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These Were Las Vegas’s Most Exciting Restaurant Openings of 2022

Some of the openings that had us the most excited this year included Anima, Vetri, and Martha Stewart’s new restaurant

Vetri Cucina
Vetri Cucina
Vetri Cucina
Janna Karel is the Editor for Eater Vegas.

It’s time again for the Year in Eater where we look back at the last twelve months of Las Vegas’s restaurant scene. We reached out to Vegas’s finest food writers, reporters, and bloggers to get their takes on local trends, recent standouts, and notable newcomers. Here, they weigh in on the openings they were most excited for in 2022.

Kaiseki Sanga really impressed me. It’s basically as if Kame and Kaiseki Yuzu had a love child creating a really exciting new menu monthly. Their $250 modern Kaiseki-style dinner could easily go for $400.
-Philip Tzeng. Food Blogger @LasVegasFill

I’d been patiently waiting for Vetri to reopen at the Palms. And both the view and the food are even better than I remembered. I love seeing pop-ups evolve to into full brick-and-mortars — and I’m thrilled to see Yukon Pizza get a permanent home. Now I’m just waiting for the crab rangoon pizza to re-emerge on the menu. But Anima by EDO is the new restaurant I frequented the most this year. The ever-changing tasting menu keeps each visit fresh, playful, and memorable.
-Janna Karel, Editor of Eater Vegas

The Bedford by Martha Stewart. I was super excited to see how Martha Stewart would bring her famous aesthetic and food to a Las Vegas casino!
-Melanie Lee, Editor-in-Chief at

I am very excited to see Vetri return to Palms and while it is not new new, I am excited to dine there once again as I always found it to be superb.
-Melinda Sheckells, Freelance Writer

This year was packed with highly-anticipated openings, but the ones I was most excited about were Anima by EDO, Wakuda, Dominique Ansel, and Lotus of Siam. EDO remains one of my favorite restaurants in the city, and Anima is a wonderful sequel. Wakuda blew me away with its dynamic atmosphere from the moment I walked in the door, and the food is equally as impressive. Also, I’ve been a cronut fan for many years, so Dominique Ansel opening on the Strip was a sweet dream come true! Finally, Lotus of Siam is an established Las Vegas institution, but the opening of the newest location at Red Rock Resort felt like the beginning of a new era of growth for the brand.
-Emmy Kasten, Eater Vegas Contributor

Lotus of Siam’s new spot at the Red Rock Casino
-Louiie Victa, Eater Vegas Contributor

138º. I really like how he reimagined his concept and broadened the approach to dry aging.
-Heidi Knapp Rinella, Eater Vegas Contributor

There were a lot of amazing openings this year. But for me, personally, nothing was more exciting than having Vetri Cucina return to the top of The Palms. At a time when multiple interpretations of Italian cuisine seem to be having “moments” in Las Vegas, there’s still nobody out there doing what Chef Vetri does at the top of his fine-dining game. It’s simultaneously rustic and elevated, packed with surprises yet incredibly comforting. Add in the gorgeous dining room and breathtaking view, and it is a true one-of-a-kind Las Vegas experience.
-Al Mancini, Neon Feast

The Bedford by Martha Stewart

3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 946-4361 Visit Website

Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas

4321 West Flamingo Road, , NV 89103 (866) 752-2236

138 Restaurant

1450 West Horizon Ridge Parkway, , NV 89012 (702) 272-0839 Visit Website

Lotus of Siam - Red Rock

11011 West Charleston Boulevard, , NV 89135 (702) 907-8888 Visit Website


9205 W. Russell Road #85, Las Vegas, NV 89148

Yukon Pizza

1130 East Charleston Boulevard, , NV 89104 (702) 509-6691 Visit Website

Wakuda Las Vegas

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Visit Website