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The 17 Hottest New Restaurants in Las Vegas — October 2021

Newcomers feature beach-side Mexican fare, mulato chile short ribs, izakaya favorites, and more

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. 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 “it” places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

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1. Mr. Fries Man

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4040 W Craig Rd
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
(702) 202-2870
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Insane lines patiently waited for Mr. Fries Man on opening day, ready to order gargantuan portions of French fries topped with honey garlic shrimp and steak, a chicken bacon Parmesan combination, lemon garlic crab and shrimp, Buffalo ranch chicken, and barbecue sauce upgrades to fried or grilled chicken. A plant-based meat option is also available. Diners can also choose their own ingredients to create a dish. Also now open on Flamingo Road.

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Buffalo ranch chicken fries at Mr. Fries Man.
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2. Aromi Italian Restaurant

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2110 N Rampart Blvd #110
Las Vegas, NV 89128
(725) 204-6196
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A new Italian restaurant serves as a love letter to a chef’s 30-plus year career in Italian kitchens. Aromi Italian Restaurant from executive chef German Castellanos and his partner, pastry chef Alessandro Stoppa, met at the former Valentino at the Venetian, where Castellanos worked as chef de cuisine and Stoppa was the pastry chef. Now the two friends have a restaurant featuring classic Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. Duck prosciutto salad comes in a sweet maui onion dressing and burrata tops a golden beet carpaccio to start. Spaghetti neri in lobster bisque, rabbit ragout pappardelle, and octopus and cioppino are just some of the dishes Castellanos recommends. Other favorites include bread and thyme-crusted New Zealand lamb chop or branzino in Prosseco sauce. The restaurant also features a risotto of the day. For lunch, the restaurant offers a three-course $18 option with a starter such as vanilla and pepper salad or polpo with grilled octopus (for $7 more); entree options such as chicken Parmigiana, a prosciutto sandwich, or branzino (for $7 more); and dessert options including vanilla wanna cotta, tiramisu, or a berry bowl.

Crab and squid ink risotto
Crab and squid ink risotto at Aromi Italian Restaurant.
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3. Kono's Northshore

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7591 W Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89128
(702) 331-1824
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Kono’s Northshore is famous for pulled Kalua pork slow-roasted for 12 hours, and then served in toasted French roll sandwiches, inside its version of a burrito dubbed a bomber, and in plate lunches and bowls. Breakfast bombers come served with eggs, cheese, and potatoes, and wrapped in a warm flour tortilla, with optional extras of bacon, pork, and Portuguese sausage. Lunch sandwiches arrive with Maui onion potato chips and fillings of turkey, Kalua pulled pork, bacon, and avocado, and servings of white rice are added to the plate lunches. Kono’s also pours multiple flavors of milkshakes, including orange popsicle, cinnamon roll, Key lime, and coconut cream pie flavors.

Chun’s bomber at Kono’s Northshore, created with roasted Kalua pork, eggs, potatoes, and shredded cheddar jack cheese.
Kono’s Northshore.
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4. Soulbelly BBQ

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1327 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 483-4404
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Bruce Kalman’s Soulbelly BBQ in the Gateway District in Downtown Las Vegas serves salt and pepper brisket, Carolina pulled pork, chipotle cider-glazed drumsticks, pork spare ribs, burnt ends, Hatch chile made in house, cheddar hot links, and Texas sausages. On the side, customers can order mac and cheese with chicharrón breadcrumbs, corn casserole, collard greens, or coleslaw, or a bar menu with rotating bites including pigs in a blanket, Frito pie, pickled eggs, chicharrón chips, or pimento cheese dip. Disco fries with pulled pork, pickle-brined fried chicken, and a smoked burger also find a home at the restaurant. Desserts such as banana pudding and cookie bars, as well as pies from PopNpies. Kalman, who moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in 2019, appeared on Season 15 of Top Chef.

Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ
Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
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5. La Neta Cocina y Lounge

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1770 Festival Plaza Dr Suite 200
Summerlin, NV 89135
(702) 476-5484
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Mexican restaurant La Neta Cocina y Lounge opened at Downtown Summerlin with stained glass murals and modern takes on traditional Mexican fare along with mezcal and margaritas. The restaurant from Ryan Labbe and his company, 81/82 Group, features exposed brick walls accented by wooden beams and vaulted ceilings. Overhead, chandeliers light the space, while a living tree, coming in September, anchors the dining room. The lounge at La Neta features a living wall art installation decorated with greenery, creating an indoor garden. Chef Israel Castro created the menu along with Lanny Chin, bringing dishes such as cochinita pibil with braised and slow-roasted pork with habanero onions and topped with chicharron crumble. The Taquero Mucho comes with choices such as chicken, carne asada, escabeche, mushroom, and panela cheese. Castro also has his rendition of paella, served with shrimp, calamari, lobster, oysters, and fish topped with white wine lemon butter. Other menu highlights include a chicken relleno, a stuffed chicken with arroz verde and poblano cream, and a savory roasted acorn squash served with sauteed seasonal veggies, garlic, and spritzed with a herb vinaigrette.

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WTF mulato chili-braised beef short ribs at La Neta Cocina y Lounge.
La Neta Cocina y Lounge

6. Dave’s Hot Chicken

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9040 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 843-5455
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Dave’s Hot Chicken brings fast-casual hot chicken tenders and sliders, along with sides of house-made kale slaw, creamy mac n’ cheese, and French fries. Dave’s offers seven spice levels ranging from No Spice to Reaper, which requires a signed waiver for those who dare. Each heat level uses a different spice blend. The restaurant features a drive-thru and patio, plus some pretty cool murals inside.

Hot chicken tenders and sliders, plus fries and mac & cheese sides from Dave’s Hot Chicken.
Hot chicken tenders and sliders, plus fries and mac and cheese sides from Dave’s Hot Chicken.
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7. Brezza

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3000 S Las Vegas Blvd STE 115
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 676-6014
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Nicole Brisson, a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest in 2020, teamed up with Jason Rocheleau, who worked at Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group and Mina Group, to open Brezza at Resorts World. The coastal Italian restaurant sits in the District, the 70,000-square-foot shopping center at the front of the resort facing Las Vegas Boulevard. The menu spans antipasti, fresh crudo, handmade pastas, and a Tuscan-style wood-fired grill, where sustainable seafood, dry-aged prime steaks, heritage breed poultry, and pork, as well as seasonal produce are all grilled over white oak and olive branches. Brunch, lunch, and a patio available.

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Dry-aged rib-eye steak, a classic Negroni, and mezcal Negroni at Brezza.
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8. ¡Viva!

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3000 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

¡Viva! from Los Angeles-based chef Ray Garcia at Resorts World features a design by Celano Design Studio in conjunction with local architect Marnell Companies. The dynamic space features an indoor promenade patio, bar and lounge area, suspended ceilings decorated with plants and floral arrangements, a large mural by artists Chalk & Brush, and an outdoor, people-watching patio open to a restaurant row. Among the menu highlights, the shrimp and clamato coctel de camaron, ancho rubbed lamb ribs and a side of red cabbage slaw, chicharron and garlic mojo, octopus with chorizo and salsa molcajete, and a 6-ounce cut of Mashima Reserve American wagyu with salsa, roasted tomato, and fingerling potatoes.

Lamb ribs, chicharron and other dishes now available at ¡Viva! inside Resorts World, from chef Ray Garcia.
¡Viva! by Chef Ray Garcia.
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9. Casa Playa

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3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-5340
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Casa Playa features coastal Mexican fare that celebrates the playacitas of the seaside communities. The restaurant sits next to Encore Beach Club with a menu from executive chef Sarah Thompson, cocktails from Wynn resort mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini, and a mezcal and tequila collection from agave expert Noah Arenstein. Thompson’s menu features a crudo of Mexican blue shrimp ceviche with young coconut, tomatillo, and cucumber; yellowfin tuna tartare served with pasilla chile and avocado; and seafood platters with Kusshi oysters, Hokkaido scallops, king crab legs, lobster tail, and shrimp cocktail. On the appetizer menu, diners can order black truffle tostada with Cabot clothbound cheddar and corn cream; duck confit tamal with mole de la casa and ricotta; and octopus served with coloradito mole and potato in escabeche. Diners can opt for main courses such as whole cauliflower al pastor featuring pineapple butter and cashew salsa macha; branzino a la talla topped with guajillo adobo, herbs, and salsa cruda; and Yucatan chicken pibil made with orange annatto adobo and potato, or choose to order family-style dishes such as whole roasted carnitas with crispy skin, smoked agave syrup, chipotle slaw, chile toreado, and charred cucumber salsa or the Casa Playa surf and turf featuring wagyu carne asada, lobster, and chorizo, short rib suadero, green chorizo, and serrano.

A surf and turf
The surf and turf at Casa Playa.
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10. Delilah

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3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-7000
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The long awaited Delilah, the breathtaking supper club from H.Wood Group at Wynn Las Vegas, features a two-level space with lavish chandeliers, a fireplace, refined American fare, and entertainers dancing alongside a live jazz band. A wagyu beef Wellington comes with a 12-ounce filet mignon, herbed crepe, and porcini mushroom duxelles madeira wine jus. Executive chef Josh Smith took a stab at a reinvented chicken TV dinner by featuring Bobo Farms chicken, peas, carrots, pomme puree, and vin jaune gravy. The smoked salmon and caviar latke comes with chive mascarpone, acme salmon, Russian Osetra caviar, and garnitures, while the Delilah fish and chips features potato-crusted Dover sole, pommes soufflé, malt vinegar beurre blanc, and classic tartar sauce. No supper club is complete without a surf and turf, and the Delilah version features glazed short rib, day boat scallops, wild mushrooms, sunchoke fondant, and shallot jus. The decadence extends to the desserts, where a strawberry shortcake baked Alaska leads the way.

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Strawberry shortcake baked Alaska at Delilah.
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11. Amalfi by Bobby Flay

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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bobby Flay opened an ode to Italian fare from the Amalfi Coast with his new Amalfi by Bobby Flay at Caesars Palace with foods Flay discovered during his travels to southern Italy. Flay says his time spent “exploring, cooking, and eating with the country’s greatest chefs,” inspired him to open the restaurant. Diners can start with antipasti such as shellfish fritto misto, crispy squash blossoms, charred octopus, tuna tartare, or roasted butterflied prawns. Pasta dishes include squid ink fettuccine with lobster, shrimp, and squid as well as paccheri with rockfish. But it’s the fish market that drives the menu. A fishmonger guides diners through the fresh arrivals that can be grilled whole over charcoal or roasted al forno, served with lemon, capers, and salsa verde. The options change daily. A small section of meats features Jidori chicken, filet mignon, a New York strip, and bone-in rib-eye steak. For dessert, customers can order pistachio olive oil cake or dark chocolate tiramisu.

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Red prawns from the fishmonger at Amalfi by Bobby Flay.
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12. Night + Market

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4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(000) 000-0000
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Chef Kris Yenbamroong opened Night + Market, his L.A. Thai restaurant, at Virgin Hotels. Los Angeles cool oozes from the restaurant, where Thai food is meant to pair with a roster of natural wines, a specialty here. A crispy rice salad and the restaurant’s fried chicken sandwich made the trek to Las Vegas, as do specials just for Sin City, such as whole crispy catfish with sizzling ginger scallion and lobster pad Thai. Pad kee mao uses pastrami from L.A.’s Langer’s Deli. About 80 percent of the specials, such as larb ped with rough chopped duck with lime, fish sauce, and pla raa; uni fried rice topped with salmon caviar; XO wagyu rib-eye finished in the wok with Chinese broccoli; and a Thai-style wagyu steak and frites, are specific to Vegas.

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Uni fried rice at Night + Market.
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13. Casa Calavera

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4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Casa Calavera, the Mexican restaurant and cantina at Virgin Hotels from Hakkasan Group, features an Instagram-worthy interior with traditional altars made from Mexican tiles, reclaimed wood, calavera skulls, traditional Mexican furniture, posters, and marigolds found throughout the main dining room, bar, and patio overlooking the pool. Casa Calavera leans into a Día de los Muertos theme with a number of murals adoring the wall. The restaurant serves contemporary and traditional spins on Mexican favorites including fajitas, carnitas, tacos, and shared plates as well as a drinks menu that places a special focus on mezcal and tequila cocktails. Must-try dishes include chimichurri skirt steak with roasted green chilies, scallion, and cilantro chimichurri sauce and the ají-glazed mahi-mahi with grilled vegetables and drizzled with a citrus mojo sauce. The range of tacos includes roasted chicken, carne asada, Baja fish, portobello and rajas, and more.

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Tacos at Casa Calavera.
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14. Kassi Beach House

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Virgin Hotels, 4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 693-4000
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Kassi Beach House, the new Italian restaurant looking out at the pools at Virgin Hotels from restaurateur Nick Mathers and Wish You Were Here Group, serves brunch and dinner daily from executive chef Josh Stockton. Brunch brings dishes such as grilled octopus with hearts of palm, red onion, celery, tangerine, and olive and caper vinaigrette for $18; salt and pepper calamari for $16; ricotta pancakes with salted caramel, whipped ricotta, brûléed banana, and maple syrup for $14; and a prosciutto scramble for $15. Kassi offers bottomless Fleur de Mer Cotes de Provence Rosé daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner, which starts service at 3 p.m., brings whipped eggplant with oven-roasted puccia bread for $14; wagyu beef meatballs for $17; and sausage and broccoli rabe for $22 to start. Crab gemelli al cartoccio with Dungeness crab for $27, veal Milanese for $64, and a 32-ounce grilled bone-in rib-eye steak dry aged for 30 days for $125 make up some of the entrees. For dessert, customers can opt for tiramisu, a chocolate torte, or panda cotta, each for $12.

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The patio at Kassi Beach House.
Kassi Beach House

15. One Steakhouse

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4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 522-8111
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The new One Steakhouse from brothers Michael Morton and David Morton at Virgin Hotels brings decadent Japanese wagyu, surf and turf, and caviar. Executive chef Patrick Munster returns with a menu that includes a 16-ounce bone-in filet mignon, an 18-ounce dry-aged bone-in New York Strip, a 32-once tomahawk, a 6-ounce New York strip cut of Japanese Satsuma wagyu, and a New York strip that comes with Australian prawns. A Japanese grill brings surf-and-turf dishes to the table with dramatic smoke. Munster carves other steaks such as a porterhouse, tomahawk, or Chateaubriand table side. A stunning LED light over the lounge features more than 3,000 pieces of glass that gradually change from white to pink to purple and more, while upstairs, an atrium brings the outdoors inside.

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Surf and turf at One Steakhouse.
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16. Takumi Izakaya

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7835 S Rainbow Blvd Ste 7
Las Vegas, NV 89139

Takashi Nakamura launched Takumi Izakaya close to the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Robindale Road. The new restaurant encourages diners to share izakaya-style tapas dishes and also sample a sushi, nigiri, and sashimi menu. Customers can sit facing the sushi chefs or at individual tables and order appetizers of octopus and wasabi, kakuni black pork, and shark bone with plum sauce. Among the small plates, cold tofu, egg omelet, baked yellowtail cheek, grilled mackerel, and butter mushrooms. The long menu also features chirashi bowls, plenty of rolls, and bento boxes for lunch.

A plate of sushi from the new small plates menu at Takumi Izakaya in the southwest.
Takumi Izakaya.
Takumi Izakaya

17. Gabi’s Gorditas

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5095 Blue Diamond Rd suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 268-7466
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Gabi’s Gorditas offers a counter-service restaurant that specializes in the pastry stuffed pockets using ingredients from across the Latin world that are often healthy. The gorditas come stuffed with nopales, a grilled cactus with house-made pickled corn, picked red onions, and avocado garnished with oven-dried tomatoes, jicama strings, avocado salsa, and crema; Colorado pork loin filled with chili Colorado sauce, Peruvian beans, spicy Latin giardiniera, and cotija; tuna poke packed with ahi tuna, sesame soy ginger cactus, cucumber, edamame, spicy Latin giardiniera, avocado salsa, and tostones chips; and tinga de pollo stuffed with shredded chicken that has been brined for 24 hours, onion, and chipotle tomato sauce garnished by pickled cabbage, queso fresco, avocado salsa, and pickled red onion. Vegetarian versions come tucked with charro beans, Peruvian beans, or roasted poblanos. All cost less than $5.50 each.

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Gorditas and ube pudding at Gabi’s Gorditas.
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1. Mr. Fries Man

4040 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
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Buffalo ranch chicken fries at Mr. Fries Man.
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Insane lines patiently waited for Mr. Fries Man on opening day, ready to order gargantuan portions of French fries topped with honey garlic shrimp and steak, a chicken bacon Parmesan combination, lemon garlic crab and shrimp, Buffalo ranch chicken, and barbecue sauce upgrades to fried or grilled chicken. A plant-based meat option is also available. Diners can also choose their own ingredients to create a dish. Also now open on Flamingo Road.

4040 W Craig Rd
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

2. Aromi Italian Restaurant

2110 N Rampart Blvd #110, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Crab and squid ink risotto
Crab and squid ink risotto at Aromi Italian Restaurant.
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A new Italian restaurant serves as a love letter to a chef’s 30-plus year career in Italian kitchens. Aromi Italian Restaurant from executive chef German Castellanos and his partner, pastry chef Alessandro Stoppa, met at the former Valentino at the Venetian, where Castellanos worked as chef de cuisine and Stoppa was the pastry chef. Now the two friends have a restaurant featuring classic Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. Duck prosciutto salad comes in a sweet maui onion dressing and burrata tops a golden beet carpaccio to start. Spaghetti neri in lobster bisque, rabbit ragout pappardelle, and octopus and cioppino are just some of the dishes Castellanos recommends. Other favorites include bread and thyme-crusted New Zealand lamb chop or branzino in Prosseco sauce. The restaurant also features a risotto of the day. For lunch, the restaurant offers a three-course $18 option with a starter such as vanilla and pepper salad or polpo with grilled octopus (for $7 more); entree options such as chicken Parmigiana, a prosciutto sandwich, or branzino (for $7 more); and dessert options including vanilla wanna cotta, tiramisu, or a berry bowl.

2110 N Rampart Blvd #110
Las Vegas, NV 89128

3. Kono's Northshore

7591 W Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Chun’s bomber at Kono’s Northshore, created with roasted Kalua pork, eggs, potatoes, and shredded cheddar jack cheese.
Kono’s Northshore.
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Kono’s Northshore is famous for pulled Kalua pork slow-roasted for 12 hours, and then served in toasted French roll sandwiches, inside its version of a burrito dubbed a bomber, and in plate lunches and bowls. Breakfast bombers come served with eggs, cheese, and potatoes, and wrapped in a warm flour tortilla, with optional extras of bacon, pork, and Portuguese sausage. Lunch sandwiches arrive with Maui onion potato chips and fillings of turkey, Kalua pulled pork, bacon, and avocado, and servings of white rice are added to the plate lunches. Kono’s also pours multiple flavors of milkshakes, including orange popsicle, cinnamon roll, Key lime, and coconut cream pie flavors.

7591 W Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89128

4. Soulbelly BBQ

1327 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ
Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
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Bruce Kalman’s Soulbelly BBQ in the Gateway District in Downtown Las Vegas serves salt and pepper brisket, Carolina pulled pork, chipotle cider-glazed drumsticks, pork spare ribs, burnt ends, Hatch chile made in house, cheddar hot links, and Texas sausages. On the side, customers can order mac and cheese with chicharrón breadcrumbs, corn casserole, collard greens, or coleslaw, or a bar menu with rotating bites including pigs in a blanket, Frito pie, pickled eggs, chicharrón chips, or pimento cheese dip. Disco fries with pulled pork, pickle-brined fried chicken, and a smoked burger also find a home at the restaurant. Desserts such as banana pudding and cookie bars, as well as pies from PopNpies. Kalman, who moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in 2019, appeared on Season 15 of Top Chef.

1327 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104

5. La Neta Cocina y Lounge

1770 Festival Plaza Dr Suite 200, Summerlin, NV 89135
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WTF mulato chili-braised beef short ribs at La Neta Cocina y Lounge.
La Neta Cocina y Lounge

Mexican restaurant La Neta Cocina y Lounge opened at Downtown Summerlin with stained glass murals and modern takes on traditional Mexican fare along with mezcal and margaritas. The restaurant from Ryan Labbe and his company, 81/82 Group, features exposed brick walls accented by wooden beams and vaulted ceilings. Overhead, chandeliers light the space, while a living tree, coming in September, anchors the dining room. The lounge at La Neta features a living wall art installation decorated with greenery, creating an indoor garden. Chef Israel Castro created the menu along with Lanny Chin, bringing dishes such as cochinita pibil with braised and slow-roasted pork with habanero onions and topped with chicharron crumble. The Taquero Mucho comes with choices such as chicken, carne asada, escabeche, mushroom, and panela cheese. Castro also has his rendition of paella, served with shrimp, calamari, lobster, oysters, and fish topped with white wine lemon butter. Other menu highlights include a chicken relleno, a stuffed chicken with arroz verde and poblano cream, and a savory roasted acorn squash served with sauteed seasonal veggies, garlic, and spritzed with a herb vinaigrette.

1770 Festival Plaza Dr Suite 200
Summerlin, NV 89135

6. Dave’s Hot Chicken

9040 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Hot chicken tenders and sliders, plus fries and mac & cheese sides from Dave’s Hot Chicken.
Hot chicken tenders and sliders, plus fries and mac and cheese sides from Dave’s Hot Chicken.
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Dave’s Hot Chicken brings fast-casual hot chicken tenders and sliders, along with sides of house-made kale slaw, creamy mac n’ cheese, and French fries. Dave’s offers seven spice levels ranging from No Spice to Reaper, which requires a signed waiver for those who dare. Each heat level uses a different spice blend. The restaurant features a drive-thru and patio, plus some pretty cool murals inside.

9040 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117

7. Brezza

3000 S Las Vegas Blvd STE 115, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A steak on a white plate and two cocktails
Dry-aged rib-eye steak, a classic Negroni, and mezcal Negroni at Brezza.
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Nicole Brisson, a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest in 2020, teamed up with Jason Rocheleau, who worked at Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group and Mina Group, to open Brezza at Resorts World. The coastal Italian restaurant sits in the District, the 70,000-square-foot shopping center at the front of the resort facing Las Vegas Boulevard. The menu spans antipasti, fresh crudo, handmade pastas, and a Tuscan-style wood-fired grill, where sustainable seafood, dry-aged prime steaks, heritage breed poultry, and pork, as well as seasonal produce are all grilled over white oak and olive branches. Brunch, lunch, and a patio available.

3000 S Las Vegas Blvd STE 115
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. ¡Viva!

3000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Lamb ribs, chicharron and other dishes now available at ¡Viva! inside Resorts World, from chef Ray Garcia.
¡Viva! by Chef Ray Garcia.
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¡Viva! from Los Angeles-based chef Ray Garcia at Resorts World features a design by Celano Design Studio in conjunction with local architect Marnell Companies. The dynamic space features an indoor promenade patio, bar and lounge area, suspended ceilings decorated with plants and floral arrangements, a large mural by artists Chalk & Brush, and an outdoor, people-watching patio open to a restaurant row. Among the menu highlights, the shrimp and clamato coctel de camaron, ancho rubbed lamb ribs and a side of red cabbage slaw, chicharron and garlic mojo, octopus with chorizo and salsa molcajete, and a 6-ounce cut of Mashima Reserve American wagyu with salsa, roasted tomato, and fingerling potatoes.

3000 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

9. Casa Playa

3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A surf and turf
The surf and turf at Casa Playa.
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Casa Playa features coastal Mexican fare that celebrates the playacitas of the seaside communities. The restaurant sits next to Encore Beach Club with a menu from executive chef Sarah Thompson, cocktails from Wynn resort mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini, and a mezcal and tequila collection from agave expert Noah Arenstein. Thompson’s menu features a crudo of Mexican blue shrimp ceviche with young coconut, tomatillo, and cucumber; yellowfin tuna tartare served with pasilla chile and avocado; and seafood platters with Kusshi oysters, Hokkaido scallops, king crab legs, lobster tail, and shrimp cocktail. On the appetizer menu, diners can order black truffle tostada with Cabot clothbound cheddar and corn cream; duck confit tamal with mole de la casa and ricotta; and octopus served with coloradito mole and potato in escabeche. Diners can opt for main courses such as whole cauliflower al pastor featuring pineapple butter and cashew salsa macha; branzino a la talla topped with guajillo adobo, herbs, and salsa cruda; and Yucatan chicken pibil made with orange annatto adobo and potato, or choose to order family-style dishes such as whole roasted carnitas with crispy skin, smoked agave syrup, chipotle slaw, chile toreado, and charred cucumber salsa or the Casa Playa surf and turf featuring wagyu carne asada, lobster, and chorizo, short rib suadero, green chorizo, and serrano.

3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

10. Delilah

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A red dessert with spikes on a cart
Strawberry shortcake baked Alaska at Delilah.
Bill Milne

The long awaited Delilah, the breathtaking supper club from H.Wood Group at Wynn Las Vegas, features a two-level space with lavish chandeliers, a fireplace, refined American fare, and entertainers dancing alongside a live jazz band. A wagyu beef Wellington comes with a 12-ounce filet mignon, herbed crepe, and porcini mushroom duxelles madeira wine jus. Executive chef Josh Smith took a stab at a reinvented chicken TV dinner by featuring Bobo Farms chicken, peas, carrots, pomme puree, and vin jaune gravy. The smoked salmon and caviar latke comes with chive mascarpone, acme salmon, Russian Osetra caviar, and garnitures, while the Delilah fish and chips features potato-crusted Dover sole, pommes soufflé, malt vinegar beurre blanc, and classic tartar sauce. No supper club is complete without a surf and turf, and the Delilah version features glazed short rib, day boat scallops, wild mushrooms, sunchoke fondant, and shallot jus. The decadence extends to the desserts, where a strawberry shortcake baked Alaska leads the way.

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

11. Amalfi by Bobby Flay

3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A white plate with red prawns and a lemon
Red prawns from the fishmonger at Amalfi by Bobby Flay.
Caesars Entertainment

Bobby Flay opened an ode to Italian fare from the Amalfi Coast with his new Amalfi by Bobby Flay at Caesars Palace with foods Flay discovered during his travels to southern Italy. Flay says his time spent “exploring, cooking, and eating with the country’s greatest chefs,” inspired him to open the restaurant. Diners can start with antipasti such as shellfish fritto misto, crispy squash blossoms, charred octopus, tuna tartare, or roasted butterflied prawns. Pasta dishes include squid ink fettuccine with lobster, shrimp, and squid as well as paccheri with rockfish. But it’s the fish market that drives the menu. A fishmonger guides diners through the fresh arrivals that can be grilled whole over charcoal or roasted al forno, served with lemon, capers, and salsa verde. The options change daily. A small section of meats features Jidori chicken, filet mignon, a New York strip, and bone-in rib-eye steak. For dessert, customers can order pistachio olive oil cake or dark chocolate tiramisu.

3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

12. Night + Market

4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
A fried rice dish next to a bottle of natural wine on a colorful table
Uni fried rice at Night + Market.
Night + Market Vegas/Instagram

Chef Kris Yenbamroong opened Night + Market, his L.A. Thai restaurant, at Virgin Hotels. Los Angeles cool oozes from the restaurant, where Thai food is meant to pair with a roster of natural wines, a specialty here. A crispy rice salad and the restaurant’s fried chicken sandwich made the trek to Las Vegas, as do specials just for Sin City, such as whole crispy catfish with sizzling ginger scallion and lobster pad Thai. Pad kee mao uses pastrami from L.A.’s Langer’s Deli. About 80 percent of the specials, such as larb ped with rough chopped duck with lime, fish sauce, and pla raa; uni fried rice topped with salmon caviar; XO wagyu rib-eye finished in the wok with Chinese broccoli; and a Thai-style wagyu steak and frites, are specific to Vegas.

4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169

13. Casa Calavera

4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
An overhead view of tacos
Tacos at Casa Calavera.
Joe Janet

Casa Calavera, the Mexican restaurant and cantina at Virgin Hotels from Hakkasan Group, features an Instagram-worthy interior with traditional altars made from Mexican tiles, reclaimed wood, calavera skulls, traditional Mexican furniture, posters, and marigolds found throughout the main dining room, bar, and patio overlooking the pool. Casa Calavera leans into a Día de los Muertos theme with a number of murals adoring the wall. The restaurant serves contemporary and traditional spins on Mexican favorites including fajitas, carnitas, tacos, and shared plates as well as a drinks menu that places a special focus on mezcal and tequila cocktails. Must-try dishes include chimichurri skirt steak with roasted green chilies, scallion, and cilantro chimichurri sauce and the ají-glazed mahi-mahi with grilled vegetables and drizzled with a citrus mojo sauce. The range of tacos includes roasted chicken, carne asada, Baja fish, portobello and rajas, and more.

4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169

14. Kassi Beach House

Virgin Hotels, 4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
An outdoor seating area at a restaurant
The patio at Kassi Beach House.
Kassi Beach House

Kassi Beach House, the new Italian restaurant looking out at the pools at Virgin Hotels from restaurateur Nick Mathers and Wish You Were Here Group, serves brunch and dinner daily from executive chef Josh Stockton. Brunch brings dishes such as grilled octopus with hearts of palm, red onion, celery, tangerine, and olive and caper vinaigrette for $18; salt and pepper calamari for $16; ricotta pancakes with salted caramel, whipped ricotta, brûléed banana, and maple syrup for $14; and a prosciutto scramble for $15. Kassi offers bottomless Fleur de Mer Cotes de Provence Rosé daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner, which starts service at 3 p.m., brings whipped eggplant with oven-roasted puccia bread for $14; wagyu beef meatballs for $17; and sausage and broccoli rabe for $22 to start. Crab gemelli al cartoccio with Dungeness crab for $27, veal Milanese for $64, and a 32-ounce grilled bone-in rib-eye steak dry aged for 30 days for $125 make up some of the entrees. For dessert, customers can opt for tiramisu, a chocolate torte, or panda cotta, each for $12.

Virgin Hotels, 4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169

15. One Steakhouse

4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
A lobster tail and steak on a Japanese grilll
Surf and turf at One Steakhouse.
Peter Harasty

The new One Steakhouse from brothers Michael Morton and David Morton at Virgin Hotels brings decadent Japanese wagyu, surf and turf, and caviar. Executive chef Patrick Munster returns with a menu that includes a 16-ounce bone-in filet mignon, an 18-ounce dry-aged bone-in New York Strip, a 32-once tomahawk, a 6-ounce New York strip cut of Japanese Satsuma wagyu, and a New York strip that comes with Australian prawns. A Japanese grill brings surf-and-turf dishes to the table with dramatic smoke. Munster carves other steaks such as a porterhouse, tomahawk, or Chateaubriand table side. A stunning LED light over the lounge features more than 3,000 pieces of glass that gradually change from white to pink to purple and more, while upstairs, an atrium brings the outdoors inside.

4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169

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16. Takumi Izakaya

7835 S Rainbow Blvd Ste 7, Las Vegas, NV 89139
A plate of sushi from the new small plates menu at Takumi Izakaya in the southwest.
Takumi Izakaya.
Takumi Izakaya

Takashi Nakamura launched Takumi Izakaya close to the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Robindale Road. The new restaurant encourages diners to share izakaya-style tapas dishes and also sample a sushi, nigiri, and sashimi menu. Customers can sit facing the sushi chefs or at individual tables and order appetizers of octopus and wasabi, kakuni black pork, and shark bone with plum sauce. Among the small plates, cold tofu, egg omelet, baked yellowtail cheek, grilled mackerel, and butter mushrooms. The long menu also features chirashi bowls, plenty of rolls, and bento boxes for lunch.

7835 S Rainbow Blvd Ste 7
Las Vegas, NV 89139

17. Gabi’s Gorditas

5095 Blue Diamond Rd suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89139
Two gorditas and ube pudding
Gorditas and ube pudding at Gabi’s Gorditas.
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Gabi’s Gorditas offers a counter-service restaurant that specializes in the pastry stuffed pockets using ingredients from across the Latin world that are often healthy. The gorditas come stuffed with nopales, a grilled cactus with house-made pickled corn, picked red onions, and avocado garnished with oven-dried tomatoes, jicama strings, avocado salsa, and crema; Colorado pork loin filled with chili Colorado sauce, Peruvian beans, spicy Latin giardiniera, and cotija; tuna poke packed with ahi tuna, sesame soy ginger cactus, cucumber, edamame, spicy Latin giardiniera, avocado salsa, and tostones chips; and tinga de pollo stuffed with shredded chicken that has been brined for 24 hours, onion, and chipotle tomato sauce garnished by pickled cabbage, queso fresco, avocado salsa, and pickled red onion. Vegetarian versions come tucked with charro beans, Peruvian beans, or roasted poblanos. All cost less than $5.50 each.

5095 Blue Diamond Rd suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89139

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