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The Hottest New Restaurants in Las Vegas, February 2023

Downtown debuts a new food hall, Henderson gets a new Italian place, and all-day brunch moves into Summerlin

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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

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The all-day breakfast and brunch spot opened its first Las Vegas location in Summerlin. Starting at 6:30 a.m. every day, Snooze offers all-day brunch, with fun takes on morning classics like pancakes, omelets, and sandwiches. Order coffee, or make it a boozy brunch with morning cocktails.

A vegetable omelette with a side salad and wheat toast at Snooze
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Snooze an A.M. Eatery

Yukon Pizza

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The wood-fired pizza spot has graduated from a pop-up to its first brick-and-mortar. Located in the Huntridge area downtown, Yukon Pizza uses a 125-year-old sourdough starter to make classic pizzas and a rotating variety of specialty pies.

Lotus of Siam - Red Rock

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The 2022 Eater Award for Best Design, Lotus of Siam at Red Rock Resort is stunning. Enter through the 11-foot-door and you’re immediately greeted by hundreds of lanterns soaring overhead. After sitting at one of the teal and cream banquettes, beneath copper pendant lighting, enjoy Lotus’ reliably exceptional Thai dishes, like  drunken noodles and garlic prawns with shells.

Lanterns hover over the Lotus of Siam interior.
Lotus of Siam
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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.

Villa Azur Las Vegas

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Villa Azur at the Grand Canal Shoppes is something between a nightclub and a glitzy restaurant with, a color-changing dining room that will carry you through a five-hour dinner party. Customers are visited throughout the evening by roving singers, musicians, and burlesque performers. And that’s not even to mention the superhero-themed bottle service. Come for the fettuccini golden ossetra caviar pasta and salt-baked whole branzino — stay for the five-hour dinner party.

The first of chef and restaurateur Eyal Shani’s two Las Vegas restaurants is open at the Venetian Resort with a menu of dishes served both in and out of a pita. The quick service restaurant offers pitas like the “best bolognese spaghetti in town” with beef ragu and spaghetti or a minute steak pita with tahini, tomato salsa, and spicy green peppers. Other menu options include the bag of green beans, served cold and crunchy with olive oil, lemon, salt, and garlic.

The minute steak pita from Miznon NYC
Miznon
Miznon

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.

SOL Mexican Cocina

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The Baja-style restaurant is serving coastal Mexican favorites inside a breezy and open restaurant space on the Las Vegas Strip. The dining room opens to a bar with lounge seating in shades of beige and black. Order the Vampiro chicken taco, with chicken and chiles encased in a quesadilla, rather than an individual tortilla. The Canarditas duck combines deep-fried duck leg confit with tequila-laced blackberry serrano salsa. And an appetizer of grilled street corn is presented tableside, where a server shaves sweet kernels off a cob, into a bowl of sauce and spices.

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.

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

Proper Eats Food Hall

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With nine restaurant stalls, and another two on the way, this new on-Strip food hall is now open. Start with breakfast sandwiches from Egghead, try Steve Aoki’s pizza, or indulge in diner fare from Lola’s Burgers, Israeli bites from Shalom Y’all, and Korean street food from Seoul Bird.

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

Table 34

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The nearly 20-year-old Table 34 has reopened, following renovations after being acquired by the Batch Hospitality group. It debuted with a refreshed menu built on the restaurant’s roots in farm-to-table cuisine, plus a new wine list and bar menu.

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

Fremont Hotel & Casino Food Hall

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The latest food hall to open in the Las Vegas Valley is located downtown, inside the Fremont Hotel and Casino. The 13,150-square-foot food hall has a combination of national and local restaurant brands including Steak ‘n Shake, Huey Magoo’s, Roli Roti, Craftkitchen, Tomo Noodles, and Dunkin’. The biggest get for the food hall may be that of Craftkitchen. The popular brunch spot is known for dishes like chilaquiles, chicken caprese sandwiches, and breakfast burritos — but the primary appeal are the pastries.

Azzurra Cucina Italiana

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Henderson’s newest dining option, Azzurra Cucina Italiana, introduces familiar Italian fare to Water Street in Downtown Henderson. Reviving some of the dishes from the now-shuttered Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, where Alessandra Madeira was chef de cuisine and her husband, Walter Ciccone, was general manager, the husband-wife duo are working together again in a new restaurant that serves penne alla vodka, grilled octopus, caprese salad, and gnocchi bolognese.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

The all-day breakfast and brunch spot opened its first Las Vegas location in Summerlin. Starting at 6:30 a.m. every day, Snooze offers all-day brunch, with fun takes on morning classics like pancakes, omelets, and sandwiches. Order coffee, or make it a boozy brunch with morning cocktails.

A vegetable omelette with a side salad and wheat toast at Snooze
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Snooze an A.M. Eatery

Yukon Pizza

The wood-fired pizza spot has graduated from a pop-up to its first brick-and-mortar. Located in the Huntridge area downtown, Yukon Pizza uses a 125-year-old sourdough starter to make classic pizzas and a rotating variety of specialty pies.

Lotus of Siam - Red Rock

The 2022 Eater Award for Best Design, Lotus of Siam at Red Rock Resort is stunning. Enter through the 11-foot-door and you’re immediately greeted by hundreds of lanterns soaring overhead. After sitting at one of the teal and cream banquettes, beneath copper pendant lighting, enjoy Lotus’ reliably exceptional Thai dishes, like  drunken noodles and garlic prawns with shells.

Lanterns hover over the Lotus of Siam interior.
Lotus of Siam
Clint Jenkins

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.

Villa Azur Las Vegas

Villa Azur at the Grand Canal Shoppes is something between a nightclub and a glitzy restaurant with, a color-changing dining room that will carry you through a five-hour dinner party. Customers are visited throughout the evening by roving singers, musicians, and burlesque performers. And that’s not even to mention the superhero-themed bottle service. Come for the fettuccini golden ossetra caviar pasta and salt-baked whole branzino — stay for the five-hour dinner party.

Miznon

The first of chef and restaurateur Eyal Shani’s two Las Vegas restaurants is open at the Venetian Resort with a menu of dishes served both in and out of a pita. The quick service restaurant offers pitas like the “best bolognese spaghetti in town” with beef ragu and spaghetti or a minute steak pita with tahini, tomato salsa, and spicy green peppers. Other menu options include the bag of green beans, served cold and crunchy with olive oil, lemon, salt, and garlic.

The minute steak pita from Miznon NYC
Miznon
Miznon

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.

SOL Mexican Cocina

The Baja-style restaurant is serving coastal Mexican favorites inside a breezy and open restaurant space on the Las Vegas Strip. The dining room opens to a bar with lounge seating in shades of beige and black. Order the Vampiro chicken taco, with chicken and chiles encased in a quesadilla, rather than an individual tortilla. The Canarditas duck combines deep-fried duck leg confit with tequila-laced blackberry serrano salsa. And an appetizer of grilled street corn is presented tableside, where a server shaves sweet kernels off a cob, into a bowl of sauce and spices.

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
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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.

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

Proper Eats Food Hall

With nine restaurant stalls, and another two on the way, this new on-Strip food hall is now open. Start with breakfast sandwiches from Egghead, try Steve Aoki’s pizza, or indulge in diner fare from Lola’s Burgers, Israeli bites from Shalom Y’all, and Korean street food from Seoul Bird.

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

Table 34

The nearly 20-year-old Table 34 has reopened, following renovations after being acquired by the Batch Hospitality group. It debuted with a refreshed menu built on the restaurant’s roots in farm-to-table cuisine, plus a new wine list and bar menu.

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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

Fremont Hotel & Casino Food Hall

The latest food hall to open in the Las Vegas Valley is located downtown, inside the Fremont Hotel and Casino. The 13,150-square-foot food hall has a combination of national and local restaurant brands including Steak ‘n Shake, Huey Magoo’s, Roli Roti, Craftkitchen, Tomo Noodles, and Dunkin’. The biggest get for the food hall may be that of Craftkitchen. The popular brunch spot is known for dishes like chilaquiles, chicken caprese sandwiches, and breakfast burritos — but the primary appeal are the pastries.

Azzurra Cucina Italiana

Henderson’s newest dining option, Azzurra Cucina Italiana, introduces familiar Italian fare to Water Street in Downtown Henderson. Reviving some of the dishes from the now-shuttered Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, where Alessandra Madeira was chef de cuisine and her husband, Walter Ciccone, was general manager, the husband-wife duo are working together again in a new restaurant that serves penne alla vodka, grilled octopus, caprese salad, and gnocchi bolognese.

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