10 Best Restaurants in Summerlin and Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

Anima

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Anima means “soul,” and the unique fusion of Italian and Spanish cuisine found at this upscale eatery certainly has it. The boldness of the menu is mirrored by the eye-popping octopus mural that adorns a dining room wall and a charcuterie bar positioned in the front of the house. In the The Gramercy apartment complex, Anima is the latest creation from the team behind the acclaimed EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine in Chinatown, and some favorites originating there can be found at Anima, including the "Bikini" (a pressed ham and cheese sandwich). A delectably eclectic tasting menu underscores the restaurant’s pan-global approach, from squid ink spaghettini to Hawaiian tuna sashimi. Entrees include vegan mushroom risotto as well as the the must-try braised short ribs, served with semolina gnocchi, maitake mushrooms, and black pepper sauce. There’s also a spirited selection of spirits, from a deep wine list with an emphasis on Italian and Spanish offerings to an extensive array of amaro varieties to try.

Echo & Rig Steakhouse & Butcher Shop

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This Tivoli Village standout is all about meat. The menu offers a healthy list of options and cuts, from skirt steak, tri-tip, and hangar steak to a rib-eye cap and more. An on-site butcher shop offers diners the opportunity to buy fresh meat to take home with them as well. The rest of the food at Echo & Rig is pretty good, too: small plates and veggies such as summer corn with fresh marjoram are a big hit. Because the restaurant is large and dimly lit, it has a modern industrial hipster vibe. Don't let that feeling turn you off; you'll be hard-pressed to find a better steak dinner around town.

El Dorado Cantina

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Every day is Día de los Muertos at this chic, skull-festooned cantina in Tivoli Village, where a pair of brightly colored calacas guard the entryway. Once inside, prepare to encounter a different kind of spirit: namely, a vast selection of tequila, with over 100 varieties available in this eye-popping, high-end Mexican eatery. The menu is as inviting as the rose-covered walls, ranging from gourmet filet mignon tacos to lobster fajitas to signatures like their cedar chipotle salmon. Brunch is served all day, and there are family packages to feed the whole brood. The focus here is on using organic and non-GMO ingredients made fresh daily, meaning there's not a microwave in the house.

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Grape Street Café, Wine Bar & Cellar

$$$ | Summerlin South

This smart neighborhood restaurant that relocated to the downtown Summerlin shopping district serves food intended to coordinate nicely with the restaurant's interesting, affordable, and plentiful (as in, nearly 30 selections by the glass) wine list and craft beer selection. The menu features salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, and seafood, as well as traditional dishes such as short ribs and chicken Parmesan or marsala. Desserts range from austere Stilton and port to positively decadent dark-chocolate fondue. The dining room is brick-lined and candlelit; the counter is a great spot if you're dining alone, and there's a patio for pleasant evenings (if you don't mind the urban-center view).

Honey Salt

$$$ | West Side

Frequented by local professionals and ladies-who-lunch, this spacious suburban spot serves farm-to-table–inspired dishes. Expect to see a lot of free-range poultry, whole grains, and seasonal produce on your plate. Chic, rustic decor—soft hues, reclaimed wood, and antique mirrors—lends a casual airiness to the dining room and conveys sophistication, despite its gingham-clad waitstaff. Appetizers, sides, and salads are stars here: "My Wife's Favorite Salad" combines locally sourced greens with duck confit, pine nuts, and pomegranate, crowned with a sunny-side-up egg, if you wish. In addition to caramelized sea scallops, charred filet mignon, and Nana's Chicken Curry, there are several offerings for the lighter appetite (and budget). Indulge in the Brown Bag Baked Apple Pie for dessert. A happy hour menu available from 3 to 6 pm bridges the gap between lunch and dinner.

Honey Salt

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The brainchild of restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla, Honey Salt is, quite simply, a fun place to eat a meal. The atmosphere is convivial, dishes are designed for sharing, and a creative kids' menu encourages diners to bring the whole family. Stand-out dishes include savory monkey bread, a salad with duck confit, and chicken curry. At weekend brunch, try the pumpkin pancakes or breakfast nachos. Even the desserts are noteworthy: you'll be thinking about the Brookie, a blend of chocolate chip cookie, brownie, and ice cream, for weeks. This is one of the places where chefs in the Vegas Valley come on their days off.

Jing

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The luminous, color-changing, crescent-shape lighting above the bar glows like a jellyfish, a fitting visual motif for this seafood-heavy, upscale Asian restaurant and nightspot. The cuisine here ranges from noodle and rice and wok dishes to thick steaks and a deep, delectable sushi menu. Well-heeled workers flock here for half-off happy hour sips culled from a deep wine menu of over 300 selections, doing so amid an equally natty black-and-white decor complete with water walls and fire elements. Try a shared starter like tuna "pizza" before sampling the spicy octopus sashimi and indulging in their famous Peking duck. The patio out front is perfect for people-watching and taking in the hustle and bustle of downtown Summerlin in a decidedly more relaxed setting.
10975 Oval Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV, 89135, USA
725-735–7172
Known For
  • chic, clublike decor
  • deep wine menu
  • popular upscale happy hour for local workers
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge

$$$$ | Summerlin South

Well-dressed local professionals are drawn in by the striking slabs of dragon onyx guarding the entrance to this upscale steak house inside Red Rock Casino. It's the perfect spot for a romantic or celebratory meal, especially since live music enhances the ambience at night. During the social hour from 4 to 6 pm daily half-price martinis and bar snacks such as the beef carpaccio rolls or the ahi tuna tacos are served on the cheap. Much pricier, however, is the à la carte dinner served in the seductive dining room. The menu features oversize wet-aged prime steaks, seafood, and poultry, and Old Vegas–style dishes including chateaubriand and a rack of lamb for two.

11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89135, USA
702-797–7576
Known For
  • dry-aged steaks
  • "Seafood Jumbo Jackpot" cold platter with lobster, crab, and more
  • elegant atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Vintner Grill

$$$ | Summerlin South

Once you get past the bland office-park setting, you'll find that this sumptuously decorated spot near Red Rock Resort has plenty to recommend in the way of contemporary Mediterranean fare. A Spanish- and Italian-influenced menu is enhanced by a large selection of wines by the glass. Start with one of the wood-fired flatbreads, or an item such as pan-seared crab cakes with tarragon cream and roasted peppers. From here the menu branches out to sandwiches, pastas, meat, and seafood. A highlight is the bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, red snapper, shrimp, scallops, and calamari. As the restaurant's name suggests, there's an impressive wine list here—and wonderful cheeses and charcuterie. At midday, look for the power-lunchers who escape the beaten path. On nice evenings, ask for a table on the outdoor patio, where the view is better than you might expect.

10100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89135, USA
702-214–5590
Known For
  • broad cheese selection
  • varied menu
  • outdoor dining area
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Sun.

Viva Mercado's Mexican Bar & Grill

$ | Summerlin South

Although popular namesake and founder Bobby Mercado is enjoying his retirement, Bobby's sister Carolina is the new owner and operator of this Mexican restaurant that’s been a steady draw with locals and visitors in one location or another since the early 1990s. This colorful, comfortable spot (with patio dining when the weather's pleasant) features 10 house-made salsas and a well-executed, seafood-heavy menu. Dishes include a shrimp ceviche salad; tostadas with shrimp, langostino, tilapia, calamari, and avocado; and Ensenada-style fried fish tacos; plus steak picado and veggie fajitas.

9440 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV, 89117, USA
702-454–8482
Known For
  • 10 house-made salsas
  • seafood-heavy menu
  • friendly, efficient service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.