Las Vegas has, rather unfairly, endured a rather sketchy reputation when it comes to wining and dining.
Some visitors complain about the gaudy, over-the-top nature of the entire city and others find the whole concept of what it represents as a whole to be style over substance, and in a sense, both points of view are outdated and ill-informed.
Many have an opinion about Vegas even though they’ve never been and derive their thoughts from film and tv interpretations of the place, but in general terms, the vast majority of those who come to the oasis in Nevada that is Las Vegas only return with warm and unforgettable memories.
When it comes to eating and drinking in Vegas, the options are nearly limitless. Whatever you are after, you can find it here. That goes too for the budget you may be working with; there is something for everyone and never too far from a bar or restaurant that has your name written all over it.
Basically, the quirky nature, and the huge amount of international tourists who come to visit, have combined to bring Las Vegas great restaurants regardless of what type of cuisine you love. In other words, whatever is your dish of choice, you can be sure that you’ll find a great establishment to serve you the best of its kind.
Where to Go
To help you find your way around Las Vegas in search of the restaurant that fits your needs and budget, here are a handful of the best options to consider.
The Best Steak
If you are in Vegas and want a steak, you have to visit Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres on South Las Vegas Boulevard. This is a hip and trendy location where anything goes, and the steak is simply stunning.
The ambiance is as gorgeous as the array of creative dishes that are available here, and your best bet is to arrive famished as you are going to need the room to savor all you can at this fine establishment.
The Top High-End Upscale Restaurant for Those With No Budgetary Concerns
Okay, it may not be original, but it is very much a ‘must-visit’ location for those who have money to burn; we recommend the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. If you want a delicious meal with a great view while sitting in opulent restaurant furniture, then this is the place to visit.
From caviar to foie gras, you can go all-in here and feel absolutely no shame; this is Las Vegas at its glitzy best. This is especially relevant for those visiting the strip for romantic trips.
The Best Brunch
Las Vegas knows all about brunch; it may well be the most commonly served and consumed meal in the city due to the fact it’s the kind of meal that is served all day and suits the whims of those who are in town to make the most of the casinos and nightlife.
One place that is very hard to beat is the Bardot Brasserie, in the heart of the strip, and it serves excellent food and not just for brunch. The eggs Benedict is a regularly ordered dish and one that is frankly a cut above any other you will have tasted. Try out their steaks and be sure to ask for a tasting selection of the five different sauces; you’ll thank us later.
If you are in the mood for a spot of sushi, we’d suggest Kabuto, though you’ll have to make a reservation well in advance, such is the popularity of the restaurant, which is based on Spring Mountain Road. The food is flown in from Tokyo, and the food is unbelievably high quality, but you may be surprised at the intimate nature of the location; it’s a very tiny exclusive location (with only 18 seats).
In many ways, it’s the polar opposite of what you’d expect from a loud and brash city like Las Vegas, but it’s well worth checking out if you love sushi.
Maybe you are on the lookout for some gourmet pizza, again, in which case you are in the right place as Las Vegas has a stellar number of top pizzerias. Pizza Rock is certainly worth checking out, with thirteen-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani offering amazing options that run from traditional Neapolitan all the way to gluten-free options.
Alternatively, there is Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar which has a well-considered menu with plenty of options with the freshest ingredients, where frankly you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we’d urge you to start with the DiFara Special which is well known to be something out of this world.
If your flavor of choice is Mexican, then we’d urge you to head for La Cocina Exclusivo, a small intimate but delicious Mexican joint that is getting a great deal of good buzz right now, and deservedly so.
Here the take on Mexican food is creative and cutting edge, they are not afraid to take risks here, and you won’t be disappointed with anything on their menu. They also offer a great range of cocktails to help you enjoy your meal in style as you drink in the Las Vegas nightlife in style.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, lettuce, when it comes to Las Vegas eateries. There are over 4000 options to choose from, which is an astounding number of restaurants given the size of the city, and that means you’ve got some tasting to get down to.
Good luck and Bon Appetit!