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Anyone who knows me will tell you that Martha Stewart is one of my idols. I own just about every cookbook she has ever published and I’ve watched every episode of each TV program she has starred in (including sitting in the studio audience a few times). Martha and I both won an award from Media Industry News many years ago and I got to meet her at the cocktail reception. When I heard that Martha was opening a restaurant in Las Vegas, I knew I had to dine there. The Bedford by Martha Stewart was the first reservation I made when booking my last trip.
Anthony’s Take: The Bedford by Martha Stewart was a lot better than The New York Times would have you believe. Is it up to Martha’s standards? I don’t think she’d be thrilled with basketball playing on the bar’s TVs or some of the mise en place misses in service, but overall the food was excellent with several standouts. The meal was pretty expensive (over $360 for the two of us), but in line with many other Las Vegas eateries. The focaccia in the bread basket and roasted chicken are clear standouts. The rest was good, but these were wow-worthy.
Decor & Vibe
The restaurant is designed to look like Martha Stewart’s Bedford, NY home. It’s even painted Bedford Gray (a paint color Martha previously sold). You’ll find stone fireplaces, dining rooms, tons of copper pots and pans hanging around the kitchen, and some of Martha’s own crystal encased in the middle of the restaurant.
One dining rooms features screens projecting Martha’s farms in different seasons.
It also has several plush chairs and feels cozy.
We were seated in the main dining room. Ask for a table here. If you sit on the patio, you’ll have people constantly streaming by your table and feel like you’re dining in a mall.
I selected a table by the fireplace and we waited for it to be cleared. The chairs were very comfortable and spacious.
The bar feels out of place and even more so when the TV is playing basketball.
Coming in, we knew there were several dishes that we had to try. These included the signature Roast Chicken (carved tableside) and Big Martha’s Pierogis, as well as Martha Stewart’s Smashed Baked Potato (this starts at $16 and goes as high as $167 if two ounces of caviar are added). The server told us that the chef was on Hell’s Kitchen and that the menu changes seasonally.
We started with the House-Made Bread Basket. It included June-Bug’s Garden Flatbreads, Grape-Rosemary Focaccia, and Warm Parker House Rolls. The flatbreads were beautiful but the veggies added a bit of sogginess to the otherwise crispy bread. The Parker House Rolls were nothing memorable. But, the Grape-Rosemary Focaccia is one of the best things I have eaten this year. I could have sat down and eaten a sheet pan of just that. It’s dense and delicious with sweet roasted grapes studding it throughout.
Next, we had Big Martha’s Pierogis. I liked the brown butter these were served in and felt this dish was homey and comforting.
Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms came next. I’m not sure how these are seasonal in March, but we tried them. My husband liked them. I thought they were meh.
The star of the show came next. A cart was wheeled up to the table. On it were the Roast Chicken as well as the Baked Potato ready to be carved and smashed.
A chef carved the chicken. He said it takes two days to prepare with brining.
It was perfect…juicy, stuffed with delicious herb breadcrumbs, and everything you would want in a roasted chicken. A jus was poured over as it was served.
The Baked Potato also came on the cart. The chef raised it into the air and dropped it several times on the cutting board. He then added butter and provided us with several dishes containing sour cream, chives, and lardons.
We also ordered the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Shallots. I did not like these as they were not crispy enough. I make better ones with Balsamic and bacon.
The Bedford has some classic cocktails reimagined and a good selection of wine. My husband had a White Cosmopolitan and I had a glass of Brut Rosé. The Cosmo with white cranberry juice and crystal clear ice orb was very Martha.
The Bedford by Martha Stewart is a good thing. The food was outstanding and the service was attentive. A few serving utensils were missing, but overall the service team was on point. The restaurant is pricey, but it’s in line with comparable restaurants in Las Vegas. The restaurant was pretty much empty when we dined at 8:30 PM on a Saturday night. That’s not a good sign. I hope this was just an off night and not that the restaurant is failing to attract a crowd.
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