Food & Drink

The 17 Most Important Restaurants in Las Vegas Right Now

Published On 07/06/2015 Published On 07/06/2015
Carson Kitchen
Bill Milne
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Giada
Bazaar Meat
Lotus of Siam
Picasso
Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist
Burger Bar
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Peter Harasty
RM Seafood
Andrea's
Rao's
Piero's Italian Cuisine
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
Triple George Grill
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1. Andiron Steak & Sea 1720 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135 (Downtown)

Blending contemporary and classic, Andiron Steak & Sea presents patrons with the best of both worlds; perfectly cooked steaks and creative seafood plates that don't sacrifice quality. Owned and operated by big league LV restauranteurs Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, this upscale, flashy eatery brings refined East Coast style surf and turf to downtown Summerlin.

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2. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Joel Robuchon's flagship restaurant is a deliberate retreat from all things neon and flashy (read: Vegas). Inside this elegant, Art Deco style townhouse, the three-Michelin starred chef serves four course meals comprised of truffles, caviar, and other fixtures of French haute cuisine. It's certainly extravagant, without a doubt, but it feels like you're walking into the dining room of someone's private mansion rather than a typical restaurant.

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3. Giada 3595 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This new Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired resto has floor-to-ceiling views of the busiest intersection on the Strip. Call for a reservation because everyone else wants eat here too.

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

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

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5. Lotus of Siam 953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (Off Strip)

This family run Thai restaurant deviates from the sweet and tangy style of cooking dominant near Bangkok in favor of more herbs and spices. The recipes are all from family and are 100 years in the making. There's a deep yet affordable wine list, and the place is located in a strip mall away from the craziness of The Strip.

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6. Picasso 3600 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Located in the Bellagio, this restaurant serves food from the areas of France and Spain that Pablo Picasso spent much of his life in. On the outdoor patio guests can experience views of the Las Vegas strip and the famous Bellagio fountains.

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7. Raku 5030 Spring Mountain Rd, #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (Downtown)

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

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8. Burger Bar 3930 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

Located inside the Mandalay Bay on the strip, this casual bar serves an unbelievable number of bottled beers alongside upgraded bar food, like build-your-own burgers and the option to top them with black truffles or oysters. And if you're the indecisive type, rest assured that Burger Bar has premade pairings as well.

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9. Restaurant Guy Savoy 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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

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10. Carson Kitchen 124 S 6th St Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

This Downtown rooftop bar has quite possibly the best appetizer menu in Vegas-- shareable plates like veal meatballs, short rib sliders, crispy chicken skins, and deviled eggs topped with caviar are all on order. If that weren't enticing enough, Carson Kitchen offers a well curated selection of cocktails and regularly hosts live bands on their swanky outdoor patio.

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11. RM Seafood 3930 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

Rick Moonen succeeds in serving quality seafood, regardless of the fact that RM seafood is in the middle of the desert. He serves classics from both coasts, a raw bar, and sushi . The space offers both a more casual downstairs space and a more upscale dining space upstairs. Chef Moonen is one of the top advocate for sustainable seafood, so you can dine knowing that the food has been source in the best way possible.

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12. Andrea's 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Encore's sprawling new Asian palace Andrea's is home to two chefs: one of the Executive variety named Joseph Elevado, who trained under Nobu Matsuhisa, plus "Musical Chef" Steve Angello, a member of EDM trio Swedish House Mafia, who for some reason changed his name from Steven Angello Josefsson Fragogiannis, and is not an actual person who cooks things.

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13. Rao's Las Vegas 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This Vegas branch of the famously difficult-to-get-into NYC-based Italian restaurant is serving the same family recipes in a much larger space that features a replica of the 12-table original in Harlem. The classic dishes are all throwbacks to the family's Southern Italian roots, featuring pastas, risottos, and steak bistecca with desserts like classic tiramisu and cheesecake to finish.

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14. Piero's Italian Cuisine 355 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109

It opened more than 30 years ago and has been serving awesome Italian fare ever since. Pia Zadora performs in the lounge on weekends

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15. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House 3799 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Located within the MGM Grand casino right on the Strip, this creole-inspired restaurant serves "New New Orleans" style food from celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse. With dishes like frog legs and alligator meatballs, this upscale Louisiana-style restaurant proves its not afraid to take on ingredients other fine dining spots shy away from and make something spectacular from them. The menu is rounded out with fresh seafood, steaks, and salads all made from the costal recipes of New Orleans. With a bar menu of both classic and modern cocktails, as well as wine by the glass and a popular happy hour, this place is usually pretty full, especially before shows at the casino. Reservations aren't required, but encouraged.

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16. Triple George Grill 201 N 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Triple George Grill's got private booths that feel like studio apartments, giving their old-school digs a spacious feel. Rocking one of the most distinctive steaks in Vegas -- the Porcini Crusted Ribeye made with a sweet and spicy mushroom rub -- TGG brings classic cuts of meat to the next level.

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17. PublicUs 1126 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

This coffee bar, bakery, and restaurant takes its name from the Latin word meaning "for the people" and serves food all day, ending in a happy hour from 9 pm until close. Full of reclaimed wood and industrial settings, this is a modern space that still retains the cozy feel of a coffeehouse. Table service is available, and the family-style seating (long, shared tables) means you may end up making new friends at this local's favorite spot. With unique coffee drinks made from their own special roast and a full list of wine and local beer this Downtown Vegas spot serves up New American cuisine worth detouring off the Strip for.

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