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The Hottest New Restaurants in Las Vegas, February 2024

The Strip sees a new high-energy Miami steakhouse, an LA hotspot turns to Las Vegas, and the Durango Casino introduces new restaurants in the southwest

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| Eric Wolfinger

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater editors have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, and what’s hot. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the latest openings. The Eater Heatmap changes continually to always highlight where the food lovers are flocking to at the moment.

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Winnie & Ethel's Downtown Diner

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The winners of a $1 million contest have opened their 1940s-style diner. The lace curtains, muted pastel walls, antique dishware, and actually vintage milkshake machines all come together to make a diner with a homegrown Americana feel. Go for breakfast and lunch dishes like malted waffles, eggs Benedicts, and French dip sandwiches.

The interior of Winnie & Ethel’s with booths.
Winnie & Ethel’s Downtown Diner.
Winnie & Ethel’s

1228 Main

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A managing partner with Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group opened 1228 as a bakery, bar, and restaurant. The bakery bakes crunchy sourdough and lattice-scored dark bread. The lunch menu highlights sandwiches like grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato soup, a prosciutto sandwich on a baguette, and a croissant egg salad sandwich. Dinner is a more formal affair and the bar is open late.

Baked loaves of bread at 1228 Main.
1228 Main.
Janna Karel

Fine Company

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Located in Downtown Summerlin, this airy, modern neighborhood restaurant is quickly making its mark with refined interpretations on brunch and lunch — guests often line up before opening to order a loaf of their banana bread before it sells out. Other popular dishes include the salt and pepper shrimp and the crispy battered halibut sandwich.

Brown bun filled with a fried fish filet, red cabbage and melted cheese with seasoned crinkle fries and small cup of ketchup on the side.
Fileto fish sandwich at Fine Company.
Louiie Victa

Mother Wolf Las Vegas

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The LA hotspot from chef Evan Funke introduces all of the Roman-style cuisine that made Funke one of the top names in Italian cooking — while also debuting a refined and pastel-infused dining room. Start with a round of the sfincione — a bread that exists somewhere between a focaccia and a fried doughnut. And follow it up with a delightfully spicy spaghetti all’ arrabbiata and cacio e pepe.

Papi Steak

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More a high-energy night spot than a traditional Vegas steakhouse, Papi Steak delivers on all things glamourous. The wallpaper is covetable, the music loud, and the crystal chandelier at the dining room’s center is sparkly. Sure, you can settle in for a reliable dinner of steak and potatoes. But the draw here is the $1,000 steak which comes out with its own bottle service-style parade in a bedazzled case known as the beefcase.

Rendering of Papi Steak. 
Papi Steak. 
Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Double Zero Pie & Pub

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Inspired by the pizzas that are made within pizza shops in Tokyo,this new pizzeria in Chinatown serves up Neapolitan-style pizza in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with great drinks. Try the speck pizza, which combines the cured pork with white sauce, mozzarella, fig jam, and candied pecans on a bubbly and crisp crust. Or go for the diavola pie with red sauce and spicy sausage.

HaSalon

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Chef Eyal Shani conjures words like “vibration” and “energy” when talking about his food, describing vegetables as “mysterious creatures” that need to “seduce” him. His Las Vegas outpost of New York clubstaurant HaSalon takes over the 11,000-square-foot space where customers are invited to dance on the tables, DJs blare high-tempo music, and the house lights give way to strobes and fire.

A spread of food at HaSalon.
HaSalon.
Teddy Wolff

Peter Luger Steak House at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

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The highly anticipated New York-based steakhouse now has a location on the Las Vegas Strip. Inside Caesars Palace, the restaurant — often credited with laying the blueprint for the American steakhouse — dry-ages its steaks on-site. Shareable platters of meat and sizzling hot butter are served with sides like mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms all inside a broody and industrial dining room.

The Canteen at Rio

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The new food hall’s most exciting restaurant is Tender Crush, a New York-style chicken tender spot from the founders of Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. Other restaurants inside include Nama Nama, with made-to-order sushi rolls, Attaboy Burgers, cheesesteak chain Tony Luke’s, Southland Burrito Co., and Shogun Ramen.

Chicken tenders.
Tender Crush.
Janna Karel

Stanton Social Prime Restaurant

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Chef Chris Santos’s spin-off of his famed New York steakhouse Stanton Social is now open at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. The velvety and gem-toned restaurant boasts 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 were paraded through the chandelier-lit dining room.

La Popular

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A Mexican restaurant has moved into the long-empty restaurant space on the casino floor of the Palms Casino Resort. La Popular CDMX offers traditional Mexican favorites, cocktails served in fun barware, and updated decor inside the space that used to be Bobby Flay’s Shark. There’s an all-day breakfast menu, 80 labels of tequila, and a dedicated taco bar.

Cocktails from La Popular.
La Popular
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Guy Fieri's Flavortown Sports Kitchen

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Guy Fieri’s new restaurant celebrates all things sports under the deep-fried sheen of the type of food Food Network star has become known for. There’s the trash can nachos also found at El Burro Barracho, though the Flavortown version is cheeseburger-inspired with pickles and burger sauce. Also on the menu are pretzel bites loaded with cheese and bacon. And the doughnut burger is tempura-battered, deep-fried, and glazed.

Chicken sandwich at Guy Fieri’s Flavortown.
Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Sports Kitchen.
Janna Karel

Michael Mina’s new restaurant at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino takes inspiration from Greece, Egypt, and the surrounding Mediterranean regions. The menu features an urfa-dusted big eye tuna with crispy falafel and whipped tahini with spicy Persian cucumber, a chilled lobster salad with avocado, mango, and saffron, and a modern spin on the Egyptian Alexandra fish fry — with lightly fried white fish in a chickpea spice crust with slaw. 

LPM Restaurant & Bar

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The popular item inside this fresh new French restaurant at the Cosmopolitan is the escargots de Bourgogne ($30), six snails in pale, pretty shells and seasoned with garlic butter, parsley, Parmesan, and anchovy. It makes for a delightfully savory spread when scooped out onto a slice of thick-cut bread. And don’t forget the Tomatini ($17), a sweet and savory tomato cocktail that tastes like a liquid caprese salad. And while the Strip views and bold art may catch your eye, don’t look past the awesome chairs that have slide-out trays for your bag.

A plate of seasoned snails at LPM.
LPM Restaurant & Bar.
Janna Karel

Ocean Prime Las Vegas

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With rooftop views, smoking seafood towers, and three bars, the city’s newest steakhouse is the anchor tenant in the new 63 building, located near the Cosmopolitan at Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. The 14,500-square-foot restaurant cost $20 million to develop. Inside the stylish dining room or on the wrap-around terrace, indulge in steak, smoking seafood towers, and sushi.

Caramá by Wolfgang Puck

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Wolfgang Puck’s Lupo reopened as Caramá — just in time for the Super Bowl. The new Caramá is a fine-dining Italian restaurant that Puck says honors his mother, Maria. It’s a new restaurant for the brand, and a visually striking one. Menu highlights include a carpaccio with arugula lemon aioli, seafood salads with lobster, shrimp, mussels, and octopus, and an expansive selection of pastas. 

A plate of spaghetti and mussels from Caramá.
Caramá.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group

Kase Sake & Sushi

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This casual omakase restaurant on the corner of Jones Boulevard and Russell Road offers sushi and temaki and other traditional Japanese dishes grouped in four, six, seven, or nine course tasting menus, including an all-vegan option. For lighter appetites, sushi and sashimi is also available a la carte, and the specialty nigiri selections with caviar, truffles and foie gras are not to be missed. Guests can also indulge in the extensive list of sake, wine, and beer.

Located within the 40-acre-wide Uncommons complex in the Southwest, Amari is quickly becoming a culinary hotspot for lunch and dinner daily. The expansive, indoor-outdoor space serves salads, pizzas, and pastas alongside their twist on classic Italian entrees such as chicken parmigiana and veal piccata. The wine list includes hard-to-find but easy-to-enjoy bottles sourced from Italy and beyond, and their signature cocktails alone make the restaurant worth the visit.

Round white bowl filled with flat pasta strips with wavy edges topped with red sauce, shrimp and green basil leaves.
Malfadine scampi pasta at Amari.
Chris Wessling

Nicco's Prime Cuts & Fresh Fish

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The Durango Casino’s new steakhouse shares a lot in common with T-Bones at Red Rock Resort. The restaurant has a modern indoor-outdoor setting, an impressive wine collection, and a surprising emphasis on seafood.

The entrance to Nicco’s Prime Cuts & Fresh Fish.
Nicco’s Prime Cuts & Fresh Fish.
Sabin Orr

Zippy's

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The Hawaiian casual dining legend, Zippy’s, opened its first location outside of Hawaii. Known for its Zip Pac bento boxes, Korean fried chicken, and famous chili, Zippy’s only location on the mainland is now open in southwest Las Vegas. The chain serves comfort food favorites like Korean fried chicken, teriyaki beef, chili, hamburger steak, chicken katsu, and more.

Winnie & Ethel's Downtown Diner

The winners of a $1 million contest have opened their 1940s-style diner. The lace curtains, muted pastel walls, antique dishware, and actually vintage milkshake machines all come together to make a diner with a homegrown Americana feel. Go for breakfast and lunch dishes like malted waffles, eggs Benedicts, and French dip sandwiches.

The interior of Winnie & Ethel’s with booths.
Winnie & Ethel’s Downtown Diner.
Winnie & Ethel’s

1228 Main

A managing partner with Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group opened 1228 as a bakery, bar, and restaurant. The bakery bakes crunchy sourdough and lattice-scored dark bread. The lunch menu highlights sandwiches like grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato soup, a prosciutto sandwich on a baguette, and a croissant egg salad sandwich. Dinner is a more formal affair and the bar is open late.

Baked loaves of bread at 1228 Main.
1228 Main.
Janna Karel

Fine Company

Located in Downtown Summerlin, this airy, modern neighborhood restaurant is quickly making its mark with refined interpretations on brunch and lunch — guests often line up before opening to order a loaf of their banana bread before it sells out. Other popular dishes include the salt and pepper shrimp and the crispy battered halibut sandwich.

Brown bun filled with a fried fish filet, red cabbage and melted cheese with seasoned crinkle fries and small cup of ketchup on the side.
Fileto fish sandwich at Fine Company.
Louiie Victa

Mother Wolf Las Vegas

The LA hotspot from chef Evan Funke introduces all of the Roman-style cuisine that made Funke one of the top names in Italian cooking — while also debuting a refined and pastel-infused dining room. Start with a round of the sfincione — a bread that exists somewhere between a focaccia and a fried doughnut. And follow it up with a delightfully spicy spaghetti all’ arrabbiata and cacio e pepe.

Papi Steak

More a high-energy night spot than a traditional Vegas steakhouse, Papi Steak delivers on all things glamourous. The wallpaper is covetable, the music loud, and the crystal chandelier at the dining room’s center is sparkly. Sure, you can settle in for a reliable dinner of steak and potatoes. But the draw here is the $1,000 steak which comes out with its own bottle service-style parade in a bedazzled case known as the beefcase.

Rendering of Papi Steak. 
Papi Steak. 
Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Double Zero Pie & Pub

Inspired by the pizzas that are made within pizza shops in Tokyo,this new pizzeria in Chinatown serves up Neapolitan-style pizza in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with great drinks. Try the speck pizza, which combines the cured pork with white sauce, mozzarella, fig jam, and candied pecans on a bubbly and crisp crust. Or go for the diavola pie with red sauce and spicy sausage.

HaSalon

Chef Eyal Shani conjures words like “vibration” and “energy” when talking about his food, describing vegetables as “mysterious creatures” that need to “seduce” him. His Las Vegas outpost of New York clubstaurant HaSalon takes over the 11,000-square-foot space where customers are invited to dance on the tables, DJs blare high-tempo music, and the house lights give way to strobes and fire.

A spread of food at HaSalon.
HaSalon.
Teddy Wolff

Peter Luger Steak House at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

The highly anticipated New York-based steakhouse now has a location on the Las Vegas Strip. Inside Caesars Palace, the restaurant — often credited with laying the blueprint for the American steakhouse — dry-ages its steaks on-site. Shareable platters of meat and sizzling hot butter are served with sides like mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms all inside a broody and industrial dining room.

The Canteen at Rio

The new food hall’s most exciting restaurant is Tender Crush, a New York-style chicken tender spot from the founders of Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. Other restaurants inside include Nama Nama, with made-to-order sushi rolls, Attaboy Burgers, cheesesteak chain Tony Luke’s, Southland Burrito Co., and Shogun Ramen.

Chicken tenders.
Tender Crush.
Janna Karel

Stanton Social Prime Restaurant

Chef Chris Santos’s spin-off of his famed New York steakhouse Stanton Social is now open at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. The velvety and gem-toned restaurant boasts 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 were paraded through the chandelier-lit dining room.

La Popular

A Mexican restaurant has moved into the long-empty restaurant space on the casino floor of the Palms Casino Resort. La Popular CDMX offers traditional Mexican favorites, cocktails served in fun barware, and updated decor inside the space that used to be Bobby Flay’s Shark. There’s an all-day breakfast menu, 80 labels of tequila, and a dedicated taco bar.

Cocktails from La Popular.
La Popular
STUDIO 1208

Guy Fieri's Flavortown Sports Kitchen

Guy Fieri’s new restaurant celebrates all things sports under the deep-fried sheen of the type of food Food Network star has become known for. There’s the trash can nachos also found at El Burro Barracho, though the Flavortown version is cheeseburger-inspired with pickles and burger sauce. Also on the menu are pretzel bites loaded with cheese and bacon. And the doughnut burger is tempura-battered, deep-fried, and glazed.

Chicken sandwich at Guy Fieri’s Flavortown.
Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Sports Kitchen.
Janna Karel

Orla

Michael Mina’s new restaurant at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino takes inspiration from Greece, Egypt, and the surrounding Mediterranean regions. The menu features an urfa-dusted big eye tuna with crispy falafel and whipped tahini with spicy Persian cucumber, a chilled lobster salad with avocado, mango, and saffron, and a modern spin on the Egyptian Alexandra fish fry — with lightly fried white fish in a chickpea spice crust with slaw. 

LPM Restaurant & Bar

The popular item inside this fresh new French restaurant at the Cosmopolitan is the escargots de Bourgogne ($30), six snails in pale, pretty shells and seasoned with garlic butter, parsley, Parmesan, and anchovy. It makes for a delightfully savory spread when scooped out onto a slice of thick-cut bread. And don’t forget the Tomatini ($17), a sweet and savory tomato cocktail that tastes like a liquid caprese salad. And while the Strip views and bold art may catch your eye, don’t look past the awesome chairs that have slide-out trays for your bag.

A plate of seasoned snails at LPM.
LPM Restaurant & Bar.
Janna Karel

Ocean Prime Las Vegas

With rooftop views, smoking seafood towers, and three bars, the city’s newest steakhouse is the anchor tenant in the new 63 building, located near the Cosmopolitan at Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. The 14,500-square-foot restaurant cost $20 million to develop. Inside the stylish dining room or on the wrap-around terrace, indulge in steak, smoking seafood towers, and sushi.

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Caramá by Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck’s Lupo reopened as Caramá — just in time for the Super Bowl. The new Caramá is a fine-dining Italian restaurant that Puck says honors his mother, Maria. It’s a new restaurant for the brand, and a visually striking one. Menu highlights include a carpaccio with arugula lemon aioli, seafood salads with lobster, shrimp, mussels, and octopus, and an expansive selection of pastas. 

A plate of spaghetti and mussels from Caramá.
Caramá.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group

Kase Sake & Sushi

This casual omakase restaurant on the corner of Jones Boulevard and Russell Road offers sushi and temaki and other traditional Japanese dishes grouped in four, six, seven, or nine course tasting menus, including an all-vegan option. For lighter appetites, sushi and sashimi is also available a la carte, and the specialty nigiri selections with caviar, truffles and foie gras are not to be missed. Guests can also indulge in the extensive list of sake, wine, and beer.

Amari

Located within the 40-acre-wide Uncommons complex in the Southwest, Amari is quickly becoming a culinary hotspot for lunch and dinner daily. The expansive, indoor-outdoor space serves salads, pizzas, and pastas alongside their twist on classic Italian entrees such as chicken parmigiana and veal piccata. The wine list includes hard-to-find but easy-to-enjoy bottles sourced from Italy and beyond, and their signature cocktails alone make the restaurant worth the visit.

Round white bowl filled with flat pasta strips with wavy edges topped with red sauce, shrimp and green basil leaves.
Malfadine scampi pasta at Amari.
Chris Wessling

Nicco's Prime Cuts & Fresh Fish

The Durango Casino’s new steakhouse shares a lot in common with T-Bones at Red Rock Resort. The restaurant has a modern indoor-outdoor setting, an impressive wine collection, and a surprising emphasis on seafood.

The entrance to Nicco’s Prime Cuts & Fresh Fish.
Nicco’s Prime Cuts & Fresh Fish.
Sabin Orr

Zippy's

The Hawaiian casual dining legend, Zippy’s, opened its first location outside of Hawaii. Known for its Zip Pac bento boxes, Korean fried chicken, and famous chili, Zippy’s only location on the mainland is now open in southwest Las Vegas. The chain serves comfort food favorites like Korean fried chicken, teriyaki beef, chili, hamburger steak, chicken katsu, and more.

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