There are so many places to eat at in Las Vegas so any must-do list of restaurants in Las Vegas changes all the time. While this list is not the same as the Best Restaurants In Las Vegas, it will give you some ideas on where to go on your next Las Vegas visit whether you are on a budget or want to splurge on a special meal.
These restaurants that follow are spots that you must try because they have specific dishes or items or ambiance or atmosphere that must be experienced in Las Vegas. They might be on a "best of Las Vegas" list, but are also must-try spots for other reasons.
Sensationally savory and much easier to get a table than their counterpart in New York City, Momofuku Las Vegas is a must-do spot on the strip. The energy in the room is lively and the food coming out of their kitchen will excite you. Make sure to dine with friends just so that you can split the duck. It is as good of a dish as you will get anywhere.
If you want elegant but modern Japanese cuisine there really is no beating Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand. It is simply one of those destination restaurants that require a few visits. The experience is varied depending on the path you choose: Sushi bar? Steak? Japanese favorites? They pack so many options into a simple yet well thought out menu. This will be your go-to restaurant for Japanese cuisine in Las Vegas.
James Beard nominee Chef Sheridan Su's Flock and Fowl is the hole in the wall place that has to be on your to-do list in Las Vegas because it is excellent. Their main reason for being is to serve you the "perfect plate of chicken rice." They source locally, use free-range chicken, seek out organic ingredients, and make all of their own sauces in house, including two different soy sauces.
Lago at Bellagio
You may hear about how great the view is at Lago at Bellagio but when the food arrives, you might not ever think about watching the fountains from your table. They specialize in high-end pasta, pizzas, and Italian small plates and the food will dominate your senses.
Sunday Brunch is a favorite where James Beard Award-winning Chef Julian Serrano has converted his celebrated dinner recipes for a lighter, yet every bit as delicious, approach to daytime dining.
After your meal at Carbone at Aria, you'll feel like you grew up Italian and every meal should be a celebration of big plates, big flavors, and good cheer. The Italian cuisine borrows from the timeless dishes of the mid-20th century. Look for lots of red sauce and generous plates of pasta.
Rivea at Delano Las Vegas
Possibly the best deal on the Las Vegas strip, 800 Degrees is an incredible deal for excellent wood-fired craft pizza. Once you experience 800 Degrees, you'll come back over and over. They have a location at SLS Las Vegas and at Monte Carlo Las Vegas. The opportunity to sit outside is huge at Monte Carlo and the before nightclub crowd will surround you at SLS.
Have yourself an original Neapolitan pizza and then add in some soppressata (Italian dry salami) and prosciutto for an amazing meal.
Della's Kitchen at The Delano Hotel is open for breakfast and lunch in a modern farmhouse setting. You'll find plenty of items that will delight you such as the smoked pork Benedict and the Portuguese sausage and pastrami hash for breakfast and the Porchetta sandwich and Cubano sandwich for lunch.
The real star of the show is the Delano Burger with grass-fed beef, soft bun, and a superstar of a smoked pork belly to round out the flavors. There is just enough texture to get some crunch, and plenty of savory to get you to lick your lips.
Kumi Japanese Restaurant and bar is casual and comfortable, yet classy, and is perfect for a fun date night. The food is a fusion of Korean, American, and Japanese and the setting is beautiful. Michelin Star Chef Akira Back owns twelve other restaurants and has scheduled opening dates through 2020 for twelve more.
At Five50 Pizza Bar at Aria Las Vegas you'll get a pizza that doesn't adhere to the rules with James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain putting his spin on classic East Coast-style pizza. This popular venue also offers small bites and craft beers.
This is the savory burger that alters your approach to the American classic. Umami Burger at SLS Las Vegas delivers fun with a beer garden and a spot to place bets on games while you eat. The burger, well, you'll love the soft bun and the umami ketchup that pulls together the savory with the salty and sweet.
Shake Shack Las Vegas
A burger is just a burger but when it is very affordable and comes with a tasty shake and plenty of flavor it becomes a must-do meal. Shake Shack at New York-New York Las Vegas is exactly what you will expect from a fast food burger that is just as good as a gourmet burger but for half the price.
Shake Shack is right next to green space, Las Vegas' first little park on the Strip. They have beer, wine and a special concrete featuring goodies from a local bakery, Gimme Some Sugar.
Chef Sydney L. Jones' simple capellini with heirloom tomatoes, basil, and bottarga is as comfortable and delicious a dish as you can find and it is a must at DJT at Trump Las Vegas.
The name may be controversial but the cuisine and wine list are appealing—as are the swanky surroundings.
When you walk into Jaleo at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas you'll notice the long bar that will tempt you to settle in for a cocktail and then your eyes will slide over to the wood-fired grill with the paella going strong. While you should try the paella, the tapas by Chef Jose Andres is the main reason why you will stay for a meal at Jaleo.
Find a seat near the rail at Giada Las Vegas at The Cromwell and you might have the best view on the strip from any restaurant. The Italian food is good and the atmosphere is lively, upbeat, and a version of Vegas that you just might like. Giada is not in the kitchen every night but if she is, you can be sure that she will walk the dining room and have her picture taken with the diners.
The Pantry, open 24 hours a day, offers a decadent breakfast. You'll be treated to big portions at The Pantry at Mirage Las Vegas and experience a step up in the Vegas breakfast game. They offer traditional breakfast dishes with a gourmet twist and mouth-watering sandwiches made with fresh ingredients.
You'll sit at the bar at Delmonico Steakhouse at Venetian Las Vegas and you'll look up at their Whiskey collection of over 700 choices and you'll be glad the bartender is a genius when it comes to brown spirits. The steaks are marvelous and they have some southern specialties too.
Delmonico is Chef Emeril Lagasse’s take on the grand American steakhouse and is named after the legendary, century-old New Orleans institution, Delmonico Restaurant and Bar.
You can have the mouth-watering Kobe Beef but this is also the place for a simple Angus Burger for about $12. It's still a bit pricey for a burger but it's Las Vegas and you're having fun. Sit at the bar and order one of 24 beers they have on tap or any of the numerous bottles of beer. As for the Burger, simple always works with a great burger. Bread and a quality piece of beef should be enough. However, you can enjoy such add-ons as grilled onions, jalapeños, and some sprouts when you build your own burger.
After a couple of beers, a burger, some onion rings, and some tasty fries you'll be ready for dessert. Try the Frozen Elvis: Skyy Vanilla Vodka, Malibu Banana Rum, Bols white creme de cacao, Bols Banana Liqueur, peanut butter, banana puree, all frozen and topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
You might not be able to get a table at the French Laundry in Napa but Chef Thomas Keller's brilliance in the kitchen comes through almost as good at Bouchon at Venetian Las Vegas. You'll enjoy attentive service, spot on craftsmanship in the kitchen and an atmosphere so alluring that you ponder having a second and a third meal here.
You can forget the loud obnoxious personality of Gordon Ramsay and just focus on the food and you'll be happy that you have decided on Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood for a meal in Las Vegas. Now, you might walk in for a burger and you'll get a pretty good version but the truth is the hot dog is where the action is at. The wiener and the soft bread go great with a pint of beer. Have a shake if you decided against the alcoholic beverage or—have a boozy shake.
You'll be drawn to the bar area at Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria Las Vegas because it feels very laid back for a restaurant that can be considered fine dining. This steakhouse is "Vegas fine dining" so it also feels like an upscale lounge where the lighting makes you look good and the wine list is bulging with plenty of treasures. The room is dark and "clubby" but the food is classic and intriguing.
It is possible to have a better meal in Las Vegas but the experience at Wolfgang Puck's Spago Las Vegas is still as good as it was when this was THE spot for a meal in Las Vegas. A seat in the cafe with a glass of wine and good conversation is unbeatable. This is still among the best restaurants in Las Vegas so seriously consider Spago and you'll realize that it is also relatively affordable compared to some of the top spots for a meal on the Las Vegas strip.
You have to visit just one buffet in Las Vegas and this one is worth your while. It's as if they turned back the hands of time back to the days of all-you-can-eat buffets.
Bacchanal offers a Las Vegas buffet with modern food presentations in an upscale setting. It's been voted Best Buffet in Las Vegas by USA Today more than once. Approximately 15 daily chef's specials are added to the menu drawing from seasonal offerings so you never know what you'll encounter.
There are very restaurants in Las Vegas that give you a resort feel like Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas does. The room is bright with tones of relaxation and vacation bliss. Maybe it is the view of the pool or the fresh approach to seasonal ingredients but if you need to sit back and reset with an afternoon meal, this is your spot.
It feels like this should be a bright Sunday brunch spot, (it is) but it is also a fine way to enjoy a weekday lunch that deserves a classy touch.
Pub 1842 at MGM Grand Las Vegas
At Pub 1842 at MGM Grand Las Vegas, you can get great fish and chops and also get fried pickles and an amazing lobster roll. The room is casual enough for a long afternoon of watching sports or put together enough for a quick meeting.
Named for the year Pilsner beer was invented, the pub has a great selection of unique whiskeys, hand-crafted cocktails, and more than 30 craft beers on tap to go with their elevated pub grub.
Strip Steak at Mandalay Bay Hotel Las Vegas
There is no reason you should have a bad steak in Las Vegas. Michael Mina is making that a possibility by infusing the dining scene with technology. Strip Steak features two wood-burning grills and six circulating, slow-poaching chambers.
The signature slow-poaching method enhances flavor and tenderness by heating the meat for several hours at a low temperature, while the mesquite-stoked grills infuse every cut with a subtle smokiness.
The fine wine helps the dining process but the food easily stands on its alone.
You'll really enjoy the ceviche at Carlos 'n Charlies at Flamingo Las Vegas. If there is a spot to have fun and really get into the Las Vegas spirit this is it. It's not fancy, pretentious or in any way the type of place that frowns on you laughing, singing or having a good time.
Carlos 'n Charlies is the type of Vegas Mexican food place that draws in families by day and then turns into a raucous party venue for adults at night.