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The 24 Hottest Restaurants in Las Vegas Right Now, January 2015

Where you should be eating right now.

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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bazaar Meat

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2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
José Andrés brings more than a steakhouse with Bazaar Meat. Find what the team here is dubbing "the world's longest dining table" as well as open kitchens including the "fire stage" with wood grills and rotisseries and a raw bar with ceviches, carpaccios and tartares. Two private dining rooms await; the Silver Room in all silver and Sam's Room with an open kitchen focused on seafood.

2. Carson Kitchen

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124 S. Sixth St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 473-9523
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Kerry Simon's latest restaurant serves up lunch and dinner with most dishes going for less than $20. Find a menu of shared plates, sandwiches, flatbreads baked in the hearthstone oven, garden dishes, entrees and Simon's playful take on desserts. On the drinks side, microbrewed soda brands, such as Virgil's, along with handcrafted cocktails and an array of small-batch brews and global wines.

3. Cleo

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2535 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mediterranean fare from Danny Elmaleh cooked up in the wood-burning grill that takes center stage makes the menu at this restaurant at the SLS Las Vegas.

4. Giada

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3595 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 777-3777
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Giada De Laurentiis opened her very first restaurant at The Cromwell with a menu packed with antipasto, pastas, pizzettes and more, all with her signature twist on Italian cuisine with her deft California touches. While the prices may be high, they are matched only by the flavor that is delicate and feminine, never leaving you too full. As Giada says, "Taste a little bit of everything and not a lot of one thing." You can get lunch and breakfast too.

5. Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar

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3535 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(800) 351-7400
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Love it or loathe it, Guy Fieri’s new restaurant is the hottest ticket in town with lines out the door. Yes, there are Vegas fries. Yes, there is a Triple D burger. Are they good? Up to you. You can get breakfast here too.

6. Japanese Cuisine by Omae

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3650 South Decatur Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89103
With only 12 seats, this exclusive restaurant serves up a seven-course omakase dinner menu from Michelin-starred Takeshi Omae. Right now, the restaurant offers four different omakase menus. Do make reservations in advance for the dinner with only two seatings nightly.

7. Lao Sze Chuan

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4321 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 990-8888
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Tony Hu, the self-proclaimed Mayor of Chinatown in Chicago, makes his first foray into Las Vegas with Lao Sze Chuan. Find Sze Chuan cuisine as well as Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes made especially for the Palms location. Get dim sum for lunch, too.

8. Made LV

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450 South Rampart Boulevard, Tivoli Village
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Power food couple Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla are at it again with Made LV, their second restaurant. The Tivoli Village tavern serves up comfort food with a healthy twist.

9. Pot Liquor CAS

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6587 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Nab different types of Southern barbecue at this new restaurant at Town Square.

10. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

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11011 W. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 797-7344
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Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar brings executive chef Brian Massie's food off the Strip for the first time. Two oversized hearth ovens cook 90 percent of the restaurant's menu, and each wood roasted dish features earthy flavors of the pecan and whisky barrel wood used to fuel the fire.

11. El Sombrero Cafe

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807 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(807) 762-4678
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El Sombrero, once a family-owned restaurant that first started serving Mexican food in 1950, reopened under new ownership. Irma Aguirre of Mundo fame is behind the makeover that includes a new menu focusing on upscale Mexican fare and a black and white color scheme that refreshes the dining room.

12. Border Grill

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Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 854-6700
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No, Border Grill isn't new to Las Vegas, but its location at the Forum Shops at Caesars is. About 40 percent of the menu is different here as well. A new open kitchen at the front of the restaurant offers up hand-rolled tortillas cooking on the comal and guacamole as well as 10 new ceviches.

13. David Clawson Restaurant

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Anthem Hinglands Shopping Center, 2840 Bicentennial Parkway
Henderson, NV 89044
Henderson's David Clawson Restaurant offers a chef's table where you can watch the action as chefs prepare small plates that can be paired with 2-ounce servings of wines, beers, sake and ciders. Go for the super deluxe "omygodse," where Clawson prepares a omakase dinner of his greatest hits.

14. Lucky Foo's Restaurant & Bar

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8955 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89123
The southeast lands an American izakaya mixes Asian and Mediterranean flavors with American cuisine. Much of the menu is cooked on a robata grill and a traditional Japanese coal called binchotan, which burns at 1,000 degrees. Also of note, a sushi bar. Now serving lunch as well.

15. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

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10955 Oval Park Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 202-6300
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A second location of Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, this time in the new Downtown Summerlin. This contemporary version on the classic, American bar and grill serving "approachable" lunch and dinner menus. Look for salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, seafood, handmade pasta, and pizzas from the wood-burning oven

16. Shake Shack

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3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(725) 222-6730
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The very first Shake Shack in Las Vegas brings its line-forming burgers, crinkle cut fries and custards to New York-New York. This marks the furthest west Shake Shack has ventured so far.

17. MTO Café

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10970 Rosemary Park Dr Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 982-0770
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MTO Cafe's second location at Downtown Summerlin brings dinner service to the breakfast and lunch spot.

18. Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant

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6000 Spring Mountain Rd #1B
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 248-0588
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Run, don't walk to this restaurant that serves Japanese, Korean and Thai fare on small plates for lunch and dinner. Former Blue Ribbon and Little Buddha chef Gregg Fortunato helms the kitchen here. This may become your new favorite restaurant in Chinatown.

19. Izakaya Go

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3775 Spring Mountain Rd Ste 301
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 247-1183
This new Chinatown izakaya features Japanese tapas, ramen noodles, yakitori and sushi in the former Koraku Ramen Spot. Find salmon and tuna sashimi, kara age, white fish tempura, beef carpaccio, enoki with butter and black sesame mochi.

20. SkinnyFATS

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8680 W. Warm Springs Road Suite 170
Las Vegas, NV 89148
(702) 979-9797
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This restaurant with its healthy side of the menu and happy side for those who want to indulge has become a darling in Las Vegas. This marks a second location for SkinnyFats, with a third on the way at the Grand Bazaar Shops.

21. Urban Turban Bombay Kitchen & Tapas

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3900 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 826-3216
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Bombay-style tapas and bottomless curries come to Vegas via New Zealand. Do take a selfie with Turbie, the Urban Turban rickshaw.

22. DiFara Pizza

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3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Forum Food Court lands an outpost of Brooklyn's DiFara Pizza from the owners of Dom DeMarco. Jennifer Lopez already ordered pies for her crew here.

23. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

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3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
If chicken is what you want, you can find it fried, with waffles and more at this JBF semifinalist out of Miami. Do check out the beverages and brunch.

24. Tom's Urban

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3970 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(725) 666-4593
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Tom's Urban delivers a modern diner with breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus. Head here for the slopper, a burger with pork green chili, queso fresco, pico de gallo, cheddar and jack or the Hangover Slopper with two fried eggs. The Colorado Hot Brown brings shaved turkey and smoked pit ham on sourdough, smothered with pork green chili, pepper jack and cheddar cheese, tomato, applewood-smoke.

1. Bazaar Meat

2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
José Andrés brings more than a steakhouse with Bazaar Meat. Find what the team here is dubbing "the world's longest dining table" as well as open kitchens including the "fire stage" with wood grills and rotisseries and a raw bar with ceviches, carpaccios and tartares. Two private dining rooms await; the Silver Room in all silver and Sam's Room with an open kitchen focused on seafood.
2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

2. Carson Kitchen

124 S. Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Kerry Simon's latest restaurant serves up lunch and dinner with most dishes going for less than $20. Find a menu of shared plates, sandwiches, flatbreads baked in the hearthstone oven, garden dishes, entrees and Simon's playful take on desserts. On the drinks side, microbrewed soda brands, such as Virgil's, along with handcrafted cocktails and an array of small-batch brews and global wines.
124 S. Sixth St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

3. Cleo

2535 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mediterranean fare from Danny Elmaleh cooked up in the wood-burning grill that takes center stage makes the menu at this restaurant at the SLS Las Vegas.
2535 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

4. Giada

3595 Las Vegas Blvd S, Vegas, NV 89109
Giada De Laurentiis opened her very first restaurant at The Cromwell with a menu packed with antipasto, pastas, pizzettes and more, all with her signature twist on Italian cuisine with her deft California touches. While the prices may be high, they are matched only by the flavor that is delicate and feminine, never leaving you too full. As Giada says, "Taste a little bit of everything and not a lot of one thing." You can get lunch and breakfast too.
3595 Las Vegas Blvd S
Vegas, NV 89109

5. Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar

3535 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Love it or loathe it, Guy Fieri’s new restaurant is the hottest ticket in town with lines out the door. Yes, there are Vegas fries. Yes, there is a Triple D burger. Are they good? Up to you. You can get breakfast here too.
3535 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

6. Japanese Cuisine by Omae

3650 South Decatur Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89103
With only 12 seats, this exclusive restaurant serves up a seven-course omakase dinner menu from Michelin-starred Takeshi Omae. Right now, the restaurant offers four different omakase menus. Do make reservations in advance for the dinner with only two seatings nightly.
3650 South Decatur Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89103

7. Lao Sze Chuan

4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tony Hu, the self-proclaimed Mayor of Chinatown in Chicago, makes his first foray into Las Vegas with Lao Sze Chuan. Find Sze Chuan cuisine as well as Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes made especially for the Palms location. Get dim sum for lunch, too.
4321 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103

8. Made LV

450 South Rampart Boulevard, Tivoli Village, Las Vegas, NV 89145
Power food couple Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla are at it again with Made LV, their second restaurant. The Tivoli Village tavern serves up comfort food with a healthy twist.
450 South Rampart Boulevard, Tivoli Village
Las Vegas, NV 89145

9. Pot Liquor CAS

6587 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Nab different types of Southern barbecue at this new restaurant at Town Square.
6587 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119

10. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

11011 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar brings executive chef Brian Massie's food off the Strip for the first time. Two oversized hearth ovens cook 90 percent of the restaurant's menu, and each wood roasted dish features earthy flavors of the pecan and whisky barrel wood used to fuel the fire.
11011 W. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135

11. El Sombrero Cafe

807 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
El Sombrero, once a family-owned restaurant that first started serving Mexican food in 1950, reopened under new ownership. Irma Aguirre of Mundo fame is behind the makeover that includes a new menu focusing on upscale Mexican fare and a black and white color scheme that refreshes the dining room.
807 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

12. Border Grill

Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
No, Border Grill isn't new to Las Vegas, but its location at the Forum Shops at Caesars is. About 40 percent of the menu is different here as well. A new open kitchen at the front of the restaurant offers up hand-rolled tortillas cooking on the comal and guacamole as well as 10 new ceviches.
Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

13. David Clawson Restaurant

Anthem Hinglands Shopping Center, 2840 Bicentennial Parkway, Henderson, NV 89044
Henderson's David Clawson Restaurant offers a chef's table where you can watch the action as chefs prepare small plates that can be paired with 2-ounce servings of wines, beers, sake and ciders. Go for the super deluxe "omygodse," where Clawson prepares a omakase dinner of his greatest hits.
Anthem Hinglands Shopping Center, 2840 Bicentennial Parkway
Henderson, NV 89044

14. Lucky Foo's Restaurant & Bar

8955 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89123
The southeast lands an American izakaya mixes Asian and Mediterranean flavors with American cuisine. Much of the menu is cooked on a robata grill and a traditional Japanese coal called binchotan, which burns at 1,000 degrees. Also of note, a sushi bar. Now serving lunch as well.
8955 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89123

15. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

10955 Oval Park Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135
A second location of Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, this time in the new Downtown Summerlin. This contemporary version on the classic, American bar and grill serving "approachable" lunch and dinner menus. Look for salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, seafood, handmade pasta, and pizzas from the wood-burning oven
10955 Oval Park Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135

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16. Shake Shack

3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The very first Shake Shack in Las Vegas brings its line-forming burgers, crinkle cut fries and custards to New York-New York. This marks the furthest west Shake Shack has ventured so far.
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

17. MTO Café

10970 Rosemary Park Dr Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89135
MTO Cafe's second location at Downtown Summerlin brings dinner service to the breakfast and lunch spot.
10970 Rosemary Park Dr Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89135

18. Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant

6000 Spring Mountain Rd #1B, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Run, don't walk to this restaurant that serves Japanese, Korean and Thai fare on small plates for lunch and dinner. Former Blue Ribbon and Little Buddha chef Gregg Fortunato helms the kitchen here. This may become your new favorite restaurant in Chinatown.
6000 Spring Mountain Rd #1B
Las Vegas, NV 89146

19. Izakaya Go

3775 Spring Mountain Rd Ste 301, Las Vegas, NV 89102
This new Chinatown izakaya features Japanese tapas, ramen noodles, yakitori and sushi in the former Koraku Ramen Spot. Find salmon and tuna sashimi, kara age, white fish tempura, beef carpaccio, enoki with butter and black sesame mochi.
3775 Spring Mountain Rd Ste 301
Las Vegas, NV 89102

20. SkinnyFATS

8680 W. Warm Springs Road Suite 170, Las Vegas, NV 89148
This restaurant with its healthy side of the menu and happy side for those who want to indulge has become a darling in Las Vegas. This marks a second location for SkinnyFats, with a third on the way at the Grand Bazaar Shops.
8680 W. Warm Springs Road Suite 170
Las Vegas, NV 89148

21. Urban Turban Bombay Kitchen & Tapas

3900 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169