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The Best Restaurants in Las Vegas are...
Restaurants are always opening in Las Vegas so we have added a few for you to enjoy as the list of the best of the best always is evolving.
However, if we had to name the very best restaurant in Las Vegas the nod would have to go to Le Cirque at Bellagio Las Vegas. Simply put, when you consider the entire package there is no way to beat the Le Cirque Las Vegas experience. Fine dining in Las Vegas can be expensive and as much as Le Cirque is not cheap it is reasonable. When compared to the supreme fine dining destinations on the Las Vegas strip you just cannot compare the value, service, and quality that Le Cirque delivers. The staff is attentive but friendly, the atmosphere is refined yet casual and the elegance is obvious but it lacks pretense. If you have one choice for a memorable meal in Las Vegas it has to be at Le Cirque.
Keep a few more of the best restaurants in mind next time you venture to the Las Vegas strip:
A few new Las Vegas strip and Downtown spots were added :
- Carson Kitchen, Downtown Las Vegas
- Yardbird at Venetian Resort
- Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas
- Rose.Rabbit.Lie at Cosmopolitan
- Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas
- Nobu Caesars Palace
A few off the strip gems from Las Vegas food writer E.C. Gladstone were added as well:
- Echo & Rig
- Honey Salt
Sad to see you go:
Comme Ca at Cosmopolitan has closed its doors, American Fish at ARIA has closed and become Bardot (still Michael Mina) and Simon at Palms Place has closed.
When planning your vacation do you ask yourself what the best restaurants in Las Vegas are? Do you wonder if you can afford the very best? Are you concerned if you can get a reservation at the very best of the best in Las Vegas? Don't worry, I'll help you find the best restaurants and then I'll show you the best affordable restaurants in Las Vegas
Recently, while eating a meal in Las Vegas with a few local foodies I heard the comment, "sometimes it's hard to come across a meal worth telling people about."I laughed because it seems like perhaps I'm the only one eating all the good food in Las Vegas. (Not true, every place I mention on this list has plenty of people in them)
My version of the best is usually a twisted version in the Foodie world simply because I can't see calling a place the best if only the wealthy or affluent can afford it. Instead, I consider what exactly I would pay for a meal.
Journalists (not me) and travel writers (me) are lucky enough to eat plenty of our meals for free. The truth is, it would be hard to thoroughly examine what a restaurant could do without the help of not having to pay for the extra plates on the table. However, just because someone pays for my meal does not automatically mean that I love their food.
I'm the guy who was happy to see the Michelin Guide not come back to Las Vegas. I would hate for everyone to aspire to hold 3 stars from a book that seems to glorify expensive, overpriced meals that are unattainable for most Las Vegas visitors. Instead, I would love to see a real grading of restaurants based on good food, atmosphere and the ability to have a meal without spending year one and two of your child’s college tuition.
This list of best restaurants in Las Vegas is ever changing. I'll get plenty of complaints and a few people will tell me I’m crazy, to which I’ll say, "go get your own list of favorites." These Las Vegas restaurants are the best because in my opinion, they deliver a quality Las Vegas restaurant experience. My list might be skewed to those things that I love best and they might be prejudiced by a good drink or two. I am lucky enough to eat a lot on the Las Vegas strip so I share the list with you, the Las Vegas visitor.
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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand Las Vegas
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Las Vegas
To say that L'Atelier is the best restaurant in Las Vegas in not a stretch because everything will be precisely done exactly as it is meant to be. The service will be perfect. The presentation flawless and the entire experience will have you rejoicing at the idea of returning. If you are even in the neighborhood of the MGM Grand Las Vegas you should be considering a visit to this restaurant.
So that is what makes it perfect for most. For me the idea of being able to experience the talents of Chef Joel Robuchon in a more casual setting is the major factor. The affordability of the meal is extremely important as well and you’ll get a fine dining experience for less than you would at other Michelin starred restaurants in Las Vegas. If you add in the ability to sit at the bar style counter while watching the preparation of your meal you might be inclined to pay more.
I should mention Joel Robuchon next door to L'Atelier. It’s the super fancy older sister that is far more beautiful and way out of your league. I don’t say that in a bad way but it is harder for me to classify it as one of the best if I use the criteria of it being at least remotely affordable.
If I remove the caveat of affordability Joel Robuchon would be the best restaurant in Las Vegas. The bread cart alone is worth a visit. The chocolate cart at the end of the meal is worth another visit and the intimate room as well as the superior service only compliments the incredible food that comes out of the kitchen.
Luckily for you Chef Robuchon has created L'Atelier so that you can still experience the precision of his staff and the talent that he seems to posses through the team at both restaurants.
What you should try at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon?
(The menu changes seasonally but this should give you an idea of what can be enjoyed at the restaurant)
- La Sole: Dover sole slightly soaked in turmeric oil then seared a la plancha, served with crispy onion rings, ginger, baby leeks, chive and parsley oil and soy sauce reduction.
- La Hampe: French style hanger steak cooked on the teppanyaki served with a confit of shallot and truffle mashed-potatoes.
- La Framboise; White chocolate sphere filled with fresh raspberries, white chocolate crunchy pearls, yuzu sorbet, mascarpone mousse, on top of the sphere, there is a gold leaf, around the plate, raspberry coulis and raspberry jam.
Why L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
Precision is on display every night at L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon. This is the big leagues and your food will come out perfect. They treat each and every dish as if they were cooking for the most important person on the planet. That type of passion and commitment is very evident in every single dish.
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Le Cirque at Bellagio Las Vegas
What I've said in the past about Le Cirque at Bellagio Las Vegas:
"It’s a white table cloth type of place right until you experience the level of customer service that invites you to relax. It’s a fine dining experience until you taste the food and you feel compelled to look around to see if everyone is being treated to such astounding flavors. The room is comfortable yet elegant. If I could propose to my wife again I might do it at Le Cirque but if my son scored a goal in his Saturday afternoon hockey game he might get a trip in as well."
Why Le Cirque is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
It is a given that you are going to get great food at Le Cirque. The bonus thattakes it over the top is the feeling of com fort that you get from this fine dining experience. It's almost as if you have been coming here everyday since you were a kid. It feels special but it feels familiar and very comfortable.
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Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas
Chef Jose Andres has a way with food the same way Wayne Gretzky had a way with the game of hockey. It's as if they see things differently than the rest of us. Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas is an extraordinary journey into the way meat can be presented in an upscale restaurant. It really feels like you decided to join a friend at a local bodega that happens to serve great food out back. The atmosphere is lively and comfortable and everybody seems to be your friend. Yes, the beef is done up exactly the way you would expect but it is the little things like pork skin and vegetables that deliver even more surprises. Maybe you need some bison carpaccio, or some oxtail in a steamed bun or possibly just some Iberico, whatever you decide you can be sure that no matter how small the plate or its location on the menu, someone took great care to deliver an extraordinary plate directly to you. If you already are a fan of China Poblano or Jaleo this will deliver even more to you.
This is possibly the best place to eat right now on the Las Vegas strip.
Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres
SLS Las Vegas
Restaurant & Bar Centro
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Carson Kitchen Downtown Las Vegas
What I've said in the past about Carson Kitchen:
"When you start considering the food you should be aware of the simple fact that there is no way you can leave without having the Crispy chicken Skins. You can try to act as if you don’t really enjoy the crust of a fried chicken but you would be lying to yourself. The crispy, salty texture combined with the honey on the side is a little gift from the culinary heavens. It is comfort food from the bottle of the chicken bucket, you remember that one piece that went forgotten after everyone else took the white meat. Indulge because you’ll find that this one starter will make you want to come back again and again."
Why Carson Kitchen is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
124 South Sixth St, Suite 100
Las Vegas 89101, Downtown Las Vegas
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Yardbird Southern Table and Bar
If you and I sat down to a meal at Yardbird Southern Table and Bar we might come to blows. That's right, I said I might get into a physical altercation with you. You see, the portions are huge and you should share. Sharing is good. But much like a 2 year old who refuses to share his crayons there is no way possible that I could see myself handing over any part of any entree, appetizer or dessert to you. It just won't happen. Do you really think that it would be wise to part with even one piece of grilled mango from the grilled mango salad? Nope. Don't even thing about the chicken and waffles and the cubed watermelon that is precisely why my wife is questioning my love for her. The short rib, please, no amount of begging from you will have me handing over the fall off the bone meat for the sake of friendship.
Not going to happen.
This is not just comfort food. It is getting comfortable with good food. Throw in some bourbon and a few cocktails and you are now at one of the "must do restaurants" on the Las Vegas strip.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar
Venetian Las Vegas
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar website
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Carnevino at Palazzo
What I've said in the past about Carnevino Las Vegas:
"If you think you have tasted a good piece of meat you owe it to yourself to experience what great care of the process of running a steakhouse means to the ultimate product. It would be hard for you to find a piece of beef anywhere in Las Vegas with more flavor than what you will be delivered at Carnevino."
Why Carnevino is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
Slice off a thin piece of beef and let it rest on your tongue for a few moments. You'll realize that you have just experienced something very special.
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D.O.C.G. at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas - CLOSED
CLOSED: However CHef Scott Conant is opening a new restaurant in Las Vegas soon and Scarpetta at Cosmopolitan is still open.
You should know that when I fall in love I fall hard. Since I have an unhealthy infatuation with pizza it’s no wonder that I love D.O.C.G. at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. However, I have to point out that it is more than the pizza that brings me back to this spot. The prices are reasonable, the wine is decent and the food is done right. I personally sit at the bar and strike up a conversation and waste a few hours in the therapy of good food.
You can have a quality meal at D.O.C.G. for under $20 with one drink. That is a big reason why it’s one of my best. It’s also super casual and a place where you can experience great without having to be on your best behavior.
I should mention that D.O.C.G. is right next to its cousin Scarpetta. Both are from Chef Scott Conant and it would be impossible for me to have a discussion about best restaurants in Las Vegas without mentioning Scarpetta.
How good is Scarpetta Las Vegas? It's so good that I cannot take my wife there until I really need an ace in the hole. I have to really screw up something and use this as my ammunition to get her back on my side. The spaghetti is probably an appetizer in Heaven and the creamy polenta will make you weep with joy. It’s more expensive than D.O.C.G. but it also delivers more on the fine dining side.
What you should try at D.O.C.G. at the Cosmopolitan Hotel:
- Ascolani Olives - Pork sausage stuffed olives
- Grilled Filone - Duck egg fonduta - A creamy egg with toasted bread.
- Veal Raviolini - Spinach, Parmigiano Sage -
Why D.O.C.G. is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
While the menu has plenty of excellent choices for me the ease of pizza and a drink at the bar would be enough. However, the comfortable feeling in the restaurant along with the comfortable food make this feel like my neighborhood Italian restaurant.
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Sage at Aria Resort
What I've said in the past about Sage at Aria:
"Ultimately, the staff is what makes the entire dining experience memorable. At Sage I was able to discuss food with the server in such a way that she was able to express her passion for food and knowledge. Every person at Sage had an opinion on the food, their favorite dishes and the ingredients they enjoy as well as the cooking styles employed. When a staff approaches you with a dish that they can stand behind you understand the quality and the confidence in the kitchen and their product."Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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China Poblano at Cosmopolitan
What I've said in the past about China Poblano:
"I grew up in Southern California and the idea of a carne asada taco with fried rice seems normal. That fact that the idea has been taken to the next level is exciting for me. A Ron Copper margarita, a lobster taco and some steamed pork buns and I feel like I'm home. China Poblano is a version of cross cultural cuisine that does not have to be fusion but instead a celebration of how well cultures can coincide."
Why China Poblano is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
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Best Restaurants in Las Vegas: Scarpetta Las Vegas at Cosmopolitan
What I've said in the past about Scarpetta Las Vegas:
"Scarpetta is the adult equivalent of a kid living on ice cream, it's probably not recommended but it sure would be good. The creamy polenta is one of those dishes that cripple my ability to function. The spaghetti should not have so much action popping off that pasta. The bread basket should not be a highlight. Scarpetta Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan is dressed up enough to be a fine dining Italian restaurant but the food is very much what a good friend would be serving in his kitchen."
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Echo & Rig - Summerlin
The Vegas Strip is choc-a-block with steakhouses, and great ones for that matter, so it’s hard to argue one should go elsewhere. But Chef Sam Hazen (who also created LA’s Bottega Louie) has made something modestly brilliant in suburban Summerlin, a steakhouse with its own butcher shop, serving uncommon cuts like tri-tip and Spencer along with certified Angus classics, as well as a remarkable selection of creative small plates (call them apps or sides), many vegetarian. All at value prices.
Echo & Rig - Summerlin
440 S. Rampart Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89145 (702) 489-3525
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Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas
I have a bit of a love affair with Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas. I love seafood and their program that brings fresh Hawaiian fish boat to table is out of this world. The restaurant is comfortable enough to have a casual meal with friends while romantic enough to share a special meal with the person you love. Sit out on the patio and take in the atmosphere of the Lake of Dreams and you'll get a fun evening combined with great food. If atmosphere combined with good food is what you seek out, Lakeside at Wynn might be your go to restaurant.
Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Nobu at Caesars Palace
It would be hard to talk about an impressive dinning experience in Las Vegas without including Nobu but the reality is that if you go on the food alone you can have this meal at one of the other locations that Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has set up around the world or even at his other location at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Does the ability to have some Nobu magic in plenty of other location make it any less worthy of being among th best of Las Vegas?
It's good. It's real good. Yes, it can get expensive but you will get quite an experience. The reason you'll go to Nobu Las Vegas at Caesars Palace is because it feels like an elevated Las Vegas experience. The lounge is a great spot to have a drink and a snack while on he verge of getting your mingle on. Nobu Las Vegas is like an ultra lounge that serves some superior food.
Sun-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-12am
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Raku Japanese Charcoal Grill Las Vegas
Spring Mountain Blvd., the “Chinatown” of Las Vegas, has become a wonderland of nearly every available type of Asian cuisine, much of it world-class. But among the best remains Aburiya Raku, a gourmet approach to traditional Japanese charcoal robata serving skewers of chicken, duck, fish, pork, beef and vegetables in ways this country rarely sees. If you can spare it, the $75 or $100 omakase menus may leave a greater impression of Vegas than the Bellagio fountains. Open late: reservations recommended.
Raku Las Vegas
5030 W.Spring Mountain Rd. #2
Las Vegas, NV 89146
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Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and her husband Chef Kim Canteenwalla are the names behind several of the most successful restaurants in top Vegas Casino Resorts; now they’ve committed themselves to bring the same level of quality and creativity to the ‘burbs. Honey Salt’s seasonal menus take inspirations both from the market and every inch of the globe, while keeping things neighborhood-comfortable. There’s even a great kids’ menu. Their newest restaurant, Andiron, may actually knock this off the list.
1031 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89145
Sunday brunch: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
*limited menu between 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Monday: 11:30 AM - Close
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
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Tetsu at ARIA Las Vegas
What I've said in the past about Tetsu:
"This is comfort food for the crazy foodies of the world. If you love food, flavors and unpredictability this is fabulous. I’ll have to put shoes on to have a meal here but just know that the food makes me feel so comfortable I’ll be dreaming of lounging on the couch as I have the lobster ceviche and the jalapeno octopus."
Why Tetsu is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
Add in a small serving of socializing into your dining experience. That is what Testu does and Chef Masa supplies the very best ingredients into each and every dish.
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Best Restaurants in Las Vegas: Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas
What I've said in the past about Gordon Ramsay Steak:
"It's edgy, it's louder than you would expect, there are people smiling, laughing, drinking and having a good time. It's a restaurant that celebrates food and the experience of eating while pumping out some serious beef. You can expect a high quality of service while at the same time feeling like you could order another beer after your steak just to pontificate a bit more."
Why Gordon Ramsay Steak is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
Despite the popularity of the Chef's name this spot does a great job with the details. I'll still order the fish and chips but the beef is good, the drinks are great and the atmosphere is very Las Vegas.
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For a landlocked city, Las Vegas has no shortage of fresh fish, and many fine places to enjoy it raw. But local foodies almost universally agree that one of the very best is not in the top casinos but again, on Spring Mountain. Kabuto is Edomae style (“Tokyo harbor,” but basically translating as seriously authentic: sorry, no “Screaming O” rolls). They offer uncommon fish imported from Japan and around the globe in a sleek but simple setting, keeping your focus on the food and sake selections. Dinner only, and reservations essential.
5040 W Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
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Best Restaurants in Las Vegas: Top Of The World at Stratosphere Hotel
What I've said in the past about Top of The World:
"I don't have to impress my wife, but if I did I would take her to Top of The World for lunch, get a glass of something with bubbles and share the Tuna Tataki and Asian Salad, a Bahn Mi sandwich and possibly try to fit in the steak with the peppercorn sauce. We would end the meal with the cheesecake lollipops. If I did that I would be a star and then I most likely would leap off the tower. So do you need to impress someone or just impress yourself?"
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Rose.Rabbit.Lie. at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
At Rose.Rabbit.Lie. it is not just about meal. The meal is very good and you will be glad you sat down to dinner. No, the draw is the idea of a complete evening of entertainment to go along with you dinner. Everything happens around you and the room is full of energy. This is entertainment much like it once was when we went out for more than just a meal that would entice us to stick around longer. The cocktails are memorable and dish after dish that comes out of the kitchen will make you happy.
Go ahead and move around in your seat a little because this place will make you want to dance, and laugh and drink and eat.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Best Restaurants in Las Vegas: Spago at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
What I've said in the past about Spago:
"Incredible Meatloaf, salads, pastas, pizza and people watching. I can easily say that I have eaten at Spago at least fifty times. I have had the meatloaf 47 of those times. I once had a rib eye and another time a salad. One time I was too sick to have anything but my unforgiving wife still made me sit across from her as she stuffed her face. It's that good. Spago Las Vegas will never disappoint you."
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Hash House A Go Go at LINQ Las Vegas
What I've said in the past about Hash House A Go Go:
"When Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Hash House Farm Benedict comes to your table at Hash House A Go Go you instantly will be second guessing your ability to eat. It's huge and I have explained it as "a beast! It’s like a stratigraphic column that you’ll see at the Grand Canyon. Chipotle cream with peppers, scrambled eggs, griddled mozzarella, fried chicken, bacon, market tomato, spinach, biscuit on top of griddled potatoes."
Why Hash House a Go Go is one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas:
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Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
It is no accident that I end this list with a restaurant of the caliber of Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. As I said at the beginning their is no particular order aside from mentioning the first three as my ultimate favorites. It would be irresponsible of me to put together a list of the best restaurants in Las Vegas and not include Guy Savoy. It is expensive and it is a journey in fine dining however it does deliver extraordinary quality. If the situation arises where you can afford to spend a little more, well, a lot more, you should consider Guy Savoy.
The list is started with Joel Robuchon and closed out with Guy Savoy even though I clearly stated that one of my defining factors in selecting the best restaurants in Las Vegas is price. It's important to understand that the Las Vegas dining scene is really unlike any other in the country for the simple fact that everyone who does food well has a spot right on the Las Vegas strip. It is also a testament to how good the restaurant scene has become when you consider some rising stars in the food world like Jet Tila, David Myers and Scott Conant all have spots that are delivering a fine culinary experience to Las Vegas visitors.
This list by no means covers all of my favorites. It just gives you a glimpse into my preferences when dining in Las Vegas. I am lucky enough to eat at all the restaurants on the Las Vegas strip so while I might stand on a soap box and tell you to salute Joel Robuchon I'll also tell you to have a Waborita at Cabo Wabo. I'll suggest a list of the best burgers in Las Vegas. You'll find me at food courts with one too many $1 hot dogs and a slice of pizza for $3 is my kind of meal. If I have a cold beer, a stool and some chicken wings I'm a happy guy.
Get out there and start eating!