These are the best places to eat in Las Vegas.
Dining in Las Vegas has come a long way over the years and is clearly now one of the premier foodie destinations in the world. Cruising up and down The Strip, you’re constantly hit with billboards of the who’s who of celebrity chefs.
While that’s pretty awesome, there’s way more to Vegas than just “The Boulevard”! Amazing food can now be found in literally any direction. So whether you’re looking to dine like a baller or a pauper and everything in between, one thing is for sure…. you’ll never leave this city hungry!
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Last Updated: August 10, 2021
49 BEST PLACES TO EAT IN LAS VEGAS
Below we’ve broken the restaurants down by neighborhood. Be sure to check current hours and regulations before visiting.
The Strip (North)
- Rao’s (Caesars Palace, Italian, 💰💰💰) – Why deal with a two month waiting list for a table at the original location in NYC? This Vegas outpost can fit everyone! Dine in the Christmas room and order the best meatballs ever.
- Bazaar Meat (SLS, Steakhouses, 💰💰💰💰) – Get a group together and order the whole suckling pig. At $540, you must order it a couple of days in advance, and it will feed about 6 people. It’s one of the best restaurants Las Vegas strip as has to offer and they also have a tasting menu.
- Bacchanal Buffet (Caesars Palace, Buffets, 💰💰💰) – When making a list of the best Las Vegas food on the strip, you have to include some buffets. This is the biggest buffet in buffet history and often noted as the best buffet in Las Vegas. With over 500 items to choose from, this is a feast of epic proportions. Take a lap around the place before committing to anything.
- Nobu (Caesars Palace, Japanese, 💰💰💰💰) – Sure, they’re located in most major cities, but this location touts the most expansive menu of any Nobu around. They put miso marinated black cod on the culinary map, and there’s a reason why it’s still the standard.
- Tacos El Gordo (The Strip, Mexican, 💰) – Just north of the strip on Las Vegas Blvd. Definitely the busiest restaurant in Las Vegas after 2am, and the adobada is what keeps everyone coming back. It’s also one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget.
- Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab (Caesars Palace, Seafood, 💰💰💰) – Why fly to Miami when you can just stop by Caesars Palace? Stone crab season runs from 10/15-4/15, so get them while they’re fresh.
- Sushi Roku (Caesars Palace, Japanese, 💰💰💰) – While officially no longer on the menu, they will still make their yellowtail foie gras upon request. Thank me later.
- Yardbird & Southern Table (Venetian, Southern, 💰💰) – You’ll probably never spend more for fried chicken in your life, but you’ll know why it’s a Las Vegas must eat.
- Bouchon (Venetian, French, 💰💰💰) – Thomas Keller offers a fantastic brunch and the “Poulet et des Gaufres” (roasted chicken with bacon-chive waffle, maple syrup, Tahitian vanilla bean butter & sauce Chasseur) guarantees that you will have an awesome day. You can also swing by Bouchon Bakery if you just want to grab some coffee and pastries.
- Mizumi (Wynn, Japanese, 💰💰💰💰) – The otoro and kobe beef absolutely melts in your mouth, while the dining room is beautiful. Note: not many places in the United States serve real kobe beef and wagyu. The best seats overlook the lake. It’s currently our favorite fine dining restaurant and a great place for dinner in Vegas.
The Strip (South)
- Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand, French, 💰💰💰💰) – Joel Robuchon is the “Chef of the Century” by the guide Gault Millau. His famous 16-course dinner may bust some bank accounts, but it is incredible. The “Le Boeuf” is decadence defined. One of the best tasting menus on the strip.
- Picasso (Bellagio, French, 💰💰💰💰) – Whether dining inside surrounded by original works of Pablo Picasso or the outdoor patio viewing the Fountains of Bellagio, it’s a win-win. I’ve never tasted a greater scallop than their “Pan Seared U-10 Day Boat Scallop with Potato Maousseline and Jus de Veau”.
- E by José Andrés (Cosmopolitan, Spanish, 💰💰💰💰) – You must request reservations online to this incredible 20+ course dinner, and then they actually send out golden tickets via mail in a wax sealed envelope. That’s only where the Willy Wonka comparisons start, because the food is so cutting edge and creative, I expected some oompa loompas to come out and serve dessert!
- Harvest by Roy Ellamar (Bellagio, American, 💰💰💰) – No butter or lemon necessary for their incredible roasted Maine lobster. (only open Fri + Sat)
- Gordon Ramsay Steak (Paris, Steakhouses, 💰💰💰) – The most famous chef on TV backs up his reputation with his beef wellington. Eyeballs will roll back.
- BARDOT Brasserie (ARIA, French, 💰💰💰) – Super cute restaurant with french-inspired food and steaks. We went for brunch and really enjoyed everything.
- Sterling Brunch (Bally’s, Buffets, 💰💰💰💰) – The grandest weekend brunch in all the land! $85 gets you all you can drink Perrier Jouet Champagne, lobster, caviar, king crab, and more.
- Hakkasan (MGM Grand, Cantonese, 💰💰💰💰) – One of the fanciest spots for Chinese on the Strip, and their “Roasted Chilean seabass with Chinese honey” is fantastic.
- Wicked Spoon (Cosmopolitan, Buffet, 💰💰💰) – Another quintessential Vegas Dining experience that rivals bacchanal for best buffet on the Strip.
- Forte (Spring Valley, 💰💰) – Eastern European tapas, handcrafted drinks. Listed as one of Las Vegas’s Best Restaurants in 2019 by Thrillist.
- Other Mama (Spring Valley, Sushi Bars, 💰💰) – Their “Whole Grilled Branzino” is an epic dish. So good in fact, I eat the eyeballs every time.
- DW Bistro (Spring Valley, American, 💰💰) – Their blend of Jamaican and New Mexican flavors is a symphony for taste-buds. The “Jerk Pork” dinner consisting of roasted pork shoulder, velouté pan sauce, sweet potato mash is marvelous.
- Rosallie (Spring Valley, French, 💰💰) – If butter were to send a love letter, it would come in the form of their plain croissant. Outstanding!
Downtown Las Vegas
- Park on Fremont* (Downtown, American, 💰💰) – This was our favorite spot on Fremont street, where we stop by to scarf down the Philly Mac’n’cheesteak which perfectly mashes up to be the perfect comfort food (pictured below).
- Esther’s Kitchen (Italian, 💰💰) – You can’t make a best food in Las Vegas list without Esther’s Kitchen. All the pastas are amazing and the charcuterie and cheese board is so good.
- Pizza Rock (Downtown, Pizza, 💰💰) – This is one of the best Vegas lunch spots. Tony Gemignani is a 12-time world pizza champion, and his Napoletana-style Margherita pizza actually won the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. They only make 73 of them a day, so get there early.
- Carson Kitchen (Downtown, New American, 💰💰) – Carson Kitchen is one of the best local restaurants in Las Vegas. The crispy chicken skins served with smoked honey is the only way to start a meal here.
- Market Street Café (Downtown, California Hotel & Casino, American, 💰) – This café brings in the masses with their famous oxtail soup, available only from 11pm-9am (not a typo).
- The Goodwich (Downtown, Sandwiches, 💰💰) – Out of this world sandwiches! Get the pig o’ the week.
- Eat (Downtown, New American, 💰💰) – Eat Las Vegas serves down home American classics made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
- District One (Chinatown, Asian Fusion, 💰💰) – They serve both traditional and elevated Vietnamese dishes, and are famous for their lobster pho and Instagram-worthy big bone soup.
- Veggie House (Chinatown, Vegan, 💰💰) – Las Vegas even has love for vegetarians! Chef Kenny is a wizard with soy proteins and his faux meats are second to none. His “General Tzo V Chicken” is a revelation, even for carnivores!
- Sweets Raku (Chinatown, Desserts, 💰💰) – This open kitchen, made to order Japanese dessert course spot is culinary artistry.
- Hobak (Chinatown, Korean, 💰💰) – This successful Korean BBQ chain recently opened up their first one outside of their homeland in Las Vegas and is already the best in town. The “Hobak Aged Short Ribs” makes a convincing argument.
- Ramen Sora (Chinatown, Ramen, 💰) – Going with Miso, Shoyu or Shio broth is your call, but their deluxe ramen with extra chashu is the only call. One of the best spots on Spring Mountain.
- China Mama (Chinatown, Chinese, 💰💰) – Try the Crispy Beef, Dry Pepper Chicken, and Beef Rolls. So good!
- Oyster Bar @ Palace Station (Westside, Seafood, 💰💰) – Typically makes the list on all travel guides and definitely a must eat in Vegas. The combo pan roast is a creamy tomato stew with shrimp, lobster and crab, and the reason why the average wait for a seat is over an hour.
- Shang Artisan Noodle (Westside, Noodles, 💰) – Their noodles are made to order and delicious whether hand pulled or knife shaved. The “Shang Beef Noodle Soup” is their signature bowl, and the beef pancakes are incredibly juicy and an excellent starter. It’s a spot we frequent as locals eating in Las Vegas.
- Rollin Smoke Barbeque (Westside, Barbeque, 💰💰) – The premier BBQ pitmasters in Las Vegas. Their burnt ends are total beef bliss.
- Honey Salt (Westside, New American, 💰💰)
- Paina Cafe (Westside, Poke, Hawaiian, Donuts, 💰) – The poke is okay but the mochi donuts are amazing! We stop by every time we’re in the area.
- Ton Ton Katsuya (South Spring Valley) Japanese, 💰💰) – This is the only legit spot in the city turning out deliciously deep-fried and breaded Japanese katsu. The pork tenderloin dinner is the star of the menu and why we think it’s one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas.
- Sushi House Goyemon (Southwest, Japanese, 💰💰) – They serve up some of the best all you can eat sushi anywhere, and they offer daily fresh catch specials on the board like salmon belly, mentaiko and grilled yellowtail collar.
- Hooky Cookie (Southwest, Desserts, 💰) – This home business has amazing cookies that are always rotating. Try the stuffed mochi ones and ube cookies.
- Suzuya Pastries and Crepes (Southwest, Desserts, 💰) – I love everything here, but the Yuzu Panna Cotta is a must try.
- Island Flavor (Hawaiian, 💰) – When people ask us what the best food in Vegas is, Island Flavor always makes the list. Their furikake chicken is so addictive. If you ask any Hawaiian who lives in Vegas where to eat, this will likely be on their list. They do have multiple locations.
- Naked City Pizza (Eastside, Pizza, 💰💰) – Their “Royal Sub” with in-house hot Italian sausage, capicola, mozzarella, iceburg lettuce and tomato is a fat kid’s dream come true.
- Aloha Kitchen* (University, Hawaiian, 💰) – Vegas is home to some spectacular Hawaiian food. Their Adobo Fried Rice Omelette is a must eat in las vegas. Everything else there is just okay.
- Kame (Northeast, Japanese, 💰💰💰💰) – Chef Eric serves up extremely creative omakase course dinners on the daily. The lobster tail sashimi is a consistent highlight.
Map of Best Places to Eat in Las Vegas
More Las Vegas Restaurants to Check Out
Here are other must eat places in Vegas.
- The Black Sheep (New American & Veitnamese, 💰💰)
- Big Jerk (Caribbean, 💰💰) – Try their chicken wings and plantains.
- NoMad Restaurant (New American, 💰💰💰) – American Wagyu Prime Rib
- Lappert’s Ice Cream Shop (Desserts, 💰)
- Poke Express (Poke, 💰💰)
- Tbaar (Boba, 💰) – Delicious brown sugar milk tea
Michelin Starred Restaurants in Las Vegas
These were last ranked in 2009. Las Vegas has not continued to be part of the Michelin guide since, which we’re definitely bummed about since we loved going to them in New York.
- Joel Robuchon, MGM Grand ⭑⭑⭑
- Restaurant Guy Savoy, Caesar’s Palace ⭑⭑
- Picasso, Bellagio ⭑⭑
- Aureole, Mandalay Bay ⭑
- L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon, MGM Grand ⭑
- Le Cirque, Bellagio ⭑
- Michael Mina, Bellagio ⭑
- Nobu, Caesar’s Palace ⭑
- Wing Lei, Wynn ⭑
Bachi Burger, Carnevino, Chada Thai & Wine, Yonaka
Best Places to Stay
Any other restaurants in Las Vegas we should add? How many of these have you tried and which are your favorites?