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The Hottest New Restaurants in Las Vegas, November 2022

Dominique Ansel’s Las Vegas bakery, a new cafe at Springs Preserve, and a Henderson chophouse

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Springs Cafe

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The new cafe at the Springs Preserve is a partnership between two local eateries, the nearly ten-year-old Bronze Cafe and northwest Las Vegas Aspire Coffee House. Springs Cafe serves most of Bronze Cafe’s menu — which is divided into plant-based and meat-based categories. There’s the the Complicated Order, a “sammich” with turkey, bacon strips, house-made bacon jam, avocado, greens, and basil aioli — and its vegan counterpart, the Vegucated Order, which subs Tofurkey bacon strips and a coconut bacon jam. The Aspire Coffee bar highlights health-focused coffee drinks with house-made syrups. The cafe and wrap-around balcony overlook the lush historic park.

An exterior of the Springs Cafe at Springs Preserve
Springs Cafe
Lyndsi Lillis

Balla Italian Soul

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Shawn McClain’s Balla Italian Soul brings bold flavors, bright colors and a relaxed Mediterranean vibe to the Sahara Las Vegas. The James Beard Award Winner behind Libertine Social and the now-closed Sage is bringing handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and meats, and seafood to the on-Strip resort.

Jalisco Underground

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Located in a space directly underneath Wally’s Wine and Spirits, Jalisco Underground serves agave-based cocktails and Mexican food in a dark and open bar. The menu includes guacamole and Caesar salad, plus Wagyu steak tacos, chilled oyster shooters, a lobster quesadilla, and $100 nachos with slow-roasted suckling pig, truffle queso, and Siberian caviar. 

Wine glasses and bottles of tequila on a dark table
Jalisco Underground
Meg Blair

Half Bird Chicken & Beer

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At Half Bird Chicken and Beer in Chinatown, chef Brian Howard of Sparrow and Wolf hones in on rotisserie chickens, marinated for 12 hours with lemon, garlic, thyme, sea salt, and oil. The menu also includes togarashi rolls, mac and cheese, and smothered fries. 

Wakuda Las Vegas marks the first U.S. restaurant for Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, who has earned accolades at his two-Michelin-Star Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands Singapore and his popular Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Australia. The new restaurant opened on June 25 with an artfully designed interior and an a la carte menu that features yuba, made with fresh bean curd skin from Kyoto and sea urchin, Canadian lobster marinated in sweet vinegar, and a dessert with earthy matcha and smooth red bean.

Entry to Wakuda Las Vegas
Wakuda
Wakuda

The Boss Café by Buddy Valastro

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Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s restaurant at the Linq hotel features an open kitchen that offers diners views of the staff pulling fresh mozzarella (topped options like pesto and roasted peppers, and served with warm bread) at the restaurant’s Mozz Bar. Italian American sandwiches with names like “Hoboken Havana” and the “Jersey Boy,” pizzas, and desserts round out a menu that aims to transport diners to the neighborhood delis of New York and New Jersey.

Dominique Ansel French Bakery

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The James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, Dominique Ansel, is best known as the creator of the Cronut. At his first Las Vegas bakery, he serves the sweet, flaky treats, along with pillowy croissants, macarons, delicately decorated confections, and a selection of savory sandwiches and quiche—including the Perfect Little Egg Sandwich and Chef’s Croque Monsieur.

Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas

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Chef Marc Vetri’s namesake restaurant is again open at the Palms Casino Resort. The Italian restaurant on the 56th floor of the off-Strip casino is reopened after closing along with the Palms in March of 2020. The seasonal menu offers pastas like chestnut fettuccine with boar ragu and cocoa, spinach gnocchi with ricotta and brown butter, an entree of roasted hen with prosciutto and foie gras, and desserts like the pistachio cake with orange curd gelato.

Vetri Cucina
Vetri Cucina
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Scotch 80 Prime

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Another hit restaurant just back from the Palm’s two-year hiatus, Scotch 80 Prime made a name with tableside carts, a $3 million dollar whiskey collection, and an art collection that includes pieces from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Damien Hirst, and Scott Hove. The menu includes steaks, seafood, and sides like “millionaire’s maccheroni” with prosciutto, black truffle, poached egg, parmesan cream, and gold leaf.

Vanderpump à Paris

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Celebrity restaurants continue to dominate the Strip, and Lisa Vanderpump’s extremely weird new restaurant is a long-anticipated arrival. It’s designed to feel like traveling to Paris, but in a dark, gothic kind of way. A high-tech image behind the main bar shows a rain-soaked Paris to set the mood, and the drinks are broadly French with lots of Vanderpump branded liquor and wine. Some of the food arrives to the table in birdcages, which is original, if not particularly appealing.

A white tableclothed table covered in plates of food.
A table of food at Vanderpump a Paris.
Palm + Ocean

The Bedford by Martha Stewart

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Martha Stewart’s first restaurant, the Bedford, is open at the Paris Las Vegas. Designed by Stewart, the 194-seat restaurant takes direct inspiration from her 1925 country farmhouse in Bedford, New York. Dishes include a whole roast chicken and a baked potato that is smashed tableside. It can all be washed down by a Martha-rita and Martha-tini.

Martha Stewart in front of a table of food

Toca Madera Las Vegas

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The high-energy Mexican steakhouse in the courtyard between the Aria Resort and Casino and the Shops at Crystals integrates fire at every turn. Cocktails like the Los Muertos are set aflame. So too are the numerous candles and torches that illuminate the bar, private room, and main dining room — not to mention the fire dancers and fire breathers who perform during dinner. Notable dishes here include the satisfyingly gooey queso fundido, the light and flavorful branzino, and the guacamole with pomegranate seeds.

A restaurant dining room with a tree in the middle
Toca Madera
Toca Madera

138 Restaurant

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Chef and owner Matthew Meyer’s new Henderson restaurant centers on a dry-aged program, in which proteins spanning beef, chicken, pork, and fish are dry-aged in-house. He sources his beef from Nevada ranches and other local beef producers and finishes them on a woodfire grill. Menu items include shrimp and Anson Mills grits with glazed Marcona almonds and fennel butter, a chilled lobster borscht with cultured cream, seed-crusted lamb loin with risotto, and the house burger with brie cheese and a house A1-style sauce. The menu also offers vegan options.

Dry-aged beef at 138°
138°
138°

Bodega Bagel

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After launching a pop-up version of Bodega Bagel at Vegas Test Kitchen during the pandemic, Chef Sonia El-Nawal has opened a brick-and-mortar New York-style bagel eatery in Henderson. The breakfast and lunch restaurant offers bagel varieties like sesame, poppy seed, and plain and toppings like chive and scallion, smoked salmon, horseradish, and tofu “schmears.” Smoked fish add-ons include house-cured gravlax, sturgeon, housemade whitefish salad, and smoked salmon.

A platter of bagels, smoked fish, and cream cheese
Bodega Bagel
Bodega Bagel

Springs Cafe

The new cafe at the Springs Preserve is a partnership between two local eateries, the nearly ten-year-old Bronze Cafe and northwest Las Vegas Aspire Coffee House. Springs Cafe serves most of Bronze Cafe’s menu — which is divided into plant-based and meat-based categories. There’s the the Complicated Order, a “sammich” with turkey, bacon strips, house-made bacon jam, avocado, greens, and basil aioli — and its vegan counterpart, the Vegucated Order, which subs Tofurkey bacon strips and a coconut bacon jam. The Aspire Coffee bar highlights health-focused coffee drinks with house-made syrups. The cafe and wrap-around balcony overlook the lush historic park.

An exterior of the Springs Cafe at Springs Preserve
Springs Cafe
Lyndsi Lillis

Balla Italian Soul

Shawn McClain’s Balla Italian Soul brings bold flavors, bright colors and a relaxed Mediterranean vibe to the Sahara Las Vegas. The James Beard Award Winner behind Libertine Social and the now-closed Sage is bringing handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and meats, and seafood to the on-Strip resort.

Jalisco Underground

Located in a space directly underneath Wally’s Wine and Spirits, Jalisco Underground serves agave-based cocktails and Mexican food in a dark and open bar. The menu includes guacamole and Caesar salad, plus Wagyu steak tacos, chilled oyster shooters, a lobster quesadilla, and $100 nachos with slow-roasted suckling pig, truffle queso, and Siberian caviar. 

Wine glasses and bottles of tequila on a dark table
Jalisco Underground
Meg Blair

Half Bird Chicken & Beer

At Half Bird Chicken and Beer in Chinatown, chef Brian Howard of Sparrow and Wolf hones in on rotisserie chickens, marinated for 12 hours with lemon, garlic, thyme, sea salt, and oil. The menu also includes togarashi rolls, mac and cheese, and smothered fries. 

Wakuda

Wakuda Las Vegas marks the first U.S. restaurant for Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, who has earned accolades at his two-Michelin-Star Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands Singapore and his popular Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Australia. The new restaurant opened on June 25 with an artfully designed interior and an a la carte menu that features yuba, made with fresh bean curd skin from Kyoto and sea urchin, Canadian lobster marinated in sweet vinegar, and a dessert with earthy matcha and smooth red bean.

Entry to Wakuda Las Vegas
Wakuda
Wakuda

The Boss Café by Buddy Valastro

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s restaurant at the Linq hotel features an open kitchen that offers diners views of the staff pulling fresh mozzarella (topped options like pesto and roasted peppers, and served with warm bread) at the restaurant’s Mozz Bar. Italian American sandwiches with names like “Hoboken Havana” and the “Jersey Boy,” pizzas, and desserts round out a menu that aims to transport diners to the neighborhood delis of New York and New Jersey.

Dominique Ansel French Bakery

The James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, Dominique Ansel, is best known as the creator of the Cronut. At his first Las Vegas bakery, he serves the sweet, flaky treats, along with pillowy croissants, macarons, delicately decorated confections, and a selection of savory sandwiches and quiche—including the Perfect Little Egg Sandwich and Chef’s Croque Monsieur.

Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas

Chef Marc Vetri’s namesake restaurant is again open at the Palms Casino Resort. The Italian restaurant on the 56th floor of the off-Strip casino is reopened after closing along with the Palms in March of 2020. The seasonal menu offers pastas like chestnut fettuccine with boar ragu and cocoa, spinach gnocchi with ricotta and brown butter, an entree of roasted hen with prosciutto and foie gras, and desserts like the pistachio cake with orange curd gelato.

Vetri Cucina
Vetri Cucina
Station Casinos

Scotch 80 Prime

Another hit restaurant just back from the Palm’s two-year hiatus, Scotch 80 Prime made a name with tableside carts, a $3 million dollar whiskey collection, and an art collection that includes pieces from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Damien Hirst, and Scott Hove. The menu includes steaks, seafood, and sides like “millionaire’s maccheroni” with prosciutto, black truffle, poached egg, parmesan cream, and gold leaf.

Vanderpump à Paris

Celebrity restaurants continue to dominate the Strip, and Lisa Vanderpump’s extremely weird new restaurant is a long-anticipated arrival. It’s designed to feel like traveling to Paris, but in a dark, gothic kind of way. A high-tech image behind the main bar shows a rain-soaked Paris to set the mood, and the drinks are broadly French with lots of Vanderpump branded liquor and wine. Some of the food arrives to the table in birdcages, which is original, if not particularly appealing.

A white tableclothed table covered in plates of food.
A table of food at Vanderpump a Paris.
Palm + Ocean

The Bedford by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart’s first restaurant, the Bedford, is open at the Paris Las Vegas. Designed by Stewart, the 194-seat restaurant takes direct inspiration from her 1925 country farmhouse in Bedford, New York. Dishes include a whole roast chicken and a baked potato that is smashed tableside. It can all be washed down by a Martha-rita and Martha-tini.

Martha Stewart in front of a table of food

Toca Madera Las Vegas

The high-energy Mexican steakhouse in the courtyard between the Aria Resort and Casino and the Shops at Crystals integrates fire at every turn. Cocktails like the Los Muertos are set aflame. So too are the numerous candles and torches that illuminate the bar, private room, and main dining room — not to mention the fire dancers and fire breathers who perform during dinner. Notable dishes here include the satisfyingly gooey queso fundido, the light and flavorful branzino, and the guacamole with pomegranate seeds.

A restaurant dining room with a tree in the middle
Toca Madera
Toca Madera

138 Restaurant

Chef and owner Matthew Meyer’s new Henderson restaurant centers on a dry-aged program, in which proteins spanning beef, chicken, pork, and fish are dry-aged in-house. He sources his beef from Nevada ranches and other local beef producers and finishes them on a woodfire grill. Menu items include shrimp and Anson Mills grits with glazed Marcona almonds and fennel butter, a chilled lobster borscht with cultured cream, seed-crusted lamb loin with risotto, and the house burger with brie cheese and a house A1-style sauce. The menu also offers vegan options.

Dry-aged beef at 138°
138°
138°

Bodega Bagel

After launching a pop-up version of Bodega Bagel at Vegas Test Kitchen during the pandemic, Chef Sonia El-Nawal has opened a brick-and-mortar New York-style bagel eatery in Henderson. The breakfast and lunch restaurant offers bagel varieties like sesame, poppy seed, and plain and toppings like chive and scallion, smoked salmon, horseradish, and tofu “schmears.” Smoked fish add-ons include house-cured gravlax, sturgeon, housemade whitefish salad, and smoked salmon.

A platter of bagels, smoked fish, and cream cheese
Bodega Bagel
Bodega Bagel

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