The 16 Most Essential Las Vegas Food Experiences

From rooftop views to global fine dining, you can’t miss these dining experiences in Sin City.

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant
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A lot of people think hitting up a buffet is a bucket-list dining experience in Las Vegas. Guess again. A buffet serves a purpose, but even in a town based on indulgence, there's more to a meal than stacking as many items as possible on a single plate. Las Vegas has one of the most intriguing dining scenes in the world, and while celebrity chefs often hog the attention (and have some of the best restaurants), there's a deep and diverse variety of cuisine that stretches beyond the Strip to Chinatown, Downtown, Summerlin, and other neighborhoods on the rise. If you want to visit the latest buzzworthy dining destinations, get familiar with the hottest restaurants to visit right now, but if you want an iconic experience that helps define the Las Vegas we know and love today, make sure to cross the following options off your bucket list.

Top of the World Interior_
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Elevate your evening with incredible views

The Strip
Everything's better with a view in Las Vegas—and that includes dinner too. It's hard to beat the Top of the World restaurant on the 107th floor of the 1,149-foot Strat tower. Dishes like a prime Bone-In Ribeye and Roasted Lobster Tails are enjoyed in a slow-rotating dining room that presents a 360-degree view of the Las Vegas Valley by the time the meal wraps up. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant isn't quite as high in the sky, but its 110-foot perch within the Eiffel Tower at the Paris resort offers some pretty awesome views too. The dining room is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Strip. A corner table with unobstructed views of the Bellagio fountains is considered one of the most romantic spots in Vegas. Ask for Table 56 well in advance when making a reservation—and cross your fingers.
How to book: Make a reservation at Top of the World online or by calling 702-380-7711. Make a reservation at Eiffel Tower Restaurant online or by calling 702-948-6937.

Restaurant Guy Savoy
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Indulge in French fine dining

The Strip
French fine-dining restaurants were among the last to reopen following a wave of temporary closures during the pandemic, but most of our favorites are now back to full form. Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace provides a masterful interpretation of the concept with seafood, Wagyu beef, Foie Gras, and truffles prepared in delicate, carefully arranged dishes. The late Joël Robuchon's legacy lives on with two restaurants at the MGM Grand: the eponymous Joël Robuchon, which is like dining in a private mansion, and the slightly more casual L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, where the best seats are at a counter surrounding an open kitchen. Le Cirque finally reopened in late 2021 at the Bellagio, under the direction of new executive chef Dameon Evers, who brings a renewed seafood focus and an exclusive American Wagyu beef to an intimate, elegant circus-themed dining room. All of those restaurants specialize in multi-course tasting menus. Michael Mina's Bardot Brasserie at the Aria is a bit more casual, but still an experience with elevated takes on Escargot, Steak Frites, and Beef Wellington.
How to book: Book online reservations at Restaurant Guy Savoy, Joël Robuchon, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Le Cirque, and Bardot Brasserie.

The Venetian Resort
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Score fresh fish in the middle of the desert

The Venetian
It's an old joke: How can Las Vegas have fresh fish in the middle of the desert? It's also a dumb joke. Just look at Estiatorio Milos at the Venetian, which serves fish as sashimi, charcoal-grilled (with lemon, capers, and olive oil), or baked whole in sea salt. Chef Jesse Maldonado is up early each morning, ordering seafood that's pulled from the Mediterranean and flown to Vegas within 24 hours or less. Michael Mina at the Bellagio has a similar dedication to sourcing with a commitment to sustainability by executive chef Raj Dixit. Taste the difference all at once with chunks of Dungeness crab, scallops, and mussels in a San Francisco-style Cioppino. But you don't need to be on the Strip for great seafood. The Legends Oyster Bar & Grill follows the vision of chef Jack Jarukasem, formerly of Caesars Entertainment, who is now following his own vision in the West Valley. Try the Pan Roast with lobster, crab, and shrimp; a deconstructed Gumbo; or a Louisiana-style Seafood Boil to become an instant believer.
How to book: Place an online reservation with Estiatorio Milos or Michael Mina. Call 702-476-8889 for a required reservation at The Legends Oyster Bar.

Mayfair Supper Club
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Entertain yourself with a supper club reboot

The Strip
Remember back in 2019 when we were looking forward to a new "Roaring 20s" with a wave of throwback speakeasies and supper clubs on the horizon? Well, 2020 and the rest of the new decade had its problems, but we're starting to straighten things out and two new supper clubs have delivered on reinventing the concept for a new generation. Delilah is easily one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas right now, based on the new American cuisine of chef Joshua Smith, whose tableside Beef Wellington and Dover Sole "Fish and Chips" upgrade pairs perfectly with live performances and an engaging art deco dining room that feels like a movie set. Mayfair Supper Club offers a similar mix of food and throwback entertainment, but with the Bellagio fountains as a backdrop for one of those "only in Vegas" things—which is what these bucket lists are all about, right? Try the slow-roasted Mashima Prime Rib and a seared-on-the-spot Seafood Sushi Roll for dinner. The restaurant takes on a "Mayfair After Dark" theme later in the evening with more of a high-energy party vibe.
How to book: Reservations at Delilah are notoriously tight. Call 702-770-3300 well in advance and try your luck. Mayfair Supper Club has reservations online or by calling 702-693-8876.

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Order next-level tapas at EDO

You may not expect to find Spanish tapas on the edge of Chinatown, but EDO is easily one of the most complete dining experiences in Las Vegas. Quality imported ingredients, expert preparation, and artful presentations feel especially welcome in an intimate dining room that includes a wall-size mural and cocktail cart preparing gin-and-tonics on the spot. Prices are reasonable, especially when choosing a multi-course tasting menu that can be adjusted to dietary preferences. The name is an acronym for the phrase "extra day off," as well as being a nod to chef Oscar Amador Edo, whose Catalan background leans heavily toward seafood and subtle French and Mediterranean influences. You really taste the dedication to ingredients in the Escabeche, with savory mushrooms complimenting bright chunks of lobster and king crab in one perfect bite. Another satisfying combination of textures is found in a 30-Day Aged Strip Loin Carpaccio served on a cheese pastry. A similar menu (with an added Italian influence) is available at Anima by EDO, a sister concept in the West Valley that's one of the best new restaurants in Vegas right now.
How to order: Book a reservation online or call 702-641-1345 to accommodate larger parties.

Golden Steer
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Take a trip back in time at the Golden Steer

Off the Strip
Perfectly cooked, wet-aged, prime steaks are even better when paired with authentic Las Vegas history. The Golden Steer Steakhouse (just west of the Strip on Sahara) has been around since 1958, back when there was a hitching post to park your horse. Since then, the restaurant has famously hosted the Rat Pack and other celebrities, often dedicating favorite booths in their honor (the most in-demand being Frank Sinatra's). Mobsters used to love the place too, ordering meals in a rear parlor room with a secret door for a quick escape. The stained glass, wood paneling, mounted memorabilia, and dark lighting only add to the atmosphere, sometimes feeling like a movie set more than a relic of the past. Tableside presentations are a big part of the experience, especially with the Caesar salad (possibly the best in town) and a Bananas Foster dessert. But whether it's a lean filet or bone-in ribeye, you're really here for the steaks—and the Golden Steer Cocktail, a combination of cognac, bubbly, lemon, and peach that's almost like a super-charged mimosa.
How to order: Reservations are available online, but call 702-384-4470 when requesting a specific booth. Golden Steer also ships steaks and meals throughout the country.

Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas
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Make the most of waterside dining at the Wynn

Wynn Las Vegas
Great food is even better with dramatic waterside scenery, a philosophy that's on full display at the Wynn resort. Mizumi, one of the most romantic dining spots in Vegas, is the best example with a colorful koi pond and 90-foot waterfall—visible through tall windows or from an outdoor deck. Executive chef Min Kim continues to elevate the menu with an especially strong focus on fresh seafood and inventive recipes. Meanwhile, both SW Steakhouse and Lakeside (featuring fresh fish flown in from Hawaii) overlook the newly revamped Lake of Dreams with yet another waterfall and surrounding hill of pine trees. Animatronic and projection performances happen every 20 minutes, ranging from cute (two emojis singing "I Got You Babe") to trippy (an interplanetary tribute to "Space Oddity").
How to order: Book a reservation online with Wynn Resorts.

Bazaar Meat
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Feast on steak at Bazaar Meat

The Sahara
The steakhouse is a format well-represented in Las Vegas, but few are as adventurous as Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Under the day-to-day direction of Executive Chef Candace Ochoa, the kitchen digs deep into a wide array of food, from raw seafood and caviar flights to wild boar sausage, Buffalo-style bison, a ten-pound suckling pig, and three choices of Spanish bone-in ribeye. If you like things weird, start off with the foie gras cotton candy. Multi-course tasting menus are a great way to get the full experience, but come with that "defeated by food" feeling when it's all over. Arrive hungry, pace yourself, and go easy on the sirloin tartare, which fills you up stat.
How to order: Book a reservation or order takeaway online.

Discover unexpected variety in Chinatown

Ever since Raku fired up its robata grill in 2008, the curtain has been pulled back on the hidden treasures of Chinatown in Las Vegas. Joyful House, Chengdu Taste, China Mama, and Shanghai Taste make it easy to explore the regions of China, while Yui Edomae, Kabuto, Kame, and Kaiseki Yuzu provide masterful kaiseki/omakase Japanese dining experiences. District One is your top destination for modern Vietnamese. But why stop at Asian cuisine? Visit Partage for contemporary French, or Mas Por Favor, a hidden speakeasy in the back of a taco joint. Sparrow + Wolf may be the Chinatown restaurant that's hardest to define, mixing a wide array of global flavors with the smokiness of wood-fired meats and vegetables.
How to order: Check with each restaurant for booking policies.

La Strega
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Experience a new wave of fresh Italian dining

Multiple Locations
Sometimes you want something more than spaghetti and meatballs on a red-and-white checkered tablecloth. A new wave of Italian restaurants are pulling back on heavy sauces while putting vibrant, fresh flavors front and center. The movement is led by Esther's Kitchen in the Downtown Arts District, where chef James Trees puts together seasonal menus of house-made pastas, addictive fresh bread, and pizzas that compete among the very best in Las Vegas. At La Strega in Summerlin, chef Gina Marinelli takes guests through a journey of varied Italian regions while earning national recognition along the way. Marinelli also leads the kitchen at the new Harlo steakhouse in Downtown Summerlin, where her pastas are reimagined as side dishes. After Vetri Cucina was put on hold at the Palms during the pandemic, Marc Vetri restructured his format and opened Osteria Fiorella at the Red Rock Resort with a similar but simpler menu that still takes advantage of crisp, easy flavor profiles. Locale has seen a few chefs come and go, but remains the top Italian dining destination in the Mountain's Edge/Southern Highlands area. What about the Strip? Check out Nicole Brisson's fresh, inventive take on Italian at Brezza, one of the most anticipated restaurants at the brand new Resorts World.
How to order: Contact each restaurant individually for reservations and to-go information.

Delmonico Steakhouse
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Wash down steaks with whiskey at Delmonico Steakhouse

Everything begins with a drink at Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico Steakhouse. The whiskey list is legendary with more than 700 spirits from at least eight different countries, including exclusives like a recent W.L. Weller Antique 107 Single Barrel Select wheated bourbon. Otherwise, go with one of more than 2,300 selections on the wine list, which has a stellar reputation in its own right. Whatever you're sipping on will pair perfectly with the steakhouse's prime cuts—sourced from Creekstone Farms, dry-aged in-house, and often given a New Orleans-inspired Creole twist, especially the juicy bone-in Ribeye. The best seat in the house is at the Chef's Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings and a rare look at Chef de Cuisine Daniel Tederous's kitchen team in action.
How to order: Book a reservation online or call 702-414-3737 to ask about availability on the Chef's Table.

é by José Andrés
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Enjoy the intimacy of é by José Andrés

The Cosmopolitan
The most intimate fine dining restaurant in Las Vegas has just nine seats, making it the most exclusive place to eat in Las Vegas. Guests at é by José Andrés pull up to one single countertop and are guided through a culinary journey 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 have been especially fun in the past, but anything is fair game. With only two seatings a night at 5:30 pm or 8:30 pm, reservations can be hard to book but worth the advance planning to score what is literally a golden ticket to enter. Add a wine or cocktail pairing and enjoy one of the most intriguing and unique dinners in Las Vegas.
How to book: Reservations are available online (although you may need to sign up on a waitlist).

Spago Las Vegas
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Dine by the Fountains at Bellagio

The dinner-and-a-show concept takes on new meaning at the Bellagio, where five restaurants have comfortable outdoor patios with up-close views of the resort’s iconic fountain displays. Feast on French at Julian Serrano’s Picasso (named after the impressive art collection in the dining room) or steaks at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime. Another Serrano restaurant, Lago, offers an Italian spin on an innovative tapas menu while Yellowtail serves exquisite sashimi and other Japanese dishes, courtesy of Akira Back. Wolfgang Puck’s Spago arrived at the Bellagio after helping establish the celebrity chef movement in its previous spot inside the Forum Shops. It continues to serve familiar favorites like the smoked salmon pizza and big eye tuna tartare cones, but now in a much more engaging environment.
How to order:Book an online reservation with the Bellagio.

Sink your teeth into BBQ at John Mull's Meats & Road Kill Grill

John Mull's Meats and Road Kill Grill seems to pop up out of nowhere in the middle of a mostly residential neighborhood near North Las Vegas. The meat market and BBQ stand is known for long lines, especially on the weekends, but the family-owned business knows how to keep things moving along. The presentations are simple, enjoyed on an ever-expanding covered patio with picnic tables, but the payoff is some of the best BBQ in Nevada. All the bases are covered—pulled pork, chicken, ribs, burnt ends (plus tri-top on Tuesdays and Thursdays)—but the hot links are legendary—cured for 16 hours and smoked for six. The place began as a slaughterhouse back in the '50s and still processes game for hunters.
How to order: No reservations, but you can order food in advance, arrange catering, or make meat/retail purchases online.

Marche Bacchus
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Escape to Desert Shores with Marche Bacchus

Desert Shores
Marche Bacchus was doing just fine until a car crashed into the front of the restaurant in early 2018. The good news is nobody got hurt. More good news—it was the perfect excuse to not only completely remodel the entrance, but add a bright 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 the table for just $10 more. We like the second option better, since it gives you a chance to try the eggplant terrine, pan-roasted duck breast, rack of lamb, and other French-focused menu items. Throw in the waterside scenery of Lake Jacqueline and an expansive outdoor terrace and you've got a one-stop-shop for the perfect date night dinner.
How to order: Book a reservation online.

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Mix steaks and cocktails with Herbs & Rye and Cleaver

Off the Strip
Nectaly Mendoza's Herbs & Rye earns so much praise as a craft cocktail bar, it's easy to forget it's also a restaurant—one that serves house-made pasta and perfectly charred steaks. (The latter are half-off during a legendary happy hour that's been generously running all night long since the pandemic started.) It's a moody, dimly lit locals hangout and industry clubhouse with tight reservations on weekends. Fortunately, sister steakhouse Cleaver has much more room, with a similar cocktail list and happy hour. There are flashier restaurants in town, but few have as much local charm. And admit it, you could use a stiff drink right now.
How to order: Book a reservation online with Herbs & Rye or Cleaver.

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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 putting multiple checkmarks next to his bucket list restaurants. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.