This Soup Dumpling is 100 Dumplings in One
Carving out a niche in Mountain's Edge with meats, pasta, and years of Strip experience
No joke. Locale is one of the most important restaurant openings of the year. Not only does it allow Strip veteran Nicole Brisson to shine with her own concept, but it gives the growing Mountain's Edge community a dining destination of its own that isn't part of a chain. Brisson, who led the groundbreaking dry-aging program at Carnevino (now closed, thanks Mario) and kicked off the opening of Eataly in Las Vegas, is hardcore about sourcing, evident by the local produce suppliers announced by name on the menu. Chicken is ordered intact from Bo Bo Farms in New York and butchered in-house. It makes for a tender Pollo al Forno -- cast-iron roasted in the pizza oven and served with the claw attached, as if beckoning you to come eat it. There are even more reasons to love almost every dish -- the trio of dipping sauces for the fresh mozzarella, the onion marmalade that sweetens the fried pork cheek, the bright burst of fresh mint in the braised rabbit ravioli. Yet the biggest surprise, given Brisson's track record, is the limited presence of steaks on the menu. That could change in the future, since the restaurant has an eye on opening a dry-aging facility down the line. For now, the grass-fed Cape Grim strip from Tasmania more than makes up for it. By the way, it's pronounced "low-cal-eh." [Reservations - by Open Table]
A sports bar with an elevated menu helps redefine downtown Henderson
The new arch on Water Street says it all. Downtown Henderson is primed for a comeback and the addition of Hardway 8 is helping speed up the process. The sports bar -- operated by the same team behind Starboard Tack east of the Strip -- is heavy on local pride. The name is borrowed from a UNLV basketball team that made the Final Four in 1977 and the bar tops are built from bleachers used at the old Las Vegas Convention Center arena. There's even a mural on the wall dedicated to Sin City's history as a destination for jai alai. And while the concrete bricks almost make the place feel like a high school gym, Hardway 8 is actually warm and inviting. Shoot hoops, play Skee-Ball, or just hang out with a beer and listen to live music. No matter what, you're going to wolf down some of the best bar food in town, thanks to a menu designed by consulting chef Johnny Church. Standouts include Fish & Chips made from North Atlantic haddock with just a light coating of batter, and a cottage pie stuffed with wine-braised short rib. If cocktails and privacy are more your thing, grab a seat at the speakeasy-ish "trophy bar" in the corner.
A focus on pizza, ice cream, and gin makes Ada's more than "Esther's 2.0"
After scoring one of the best new restaurants of 2018 with Esther's Kitchen, James Trees keeps on pace -- and even ups his game -- with Ada's at Tivoli Village. Those familiar with Esther's will recognize the vibrant pasta dishes, fresh baked bread served with anchovy butter, and intriguing yet affordable wine list. But pizza is the main attraction here, prepared in an open custom kitchen that adds plenty of energy to a light, casual dining room. Trees and his team perfected their own recipe with flour sourced from Utah that's less than two weeks old,unlike most of the imported Italian stuff that everyone else raves about. Prepared with a higher-than-average amount of salt and olive oil (and natural starters in place of commercial yeast), the final result has a crunchy bottom and chewy bread-like crown. As the other signature item, ice cream thrives with fresh flavors. The chocolate chip spearmint, for example, uses five pounds of mint leaves for every two gallons. Round out any meal with a cocktail from the roaming gin cart and a salad made with ingredients sourced just steps away at the Tivoli Village farmers’ market.
Grand Canal Shoppes
Classic Strip steakhouse reinvents itself with a shift from locals to tourists
Smith & Wollensky was once the rare example of a Strip steakhouse with its own stand-alone location -- no casino or hotel required. Things are different now. After a two-year hiatus, a new version is open in the Grand Canal Shoppes between the Venetian and Palazzo, shifting its image from a local favorite to a tourist destination. The antique furnishings and boys’ club feel are gone, replaced by a bright Art Deco design and winding second-level dining room that overlooks the Venetian's gondola rides. It divides easily into private spaces, as if lying in wait for trade show parties from the Sands Expo Center. Prime cuts (most sourced from the Double R Ranch in the Pacific Northwest) are dry-aged for 28 days in view of the dining room. The natural marbling is only enhanced with a cajun marinade of paprika, pepper, thyme, and oregano on the 24-oz., bone-in Ribeye. Couples will be eager to share the 44-oz. Tomahawk or 64-oz. Porterhouse, either charred tableside as the fat drips onto a plate of Yukon potatoes. While the jackets and ties on the service team will be familiar to those who've dined at the original Smith & Wollensky in New York, this reboot takes full advantage of the old-school image to remain a comfortable fit in Las Vegas. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Photogenic donuts and beignets combine style and substance
Donuts are like barbecue. People get fanatical about defending their favorites and, if you dare bring beignets into the discussion, watch out. Saint Honoré is wading into these shark-infested waters with pastries that could easily be written off as high-calorie artwork, but are prepared with thought, precision, and imported ingredients that include Tahitian vanilla bean and French Valrhona chocolate. The recipes, developed by a French pastry chef, take full advantage of a brioche dough that's buttery and cake-like. Not sticky sweet, but not dry either. Everything is made from scratch daily, including glazes, while taking temperature and other day-to-day variances into account. Between baking, decorating, and service, the shop is a full 24-hour operation. The "couture" line reinvents lemon tarts, tiramisu, and other traditional desserts in donut form -- fashionably embellished with meringue horns, nuts, and gold flakes. The beignets, served three to an order, contain a few "secret ingredients" that might throw off purists, but welcome restraint in the frying process produces a soft and chewy outer layer is hard to argue with. (And, for the record, one of the owners is from New Orleans.) The bombolonis are round Italian pastries made with ricotta and a combo of lemon and orange zest for a soft and sweet crunch. Need a drink? Shakes come in over-the-top presentations that will please the Instagram crowd, but a cup of La Colombe coffee with oat milk, cinnamon, and honey brings a more understated satisfaction.
A broad take on Asian dining finds its spark with Peruvain modifications
The name says it all. Jade Asian Kitchen and Noodles is aiming to cover the Far East with a broad stroke at the JW Marriott. There's a noodle bar, sushi bar, teppanyaki grill, and a menu that mixes styles and cuisines from different countries. But make no mistake -- the restaurant's strength is Japanese, with dishes that frequently mix in South American elements that lean toward bright citrus flavors. Hope that helps explain why an Asian restaurant has at least three versions of ceviche on the menu. Does Jade have an identity crisis? Maybe, but it works to your advantage if you choose the right dishes. Begin with the rip-and-dip, deep-fried watercress salad and continue with a take on Peruvian causa that's basically a yellowtail and shrimp sushi roll with purple sweet potato in place of rice. Next, try the seared salmon and tuna Troy roll, served on a flaming bed of vodka and salt because, well, fire is fun. Its spicy truffle flavors are effectively balanced out with the explosive mango crunch of the Tweety Bird crab and salmon roll. Otherwise, the robata grill options, especially a filet with a green Peruvian sauce, will do the trick. The dining room itself is bold and contemporary with high ceilings and stone lions guarding the front entrance. The real charm though is by the waterfall on the outdoor patio. The bar also opens up to some fresh air, thanks to large sliding doors. It would be a great place to hang with a drink, although the cocktail program seems a bit neglected -- a surprise considering all that Japanese whiskey on the menu.
New adventures in robata dining inside a vintage motel
After making a strong impression with Other Mama, Dan Krohmer is expanding his presence in Vegas with Hatsumi -- the first of two new restaurants the chef is putting together for Fergusons Downtown, a vintage Vegas motel remodeled as a retro entertainment space. Hatsumi is all about the robata grill, where charcoal burns at high temperatures to minimize smoke and trap in the juices and natural flavors of the ingredients. Every part of the chicken is fair game -- breast, thigh, wing, heart, liver, skin, or even a meatball buried in cured egg yolk. Stick with familiar stuff like shrimp and eggplant or live it up with beef tongue and veal sweetbreads. While the skewers are the main event, half the fun is working your way up to them with a variety of Japanese-inspired appetizers. The shrimp okonomiyaki is served on a fluffy pancake while the seared beef tataki mixes well with crisp arugula and the salty rayu crunch of fried garlic and shallots. Overall, an incredibly satisfying and complete meal that won't leave you feeling overstuffed -- and won't break the bank. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Fresh Italian cuisine in a dichotomous dining room
La Strega is becoming a fast favorite with the Summerlin dinner crowd. The name translates to "the witch," following a theme dedicated to mystical female figures. One cocktail is named after a Salem witch, another after Sophia Loren. You get the idea. The cuisine is inspired by Chef Gina Marinelli's affection for the varied regions of Italy. Flavors are front and center, and never overwhelmed by house-made sauces. Welcome touches include the vibrant pop of preserved lemon in the linguini and clams, salty caperberries in the Caesar salad, earthy dandelions in the pesto bucatini, and the subtle sweetness of honey in the flatbread crust. The hardest part is choosing between two distinctively different dining rooms. One is dark and seductive. The other bright and open with a full view view of the kitchen. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Prime beef burgers butchered in-house with awesome wings and draft beer
It's hard to find a restaurant that over-delivers more than BBD's. The name stands for "beers, burgers, and desserts" and it's easily the best thing about the recent round of renovations at Palace Station. The lineup of 26 rotating drafts is chosen with more care than you'll find at most beer halls in town with special attention paid to sours and limited releases (although Miller High Life is also playfully on tap if you want to slum it). As for the burgers, only prime beef is used -- from steer shared with Peter Luger in New York. It's all processed on site in a butcher shop visible from the dining room, along with duck, lamb, and chicken. But let's stay focused on the burgers. They're steamed, griddled, or cooked on a woodfired grill custom-designed to retain the flavor of the smoke. Overlooked in all of this are possibly the best wings in town, fries cooked in chicken fat, and shakes made with house-made soft serve.
Everyone's first choice for dinner in the Fremont East district
Carson Kitchen, one of the last projects by the late Kerry Simon, continues to build on its reputation as Downtown's top destination restaurant after opening five years ago. The initial concept was simple -- recreate what a dinner party experience might be like in the celebrity chef's own private loft. The dining room keeps things casual with an industrial feel, rooftop patio, and tables just steps away from where everything is cooked. The dishes are based on introducing what could be uncommon ingredients to the general public -- foie gras, caviar, rabbit, oxtail -- in familiar vehicles like meatballs, mac n' cheese, meatloaf, and flatbreads. Brother Scott Simon now runs the kitchen, mixing in his own inventive, whimsical dishes with old favorites like the bacon jam and crispy chicken wings with 3-to-4 menu revamps a year. In a mark of the restaurant's enduring potential, Carson Kitchen is opening additional locations in Salt Lake City and outside of Atlanta. It's refreshing to see a Vegas-born restaurant concept expand elsewhere, instead of the other way around.
Neighborhood dining with sharp cocktails and a heavy Asian influence
Other Mama is one of those places where you don't have to open the menu to have an incredible meal. Instead, turn your attention to a chalkboard on the wall, where the day's deep selection of specials can range from fresh sashimi to hearty soups and whatever the kitchen wants to serve on any given day based on its inventory of meat, seafood, and vegetables. The recipes are heavily inspired by chef and owner Dan Krohmer's boots-on-the-ground training in Japan. With modest, timeless decor, the dining room almost feels like a living room, but a seat at the sushi bar offers a full interactive experience. Pay careful attention to the cocktail list, featuring unconventional recipes with house-made syrups and unexpected ingredients.
A modern take on Thai with a stylish dining room and killer, affordable wine list
The latest Thai concept by Bank Atcharawan takes the best of his former restaurants -- the traditional dishes of Chada Thai and the street flavors of Chada Street -- and blends them together in Lamaii. The name translates to "delicate," which carries through in Lamaii's minimalist, modern plating that makes full use of flowers and microgreens. All served in a stylish dining room, where contemporary and imported Thai furnishings complement each other to full effect. Fans will be eager to see old favorites, like the fried duck and crispy beef salad, but also new creations like a beautiful steak tartare, flavored with lime and fish sauce with Isaan-inspired spices. Of course, knowing that Atcharawan first made his name as the sommelier of Lotus of Siam, the wine list is worth a visit alone and is offered at low markups from compelling small producers. There are slightly more whites than reds on the menu, including sweeter Rieslings, which help counter the spiciness found throughout much of the food.
Contemporary French dining in a Chinatown strip mall
Don't let the strip mall location fool you. Partage is something special in Las Vegas. The restaurant makes French fine dining accessible in both price and atmosphere without sacrificing quality, ingredients, preparation, or presentation. Dishes are available individually or as five, seven, or nine-course tasting menus, which generally change every two weeks. Signature items include braised oxtail from Chef Yuri Szarzewski's family recipe, duck breast layered with foie gras, and scallops with a sesame and herb crust. An 18-ounce smoked rib eye and fresh whole fish are both presented tableside while a nori ravioli with cashew cheese leads a surprisingly strong lineup of vegan options. The dining room is comfortable, but doesn't take itself too seriously with stylish, modern furnishings and wood tabletops. Ask about the chef's table, which seats 4-6 people and has front-row views of the kitchen in action. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Eastern European tapas in a marketplace setting
For more than 10 years, Forte has been exposing Las Vegas diners to Eastern European culture. The intimate dining room, about 4 miles west of the Strip, is a cozy spot where local artwork hangs on the wall and no two tables look quite the same. The dishes, typically presented as shareable plates, are heavy on Russian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian recipes with a strong Spanish influence to round things out. Favorites include dill and yogurt stuffed peppers, potato dumplings, and Beef Stroganoff Americanized with French fries in place of pasta. Larger meats and seafood are heated with a Josper oven, which incorporates a wood burning grill for a smoky flavor. A market near the front door sells meats, cheeses, and other imported ingredients, as well as Bulgarian wines hard to find elsewhere in Las Vegas. Come by on Wine Wednesday, when you can enjoy a bottle at your table for the take-home retail price. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Intimate space with Spanish tapas, wine, and a cocktail cart
Here's further proof that Chinatown is an expansive neighborhood with room for cuisine that goes far beyond requisite Asian dining. EDO is pronounced "ee-dee-oh," after the phrase "extra day off" as well as Chef Oscar Amador Edo, who takes his experience working in Spain and on the Strip to carry out his own vision with an incredible menu of Spanish-inspired tapas. Imported ingredients are key. Iberico, seafood, cheeses, and even the bread are imported from Europe. A 10-course tasting menu is a great way to go -- and a steal at $45 -- especially for first-timers. (It can also be modified for vegans or specific allergies.) The team has fun with a few of the presentations, including the applewood-smoked reveal of the salmon crostini and the five-minute sand timer that lets you know when the time is right to take that first bite of paella.
Upscale Cantonese in a spacious industrial setting
It's easy to complain about skyrocketing menu prices in Las Vegas, but Mott 32 is one of those restaurants that gets everything right -- food, atmosphere, service, and this is an underrated one: comfort. (Space between tables is considered wasteful real estate in Vegas.) Every dollar adds up, but is well spent for an evening of Cantonese fine dining that comes with an ambitious modern edge. Iberico pork is used frequently, most notably in an appetizer marinated in oyster sauce and topped with yellow mountain honey. But the main event is the Peking Duck, cooked for 12 hours, fired up in a brick oven, and requiring an advance notice of two days. The space combines Asian and industrial design elements with surprises around every corner. Even if you only go as far as the bar, you'll want to investigate the house-made syrups and infusions -- on quick display in a modified Old Fashioned with a subtle sesame flavor. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Northern Italian fare, rustic dining room, crazy views
Philadelphia's Marc Vetri has ventured west, setting up shop in Las Vegas with a new restaurant on the 56th floor of the Palms. The space, formerly home to Alize, was completely remodeled with brick columns, cobblestones, wood plank floors, and other rustic elements providing a cozy contrast to the striking panoramic views of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. Fortunately, the depth of the menu is just as strong as the scenery, with handmade pastas taking inspiration from Italy's northern regions -- like the butternut squash rotolo with blue cheese and ginger or the chicken and beef-filled ravioli with pancetta, sage, and just a drizzle of butter. No pizzas whatsoever and the lone dish with tomato sauce, seems to only be there as an insurance policy for less adventurous tourists. (Yes, it's spaghetti.) Otherwise, everything is fair game. Even the charcuterie plate, which changes by the day, is a welcome change of pace from everybody else's version. The roasted baby goat is a tempting novelty for a main course, but isn't nearly as rewarding as the mesquite grilled seafood platter. A cheese cart, with six rotating choices from all over Italy, is nice alternative for dessert.
Waterside French dining with deep wine selection and killer cocktails
Marche Bacchus was doing just fine until a car crashed into the front of the restaurant in early 2018. The good news: Nobody got hurt. More good news: It was the perfect excuse to not only completely remodel the entrance, but add a big new bar with a killer Scotch and cocktail program. It complements the wine collection of nearly a thousand labels, which can be bought to go, or brought to your the table for just $10 more. We like the second option better, since it gives you a chance to try the escargot, eggplant terrine, pan-roasted duck breast, and other French-focused menu items by Chef Luciano Pellegrini. Throw in the waterside scenery of Lake Jacqueline and an expansive closed-in patio, and you've got a one-stop-shop for the perfect date night dinner. [Reservations - by Open Table]
A revamped old-school menu and the best views in Vegas
Things are looking up at the Stratosphere these days -- or "The Strat" is it's now officially called. Thanks to a rebranding that includes widespread renovations, the culinary program is getting a makeover, and the results are on full display at Top of the World. There's a renewed focus on sourcing like the grass-fed ribeye from Tasmania and cold water Indian Ocean prawns that taste perfect in little more than their own natural saltiness. The restaurant isn't straying far from its classic steakhouse image with old-school dishes like Lobster Thermidor, Maryland-style crab cakes, and even a Baked Alaska for dessert, but everything is prepared with incredible attention to detail. Of course, Top of the World still rotates near the top of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere tower, offering stunning 360-degree views to match the effort and motivation behind the menu.
Small bites featuring a bold, international blend of flavors
Khai Vu knows how to stay busy. In addition to District One and Le Pho, the Vietnamese chef now has Mordeo, a wine bar in Chinatown that doesn't worry about any preconceived notions that come with being in Chinatown. More than 30 seats surround the massive bar that anchors the center of the dining room, while a casual chef's table provides an up-close look at the kitchen team in action. The menu is designed to be a mix of global styles, but anything goes -- including off-menu Pat LaFrieda steak specials. The beet salad really does feel straight from the garden, especially with whole wheat "soil" crumbles in place of croutons, and the lightly torched la tur tastes like brie on crack. However, the true highlights are the light slices of red wattle pig served in crispy rice cloud, Nigerian prawns with lobster roe butter, and fresh-cut iberico slices.
Wynn Las Vegas
Scenic waterside dining with fresh fish and jazz brunch on Sundays
There are a few reasons to love Lakeside. The main draw is the outdoor patio overlooking the scenic Lake of Dreams, an open-air body of water that includes periodic music and light shows throughout the evening. But the real reason to come is the attention-to-detail and execution by Executive Chef David Walzog, which includes one of the best seafood programs on the Strip, including fish direct from Hawaii. If that wasn't enough, Lakeside has now picked up the famous Jazz Brunch from the Wynn Country Club, which closed due to some major new renovations at the resort. It may seem pricey at $68 per person, not including drinks, but that covers a raw seafood bar, dessert bar and as many of the full entrees you'd like, from roasted chicken and mushroom crepes to flat iron steak and everything in between. Throw in live jazz musicians playing ragtime, Dixie and Metallica covers and you can't find a better way to spend a Sunday on the Strip. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Farm-to-table Italian in the Downtown Arts District
Esther's Kitchen is fast becoming the signature restaurant for the growing Downtown Arts District. By sourcing ingredients from local farmers markets, Chef James Trees has put together a fresh and dynamic menu that evolves with the season 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. Brunch is now available with bread pudding french toast sticks, a quail egg, bacon, and prosciutto pizza, and other dishes. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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.
Modern American cuisine with a Vietnamese influence in the Southwest Valley
The Black Sheep made a big splash when it opened in 2017, but is only getting better. The intimate restaurant brings a modern edge to neighborhood dining with an efficient lineup of dishes that mix common American flavors with the influence of Chef Jamie Tran's Vietnamese heritage. A loyal team of Strip veterans helps put 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. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Cajun-seasoned steaks and the best spirits list on the Strip
In rare feat for a Vegas hotel restaurant, Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico Steakhouse is marking 20 years on Strip. Everything operates under the hands-on guidance of Executive Chef Ronnie Rainwater, who has been around since the beginning. The prime cuts, now sourced from Creekstone Farms, are dry-aged in-house and often given a New Orleans-inspired Creole twist, especially the incredible bone-in Ribeye. The best way to experience the food is at the Chef's Table, which offers a rare look at the kitchen team in action. Sealing the deal is the restaurant's famous whiskey list, which generally features more than 700 spirits from at least eight different countries. But if you just want to enjoy your steak with a deep, full-bodied red wine, there are plenty of options for that too. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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.
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. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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 only two of three dining establishments in the United States by late French chef Joël Robuchon. The eponymous location is a little more fancy and, yes, a little more expensive while L'Atelier is a slightly more casual alternative that proves eating at a counter can actually enhance the dining experience. Either choice provides carefully crafted multicourse seasonal menus and free-flowing Champagne, as well as house-made pastries and desserts. Both restaurants offer deceptively intimate, but very different, dining experiences. With everything in good hands under respective executive chefs Christophe De Lellis and Jimmy Lisnard, guests can celebrate Robuchon's legacy with truffled langoustine ravioli, quail stuffed with foie gras, and other signature dishes. Not to mention the best mashed potatoes in Las Vegas. [Reservations - by Open Table]
Vibrant dishes with a combination of Latin and Asian flavors
Ricardo Zarate's 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 an 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.
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. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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. [Reservations - by Open Table]
French and American fusion in a modern fine dining space
The Mandarin Oriental may have transformed into the Waldorf Astoria, but the property's best dinner destination remains in place. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is the only US restaurant by the French chef and includes sweeping 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 bright and bold dining room with a four-seat bar ready to serve cocktails to accompany special two- or three-course menus. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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. [Reservations - by Open Table]
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. [Reservations - by Open Table]