Las Vegas Restaurants

Las Vegas is one of America's hottest restaurant markets. Nearly every big Strip property has at least one and often two or more celebrity-chef restaurants. Away from the Strip, the unprecedented population growth in the city's suburbs has brought with it a separate and continuous wave of new eateries, both familiar chains and i
Las Vegas is one of America's hottest restaurant markets. Nearly every big Strip property has at least one and often two or more celebrity-chef restaurants. Away from the Strip, the unprecedented population growth in the city's suburbs has brought with it a separate and
Las Vegas is one of America's hottest restaurant markets. Nearly every big Strip property has at least one and often two

Las Vegas is one of America's hottest restaurant markets. Nearly every big Strip property has at least one and often two or more celebrity-chef restaurants. Away from the Strip, the unprecedented population growth in the city's suburbs has brought with it a separate and continuous wave of new eateries, both familiar chains and increasing numbers of legitimate destination restaurants.

Casino-resort dining basically falls into one of three categories. In the top echelon are the properties that have a half dozen or more bona fide star-status restaurants: Aria, Bellagio, Caesars, the Cosmopolitan, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Venetian/Palazzo, and Wynn/Encore. At the next level are those resorts with one or two stellar restaurants and a smaller range of worthwhile but not quite top-of-the-line options. On the Strip, these include The Cromwell, Mandarin Oriental, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York–New York, Paris, Planet Hollywood, SLS Las Vegas and Treasure Island. Off the Strip, you can add the Palms, the Hard Rock, M Resort, the Rio All-Suite Hotel, Green Valley Ranch, the JW Marriott, and Red Rock Resort. Then there's everybody else: casino-resorts with maybe a decent eatery or two but that simply aren't known for great food.

Downtown Las Vegas has seen a big revitalization in the past several years, and that extends to restaurants. Although Downtown still lacks a destination restaurant, notable spots are Le Thai and La Comida in Fremont East and Pizza Rock and the older Triple George Grill in the Downtown 3rd District.

Outside the tourism corridor, Las Vegas has a number of marquee restaurants with increasing cachet among foodies from out of town—places such as Todd’s Unique Dining, Marché Bacchus, and Lotus of Siam. There's great food to be had off the beaten path in Las Vegas, and you'll pay a lot less in these areas, too.

If you haven't been to Vegas in three or four years, you'll notice some major changes. Names like Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, and Emeril Lagasse still have plenty of pull in this town, but the Vegas chefs commanding the most attention are French imports such as Pierre Gagnaire, Joël Robuchon, and Guy Savoy, along with vaunted U.S. chefs like Charlie Palmer and Mario Batali.

There's also a trend toward high-minded restaurants with exclusive-nightclub vibes. Note the success of see-and-be-seen Pan-Asian hot spot Hakkasan and Tao Asian Bistro & Nightclub, the youthful late-night haunts LAVO and FIX, and bordello-chic establishments such as Strip House—to name just a few. Elsewhere in town, Las Vegas's growing international, and especially Asian, population has created a market for some of the best Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Pan-Asian restaurants in the country.

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  • 1. Burger Bar

    $$ | South Strip | Burger

    There's a burger joint in every resort, but Hubert Keller's Burger Bar is truly a standout. You build your own burger at this jovial joint with...Read More

  • 2. Capriotti's Sandwich Shop

    $ | West Side | American

    This East Coast transplant with more than 30 locations in the Valley satisfies Sin City's cravings for giant sub sandwiches, including a Philly...Read More

  • 3. Jean Philippe Patisserie

    $$ | Center Strip | Café

    Chocolate—dark, white, and milk—flows from a tall glass fountain at the entrance of this stunning pastry shop just off the Bellagio's iconic...Read More

  • 4. Archi's Thai Kitchen

    $$ | West Side | Thai

    Fans of Thai food flock here for spot-on exceptional chow with few surprises—just expertly prepared curries, tom yum soups, fish cakes, and...Read More

  • 5. Big Ern's BBQ

    $ | Downtown | Barbecue

    Big Ern's has great barbecue—don't miss the brisket —but an even bigger draw for kids may be the huge play structure in the center of the Downtown...Read More

  • 6. BLT Burger

    $$$ | Center Strip | Burger

    In the same space where Siegfried & Roy's white tigers once roamed, diners, not tigers, are on display at BLT Burger, which serves up the...Read More

  • 7. Blueberry Hill

    $$ | University District | American

    This local mini-chain feels a bit like Denny's but serves far superior food, including hearty Mexican specialties, fruit-topped pancakes and...Read More

  • 8. Border Grill

    $$$ | South Strip | American

    Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are the popular, green-minded chefs who created this cheery, sophisticated outpost of their Santa Monica...Read More

  • 9. Carnegie Deli

    $$$ | Center Strip | Deli

    The famed NYC source of matzoh-ball soup and mammoth sandwiches has a bustling outpost inside the Mirage, newly refurbished in late 2014. Serious...Read More

  • 10. Citizens Kitchen & Bar

    $$$ | South Strip | American

    At this 24-hour, circa-2013 pub, Brian Massie, a native New Yorker, serves up some of the best comfort food Vegas has to offer. Dishes include...Read More

  • 11. Cleo

    $$ | North Strip | Middle Eastern

    Middle Eastern is a rare restaurant genre on the Strip, and Cleo is a worthy interpreter, with such dishes as a vast variety of mezze, some...Read More

  • 12. Crown & Anchor British Pub

    $$ | University District | British

    With 24-hour service and graveyard specials, Crown & Anchor is uniquely Las Vegas (and a favorite haunt of students from nearby UNLV). Most...Read More

  • 13. Doña Maria

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    You'll forget you're in Las Vegas after a few minutes in this relaxed and unpretentious downtown cantina with two locations in the area (the...Read More

  • 14. Eat

    $$ | Downtown | American

    Eat may serve only breakfast and lunch, but the food is so hearty (and so uniquely appealing), you may not feel the need for dinner. Among the...Read More

  • 15. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House

    $$$$ | South Strip | American

    Chef Emeril Lagasse's first restaurant in Las Vegas has been joined by three others, but it's still a popular choice and was refurbished in...Read More

  • 16. Espressamente Illy

    $ | North Strip | Italian

    Swoop into this authentic, cozy Italian coffee bar, at the entrance to The Shoppes at the Palazzo, for richly brewed premium beverages, flaky...Read More

  • 17. Firefly Tapas Kitchen

    $$$ | Paradise Road | Mediterranean

    As the name suggests, this hip bistro focuses on small plates reflecting most of the world's cuisines, few of which cost more than $10. Order...Read More

  • 18. Gallagher's Steakhouse

    $$$$ | South Strip | Steakhouse

    This credible remake of the famed 1927 Manhattan original offers an old-school carnivore experience inside the cleverly decorated New York–New...Read More

  • 19. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill

    $$$$ | Center Strip | British

    Three things stand out at this comfortable, casual restaurant, conceptualized by tyrannical celeb chef Gordon Ramsey: the libations, the cheery...Read More

  • 20. Grand Lux Cafe

    $$$ | North Strip | American

    Warm earth tones, soft music and lighting, cloth napkins, and marble-topped tables are an elegant milieu in which to enjoy a glass of wine and...Read More

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