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 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 Lucky Dragon, 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 Carson Kitchen, Therapy, Turmeric, Le Thai, and La Comida in Fremont East; and Pizza Rock and the older Triple George Grill in the Downtown 3rd District. There also are a number of good restaurants in the Downtown Container Park.

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, Nora's Italian Cuisine, 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 a few 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 Giada De Laurentiis, 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. Amalfi by Bobby Flay

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Italian

    Chef Bobby Flay scores a new, hoped-for hotspot at Caesars Palace with his replacement for the popular Mesa Grill. With a menu emphasizing seafood...Read More

  • 2. Brera Osteria

    $$$ | North Strip | Italian

    The latest entry in the Viva Italiano ! culinary scene, Brera Osteria at the Grand Canal Shoppes (replacing Sixth + Mill) is a Milan-inspired...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

    $$$$ | East Side | Italian

    Like time-traveling to Vegas’s vintage days when upscale restaurants were quiet and atmospheric, venerable Ferraro’s features a dark and decidedly...Read More

  • 5. Giada

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Italian

    The first restaurant from TV personality and classically trained chef Giada de Laurentiis sits on a prime piece of real estate at the intersection...Read More

  • 6. Grape Street Cafe, Wine Bar & Grill

    $$$ | Summerlin South | Italian

    This smart neighborhood restaurant that relocated to the downtown Summerlin shopping district serves food intended to coordinate nicely with...Read More

  • 7. Il Fornaio Las Vegas

    $$$$ | South Strip | Italian

    This soothingly neutral Italian restaurant will satisfy carb cravings as well as yearnings for dishes that Grandma used to make. Crusty loaves...Read More

  • 8. Lavo Italian Restaurant & Lounge

    $$$$ | North Strip | Italian

    The food at this Roman-styled see-and-be-seen restaurant/nightclub often is overshadowed by the roaring club scene, but it's worth a stop—especially...Read More

  • 9. Nora's Italian Cuisine

    $$$ | West Side | Italian

    Independent restaurants in Las Vegas have such a struggle that Nora's is a refreshing success story. It's so popular with locals that it was...Read More

  • 10. Rao's

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Italian

    Whereas its 10-table New York counterpart is notorious for a never-changing reservation list, this 200-seat outpost at Caesars Palace lets someone...Read More

  • 11. Sinatra

    $$$$ | North Strip | Italian

    Encore recalls the panache of vintage Vegas by dedicating one of its fine-dining venues to Frank Sinatra. Expect simple, elegantly presented...Read More

  • 12. B&B Ristorante

    $$$$ | North Strip | Italian

    Ubiquitous food personality Mario Batali and his trusty business partner and wine pro Joe Bastianich are the owners of this inviting tribute...Read More

  • 13. Fiamma Italian Kitchen

    $$$$ | South Strip | Italian

    A beautiful, modern space with a split-level dining room that's done in rich chocolate, copper, and tan tones, this trattoria sits along MGM...Read More

  • 14. Nora's Wine Bar & Osteria

    $$$ | North Strip | Italian

    Nora's is a favorite among locals and famous chefs. Its big draws: down-home atmosphere, a stellar wine selection (with up to 60 bottles available...Read More

  • 15. NOVE Italiano

    $$$$ | West Side | Italian

    Head to the Palms's opulent Fantasy Tower to try out this see-and-be-seen Italian restaurant with an excellent view of the Strip, vaulted ceilings...Read More

  • 16. Osteria del Circo

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Italian

    With its expansive view of the lake, this is one of Bellagio's prime dining spots. The colorful Circo sports velveteen harlequin-pattern seats...Read More

  • 17. Portofino Ristorante

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Italian

    Decorated in soothing pale neutrals that, suitably, evoke a village in Genoa, Portofino is a signature Italian restaurant of the Mirage, having...Read More

  • 18. Stratta

    $$$ | North Strip | Italian

    In this intimate space with red leather chairs, a wood-burning hearth oven, an open kitchen, and a long, swanky bar, fans of Italian cooking...Read More

  • 19. Valentino

    $$$$ | North Strip | Italian

    You may eat either lunch or dinner in the casual Grill area of this modern, upscale restaurant, or reserve a table for dinner in the secluded...Read More

  • 20. Spiedini Ristorante

    $$$ | Summerlin South | Italian

    Tucked inside the JW Marriott, Spiedini is where longtime local chef Gustav Mauler serves traditional favorites including his signature osso...Read More

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