Ahhh, summer in Vegas: it's the perfect time to hit a pool party or two, maybe do something a little naughty, and... open a restaurant? Yup. For proof, check out our list of this summer's 10 best new Vegas restaurants. Feast your eyes:

Peter Harastay

Carson Kitchen

Downtown
Chef Kerry Simon has added to his empire by opening a new spot on a neglected stretch of Carson Ave -- it runs one block South of the much busier and flashier Fremont St -- where he's got a rooftop patio and possibly the best menu in Vegas, thanks to veal meatballs, short rib sliders, crispy chicken skins, and deviled eggs topped with caviar.

Bill Milne

Made.LV

Tivoli Village
Opened by the team from nearby Honey Salt, this new pub and restaurant is an effort to go a little more casual while still offering food made with fresh farm-to-table ingredients, like the bacon and eggs -- made with thick-cut bacon, deviled eggs, red onion jam, and multigrain bread. It's a great alternative for breakfast whether you’re hungover or not.

Caesars Entertainment

BLT Steak

Bally’s
You already know that BLT Steak has resurrected the Sterling Brunch and made it one of the best in Las Vegas, but you can check out the restaurant any time of the day and get a great meal. You can’t go wrong with the dry-aged New York strip or porterhouse, but the tuna tartare and popovers -- made with Gruyère cheese -- are earning a reputation of their own at the steakhouse.

Edison Graff

17° South

South of the Strip
This bar, restaurant, and lounge is tucked away near the lobby of Tahiti Village. It boasts an open-air view that overlooks the pool, as well as tropical twists on bar food staples (teriyaki burgers, island-style ribs, spicy chicken wings, etc.) that'll make you forget that you’re really in the middle of the desert -- or just off the concrete and asphalt of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Mercaditio

Mercadito

Red Rock
The front of the Red Rock is getting a makeover with a new outdoor promenade that will complement the new Downtown Summerlin district next door and comes with some new restaurants, including Mercadito, which spices up traditional Mexican fare with blackened swordfish and pork belly tacos with a mango guacamole.

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Giada

The Cromwell
If you can beat the crowd still trying to score reservations at Giada De Laurentiis' restaurant, you'll enjoy Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes while soaking in a floor-to-ceiling view of the busiest intersection on the Strip.

Lao Sze Chuan

Lao Sze Chuan

The Palms
Whether you can pronounce the name of this restaurant or not, you’ve got to give Chef Tony Hu credit for doing his research and traveling to China frequently to scope out new ideas for the 200+ beef, chicken, pork, and seafood options on the menu. It’s enough to give the best restaurants in Chinatown a run for their money.

LYFE Kitchen

LYFE Kitchen

Green Valley Ranch
LYFE Kitchen offers more bang for your buck on organic eats than the Whole Foods next door thanks to reasonably priced dishes like grass-fed steaks, salads, and flatbreads -- which are made with fresh ingredients and free of antibiotics, hormones, and other stuff you don’t even want to know about.

Distill

Distill

Southern Highlands
This new joint in the Southwest suburbs is not only in a spot that could use a good local hangout, but it also specializes in casual cuisine that’s much better than your typical bar food. Grab a brew and order up the Mashed Potato Bites -- deep-fried and stuffed with cheese -- or a selection of steaks that wouldn’t look out of place here.   

Tacos & Beer

Tacos & Beer

East of the Strip
The name says it all… it's got affordable Mexican food that won’t break the bank, extended late-night hours, and a popular happy hour. The pork al pastor taco -- sweetened with pineapple -- pairs perfectly with one of the 50+ selections of beer by the bottle or the 20+ on tap.

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1. 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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2. Made.LV 440 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

This pub and restaurant is casual and relaxed with food made with fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Get the bacon and eggs -- made with thick cut bacon, deviled eggs, red onion jam, and grilled multigrain bread.

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3. BLT Steak 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Inside Bally's, BLT Steak is serving up nothing but Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwiches alongside steaks. Just kidding! They've got all the usual steakhouse favorites (aged NY Strip, seafood options like Dover sole) plus ridiculously good brunch eats like lobster tails and caviar. Yes, for breakfast.

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4. 17° south 7200 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

This bar, restaurant, and lounge is tucked away near the lobby of Tahiti Village with an open air view that overlooks the pool. The Teriyaki Burger, Island Ribs, and spicy chicken wings offer a tropical twist on bar-food staples that will make you forget you’re really in the middle of the desert.

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5. Mercadito 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

This new resto in the Red Rock is putting a twist on traditional Mexican fare, with blackened swordfish and pork belly tacos as well as a mango guacamole that's so addictive you could be hospitalized for a potassium overdose.

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6. 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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7. Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant 4321 West Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV

This spot has more than 200 beef, chicken, pork, and seafood options on the menu. It’s enough to give the best restaurants in Chinatown a run for their money.

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8. Lyfe Kitchen 140 S Green Valley Parkway #142, Henderson, NV 89012

LYFE Kitchen offers more bang for your buck than the Whole Foods next door with reasonably priced dishes like grass fed steaks, salads, and flatbreads that are made with fresh ingredients and free of antibiotics.

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9. Distill 4830 W Pyle Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89141

This local hangout is packed with TVs so you can catch all of the action in your favorite games. There’re solid food options like roasted bourbon BBQ chicken, and speciality drinks. We are partial to their burgers, which made our list of Best New Burgers in 2014.

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10. Tacos & Beer 3900 Paradise Rd Ste A, Las Vegas, NV 89169

The name says it all… they've got affordable Mexican food that won’t break the bank. Try the pork al pastor taco with sweetened with pineapple goes perfectly with more than 50 selections of beer by the bottle or more than 20 on tap.

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