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The 21 best restaurants in Las Vegas right now

Read on for the best culinary destinations, aka restaurants, in Las Vegas right now

By Lori A. May and Sarah Feldberg
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One of the top things that comes to mind when planning a Vegas getaway is the dreamy list of eateries to experience. After all, the best restaurants in Las Vegas include a ton of culinary sensations ranging from Michelin-starred chefs to budget bites to bountiful buffets. While you’ll find an incredible selection of dining right inside your favorite casinos, it’s worth venturing off-Strip to sample local favorites. Increasingly, chefs who’ve trained and worked on the Strip are taking their talents to the neighborhoods, striking out with fresh, exciting (and slightly less expensive) restaurants that now rank among the city’s favorites. Plus, there’s long-standing traditions that have stuck around for good reason. Whether you want Tokyo-style sushi, homemade pasta, truly exceptional steak or category-obliterating Spanish-Japanese cuisine, Las Vegas is ready provide. Dig in! 

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Best restaurants in Las Vegas

Bardot Brasserie
Photograph: Courtesy Bardot Brasserie

1. Bardot Brasserie

Restaurants French The Strip

Anything that you could possibly fantasize about is probably somewhere in this brasserie. Thanks to culinary wizard and celebrity chef Michael Mina, you can expect contemporary takes on classic dishes, as well as ample vino and (of course) a cart of bubbly champagne. On weekend mornings, Bardot packs ’em in with its popular brunch, where you can order a variety of croissant Benedicts, brioche French toast with vanilla mascarpone and almond brittle, or the Hunter’s Waffle with duck confit and poached eggs. Mmmmm.

2. Other Mama

Restaurants American

Chef Daniel Krohmer’s restaurant is the kind of place locals don’t mind if you miss. If you don’t feel like trekking all the way out to Durango Drive, that just means more tables, more reservations, more amberjack crudo, more Japanese fried chicken, more spicy tuna tartare with waffle fries for them. But you should. You should go and taste how Krohmer has turned training in Japan and work as a sous and sushi chef at Morimoto Philadelphia into one of Las Vegas’s favorite spots for bold, Japanese-influenced fish and seafood.

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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Photograph: Courtesy Twist

3. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

Restaurants French The Strip

Twist is breathtaking. There’s the airy dining room, with its glass orb chandeliers and serene decor. And there’s the impeccable food that seems to transport you inside the inventive mind of Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. Trying to anticipate how a dish will arrive is a losing game. Best to pick an ingredient that strikes you—say, langoustine or rack of lamb—or opt for one of the tasting menus.

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Ferraro’s

4. Ferraro's Restaurant & Wine Bar

Restaurants Italian East of the strip

Savor southern Italian classics like house-made meatballs, homemade pastas and premium meats in this refined family eatery. Ferraro’s has been a local favorite for more than three decades thanks to impeccable flavors and service, not to mention the incredible wine cellar on hand. This is the ultimate classic Vegas venue for date night. 

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5. Gordon Ramsay Steak

Restaurants The Strip

Gordon Ramsay Steak became an instant hit when it opened in 2012 and this contemporary steakhouse continues to attract. While the entrance is located on the Paris Las Vegas casino floor, diners are escorted through a London Tube into a vibrant multi-story eatery where senses are ignited. Dinner begins with a steak cart presentation to learn about the various cuts and preparation methods, like the roasted beef wellie and seared Japanese Kobe. Must-try items include an iced shellfish platter and Ramsay’s signature sticky toffee pudding. 

Honey Salt, Restaurants and cafes, Las Vegas
Photograph: Zackery Williams

6. Honey Salt

Restaurants American

Escape the glitzy lights and sounds of The Strip in exchange for a quiet farm-to-table family dining experience at Honey Salt, where community connections and local ingredients are key. Visit for shared plates and cocktails or beautiful presentations of pasta, pork chops and short rib. Pop in during weekend brunch to enjoy bottomless bubbles, avocado toast and breakfast pizza.

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Sparrow + Wolf’s  Beet and Green Apple Tartare with Cardamom A
Photograph: Courtesy Sparrow + Wolf / Sabin Orr

7. Sparrow + Wolf

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Chef-owner Brian Howard opened this Chinatown restaurant in 2017 and diners haven't been able to stop talking about it since. The presentation is almost as interesting as the flavors here, with a starter of fresh seafood, cured meats and terrines arriving in a modern bento box and shared plates like clams casino with lap cheong sausage and uni hollandaise. Keep an eye out for specials: Howard is perpetually experimenting in the kitchen and diners reap the rewards.

8. Esther’s Kitchen

James Trees’s resume reads like the dream to-eat list of an American diner. The Las Vegas native worked for Eric Ripert, Michael Mina and Bradley Ogden before striking out on his own in 2018 with this Roman trattoria set among the galleries and thrift shops of the Las Vegas Arts District. The menu includes thoughtful vegetable dishes, mains and pizzas, but homemade pastas are the star, ranging from classic (spaghetti pomodoro) to creative (egg tagliatelle with wild boar bolognese). 

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Lotus of Siam
Photograph: Flickr/John Joh

9. Lotus of Siam

Restaurants Thai East of the strip

Chef Saipin Chutima presides over a huge menu and equally impressive wine list, which can be a little overwhelming on a first visit. Popular selections include crispy pork and garlic prawns, but do yourself a favor and try something from the Northern Thai section—we’re partial to the khao soi, or egg noodles in coconut cream curry—and don’t miss the nam kao tod, crispy rice with sour pork sausage, cilantro, chili and lime. Mouth, waters.

CUT
Photograph: Courtesy CUT

10. Cut

Restaurants Steakhouse The Strip

Wolfgang Puck, the man responsible for revolutionizing Las Vegas's eating expectations with Spago, opened Cut in the Palazzo in 2008. Carnivores are sure to be delighted with the restaurant's long menu of meat, meat and more glorious meat. Go for the 100-percent pure Wagyu rib-eye if you can, but you won’t go wrong with any of the other options.

 

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11. The Black Sheep

Restaurants Vietnamese

Since chef Jamie Tran (formerly of Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie) opened this category defying spot in 2017, it has been an unmitigated hit, named Eater’s Restaurant of the Year and Desert Companion’s Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year in its first 12 months. What’s behind the buzz? Food inspired by Tran’s childhood and informed by her work in top kitchens: Think bao sliders with homemade sausage and fried quail eggs and slow-cooked short rib with Indonesian corn fritters and gochujang rice cakes. If you read the menu and your mouth doesn’t water, you’re not paying enough attention. 

Bouchon
Photograph: Courtesy Bouchon

12. Bouchon

Restaurants French The Strip

The Vegas outpost from chef Thomas Keller, Bouchon is a bright and airy bistro that serves everything from steak frites and onion soup to the Grand Plateau, a seafood tower loaded with oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels and crab. Don’t sleep through breakfast: Bouchon is the rare Strip restaurant that serves one during the week, featuring baskets of fresh pastries and a roasted chicken with bacon-chive waffle. Enjoy in a Venetian dining room that looks especially lovely in daylight.

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13. VegeNation

Restaurants Vegan Downtown

It may seem like Sin City is all about monstrous steaks and lavish buffets, but there’s plenty of alternatives to please your palette. VegeNation is home to a 100-percent plant-based menu serving up coconut curry bowls, tacos, pizza and oh so much more. For brunch, try the peaches n’ cheese crepes with toasted almonds and a protein-packed smoothie.

14. Bobby’s Burger Palace

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Want celebrity chef flavor without the price tag or reservation list? Grab an inventive burger from Chef Bobbly Flay. This counter service venue is perfect for a quick bite without the fuss, with non-beef and vegetarian options available. Go for basic Flay goodness with a Crunchburger, where potato chips are stacked on cheese and beef combining salt and crunch in supreme satisfaction. Or pair a featured burger of the month with a thick and creamy milkshake. 

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Pizza Rock
Photograph: Courtesy Pizza Rock

15. Pizza Rock

Restaurants Pizza Downtown

Here, pizzas are listed according to their cooking temperature and type of oven. Purists will want the Margherita Napoletana (baked in a 900-degree wood-fired oven), while more adventurous types might opt for the Cal Italia with gorgonzola, prosciutto and fig preserves (550-degree gas brick oven) or one of the Romana varieties (700-degree electric oven)—long, thin pies with three different sets of toppings.

Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Joël Robuchon Restaurant

16. Joël Robuchon Restaurant

Restaurants French The Strip

Fine dining reigns inside the “mansion,” a fitting nickname for the late Joël Robuchon’s opulent Michelin three-star restaurant just off the MGM Grand casino floor. A meal here is a once-in-a-lifetime event: The parade of transcendent French cuisine takes more than three hours and makes ample use of caviar, sea urchin and foie gras. Besides, if you're going to visit any of the Joël Robuchon eateries (there are several outposts across three different continents) you should make it this one—it's the flagship, after all.

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17. Mordeo

Mordeo calls itself a boutique wine bar, but the tagline does nothing to describe chef Khai Vu’s most ambitious restaurant creation to date. Smack in the middle of Chinatown, this restaurant nimbly executes Spanish and Latin American dishes with a subtle Japanese inflection. That means the uni appetizer is served on toasted brioche with wasabi cream and jamón Ibérico and the grilled Spanish octopus is dressed in yuzu kosho sauce. 

18. Freed’s Bakery

Freed’s Bakery has been a local go-to since 1959 for celebratory cakes and sweet treats. While visitors can get a sugar fix at their new miniature Dessert Shop at T-Mobile Arena, the original shop is still the best overall experience and classic selections. For less than the price of a Vegas coffee, you can pick up a seriously decadent cupcake, pair of airy macarons or even a slice of wedding cake. No special occasion required.

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Raku
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/John Joh

19. Raku

Restaurants Japanese West of the Strip

Set in the back of a Chinatown strip mall, this exceptional Japanese robatayaki restaurant has been drawing in-the-know locals, chefs and savvy visitors for years. Chef-owner Mitsuo Endo uses Japanese charcoal to grill up skewers like Kobe beef tendon and bacon-wrapped mushrooms, complementing the robata list with appetizers, noodle soups and daily specials, often featuring fish flown in from Tokyo. To cap off your night, swing next door to sister restaurant Sweets Raku for desserts that taste as good as they look.

Bacchanal Buffet
Photograph: Courtesy Bacchanal Buffet

20. Bacchanal Buffet

Restaurants Buffet The Strip

Bacchanal is just what its name implies: an overwhelmingly decadent assortment of more than 500 different items daily, many individually plated and some made to order. Whether you’re craving Japanese curry, lump crab avocado toast or fried chicken and waffles, you’ll leave satisfied and—unless you have truly epic willpower—very, very full.

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Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge
Photograph: Joe Kukler

21. The Peppermill

Bars The Strip

The Peppermill is one of those long-standing Las Vegas traditions that you simply must try at least once in your lifetime. Guests gather at the lounge for fireside chats and classic cocktails, while diners settle in velvet booths to enjoy country fried steak and eggs, omelets and savory chicken parm. This is Vegas old-school, yet the tradition continues with 24-hour dining and daily happy hour.

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Restaurants Buffet

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