You get what you pay for. More than $10 million was spent on the Las Vegas version of Toca Madera, a lavish, lounge-like space with a sophisticated dining room, courtyard patio, and a secluded, speakeasy-style lounge. You could impress a date here no problem. Fire is a theme, whether in the surrounding fireplaces or in the presentation of the cocktails, some of which can be made with the restaurant's own private barrels of Codigo tequila. Toca Madera previously earned fans in LA and Scottsdale with an upscale take on Mexican cuisine, but the new edition in Vegas takes the identity further, evolving as a steakhouse that highlights certified A5 Kobe and other premium cuts. All steaks are enhanced with fat rendered from Japanese Wagyu. Through it all, the Latin influence remains strong, so don't shy away from the Chipotle-Mezcal Prawns, Bluefin Tuna Tacos, or a Mushroom and Truffle Quesadilla.
How to book: Make reservations via Seven Rooms.
It's hard to tell if Toca Madera is in the Aria or the Shops at Crystals (it's kind of in between), but it's impossible to miss the restaurant, beginning with an outdoor courtyard, and a cocktail lounge near the entrance where flames emerge from surrounding fireplaces, rows of candles, and even a few of the cocktail presentations. Toca Madera first made its presence felt in LA and Scottsdale, but the Vegas version revamps the format with a multi-million dollar design, greater emphasis on steaks (including Japanese A5 cuts by the ounce), and upscale takes on Mexican staples like mushroom and truffle quesadillas, short rib enchiladas, and Wagyu beef tacos. A smaller dining room in the back, often compared to a speakeasy (and who doesn't love a speakeasy?), offers a looser vibe with more privacy.
How to book: Book a reservation online.