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. Hugo's Cellar

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    This venerable restaurant dates to the Rat Pack era. The "cellar" aspect (it's about a half-flight below ground) gives it a cozy feel, as do...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Le Thai

    $$ | Downtown | Thai

    Noodles are the house specialty at this intimate restaurant in the Fremont East district of Downtown. Although most of the dishes are Thai ...Read More

  • 4. Lotus of Siam

    $$$$ | East Side | Thai

    This simple Thai restaurant has attained near-fanatical cult status, leaving some to wonder what all the fuss is about. It's simply that everything...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Raku

    $$ | West Side | Japanese

    Seating is at a premium in this softly lighted strip mall robata, a favorite of almost every chef in town. At 6 pm sharp every day but Sunday...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Bellagio 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Biscuits and Bourbon

    $$ | American

    What warms the blood more swiftly at this down-home hang: the fresh-from-the-oven biscuits or the 80-plus varieties of bourbon? Find out at...Read More

  • 18. Blueberry Hill

    $$ | East Side | Diner

    This local minichain feels a bit like Denny's with an old-fashioned, family-owned vibe. And it serves far superior food, including hearty Mexican...Read More

  • 19. Border Grill Mandalay Bay

    $$$ | South Strip | American

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

  • 20. Bouchon Las Vegas

    $$$$ | North Strip | French

    When chefs name their idol, more than a few will cite French Laundry chef Thomas Keller, the star behind this stunning, capacious French bistro...Read More

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