken and slaw to me. The Mirage, however, had a different take on it. They were thinking meat. Thats right, steak. Turns out, Kokomo's is a steak joint nestled near the entrance of the casino and within the atrium that Steve Wynn boldly installed years ago. Kokomo's is an 'open air' joint, with the atrium standing in as the sky. The dining room is surrounded by trees and sometimes one can spy a bird flying about.

We ended up there only by process of elimination. We wanted to avoid steak since we knew that the following evening we would be checking out Craftsteak at the MGM. However, given that every other joint available to us was either coffee shop style or very expensive, we found ourselves at Kokomo's asking for a seat from the anamitronic host with the shellacked hair and shiny suit, while trying to control the manifestations of our falling blood sugar.

Bread, Kokomo's Mirage Restaurant Review

After being helped by an additional five people, we placed our order, with the one we assumed was our actual waiter, but we never really did confirm that. Bread, gin and tonic and Pellegrino all arrived in a timely manner and the appetizers soon followed.

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Comments & Discussion

In the Wynn era, Kokomo's had tables in little polynesian style huts instead of being totally open to the forest. Of course the forest was also thicker then, as the logging industry had to move in and replace some perfectly good eye candy with a lounge and eventually Japonais.

We had the prime rib there. Bloody and huge, but not what I'd call good. In fact, Kokomo's was bested by some joint at Excalibur as far as that goes.

I have never heard of asparagus being shortened to 'gus. I enjoyed that.

For a hotel whose partial message was about conservation (the rest of the message was pro-gambling), it seems odd for them to have ripped out half of the rain forest. That just sounds really bad, marketing must not have been involved. "We've torn down half of the rain forest, come visit us!"

However, don't they burn down the rain forest in South America to create cattle grazing land? And what does Kokomo's serve now? Steak! Coincidence? I think not.

I would suggest Samba at the Mirage -- I've been three about three time in the last two years -- the Brazillian feast really is something to experience -- but you need to be a real meat lover --- because you will be in a meat coma after the meal!!

Unfortunately, this is overall representative of the steady fall the Mirage restaurants have encountered in the last 5 years or so. Our group has stayed at the property for the last 10 years or so and find ourselves often eating many of our meals outside of the property. Kokomo's is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

Caveat Emptor.

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