And it’s not just white tablecloth, five-star fine dining. These establishments exist in spades, and a handful are worthy of madness.
However, for a full weekend of dining, we also recommend leaving the Strip. This is where you’ll find the famous northern Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam and the old-fashioned steakhouse the Golden Steer.
Read on for our pick of what’s hot right now in Las Vegas restaurants.
The NoMad Hotel and its acclaimed restaurant inside Park MGM, outside Lady Gaga, could be the hottest show in Las Vegas right now. This chic boutique hotel has transplanted Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guardia’s (Eleven Madison Par, NoMads in LA and New York) special brand of adornment and entertainment to the Strip, adding much needed nuance and elegance to a city. known for all big, bold and bad (in a good way).
NoMad Restaurant definitely stands out from the rest of the city’s other celebrity chef offerings, and not just because the dining room is a two-story library, with 25,000 books auctioned off from the David Rockefeller collection.
The interiors are surprising, as is the decadent and succulent roast chicken for two, stuffed with black truffles and foie gras. It’s a unique place to see and be seen, and while the food is the star, it’s quite possible that Lady Gaga will show up and perform a surprise set in the large dining room.
Steakhouse & Bar Bavette
Dark and sultry, Bavette’s serves classics including a shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad and sirloin steak.
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Dark, sensual and indulgent, Bavette’s is the very essence of Las Vegas gastronomy. Sit down at the bar and choose your poison – old-fashioned, negroni or Old Raj gin martini – before sitting down for a multi-course meal that should start with oysters or something else from the raw sea bass.
After a taste of the sea, it’s time to turn your attention to the menu section called “Le Boeuf”. Here you’ll find a selection of USDA Prime cuts, from a bone-in dry aged New York strip to tenderloin. The first doesn’t need any upgrades, but consider adding a pepper crust or roasted bone marrow to the second. Enlist the help of your second stomach when it comes to ordering dessert: Hot Fudge Sundae Royale is recommended.
A must order for the table are Giada’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies to finish things off right.
GIADA at the Cromwell
Adding a Californian twist to its Italian cuisine, Giada De Laurentiis’ plaza on the second floor of The Cromwell’s casino and boutique hotel has been offering old-world Italian fare (but with a nod to healthier preparations) since its opening. in 2014. The welcoming dining and living room offers guests spectacular views of the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace.
The dinner menu encourages family-style orders – the cacio e pepe bucatini and the Italian fried chicken cacciatore are not to be missed. But diners who prefer the route of one plate per person can savor a bowl of mascarpone, lemon and basil spaghetti, followed by seared scallops dressed in a golden raisin and caper sauce.
For dessert there are a few sublime options, but a must-have table order are Giada’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies.
Best friend / Eataly
The star products of Roy Choi’s best friend are kimchi fried rice, rib tacos and caviar tostadas.
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Inside Park MGM (it’s so hot right now), there are two of the best in Vegas right next to each other. The cuisines, though divergent, are laid-back yet idyllic iterations of their respective places – the Korean and Mexican street food of Los Angeles and the supremacy of Italy to make simple ingredients unforgettable.
At the first, Chef Roy Choi’s Best Friend, expect an excellent show without too much artifice, and hipster soup (their go-cup is enviable). The star products are the fried rice with kimchi, the fascinating short rib tacos kogi and the tostadas with caviar, why not.
Right outside the door, the Italian dining room Eataly, which is nearly impossible to navigate in cities like New York and Chicago, looks like it deserves. Diners can wander around and choose from the six counters that make up Cucina del Mercato without feeling like they’re about to be stepped on. Or book a table at the meat-focused Manzo or keep it classic at La Pizza & La Pasta, which serves, well, you know.
Eggslut’s bacon, egg and cheese are served on a homemade butter brioche bun.
Like many restaurants in Las Vegas, Eggslut is not exclusive to Sin City. The Breakfast Mainstay started in California and now has a location in Kuwait among its members, but that doesn’t mean visitors to Vegas should overlook it. In fact, unless you’re undergoing an expensive IV hydration treatment after a late night on the Strip, there’s no better cure for a common hangover.
Eggslut may have become popular thanks to its simplified specialty called “slut” (a cage-free casserole egg over smooth mashed potatoes, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, and served with baguette slices), the real winner here is more classic. Eggslut’s bacon, egg and cheese are presented on a buttery brioche bun and include a touch of chipotle ketchup, giving the rich breakfast sandwich a welcome touch of juicy acid. As for the breakfast sandwiches, this one is top notch.
Lotus of Siam
Northern Thai classics such as Khao Soi – crispy duck served on a bed of egg noodles in a curry-based sauce, topped with sliced red onions, lime and pickled veggies – are ethereal. Lotus of Siam.
Lotus of Siam
Off the Strip and very popular – so popular that a second location was deemed necessary – is this Thai hotspot. Guests come to enjoy authentic Northern Thai cuisine that rivals any dish found on Las Vegas Boulevard. Critics and foodies alike have raved about the food, including the late Anthony Bourdain who has always had a taste for places under a city’s radar.
Lotus of Siam is no longer under the radar, however. In fact, you’ll want to reserve a table in advance or be prepared to wait. Fortunately, both locations are open for lunch and dinner, with the same full menu available to everyone. Khao soi, a classic curry dish from northern Thailand, is especially delicious here, as is the Nam Prik Noom, a green chili dip served with vegetables, ideal for diners who can handle the heat.
The black sheep
The Braised Chop from The Black Sheep is sublime.
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Another option off the Strip is this Vietnamese-American gastropub, a nice change of pace from the excesses (and price tags) found along the Strip. Bar seats are perfect for solo dinners or pairs of two. The helpful bartenders are happy to help you choose the right cocktail while you decide between Vietnamese spring rolls and bao sliders.
Do not fill up with starters. Slowly braised and served with Indonesian corn fritters, gochujang rice cake, green apple salad, corn soup, popcorn sprout, Black Sheep’s short rib is worth saving space. There’s enough time to return to the glitz and glamor of the Strip, but for now you’ve found your sheep.
Shameless duck lovers would do well to order the Imperial Peking Duck Tasting at Wing Lei located in Wynn.
Michelin-starred restaurant Wing Lei was the first Chinese restaurant in North America to earn this coveted honor. The upscale Asian fusion restaurant located in the Wynn expertly performs classic Chinese cuisine like Peking Duck in an impeccable setting.
About this setting: No shorts are allowed, and while it’s not quite adults-only, it’s close – no children under five are allowed. Children of age who are good eaters, however, are invited to participate in the exquisite carved duck table, served with an array of accessories.
Shameless duck lovers would do well to order the Imperial Peking Duck Tasting. The meal consists of six courses and an optional wine pairing, all at a reasonable price, especially for Las Vegas.
The Golden Steer Steakhouse
To relive the days of Sinatra and Sammy, head to the Golden Steer, where a flambé dessert can be yours.
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Vegas is not an old town. But it has its rat pack history and for many it’s one of the biggest draws in town. To relive the days of Sinatra and Sammy, head to the Golden Steer, a steakhouse that is truly and truly the paradigm of what all steakhouses should be: friendly but not overly friendly waiters in tuxedos (many of whom have worked restaurant for decades), martinis and manhattans, massive baked potatoes and some of the best beef we’ve ever tasted.
The prime rib takes you back in time, as does the elaborate yet energetic table-top Caesar, which, again, was more than perfect. There are classic red leather banquettes, Old West artwork, and black and white celebrity portraits, basically the kind of occasion environment you never want to leave. With quintessential service and steaks well worth a visit off the Strip, the Golden Steer is Vegas’ best, then and now.