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The 14 best diners in Las Vegas

From greasy spoons to always-open eateries and luncheonettes serving comfort food, here are the best diners in Las Vegas

Photograph: Erin Lea Photography

Although dining at the best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas and Las Vegas’s best French restaurants amount to one-of-a-kind experiences, there is something downright comforting about eating at a diner. Homey and casual, boasting menus filled with hearty food options, greasy spoons and luncheonettes offer diners meals that not even the best restaurants in Las Vegas can replicate. In a way, they’re the culinary world’s equivalent of a hug: warm and bustling with the intoxicating aromas of bacon and maple syrup. Whether you like your eateries classic or contemporary, the best diners in Las Vegas will satisfy your craving for delicious food.

Best diners in Las Vegas


Kitchen Table

Is this year-old Henderson hot spot a diner? That depends on how you define it. If the most important criteria is well-made breakfast and lunch fare fresh off the griddle and served in friendly environs, then Kitchen Table certainly fits the bill. However, this is no greasy spoon. The menu here is bold and ambitious, boasting dishes like foie gras French toast with amaretto batter, pork belly Benedict with jalapeño hollandaise and a full program of mouth-watering pastries all baked in-house. Give your diet the day off and get ready to indulge.

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This contemporary diner from local chef Natalie Young has been the go-to breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Las Vegas since it opened on Carson Avenue in 2012. Its calling card? Hearty, freshly made fare that won’t leave you feeling like you need a nap. Rather than offer a phone book’s worth of omelet and sandwich iterations, Eat focuses on relatively few items that all kick ass. Order whatever speaks to your stomach and get ready for an upgraded take on shrimp and grits, grilled cheese or even a basic two-egg breakfast.

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Lulu’s Bread & Breakfast

From the folks behind beloved local restaurant Metro Pizza comes this cheery Northwest Valley café, which earns raves for its decadent pastries, piled high egg sandwiches and breakfast originals. Consider the Benicio del Porko, BBQ pulled pork eggs Benedict stacked on grilled cornbread with charred corn, cilantro and hollandaise. Feeling lunchy? Salads come stocked with goodies and there’s always the grilled cheese du jour along with a handful of other sandwiches. You can even take Lulu’s with you in the form of a fresh loaf of bread.

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Mr. Mamas

There’s nothing fancy about this Spring Valley canteen, and that’s exactly the point. Mr. Mamas is all about nailing the essentials: overflowing plates of diner classics like fluffy pancakes and chicken-fried steak, a pristine restaurant and prompt, personable service inspired by the owner’s grandfather, who ran a family-style eatery in Michigan back in the day.

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Egg Works/Egg & I

When you need to feed a crowd, this local chain gets the job done with an encyclopedic menu of breakfast and lunch dishes sure to satisfy everyone at the table. Benedicts? Check. Hashes? Of course. Scrambles? You bet. Omelets come in 14 flavors (hello, bacon and garlic mashed potato), burgers are designed to-order and you can get French toast made with Hawaiian carrot cake or banana bread. If you can’t find something to eat here, you’re probably not hungry.

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MTO Café

The name says it all: MTO stands for “made to order,” and that’s the guiding principle here. Everything is cooked fresh so it tastes better, and if that means your apple cinnamon-stuffed French toast or teriyaki turkey burger with grilled pineapple takes a few minutes longer to arrive, well, it’s worth the wait. Order a glass of the house-made green or MTO juice (with pineapple, bell pepper, carrot, tomato, ginger, lemon and apple), sit back and relax.

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The Original Sunrise Cafe

This cheery breakfast and lunch joint just off the 215 manages to satisfy both health-conscious eaters and those seeking a more gluttonous meal. The former gravitate toward dishes like the Power Wrap with chicken, egg whites, salsa and Swiss cheese, while the latter will want to opt for one of the bagel Benedicts topped with ingredients like cajun prime rib or jalapeño bacon. Feel like doing your own thing? Go off-menu with a build-your-own omelet or salad.

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The Cracked Egg

Step one: Make your way to a table inside one of this local chain’s five valley locations. Step two: Order the impossibly moist house-made coffee cake of the day and a cup of coffee. Step three: Try to decide between plates like the south shore scramble with chicken, bacon, avocado and Swiss, tropical French toast crusted in coconut and macadamia nuts and the carnitas omelet. Step four: Eat.

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Do you think of breakfast as the first dessert of the day? Then allow us to present Babystacks, a restaurant dedicated to using the humble pancake as a canvas for fulfilling sweet-toothed morning dreams. There are more than 20 flavors available here, so take your pick among standards like banana and blueberry or more unusual options like lemon ricotta, carrot cake or the best-selling red velvet with cream cheese syrup. After something truly over the top? Consider s’mores pancakes, which incorporate all the fixings of the campfire staple into a stack of ooey gooey breakfast treats.

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The Coffee Cup

This family-owned diner has been a Boulder City mainstay for more than 20 years, delivering omelets, country breakfasts and burgers to regulars and tourists alike. The Cup has been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives and has made a name for itself with friendly service, quirky decor that’s heavy on the water skis and the signature pork chile verde omelet that guests say is “the bomb.” High praise.

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