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. Joël Robuchon

    $$$$ | South Strip | French

    The late chef Joël Robuchon left his mark on Vegas with haute cuisine at two gorgeous, side-by-side restaurants. The more glamorous manse that...Read More

  • 2. Picasso

    $$$$ | Center Strip | European

    Adorned with some original works by Picasso, this restaurant raised the city's dining scene a notch when it opened in Bellagio in 1998. Although...Read More

  • 3. Restaurant Guy Savoy

    $$$$ | Center Strip | French

    In an ultraswank dining room on the second floor of the Augustus Tower, Michelin three-star chef Guy Savoy introduces diners to his masterful...Read More

  • 4. Wing Lei

    $$$$ | North Strip | Chinese

    With all the panache of an Asian royal palace, this fine-dining restaurant serves some of the choicest Chinese food on the Strip. Chefs present...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Andiamo Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Downtown | Steakhouse

    This offshoot of Joe Vicari's numerous restaurants in the Detroit area is right at home in the loosely Detroit-theme D Las Vegas. The menu is...Read More

  • 7. Anthony's Prime Steak & Seafood

    $$$$ | South Las Vegas | Steakhouse

    Anthony's is the M Resort's version of the steak house that's de rigueur in every casino. The atmosphere is sleek and sophisticated, with the...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas

    $$$$ | South Strip | Steakhouse

    Charlie Palmer understood that the Four Seasons, a quiet enclave within a busy hotel-casino complex, needed a similar restaurant. Although his...Read More

  • 10. Estiatorio Milos

    $$$$ | North Strip | Mediterranean

    The first Greek restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip certainly doesn't disappoint, although you'll pay well for the experience. Though the eatery...Read More

  • 11. Gabi Coffee and Bakery

    $ | West Side | Bakery

    This is maybe the best example of a Las Vegas adage, "Never judge a place by its ugly strip-mall facade." In a shopping center you'd usually...Read More

  • 12. Jing

    $$$$ | Summerlin South | Asian

    The luminous, color-changing, crescent-shape lighting above the bar glows like a jellyfish, a fitting visual motif for this seafood-heavy, upscale...Read More

  • 13. Le Cirque

    $$$$ | Center Strip | French

    This sumptuous restaurant, a branch of the now-closed New York City landmark, remains one of the city's true temples of haute cuisine, despite...Read More

  • 14. Mastro's Ocean Club

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Seafood

    In addition to food that is upscale and delicious, this impressive restaurant has two other attractions. The first is a piano lounge that serves...Read More

  • 15. Prime Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Steakhouse

    Even among celebrity chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has established a "can't touch this" reputation. Prime—with its gorgeous view of the fountains...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge

    $$$$ | Summerlin South | Steakhouse

    Well-dressed local professionals are drawn in by the striking slabs of dragon onyx guarding the entrance to this upscale steak house inside...Read More

  • 18. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

    $$$$ | Center Strip | French

    The 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria is the only place in the United States to experience food from renowned French chef Pierre Gagnaire. He...Read More

  • 19. Alizé

    $$$$ | West Side | French

    This fine French restaurant with soaring glass walls set high atop the Palms Resort offers one of the best views of the city, including the...Read More

  • 20. Nobhill Tavern

    $$$$ | South Strip | American

    San Francisco cuisine is the star at Michael Mina's handsome, understated brasserie with clean lines and polished-wood floors, where the emphasis...Read More

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