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. Aureole Las Vegas

    $$$$ | South Strip | American

    Celebrity-chef Charlie Palmer re-created his famed New York restaurant for Mandalay Bay. It was extensively renovated in late 2016 but retains...Read More

  • 2. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

    $$$$ | North Strip | Eclectic

    This restaurant, the crown jewel of the Sahara Las Vegas, is decorated in a subtle jungle motif and is clearly all about meat. Choose from the...Read More

  • 3. El Dorado Cantina

    $$$ | Summerlin South | Mexican

    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...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Gordon Ramsay Steak

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Steakhouse

    Gordon Ramsay's heavily British-theme Las Vegas flagship bridges the geographic gap with a Chunnel-like entrance connecting it to Paris Las...Read More

  • 6. Harvest by Roy Ellamar

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Eclectic

    It's no easy feat coming up with a truly original restaurant in Las Vegas that offers more than just a gimmicky theme or celebrity-chef pedigree...Read More

  • 7. Koi Las Vegas

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Asian

    Koi has garnered a reputation as a see-and-be-seen restaurant in New York, Bangkok, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. The cavernous 220-seat Las Vegas...Read More

  • 8. Kumi by Akira Back

    $$$$ | South Strip | Japanese

    Chef (and former professional snowboarder) Akira Back presents a Japanese menu with a slight Korean twist in a sleek space with natural woods...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Nobu

    $$$$ | South Strip | Japanese

    Executive chef Nobu Matsuhisa helped fuel the popularity of the original Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, so it would have just seemed wrong for...Read More

  • 11. Nobu Restaurant Las Vegas

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Japanese

    Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa established a foothold in the Vegas market with a namesake restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel, but later added...Read More

  • 12. Petrossian Bar

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Eclectic

    This elegant bar with dark-wood paneling and a baby grand piano sits just off Bellagio's lobby, near the famous Dale Chihuly glass ceiling....Read More

  • 13. Stack Restaurant and Bar

    $$$$ | Center Strip | American

    Curvy strips of exotic wood form the "stacked" walls of this beautiful restaurant, owned by nightclub impresarios the Hakkasan Group. Inventively...Read More

  • 14. Strip House

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Steakhouse

    This lavish but cheeky steak joint with sisters in New York wears its bordello-chic atmosphere with a healthy touch of irony. The red-flocked...Read More

  • 15. Sushi Roku

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Japanese

    On the top floor of the towering atrium at the Strip entrance to The Forum Shops, Roku occupies an airy dining room lined with bamboo stalks...Read More

  • 16. TAO Las Vegas

    $$$$ | North Strip | Asian

    The tunneled vestibule of this nightclub-cum-bistro is lined with stone tubs filled with water and rose petals, leading patrons—including lots...Read More

  • 17. MIX

    $$$$ | South Strip | French

    Dress to impress, arrive at 5, and tip into the lounge at Mix for a cocktail first; it's the best vantage point from which to see the stunning...Read More

  • 18. Sage

    $$$$ | Center Strip | American

    Farm-to-table produce and artisanal meats flavored with innovative concepts from the Mediterranean are presented at Chef Shawn McClain's swanky...Read More

  • 19. 35 Steaks + Martinis

    $$$$ | Paradise Road | Steakhouse

    The key number at this always-buzzing hot spot is 35. All steaks are aged for at least 35 days, and the signature dish, the Tomahawk, is a 35...Read More

  • 20. Beso

    $$$$ | Center Strip | Latin American

    The Vegas outpost of actress Eva Longoria Parker's Los Angeles eatery is essentially a steak house with (incredibly tenuous) Latin flair. All...Read More

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