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The 38 Essential Las Vegas Restaurants, Summer 2017

Your guide to the best restaurants in Las Vegas for any dining option

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and price points and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs from where to go for a reliable quick bite to where to go when you want to blow half a paycheck on dinner. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game.

July 2017: New to the list, old standby the Peppermill, a must-visit for anyone 24 hours a day, and Kaiseki Yuzu with its three-day-minimum wait for a reservation. Departures include Hearthstone at Red Rock Resort and Naked City Pizza.

April 2017: New to the Eater 38, Eatt, the west side restaurant with gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and vegan dishes. Departing the list — Alizé at the Palms, which lost its chef.

January 2017: New to the list, Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas and Beauty & Essex at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Departing, Fish N Bowl from Howard Choi and Herringbone from Brian Malarkey at Aria.

Note: Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order. See something missing or want to add your favorite? Drop it in the comments, start a forum post showing your love or hit up the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Abriya Raku

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5030 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Every chef in town stops by Mitsuo Endo’s tiny 48-seater that serves up Japanese robata dishes, small portions cooked over a charcoal grill, that can change your life. Order a variety since most start at $3.

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2. Andiron Steak & Sea

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1720 Festival Plaza Drive
Las Vegas, NV

Downtown Summerlin's Andiron Steak & Sea from über-restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt and Buddy V's Ristorante fame is an ode to all things grilled, roasted, shucked and seared. The restaurant lends a feminine touch to the manly steakhouse in a space that feels like it’s straight out of the Hamptons. Find more seafood and vegetarian options on the menu than you would expect at a steakhouse.

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3. Andrea's

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Encore Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 352-3463
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A nightclub experience and Asian fare come together at Andrea's. Find a wall of private booths with "shimmer screen" doors and abstract floral pendant artwork courtesy of Todd Avery-Lenahan. An oversized piece of artwork behind the bar that features Steve Wynn's wife and restaurant namesake Andrea Hissom's eyes, photographed by Denise Truscello, that change colors. The menu comes at the hands of Joseph Elevado, bringing celebrities in on a routine basis.

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4. Bardot Brasserie

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3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89158
(702) 690-8610
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Michael Mina's newest Las Vegas restaurant brings a French bistro. More simply, Mina calls it French comfort food. Even the cocktails here tout the eccentricities of Paris’ arrondissements, paying homage to the classics such as the Sidecar from Harry’s Bar and Serendipity from Bar Hemingway, all with their own twists.

Aria

5. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

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2535 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(855) 761-7757
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José Andrés went all out with his steakhouse at the SLS. A raw bar with ceviches and carpaccios and a fire stage with wood grills and rotisseries more than a steakhouse. This is one of three restaurants in Las Vegas that serves real Kobe beef. Try the cotton candy foie gras, caviar flights and Kobe, which can be grilled on an ishyaki stone at your table or served in a miniature airbread “sandwich” on the specials menu.

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6. Beauty & Essex

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 737-0707
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Chris Santos of “Chopped” fame calls this jewel-toned restaurant at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas home. Walk in through a pawn shop and wander into a vintage restaurant for New American fare. Find oven-braised chicken meatballs in sheep’s milk ricotta with wild mushrooms and truffles, spaghettini with a sunny-side up egg or basil pesto ravioli with rock shrimp.

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7. Bouchon Bistro

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3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-6200
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Put together the cuisine of Thomas Keller with a La Belle Epoque setting at the Venetian and you have the perfect recipe for French cuisine. Breakfast here is a treat with flaky croissants and more. Keller sources his ingredients from boutique purveyors.

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8. CarneVino Italian Steakhouse

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3225 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
NV, 89109
(702) 789-4141
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Mario Batali’s outpost at the Palazzo dry ages steaks for six to eight months, bringing out the flavors of these pieces of beef that you can order by the inch. The pastas and Italian dishes are some of the best in town. For the beginner, order the classic New York strip, aged a minimum of 90 days and served with just a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt.

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9. Chada Thai & Wine

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3400 South Jones Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 641-1345
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Chada Thai & Wine brings Southern Thai food to Chinatown with an award-winning list of 150 to 170 wines that skew toward rieslings and global whites. Many of the dishes on the 50-item menu carry prices in the $10 range. Many are meant to be shared much like tapas, so expect to order several to get a grasp of the menu that features mild, medium and hot dishes. Another good option: Chada Street, the sister restaurant with its Thai street food and a menu from Aime Wanmaneesiri, formerly the chef at Chada Thai, while Bank Atcharawan leads the wine program. The evolving menu rotates through as many as 50 different items and most are priced at less than $10. Equally affordable, a wine list with 50 selections under $50.

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10. Chengdu Taste

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3950 Schiff Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 437-7888

Sichuan lovers, head to this little Chinese restaurant in a strip mall in Chinatown for great service and dishes such a spicy fish stew, volcano beef and mountain yam.

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11. Costa di Mare

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3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3305
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Chef Mark LoRusso brings fresh Mediterranean seafood and Italian cuisine at Wynn’s Costa di Mare. Pastas made in house and more than 40 fish flown in from the coast of Italy highlight the menu here. Do splurge on the langostines in a private cabana.

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12. CUT By Wolfgang Puck

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3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-6300
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Wolfgang Puck’s best restaurant in Las Vegas serves up a mean bone marrow flan and terrific steaks at the Palazzo. Critics consider this one of the best steakhouses in town. Head to the bar for the Rough Cuts menu, a list of the popular appetizers such as tuna tartare sandwiches and Wagyu sliders, or order beef listed by source such as the American Wagyu from Snake River Farm or Nebraska corn-fed aged for 35 days.

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13. District One Kitchen & Bar

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3400 S Jones Blvd Ste B
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 413-6868
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District One’s executive chef Khai Vu has become a darling of the food crowd with his dishes in the $10 to $30 range from Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan. While pho is the highlight of the menu, try the oxtail fried rice or the big bone soup with bone marrow. Vu also has Le Pho in the Juhl.

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14. Eatt Healthy Food

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7865 W Sahara Ave Ste 104-105
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 608-5233
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Fans of gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and vegan dishes should head to Eatt with healthy options from executive chef Yuri Szarzewski, who spent two years working at the two Michelin star restaurant L'Oustau de Baumanière at Les Baux de Provence. Look for miso-marinated wild-caught salmon with beets, apples and soy sprouts, chicken with carrots and peas and an eight-ounce rib-eye steak with French ratatouille. Quiche Lorraine, a chicken wrap and more make the menu, with everything noting whether it is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, organic or vegan. Nothing costs more than $16.

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15. Flock & Fowl

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380 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV

The most amazing chicken you’ve ever tried can be found at Sheridan Su’s sophomore restaurant Flock & Fowl. Order the Hainan chicken rice with a quarter Mary’s free-range chicken in a ginger scallion sauce or the Hainan fried chicken rice. No regrets. Equally good, Su's sister restaurant Fat Choy at the Eureka with bao creations and short rib grilled cheese. Bonus: This joint inside the Eureka Casino serves bone marrow.

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16. FukuBurger

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3429 S Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 262-6995
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These Japanese-inspired burgers, formerly only found on a food truck, now have a permanent home in Chinatown. Try the namesake Fukuburger aka the "Lucky" burger with an all-beef patty with American cheese topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, wasabi mayo and fuku sauce.

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17. Harvest by Roy Ellamar

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The Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Local’s favorite chef Roy Ellamar brings an exhibition kitchen serving up dishes from the garden, ocean, ranch, boards, stone oven, rotisserie and most importantly, the snack wagon, all created with a health-conscious eye at the Bellagio. Order duck confit buns with foie gras and sour pickled radish and sweet kumquat preserves, pig’s head tartine with truffle aioli on country bread or slow roasted porchetta with herb salsas and vinaigrettes. The snack wagon features Ellamar’s "creations of the moment" served table side. Look for jars filled with spreads such as smoked salmon belly dip paired with an everything croissant and broccoli raab pesto served with naan bread or Painted Hills hangar steak tartare served with oyster aioli and Chioggia beet with quinoa and blood oranges. Guest chefs take over the snack wagon about once a month.

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18. Hobak Korean BBQ

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5808 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Hobak likes to concentrate on few menu items, serving only beef and pork and concentrating on the quality of the ingredients. Working under the motto, "sharing great things," they encourage groups to enjoy the charcoal and gas cooking experience. On the menu, skirt steak is priced at $25.99 and short ribs at $27.99, while Black Angus portions are priced a little higher. The "Hobak Beef" combo for two costs $54.99 and includes Angus brisket, Angus boneless shorts ribs or rib eye, marinated skirt steak or short ribs, bean paste stew, steamed egg, vegetables, Cheddar cheese and the already a big hit with customers, popcorn ice cream. Pork belly, jowl or neck combo options are also available, plus side dishes like noodle hash, beef garlic chive and anchovy noodle soup.

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19. Jaleo

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 293-2003
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José Andrés finally brought his divine tapas and paellas to Vegas, but it’s é by José Andrés inside that gets all the buzz. Try to nab one of the eight seats at this exclusive multi-course meal that has foodies buzzing. Otherwise, dine on tapas and be sure to order his paella at Jaleo, inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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20. Joël Robuchon

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7925
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Yes, you may be dining next to Chuck Norris as celebrity pics seriously line the opulently decorated space that is a cross between the inside of a Faberge egg and the boudoir of Marie Antoinette. The exquisitely crafted fare from the “chef of the century” does in fact stand up to the room’s décor. It’s French grandiosity meets Asian refinement. Be sure to request a complimentary pick up and an MGM limo will be dispatched to deliver you to the private entrance.

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21. Kaiseki Yuzu

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1310 E Silverado Ranch Blvd #105
Las Vegas, NV 89183
(702) 778-8889
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Call three days in advance to make a reservation at this kaiseki Japanese restaurant near Silverado Ranch. Four courses include nine or 10 items ranging from $75 and up. Courses change with the seasons and chef Kaoru Azeuchi’s whim. The regular menu, served at lunch and dinner, isn’t bad either.

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22. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7358
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Watch the artistry of the chefs when you pull up a seat at the bar overlooking the kitchen of Joël Robuchon’s more casual approach to dining that is still through the stratosphere. Tapas, a tasting menu and wines from around the world highlight the menu here at the MGM Grand. Yes, you should order Robuchon's vision of a burger, and do snag a taste of his famous mashed potatoes that will change your world.

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23. Lago by Julian Serrano

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Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV

Julian Serrano's third Las Vegas restaurant features contemporary Italian fare and small dishes as well as a patio where diners can practically feel the spray of water when the Fountains at Bellagio dance, a bar dominating the entryway and a decor inspired by Milan’s 20th century Italian Futurismo movement. Take your fish raw in a crudo or grilled whole. The arsenal of Italian fare includes pastas and pizzas. And for those who want a true Vegas experience, the whole suckling pig, osso bucco and one-pound bone-in rib eye will fit the bill.

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24. Le Cirque

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3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-8100
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Go for classic and contemporary French cuisine from the Maccioni family replete with a circus tent designed by Adam Tihany. This restaurant at the Bellagio is a must-visit during truffle season, but the impeccable service satisfies anytime.

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25. Lotus of Siam

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953 E Sahara Ave
Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 735-3033
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Arguably the best Thai food in Vegas. Saipin Chutima specializes in Northern and Eastern Thai food. Pair your meal, which you can request the degree of hotness, with the excellent list of reislings, a perfect balance to the spice.

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26. Mizumi

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3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 352-3463
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Devin Hashimoto’s takes on traditional Japanese and Korean dishes are not to be missed. A 72-hour braised American Wagyu short rib “kakuni” with creamy satsuma potatoes, fava bean and shitaake ragout and red wine miso sauce is a must-order on the menu.

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27. Other Mama

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3655 S Durango Dr Ste 6
Las Vegas, NV 89147

A killer raw bar paired with innovative cocktails greet you at Dan Krohmer’s Other Mama, named for his grandmother. Pick oysters from the chalkboard menu of specials, and then choose from sauces such as wasabi cocktail, rosemary mignonette and pickled peppers and habanero. The tight menu includes ceviche with sweet potato chips, spicy tuna tartare with waffle fries, a scallop carpaccio, big eye tuna with roasted beets and avocado and more all in the $9 to $17 range.

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28. Peppermill Restaurant

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2985 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 735-4177
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Every city needs a good diner, and the Peppermill with its neighboring Fireside Lounge fulfills that need, all wrapped in neon nostalgia. The 14-page menu runs the gamut from omelets and French toast to burgers and steaks. Sit at the counter to watch the greasy spoon kitchen at work. No trip here is complete without a trip to the Fireside Lounge with its kitschy fire pit, enormous cocktails with equally ginormous straws and electric pink, blue and purple decor.

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29. Picasso

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3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-7223
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This is one of the few restaurants in the world where you can dine with an original Picasso hanging next to your table. Julian Serrano marries French and Spanish cuisines at this gem that also sports 1,500 varieties of wine in the cellar.

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30. Pizza Rock

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201 N 3rd St
Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-0838
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Eleven-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani brings with him six styles of pizza including Neapolitan, classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman and gluten-free pies. Look for the big rig that serves as a deejay booth at this downtown joint.

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31. Restaurant Guy Savoy

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3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7286
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Though the aesthetic is more modern and there is a kitschy view of the Eiffel Tour (you can’t actually see the real one from the rue Troyon in Paris), the cuisine is identical to its Parisian counterpart. The most traditional presentations of French cooking are found here and the restaurant's cellar contains more wine than the rest of the hotel combined.

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32. Sage

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3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89158
(702) 590-7111
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Shawn McClain serves up imaginative fare with inventive twists in an Art Deco dining room at Sage. While the menu changes with the seasons, the foie gras creme brulee is a must-order. Belly up to the bar for a cocktail in a speakeasy setting or order up one of 10 types of absinthe from the roving cart.

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33. Settebello Pizzeria

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140 S Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 222-3556
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Pizzas cooked in wood-fired brick ovens in one minute with a crisp crust that you have to tear apart by hand bring in families from all over the valley. It doesn't get more authentic than at Settebello. Find a second location on the west side of Vegas.

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34. Spago

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3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., The Forum Shops
Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 369-6300
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Wolfgang Puck's original Las Vegas restaurant at the Forum Shops at Caesars ushered in an era of celebrity chefs in Sin City. The seared duck breast and smoked salmon pizza are must-orders.

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35. SW Steakhouse

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3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 320-7110
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Executive chef David Walzog makes a decadent affair out of aged Nebraska corn-fed beef at this gem with outdoor dining overlooking the Lake of Dreams. Impeccable service is a trademark here. This is the only place in the United States where you can get true Kobe beef.

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36. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

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Mandarin Oriental, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89158
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Certainly the most molecular of all the city’s elite French rooms, the approach here is to take a modern “twist” to more classical French fare. Chef Pierre Gagnaire spends 33 days a year in-house to ensure that this culinary mission is achieved and the experience matches the extraordinary Strip views seen from the space’s 23rd floor perch at Mandarin Oriental. This is Gagnaire's only restaurant in the United States.

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37. Yonaka Modern Japanese Restaurant

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4983 W Flamingo Rd
Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 685-8358
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This off-Strip Japanese ishiyaki serves its dishes as small plates so you can try as many different dishes as you want. Must-order? The Brussels sprouts and anything on the specials menu. Happy hour here makes these inexpensive prices even more approachable.

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38. Yui Edomae

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3460 Arville St
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 202-2408
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Your amazing new sushi experience starts here at Yui Edomae, The edomae sushi restaurant from Gen Mizoguchi features sophisticated, high-end sushi highlighting fresh fish flown in from Japan served in a basic setting.

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1. Abriya Raku

5030 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Abriya Raku

Every chef in town stops by Mitsuo Endo’s tiny 48-seater that serves up Japanese robata dishes, small portions cooked over a charcoal grill, that can change your life. Order a variety since most start at $3.

5030 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146

2. Andiron Steak & Sea

1720 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas, NV
Bill Milne

Downtown Summerlin's Andiron Steak & Sea from über-restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt and Buddy V's Ristorante fame is an ode to all things grilled, roasted, shucked and seared. The restaurant lends a feminine touch to the manly steakhouse in a space that feels like it’s straight out of the Hamptons. Find more seafood and vegetarian options on the menu than you would expect at a steakhouse.

1720 Festival Plaza Drive
Las Vegas, NV

3. Andrea's

Encore Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Barbara Kraft

A nightclub experience and Asian fare come together at Andrea's. Find a wall of private booths with "shimmer screen" doors and abstract floral pendant artwork courtesy of Todd Avery-Lenahan. An oversized piece of artwork behind the bar that features Steve Wynn's wife and restaurant namesake Andrea Hissom's eyes, photographed by Denise Truscello, that change colors. The menu comes at the hands of Joseph Elevado, bringing celebrities in on a routine basis.

Encore Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV 89109

4. Bardot Brasserie

3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Aria

Michael Mina's newest Las Vegas restaurant brings a French bistro. More simply, Mina calls it French comfort food. Even the cocktails here tout the eccentricities of Paris’ arrondissements, paying homage to the classics such as the Sidecar from Harry’s Bar and Serendipity from Bar Hemingway, all with their own twists.

3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89158

5. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

2535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109