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15 Iconic Las Vegas Dishes to Try in This Lifetime

From the meatballs to beef Wellington, a look at the most iconic dishes in Las Vegas

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Face it. Las Vegas doesn’t have many dishes to call its own. No cheesesteaks like Philly. No pizza like New York. But Sin City does have a host of signature dishes, must-orders when you visit any of these restaurants. They’ve become a calling card for these restaurants, big and small, across the valley. Here’s a look at some of the most iconic dishes in Las Vegas.

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Di Fara Special at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar

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The Di Fara Special made with pepperoni and basil, dubbed a legend on the menu, can feed an army.

A man makes a pizza
Di Fara Special at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar.
Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar.

Banana Cream Pie at Delmonico Steakhouse

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Emeril Lagasse’s banana cream pie has been a staple on the menu since the beginning. The pie contains three pounds of bananas at his restaurant at his steakhouse at the Venetian and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand.

A huge slice of banana cream pie
Banana Cream Pie at Delmonico Steakhouse.
Emeril’s Restaurants

One-Pound Meatball at Lavo

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A staple of the Southern Italian menu, Lavo’s giant meatball can be topped with fresh ricotta and surrounded by sizzling hot sausage ragu or served with a salad and garlic crostini. Find it at the Palazzo.

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Kobe Meatball at Lavo.
Tao Group

Seabass at Tao Asian Bistro

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The miso-glazed Chilean sea bass is a house favorite of customers and celebrities alike at Tao Asian Bistro at the Venetian.

Miso-glazed seabass at Tao Asian Bistro
Miso-glazed seabass at Tao Asian Bistro.
Tao Asian Bistro

Meatballs at Rao’s

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Rao’s has been serving Italian fare since 1896 in East Harlem, and perhaps most famous for their meatballs. Snag the same dish using the same recipe here in Vegas at the location at Caesars Palace.

Meatballs in a red sauce
Rao’s famous meatballs paired with a dish of cabbage, hot and sweet Italian sausage in San Marzano tomato sauce, over fusili pasta.
Rao’s

Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup at Restaurant Guy Savoy

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Guy Savoy’s artichoke and black truffle soup has been a mainstay on the menu. The smooth soup comes with a toasted mushroom brioche with black truffle butter, a must-order at the restaurant at Caesars Palace.

A bowl with a gray soup with truffles on top
Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup at Restaurant Guy Savoy
Caesars Entertainment

Lemon Spaghetti with Shrimp at Giada

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Lemon spaghetti with shrimp may well be Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis’s most iconic dish. Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and lemon coat the spaghetti, a calling card of her California-inspired Italian fare, served at The Cromwell.

Giada lemon spaghetti with shrimp
Lemon spaghetti with shrimp at Giada
Giada De Laurentiis

Smoked Salmon Pizza at Spago by Wolfgang Puck

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Legend has it that Wolfgang Puck came up with his smoked salmon and caviar pizza when his restaurant Spago ran out of bagels and he swapped out a pizza crust instead. Now diners can find it at his restaurant at the Bellagio.

Smoked salmon pizza at Spago
Smoked salmon pizza at Spago.
Spago

Roasted Beef Wellington at Gordon Ramsay Steak

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Gordon Ramsay’s take on beef Wellington takes center stage at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. While the beef filet is the star of the show, wild mushrooms wrapped in puff pastry with Parma ham, all swaddled in a red wine sauce, make this a memorable dish. Also available at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace.

Beef Wellington on a wooden cutting board
Roasted Beef Wellington at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Gordon Ramsay

Caviar Parfait at Michael Mina

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Michael Mina’s signature caviar parfait came about when he wanted a special breakfast for his young bride using all her favorite foods, so he got creative with the room service menu and ordered hash browns, egg salad, smoked salmon, whipped lemon crème fraîche, and caviar. Mina used the hash browns as a base for the caviar tower creation now known as Michael’s Signature Caviar Parfait, served at his eponymous restaurant at the Bellagio.

A caviar dish on a white plate with Champagne and vodka
Caviar Parfait at Michael Mina.
Michael Mina

Big Eye Tuna Pizza with Shiso at Yellowtail

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This dish found inspiration during executive chef Akira Back’s travels as a professional snowboarder and experiences working with industry greats, such as Nobu and Morimoto. Now he serves it at the Bellagio.

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Big Eye Tuna Pizza with Shiso at Yellowtail.
Yellowtail

24-Layer Chocolate Cake at Strip House

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The famed dessert from Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort is definitely made for sharing. The full cake is 18 pounds with each slice weighing in at 1.5 pounds.

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24-layer chocolate cake at Strip House.
Strip House

Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso Cod at Nobu

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At Nobu, it’s a toss up between which of Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature dish to order. The yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño comes with a garlic puree, thinly sliced serrano pepper, bathed in yuzu-soy sauce, and garnished with cilantro. The floral yuzu combines with the soy to bring out the sweetness of the mild yellowtail, while the pepper adds a pop of heat. The black cod yuzu miso uses Alaskan cod, a fattier version out of cold water, cured in Den Miso. Then it’s topped with hajikami, a sprout of ginger that’s pickled. Find Nobu at Caesars Palace and Virgin Hotels.

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Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño at Nobu.
Nobu

Paella at Jaleo

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Spanish chef José Andrés may be famous for bringing tapas stateside, but his paella with its crispy edges is nothing to sneeze at. Order the paella Valenciana at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Paella Valenciana at Jaleo.
Jaleo

Le Caille at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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This original creation by Chef of the Century Joël Robuchon features foie gras stuffed free-range quail with truffle-mashed potatoes and it is a must-try when visiting the restaurant. Eat this at the MGM Grand.

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Le Caille at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.
MGM Resorts

Di Fara Special at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar

A man makes a pizza
Di Fara Special at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar.
Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar.

The Di Fara Special made with pepperoni and basil, dubbed a legend on the menu, can feed an army.

A man makes a pizza
Di Fara Special at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar.
Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar.

Banana Cream Pie at Delmonico Steakhouse

A huge slice of banana cream pie
Banana Cream Pie at Delmonico Steakhouse.
Emeril’s Restaurants

Emeril Lagasse’s banana cream pie has been a staple on the menu since the beginning. The pie contains three pounds of bananas at his restaurant at his steakhouse at the Venetian and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand.

A huge slice of banana cream pie
Banana Cream Pie at Delmonico Steakhouse.
Emeril’s Restaurants

One-Pound Meatball at Lavo

<span data-author="-1">Kobe Meatball at Lavo </span>
Kobe Meatball at Lavo.
Tao Group

A staple of the Southern Italian menu, Lavo’s giant meatball can be topped with fresh ricotta and surrounded by sizzling hot sausage ragu or served with a salad and garlic crostini. Find it at the Palazzo.

<span data-author="-1">Kobe Meatball at Lavo </span>
Kobe Meatball at Lavo.
Tao Group

Seabass at Tao Asian Bistro

Miso-glazed seabass at Tao Asian Bistro
Miso-glazed seabass at Tao Asian Bistro.
Tao Asian Bistro

The miso-glazed Chilean sea bass is a house favorite of customers and celebrities alike at Tao Asian Bistro at the Venetian.

Miso-glazed seabass at Tao Asian Bistro
Miso-glazed seabass at Tao Asian Bistro.
Tao Asian Bistro

Meatballs at Rao’s

Meatballs in a red sauce
Rao’s famous meatballs paired with a dish of cabbage, hot and sweet Italian sausage in San Marzano tomato sauce, over fusili pasta.
Rao’s

Rao’s has been serving Italian fare since 1896 in East Harlem, and perhaps most famous for their meatballs. Snag the same dish using the same recipe here in Vegas at the location at Caesars Palace.

Meatballs in a red sauce
Rao’s famous meatballs paired with a dish of cabbage, hot and sweet Italian sausage in San Marzano tomato sauce, over fusili pasta.
Rao’s

Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup at Restaurant Guy Savoy

A bowl with a gray soup with truffles on top
Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup at Restaurant Guy Savoy
Caesars Entertainment

Guy Savoy’s artichoke and black truffle soup has been a mainstay on the menu. The smooth soup comes with a toasted mushroom brioche with black truffle butter, a must-order at the restaurant at Caesars Palace.

A bowl with a gray soup with truffles on top
Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup at Restaurant Guy Savoy
Caesars Entertainment

Lemon Spaghetti with Shrimp at Giada

Giada lemon spaghetti with shrimp
Lemon spaghetti with shrimp at Giada
Giada De Laurentiis

Lemon spaghetti with shrimp may well be Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis’s most iconic dish. Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and lemon coat the spaghetti, a calling card of her California-inspired Italian fare, served at The Cromwell.

Giada lemon spaghetti with shrimp
Lemon spaghetti with shrimp at Giada
Giada De Laurentiis

Smoked Salmon Pizza at Spago by Wolfgang Puck

Smoked salmon pizza at Spago
Smoked salmon pizza at Spago.
Spago

Legend has it that Wolfgang Puck came up with his smoked salmon and caviar pizza when his restaurant Spago ran out of bagels and he swapped out a pizza crust instead. Now diners can find it at his restaurant at the Bellagio.

Smoked salmon pizza at Spago
Smoked salmon pizza at Spago.
Spago

Roasted Beef Wellington at Gordon Ramsay Steak

Beef Wellington on a wooden cutting board
Roasted Beef Wellington at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay’s take on beef Wellington takes center stage at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. While the beef filet is the star of the show, wild mushrooms wrapped in puff pastry with Parma ham, all swaddled in a red wine sauce, make this a memorable dish. Also available at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace.

Beef Wellington on a wooden cutting board
Roasted Beef Wellington at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Gordon Ramsay

Caviar Parfait at Michael Mina

A caviar dish on a white plate with Champagne and vodka
Caviar Parfait at Michael Mina.
Michael Mina

Michael Mina’s signature caviar parfait came about when he wanted a special breakfast for his young bride using all her favorite foods, so he got creative with the room service menu and ordered hash browns, egg salad, smoked salmon, whipped lemon crème fraîche, and caviar. Mina used the hash browns as a base for the caviar tower creation now known as Michael’s Signature Caviar Parfait, served at his eponymous restaurant at the Bellagio.

A caviar dish on a white plate with Champagne and vodka
Caviar Parfait at Michael Mina.
Michael Mina

Big Eye Tuna Pizza with Shiso at Yellowtail

<span data-author="-1">Big Eye Tuna Pizza </span>
Big Eye Tuna Pizza with Shiso at Yellowtail.
Yellowtail

This dish found inspiration during executive chef Akira Back’s travels as a professional snowboarder and experiences working with industry greats, such as Nobu and Morimoto. Now he serves it at the Bellagio.

<span data-author="-1">Big Eye Tuna Pizza </span>
Big Eye Tuna Pizza with Shiso at Yellowtail.
Yellowtail

24-Layer Chocolate Cake at Strip House

<span data-author="-1">24-layer chocolate cake at Strip House </span>
24-layer chocolate cake at Strip House.
Strip House

The famed dessert from Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort is definitely made for sharing. The full cake is 18 pounds with each slice weighing in at 1.5 pounds.

<span data-author="-1">24-layer chocolate cake at Strip House </span>
24-layer chocolate cake at Strip House.
Strip House

Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso Cod at Nobu

A white plate with yellow sauce and six pieces of yellowtail with jalapeño on top
Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño at Nobu.
Nobu

At Nobu, it’s a toss up between which of Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature dish to order. The yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño comes with a garlic puree, thinly sliced serrano pepper, bathed in yuzu-soy sauce, and garnished with cilantro. The floral yuzu combines with the soy to bring out the sweetness of the mild yellowtail, while the pepper adds a pop of heat. The black cod yuzu miso uses Alaskan cod, a fattier version out of cold water, cured in Den Miso. Then it’s topped with hajikami, a sprout of ginger that’s pickled. Find Nobu at Caesars Palace and Virgin Hotels.