By Mary Frederiksen
The theme song to the old TV show, CHEERS, has a line in it: “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came”.
Table 34 restaurant epitomizes this sentiment perfectly.
I discovered this fine American take on a French bistro when my husband and I first moved to Las Vegas in 2009. This was in the middle of the Great Recession, when many Las Vegas restaurants met their demise. Only a few non-Strip fine dining establishments were able to weather that economic storm, and Table 34 was one of the few. Today, Table 34 continues its tradition of excellence in all aspects of providing a fine dining experience …outstanding service, pleasant bistro ambiance and, most importantly, exceptional food at reasonable prices.
Chef Wes Kendrick is the co-owner along with his sister, Laurie. Chef Kendrick learned his craft from an elite catering chef. He became executive chef for Joe Greensleeves Restaurant in Redlands, California at the age of 24. From there, he moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to help open the Wild Sage Cafe at the Warm Springs location that is now home to Table 34. At around this time, his sister Laurie was working with Wolfgang Puck, who was opening a branch of Spago in Las Vegas. When the corporation holding the Wild Sage Cafe dissolved, Wes and Laurie jumped at the chance to start their own restaurant and do it their way.
Table 34 is named for a table at the back end of the 200 seat restaurant. Kendrick considers the restaurant to be an American cafe with French and Italian influences. Specialties include a variety of meat choices – high-end meats, seafood and wild game. There are vegan choices as well, plus daily specials, and the menu is constantly evolving. Many of the items on the menu are made from scratch.
What has charmed me over the years is the care everyone at Table 34 takes to make you, the diner, feel welcome. It is an elegant pampering that makes you want to return frequently. This feeling also makes you want to tell all your family and friends about this unique restaurant. There are many fine dining choices in Las Vegas, most of them on the Strip. What makes me love Table 34 is that it is away from the Strip and the crowds. The prices are very reasonable, the servings ample, and the ambiance is quiet elegance.
The Restaurant and Chef Kendrick have been honored over their 7 years in business with numerous prestigious awards. Most recently, they received a 2016 Diners Choice Award of 4.5 stars out of 5. Their Zagat 2016 rating ranks their food “extraordinary to perfection”…a rating far above many Strip restaurants. Chef Kendrick is most proud of being honored two years in a row with The Best Chefs of America award. Best Chefs is a 3-year-old peer-nominated honor, so the selection holds a special place for him.
Those that like wine with their dinner will find a serviceable wine list at reasonable prices. Those oenophiles who look for hidden gems will find a few here. Owner Laurie, who has an excellent palate and makes the purchases for the list, will be happy to make recommendations. There is also a full bar able to whip up your favorite potable potion.
Speaking of drinking, they also have a special Happy Hour from 4:30pm to 6pm Tuesday through Friday.
600 Warm Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Lunch 11am-2:30pm Monday-Friday
Dinner Tues.- Sat. 5pm to 9:30pm
Happy Hour Tues.-Fri. 4:30 to 6pm.
They are closed on Sundays.
To view their current menus, make reservations, and see photos of the restaurant, visit their website at: http://table34lasvegas.com