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The Best Restaurants in Las Vegas Right Now

Updated On 05/17/2019 at 10:32AM EST Updated On 05/17/2019 at 10:32AM EST
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Hatsumi

Downtown

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.

Spaghetti Pomodoro at La Strega | Ryan Hafey

La Strega

Summerlin

Fresh Italian cuisine in a bipolar dining room
Although brand new, 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 (so don't be surprised if you see a cocktail named after a Salem witch... or Sophia Loren.) 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 the 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 the energy of an open kitchen on display.

Roasted Salmon | Shark

Shark

The Palms

Sizzle and spice are felt throughout Bobby Flay's globally-inspired dishes
The latest concept by Bobby Flay borrows elements of Asian, Mexican, and South American cuisine -- often with varying degrees of spiciness. The prices add up quick, but are in line with other new restaurants at the recently remodeled Palms. The dining room is sparse but stylish, surrounding a sushi area where sashimi is quietly prepared. Request a table near the back, where windows open wide to the pool deck. Menu highlights include roasted salmon wrapped in a banana leaf and photogenic tacos on purple corn tortillas prepared to order. If you want to go big, a two-pound lobster is boiled in the kitchen and finished on the dining room grill with garlic butter and spices. If you just want to have fun, order the fried chicken, drenched in honey and topped with toasted red chilis.

Lobster Flatbread | Vanderpump Cocktail Garden

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden

Caesars Palace

Celebrity style dominates photogenic spot for light bites
Vanderpump Cocktail Garden is a tourist attraction as much as a restaurant, which kinda makes it perfect for Las Vegas. Lisa Vanderpump's latest endeavor is a magnet for bachelorette parties and fans who follow the British restaurateur on reality TV -- although the single-file line by the host stand seems more appropriate for a nightclub than a restaurant. Make no mistake. The place is beautiful. Furnishings include a hand-carved stone tree and digital video screens of the Pacific Ocean. There's no actual garden here -- we're inside a casino, remember -- but a patio extends out in front of the dining room, making good use of borrowed real estate typically reserved for slot machines. With a girls night out in mind, the target demo will appreciate the social atmosphere, menu of shareable plates, and sugary cocktails that lean on the feminine side. (Even the Old Fashioned is mixed with blood orange juice.) The signature Vanderpump rosé is quite good -- and at $60 a bottle, makes for a great take-home souvenir.

Blvd & Main | Sabin Orr

Blvd & Main

The Strat

Contemporary sports bar offers refreshing take on pub fare
If you combine a sports bar and beer hall with an industrial warehouse, you end up with Blvd & Main. The venue is a refreshing new addition to the casino floor of the Strat (formerly known as the Stratosphere) with a traditional dining room near the front and a bar with a giant LED video wall playing sports in the back. (There's still time to place a last-minute bet. The sports book is just a few steps away.) On the surface, the menu appears to be standard pub fare, but the recipes do a good job of mixing things up. The meatballs are a smoky mix of beef and bacon while beer makes it way into more than a few recipes, including a porter for the short rib pizza and a stout in the flat-iron steak chili.

Kale and Duck Confit at Greene St. Kitchen | Stacey Torma

Greene St. Kitchen

The Palms

Contemporary American dining to match the Palms party scene
Greene St. Kitchen wants you to know it's OK to have fun while serving food at a fine dining level. The deceptively large dining room comes with a playful touch, whether it's arcade games by the front door or colorful graffiti street art on the walls, including the only permanent installation in Las Vegas by the infamous Banksy. The menu has a similar "no rules" approach, with sashimi plates and a modified Peking duck served alongside burgers, a spicy jalapeño rib eye, and lobster stuffed with crab and Ritz crackers. The weekend brunch is on a mission to be a daytime party destination with costumed characters and over-the-top dishes like pancakes drenched in pink frosting and jumbo-sized shareable cocktails.

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Lamaii | Rob Kachelreiss

Lamaii

Chinatown

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.

Scallops | Partage

Partage

Chinatown

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.

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Forte

Spring Valley

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.

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EDO

Chinatown

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.

Mott 32 | Erik Kabik

Mott 32

The Venetian

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.   

Capretto with House Milled Polenta | Vetri Cucina

Vetri Cucina

The Palms

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.

Marche Bacchus

Marche Bacchus

Desert Shores

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.   

bBd's

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Palace Station

Prime beef burgers butchered in-house with awesome wings and draft beer
It's hard to find a new restaurant this year that's over-delivered more than bBd's (styled with the fun capitalization). The name stands for "beers, burgers, and desserts" and it's easily the best thing about the still-in-progress renovations at Palace Station. The lineup of 26 rotating drafts is chosen with more care than 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 the duck, lamb, and chicken on the menu. 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.

Maine Lobster Thermidor | Top of the World

Top of the World

The Strat

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.

Mordeo

Mordeo

Chinatown

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.

Barbara Kraft

Lakeside

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.  

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Carson Kitchen

Downtown

Everyone's first choice for dinner in the Fremont East district
The last restaurant by the late Kerry Simon is now in good hands with the celebrity chef's brother Scott now in charge of the kitchen. Despite a few changes over the years -- including a dramatic expansion into the space next store -- Carson Kitchen hasn't lost a step. Longtime favorites like the crispy chicken skins, bacon jam, and butter burger share space on the menu with ever-changing seasonal flatbreads and inventive mashups on roasted vegetables. Everything is served from a high-energy open kitchen in the center of the dining room. When the weather cools off, reserve a seat on the upstairs patio.

Esther's Kitchen | Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Esther's Kitchen

Downtown

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.   

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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
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.

Delmonico Steakhouse

Delmonico Steakhouse

The Venetian

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.
 

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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.

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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.

Joël Robuchon

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 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.

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Once

The Palazzo

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.

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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

Waldorf Astoria

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.

Barbara Kraft

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.

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.

Le Cirque

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.