If there’s one thing you have to do this month, it’s... well, these 28 things... but you should probably also go to the many sweet Sin City eateries that’ve opened this summer before summer actually ends. Luckily we’ve got a list of the 12 best new restaurants in Las Vegas, right here...
The Best New Restaurants in Las Vegas, Right Now
Much like Carson Kitchen before it, Therapy has set a new standard for restaurants in the Fremont East area of Downtown. Look carefully, or you might walk past it, with dark windows that hide the tall ceiling and energetic atmosphere inside. Start the meal with the "In the Gnudi," a take on baked ricotta with truffle honey and fig jam that could be the best appetizer in Vegas. Wash it down with one of four sangrias on the menu, and make sure you get the oxtail empanadas or Big Sexy Wagyu burger at some point. Most items on the menu are perfect for sharing.
Anchor Bar claims to have invented the chicken wing at its home location in upstate New York, so a restaurant with such a boast better be ready to back up the claim by serving the bar-food staple perfectly. There’s no dining room and the pull-up counter is cozy, but the wings live up to the hype and are worth a stop, especially if you’re catching a Buffalo Bills game on TV or plan to take an order back to your room upstairs at the Venetian.
Part of the new wave of Downtown restaurants, the best items from Glutton come from its wood-fired oven, whether it’s a bacon & fig flatbread, or vegetables like shaved Brussels sprouts or curried cauliflower. The caramel corn profiteroles take advantage of the trend of turning popcorn into dessert, while the quiet patio in the back could be an even better place to grab an outdoor drink than the Container Park next door.
There’s a new challenger to the top steakhouses in Las Vegas. After building its reputation in Park City, Utah, the latest restaurant at the Westgate is making an impression at the hotel Elvis once made famous with a record string of sold-out shows. And if the Snake River Farms Wagyu beef isn’t enough for you, you can always head down to the lobby and check out the "Sexxy" topless revue after dinner.
Most of the food, including the sauces, are made in-house, and the diverse menu has wok-fired kung pao chicken alongside a tasty pot roast and Hawaiian sticky ribs. The pizza choices were recently given an upgrade and go perfectly with one of the local beers on draft. Need a place to bring your pet? Not only are dogs allowed on the patio, but they’re given their own bowl of water and doggie menu. We hear the brown rice and ground beef is supposedly pretty delicious.
Opening with little fanfare but an industry buzz that’s made it one of the most highly regarded new restaurants in months, Other Mama has a free-flowing menu that is seafood oriented and based on ingredient availability, but doesn’t stick too close to any single style. Chef Dan Krohmer got his feet wet making sushi away from home, working under the table in Japan, before going legit in Las Vegas and opening the restaurant he’s always wanted.
Found on the ground floor of the Ogden condo building, Itsy Bitsy is a communal social spot, perfect for the growing Downtown boom, where Zappos employees mingle with artists and college students. The Asian tapas menu is relatively small but efficient with shareable appetizers, create-your-own ramen bowls, and hand rolls that are color-coded with rice paper... in case you forget which one you ordered.
Special attention to detail is given to everything on the menu, and whether the food is Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, or Thai, everything is made with surprising authenticity for a place where your order is made at the register. It may be served on a tray, but the seared duck rivals any you’ll find in a more formal setting.
The menu is farm-to-table fresh with a neighborhood bar atmosphere and plenty of space whether you sit inside or outside. Promising an education in food and beer, the principal lesson you learn here, while no doubt chugging one of the rotating craft brews on tap, is that regardless of what you order, make sure it comes with the awesome bacon cheddar tots and Sriracha ketchup on the side. Wednesdays are karaoke night, but if the music is a little too loud, head out to the bigger-than-expected patio for a game of beer pong.
There may be no meat, milk, or eggs on the menu, but the food is so delicious and fresh, it will keep carnivores coming back for extra bites of the quinoa spaghetti meatballs and picante pineapple pizza. Despite being open for just a few months, VegeNation is already a clear favorite for the best vegan menu in Vegas. And with a hangover smoothie made with coconut, pineapple, orange, and kale... it’s also a clear favorite for the up-too-late-at-the-club crowd as well.
Off the Strip
Feeding addictions since 1969 at its original location in Santa Barbara, The Habit Burger Grill has built a loyal following with “Charburgers” cooked over an open flame with fresh ingredients. One option includes USDA Choice tri-tip steak with BBQ or teriyaki sauce. And if French fries are too boring for you, you can always order some tempura green beans on the side instead.
After keeping the bowlers and music fans at Brooklyn Bowl full, Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken has opened its first off-Strip location at Downtown Summerlin. The main dish is known for a crispy, spicy skin that tastes best when dipped in one of three honeys -- wildflower, wasabi, or chipotle. Wash it down with a caramel macchiato milkshake or better yet, a choice of beer on draft.
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1. Therapy518 E Fremont St, Las Vegas
2. Anchor Bar At The Venetian3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3. Glutton616 E Carson Ave Ste 110, Las Vegas
4. Edge SteakhouseWestgate, 3000 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas
5. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar1725 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas
6. Other Mama3655 S Durango Dr Ste 6, Las Vegas
7. Itsy Bitsy Ramen & WhiskeyThe Ogden, 150, Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas
8. WuHu Noodle3333 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas
9. Public School 7021850 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas
10. VegeNation616 E Carson Ave Ste 120, Las Vegas
11. The Habit Burger Grill365 Hughes Center Dr., Las Vegas
12. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken1770 Festival Plaza Dr Ste 200, Las Vegas
This industrial chic restaurant's three word credo "Savor, sip, and share" informs its menu of trendy, New American eats. Located Downtown in a buzzy, bi-level space, Therapy is a great place to bring a group. Plates like chicken and red velvet waffle sliders, crispy fried pig ears, and oxtail empanadas pair well with an extensive cocktail list, and, oh, house-made sangria.
The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY—credited with creating the Buffalo wing (*slow claps*)—has been serving up its homemade sauce since 1964. Now, patrons of Sin City can enjoy the hot, vinegary taste of the East Coast before (or after) hitting the casino.
Showcasing locally-sourced produce, house-made pasta, and seafood from the Pacific Northwest, Glutton reinvents comfort food with adventurous entrees (brown butter gnocchi—braised pork cheeks, soy, sage, pine nut gremolata) and traditional dishes (roasted chicken hash, peaches and cream Belgian waffle, and spicy pork rinds).
Located inside Westgate Resort and Casino, Edge Steakhouse fuels carnivore fantasies with prime steaks, Snake River Farm Wagyu beef, and fresh fish. While the higher price points may be overwhelming, the experience of a white tablecloth meal in a marble- and chandelier-decked space, as well as starter options like pepper crusted beef carpaccio and spicy shrimp served in a sweet chile reduction, completely delineate this restaurant from your standard American eatery.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is comparable to any American restaurant chain, but with a family-owned touch. The diverse menu ranges from classic sandwiches to gourmet pizzas to wok-friend dishes. Dog-friendly entrees and patio seating are available for man's best friend.
At Other Mama, house-made, infused spirits are named after your grandmother's cousins and patrons can enjoy fresh seafood and libations right outside the desert. The ambiance of this Spring Valley spot follow suit in the casual, familial vibe, with wait staff dressed down in casual tees, and painted wooden chairs and floorboards that harken to a classy beach shack.
Three steps. Endless possibilites. Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whiskey is known for its create-your-own ramen bowls, which allow customers to chose their type of noodle, broth, and toppings. This Japanese-style tavern also supplies tapas, craft beer, and, of course, an assortment of whiskey.
WuHu Noodles brings the best of Asia to Sin City. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine all appear on the menu, satiating your craving for pad thai, noodles, duck, and dumplings in one fell swoop.
If your actual public school growing up had the same chic, industrial vibe and space-inspired decor as Public School 702 does, you probably would have grown up to be a hell of a lot cooler. This playful school-themed spot in Downtown Summerlin serves up modern takes on fare from an assortment of countries and cultures, like the southwestern roasted poblano with quinoa, the every-famous British fish and chips and the Mediterranean white bean hummus plate, along with dozens of west coast brews on tap.
Two core values are at the heart of VegeNation: 100% plant-based ingredients, and a big interest in the local community of Las Vegas. This vegan eatery tries to source as much as possible from the surrounding desert environs -- the interior of the restaurant is flush with vibrant fauna, décor which doubles as an actual herb garden used by the kitchen. The menu is influenced by nondenominational street food, boasting standout dishes like the “Save the Tuna” mock sushi and the “Muchos Gracias,” a sweet potato quesadilla with savory chipotle crema. Combined with the list of craft beers from Sin City breweries and a regular line-up of live music, it's a Downtown destination.
From its humble beginnings in Santa Barbara in 1969, The Habit Burger Grill has expanded across the country. The chain restaurant in Las Vegas boasts "charburgers" and other beach-inspired eats (teriyaki burgers with grilled pineapple, albacore tuna filet sandwich).
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is what Popeye's and KFC aspire to be: fresh, crispy chicken eateries that also serve beer and wine. Yes, you read that right. Throw in a Nutella milkshake, and you have yourself the best Friday night Vegas can dream up.