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The Best Restaurants in Las Vegas Right Now

Updated On 03/23/2018 at 05:33PM EST Updated On 03/23/2018 at 05:33PM EST
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China Tang

MGM Grand

Upscale Cantonese cuisine with authentic ingredients and preparation
The Hong Kong brand by the late David Tang makes its US debut in Las Vegas, offering authentic Cantonese cuisine on a fine-dining level. Start easy with dim sum, choose how you want your live lobster prepared, and go big with shared dishes that require an advance order -- like the sliced tableside Beijing Roasted Duck. The menu includes prices in both U.S. and Hong Kong dollars, which can be seen as a gimmick or a nod to the growing market for Asian tourism in Las Vegas.

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Esther's Kitchen

Downtown

Farm-to-table Italian in the Downtown Arts District
As the Downtown Arts District continues to grow and evolve, Esther's Kitchen is fitting in nicely as a new kind of neighborhood hangout. By sourcing ingredients from local farmers markets, Chef James Trees has put together a fresh and vibrant menu that evolves with seasonal ingredients and is elevated by house-made breads and pastas. Despite drawing big crowds and plenty of buzz, Trees insists on keeping prices reasonable while building loyalty that will likely generate repeat business for years to come.

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Good Pie

Downtown

Uncommon pizza craftsmanship brings a Brooklyn edge to Downtown
Don't overthink it. Just make good pie. That's the idea behind this new pizza joint at Pawn Plaza, yet owner, operator and pizzaiolo Vincent Rotolo puts an artisanal level of craftsmanship into every pie that comes out of the kitchen. Taking temperature, humidity, and other variables into account, he's perfected a dough with Italian flour that's fermented Brooklyn-style in tin pans before it's baked in the oven. The dough is so good, it works for three types of pizza: Brooklyn, Detroit (originally perfected by Sicilians using leftover pans from auto plants), and cracker-thin Grandma style from the East Coast in which sauce is drizzled on top of the cheese. Prices are kept low even though ingredients are given high priority in sourcing, including local produce from Urban Seed and mozzarella flown in fresh from New York.    

Hell's Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen

Caesars Palace

A Strip-friendly restaurant and TV attraction in one
The menu at Gordon Ramsay's latest Vegas restaurant doesn't hold many surprises. You get the celebrity chef's signature Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding along with familiar fare you'd find at other Strip dining spots: tuna poke, beet salad, braised short rib... you know the drill. However, Hell's Kitchen prepares this stuff really, really well and serves it in a fun environment where a noisy open kitchen is designed to mimic the television show of the same name and a virtual on-screen Gordon Ramsay welcomes guests as they walk through the door. For many of us, this is what Las Vegas is all about.

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Masso Osteria

Red Rock Resort

Chef Scott Conant puts a wood-fired oven to good use in Summerlin
The Red Rock Resort gets its own celebrity chef with the addition of Scott Conant's latest Italian restaurant. A wood-fired oven brings a warm scent to the dining room and a savory touch to the steaks, seafood, and vegetables on the menu. A family-style tasting option serves six courses for $65 per person, which is a great way to try a few different things without breaking the bank.

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Once

The Palazzo

Vibrant dishes stem from a combination of Latin and Asian flavors
Ricardo Zarate's new Las Vegas restaurant mixes Japanese influences with his already acclaimed Peruvian cuisine. It's a powerful combination of flavors that's almost too ambitious and experimental for its Strip location. Located in a quiet corner of the Grand Canal Shoppes, Once (pronounced on-seh) is a vibrant space where walls of greenery surround communal tables and a eight-seat chef's counter with views of the kitchen in action. Highlights include a charcuterie and cheese board with grilled octopus in the center and an oxtail Bibimbap that combines spicy seasoning and the sweetness of plantains into one unique bite.

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Osteria Costa

The Mirage

Familiar Italian dishes thrive with expert preparation and ingredients
After turning Portofino into an overachieving success at the Mirage, Chef Michael LaPlaca has been given a new restaurant at the same resort. Osteria Costa features a bigger, brighter dining room and a menu designed to draw influence from Italy's Amalfi Coast. That loosely translates to familiar Italian dishes that aren't designed to challenge a casual casino crowd (or anyone else for that matter), but LaPlaca's execution and sourcing of exceptional ingredients makes him an overachiever once again. The in-house pastas thrive on texture and taste without being buried in heavy sauces while the California burrata carries a rare buttery sweetness that almost tastes like dessert.

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Bandito

Off the Strip

Mexican food reinvented with healthier ingredients and modern style
No sombreros or mariachi bands here. This Mexican restaurant combines latin flavors and carefully sourced ingredients within a stylish dining room that features large windows, tall ceilings and DJs during the weekend. Every bite tastes dynamic and fresh -- especially the braised octopus tacos and the enchiladas served "inside-out' to show off the meat on top. Even the house salsa, made from grilled tomatoes, carry a unique savory quality.  

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BARDOT Brasserie

The Aria

French menu balances the line between casual and fine dining
Michael Mina's latest of four distinct and very different Las Vegas restaurants is more than just French cuisine for big American crowds. The menu is diverse, expertly prepared and served in a lively bistro environment with a helpful staff that won't roll their eyes when you mispronounce the selections on the champagne cart in front of your date.

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Bazaar Meat

SLS Las Vegas

A steakhouse with rare depth, inventive dishes, and foie gras cotton candy
In addition to being the best reason to visit the SLS, this José Andrés steakhouse offers the most creative take on a format well represented in Las Vegas. There’s something for everybody with a raw bar, caviar flights, and a diverse array of meat, ranging from wild boar sausage and Buffalo-style bison to a ten-pound suckling pig and three choices of Spanish Style bone-in Ribeye steaks. If you want things to get weird, start off with the foie gras cotton candy.

The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep

Southwest

Modern American cuisine with a Vietnamese influence in the Southwest Valley
It's hard to find a new restaurant that made a bigger splash in 2017. The Black Sheep brings a modern edge to neighborhood dining with an efficient menu that mixes common American flavors with the influence of Chef Jamie Tran's Vietnamese heritage. A loyal team of Strip veterans puts it all together, earning plenty of repeat customers eager to check out an evolving menu that changes based on the availability of seasonal ingredients -- including the cocktails.

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Boteco

Henderson

Neighborhood dining with inventive small plates in Henderson
The casual atmosphere is borrowed by Brazilian-style neighborhood hangouts, but the menu carries a heavy global influence with small plates designed for sharing. Regular tasting menus and wine pairing dinners allow the culinary team to mix things up here and there while experimenting with new flavors. The weekend brunch features larger plates of inventive dishes like a sinfully delicious foie gras Benedict.

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Carnevino

The Palazzo

A true experience with a dry-aging program that produces the best steaks in Vegas
This Las Vegas steakhouse leads the pack with an off-site facility that dry ages most of its prime cuts for 90-120 days. But even those are tame compared to the elusive Riserva, which is aged for up to seven or eight months. It isn’t always available and is sold by the inch. There’s also plenty of pasta and wine to underscore the “Italian” part of “Italian steakhouse.”

Delmonico Steakhouse

Delmonico Steakhouse

The Venetian

Cajun-seasoned steaks and the best spirits list on the Strip
Emeril Lagasse has four restaurants on the Strip but Delmonico is the crown jewel of the celebrity chef’s Vegas empire. The steaks come with a New Orleans-inspired cajun kick and the mixology program is among the best in any Vegas resort, especially for whiskey buffs. Whet your appetite for the main course with the wilted spinach and frisée salad. Topped with a fried poached egg and caramelized pecan bacon, it’s the best version of bacon & eggs you’ll ever taste in your life.

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é by Jose Andres

The Cosmopolitan

An ultra-exclusive tasting experience in an intimate setting
Consisting of just nine seats at a countertop, é by Jose Andres can be found in an intimate dining room off to the side of Jaleo (a damn good restaurant in its own right). With only two seatings a night at 5:30 or 8:30, reservations can be hard to book but worth the advance planning to score what is literally a golden ticket to enter. Guests are guided through a culinary experience that consists of more than 20 small bites in less than two hours. Ingenuity is the theme with many of the dishes based on gastronomic experimentation. The cotton candy empanadas with foie gras are especially fun. Add a wine or cocktail pairing and just roll with it.

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Echo & Rig

Tivoli Village

The best steakhouse off the Strip keeps prices low and quality high
The best bang for your buck when it comes to red meat in Las Vegas. The in-house butcher shop near the front door offers a preview of what’s to come with hunks of beef hanging in the window -- perfect for dinner or a treat to take home later. The cuts are always changing and generally range from 25 to 35 bucks, although there are a few exceptions and specials. Request a seat on the second floor patio, where you can look down on Tivoli Village shopping and dining plaza.

The Goodwich

The Goodwich

Downtown

The best sandwiches in Vegas, constructed with house-made ingredients
Sometimes you just need a good sandwich. The Goodwich originally started as a pop-up stand outside Dino's dive bar and eventually moved to its own downtown location with a second one in the works for the southwest. The team sticks to one main concept -- sandwiches stacked high with pretty much everything made in-house, from the bread to the pickles. It's refreshing to see such a common item reimagined with an unusually strong dedication to quality ingredients. The Ruben is the star, but even the PB&J comes with house-made peanut butter, bacon, and seasonal jam.

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Hakkasan Restaurant

MGM Grand

Cantonese cuisine in a stylish environment next to a nightclub
Yes, it’s right next to Hakkasan nightclub, however, you won’t find loud music and rowdy patrons, but rather dark hallways twisting around intimate table areas separated by Asian-inspired oak latticing. The focus here is on the kind of Cantonese cuisine that’s isn’t easy to find anyway else, including Chinatown. So relax at your table and order a smoky Negroni to go along with your crispy duck salad and dim sum.

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Harvest by Roy Ellamar

The Bellagio

Contemporary dining driven by fresh ingredients
Sick of hearing about restaurants that play fast and loose with the worn out "farm-to-table" phrase? Well, Chef Roy Ellamar pulls off the concept better than anyone on the Strip at Harvest, with a wide-open dining room that mixes a casual energy with fine-dining precision. Freshly picked produce is prepared alongside sustainable seafood and choice cuts of meats from some of the country's top ranches. There's also a surprisingly deep beer selection and a snack wagon serving small bites in the lounge area.

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Joël Robuchon

MGM Grand

A choice of two restaurants to celebrate one of France's greatest chefs
This spot belongs together with sister restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon... since they sit side-by-side as the only two dining establishments in the United States by acclaimed French chef Joël Robuchon. The namesake location is a little more fancy, and yes, a little more expensive while L'Atelier is a more casual alternative that proves that eating at a counter can actually enhance the dining experience. Either choice provides carefully crafted seasonal menus and free-flowing Champagne, as well as house-made pastries and desserts.

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Kabuto

Chinatown

An intimate no-frills dining room with sushi flown in fresh from Japan
This is the place where sushi is treated like an art form. Each piece is given special attention, which means you won’t find any rolls or box sushi on the menu. The sake is matched carefully with your food, which in turn is prepared by a small yet knowledgeable team in accordance to each customer’s pace, appetite, and mood.

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Pizza Rock Las Vegas

Downtown

A few different ovens to make sure every style of pizza is prepared perfectly
Pizza Rock is one of those rare restaurants that not only tries to be -- but thrives being -- all things to all people. Go with Chicago cracker thin from a gas brick oven or for something a little more fancy, the quail egg white rose potato guanciale from the wood fire oven. A second location can be found at the Green Valley Ranch resort in Henderson, although the original downtown spot stays busy late at night with a to-go window for those wandering home after a night at the bars.

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Restaurant Guy Savoy

Caesars Palace

Masterfully prepared French dining in a quiet spot overlooking the Strip
The multi-course tasting menus aren't cheap but they are worth every penny at this Michelin-starred restaurant, the only American eatery owned by France's Guy Savoy. Everything here is only perfectly prepared and expertly served by a team that knows exactly how much time you need between courses, and for a great view, request a table near the window overlooking the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo.

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Raku

Chinatown

Chinatown favorite brings a modern style to classic Asian flavors
Raku has built a strong reputation as one of the best reasons to visit Chinatown. The Asian-inspired cuisine includes sushi and small bites from the robata grill, ranging from fire-roasted eggplant to the portobello-stuffed chicken. And the steamed foie gras egg custard has won over plenty of fans all by itself. If you crave something cool and different for dessert, sister restaurant Raku Sweets is just a few doors away, offering clever creations like the Mt. Exotic mango cream cake.

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Sparrow + Wolf

Chinatown

An evolving menu that makes good use of seasonal ingredients and a wood-fired oven
Chef Brian Howard's ambitious restaurant represents a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines with an evolving menu that tends to change every three weeks or so. Most of the food, from meats to vegetables, emerge from a wood-fired oven, offering a welcome smoky touch to dishes that range from cheek bone marrow dumplings to lamb neck and even lasagna. Everything is perfect for sharing, including three-tier bento boxes.

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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

Mandarin Oriental

French and American fusion in a modern fine dining space
French chef Pierre Gagnaire has more than a dozen restaurants around the world and made his US debut with Twist, a spot in the Mandarin Oriental with floor-to-ceiling windows that quietly overlook the Las Vegas Strip from the 23rd floor. The menu of French fusion lives up to the restaurant’s name with new takes on familiar ingredients served in a cozy dining room with a four-seat bar ready to serve cocktails to accompany special two or three course menus.

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Mizumi

Wynn

High-end sushi, true certified wagyu, and a koi pond... what else do you need?
One of the most stylish places to bring a date in Las Vegas, Mizumi has a beautiful view of an outdoor Koi pond and waterfall. (If you want an especially private and intimate meal, snag the table that sits alone on the water.) While the atmosphere is amazing, the food is even better: the Japanese offerings range from hot robata and teppanyaki meats to fresh sushi and sashimi. While dishes like the miso black cod and Peking duck may seem overly familiar, they are prepared with unique care and elegance. Mizumi is also one of the very few restaurants in the United States to serve certified authentic Kobe beef.

Yardbird

Yardbird

The Venetian

Southern comfort food and the best fried chicken in Vegas
Yardbird gives Southern comfort food a gourmet upgrade, with ridiculously good organic fried chicken brined for 27 hours and served with a honey hot sauce along with cheddar cheese waffles and watermelon. Start things off with a BLT salad made with tender smoked pork belly and finish things up with a peach cobbler that requires a 30-minute advance notice to prepare. If that wasn't enough, four choices of buttermilk biscuits are made fresh each day. As for drinks, keep your attention focused on the diverse bourbon selection and Old Fashioned lineup.

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District One Kitchen & Bar

Chinatown

A contemporary twist on Vietnamese street food on the edge of Chinatown
This Vietnamese restaurant borrows heavily from other Asian cultures while putting together an accessible modern presentation that draws purists as well as newbies unfamiliar with Chinatown. The pho prepared with a whole main lobster is one of those dishes you have to try at least once while in Las Vegas.

Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Milos

The Cosmopolitan

Fresh fish and stellar Greek cuisine with views of the Strip
The place where fine dining, Greek cuisine, and fresh seafood all meet in one place. The bright and elegant dining room sits between the latest catch on display and a glowing view of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. Estiatorio Milos is one of those restaurants where even the small dishes are excellent, including the grilled octopus, a Greek Salad loaded with fresh tomatoes, and the Milos Special of fried zucchini and eggplant. The $29 three-course lunch menu is one of the best deals on the Strip.

Other Mama

Other Mama

West Valley

Neighborhood dining at its finest with sharp cocktails and a heavy Asian influence
A good example that exceptional dining can be found in Las Vegas away from the Strip and Downtown. The eclectic menu has a heavy Asian influence and was designed by chef and owner Dan Krohmer, who mastered his craft working overseas Japan and on the road with Taylor Swift. Call ahead for Other Mama's seven-course dinner of off-menu items for $70 -- offered on a limited basis Fridays and Saturdays.

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Sugarcane

The Venetian

The best of Florida and Cuba mixed together in one globally inspired menu
Chef Timon Balloo's globally inspired cuisine arrives by way of Miami, with a heavy Cuban influence. That means a lot of rum in the drinks and seafood on the menu. It's prepared expertly and in all sorts of methods. Highlights include a kombu-marinated fluke and fire-grilled yellowtail collar.

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Le Cirque

The Bellagio

Creative French cuisine in a comfortable dining room near the Bellagio fountains
Thanks to an inventive and adventurous menu, this outpost of the famed French restaurant not only outpaced but outlasted the original in New York. With a dining room that overlooks the Bellagio fountains, the atmosphere feels more like an old Vegas supper club, comfortably worn in over the years with a staff that's equal parts knowledgeable and friendly. The presentation of the caviar-topped Maryland crabcake or sunchoke soup will catch your attention immediately, but it's the flavors you'll remember long after the meal has ended.

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1. BARDOT Brasserie 3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89149

Chef Michael Mina's Bardot offers upscale French cuisine inside a swanky, 1920s' inspired brasserie. Classic cuisine is dressed to the nines: prime steak tartare, garnished with a farm egg yolk, is ground to order and French onion soup includes périgord truffles and braised oxtail. Its location within the plush Aria Resort & Casino accentuates its opulent charm.

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2. Bazaar Meat 2535 Las Vegas Blvd, Paradise, NV 89109

If you have money to blow after hitting the casino floor, spend your chunk of change at Bazaar Meat. A luxe, shadowy and chandelier laden den of a restaurant, chef José Andrés makes sure that there’s plenty to keep high-rolling carnivores satisfied, from prime aged carpaccios and tartares. This spot also the only place where you’ll likely find foie gras cotton candy.

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3. Carnevino 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

As the name might suggest, this Vegas resto helmed by Mario Batali specializes in meat and wine. In a town of countless upscale meat and potato joints, Carnevino gains the distinction of being one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas. The upscale Italian fare Batali is known for also holds a prominent place on the menu.

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4. Delmonico Steakhouse 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Emeril Lagasse’s 150-seater steakhouse remains a Vegas crowdpleaser since its opening in the late 90s' . The menu is a mixture of French, Italian, and Creole influences and also boasts an exquisite wine menu comprised of more than 2,300 labels, mostly from smaller, biodynamic wineries. If vino's not your thing, good thing Delmonico's also houses nearly 600 whiskey selections.

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5. Echo & Rig 440 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

This Tivoli Village double-decker meat-haven boasts an in-house butcher shop on its ground level, ensuring you're getting the freshest steaks possible. The restaurant on the second floor offers a solid wine list in addition to their affordable cuts of prime, grass-fed steaks, plus boasts a killer outdoor view to boot.

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6. Hakkasan Restaurant 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The stateside outpost of the London original, Hakkasan is a high-end Cantonese eatery from the mind of Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon. The Vegas iteration is comprised of a two story dining area and nightclub within the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, satisfying VIPs and high-rollers who want to go from indulging in a five-course dim sum feast to hanging out front stage at a Tiesto show, all under one roof.

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7. Harvest by Roy Ellamar The Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Harvest by Roy Ellamar in the Bellagio Hotel offers sustainably minded, upscale American fare. The menu is divided into sections of "Garden," "Ocean," "Ranch," “Stone Oven,” and “Rotisserie,” which feature rustic plates like marinated pole beans from California’s Pommer Farms, flatbread with roast pork, smoked ham, apricots, local goat cheese, and honey mustard, and an 18oz dry-aged bone-in rib eye with béarnaise and red wine sauce. Apart from the grainy wooden walls and floors throughout, Harvest’s décor is strikingly modern, with tall glass windows into the kitchen and granite accents.

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8. Kabuto 5040 W Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Kabuto is an intimate sushi house that's hard to spot and thrives on a word-of-mouth reputation. The menu isn't for the masses; edomae sushi is deceptively simple, typically only featuring one type of fish served nigiri style on a bed of white rice. So no fancy rolls or stuff that comes in a box, here-- Kabuto offers stark, elegant high quality fare served with a striking attention to detail.

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9. Pizza Rock Las Vegas 201 N 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

This brick-walled pizza joint, Pizza Rock, boasts an extensive menu of gourmet pies, speciality cocktails, plus a plethora of delicious desserts. There are four different kinds of ovens making a wide range of pizzas that include Sicilian, thin-crust Chicago, and New York/New Haven. The casual and hip venue also has arcade games and regular DJ sets.

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10. Restaurant Guy Savoy 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Restaurant Guy Savoy is at once elegant, opulent, and intimate - the perfect place to take a date for a romantic evening. Gaze out at sweeping views of The Strip while enjoying dishes prepared by one of the world's internationally renowned French chefs. Want to go all out? Restaurant Guy Savoy houses the only Krug Chef’s Table in the country, a six course gourmet meal accompanied with champagne pairings.

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11. Raku 5030 Spring Mountain Rd, #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146

The full Japanese name of this resto is Aburiya Raku, which translates to "Charcoal Grill House Enjoyment" -- which is fitting considering how delicious and fun this robata and sushi spot is. Grilled and marinated teriyaki, omakase sushi, and sake cocktails are served till 3am in a buzzy, convivial space. Don't be fool by its strip-mall exterior

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12. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158

Pierre Gagnaire's eponymous restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental is a swanky French eatery and the chef's only outpost stateside. Sweeping views of The Strip from the 23rd floor accentuate Gagnaire's artfully composed, extravagant prix-fixe tasting menus (The seven course selection Lucky Number Seven Pairing comprises seven entree and dessert courses with accompanied wine pairings for a cool $777).

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13. Mizumi 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Chef Devin Hashimoto has taken his knowledge about modern Japanese cuisine and given a classier crowd of Vegas-dwellers something to write home about. The place glitters with a dramatic gold and red interior (you're in Vegas, after all) and your taste buds will freak out with just one mouthful of sushi. Just stay away from the koi pond after your eighth cocktail.

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14. Yardbird 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

If you’re going to pick one place in Las Vegas to order fried chicken, make it Yardbird. The organic, pasture-raised chicken arrives at the table juicy and golden after a 27-hour brining process and is served best alongside a cheddar waffle with maple bourbon syrup and chilled, spicy watermelon.

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15. District One Kitchen & Bar 3400 S Jones Blvd Ste B, Las Vegas, NV 89146

LV’s District One Kitchen and Bar is named for Ho Chi Minh City’s District One, the city’s epicenter of dining and entertainment. The flavors on the menu are as diverse and vibrant as the district itself; Chef Khai Vu transcends Vietnamese cuisine and incorporates Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and American influences onto a menu of appetizers, rice bowls, seafood, and noodle soup. Spring rolls gently tuck plump shrimp and tender pork into a crispy fried wonton enclosure, while fish tacos combine yellowtail sashimi and avocado with cilantro, cherry tomato, and Serrano pepper for a crowd favorite that would be unexpected at any other Vietnamese restaurant.

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16. Estiatorio Milos 3708 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Housed inside the Cosmopolitan, Estiatorio Milos sports stone columns and trellises with climbing vines in its bright, elegant dining room -- a Greek look that matches the Mediterranean-inspired menu, which puts a particular emphasis on seafood. The lineup is ever-changing, as it always features the freshest catches of the day, but does offer a few staples that have made the restaurant a favorite: grilled Mediterranean octopus with Santorini fava, Greek salad loaded with fresh tomatoes, and melt-in-your-mouth crab cakes. It all comes with a side of stunning Strip views.

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17. Other Mama 3655 S Durango Dr Ste 6, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Other Mama should be all the reason you need to head to Spring Valley, where this homey spot is serving an Asian-inspired menu of seafood specialties like sushi, ceviche, and oysters, plus inventive libations with house-infused spirits. Cool and casual without the frenzy of Downtown, it offers creations like a sashimi salad with thyme and honey, and a scallop carpaccio with blood orange and fennel. While the dishes are fresh and edgy, the cocktails are named after what could be your grandmother's closest group of friends, such as Shelby (bourbon, lemon, maple gastrique, mint), Ingrid (vodka, triple sec, strawberry balsamic shrub, cava), and Bea (cachaca, Drambuie, grapefruit, Aleppo-honey syrup, grapefruit bitters).

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18. Sugarcane 3355 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

The Venetian has a spiffy feature (no, it's not blinds) in Sugarcane, a raw bar and grill with a global menu that's so diverse it's hard to pin down. Guests can choose from a wide array of dishes, from seafood towers and raw delights (crudos and carpaccios), small plates like pig ear pad thai, and large ones like bone-in ribeye with foie gras and creamy polenta. An open-fire grill births the best of them, though, with head-on shrimp, chimichurri steak and Japanese eggplant served charred and hot. In the separate lounge area, rum cocktails assume a seat of honor on the drink menu (the place is called sugarcane, after all) as it's infused with beets and shaken into mojitos, swirled with kiwi puree, or poured into updates on the old fashioned.

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19. Le Cirque 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Vegas spin-off of the famous Manhattan restaurant by the same name, Le Cirque offers an authentic taste of France right on the Strip. Helmed by wunderkind Chef Wilfried Bergerhausen, the Michelin-star kitchen serves two different tasting menus -- the five-course dégustation and ten-course prestige, respectively -- that feature artfully plated, modern renditions of classic dishes like sautéed foie gras in a calvados-cider sauce and Japanese Wagyu beef striploin with braised oxtail and bordellaise sauce. The wine list boasts over 900 selections and emphasizes French varietals, which the on-site sommelier will be happy to discuss with you if you'd like a suggestion for pairings. Reservations are highly sought at this vibrant satin-laden spot, so be sure to call ahead and don't forget your classy attire -- the flavors here are boundless, but the dress code is strict.