So you've found yourself in Las Vegas for one night... in one casino... and don't have the time, funds, or energy to explore the entire Strip. Just what do you do? Easy, you visit the best damn restaurant on the property and eat like a king. With this in mind, we went ahead and did the hard work for you, picking out the very best place to dine at every casino on the Strip. The choices may not always be the most fancy or most expensive, but each one is the most interesting and delicious choice for its given casino.
And since blowing money on food and blowing money at the tables go hand in hand, we're only talking about casinos, not resorts that don't offer gaming -- like the Four Seasons, Trump International, and Delano.
The basics: it's French food with a relaxed atmosphere from chef Michael Mina. Bardot Brasserie's one of the best new restaurants of 2015 and boasts an impressive menu, a nice collection of rare spirits, and one of the most inventive brunches on the Strip. Order a glass of rosé from the tableside wine cart to wash it all down.
Runner-up: Herringbone... because San Diego chef Brian Malarkey just opened his second Las Vegas spot and is looking to keep the momentum by focusing on seafood this time around.
A classic American steakhouse with three cuts of 28-day dry-aged meat and a buffet-style Sterling Brunch that includes caviar, lobster, and pours of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Also, people just can't seem to get enough of those Gruyere popovers.
Runner-up:Burger Brasserie... to prove that it's possible to have gourmet burgers made with chicken, lamb, and beef inside a sports bar.
Walk into a big bright space with a dining room and patio that overlooks the Bellagio fountains. If you're distracted by the scenery, don't think too hard about the menu. Point your finger anywhere on it and you'll come across an Italian-inspired small plate worthy of your attention from Julian Serrano.
Runner-up: Harvest... because it's hard to find a restaurant more careful about sourcing its ingredients than this brand-new spot, from the fresh vegetables to the grass-fed steaks.
The only US restaurant from chef Guy Savoy offers one of the best dining experiences you'll find on the Strip, with precise service and preparation on its 13-course seasonal tasting menus. Try to swing a table overlooking Las Vegas Blvd or, for a little privacy, request the exclusive Krug Chef's Table that seats six and offers an intimate view of the kitchen with plenty of Champagne.
Often called the best reason to visit Circus Circus and for a big chunk of the Las Vegas population, the only reason to visit Circus Circus. The hard part is choosing between the mesquite-grilled steaks, prime ribm or lobster.
Runner-up:Vince Neil's Tatuado... because it's the only place where you can eat a burger stuffed between a glazed donut while surrounded by Motley Crue memorabilia.
In a town where the phrase "farm to table" gets tossed around like a frisbee, this dining spot competes hard to provide the best ingredients for its Mediterranean cuisine. The seafood is flown in daily from carefully selected locations around the world and even the regionally sourced tomatoes will amaze you with their freshness. Try to score a table on the terrace overlooking the Strip.
Runner-up:China Poblano... for the right mix of Mexican and Chinese by chef Jose Andres.
The first and -- as of now -- only restaurant from Food Network favorite Giada de Laurentiis offers a modern Californian take on traditional Italian dining, and has worked hard to live up to the hype. But what really brings the experience together is the kitty-corner view of the Bellagio fountains through the dining room's wide-open windows.
Runner-up: Well, there aren't any other restaurants at this small-ish boutique hotel... so grab a drink at Bound by Salvatore in the lobby.
Let's be honest: Excalibur isn't known for its restaurants. It's strictly for tourists who prefer their hotel suite to be inside King Arthur's castle. But if you're hellbent on trying a Vegas buffet, the one at the Excalibur has made some recent upgrades and is a good place to load up your plate.
While not looking to be among the most talked-about restaurants on Strip, this steakhouse has filled its role quietly for years, yet aspires to be more than just a pit stop on the way to the Olivia Newton-John residency. Center Cut takes extra measures to ensure its steaks come from humanely raised cattle from carefully selected ranches, so you can be sure you're getting a quality cut.
Runner-up:Margaritaville... even though this tourist trap can be found in other vacation destinations around the world (and the airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica), there's something special about having a Cheeseburger in Paradise right next to the busy entrance of the LINQ promenade.
It's not quite a buffet, but more a glorified food court with individual offerings that change throughout the day and stations that serve almost everything -- including pizza, sushi, pastries, soups, and sandwiches. Get whatever you want. Just don't call it a buffet.
Runner-up: Ruth's Chris Steak House... but only if you don't already have one back in your hometown. We're looking at you Traverse CIty, Michigan.
Sometimes you have to pretend calories don't matter. And that's when Guy Fieri comes into play, drawing long lines of people who have absolutely zero interest in fancy stuff like a mixed-green salad. You're going to scarf down the Dragon's Breath chili cornbread Benedict instead. And you are going to love it.
Runner-up:Flour & Barley... because even though you've technically stepped away from the LINQ casino and are now walking down the LINQ promenade, you're eager to wash down a slice of pizza with an authentic cask beer.
Luxor's a protein-packed paradise with a wide array of beef from around the world, including five distinct ribeye cuts and a game-tasting trio of venison, elk, and wild boar. Begin the meal with a glass of wine and a few choices from the surprisingly deep artisanal cheese menu.
Runner-up: T&T Tacos & Tequila… for the best Mexican food you'll find inside a giant black pyramid.
Bustling and busy with a modern dining room full of energy, Michael Mina's StripSteak makes a second appearance on this list, proving that the best cuts of steak can be prepared with a sophisticated style. It also doesn't hurt to have a deep selection of single-malt Scotch to help settle things down afterwards.
Runner-up: Aureole... because even though the four-story tower of wine will get your attention (along with the "wine angels" retrieving your bottles), it's the diverse and inventive menu that will have you marking down a return trip in your day planner.
What will you find here? Fine cuisine from one of the most highly regarded chefs in France, in perhaps the most elegant dining room in Las Vegas. For a less expensive and more casual alternative, try L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon next door.
Runner-up:Crush... for small bites that can be shared by the table in an open dining room that soaks in the energy of the casino floor.
Las Vegas is full of great Italian restaurants, but chef Michael LaPlaca has found a way to stand out from a crowded pack by constantly trying out new tricks on traditional favorites. If you want your meatballs blended with fried squash and goat cheese or your lasagna made with braised oxtail and ragu, this is your place.
Runner-up:Heritage Steak... Tom Colicchio cooks all-natural meat over an open flame, whether it's a charcoal grill or wood-burning fire, with one of the best dessert selections on the Strip.
Founded by Andre Rochat who took French fine dining to new heights in Vegas long before the celebrity-chef invasion. Make a point to relax in the cigar lounge, either before or after your meal, with a strong glass of whiskey.
Runner-up:Yusho... is known for its Logan Poser ramen but is much more than a ramen house, with an eclectic mix of Asian-inspired snack foods and in-house cocktails on draft.
Try ignoring this place when you walk by and smell the fish & chips being made in the kitchen. This pub was literally imported brick by brick from Ireland, along with a healthy Irish spirit that will encourage you to order a shot of Jameson to chase down your Guinness.
Runner-up:Tom's Urban... for the diverse menu that includes oddities like the BLT lobster roll and boozy snow cones as well as the Bacon Bourbon Mary.
Carnevino covers a lot of ground with Italian cuisine, steaks, wine, and antipasti, and you'll be tempted to try a little bit of everything on the menu, but zero in on the red meat. The dry-aging process lasts anywhere from 90 to 240 days, culminating in the rare "riserva" cut that's sold by the ounce and only available on select days.
Runner-up:CUT... because despite being overshadowed a bit by Carnevino, this steakhouse is the most impressive option in Wolfgang Puck's Las Vegas empire.
If you're a fan of the famous British chef, you're probably already planning to order the beef Wellington. But if you are really, really, really a fan, there's also the Hell's Kitchen tasting menu, based on the TV show.
Runner-up: HEXX... not only for the in-house single-origin chocolate and desserts, but also a full dinner menu that doesn't rest on the reputation of the sweet stuff.
What may be the most overlooked steakhouse in Las Vegas could also be the most carefree and fun. With blood-red decor and authentic photos of vintage pinup girls, Strip House has mastered how to prepare a perfectly charred steak to go with addictive side dishes like the black truffle creamed spinach and a recently introduced flaming baked Alaska for dessert.
Runner-up:Gordon Ramsay BurGR... makes burgers for people who don't usually eat burgers and is worth the wait in the long line out front.
In a town where steakhouses are often routine, chef Jose Andres' Las Vegas masterpiece is truly unlike anything you'll come across. With early courses like foie gras cotton candy and a tableside-prepared beef tartare, it's hard to save room for the main course, whether it's a Spanish-style bone-in ribeye or a roasted pig being shared among your table guests.
Runner-up: Umami Burger... where else you can enjoy a truffle cheeseburger and sweet potato fries with a beer garden on one side and a sportsbook on the other?
You're not at TI for fine dining. You're here for fun. And Gilley's has the best BBQ on the Strip that just so happens to be served by cowgirls in chaps. When you're not line dancing, you're eating ribs and washing 'em down with a cold draft beer.
Runner-up:Señor Frog's... because, like we said, you're not here for fine dining.
Emeril Lagasse has more than a few worthy Las Vegas restaurants in his arsenal, but none are more impressive than this one. The dining room is elegant but simple, and a place where the focus remains firmly on the food, wine, and whiskey -- rather than celebrity star power.
Runner-up: Yardbird... because you want to know what upscale organic fried chicken tastes like, at least just once.
The restaurant formerly known as Bartolotta has been revamped with a new name and a new chef but some things remain in place, like the deep selection of seafood flown in daily from Italy and the outdoor lagoon seating. This is where you come to discover fish that's hard to find anywhere else.
Making a reservation here is the best Sinatra-related thing you can do in Las Vegas in 2016. The spaghetti and clams alone makes it worth the visit (whether you really believe it was Frank's favorite dish or not).
Runner -up:Andrea's... because whether you go with sushi, steak, or sea bass, this is the perfect place to load up on calories before a busy night at Surrender nightclub next door.
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Chef Michael Mina's Bardot offers upscale French cuisine inside a swanky, 1920s' inspired brasserie. Classic cuisine is dressed to the nines: prime steak tartare, garnished with a farm egg yolk, is ground to order and French onion soup includes périgord truffles and braised oxtail. Its location within the plush Aria Resort & Casino accentuates its opulent charm.
This Southern California-import has taken on some serious Las Vegas attitude with its location at the Aria. San Diego chef Brian Malarkey's second Las Vegas restaurant focuses on fresh seafood plates, big and small, that are perfect for sharing, whether you like your octopus hot or cold. The main dining room feels more like a lounge with low tables, comfortable couches, and music from an in-house DJ. In the warmer months, the patio is open for brunch, giving diners a little fresh air and a nice view overlooking the Aria pool.
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.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar in the Bellagio Hotel offers sustainably-minded, New American fare. The menu, divided into sections of "Garden," "Ocean," and "Ranch" cuisine, accentuated by shareable sides like truffle fries and baby broccoli, is at once gourmand and family friendly, a notoriously difficult combo to pull off. A Napa Valley heavy wine list pairs well with these fresh and rustic plates.
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.
Located within the cavernous walls of Caesar’s Palace, Old Homestead is the Vegas reincarnation of the famed Manhattan restaurant by the same name. The menu here is just as timeless: expect robust, juicy filet mignons accompanied by creamy bordelaise sauce and lighter classics like oysters Rockefeller Royale with Pernod crème. With a California-heavy wine list and interior that speaks to the heyday of mid-century Sin City grandeur (think crisp white table linens, plush red leather booths, sultry dim lighting), it’s a great spot for special evenings with your significant carnivore -- providing, of course, that both of you came equipped with fancy eveningwear and a reservation made long in advance.
With an old-school Vegas-vibe, THE Steakhouse may be inside Circus Circus, but you'd definitely be a clown to miss out on their traditional cuts of meat, ranging from a porterhouse to a filet mignon to a NY strip.
Nosh on a burger sandwhiched in between donuts, peel and eat beer boiled shrimp, or add a nice topping of mac and cheese to your burger at Vince Neil's Tatuado. And did you think we'd forget to mention all the Motley Crue memorabilia? Don't worry it's still there, plus you can sing "Girls, Girls, Girls" to your heart's content with karaoke 7 nights a week.
With seafood flown in from the best locations around the world and regionally-sourced vegetables, Estiatorio Milos might be the freshest restaurant on the strip. It may put a small (okay, not so small) dent in your wallet, but if you can score a table on the terrace, the incredible views of the strip might make you forget all about that dent.
The awesomely intermingled creation of James Beard Award-winning José Andrés, China Poblano welcomes guest through an urban street-looking facade (complete with take-out windows) into a space with wood picnic benches, bicycle spoke red ceiling lamps, and giant digital photo frames rotating through images of Lucha Libre dudes, Chinese children, and Mao, all while you do exactly that to some food.
If you're the type of tourist who likes to stay in a castle shape hotel, then this Vegas buffet is definitely for you. With plenty of options and a few recent upgrades The Excalibur Buffet is a Vegas buffet we can actually tolerate.
Vegas is home to many, many steakhouses. Make sure you try a couple other ones before venturing to The Camelot. Besides the normal steak and seafood offerings, the Steakhouse also has a 3-course prix-fixe menu and a kids menu for the inner child in all of us. Or for the actual kids in your family.
Located in the heart of the Strip, the Flamingo Hotel's Center Cut features classic vintage black and white decor, enormous leather booths cut into the wall that ensure a private dining experience, and plasmas screening old-school photo montages. The tables might be set with white tablecloths, but the restaurants escapes a stuffy steakhouse ambiance with a playful menu of appetizers like the bacon satay trio, sides like jalapeño bacon creamed corn, and more seafood and meat options than your brain could juggle.
While technically not a buffet, the Fulton Street Food Hall offers a similar everything-in-one-spot dining experience, but with each item individually priced -- from fresh-baked pastries and New York-style pizza to sandwiches with almost a dozen choices of bread. The global fare ranges from fresh sushi to a variety of different Pan-Asian noodle or soup stations. There's also a Mexican food station that offers tacos, burritos, and a south-of-the-border twist on French crepes.
Never one for the conventional, Guy Fieri invites patrons into his wacky world of fusion-inspired dishes and tattoo-themed decor at Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar. Dishes with names like Dragon's Breath Chili Cornbread Benedict and The Mayor of Flavortown shouldn't be a surprise, but then again, neither should the remarkable tastes.
Located in close proximity to the LINQ, Flour and Barley is serving up brick oven-fired pizza. The pizzas are hot and fresh, with wood-fired crusts, and are complimented well with an impressive wine list, and more than 150 beers, including a deep selection of craft brews from around the country.
While steakhouses abound in the city of indulgence, TENDER manages to stand out with edgy decor that subs white tablecloths for glossy wood surfaces, and a contemporary lighting piece that resembles a collection of long, warped bulbs. They've got over six different variations of beef for you to choose from, plus they boasting the title of 2012's "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence."
The Luxor's T&T is 8000sqft of aluminum-walled, skeleton-bedecked haute-sombrero, rocking a massive, 65x25ft mural of a lady bullfighter, and serving classic Ameri-mex (nachos, tamales, enchiladas), plus nuevo tacos filled with the likes of lobster & more.
The selection is so large that bottles are stored in a four-story-tall wine tower. Hot chicks known as “wine angels” are hoisted into the air to fetch them for you -- giving you some acrobatic eye candy to go along with your drink.
One of only two restaurants in the Americas from acclaimed French chef Joël Robuchon (the other, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, is on the same floor of MGM Grand), this restaurant has a formal dress code and dishes that cater to a sophisticated palette. Carefully crafted seasonal menus pair well with free-flowing Champagne, but be sure to pay attention to the wine list. There are more than 1,700 bottles featured, with some impressive choices for Burgundy and Bordeaux. But you can also keep things simple with a California cabernet to wash down all the foie gras on your plate.
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.
29. CRUSH 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)
The MGM Grand plays host to this inviting and charming restaurant that focuses on creating intimate moments with shared food. Small plates and sharable portions are the hallmark of this relaxed space, which prides itself on having local ingredients and plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten free among us. A lengthy list of beers, wines, and craft cocktails is available to choose from, including the signature Punch, Drunk, Love which is served—you guessed it—family style. Two seating areas mean the space can hold many diners at once while still feeling intimate, and the relaxed furnishings are sure to put you at ease.
Chef Michael LaPlaca brings his coastal Italian cuisine to the Mirage Resort & Casino. Using ingredients imported from Italy, LaPlaca creates modern takes on traditional dishes (like chicken parm served with house-made sausage). The cozy, intimate setting is perfect for a romantic meal.
The third restaurant from Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, this 220-seat steakhouse housed inside The Mirage cooks up quality, antibiotic-free meats over an open flame. The lighting here is dim enough to make your table feel like a personal restaurant, and contemporary decor touches like glass vases and wood accents elevate your dry aged rib eye meal into a sleek and polished dining experience.
Vegas's original celeb-chefstaurant helmed by Andre Rochat sits at the heigh of luxury with turquoise-hued walls, highlighted by floor-to-ceiling glass doors, antiqued mirrors and gold and blue mosaic tiles throughout the dining area and in its vaunted Cigar Lounge, where high-rollers come to impress clients with a world-class selection of Cognac. Menus offer tasting plates and a la carte options for the season with five-star French cuisine like pan seared duck, vegetable thermidor and tender ribeye.
You can’t go wrong with the Guinness on draft or the nice selection of Irish whiskey, but the best reason to come here for St. Patty’s -- more specifically, the Celtic Feis celebration -- is the annual outdoor celebration that takes over the replica of the Brooklyn Bridge right outside the front door.
As the name might suggest, this Vegas resto helmed by Mario Batali specializes in meat and wine. In a town of countless upscale meat and potato joints, Carnevino gains the distinction of being one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas. The upscale Italian fare Batali is known for also holds a prominent place on the menu.
Helmed by resto mogul Wolfgang Puck, CUT is serving up modern twists on classic steakhouse faire in their modern, 160-seater nestled into the Palazzo. Stop by the 60-seat bar for innovative cocktails and bar snacks.
This steakhouse inside Planet Hollywood serves up all your traditional cuts of meat (22oz ribeye, filet mignon, etc) plus departures from the expected like jumbo shrimp and rack of lamb. Their dock-to-dish seafood program serves up line-caught fish so fresh it may have been swimming in the waters of Hawaii the day before. On any given day you can get some smoked crudo, pan roasted ono, or blackened white walu. Be sure to leave room for dessert, because their famous 24-layer chocolate cake has earned rave reviews from Food & Wine and more.
Gordon Ramsay's eponymous burger eatery is a hyper-modern, brightly outfitted 200 seater located in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The menu here treats you to a roundup of classic and gourmet burger combinations, bar sides like jalapeno poppers and onion rings that get the upscale treatment under Ramsay's tutelage, and pudding-filled milkshakes that allow for an indulgent dessert experience. And for Ramsay fans, the giant open kitchen visible from the dining room offers the possible chance to catch his infamous TV antics in real time.
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.
True to its original sign outside the Frontier Casino that reads "Cold Beer... Dirty Girls..." the Old West saloon and dance hall has been reincarnated in a whopping 14,000-square-foot space with a stage for live music, faux-tin roofing, and an outdoor patio overlooking the Strip. And because no incarnation of the West would be complete without it, Gilley's offers a full barbecue feast that's available until midnight, with rib meat that falls right off the bone, brisket and pulled pork slathered Texas-style sauce. Oh, and a mechanical bull.
When something's blown up in Cancun, it's bound to try its hand in Vegas, though not until after testing the waters in Orlando, the Bahamas, St Thomas, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Mahahual Costa Maya, Acapulco, Ixtapa, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, and, of course, Myrtle Beach. So it's no surprise that none other than Senor Frog's has hopped its way onto the Strip, dividing its 22k square amongst two VIP lounges, five bars, and a copious outdoor patio.
A sparkling part of the $165 million sexification of the Tropicana, Biscayne lets you bask in Miami's tropically-seasoned steaks, fresh seafood, and laid-back vibe thanks to cream colored walls/banquettes/chairs, slat-wood floors, and rows of windows providing more light than you'll see the rest of your time in Vegas, especially considering your excessive-Worming-related lifetime ban from Light.
Emeril Lagasse’s 150-seater steakhouse remains a Vegas crowdpleaser since its opening in the late 90s' . The menu is a mixture of French, Italian, and Creole influences and also boasts an exquisite wine menu comprised of more than 2,300 labels, mostly from smaller, biodynamic wineries. If vino's not your thing, good thing Delmonico's also houses nearly 600 whiskey selections.
If you’re going to pick one place in Las Vegas to order fried chicken, make it Yardbird. The organic, pasture-raised chicken arrives at the table juicy and golden after a 27-hour brining process and is served best alongside a cheddar waffle with maple bourbon syrup and chilled, spicy watermelon.
With a large selection of seafood flown in daily from Italy, you know Costa di Mare has to be good. If there's a place to try a piece of fish that you've never even heard of before, Costa Di Mare is it.
51. Mizumi 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)
Chef Devin Hashimoto has taken his knowledge about modern Japanese cuisine and given a classier crowd of Vegas-dwellers something to write home about. The place glitters with a dramatic gold and red interior (you're in Vegas, after all) and your taste buds will freak out with just one mouthful of sushi. Just stay away from the koi pond after your eighth cocktail.
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.