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Top 20 Las Vegas Restaurants 2018
Every chef in town stops by Mitsuo Endo’s tiny 48-seater that serves up Japanese robata dishes, small portions cooked over a charcoal grill, that can change your life. Order a variety since most start at $3.
Michael Mina's newest Las Vegas restaurant brings a French bistro. More simply, Mina calls it French comfort food. Even the cocktails here tout the eccentricities of Paris’ arrondissements, paying homage to the classics such as the Sidecar from Harry’s Bar and Serendipity from Bar Hemingway, all with their own twists.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
José Andrés went all out with his steakhouse at the SLS. A raw bar with ceviches and carpaccios and a fire stage with wood grills and rotisseries more than a steakhouse. This is one of three restaurants in Las Vegas that serves real Kobe beef. Try the cotton candy foie gras, caviar flights and Kobe, which can be grilled on an ishyaki stone at your table or served in a miniature airbread “sandwich” on the specials menu.
Beauty & Essex
Chris Santos of “Chopped” fame calls this jewel-toned restaurant at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas home. Walk in through a pawn shop and wander into a vintage restaurant for New American fare. Find oven-braised chicken meatballs in sheep’s milk ricotta with wild mushrooms and truffles, spaghettini with a sunny-side up egg or basil pesto ravioli with rock shrimp.
Put together the cuisine of Thomas Keller with a La Belle Epoque setting at the Venetian and you have the perfect recipe for French cuisine. Breakfast here is a treat with flaky croissants and more. Keller sources his ingredients from boutique purveyors.
CarneVino Italian Steakhouse
Mario Batali’s outpost at the Palazzo dry ages steaks for six to eight months, bringing out the flavors of these pieces of beef that you can order by the inch. The pastas and Italian dishes are some of the best in town. For the beginner, order the classic New York strip, aged a minimum of 90 days and served with just a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt.
Sichuan lovers, head to this little Chinese restaurant in a strip mall in Chinatown for great service and dishes such a spicy fish stew, volcano beef and mountain yam.
Costa di Mare
Chef Mark LoRusso brings fresh Mediterranean seafood and Italian cuisine at Wynn’s Costa di Mare. Pastas made in house and more than 40 fish flown in from the coast of Italy highlight the menu here. Do splurge on the langostines in a private cabana.
CUT By Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck’s best restaurant in Las Vegas serves up a mean bone marrow flan and terrific steaks at the Palazzo. Critics consider this one of the best steakhouses in town. Head to the bar for the Rough Cuts menu, a list of the popular appetizers such as tuna tartare sandwiches and Wagyu sliders, or order beef listed by source such as the American Wagyu from Snake River Farm or Nebraska corn-fed aged for 35 days.
District One Kitchen & Bar
District One’s executive chef Khai Vu has become a darling of the food crowd with his dishes in the $10 to $30 range from Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan. While pho is the highlight of the menu, try the oxtail fried rice or the big bone soup with bone marrow. Vu also has Le Pho in the Juhl.
Eatt Gourmet Bistro
Fans of gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and vegan dishes should head to Eatt with healthy options from executive chef Yuri Szarzewski, who spent two years working at the two Michelin star restaurant L'Oustau de Baumanière at Les Baux de Provence. Look for miso-marinated wild-caught salmon with beets, apples and soy sprouts, chicken with carrots and peas and an eight-ounce rib-eye steak with French ratatouille. Quiche Lorraine, a chicken wrap and more make the menu, with everything noting whether it is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, organic or vegan. Nothing costs more than $16.
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Watch the artistry of the chefs when you pull up a seat at the bar overlooking the kitchen of Joël Robuchon’s more casual approach to dining that is still through the stratosphere. Tapas, a tasting menu and wines from around the world highlight the menu here at the MGM Grand. Yes, you should order Robuchon's vision of a burger, and do snag a taste of his famous mashed potatoes that will change your world.
Lago by Julian Serrano
Julian Serrano's third Las Vegas restaurant features contemporary Italian fare and small dishes as well as a patio where diners can practically feel the spray of water when the Fountains at Bellagio dance, a bar dominating the entryway and a decor inspired by Milan’s 20th century Italian Futurismo movement. Take your fish raw in a crudo or grilled whole. The arsenal of Italian fare includes pastas and pizzas. And for those who want a true Vegas experience, the whole suckling pig, osso bucco and one-pound bone-in rib eye will fit the bill.
Go for classic and contemporary French cuisine from the Maccioni family replete with a circus tent designed by Adam Tihany. This restaurant at the Bellagio is a must-visit during truffle season, but the impeccable service satisfies anytime.
Naked City Pizza Shop
The Guinea Pie caught the eye of Guy Fieri, who featured it on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, but foodies in Vegas have been stopping in this joint within Moon Doggies since it opened with its fresh ingredients. Now Naked City has a second location on Paradise Road and a third, Naked City Tavern, at 6295 S. Pecos Road, that's open 24 hours. Naked City Express sits inside the Blue Diamond Saloon.
A killer raw bar paired with innovative cocktails greet you at Dan Krohmer’s Other Mama, named for his grandmother. Pick oysters from the chalkboard menu of specials, and then choose from sauces such as wasabi cocktail, rosemary mignonette and pickled peppers and habanero. The tight menu includes ceviche with sweet potato chips, spicy tuna tartare with waffle fries, a scallop carpaccio, big eye tuna with roasted beets and avocado and more all in the $9 to $17 range.
This is one of the few restaurants in the world where you can dine with an original Picasso hanging next to your table. Julian Serrano marries French and Spanish cuisines at this gem that also sports 1,500 varieties of wine in the cellar.
Eleven-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani brings with him six styles of pizza including Neapolitan, classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman and gluten-free pies. Look for the big rig that serves as a deejay booth at this downtown joint.
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Shawn McClain serves up imaginative fare with inventive twists in an Art Deco dining room at Sage. While the menu changes with the seasons, the foie gras creme brulee is a must-order. Belly up to the bar for a cocktail in a speakeasy setting or order up one of 10 types of absinthe from the roving cart.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Certainly the most molecular of all the city’s elite French rooms, the approach here is to take a modern “twist” to more classical French fare. Chef Pierre Gagnaire spends 33 days a year in-house to ensure that this culinary mission is achieved and the experience matches the extraordinary Strip views seen from the space’s 23rd floor perch at Mandarin Oriental. This is Gagnaire's only restaurant in the United States.