Many amazing restaurants are scattered throughout Nevada. Not only do these eating establishments serve up delicious cuisine, but several are also historic, whether they’ve been in business for a long time or they’re housed in a historic building. Either way, it’s really interesting to eat at restaurants with lots of history. Listed below are eight historical restaurants in Nevada.
1. Casale's Halfway Club - Reno, NV
Casale's Halfway Club is Reno's oldest family owned and operated restaurant, serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1937. This restaurant might not look like much from the outside, but the inside is as cozy as it gets. The historical photos and news articles that hang on the walls are quite interesting and definite conversation pieces. The best thing about eating at Casale's Halfway Club is that you'll be treated like family the moment you walk through the doors. (2501 E 4th St.)
2. Boulder Dam Hotel - Boulder City, NV
During the 1930s, the Boulder Dam Hotel became a huge attraction for people visiting Boulder Dam. The hotel was also a popular place for famous guests, including Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Boris Karloff, Shirley Temple and Howard Hughes, (while recuperating after wrecking his airplane on Lake Mead.) At the beginning of World War II, the dam was closed to visitors. Because of this, the hotel suffered from a lack of occupancy. For the past several years, Boulder Dam Hotel has had different owners. In 2005, the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association acquired the hotel to restore it. Boulder Dam Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it's ranked the #1 accommodation in Boulder City. The restaurant is open daily and guests enjoy a complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast. Selections include omelets, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, French toast, old-fashioned oatmeal, breakfast croissants with eggs and cheese, etc. (1305 Arizona St.)
3. Pioneer Saloon - Goodsprings, NV
Built in 1913, the Pioneer Saloon is a historic saloon offering brews, cocktails and American bites with a Texas twist. In addition to serving delicious food, the Pioneer Saloon will intrigue you with its past. The interior and exterior walls of this historic landmark are made from stamped tin and were manufactured by Sears and Roebuck. It's believed to be the nation's oldest stamped-metal building still standing. The Pioneer Saloon has been featured in many movies and television shows, with most of the memorabilia still hanging on the walls to this day. Original newspaper clippings that tell the incredible history of the saloon can also be found hanging on the walls. The most famous story involving the Pioneer Saloon would have to be the one about Clark Gable waiting to hear what happened to his wife of two years, Carole Lombard. Sadly, Carole was lost in a plane crash near Mount Potosi. The original newspaper story is at the saloon, in addition to a piece of the actual wreckage. (310 W Spring St.)
4. The Martin Hotel - Winnemucca, NV
Established in 1898, The Martin Hotel was once a rooming house for area cattle ranchers and sheep men to stay during their trips to town. Today, it's a family style Basque dining room and is still a favorite gathering spot for area ranchers, townsfolk and tourists.
The Martin Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a definite must stop the next time you're in the Winnemucca area, especially if you're a fan of Basque cuisine. (94 W Railroad St.)
5. Bob Taylor's Original Ranch House & Supper Club - Las Vegas, NV
Since 1955, this Western-themed restaurant has been serving delicious steaks to diners who want a relaxed, get-away-from-it-all experience. It's also the oldest steakhouse in Las Vegas. The moment guests walk through the doors at Bob Taylor's Original Ranch House & Supper Club, they immediately notice different kinds of Western memorabilia, including John Wayne posters, saddles and a collection of spurs that were owned by several Hollywood cowboys. (6250 Rio Vista St.)
6. Pittman Cafe at Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, NV
The Mizpah Hotel has been a landmark of luxury since 1907, with its origins dating back to the days when Tonopah was the last of the Wild West boom towns. It was also the social hub of the city. Because of hard times, the Mizpah Hotel eventually closed. However, it was recently restored and reopened in 2011. One of the restaurants inside this historic hotel is the Pittman Cafe. This cafe serves traditional American Cuisine and has a full bar for its guests. The Pittman Cafe was named for U.S. Senator Key Pittman who stayed at the Mizpah Hotel. (100 Main St.)
7. Golden Steer Steakhouse - Las Vegas, NV
Founded in 1958, the Golden Steer Steakhouse is one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. This outstanding restaurant is located just a block from the Las Vegas Strip, near the Stratosphere. With its red leather banquettes and Old West art, it definitely feels frozen in time. Over the years, the owners have redecorated while still retaining the ambiance of the "Old Las Vegas" days when Frank Sinatra was a regular customer. Other famous customers that once frequented this popular steakhouse include Natalie Wood, Nat "King" Cole, Joe DiMaggio and Elvis Presley. (308 W Sahara Ave.)
8. Crown Point Restaurant - Gold Hill, NV
Established in 1861, and located on the historic Comstock Lode, the Gold Hill Hotel was once the hang out spot for Mark Twain and The Monumental Liars Club. It's also Nevada's oldest operating hotel. Gold Hill Hotel's dining establishment, Crown Point Restaurant, is well known throughout Nevada for its fresh, flavorful food. (1540 Main St.)
Have you eaten at any of these restaurants? If you know of any other amazing restaurants in Nevada with lots of history, please share them with us in the comments below.
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