Javier's Mexican Restaurant Las Vegas
Much like Tao or STK, Javier's is a restaurant with a lounge feel that overlaps with the energy of the Vegas nightlife scene. It's also the closest that Mexican food comes to fine dining on the Strip. You'll pay a premium for the atmosphere—and a dining room that includes an impressive display of chainsaw art—as well as the food. Fortunately, Javier's totally delivers. The carnitas, braised and lightly fried, come with a flavorful crunch, while the center-cut prime steaks are prepared with subtle, spicy touches. The short rib comes wrapped around the bone, osso bucco-style with a rich tomato-serrano sauce. Yet sustainable seafood is the heart of the menu, best represented in a lobster enchilada and an octopus ceviche that needs little more than fresh oregano and olive oil to show off its natural flavor. Margaritas are made with the restaurant's own organic sour mix—and a generous pour of tequila.
How to order: Call 866-590-3637 to make a reservation.