Everywhere You Need to Eat in Las Vegas Right Now

Bookmark the top restaurants in Las Vegas to take the guesswork out of your next meal.

Anima by EDO
Photo by Louiie Victa

The more things change, the more Las Vegas stays the same—continuing to move forward, while barely easing the pressure on the gas pedal, even during a pandemic. New openings are hitting the Strip at a rapid pace in 2022 (much like 2021), with plenty of intriguing restaurants in the mix, ranging from new Italian fine-dining spots to over-the-top seafood destinations and more. Mask mandates were recently dropped in Nevada, which makes things seem relatively "normal" again, but if you're going to hit the town, do it right. First, get up-to-date on your vaccinations. Second, bring a mask just in case; policies can vary from business to business. And third, enjoy the spectacle of eating at an awesome restaurant. Las Vegas makes it easy these days with plenty of options, whether checking out an iconic bucket list experience or some of the newer dining options below. Bring friends and come hungry.

Anima by EDO
Photo by Louiie Victa

Anima by EDO

West Valley
$$$$

The gist: Anima is a new tapas restaurant from the team behind EDO (a bucket-list dining destination in its own right) at the Gramercy near Summerlin. This time around, Oscar Amador is collaborating with Francesco du Caudo (formerly of Ferraro's) for a menu that retains its core Spanish influence but brings in added global elements. More than simply "EDO West," Anima has a larger, more contemporary dining room with food stations and hand-painted murals adding to the charm and energy of the space.
The food: A few items carry over from EDO (like the Croquetas and a fantastic Dry-Aged Strip Loin Carpaccio), but most of the menu is brand new. There's a notable emphasis on seafood, so order the Peruvian-style Scallop Crudo, Spicy Bluefin Sashimi, and skin-on Branzino with sauteed Pork Cheeks for the table to share. Pastas are also a priority. The Truffle Cavatelli is topped with bone marrow tableside, while the Leek and Cabbage Ravioli is a perfectly restrained base for a rich wine reduction and foie gras sauce. The hardest decision is choosing between one of 150 wines (with an emphasis on small producers) or a cocktail from the gin-and-tonic cart.
How to order: Book a reservation online or call 702-202-4291.

Exclusivo
Photo by Leinani Shak, courtesy of Exclusivo

Exclusivo

Tivoli Village
$$$$

The gist: Imagine a speakeasy combined with a restaurant and a healthy dose of Latin inspiration, and you'll have a good idea of what Exclusivo is all about. From the outside, it's a quiet, unassuming space at Tivoli Village. The downstairs dining room handles overflow seating for El Dorado Cantina next door, but the second floor is where the magic happens, with a stairwell revealed by a mechanical sliding wall. It leads to Exclusivo, a stylish yet intimate restaurant with just a few tables, a corner bar, and a comfortable balcony for enjoying the open air.
The food: Exclusivo gives chefs John Miranda and Robert Miestrell (both formerly of Twist) a chance to stretch their creativity within an environment that's more reserved and upscale than their sister El Dorado concept. The menu is a progressive take on Mexican cuisine with European, Asian, and South American influences. The global mashup is on display in the Char Siu Sopes, with Chinese BBQ pork belly, chorizo, refried beans, red cabbage, pomegranates, and creme fraiche in a single satisfying bite. The lobster empanadas with a mole-esque black garlic sauce is another must-order dish. Most of the recipes are served tapas-style, building up to shareable large-format dishes like a Whole Branzino (deboned tableside and served with pasta) or an elevated play on a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with jalapeno mashed potatoes. The cheese and caviar service allow Exclusivo to further craft its own identity in a refreshing, experiential format.
How to order: Call 702-447-0502 to book a reservation.

Boom Bang
Photo by Robiee Ziegler, courtesy of Boom Bang Fine Foods

The gist: Boom Bang Fine Foods combines the vision of Christian Page (formerly of Nancy Silverton's LA empire) and wife Elia Aboumrad-Page, the first female sous chef under Joёl Robuchon, offering an gourmet take on American comfort food with a few surprises and unexpected global influences. The dining room has a cozy touch of vintage decor and colorful wallpaper, but the weather is warming up just in time for a seat on the patio, which has an outdoor grill and service window connected to the cocktail bar. The restaurant has an ambitious plan to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with brunch on the weekends and a dedicated weekday happy hour menu (featuring thin-crust Connecticut-style pizza).
The food: The menu is shaped by the seasonal availability of ingredients (with the occasional holiday modification thrown into the mix), reflected in the restaurant’s latest offering of signature savory tarts. The most popular appetizer is an inspired take on corn dogs—a clean bite of natural Niman Ranch franks, honey-sweetened batter, and mustard sauce. Yet Boom Bang shines brightest with its entrees, especially hearty proteins like a slow-cooked, tender pork shank with Asian soy sauce, short rib rolled onto itself on a tomahawk bone, and duck confit cooked in its own fat for 20 hours and oven-roasted to order for a crispy exterior, with poached pear on the side. Aboumrad-Page pays tribute to her old boss with creamy Robuchon-esque mashed potatoes that pair well with any dish.
How to order: Book a reservation online.

Available for Reservations
Harlo Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of Harlo Steakhouse

Harlo Steakhouse

Summerlin
$$$$

The gist: Despite opening just a few months ago, Harlo is already one of our favorite steakhouses in Las Vegas, bringing an impressive dose of Strip-worthy flash and sizzle to the 'burbs—in this case, the Downtown Summerlin shopping complex. The dining room is a stylish art-deco space, matched by an ambitious menu by chef Gina Marinelli, who made La Strega one of the best Italian restaurants in Vegas.
The food: Marinelli flame-grills prime Flannery and Allen Brothers cuts over white oak for an enticing smell that reaches the parking lot. The pastas that made La Strega a hit are reformatted as side dishes here. There's also special attention paid to seafood (especially the shellfish and in-the-shell Scallops Rockefeller) and Hungarian caviar, sourced by Forte's Nina Manchev and served in a choice of presentations, including tacos, custard, and macarons. The wine and cocktails are worthy steakhouse complements with four Julep variations alone.
How to order: Head online to book a reservation.

Casa Playa
Photo by Bill Milne, courtesy of Casa Playa

Casa Playa

Wynn Las Vegas
$$$$

The gist: Taking over the space that was formerly home to Elio, Casa Playa presents a similar concept of Mexican fine dining on the Strip. Executive chef Sarah Thompson is still in place, but with a revamped menu that encourages sharing and socializing. Even the margaritas come in pitchers. The dining room takes inspiration from the Yucatan Peninsula, with a lounge vibe that suits its proximity to the dayclub next door. The decor includes a Mayan statue, flowers that dangle from the ceiling, and warm amber lighting. No booths. Lots of banquettes and the occasional couch, all of which add a conversational energy to the room.
The food: Casa Playa makes a strong impression, whether the flavors are delicate (a truffle tostada with aged cheddar) or intense (a flavorful steak-like short rib). An emphasis on seafood reflects the restaurant's Riviera Maya theme, ranging from Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche to hearty takes on Dorado, Branzino, and Lobster. Dedication to quality ingredients is further seen in an in-house masa program with blue and yellow heirloom corn. The house Playa Margarita is stiff and tart—not sweet. The Temple of Doom goes down easier, mixing mezcal and pineapple in a tiki glass.
How to order: Call 702-770-5340 or visit Seven Rooms to make a dinner reservation.

Superfrico
Photo by Anthony Mair, courtesy of Superfrico

Superfrico

The Cosmopolitan
$$$$

The gist: It's always fun when a restaurant gets weird instead of playing it safe on the Strip. Superfrico is the latest concept by Spiegelworld and a companion piece to the Opium stage show in the theater next door. Some of the performers circulate in Superfrico's dining room throughout the evening, matching the playful tone of neon colors and oddball artwork. Overall, the restaurant is a unique combination of rooms and corners, including two lounges, a retail shop for to-go cocktails, and the Ski Lodge (a secluded speakeasy for drinks and late-night pizza).
The food: The menu specializes in classic Italian dishes with a few psychedelic modifications. You'll see North African influence in the spice-filled Lamb Ragu Babbaluci, while the meatball appetizer skips tomato sauce for a Middle Eastern combo of saffron, raisin, mint, and pistachio. Pizzas come in Sicilian squares or round with thin-crust, NY-style slices. The Chicken Parm is given a boost of heat with a spicy marinara sauce. Mozzarella is hand-pulled tableside, letting you know that a dinner-and-a-show comes in many forms. The cocktail list also puts a few fun spins on classic recipes, with a tomato-and-basil Pizza Negroni as the highlight.
How to order: Book a reservation on the Superfrico website (and grab some tickets for Opium while you're at it).

Valencian Gold
Photo by Louiie Victa

Valencian Gold

Southwest
$$$$

The gist: Valencian Gold started out as an overachieving fast-casual paella concept, took an extended leave of absence during the pandemic, and has reopened with a brand-new look and menu, totally reinventing itself as a full-service Spanish tapas restaurant. Chef Jeffrey Weiss mastered his craft at Michelin-star restaurants throughout Spain and studied under José Andrés, but he also knows how to have fun, occasionally firing up the grill with a shoulder-mounted flamethrower. A wine and cocktail bar is now the focal point of the dining room.
The food: The paella is cooked to order, so give yourself about 40 minutes before it shows up at the table. Fortunately, that's plenty of time to sample tapas, imported cheese, and charcuterie plates. Purists will appreciate the variations on Pan con Tomate or the crispy crunch of ham and cheese in the croquetas, but even simple presentations (a flight of sherries with a selection of fresh-sliced meats) can be the most rewarding. Look out for a few surprises as well, like a Rice Krispie treat with foie gras.
How to order: Book a reservation online.

Available for Reservations
La Neta Cocina & Lounge
Photo by Mike Kirschbaum, courtesy of La Neta

La Neta

Summerlin
$$$$

The gist: La Neta is the latest example of the growing vibe-dining trend in Las Vegas, in which restaurants take on a lounge atmosphere to tap into the nightlife scene—or in the case of Summerlin, La Neta creates one. Hours extend well into the night with a space that impresses with stone walls, faux foliage, and a corner bar with tall windows that open wide to welcome the fresh air at Downtown Summerlin. But La Neta doesn't rely on atmosphere alone. The menu of elevated Mexican cuisine draws on the heritage of executive chef Israel Castro with coastal Yucatan influences. The drink list includes an inventive lineup of cocktails and a killer agave spirits selection.
The food: The social character of the restaurant carries over to the menu with a number of large-format dishes designed to share. The BFT selection of "big tacos" (guess what the "F" stands for) includes one made with a full two-pound lobster, wrapped in a massive cheese-coated tortilla with citrus slaw. The Del Mar section of the menu is dedicated to seafood, while more traditional dishes utilize hand-pressed tortillas made with imported blue and white masa. The house Margaritas are fueled with agave syrup and Casamigos, but if you want extra wow factor, order Roses Are Red, a gin and champagne cocktail poured tableside over a red sherbert rosé.
How to order: Visit the restaurant's website to book a reservation.

Brezza
Photo by Sabin Orr, courtesy of Brezza

Brezza

Resorts World
$$$$

The gist: Brezza is one of the things we're most excited about at the recently opened Resorts World. The restaurant offers a modern interpretation of classic Italian cuisine via inventive recipes by Nicole Brisson, who formerly ran the groundbreaking dry-aging program at Carnevino. After helping to launch Locale and the Vegas outpost of Eataly, she's finally in her own element with the freedom to stretch some creativity and showcase a fierce dedication to fresh, local ingredients. The dining room is bright and open, but the large outdoor patio steals the show, surrounded by the glow of the Strip and 65-year-old olive trees preserved from when the property was known as the Stardust.
The food: Brezza is best enjoyed as a complete multi-course experience, beginning with farm-focused antipasti and some of the best salads on the Strip before continuing with vibrant pastas and meat or seafood dishes. There's thoughtful consideration given to vegetarian recipes, and you can't go wrong with the Ricotta Corzella with heirloom tomato butter sauce and fried artichokes. Steaks are dry-aged locally in collaboration with Creekstone Farms and flame-cooked over white oak.
How to order: Book a reservation online.

Delilah
Photo by Robert Miller, courtesy of Delilah

Delilah

Wynn Las Vegas
$$$$

The buzz: Haven't you heard? We're in a new Roaring '20s. And while the best speakeasy bars in Las Vegas offer Prohibition-era style in small doses, old-school supper clubs are having a moment as well. Just walking into Delilah is an experience all by itself with the scene unfolding like a Martin Scorsese exposition shot. Guests enter through a bar and lounge that overlooks the main dining room, soaking in a spectacular example of art deco extravagance before being led downstairs. It's almost like dining on a movie set with a stage for live entertainment, but the food by Executive Chef Joshua Smith (formerly of Michael Mina's Bardot Brasserie) is what seals in the authenticity. Keep the phone in your pocket and respect the no camera/no social media policy.
The menu: Much like the venue itself, the menu is an exercise in indulgence with the best in prime steaks, seafood, and caviar on full display. Even the elevated spin on "Fish and Chips" (potato-crusted dover sole) is $72. The Wagyu Beef Wellington, sliced tableside for two, is the showcase piece, but you'll find small doses of joy in the carrot side dish, presented in a souffle so sweet, it could almost be dessert.
How to order: Reservations are available online for regular diner service. Email for late-night bottle service reservations.

Kassi Beach Club
Photo by Al Powers, courtesy of Kassi Beach House

Kassi Beach House

Virgin Hotels
$$$$

The gist: Sometimes Kassi Beach House isn't sure if it wants to be a restaurant or lounge, but instead of having an identity crisis, the venue succeeds in crafting a persona uniquely its own. The main dining room remains bright and loose during the daily brunch, but the lights dim throughout the evening for dinner, with music growing louder and decor to match the vibe of the nearby Virgin Hotels pool deck. Cabanas are available by reservation on the restaurant's own patio.
The food: Executive Chef Josh Stockton doesn't overreach with the menu, preferring to keep things simple with Italian and Mediterranean dishes and welcome touches like hand-pulled mozzarella and three-day fermented pizza dough. In such a social setting, many of the items are best shared, including whole-roasted fish, 30-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye, and a mezze platter of dips, including an addictive whipped ricotta with honey. Even a few of the cocktails (including two on tap) are available in large-format versions.
How to order: Book a reservation online.

¡Viva!
Photo courtesy of ¡Viva!

¡Viva!

Resorts World
$$$$

The gist: Ray Garcia of LA’s former modern Mexican restaurant Broken Spanish arrives in Las Vegas with ¡Viva!, one of the most fully realized dining concepts at Resorts World. The chef's fresh, contemporary take on Mexican cuisine shines in a comfortable, but stylish dining room that wouldn't feel out of place by the ocean with nets and large thick ropes among the decor. The menu is relatively affordable for a Strip hotel experience and the staff is noticeably well-trained. In other words, the place is firing on all cylinders.
The food: Yellow and blue corn tortillas are pressed and cooked to order with fresh masa. They're a nice side piece for the Grilled Snapper or Garcia's Signature Pork Belly (marinated for 36 days, slow-cooked, and flash-fried, leaving the skin nice and crispy). The collection of mezcal and tequila is exceptional, whether enjoyed neat or in cocktails. The VivaRita house margarita comes topped with a thick, salty cloud of foam.
How to order: Book a reservation via SevenRooms.

Blue Hen Chicken Co.
Photo by Jess Mijares, courtesy of Blue Hen

Blue Hen Chicken Co.

West Valley
$$$$

The buzz: Blue Hen Chicken Co. (named after its signature fried chicken sandwich) is a fast-casual breakfast and lunch restaurant with dinner served until 7 pm during the week. The dining room has engaging rustic touches, with the day's baked goods on display near the cash register. An unusually strong focus on fresh ingredients is reflected in Stork + Farm, a soon-to-open sister retail market next door.
The food: The fried chicken (brined and marinated in a two-day process) is cooked in duck oil for both flavor and texture, with ample breading that adds up to a crunchy sandwich. The heat level is determined by the type of pepper (as opposed to varying amounts of the same sauce) and complemented well with a side of ultra-crispy, beer-battered French fries. Balance out all that hearty goodness with something sweet like crepes or a shortbread cookie topped with fresh fruit. The coffee is an exclusive blend by local Wave roasters.
How to order: Stop in and order at the counter.

Saffron

Chinatown
$$$$

The gist: Not to be confused with a local Indian restaurant with a similar name, Saffron expands the possibilities of what it's like to have fine dining in Chinatown. The main dining room is a spectacle of tranquility, with towering ceilings, an elaborate chandelier, and a long water feature that runs underneath a hand-carved statue from Vietnam. The menu is an Asian take on vegetarian tapas with no meat required for satisfying savory bites.
The food: Chef Louross Edralin has put together a menu of affordable meat-free dishes, which are even more appreciated in such an impressive dining room. Local Sundown mushrooms are put to good use in a number of dishes, most notably the gyoza (with sweet potato and the crunch of crispy onions), and the claypot rice with umami sauce. The sweet and salty beet "tartare" with avocado is everyone's favorite appetizer. There's a nice selection of organic wines, including a few vegan options and Portuguese vinho verdes.
How to order: Book a table via the restaurant's webpage.

SoulBelly BBQ
Photo by Bronson Loftin

SoulBelly BBQ

Downtown Arts District
$$$$

The gist: After spreading the word with a series of pop-up events around town, Bruce Kalman finally has a permanent brick-and-mortar location for SoulBelly BBQ. Sandwiched between two breweries (Nevada Brew Works and HUDL) in the Arts District, the bar and restaurant already feels like a comfortable, worn-in neighborhood hangout with picnic tables and a stage for live music among indoor string lights and Southern-industrial decor. Meats are smoked outdoors and sliced in full view of customers through a glass window near the ordering counter.
The food: You'd get few arguments if you called this the best BBQ in Las Vegas. The brisket is so buttery and flavorful, it doesn't need any sauce (but don't let that stop you from slathering some on top). Along with chicken, ribs, and other meats, it's smoked over Texas post oak in one of two heavy-duty thousand-gallon propane smokers. With a stable location, SoulBelly is now adding sandwiches to the menu (including a wicked smoked turkey club and grilled cheese with Kalman's own pepper relish) and an awesome wedge salad with smoked tomato vinaigrette and pork belly in place of bacon. In between bites, sip on Jiggle Juice, a bagged whiskey lemonade with a subtle hot-pepper kick.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Al Solito Posto
Photo by Rob Kachelriess for Thrillist

Al Solito Posto

Tivoli Village
$$$$

The gist: James Trees helped turn the Downtown Arts District into an up-and-coming culinary destination with Esther's Kitchen and is now bringing his eye for fresh ingredients and expert Italian cuisine to the west valley with Al Solito Posto. The new restaurant, which took over the old Brio space at Tivoli Village, makes full use of a large contemporary dining room and outdoor patio by the shopping district's fountain. The service team operates with the flair and style of dinner club captains and the prices are incredibly customer friendly.
The food: From the moment you try the house-made focaccia bread (accompanied with a chunky combination of roasted garlic, herbs, and cheese mixed on the spot), you know you're in for something exceptional. Trees and his team (including executive chef Steve Young) spent weeks perfecting new recipes for classic Italian dishes, ranging from a flavorful Minestrone to an irresistible Chicken Parmesan. Prefer to go vegetarian? The Eggplant Parm is prepared with Chinese eggplant and fanned out like a flower. When it comes to steaks, the Ribeye Cap is a true deal at $36. Try the Tiramisu for dessert, revamped with a fluffy, meringue-like exterior and topped off with a rich espresso sauce at the table. New brunch and lunch menus have pasta dishes you won't find during dinner hours.

Available for Reservations
Main Street Provisions
Main Street Provisions | Photo by Rob Kachelriess for Thrillist

Main Street Provisions

Downtown Arts District
$$$$

The buzz: Tucked between the awesome cocktails of Velveteen Rabbit and the great pizza of Good Pie, Main Street Provisions couldn't have a better location in the fast-growing Downtown Arts District. It's a rustic but modern space where guests can view Justin Kinglsey Hall and his team at work in an open kitchen.
The food: Main Street Provisions doesn't linger too long in any single category, but it's hard not to think of the meats as the heart and soul of the restaurant, whether it's the exceptional butcher plate appetizer (which on any given day may include bacon, lamb rillette, and chicken liver mousse), tender Venison Tataki, or a Smoked Heritage Ham Steak. If you really want things to get interesting, try the rich Rabbit and Pork Sausage or the Southern-style Quail Gumbo. Yet there's also clear affection for California-inspired seafood and plant-based dishes, like a slow-roasted yam with BBQ-glazed beets and crispy onions.
How to order: Call 702-457-0111 to inquire about reservations.

Chinglish Cantonese Wine Bar
Chinglish Cantonese Wine Bar | Photo by Rob Kachelriess for Thrillist

The buzz: Don't sleep on this one. Chinglish (a name inspired by the family-owned business' blend of Chinese and Western cultures) may seem like a trendy, contemporary hangout for the Summerlin crowd, but take a look through the long horizontal window that separates the kitchen from the dining room. You'll see a master at work, 50-year veteran chef Po-Fai Lam, producing authentic Hong Kong-style Cantonese cuisine that competes with fancier restaurants on the Strip for a fraction of the price.
The food: The Peking Duck is prepared in a custom oven, allowing the birds to hang vertically as the fat drips off. The meat is served in paper-thin crepes instead of bao buns to fully absorb the flavor. Make sure to also order the hand-folded Chicken Dumplings, Candied Walnut Prawns, and a made-to-order Hot and Sour Soup with customized spice levels ranging from mild to nuclear. Yeah, but what about the "wine bar" part of the name? The vino selection isn't huge, but changes week to week with a compelling focus on small producers and unique labels. An invitation-only wine club brings regulars together for ambitious one-night-only pairing dinners. A Chinese-themed brunch runs Sundays.
How to order: Book a reservation via the restaurant's website.

Chikyu
Photo courtesy of Chikyu Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya

Chikyu

Silverado Ranch
$$$$

The buzz: No bland and boring cucumber rolls here. Chikyu is proving vegan sushi can be indulgent and yes, full of flavor. Vietnamese chef John Le mastered the concept at Shizen in San Francisco before moving to Las Vegas to open his own place. Whether dine-in or carryout, the food comes with a colorful presentation to match the wow-factor of every bite. A Euphorics menu features a trio of "cocktails" with a legit buzz provided by nootropics and other mind-engaging ingredients in place of alcohol.
The food: You won't see a lot of substitutes (like fake tuna or shrimp) to fill a meatless void. Instead, vegetables are prepared with time and careful detail to produce intriguing flavor combinations. The specialty rolls, named after Nevada wildflowers, make good use of sweet potato tempura, spicy tofu, smoked beets, and vegetables you won't usually see in your grocery store—like burdock, takuan (pickled daikon radish), or rocoto peppers. The real magic, however, is in the simplicity of the nigiri, which is much more than just a vegetable or fruit slice on top of rice. The green mango, for example, is pickled for three days with cloves and other spices for an intriguing bite that will appeal to an audience beyond those simply looking for a great vegan restaurant in Las Vegas.
How to order: Tables are first come, first serve. Call 725-777-3787 to place a pickup order.

Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than eight years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Trivago Magazine, Sophisticated Living, Modern Luxury, Leafly, Las Vegas Magazine, and other publications. He's covering the tip. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.