Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential. Know a chef who wants to share some top dining spots? The tipline is open.
Daniel Ontiveros debuted his new restaurant Therapy in mid-June, a hit since the doors swung open. He was the executive chef at David Myers’ Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas before Therapy, and worked for four years as chef de partie at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro at the Venetian. Stops along the way included a year as a sous chef at Michael Mina's Nob Hill Tavern at the MGM Grand, where he assisted executive chef Josh Crain with a James Beard Award-nominated menu and two years with Michelin three star team at the Mansion at MGM Grand. Here, find out where Ontiveros dines when he’s not satisfying the Downtown Las Vegas dining crowd.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Fish N Bowl, Soyo Korean Barstaurant and Slap Fish Tacos in Laguna Beach.
Why do you like to go there?
Fish N Bowl offers great food and chef Howard Choi is a great person and friend of mine.
The fun atmosphere of Soyo makes it an a great place to sip and savor.
My wife, my daughter and I love to visit Laguna Beach, and fish tacos on the beach is always fun!
What dishes are most memorable?
Soft shell fried crab cake at Fish N Bowl.
Topokki with bean sprouts and thinly sliced pork braised in gochujang (hot pepper paste) with scallions at Soyo.
Grilled fish tacos and chowder in Laguna Beach. The classic!
Anything else you’d like to add?
I also love taking my daughter to Grinders Pizza Lounge and sometimes a little time at Bouchon at the Venetian is needed.