The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (2024)

The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (1)

From elaborate dining on The Strip to local favorites in nearby neighborhoods, Las Vegas' best restaurants are worth seeking out

Photograph: Courtesy Gordon Ramsay Steak

Written by Ryan Slattery

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Las Vegas has become a culinary destination, but it wasn’t always that way. Not long ago, buffets and burger joints made up a majority of resort restaurants but that’s certainly not the case anymore. Buffets have been replaced with more sophisticated food halls and those cheap shrimp co*cktails have morphed into elegant seafood towers.

Even the chefs who once worked in the restaurants on The Strip have branched out and opened remarkable restaurants—without the inflated prices—in neighborhoods all across the valley. You'll find chefs hailing from Michelin-starred establishments and stunning brasseries, plus someplant-based surprises,all worth discovering. Here’s a look at some of thebest restaurants in Las Vegas right now.

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The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (4)
The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (5)

When Guy Savoy opened his namesake restaurant at Caesars Palace in 2006, he joked about being “imported” to America and laughed about how his Las Vegas restaurant had one thing none of his famed Parisian ones did—a view of the Eiffel Tower. Sure, it’s a twinkling replica, but nice in its own right. Restaurant Guy Savoy offers both a tasting menu and à la carte options. The “Colors of Caviar,” artichoke and black truffle soup and seared foie gras are legendary dishes not to be missed. The restaurant also has its own valet entrance, so you won’t have to slog through the casino to get there.

2.Bacchanal Buffet
  • Buffet
  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

Photograph: Courtesy Bacchanal Buffet

Bacchanal is just what its name implies: an overwhelmingly decadent assortment of more than 500 different items daily, many individually plated and some made to order. Whether you’re craving Japanese curry, lump crab avocado toast or fried chicken and waffles, you’ll leave satisfied and—unless you have truly epic willpower—very, very full.

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Capturing the vibe and energy of Tokyo’s Golden Gai district in the Shinjuku neighborhood, Wakuda’s entrance of bright neon and glowing lanterns gives way to a modern dining room featuring stone and wood surfaces and Shohei Otomi’s large ballpoint pen canvases. Michelin-recognized chef Tetsuya Wakuda has prepared a delicate menu of fine sushi, ora king salmon, soft shell crab and grilled meats. Want to really treat yourself? Make a reservation to dine in the secret eight-seat omakase room and tuck into the 10-course menu while sipping rare Japanese whisky and small-batch sake.

The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (8)
The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (9)

ARIA pulled back the curtain (literally a blue velour one) to unveil a grand space with blue leather banquettes, a theatrical ceiling installation and highlighted with carved artwork by the artist Vhils, when they brought this New York City staple to Las Vegas. The dishes are equally artistic and expertly plated. Cathédrale serves French-Mediterranean coastal cuisine. Executive Chef Jason Hall’s creative dishes include The Omelette, filled with crème fraiche and served with potato chips and Kaluga caviar, a whole Dover sole, and lobster arrabbiata with Calabrian chili and VSOP cognac.

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The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (10)
The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (11)

The Las Vegas version of Ocean Prime has bragging rights over the restaurant’s other 18 locations. The view. Its outdoor terrace sits four stories above the Las Vegas Strip near the Harmon Avenue intersection, giving views of the action below, while the main 14,500-square-foot restaurant has three bars and three private dining rooms. The menu consists of prime steaks and flown-in-fresh seafood. For theatrics, order the smoking seafood tower.

The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (12)
The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (13)

Tucked into the Southern Highlands neighborhood, Pine Bistro is a warm, inviting space for upscale Mediterranean food. Executive chef Dany Chebat leans on his Lebanese heritage, marrying spices and flavor to near perfection. Sharable small plates like the eggplant and zucchini tower or fresh pita bread paired with hummus, baba ghanoush, loubieh (green beans and tomato) and kibbeh nayeh (a version of steak tartare) are ideal starters. Kebabs, shawarma plates, and steaks are served as mains. Pine Bistro also has a craft hookah program with original flavors, tasty signature co*cktails and a late-night menu.

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The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (14)
The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (15)

Andrew Zimmern called this José Andrés spot “the best meat house in America,” and it’s hard to argue against it. The meat-centric restaurant serves everything from Japanese A5 Wagyu beef and Jamón Ibérico de Bellota to wild boar sausage and roasted suckling pig. Bazaar Meat also offers a series of special tasting menus where you might find spicy bluefin tuna, Thai lobster, caviar cones, and cotton candy foie gras.

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The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (17)

When chef Tal Ronnen brought his plant-based L.A. institution to Resorts World, seeing whether a vegetarian/vegan restaurant could survive on the Las Vegas Strip was a defining moment. It has thrived, in most part, because Ronnen’s dishes are immaculately consistent and have carnivores coming back for more. In a blind taste test, for example, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between regular calamari and his mushroom version. Crossroads serves plant-based comfort food like stuffed zucchini blossoms, mushroom scallops, chestnut foie gras, and spaghetti with impossible meatballs.

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The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (19)

This poolside spot at the Virgin Hotel gives off Tulum vibes. Kassi Beach House is a laid-back trattoria that is a perfect day starter for those who want to brunch on scrambled green eggs, and ricotta pancakes while perhaps enjoying bottomless rosé. For dinner, don’t miss the mezze platter. The warm puffy pita bread comes served with a triple threat of dips–whipped ricotta, creamy eggplant and spicy white bean. Tuna crudo, pizzas and pasta dishes such as the squid ink gemelli pasta with dungeness crab are a delight. Kassi also serves some of the freshest, right from the sea oysters you’ll find in the city.

When supper clubs came back into vogue in Las Vegas, Delilah set the bar. Inspired by the idea of the old Vegas dinner-and-a-show concept, the stylish art deco-style throwback room is designed to feel modern yet still gives off a retro vibe enhanced by the nightly jazz performances throughout dinner service. Delilah is a celebrity hangout (Rihanna was spotted here) with a menu heavy on steak and seafood. Diners will find Wagyu beef Wellington for two, grilled branzino, Maine lobster, and caviar service.

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11.Gordon Ramsay Steak
  • The Strip
Photograph: Courtesy Gordon Ramsay Steak

Gordon Ramsay has six restaurants in Las Vegas, and while Hell's Kitchen might be a destination dine with its open kitchen and cooks in blue or red chef coats, the experience at Gordon Ramsay Steak is a bit more intimate and date-worthy. With similar menus, diners, who enter the restaurant through a London tube station, can still get his famous beef Wellington and save room for a sticky toffee pudding.

12.Sparrow + Wolf
Photograph: Courtesy Sparrow + Wolf / Sabin Orr

Sparrow + Wolf serves up American cuisine with a twist, and the menu, described as a “melting pot” of cultures, evolves seasonally. Among the offerings: oxtail hummus, wood-fired harissa octopus, rack of lamb, and roasted duck breast with soba noodle. It’s a nice spot to enjoy Chef Brian Howard’s creative fusion dishes.

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13.Bardot Brasserie
  • French
  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

Photograph: Courtesy Bardot Brasserie

Anything that you could possibly fantasize about is probably somewhere in this brasserie. Thanks to culinary wizard and celebrity chef Michael Mina, you can expect contemporary takes on classic dishes, ample vino and—of course—a cart of bubbly champagne. On weekend mornings, Bardot packs ’em in with its popular brunch, where you can order a variety of croissant Benedicts, brioche French toast with vanilla mascarpone and almond brittle, or beef short rib hash.

14.Honey Salt
  • price 2 of 4

Photograph: Zackery Williams

Escape The Strip's glitzy lights and sounds in exchange for a quiet farm-to-table family dining experience at Honey Salt. Visit for shared plates such as blue crab fondue or Grandma Rosie’s turkey meatballs, then move on and enjoy comfort food favs like farmhouse meatloaf and buttermilk fried chicken. Pop in during weekend brunch for bottomless bubbles, avocado toast and breakfast pizza.

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15.The Black Sheep
Photograph: The Black Sheep

Since chef Jamie Tran opened this category-defying spot in 2017, it’s earned countless accolades. The much-buzzed-about neighborhood restaurant gets its due from its innovative dishes. Tran’s original concepts include bao sliders with homemade sausage and fried quail eggs, salmon skin tacos, seared duck breast, Thai basil shrimp ceviche and vegan Vietnamese sautéed glass noodles.

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The very best restaurants in Vegas, on and off The Strip (31)

James Trees’s resume reads like the dream-to-eat list. The Las Vegas native worked for Eric Ripert, Michael Mina and Bradley Ogden before striking out on his own in 2018 with this Roman trattoria set among the galleries and thrift shops of the Las Vegas Arts District. The menu is rich with pastas, sourdough pizzas and a dozen or more seasonal dishes worth making the trip downtown every few months.

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