While Las Vegas resorts on the Strip have a lot of great options for meals, the ever growing city has some real culinary gems just minutes from the bright lights of the Strip. Although you're sure to find world-class cuisine right on the Las Vegas Strip, venturing a little further off the beaten path is sure to turn up some great food finds. From New American restaurants to one of the best pizza shops in Vegas, there's plenty to discover outside the normal touristy areas of the city.
Sparrow and Wolf
Chef Brian Howard brings his inventive cooking along with his passion for details to Sparrow and Wolf, just a few minutes off the Strip in Chinatown. A Las Vegas food community favorite, the restaurant will delight any visitor’s desire for an exceptional experience. Expect local ingredients from Las Vegas‘ own Urban Seed. Inc, charcuterie that is among the best in Las Vegas, and a cocktail program that will even impress the industry insiders.
Set in a strip mall about 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Other Mama is a seafood restaurant specializing in unique creations. Owner and chef Dan Krohmer combines his passion for good food and his desire to respect the environment's natural resources in a restaurant that turns out dishes that are stunning to the palate and comfortable for the conscious. This seafood restaurant highlights the chef’s extensive knowledge and experience in Japanese cuisine. The raw bar is home to seasonal oysters, fresh sushi, and ceviche that is crippling with his impressive flavors. The happy hour is considered to be one of the best in the area, and the kimchi fried rice comes highly recommended as well.
More than just a typical pizza joint, Metro Pizza is a staple of the Las Vegas foodie scene dating back to 1928. Now available at four locations in Vegas and one in Henderson, Nevada, Metro Pizza calls itself "America's neighborhood pizzeria" and is known for its freshly-made dough that's hand-stretched and cooked on stone hearth ovens. The calzones are particularly popular in Vegas, and the Sicilian pizza has won several foodie awards over the years. However, just about any pizza you order at Metro Pizza could be described as fluffy, airy, light, and packed with flavor.
Featuring inventive Vietnamese and Asian fusion dishes alongside specialty cocktails, District One Kitchen and Bar is hidden in a small shopping mall on South Jones Boulevard in Spring Valley, just a few miles off the Strip. District One specializes in unique preparations of pho—including surf and turf, oxtail, Tai ribeye, and whole Maine lobster—as well as a variety of oysters, small plates, and other surf and turf dishes prepared by Executive Chef Khai Vu. Local favorites include grilled whole squid, oxtail fries, yellow-tail fish tacos, goi ga chicken salad, and the big bone soup, a pho broth prepared with bone marrow.
Opened in 2008 in Las Vegas' Seoul Plaza, Abriya Raku is an authentic Japanese restaurant owned by Executive Chef Mitsuo Endo, who immigrated to the United States from Tokyo in 2001. According to the official website, Abriya Raku means "Charcoal Grill House Enjoyment" in Japanese, and this cozy off-Strip restaurant delivers both on flavor and authenticity. Specializing in grilling using oak "binchotan" charcoal that's imported from Japan, Chef Endo creates a variety of traditional dishes using only the highest-quality ingredients. Visitors recommend the omakase meal, Agedashi tofu, and the Kobe beef filet with wasabi as well as any of the sushi options on the extensive menu.
With locations in Sacramento and Las Vegas' Tivoli Village, Echo and Rig is a steakhouse with a modern twist. Created by chef and restaurateur Sam Marvin, Echo and Rig harkens back to butcher shops of yesteryear and also features a large open-glass meat locker, vertical displays, and a demonstration area where guests can learn the history and craft of butchers. Menu favorites include the butcher blend burger, the Spencer steak, rib-eye cap, and filet tenderloin made from grass-fed Wagyu beef.
Located about 20 miles west of the Strip in the community of Summerlin, Honey Salt is a New American restaurant specializing in homemade desserts, farm-to-table ingredients, and "food to feed your soul." Owned and operated by restauranteurs Elizabeth Blaue and Kim Canteenwalla, Honey Salt has become a lunchtime favorite for locals, especially for the fresh-pressed juices and specialty desserts like the Brookie, a Brooklyn-inspired chocolate chip cookie mixed with a fudge brownie and covered in salted caramel chunk ice cream. Other popular menu items include the Biloxi buttermilk chicken sandwich, Elizabeth’s caesar salad, and Gramma Rosie’s meatballs.
Found just a few blocks off Las Vegas Boulevard, Ferraro's offers some of the best authentic Italian food in the southwest. Opened in 1985 by Gino and Rosalba Ferraro, this authentic eatery has spent over 30 years perfecting the traditional craft of Italian cuisine using family recipes from Southern Italy. All the seafood here is Safe Harbor Certified, the beef is all-natural, and the pasta, bread, and desserts are all made in-house daily. Additionally, the extensive wine cellar at Ferraro's has been recognized with the Prestigious Wine Enthusiast Award and Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence." Menu highlights include the house specialty Osso Buco (veal shank braised in a red wine reduction and served with farro), Trippa Satriano (slow-braised Honeycomb beef stomach lining with a spicy tomato sauce), and the Coniglio Brasato (braised rabbit, soft polenta, and roasted mushrooms).