This is a roundup of the restaurant and bar openings throughout the Las Vegas Valley in 2023 so far. While this list follows the ever-evolving culinary scene in Southern Nevada, it is not comprehensive. See an opening that Eater Vegas missed? Let us know over at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back for regular updates. And consult the heatmap for the hottest restaurants to visit right now.
The Strip — The raunchy circus show, Absinthe, has debuted a new delightfully tucked-away speakeasy and a burger stand that celebrates the virtues of going pantsless. No Pants offers exactly three items: tater tots, a No Pants Burger, and a No Burger Burger — the vegan option. The burger is a stand-out, far beyond a concessions stand burger that one may expect just outside a circus. And snake through a row of hedges to the side of the Absinthe tent in order to find the Pier 17 Yacht Club speakeasy.
Summerlin — Food Network star, Jet Tila, has another location of his Dragon Tiger Noodle Company in Las Vegas. The restaurant offers noodle bowls, rice bowls, and soup at three locations in the Las Vegas Valley.
Downtown — The local legend behind the preeminent Las Vegas dive bar the Double Down Saloon and the tiki bar Frankie’s Tiki Room has opened a new drinking destination inside the Punk Rock Museum. While P Moss’s new bar, the Triple Down, isn’t quite as divey as his other haunts, it functions as a familiar type of space where punk rock fans and musicians can throw back shots with a PBR chaser and reminisce over the last 45 years of punk. The funniest item is the Fletcher — a rum and coke in a Pringle’s can. The chips come poured out on a plate.
Summerlin — With a lounge that would be right at home on the Las Vegas Strip, the Rouge Room at Red Rock Casino is fun, swanky, and just right for sipping martinis while listening to live music. A large gold door flanked by velvet curtains leads to the bar’s red room with a grand piano at the center. The crimson interior is accented by green palms and gold hardware.
Fremont East — Zai has moved into the Fremont Street area in downtown Las Vegas with a rooftop nightclub and colorful food. The restaurant, which got its start in Tepatitlán Jalisco draws on global dining for its broad, if somewhat chaotic, menu. Appetizers include corn ribs topped with cotija cheese, Tajin, cilantro, and Pop Rocks candy. The rooftop has become 700 Fremont, a high-energy nightclub that will host DJs and performers, Latin and hip-hop music, and open mic and drag shows.
Southwest — Located inside the new Evora dining, retail, and residential community, chef Francesco Di Caudo brings his innovative cooking techniques to Basilico. The James Beard Award finalist serves modern Italian dishes like uovo ravioli with chantarelle and truffle-parmigiano and a dish of tarragon fazzoletti with lobster inside an upscale venue with an indoor-outdoor bar, and outdoor live performance stage.
The Strip — Chef Chris Santos’s spin-off of his famed New York steakhouse Stanton Social is now open at Caesars Palace. Stanton Social Prime is a velvety and gem-toned restaurant, a decadent background for made-for-Instagram plates of microgreen-sprinkled bone marrow, heaping bowls of lobster macaroni and cheese, and tomahawk steaks suspended by fairy lights and set aflame.
The Strip — Located inside the newly rebranded Horseshoe Las Vegas, chef Martin Yan’s M.Y. Asia reflects his decades-long career and his extensive travels in a casual restaurant with a Pan-Asian menu. The James Beard Award winner and public television star takes influence from a bevy of cultural cooking techniques with dishes like an appetizer of Asian pickled vegetables, lettuce cups filled with shrimp, a Thai yellow coconut curry with chicken, mu shu pork tacos with hoisin sauce, and sizzling black pepper steak with mushrooms.
The Strip — Mark Wahlberg has opened a second location of his burger joint, Wahlburgers, in Las Vegas. The quick-service burger restaurant of chef Paul Wahlberg and brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg will open a second location on the Las Vegas Strip this month at Mandalay Bay inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The menu features burgers like the Our Burger, a 1/3-pound beef patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and house sauce and the O.F.D. burger stacks two patties with Swiss cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, and tomato jam.
Central Las Vegas — Located in the same shopping center as the Meepleville Board Game Cafe, Up In Scoops is now open and scooping all manner of frozen confections in a retro pop culture ice cream shop. You can visit to gawk at the display cases full of comic books, action figures, and VHS tapes from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s or play any of the vintage arcade machines. Its mixtapes, with names like Oreo Speedwagon, Don’t Call Me Swirly, and Animal Cracker House, combine ice cream with sauces and mix-ins.
East Las Vegas — Salome “Oming” Pilas will open the third brick-and-mortar location of her popular restaurant and food truck, Oming’s Kitchen, in east Las Vegas. She serves Filipino dishes like savory pork hash sisig, crispy fried lumpia, rib-eye adobo, and pancit fried noodles.
The Strip — The Proper Eats food hall debuted a speakeasy tucked away behind the Easy Donuts doughnut shop. Easy’s is a velvet-draped lounge is home to live music, swanky furnishings, and showstopping cocktails dripping with fog and made for sharing.
Summerlin — Red Rock Resorts debuted two new restaurants, Naxos Taverna and Kallisto Oyster Bar at Naxos. Naxos Taverna boasts an open kitchen where guests can watch the preparation of whole fish, like that of lavraki and skorpina. The adjacent oyster bar has 25 types of fish and several varieties of oysters, other seafood specialties, and a pan roast at an intimate 13-seat bar.
Chinatown — Jenny Chai, who opened Mr. BBQ in December, has debuted her dessert and tea restaurant. Both inside and on the sweetly decorated patio, find mochi doughnuts and boba tea.
Fremont — Corner Bar Management, the company behind downtown Las Vegas bars like Commonwealth, Lucky Day, and Discopussy, has acquired the Mexican restaurant La Comida and transformed it into La Mona Rosa. Executive Chefs Daniel Arias and Isidro Marquez-Castillo curated a menu with tacos, mole poblano, and beef barbacoa enchiladas.
Downtown — The Wildfire on Fremont casino is now open and with it, new locations for IHOP and Tacos al Pastor. The casino’s bar serves all sorts of classic cocktail options, plus a reverse happy hour. (2700 East Fremont Street)
Spring Valley — Roll-Em-Up Taquitos expands to Las Vegas with corn or flour taquitos, hand-rolled and filled with citrus-marinated chicken, braised shredded beef, or even potatoes with green chilis. (3585 S. Fort Apache Road)
Southern Highlands — Thick & Thin Treat Bar is a blend between a juice bar and ice cream parlor from AYYA Hospitality Group. The wellness side of the menu has smoothies, smoothie bowls, fresh-pressed juices, wellness shots and protein shakes. On the indulgent side, find milkshakes and ice cream-based creations with cereal, candy, or sauces. (10620 Dean Martin Drive)
Downtown — Named after the Fremont Street neon icon Vegas Vic, Vic’s Las Vegas opens directly across from the Smith Center at Symphony Park, with a roster of jazz artists and Italian fare. Chef Miguel Magana blends Italian staples and American favorites inside the club’s bistro. (355 Promenade Place)
The District — Chef Sam Marvin opens his highly anticipated Henderson location of Echo & Rig with a sleek new interior and menu. Eleven years after opening at Tivoli Village near Summerlin, the chef and owner debuts his steakhouse and butcher shop with portobello fires, steak tartare, and drunker goat sandwiches. (2270 Village Walk Drive)
Water Street — Downtown Henderson gets a new Italian dining option with Azzurra Cucina Italiana. Azzurra opens with some of the DNA of the now-shuttered Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, where chef de cuisine Alessandra Madeira and general manager Walter Ciccone, return. Some of the classics from Bratalian that are now on Azzurra’s menu include the penne alla vodka and tender chicken marsala with mashed potatoes. (322 South Water Street)
North Las Vegas — Ojos Locos opens with its own casino, bringing its brand of “Mexican Hooters” to the Las Vegas Valley along with ceviche, elote, and tacos, as well as buffalo chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and boneless wings. (3227 Civic Center Drive)
Chinatown — The Sichuan-style skewer restaurant IX Skewer & Bar. The menu spans skewers of lamb feet, hot potato slices, pork belly, and sausage, small plates of stir fry, slay pot entrees, and salads. (4266 Spring Mountain Road #106)
Southwest — Lemon Tree Cafe & Market, located in the new Evora development, is both a restaurant and gourmet market. The cafe serves French toast, crepes, wood-fired pizza, lobster rolls, and coffee, among other menu items. Inside the market, customers can shop for imported pastas, caviar, foie gras, charcuterie, craft sodas, fine wine and beer, and meats from the butcher counter.
Central Las Vegas — In a big purple and yellow building, the drive-thru coffee shop Happyfastdelicious lets visitors place orders online from an expansive menu of drinks created by both baristas and other customers. And dulce de leche cold foam, marshmallow flavor, or a gummy worm to your morning coffee. (2625 South Decatur Boulevard)
Fremont — A new food hall enters downtown, inside the Fremont Hotel and Casino. The food hall introduces a handful of new options for breakfast, quick-service dinners, and late-night ramen with Steak ‘n Shake, Huey Magoo’s, Roli Roti, Craftkitchen, Tomo Noodles, and Dunkin’. (200 East Fremont Street)
Southwest — The French-Asian bakery Tous les Jours makes sweet and purple taro buttercream bread, buns filled with red bean, apple jam mont blanc, doughnuts with sweet rice and kimchee. (8140 South Rainbow Boulevard)
Spring Valley — Clean Juice juice bar expands to Las Vegas, with sandwiches, wraps smoothies, and juice. (4195 South Grand Canyon Drive)
Spring Valley — Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal opens a second location of his Las Vegas chicken restaurant Big Chicken with fried chicken sandwiches, mac and cheese, and milkshakes. (9595 West Tropicana Avenue)
Central Las Vegas — The owner of Tomi Ramen has opened a new fast-casual brunch restaurant with breakfast burritos and beef bulgogi sandwiches. The all-day Bespoke Kitchen is spacious with hanging plants and flower decor ( 2600 West Sahara Avenue)
Inspirada — Breakfast Junkies opened with vibrant wall art, morning cocktails, and fun takes on breakfast foods like short rib crepes with mushrooms, shakshuka skillets, and French toast towers along with coffee, tea, and bloody Marys. (3239 Bicentennial Parkway)
Henderson — The Broken Yolk Cafe celebrated the grand opening of its second Southern Nevada location on January 16. It offers menu favorites from its Town Square location with crunch French toast, the golden state Benedict, and the fiesta burrito. (3458 St. Rose Parkway)