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The 38 Essential Restaurants in Las Vegas

A guide to the best restaurants in Las Vegas for any dining option, featuring Kobe, caviar, burgers, roasted chicken for two, and more

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It’s time to update the Eater 38, the answer 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 restaurant needs from where to go for a reliable quick bite to where to go when to blow half a paycheck on dinner. Each quarter the list is updated to reflect pertinent restaurants that were omitted, those that have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game will be added.

For the hottest restaurants that opened in the past six months in Las Vegas, readers can head over to the Eater Vegas Heatmap, updated monthly.

Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand, which just reopened, and NoMad Library join the Eater 38, replacing Cut by Wolfgang Puck and Costa Di Mare, which just closed at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honey Salt

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1031 S Rampart Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 445-6100
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Honey Salt on the west side feels like stepping into the dining room at über-restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla’s home with its comfort foods and relaxing decor. Caramelized sea scallops, roasted Scottish salmon, and charred filet mignon join lemon chicken salad, and a New England fry with Ipswich clams, and calamari on the menu. Recent dishes included a Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, lemon chicken salad, and Grandma Rosie’s turkey meatballs. Head here on Tuesdays for pot pies.

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Fried chicken at Honey Salt
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2. Every Grain

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1430 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 886-3857
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Sheridan Su, a two-time semifinalist for Best Chef West in the James Beard Foundation Awards, brings Every Grain, a restaurant specializing in food inspired by his grandmother’s Taiwanese food. Braised minced pork rice is the specialty here. The menu features a roster of small plates such as braised tofu, bao with braised pork belly, Chinese greens, and cucumbers with garlic, vinegar, and chili oil. Dan dan noodles come with braised minced pork and sesame sauce. But the main attraction is the lu rou fan with braised minced pork belly over rice. Diners can add roasted spring chicken, a marinated and fried pork chop, or one of three egg options to the top.

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3. Tacos El Gordo

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1724 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 251-8226
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If the lines outside Tacos El Gordo are any indication, the wildly popular tacos are still one of the must-order experiences in Las Vegas. Queue up based on the type of meat ordered (all the beef such as carne asada, lengua, and cabeza are in one line, for example), and then request Tijuana tacos made with handmade corn tortillas. The double-corn tortilla mulas and thick corn tortilla sopas add diversity to any order. Do be sure to bring cash for tipping both at the counter when orders are placed and when paying.

An array of tacos and drinks at Tacos El Gordo
Tacos El Gordo
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4. Osteria Fiorella

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11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 797-7777
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Philly import Osteria Fiorella, chef Marc Vetri’s Italian restaurant specializing in rustic Italian fare, resides at Red Rock Resort and features a wood-burning pizza oven and Josper charcoal oven. The restaurant, which is named for a former sausage company in Pennsylvania, offers rigatoni with Fiorella sausage ragu and Locatelli cheese, ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and crispy leeks, spaghetti with Bianco di Napoli tomatoes, and Sal’s famous meatballs with bruschetta and ricotta — an ode to Vetri’s father Sal. Other menu highlights include a veal chop Milanese and fried squid with agrodolce. 

Veal Parmesan at Fiorella
Veal Parmesan at Osteria Fiorella
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5. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

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2535 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 761-7610
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José Andrés went all out with his steakhouse at Sahara Las Vegas with Candace Ochoa at the helm of the kitchen. A raw bar with ceviches and carpaccios and a fire stage with wood grills and rotisseries make Bazaar Meat more than a steakhouse with its whole roasted suckling pig. Favorite dishes include the cotton candy foie gras, caviar flights, and Kobe beef (Bazaar is one of a handful of spots in Vegas that serve the real deal), which can be grilled on an ishiyaki stone at the table or served in a miniature airbread “sandwich” on the specials menu.

Kobe at Bazaar Meat
Kobe at Bazaar Meat
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6. Oyster Bar

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2411 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 367-2411
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One of the most Vegas experiences involves bellying up at an oyster bar for some bivalves, and Oyster Bar at Palace Station sometimes brings long lines of customers awaiting a seat in front of the live-action kitchen. Steamed clams, oysters on the half shell, homemade chowders, and seafood pastas all draw long lines of customers waiting to eat and ogle the kitchen. Request a spice level with Cajun-style seafood cooked-to-order or order Creole gumbo, Bourbon Street jambalaya, or cioppino 24 hours a day. The pan roasts are a must-order, and don’t miss the late-night opportunity to gulp down $1 oysters.

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Oyster Bar at Palace Station
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7. Peppermill Restaurant

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2985 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Every city needs a good diner, and the Peppermill with its neighboring Fireside Lounge fulfills that need, all wrapped in neon nostalgia on the north Strip. The 14-page menu runs the gamut from omelets and French toast to burgers and steaks. Patrons who sit at the counter can 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 from the Doumani family.

An omelet at the Peppermill
An omelet at the Peppermill
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8. Mizumi

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3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3320
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Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas lands Michelin star chops with Min Kim at the helm serving ocean-fresh sushi, sashimi, and modern Japanese specialties. The decadent room bedecked in red overlooks a 90-foot waterfall and Japanese gardens, with a separate teppanyaki experience. Some of Kim’s dishes include old chawanmushi and steamed Jidori egg-custard with grilled corn, snow peas, and shiso flower; wild snapper sashimi usuzukuri with thinly sliced Japanese madai snapper, white soy, and lime dressing; and yuzu and passionfruit souffle with vanilla ice cream, passionfruit jelly, and elderflower. Request patio dining, or for a truly memorable night, a table on the floating pagoda.

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Mizumi’s sushi dishes
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9. Yui Edomae

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3460 Arville St HS
Las Vegas, NV 89102

One of the most amazing sushi experiences in Chinatown starts here at Yui Edomae. The edomae sushi restaurant from Gen Mizoguchi, whose name refers to the many delicacies caught in Tokyo Bay, features sophisticated, high-end sushi highlighting fresh fish flown in from Japan and served in a simple setting.

Yui Edomae Sushi
Yui Edomae Sushi
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10. Aburiya Raku

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5030 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Every chef in town stops by Mitsuo Endo’s tiny restaurant in Chinatown that serves Japanese small-portioned robata dishes cooked over a charcoal grill. Diners can order a variety of items since most start at $3, or try the omakase with a flight of food chosen by the chef for $75 to $100. Advance reservations are a must at 702-367-3511.

Salmon with Ikura Oroshi at Raku
Salmon with Ikura Oroshi at Raku
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11. Lamaii

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4480 Spring Mountain Rd Unit 700
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 238-0567
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Bank Atcharawan brings his latest Thai restaurant to Chinatown with Lamaii, which features dishes such as Thai pork salad, fried pork with fish sauce, Thai oysters, drunken noodles, fried rice, curry, and more, all in the $12 to $25 range. Of course, a stellar wine list accompanies the menu, along with a sexy dining room.

Grilled river prawn with spicy seafood masago ikura at Lamaii
Grilled river prawn with spicy seafood masago ikura at Lamaii
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12. FukuBurger

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3429 S Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 262-6995
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Colin Fukunaga’s Japanese-influenced burgers, formerly only found on a food truck, now have a permanent home in Chinatown and in the southwest. Visitors should 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.

Buta Burger at FukuBurger
Buta Burger at FukuBurger
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13. Kabuto Edomae Sushi

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5040 W Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(725) 205-1356
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Tiny Kabuto in Chinatown serves sushi that blurs the lines between food and art best ordered as an omakase experience in a light wood-outfitted space. Request a table at the sushi bar to watch the chefs in action. While the menu changes at the chef’s whim, recent dishes include ankimo, a tuna between chutoro and otoro; spear squid, and a fresh-water eel water shield. Reservations are a must.

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Kabuto’s fresh water eel
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14. SW Steakhouse

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3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

SW Steakhouse makes a decadent affair out of aged Nebraska corn-fed beef at this gem with outdoor dining overlooking the Lake of Dreams at Wynn. Impeccable service is a trademark here. This is one of a handful of places in Las Vegas that serves true Kobe beef, so diners should try the Kobe wagyu tenderloin for a melt in the mouth steak, and pair with a side of the black truffle cream corn or the au gratin potatoes. Patio dining available with a view off the revamped Lake of Dreams show.

SW Steakhouse
SW Steakhouse
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15. Partage

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3839 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 582-5852
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Modern French fare from chef Yuri Szarzewski, pastry chef Vincent Pellerin, and manager Nicolas Kalpokdjian are on full display at Partage. Szarzewski’s three-, five-, and seven-course tasting menus take diners on a journey through seasonal dishes. Some of the add-ons include pork secreto cooked on a volcano stone and deglazed with soy sauce aged in whisky barrel and venison pithiviers cooked in puff pastry dough and stuffed with buttered cabbage and seared foie gras.

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Hamachi marinated in kombu leaves at Partage
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16. Hobak Korean BBQ

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5808 Spring Mountain Rd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Hobak likes to concentrate on a few menu items, serving only beef and pork on the edge of Chinatown. Working under the motto, “sharing great things,” this Korean barbecue favorite encourages groups to enjoy the charcoal and gas cooking experience with meats such as skirt steak and short ribs. Pork belly, jowl, or neck combo options are also available, plus side dishes such as noodle hash and anchovy noodle soup.

Brisket at Hobak Korean BBQ
Brisket at Hobak Korean BBQ
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17. Wing Lei

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3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3388
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Showstopping Cantonese, Shanghai, and Sichuan dishes from chef Ming Yu pair with the elegant gold, white, and jade dining room inspired by a classic Chinese jewel box at Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas. The restaurant features views of century-old pomegranate trees and must-order dishes such as Imperial Peking duck carved table side, mu shu pork, and wok-fried Maine lobster. Back when Las Vegas was worthy of Michelin stars, Wing Lei became the first Chinese restaurant in the United States to earn one.

Peking duck at Wing Lei
Peking duck at Wing Lei
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18. Chengdu Taste

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3950 Schiff Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89103

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 from founder Tony Xu and his business partner Sean Xie.

Beef with crispy rice crust at Chengdu Taste
Beef with crispy rice crust at Chengdu Taste
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19. La Strega

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3555 S Town Center Dr Ste 105
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 722-2099
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Chef Gina Marinelli’s Eater Award-winning Italian restaurant in Summerlin, La Strega, brings an ever-changing menu of dishes from across the Boot. Marinelli draws on traditions she learned from her grandparents, who came from Lake Como and Sicily. Complete with a beautiful dining room and lounge, it’s the ideal spot to dine out in Summerlin.

Peruvian scallops with truffle aioli
Peruvian scallops with truffle aioli at La Strega
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20. Mott 32

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3325 S Las Vegas Blvd #206
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-3232
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Dazzlingly gorgeous Mott 32, designed by Joyce Wang, is a Chinese restaurant with Hong Kong roots that features a mix of Cantonese, Sichuan, and Beijing influences on its roster of Chinese dishes at the Palazzo. Diners find works from Hong Kong artist Joe Joe Ngai that include Chinese characters and birds. One of the works in the main dining room features Anna Wong, considered to be the first Hong Kong-Chinese American Hollywood movie star, and there’s even a dash of Las Vegas neon in the interior. The restaurant with a menu from James Beard Foundation semifinalist Alan Ji serves options such as apple wood-roasted duck, Peking-style spicy crispy duck rack, minced duck with lettuce cup, barbecue pluma Iberico pork, and crispy roasted pork belly. Dim sum includes  Iberico pork Shanghainese soup dumplings, a soft quail egg and Iberico pork siu mai, south Australian lobster har gow.

Dim sum at Mott 32
Dim sum at Mott 32
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21. Other Mama

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3655 S Durango Dr #6
Las Vegas, NV 89147

A killer raw bar paired with innovative cocktails greet diners at Other Mama on the west side across from Desert Breeze Park. The chalkboard menu includes oyster specials with 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 in a low-key setting with a bar overlooking the cooking action.

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Grilled octopus at Other Mama
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22. Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano

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3355 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-1222
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Order the mandilli di seta, a handkerchief egg pasta with Ligurian almond basil pesto, at Matteo’s Italian Ristorante at the Venetian and have no regrets. Architect Thomas Schlesser of Design Bureaux created the look for this 152-seat restaurant that features a palette of orange and forest green with reclaimed wood tables. Art Deco-style light fixtures, concrete walls, and gray banquettes are found throughout the space. Matteo’s offers a chance to explore different Italian fare such as focaccina calda al formaggio, a pizza-like dish, in three variations, as well as dishes such as casonzei, a pork sausage and veal ravioli with sage brown butter; agnolotti with braised beef short ribs; and a divine porchetta.

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Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano
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23. Ping Pang Pong

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4000 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 247-8136
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The Gold Coast’s Ping Pang Pong is the gold standard for dim sum by day and Cantonese dishes by night. More than 80 dim sum dishes spanning mango lobster scallop roll to an aromatic duck bun with southern Canton five-spice roasted pulled duck wheel through the dining room steamed, fried, or grilled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. By night, smoked orange rib-eye steak cubes seared with peppercorn and toasted garlic and a Macanese crustacean claypot with a ginger laksa curry broth make the menu until 3 a.m. A Chinese pergola, two foo dog sculptures at the entrance, Chinese lanterns overhead, and a host stand made from a Chinese apothecary cabinet add to the ambiance. Expect a wait, or make a reservation in advance.

Dim sum at Ping Pang Pong
Dim sum at Ping Pang Pong
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24. Restaurant Guy Savoy

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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Though the aesthetic is more modern and there is a kitschy view of Vegas’s Eiffel Tower , the cuisine at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace is identical to its Parisian counterpart. The most traditional, though pricey, presentations of French cooking are found here, and the restaurant’s cellar contains more wine than the rest of the hotel combined. Must-orders include the artichoke soup with black truffles and Colors of Caviar arranged with caviar gelée at the bottom, a caviar cream in the middle and on the top, pure caviar.

Restaurant Guy Savoy
Restaurant Guy Savoy
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25. Lotus of Siam

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620 E Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 735-3033
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Revered Lotus of Siam serves chef and owner Saipan Chutima’s northern Thai cuisine. The 2011 co-winner of the Best Chef Southwest from the James Beard Foundation offers a menu of Thai-style stews and coconut-less curries, all served with a choice of heat rated from 1 to 10. Diners should start with nam-prik-ong, a red chili dip that’s not too spicy, then try a roasted duck curry, garlic prawns, or thum-ka-noon with its mix of pork, jackfruit, tomato, and spices. The exceptional menu of sweet Gewürztraminers and Rieslings cut the heat. Diners can now make a mandatory reservation.

Northern Thai dishes
Northern Thai dishes from Lotus of Siam
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26. Spago by Wolfgang Puck

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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-8181
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Spago originally opened in 1992 and ushered in a new era of dining in Las Vegas with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the helm. This revamped version along Via Bellagio features California fare with views that practically touch the Fountains at Bellagio. Lobster ravioli doppio with Brentwood corn, Calabrian chilies, and burrata or campanelle with slow-braised pork ragout join steamed wild black bass with a chile-soy glaze and miso marinated salmon with yuzu butter on the menu. While diners at every seat in the house have their own views of the fountains, request a seat on the covered patio for a front-row show.

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Miso-glazed salmon at Spago
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27. Momofuku

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Level 2, Boulevard Tower, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-2663
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Don’t go to David Chang’s Momofuku at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas because it has the famous chef’s name on the menu. Go instead for the Korean-influenced dishes such as spicy cucumbers, Hawaiian kampachi, fluke tartare, and ginger scallion noodles. Grab a group of friends to order the heritage pork chop or short rib kimchi stew. The cocktails are just as impressive as the food, all served in a space with stunning graphic art, knitted lighting installations, and graffiti.

Momofuku
Momofuku
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28. é by José Andrés

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3708 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158

José Andrés finally brought his divine tapas and paellas to Vegas, but it’s é by José Andrés inside Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan that gets all the buzz. Diners must make reservations far in advance to nab one of the eight seats for this exclusive multi-course meal served in a room that looks like a library. The menu, assembled in front of customers with tweezers and dry ice, changes all the time.

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é by José Andrés
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29. Zuma

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Level 3, Boulevard Tower 3708, S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-2199
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Zuma brings an izakaya experience to the Cosmopolitan. Chef Sergio Flores Jr. serves dishes in a stunningly designed main kitchen, sushi counter, and robata grill that use elements of wood and stone. Customers can try dishes such as fried soft shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise; jumbo tiger prawn; sliced sea bass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe; and wagyu beef tenderloin.

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Soft-shell crab at Zuma
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30. Bardot Brasserie

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3730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Michael Mina’s French bistro inside Aria serves comfort food including Icelandic cod roasted in brown butter, loup de mer, and moules frites in a handsome room with subway tiles and rich woods. Even the cocktails here tout the eccentricities of Paris, paying homage to the classics such as the Sidecar from Harry’s Bar and Serendipity from Bar Hemingway, all with their own twists. Brunch here is a must.

Lamb at Bardot Brasserie
Lamb at Bardot Brasserie
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31. Carbone

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3730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 230-2742
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Carbone’s Italian-American cuisine at Aria includes spicy rigatoni vodka pasta entrée and the complimentary rainbow cookies. This decadent restaurant with roots in New York City features captains serving dishes table side and seductive red velvet booths set in a circle so everyone has a view of the dining room drama. Lobster fra diavolo, chicken scarpariello, veal Parmesan, and octopus pizzaiolo are just some of the treasured dishes here. Daring diners can put themselves in the captain’s hands, that is, if money is no object.

Carbone
Carbone
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32. Best Friend

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3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 730-6770
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Chef Roy Choi opened his first Las Vegas expansion at the Park MGM, a self-described Korean barbecue joint that merges Mexican influences, with a menu developed with Diego Echavarria — executive chef at Choi’s former dining outlets at the Line Hotel in Los Angeles. Diners enter the restaurant through the Liquor Store bar and retail outlet to find what Choi calls a “barbecue restaurant or a dim sum parlor on a Sunday afternoon.”

Slippery shrimp at Best Friend
Slippery shrimp at Best Friend
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33. NoMad Library

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3772 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 730-6785
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NoMad Library at the NoMad Hotel inside the Park MGM features executive chef Michael Rellergert’s dishes such as oysters Madison served chilled with mignonette and broiled Rockefeller style; scallops seared with minestrone, garganelli pasta, runner beans, chickpeas, and lemon verbana; or bone marrow-encrusted filet mignon roasted with asparagus, miso, and bordelaise sauce. The NoMad roast chicken comes stuffed with foie gras, black truffle, and brioche, while American wagyu prime rib is carved table side. The restaurant features more than 20,000 volumes of books lining the shelves of the three-story library that took its inspiration from the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading in Rio de Janeiro. A spiral staircase, as well as a fireplace, an antique carved wood mantle imported from France, and a set of custom three-tiered chandeliers by London’s Dernier-Hamlyn decorate the space filled with Bordeaux velvet chairs and banquets and pops of emerald, amber, and mahogany.

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Roast chicken for two at NoMad Library
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34. Joël Robuchon

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd S MGM Grand
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7925
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Diners may sit next to Chuck Norris, one of the celebrity pics that line the opulently decorated space at the grand Joël Robuchon that feels like a cross between the inside of a Faberge egg and the boudoir of Marie Antoinette. The exquisitely crafted fare from Robuchon includes the 15-course degustation menu. It’s French grandiosity meets Asian refinement. Truffled langoustine ravioli in a foie gras sauce, a semi-soft boiled egg on a spinach puree, and Maine lobster in a thinly sliced turnip join roving cheese, bread, and mignardises carts. Do sit in the opulent lounge up front for a glass of Champagne.

Osetra caviar served atop king crab in a crustacean gelée dotted with cauliflower puree
Le Caviar Imperial with Osetra caviar served atop king crab in a crustacean gelée dotted with cauliflower puree at Joël Robuchon
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35. DW Bistro

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9275 W Russell Rd #190
Las Vegas, NV 89148
(702) 527-5200
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The Gramercy darling DW Bistro combines Jamaican and New Mexican cuisine from Bryce Krausman and Dalton Wilson. The splashy orange dining room features a must-order New Mexican chile burger or pork chile arepas, and green chile mac and cheese. Do look for chef takeovers and a weekend brunch that is a must.

New Mexican red chile pork arepas
New Mexican red chile pork arepas at DW Bistro
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36. The Black Sheep

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8680 W Warm Springs Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89148
(702) 954-3998
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Eater Award-winning restaurant the Black Sheep, helmed by an equally celebrated chef Jamie Tran (and contestant on Top Chef Portland), brings daring Vietnamese comfort food to the southwest. Tran’s younger years at DB Brasserie and Aureole guide her cuisine that adds a French touch to dishes such as slow-braised short ribs, Vietnamese spring rolls, and salmon skin tacos. The room speaks to the sensibilities of the restaurant with its gray palette that lets the food speak

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Thai basil shrimp ceviche at The Black Sheep
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37. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

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140 S Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 222-3556
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Settebello’s pizzas cooked in wood-fired brick ovens in one minute with a crisp crusts that need to be torn apart by hand bring in families from all over the valley to Village Square and the District at Green Valley Ranch. Owner Brad Otton opened his first pizzeria in 2005 with a style that honors the history and integrity of the Napoletana pizza making.

A pizza with mozzarella, Roman artichoke, fresh cotto, marinated olives, Roman shaved pecorino, garlic, and tomato sauce
Capricciosa romana with mozzarella, Roman artichoke, fresh cotto, marinated olives, Roman shaved pecorino, garlic, and tomato sauce at Settebello
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38. Locale Italian Kitchen

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7995 Blue Diamond Rd #106
Las Vegas, NV 89178
(702) 330-0404
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Locale Italian Kitchen explores the traditions of Italian cuisines with a meat-centric menu. Red sauce Italian dishes mix with ingredients sourced from small American farms and others delivered straight from Italy. The menu features house-made charcuterie, fresh pasta made daily along with specials ranging from those made with local produce to large-format, dry-aged steak. Some highlights from the menu include grass-fed filet mignon, bone-in short ribs, and eggplant parmigiano.

Locale Italian Kitchen
An array of dishes at Locale Italian Kitchen
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1. Honey Salt

1031 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145
Fried chicken
Fried chicken at Honey Salt
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Honey Salt on the west side feels like stepping into the dining room at über-restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla’s home with its comfort foods and relaxing decor. Caramelized sea scallops, roasted Scottish salmon, and charred filet mignon join lemon chicken salad, and a New England fry with Ipswich clams, and calamari on the menu. Recent dishes included a Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, lemon chicken salad, and Grandma Rosie’s turkey meatballs. Head here on Tuesdays for pot pies.

1031 S Rampart Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89145

2. Every Grain

1430 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
An array of Taiwanese dishes
Dishes at Every Grain
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Sheridan Su, a two-time semifinalist for Best Chef West in the James Beard Foundation Awards, brings Every Grain, a restaurant specializing in food inspired by his grandmother’s Taiwanese food. Braised minced pork rice is the specialty here. The menu features a roster of small plates such as braised tofu, bao with braised pork belly, Chinese greens, and cucumbers with garlic, vinegar, and chili oil. Dan dan noodles come with braised minced pork and sesame sauce. But the main attraction is the lu rou fan with braised minced pork belly over rice. Diners can add roasted spring chicken, a marinated and fried pork chop, or one of three egg options to the top.

1430 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

3. Tacos El Gordo

1724 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
An array of tacos and drinks at Tacos El Gordo
Tacos El Gordo
Tacos El Gordo [Official Site]

If the lines outside Tacos El Gordo are any indication, the wildly popular tacos are still one of the must-order experiences in Las Vegas. Queue up based on the type of meat ordered (all the beef such as carne asada, lengua, and cabeza are in one line, for example), and then request Tijuana tacos made with handmade corn tortillas. The double-corn tortilla mulas and thick corn tortilla sopas add diversity to any order. Do be sure to bring cash for tipping both at the counter when orders are placed and when paying.

1724 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

4. Osteria Fiorella

11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Veal Parmesan at Fiorella
Veal Parmesan at Osteria Fiorella
Clint Jenkins

Philly import Osteria Fiorella, chef Marc Vetri’s Italian restaurant specializing in rustic Italian fare, resides at Red Rock Resort and features a wood-burning pizza oven and Josper charcoal oven. The restaurant, which is named for a former sausage company in Pennsylvania, offers rigatoni with Fiorella sausage ragu and Locatelli cheese, ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and crispy leeks, spaghetti with Bianco di Napoli tomatoes, and Sal’s famous meatballs with bruschetta and ricotta — an ode to Vetri’s father Sal. Other menu highlights include a veal chop Milanese and fried squid with agrodolce. 

11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135

5. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109