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The best restaurants in Las Vegas

Our guide to the best restaurants in Las Vegas from fine dining on the Strip to top pizza, buffets and beyond
By Jen Chase, Sarah Feldberg, Annalise Mantz and Katherine Lovage |
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A far cry from the second-rate refueling options of yore, the best restaurants in Las Vegas now rank with the best things to do in Las Vegas of legend, on a level with catching one of the extravagant Las Vegas shows or seeing the top Las Vegas attractions on the Strip. Las Vegas restaurants have been transformed over the two decades since Wolfgang Puck opened his first outpost here in the ’90s. In addition to numerous celebrity-chef establishments, you can gorge on a cornucopia of globe-spanning grub, including superb sushi, authentic Neapolitan pizza and standout Thai food. And those notorious all-you-can-eat buffets in Las Vegas are improving, too—youll even find one on this list. Here are the best restaurants in Las Vegas. Happy eating!

Best restaurants in Las Vegas

1
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Restaurants, French

Joël Robuchon Restaurant

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? There simply is no dinner more decadent on the Las Vegas Strip.

Fine dining is alive and very well inside the “mansion,” a fitting nickname for 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 12-course 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.

Price range: blowout.

2
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? To feast on all forms of meat, from A5 Kobe straight from Japan to Finnish caviar.

According to superstar chef José Andrés, his restaurant at SLS is a “meathouse,” dedicated to celebrating the bounty of the earth. The ingredients are the stars here, but the chefs still have fun showing them off. That means foie gras is offered wrapped in cotton candy and dishes like the classic steak tartare are mixed tableside with plenty of panache.

Price range: blowout.

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3
Raku
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/John Joh
Restaurants, Japanese

Raku

icon-location-pin West of the Strip

Why go? Japanese charcoal infuses all kinds of skewers with a delicious smokey flavor. 

Set in the back of a Chinatown strip mall, this pristine 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.

Price range: average.

4
Carnevino
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Carnevino

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? For crazy good beef and crazy good wine. 

The name of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian-influenced steakhouse says it all. The wine list leans heavily on Italy, and the menu offers handmade pastas and various crudos, all leading up to some serious meat. The beef is sourced from American farmers and dry-aged off-site until it meets the restaurant’s very high standards.

Price range: pricey. 

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5
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Photograph: Courtesy Twist
Restaurants, French

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? Modern French cuisine and stunning views from the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental. 

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.

Price range: blowout. 

6
Kabuto Edomae Sushi
Photograph: Courtesy Kabuto Edomae Sushi
Restaurants, Japanese

Kabuto

icon-location-pin West of the Strip

Why go? For lush slabs of super-fresh fish laid across perfectly seasoned sushi rice.

There are no rolls on the menu at this Chinatown sushi restaurant. No gyoza, no seaweed salad—just nigiri. That simplicity lets the ingredients sing and has made the restaurant a local star, dubbed one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit when it opened in 2012. Reserve a seat at the counter to watch the chefs work with a precision that resembles performance art.

Price range: pricey.

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7
Estiatorio Milos
Photograph: Courtesy Estiatorio Milos
Restaurants, Greek

Estiatorio Milos

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? For Greek seaside fare straight from the Mediterranean and Aegean.

When Milos opened in the Cosmopolitan in 2010, it brought something to the Strip we hadn’t even realized was missing. Here, you’ll find meaty octopus with just the right char, gently cured Greek bottarga and freshly flown-in fish cooked whole in a salt crust. Order the “real Greek yogurt” for dessert, which will ruin you for the grocery store stuff. 

Price range: pricey. 

8
Sage
Photograph: Courtesy Sage
Restaurants, American

Sage

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? Exceptional food does not have to be complicated.

Chef Shawn McClain strives for sophisticated simplicity with a farm-to-table menu that includes dishes like slow-cooked short ribs with fennel-potato puree and red wine reduction and roasted halibut with bacon-chili butter and spring vegetables. The result is a memorable meal that satisfies and surprises. For pre- (or post-) dinner cocktails, check out Sage’s 16-strong absinthe menu.

Price range: pricey.

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9
CUT
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Cut

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? This classic steakhouse is a slice above all others. 

Wolfgang Puck, the man responsible for revolutionizing Las Vegas visitors’ 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.

Price range: blowout.

10
Bardot Brasserie
Photograph: Courtesy Bardot Brasserie
Restaurants, French

Bardot Brasserie

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? Proving that French cuisine is more than the stereotypical pairing of snails and red wine, this sophisticated spot showcases a fine range of delectables.

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.

Price range: pricey.

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11
Craftsteak
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Craftsteak

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? Tom Colicchio’s quiet invention distinguishes Craftsteak from other casino restaurants. 

Craftsteak's selection of meats (grass-fed veal, lamb shank, filet mignon, braised short ribs) is impressive, but the sides also hold their own. Ingredients come from small family farms and other under-the-radar sources, and you can tell, particularly when it comes to the splurgy Japanese A5 Kobe, which will set you back a cool $290 for the eight-ounce filet.

Price range: blowout. 

12
Sparrow + Wolf’s  Beet and Green Apple Tartare with Cardamom A
Photograph: Courtesy Sparrow + Wolf / Sabin Orr
Restaurants

Sparrow + Wolf

Why go? Artfully arranged plates of inventive dishes have the whole town buzzing.

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 bone marrow–beef cheek dumplings coming covered in foam.

Price range: average.

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13
Carson Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Carson Kitchen/Chris Wessling
Restaurants, Gastropubs

Carson Kitchen

Why go? For creative comfort food and potent cocktails. 

Opened downtown in the midst of the area’s redevelopment, this gastropub signaled a shift in the neighborhood’s dining scene. Finally, there was a place to meet friends for a bite or head on a first date—if, that is, you could get a table. Carson Kitchen is continuously packed with locals who come for the lively vibe and clean-your-plate cooking, including the bacon jam and bourbon fudge brownie.

Price range: average.

14
Lotus of Siam
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/John Joh
Restaurants, Thai

Lotus of Siam

icon-location-pin East of the strip

Why go? This acclaimed Thai restaurant is a rare and unexpected treat in an otherwise unprepossessing strip mall.

Saipin Chutima presides over a huge menu (and equally impressive wine list), which can be a little overwhelming on a first visit. 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. Thanks to the popularity of it's downright delicious dishes, Lotus of Siam now have two locations, one on Sahara Avenue and the other on Flamingo Road.

Price range: pricey.

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15
Bouchon
Restaurants, French

Bouchon

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? For polished French cooking that covers all bases. 

The sole Vegas outpost from chef Thomas Keller, this bright, airy bistro 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 the roasted chicken with bacon-chive waffle. The cocktail list is just as impressive, featuring local wines selected to compliment the food. You'll find this opulent, famed eatery inside the refined and sophisticated walls of the Venetian.

Price range: pricey.

16
Pizza Rock
Photograph: Courtesy Pizza Rock
Restaurants, Pizza

Pizza Rock

icon-location-pin Downtown

Why go? For the wide variety of pizzas from award-winning chef Tony Gemignani. 

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 (650-degree gas brick oven) or one of the Romana varieties (700-degree electric brick oven)—long, thin pies with three different sets of toppings.

Price range: average.

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17
Bacchanal Buffet
Restaurants, Buffet

Bacchanal Buffet

icon-location-pin The Strip

Why go? This Vegas buffet is tastier, fresher and more interesting than most. 

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.

Price range: pricey. 

18
Le Pho
Photograph: Courtesy Le Pho
Restaurants, Vietnamese

Le Pho

icon-location-pin Downtown

Why go? According to Chef Vu, "fast, fresh and simple" is Le Pho's motto, so you can expect the Vietnamese cuisine here to tick all of your gastronomical boxes.

Like most top-tier restaurants, Le Pho was born from a dedication to culinary excellence and a passion for modern cooking. The menu ranges from inventive fusion food like Saigon buffalo chicken wings and pho-dipped brisket banh mi to classics like traditional shrimp and pork spring rolls - and the downtown dining scene is richer for it. You might think that all of this sounds like a rather pricey day out, but luckily, when it comes to your wallet - don't sweat it! The prices at Le Pho are surprisingly affordable, so you won't have to hand over much of your hard earned cash.

Price range: bargain.

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19
Camera
Restaurants, Latin American

Chica

Why go? Updated Latin-American dishes in a rustic-chic space.

Chef Lorena Garcia drew inspiration from the traditional cuisines of Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina for Chica's dynamic Latin-American menu. Garcia flips the script on the standard bread basket by serving arepas with nata butter instead. Similarly, the classic quesadilla gets updated with charred mushrooms and blue cheese while Argentinian red shrimp are served with quinoa and Beluga lentils rather than rice and beans.

Price range: pricey.

20
Rivea
Photograph: Pierre Monetta
Restaurants, Contemporary French

Rivea

Why go? For sweeping views of the Strip and food inspired by the French and Italian riviera.  

With previous locations in London and Saint-Tropez, Alain Ducasse has honed the Rivea concept, namely small plates made for sharing like paccheri pasta with braised short ribs, marinated sea bass with citrus and bright salads punctuated by seafood. Whether you come for dinner or cocktails in the adjacent Skyfall Lounge, it’s worth the trip to the 64th floor to revel in the stunning setting.

Price range: blowout. 

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