Food & Drink

What you've been missing: 8 overlooked Las Vegas restaurants you need to know about

Published On 11/19/2013 Published On 11/19/2013
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There are so many sweet celebrity chef-staurants in Las Vegas that it's actually pretty easy to get your own cooking show on TV, presumably overlook spots serving some of the city's best eats, unless you check out our list of eateries that you should be -- but probably aren't -- eating at right now...

Barbara Kraft

La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway
The Strip
This low-ceiling'd and sultrily lit spot wants you to try a little bit of everything, from a flight of wines to tapas-style shared places like charcuterie, a marshmallow-based S'more Flatbread, or bacon-wrapped dates, which, unless you want your date to wrap up early, you really shouldn't keep to yourself.

MGM Resorts International

The Strip
It doesn't specialize in a particular type of food, or stand out in the sprawling Bellagio, but it does have four different kitchens specializing in American, Italian, Asian, and seafood dishes, and you know what that means! Yup, you can have locally sourced pasta, burgers and sushi on your table at the same time!

Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina

Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina
Despite its location near the upscale Anthem neighborhood, this home-style Italian joint offers a good value for your dollar, thanks to reality TV's Chef Carla Pellegrino and her sister, who's Act is turning out traditional beef, veal & pork meatballs served in fresh tomato & basil sauce; penne cooked in vodka & cream; and crispy-skin salmon, all while hiding from a Reno mob boss, presumably.

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
The Strip
French Chef Pierre Gagnaire only has one restaurant in the United States, and it’s on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental. That’s where you can check out one of the most under-appreciated views of the Strip without having to pay a cover charge -- you do have to pay (dearly) for the food, however, so check out the recently introduced prix fixe menu for some deals.

The D Las Vegas

Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse
Tucked away on the second floor of The D Las Vegas, this authentic Italian eatery is easy to miss, but the eats you'll find down the brick hallway by the door are can't miss... think chophouse-style dishes, including seafood that's flown in daily, Caesar salads tossed at your table, and their next-level take on Kit Kat bars for dessert.

Aliante Casino + Hotel

MRKT Sea & Land
North Las Vegas
The Aliante Casino + Hotel-based steakhouse actually makes the drive through (or, let's be honest, around) North Las Vegas worth it, with farm-to-table foodstuffs you'd find on land (Southern fried chicken, calves liver, a bone-in ribeye, etc.), or... waitforit!... in the sea (Alaskan King Crab, salmon), though if you can't choose you can always get both at the same time, Surf & Turf-style.

Peter Scaturro

The Strip
Don't let the campy, faux-Italianate architecture in The Forum Shops discourage you: this is a go-to for creative calorie-laden boot-food, like deep-dish lasagna pizza; classic linguine & clams in your choice of classic red or white sauce; and housemade gelato in flavors like chocolate mousse, tiramisu & cappuccino.

The Poppy Den

Poppy Den Asian Bistro
This Tivoli Village hangout is kinda quirky (the plates, glasses and silverware don't match, they're opening an after-hours lounge called the Den upstairs), but the Asian-inspired eats (crispy pork dumplings w/ garlic Sriracha vinaigrette; Miso-Butterscotch Salmon) by a former Iron Chef contestant are super-solid.

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1. La Cave 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Walk through a glass entryway into this wine bar/resto (which features cobblewood oak flooring and a large red LED sign reading "In Vino Veritas") to enjoy a massive wine list available by the whole/half bottle, glass, or even ounce, plus paired modern American fare.

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2. Sensi Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Sensi has four different kitchens specializing in American, Italian, Asian and seafood dishes. Pasta, burgers and sushi on your table at the same time?? We must be dreaming.

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3. Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina 10740 S Eastern Ave, Henderson, NV 89052 (Off Strip)

This home-style Italian joint offers a good value for your dollar, courtesy of reality television chef Carla Pellegrino, who opened the place with her sister.

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4. Twist 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Sitting high on the Mandarin Oriental's 23rd floor, Twist's the first US offering from tri-Michelin-starred fusion pioneer Pierre Gagnaire, who's plating French cuisine with a twist (oh!) on two levels: a suspended wine loft accessed by a glass staircase, and a lower dining area with Strip/City Center views through 20-foot windows, 300 illuminated globes hanging from the ceiling, and towering slate walls, which attempt to distill the zeitgeist of culture, politics, and art in a free online format.

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5. Andiamo Steakhouse 301 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Traditional Italian fare leads the menu at this rustic-Old-Country-meets-American-steaks resto.

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6. MRKT Sea & Land 7300 Aliante Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89084 (Off Strip)

This signature steakhouse has become a big draw for the Aliante, serving up farm-to-table eats with ingredients hand-picked from local Las Vegas producers.

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7. Trevi Italian Restaurant 3500 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Located within The Forum Shops at the legendary Caesar, this mega Italian restaurant serves up classic Italian comfort food to tourists and shopping locals. Known for their homemade pastas and gelato, Trevi is a destination venue that lives up to its reputation. With a private dining room upstairs, Trevi regularly hosts large gatherings like wedding receptions and business retreats, so their service is always quick and professional. The space also boasts "outdoor" seating (under a painted sky) next to the giant "Fountain of the Gods" inside of the shopping center, for a small taste of what it's like to dine in Italy. Nestled in the Caesar, this Italian joint's known for its deep-dish lasagna pizza and the walk-up gelato bar for dessert.

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8. Poppy Den Vegas 440 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145 (Off Strip)

Iron Chef contestant Angelo Sosa traveled across Asia to find inspiration for the menu for this Asian bistro, which includes Miso Butterscotch Salmon and a gloriously charred eggplant dish.



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