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 2023.
I really loved 00 (“Double Zero”) Pie & Pub. Chef Michael Vakneen added a few subtle touches to the classic Neapolitan pizza, making an already great thing even better. LPM was my favorite Strip opening of the year. It’s an excellent combination of French and Mediterranean cuisine with the best lamb chops in Vegas. I enjoyed meals at Fine Company, Amari, Naxos Taverna, and Nicco’s Prime Cuts and Fresh Fish too.
—Rob Kachelriess, Contributor for Thrillist, Zip Code Magazines, and Las Vegas Weekly
I live very close to Uncommons, so I was thrilled to have The Sundry open in my backyard. It basically quadrupled my options when I’m looking for a place to grab a quick lunch or to grab a quick bite after work. It’s still a work in progress, but I love where it’s going. And the fact that an all-star project like this would emerge in the southwest valley says a lot about the fact that The Strip no longer dominates the local restaurant scene – there’s a lot of great stuff happening all over town. Along those lines, I was also thrilled to see the Wolfgang Puck team open 1228 Main. It’s a huge validation of how far the Arts District has come in a short period of time, that Puck would want to be represented in the neighborhood. And while I would have been content if they only offered bread and pastries (which are among the best in town), the menu has continually expanded with better and better options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch.
—Al Mancini, creator of the Neon Feast restaurant guide, co-host of the Food and Loathing
This year was a great year for restaurant openings on and off the Strip! Fine Company in Summerlin won my heart (especially since it’s close to home), but the recent opening of LPM at The Cosmopolitan came in a close second. On a super casual note, I was also super excited about Zippy’s, since it reminds me of when I lived in Honolulu.
—Emmy Kasten, freelance writer for Eater, Tripadvisor, The Infatuation and more
There’s no doubt it was Peter Luger. Having lived in NYC for 10 years with multiple visits back, it’s all about memories and nostalgia for me. I never thought it would ever happen and it’s akin to an NFL team moving to Vegas for certain steak enthusiasts. It’s not totally like NYC, but it doesn’t have to be since it’s only 15 minutes from my house!
— Philip Tzeng, online at @LasVegasFill
Like many Las Vegans, I’ve been waiting for years for Peter Luger to open on the Strip. And now that it's here, its dry-aged steaks, thick-sliced bacon, and that signature sauce instantly put it in contention for best steakhouse in the city. Chef Chris Santos’s Stanton Signature Prime was another exciting entrant to Caesars Palace, with dishes that are both delicious and joyous to see sitting on the table. Fine Company introduced an excellent brunch option in Summerlin. And Mother Wolf has only been open at the Fontainebleau for a matter of weeks but I’m already longing for another plate of that spaghetti all’ arrabbiata.
— Janna Karel, Editor for Eater Vegas