The 25 Best Restaurants in Las Vegas
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Location: Caesars Palace (close to Bellagio, Cromwell, Flamingo and Paris)
The Strip is loaded with high-end French fine dining and Restaurant Guy Savoy may be the best of all. It’s the only U.S. restaurant by the chef, who’s famous for putting modern touches on traditional French recipes. The dining room is tucked away from the chaos of Caesars Palace in the hotel’s Augustus tower, offering a quiet, refined experience with large windows overlooking the bright lights of the Strip from the second floor. What really sets the restaurant apart from its French competitors is the service team. Multi-course menus are the preferred format here, but you’ll never wait long between dishes. It’s expensive, but if you’re going to blow some cash on one meal, this is the way to do it. The wine list is carefully curated and the Krug chef’s table allows parties of up to six a bit of privacy while watching the kitchen team in action.
Must-Try Dishes: Artichoke & Black Truffle Soup, Colors of Caviar (layered appetizer served in a glass), Wild Squab with Foie Gras
Location: The Palms (a few blocks west of the Strip and easy to reach by car, cab, or ride-share)
With a multi-million dollar renovation, the Palms looks like a brand new resort these days. One of the most welcome additions is Vetri Cucina, an Italian restaurant on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower. The panoramic views of the Strip are worth a visit alone. Even better, the food by Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri delivers on every level. The handmade pastas are enhanced with delicate ingredients and seasonings without the heavy sauces that Americans might typically expect for Italian fare. The dining room has a rustic feel with cobblestone floors, wood decor and dramatic angled floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize those views.
Must-Try Dishes: Almond Tortellini, Lobster Saffron Fusilli, Grilled Seafood Misto
Sparrow + Wolf
Location: Chinatown (not far from the Wynn, Venetian, and Palazzo, although a ride-share or taxi is required)
This home-grown concept by Chef Brian Howard is hard to describe at times. The menu is a combination of Asian-influences, wood-fired meats and vegetables, and gourmet European touches. Daily specials are exceptional, making return visits especially attractive. Dishes are manageable, so order a few to share among your table. A playful take on a bento box, makes it easy to try a few things at once. Cocktails often experiment with complex flavor profiles, straying a bit from classic recipes.
Must-Try Dishes: Bone Marrow Dumplings (or the latest seasonal dumpling modification), Lamb Tartare, Miso-Rubbed Porterhouse
Location: The Palazzo (part of the Venetian resort and close to the Wynn, Mirage, and Treasure Island)
Mott 32 gives traditional Cantonese dim sum a fine dining edge in a magnificent and spacious dining room. Ideally, guests will mix smaller bites with larger dishes like the signature Peking Duck, which takes a couple days to prepare and usually requires advance notice to order. Iberico pork makes frequent appearances in recipes large and small. Cocktails incorporate Asian modifications (like house-made sesame syrup), but for something different, ask about the eclectic baijiu selection. If you just want to sample a few things with minimal investment, the bar area is unusually large and a good place to stop by for a quick bite.
Must-Try Dishes: Peking Duck, Iberico Soup Dumplings, Bamboo Green Forest (a combination of Greek Yogurt and cake that’s one of the best desserts on the Strip)
Location: MGM Grand (near the south end of the Strip and close to the Tropicana, New York-New York, and Mandalay Bay)
Think of this as two restaurants in one. The eponymous Joël Robuchon pays tribute to the late chef with a quiet, upscale dining room that almost feels like an exclusive visit to a private mansion. The next-door L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is more casual and a bit less expensive with counter seating preferable to tables for an up-close view of the kitchen preparing your meal on the spot. Both options are excellent, featuring Robuchon’s acclaimed French recipes, often prepared with foie gras, truffles, and heavy cream. Even the mashed potatoes are semi-famous. So are the pastries.
Must-Try Dishes: Le Caviar Imperial, Langoustine Ravioli with truffles and foie gras, anything from the pastry cart
Location: Downtown Arts District (a short cab ride from the Strip and an even shorter cab ride from Fremont Street)
As the Arts District continues to grow as a thriving downtown hub, Esther’s Kitchen remains its most popular attraction. Strip veteran James Trees opened the restaurant as an answer to the neighborhood dining scenes of California and comes through with fresh and flavorful farm-to-table Italian dishes. Everything is made in house, from pastas to addictive sourdough bread (served with anchovy butter), and the menu evolves frequently with the availability of seasonal ingredients. The prices are more than reasonable and every glass on the regular wine menu is just $10 or less.
Must-Try Dishes: Any seasonal pizzas or pastas (although the Rigatoni Carbonara is a consistent favorite), Charred Squid, Porchetta
Location: The Bellagio (sandwiched between the Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace, and across the street from Bally’s)
Le Cirque has seen a few chefs come and go, but its reputation remains stellar, and a bit of an under-the-radar secret considering newer restaurants at the Bellagio have a higher profile. The dining room feels a little worn-in with a subtle circus theme, which is part of the charm, and windows that overlook the Bellagio fountains. The menu has evolved dramatically over the years, featuring modern recipes that go far beyond the expected escargot and sliced duck. Much of the service team has been around for years with a somm who knows exactly which wines to recommend.
Must-Try Dishes: Maryland Blue Crab (with a smoky presentation), Seared Foie Gras with Strawberry Compote, Scallop with caviar
Location: Chinatown (easy to reach via cab or ride-share from the Strip)
Raku was one of the first restaurants to make off-Strip dining a priority for tourists. The Chinatown staple is best known for its charcoal robata-grilled dishes, finished off with house-made soy sauce. Options range from the familiar (chicken breast, kobe beef) to the adventurous (pork ear or intestine). Round out the dinner with soups, cold seafood, and seaweed salads. To make decisions easy, just go with one of two omakase options. Both are good values for all the food you receive. A sister restaurant, Raku Sweets, specializes in sandwiches and desserts and is also worth your attention.
Must-Try Dishes: Anything from the robata grill, Steamed Foie Gras Egg Custard, Kobe Beef Liver Sashimi
Location: West Valley (near Summerlin by the Town Center Drive exit off the 215 — honestly, a bit of a stretch for Strip tourists, but very convenient for anyone staying at the Red Rock Resort or another westside hotel)
La Strega is always busy, feeding off a locals-oriented energy while still remaining comfortable and elegant. Chef Gina Marelli favors delicate recipes and bright, vibrant flavors that reflect the varied regions of Italy. A good example is the honey baked into the pizza crust or the preserved lemon in the linguini. The restaurant’s name translates to “the witch” and the dining room has something of a good-and-evil split identity. The main area is bright and light. A smaller room (dubbed “the patio” although it’s indoors) is dark and moody. A good destination that feels like an event without large crowds or over-the-top Strip pricing.
Must-Try Dishes: Linguini and Clams, Salmon Crudo, Pesto & Truffle Pizza
Location: Chinatown (on Spring Mountain and Jones, which marks the western edge of the neighborhood, a bit farther away than other Chinatown restaurants)
Vegas has a fantastic, often overlooked Chinatown that isn’t always defined by Asian dining and culture. A perfect example is EDO, a Spanish tapas restaurant that leans heavy on Iberico pork and other imported ingredients. Prices are reasonable so ask for the multi-course tasting menu, which can be modified for dietary restrictions. The cocktails from the gin and tonic cart pack a punch, so pace yourself. The dining room is small, but charming with a hand-painted Barcelona-style mural on the wall.
Must-Try Dishes: Salmon Crostini, Iberico Paella, any charcuterie
Location: The Cosmopolitan (near the Bellagio and CityCenter with the Aria and Waldorf Astoria)
The menu focuses on Greek and Mediterranean dishes, but the seafood is some of the freshest you’ll find in Las Vegas. It’s ordered daily and delivered by air within 24 hours of being fished from the water. The daily catch is on display in a “market” near the kitchen and typically prepared one of the three ways: as fresh sashimi, flame-grilled, or baked whole in a salt-crust. Stop by for lunch, where the prix fixe menu is an especially good deal that even draws locals to the Strip.
Must-Try Dishes: Greek Salad with feta and tomatoes, Tzatziki Spread with zucchini and eggplant, fresh catch of the day
Location: MGM Grand (on the south end of the Strip, close to the T-Mobile Arena, Tropicana, Luxor and Excalibur)
Ambra is a full-on revamp of the MGM Grand’s in-house Italian restaurant and the results greatly exceed expectations. Pastas are the main focus, prepared by hand without heavy sauces to hide the delicate seasonings and natural al-dente textures. Steaks are marinated in a seasoned hot butter bath, breaking down the collagen before they’re finished off on the grill. Tasting menus are a surprisingly good value. Making things more fun is the secret speakeasy, dubbed Privata, tucked away in the back of the restaurant. The wine is great, but the cocktails are perfectly executed with glassware to match.
Must-Try Dishes: Sausage and Kale Cavatelli, Citrus Ricotta Ravioli, Bone-In Tomahawk Ribeye
Location: Downtown (just one block south of tourist-driven Fremont Street)
Carson Kitchen leads the Downtown dining scene with a fresh take on classic American favorites. The basic strategy is to introduce unfamiliar ingredients in familiar dishes, like wild boar meat in a Sloppy Joe and foie gras cream over veal meatballs. The restaurant has a simple industrial-style space and casual atmosphere that carries over to a rooftop patio that’s open when the weather is appropriate. Flatbreads are always changing and the desserts are especially inventive.
Must-Try Dishes: Crispy Chicken Skins with honey, Bacon Jam Spread, Butter Burger
Location: Waldorf Astoria
The only fine dining restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria is also the only North American restaurant by acclaimed chef Pierre Gagnaire. It’s a beautiful space, where wine flows freely and traditional French courses are given a modern touch of gastronomy. The dining room is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows (also seen in the bathroom), providing an eye-popping view of the Strip, especially after sundown. Twist is famous for its 777 menu: seven courses with seven wines for $777. If you’re looking for something less expensive, hang out at the bar and order smaller dishes a la carte.
Must-Try Dishes: Seared Foie Gras, Sliced Duck with blackcurrant and chocolate, Sweet Onion with sweetbreads
Location: Chinatown (on the east side of the neighborhood in the Lotus apartment building, close to the Strip and Interstate 15)
One of the best Japanese restaurants in Chinatown is also one of the most well-rounded. Enjoy an omakase meal in a private dining room (where less than 10 people sit at a counter) or “go casual” in the main area with a sushi bar. Chef Eric Kim is known for sourcing fresh unique seafood and certified Kobe beef, crafting a meal that never drags from beginning to end. Ask for “what the chef recommends” and just let the food arrive. The desserts and cocktails, often an afterthought at Japanese restaurants, both exceed expectations here.
Must-Try Dishes: Lobster Sashimi topped with caviar and gold flakes, Seared Kobe Beef, Seafood Hot Pot
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Location: Paris Las Vegas (across the street from the Bellagio and near Caesars Palace, Bally’s the Cosmopolitan, and the Cromwell)
The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is a tourist favorite that lives up to the hype, sitting midway on the half-size Eiffel Tower replica at the Paris resort. The perch allows for sweeping views of the Vegas Strip, including an up-close look at the Bellagio fountains across the Street. The menu focuses on traditional French favorites and New American classics, all made with hearty portions and careful attention to detail. Views are stunning at night, but work just as well for the daytime weekend brunch. Make a reservation in advance to request a window-side table. Definitely a restaurant experience with wow factor.
Must-Try Dishes: Slow-Roasted Salmon, Venison Medallions, Caviar
Location: The Sahara (near the north end of the Strip by The Strat and not far from the Wynn or Palazzo).
Vegas loves a good steakhouse and this José Andrés restaurant puts an expansive new twist on a familiar concept. Meat is sourced from around the world, from full Spanish pigs to fresh Gulf seafood, and cuts of Prime beef from Midwest ranches. Playful touches include a cotton candy foie gras appetizer on a stick. Beware the tableside beef tartare. It’s great, but heavy and could fill you up in the middle of a large multi-course meal. The bar has its own special menu of small bites for a more casual experience.
Must-Try Dishes: Bison Carpaccio, Bone-In Ribeye, Whole Suckling Pig
Location: The Cosmopolitan (between the Bellagio and Vdara, and across the street from Planet Hollywood and Paris)
Zuma is a great combination of sizzle and spectacle, proving that traditional Japanese dishes can be elevated in a high-end contemporary setting. The drinks come with a few gimmicks, like a gin & tonic served in a plastic bag and a whiskey cocktail smoked tableside. But you’re really here for the food, ranging from fresh sashimi and sushi rolls to Wagyu beef and elegant seafood dishes. A private dining room is framed by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Strip.
Must-Try Dishes: Sake-Marinated Chicken Wings, Torched Salmon Nigiri, off-menu Golden Toro Maki Roll
Location: Throughout the Las Vegas valley, including the airport and Ellis Island Casino just east of the Strip
In a town where things come and go quickly, Metro Pizza has been a locals favorite for nearly four decades. The concept was founded by John Arena, whose roots are buried deep in his family’s New York pizzeria. Yet Metro Pizza is eager to embrace other styles as long as authenticity is preserved. Managing partner Chris Decker is always ready with some creative, playful pies, so feel free to ask about the daily specials. Metro also bakes its own bread, which is sold to other restaurants in Vegas.
Must-Try Dishes: 86th Street Sicilian Pan Pizza, Roman-style Margherita, Classic New York Cheese
Location: Chinatown (in a crowded Strip mall where parking is tight, so strongly consider a cab or rideshare instead of driving yourself)
Another example of Chinatown’s diversity, Partage is a French restaurant that often matches the quality of more high-profile counterparts on the Strip, but with a more casual atmosphere and lower prices. Tableside presentations are common and the food is best enjoyed in multi-course tasting menus, most of which change every few weeks. Ask for a booth in front of a window that looks into the kitchen.
Must-Try Dishes: Lobster Turnip Ravioli, Duck Breast layered with foie gras, vegan soups and cheeses
é by José Andrés
Location: The Cosmopolitan (near the Aria, Waldorf Astoria, Planet Hollywood, and Bellagio)
One of the most exclusive restaurants in Las Vegas is also one of the most rewarding. Turked away in the back of Jaleo (an exceptional Spanish restaurant in its own right), é by José Andrés is a small private dining room with countertop seating that serves less than a dozen people during two nightly servings (5:30 and 8 p.m.). Chefs guide guests through a multi-course tasting of inventive dishes that mix Spanish and French cuisine with innovative gastronomic techniques. The format breeds a social, energetic atmosphere, so get ready to make friends quickly with everyone else at the table.
Must-Try Dishes: Wonder Bread (a foie gras spin on a PB&J), Dungeness Crab Broth, Asparagus with egg yolk pearls and caviar are highlights, but you’re really in the hands of the kitchen team, so sit back and enjoy whatever shows up
Location: Aria (in the heart of the CItyCenter complex with Waldorf Astoria, Vdara, and Shops at Crystals, and next to the Cosmopolitan
Catch is a trendy restaurant specializing in steaks and seafood, often with an Asian touch. It’s also a spectacle, which is what people frequently want in Las Vegas. Dishes are not only delicious, but photogenic and the floral tunnel near the entrance is one of the most popular selfie spots on the Strip. Fortunately, the food matches the hype. Sushi rolls are a combination of vibrant flavors and the whole branzino comes stuffed with fresh greens. Be prepared for high prices, but you’re investing in an experience. Catch is geared toward large groups looking for a big night out, like bachelorette parties and business executives with unlimited expense accounts.
Must-Try Dishes: Truffle Sashimi, Mango Shrimp Roll, Whole Branzino
Location: Caesars Palace, outside in front of the resort (across the street from the Cromwell and near The LINQ, Flamingo, and Bellagio)
Gordon Ramsay has five restaurants in Las Vegas, but Hell’s Kitchen may be the most complete package. Inspired by the TV show of the same name, the restaurant even looks a bit like a TV studio, with bright lights shining down on multiple food stations in an open kitchen. The decor is modern and contemporary with a menu that covers all the bases for new American classics: steaks, seafood, and flatbreads.
Must-Try Dishes: Beef Wellington, Diver Scallops, Sticky Toffee Pudding
Location: West Valley (near Summerlin, Tivoli Village, and JW Marriott)
A locals’ favorite that mixes rustic decor with a contemporary American menu. The restaurant is the signature spot for Chef Kim Canteenwalla and wife, restaurateur Elizabeth Blau. Much of the food is familiar, but prepared with organic ingredients and farm-to-table touches whenever possible. Regular special-event dinners are typically served family style. The main dining room is next to an open kitchen and gets loud quickly, but that only adds to the energy. An unusually spacious private dining room is perfect for large parties, while a small outdoor patio out front is ideal for brunch on weekends.
Must-Try Dishes: Pan-Seared Salmon, Farm House Meatloaf, Brookie (a dessert that combines a brownie with a chocolate chip cookie)
Location: Wynn Las Vegas (near the Venetian, Palazzo, and across the street from the Trump International and Fashion Show Mall)
This colorful restaurant mixes vibrant scenery with delicious seafood, including fresh fish flown in direct from Hawaii. Patio doors open wide, overlooking a man-made lake surrounded by trees and a waterfall. Start off with raw bar favorites like oysters and shrimp and work your way up to whole lobsters and steaks large enough to share. Weekends are home to the Jazz Brunch, a tradition at the Wynn resort that combines live music with an indulgent menu in which all dishes are available for a fixed price. Like all Wynn restaurants, special attention is given to vegan dishes, making Lakeside a good choice for large parties with different dietary restrictions.
Must-Try Dishes: Lobster and King Crab, Hawaiian Snapper, Chilled Shellfish Platter