Las Vegas is a mecca for those who appreciate human achievement.
Some of the most talented actors, singers, and dancers from all over the world end up here, plying their trade and wowing breathless audiences. People go to Vegas to be astonished and astounded and to have as full an experience as possible: that includes where they stop to grab a bite.
Of course, there are lavish casino buffets to try, which never disappoint; still, several independently owned and operated restaurants are worth your attention while you’re in Sin City. These are our top picks for the best places to slake your hunger and thirst in Las Vegas.
If you’re visiting Vegas on a budget but still love style and delicious food, then Honey Salt is the place for you. Buttermilk fried chicken sliders are available for as little as $6 during their happy hour, which is a very happy event indeed. The restaurant’s interior is upscale to the max and could pass for a beautiful dining room. Farm-to-table is a huge aspect of this restaurant’s ethos, and the food is all about comfort. Bananas foster french toast bejeweled with chocolate pearls, and almond granola could start off your day brunch, and a fried chicken and bacon grilled cheese could finish it off at supper; don’t forget a side of mac and cheese!
Tacos El Gordo
If you want a taco from Tacos El Gordo, we advise that you get there early! These tacos must be the best in Vegas because there’s always a line of hungry customers waiting halfway around the block to get their Mexican food fix. While Tacos El Gordo is not the place you go for exquisite ambiance and fine dining, the food is mind-blowing enough to make up for it. These traditional Tijuana-style tacos overflow with bursts of flavor and spice, and you get a lot of bang for your buck to boot. Stack your tray up with one of each kind of taco, and try both styles of corn tortilla for an extra crunch.
Kabuto Edomae Sushi
Stop by Chinatown for a bite-sized flavor explosion in the form of some of the best sushi in Arizona. The restaurant has only 22 seats, so we advise you to book to avoid disappointment because it’s always full. Fresh ingredients are flown in daily from Tokyo Bay, and the experience is an unmissable one as chef Gen Mizoguchi cultivated a reputation for being the best in the business.
There’s nothing quite like a steak dinner! SW Steakhouse makes every meal they serve as decadent and delicious as humanly possible. Pristine white tablecloths adorn the tables inside and outside of the restaurant, and if you choose to eat outdoors, you’ll be treated to the further bliss of a view of the Lake of Dreams. There are few places in Las Vegas that serve real Kobe beef, among other less costly cuts, and it’s an unmissable experience if your budget can scratch that far. If you want a real melt-in-your-mouth moment, go for the Kobe wagyu tenderloin with black truffle cream corn-real fine dining.
Traditional, comforting Italian food served in the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing way possible! Chef Gina Marinelli draws her cooking inspiration from traditions her grandparents handed down to her. These traditions from Lake Como and Sicily combine with Marinelli’s unique twists to create a truly unique dining experience. Try the Peruvian Bay scallops with pearls of trout roe or the bucatini with sweet corn and jalapeno pesto. The restful natural color palette and mid-century lighting provide a perfectly relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a delicious meal.
Ping Pang Pong
It’s dim sum by day and Cantonese fare by night at this esteemed location with an enormous menu. You can enjoy all kinds of dishes at Ping Pang Pong, from mango lobster and southern Canton five-spice duck to scallop rolls, smoked orange ribeye, and Macanese crustacean clay pots. The traditional Chinese pergola and lamps that sweep overhead make for an inviting atmosphere. A beautiful host stand made from an apothecary cabinet makes you feel that the design team went the extra mile.
A delectable French bistro, Bardot Brasserie serves traditional French food and plenty of it. This venue is located inside the Aria, and its ambiance and amenities certainly align with the location’s high standards. Indulge in rich black cod bouillabaisse or loup de mer in a perfectly designed venue. You’ll come away from Bardot Brasserie feeling like you’ve taken a short trip to Paris itself.
If you aren’t already booking your tables at these stunning Vegas eateries, what are you waiting for?