Las Vegas dining 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, and 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!
Date Updated: Jun 17, 2018 Originally Created: Feb 21, 2017
49 BEST PLACES TO EAT IN LAS VEGAS
- Joel Robuchon (MGM Grand, French, $$$$) – “Chef of the Century” by the guide Gault Millau, Robuchon’s famous 16-course dinner may bust some bank accounts, but it is absolutely incredible. The “Le Boeuf” (Beef Châteaubriand and foie gras, “Rossini” style with aged Porto) is decadence defined.
- Picasso (Bellagio, French, $$$$) – Chef Julian Serrano brings together an amazing marriage of French and Spanish cuisine. Whether dining inside surrounded by original works of Pablo Picasso or the outdoor patio viewing the Fountains of Bellagio, it’s a win-win. Their “Pan Seared U-10 Day Boat Scallop with Potato Maousseline and Jus de Veau” is the greatest scallop I’ve ever had.
- E by Jose Andres (Cosmopolitan, Spanish, $$$$) – Reservations to this incredible 20+ course dinner can only be requested online and then they actually send out golden tickets via mail in a wax sealed envelope. That’s only where the Willy Wonka comparisons start because the food is so cutting edge and creative, I half expected some oompa loompas to come out and serve dessert! The “foie gras cotton candy empanada” is what dreams are made of!
- Carnevino (Palazzo, Italian, $$$$) – This Italian steakhouse by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich is a carnivore’s wet dream. I love the “Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye” medium rare, which is rolled out to the table in a mini-oven and carved tableside.
- Sage (Aria, American, $$$$) – No matter what you have, an excellent gourmet meal is a guarantee. The foie gras brulee is divine!
- Rao’s (Caesars Palace, Italian, $$$) – 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, $$$$) – Get a group together and order the whole suckling pig. At $540, this must be ordered a couple of days in advance and will feed about 6 people.
- Bacchanal Buffet (Caesars Palace, Buffets, $$$) – The biggest buffet in buffet history. With over 500 items to choose from, this is a feast of epic proportions. You’ll need to take a lap around the place before committing to anything.
- Flock & Fowl (The Strip, Chinese, $$) – Chef Sheridan Su takes Chinese Hainan Chicken to a whole new level.
- Harvest by Roy Ellamar (Bellagio, American, $$$) – No butter or lemon necessary for their incredible roasted Maine lobster.
- Nobu (Caesars Palace, Japanese, $$$$) – Sure, they’re located in most major cities, but this location touts the most expansive menu of any Nobu around. They put miso marinated black cod on the culinary map and there’s a reason why it’s still the standard.
- Gordon Ramsay Steak (Paris, Steakhouses, $$$$) – The most famous chef on TV backs up his reputation with his beef wellington. Eyeballs will roll back.
- Estiatorio Milos (Cosmopolitan, Greek, $$$$) – This gorgeous Greek restaurant offers one of the most delicious prix fixe lunches on the Strip. The charcoal broiled, sashimi quality Mediterranean octopus is a treat that is sublime.
- Tacos El Gordo (The Strip, Mexican, $) – Definitely the busiest restaurant in Las Vegasafter 2am, the al pastor is what keeps everyone coming back.
- Andrea’s (Wynn, Asian Fusion, $$$) – Save room for their enormous Mt Fuji dessert.
- Sterling Brunch (Bally’s, Buffets, $$$$) – The grandest weekend brunch in all the land! $85 gets you all you can drink Perrier Jouet Champagne, lobster, caviar, king crab, lamb chops and a whole lot more. Get ready for that afternoon nap.
- Hakkasan (MGM Grand, Cantonese, $$$$) – One of the fanciest spots for Chinese on the Strip and their “Roasted Chilean seabass with Chinese honey” is fantastic.
- Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab (Caesars Palace, Seafood, $$$) – Why fly to Miami? 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 where the money went.
- Bouchon (Venetian, French, $$$) – Thomas Keller offers a fantastic brunch and the “Poulet et des Gaufres” (roasted chicken with bacon-chive waffle, maple syrup, Tahitian vanilla bean butter & sauce Chasseur) guarantees that you will have an awesome day. Pictured below is a TKO from Bouchon Bakery.
- Ace Donuts (Spring Valley, $) – Two old Korean ladies who are absolutely killing it with the best cronuts in Las Vegas? Confirmed.
- Other Mama (Spring Valley, Sushi Bars, $$) – 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, $$) – This was our favorite spot in downtown vegas. We’d stop by to scarf down the Philly Mac’n’cheesteak pictured above.
- Pizza Rock (Downtown, Pizza, $$) – Tony Gemignani is a 12-time world pizza champion. 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, $$) – The crispy chicken skins served with smoked honey is the only way to start a meal here.
- Market Street Café (Downtown, California Hotel & Casino, American, $) – This café brings in the masses with their famous oxtail soup, available only from 11pm-9am (not a typo).
- The Goodwich (Downtown, Sandwiches, $) – Out of this world sandwiches! Get the pig o’ the week.
- District One (Chinatown, Asian Fusion, $$) – Serving both traditional and elevated Vietnamese dishes, this spot is famous for their lobster pho and Instagram-worthy big bone soup.
- Veggie House (Chinatown, Vegan, $$) – Las Vegas even has love for vegetarians! Chef Kenny is a wizard with soy proteins and his faux meats are second to none. His “General Tzo V Chicken” is a revelation, even for carnivores!
- Chada Thai & Wine (Chinatown, Wine Bars, $$) – The finest Thai cuisine in the city. Their homemade crab curry served with thin rice noodle known as “Sen Mee Kang Pou” is fantastic if you can take the heat!
- 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.
- Oyster Bar @ Palace Station (Westside, Seafood, $$) – The combo pan roast is a creamy tomato stew with shrimp, lobster and crab that is the reason the average wait for a seat at this bar is usually over an hour.
- Shang Artisan Noodle (Westside, Noodles, $) – Noodles made to order and delicious whether they’re hand pulled or knife shaved. The “Shang Beef Noodle Soup” is their signature bowl. The beef pancakes are incredibly juicy and an excellent starter.
- Yonaka (Westside, Japanese, $$) – Modern tapas with a focus on Japanese cuisine. The “Sake Orenji” consisting of scottish salmon, orange supreme, yuzu tobiko, thai chili, and orange oil makes for a wonderful introduction.
- Rollin Smoke Barbeque (Westside, Barbeque, $$) – The premier BBQ pitmasters in Las Vegas. Their burnt ends are total beef bliss.
- Naked City Pizza (Eastside, Pizza, $$) – 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 Hawaiin food. This was probably our favorite and you definitely need to try the Adobo Fried Rice Omelette.
- Tonkatsu Kiyoshi (Southwest, Japanese, $$) – The only legit spot in the city turning out deliciously deep fried and breaded Japanese katsu. The pork tenderloin dinner is the star of the menu.
- Bachi Burger (Southeast/Various, Burgers, $$) – Asian-fusion burgers at their best! The “Miyagi-San” burger with grass fed wagyu, chili mayo, bacon, fried egg and onion rings gives anyone the power to destroy all Cobra Kai.
- Sushi House Goyemon (Southwest, Japanese, $$) – Serving up some of the best all you can eat sushi anywhere! They offer daily fresh catch specials on the board like salmon belly, mentaiko and grilled yellowtail collar.
- Gelatology (Southwest, Desserts, $) – Desyree Bettencourt is the genius, mad scientist creating eye-opening flavors of frozen treats daily. Pear and gorgonzola gelato? How about potato chips and dip? Beets? Rosemary crème brulee? Go crazy, my friend, go crazy.
- Suzuya Pastries and Crepes (Southwest, Desserts, $) – I love everything here, but the Yuzu Panna Cotta is a must try.
- Kame (Northeast, Japanese, $$$$) – Chef Eric serves up extremely creative omakase course dinners on the daily. The lobster tail sashimi is a consistent highlight.
- Cutting Board Filipino Gastropub (Northwest, Gastropub, $$) – No nation has mastered the art of cooking pork belly better The Philippines and this spot shines with that ingredient across the board. Get the lechon!
- Cafe Rio* (Multiple Locations, Mexican, $) – Although it’s a chain, we ate here at least once a week! The Sweet Pork Barboa Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing is amazing!! You can even ask for a tortilla on the side – Esther & Jacob