Reviews of 12 of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas

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BetMGM Sep 16, 2021, 6:24 AM

If you’re in Vegas and wondering where you should eat while you’re between games, or even if you’re playing at your favorite online casino, then you’re in luck! We’ve put together a great list of some of the best eateries around Sin City. 

As much as we’d like to say our list covers all of the best places to eat in Vegas, the truth is that there are many truly incredible places for you to enjoy world-class food in the capital of the Silver State.  

But for now, here’s a list of our top 12 favorite restaurants, in alphabetical order.

1. Best Friend

Location: Park MGM
Cuisine: Korean

About the restaurant

Roy Choi, an American Korean chef best known for his role in the gourmet food truck movement – the same movement that inspired the movie Chef, as well as the TV series The Chef Show – runs this acclaimed restaurant. This incredible culinary artist was also recognized as one of Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in 2011 and 2016. With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that he would create one of the best Korean eateries in Vegas: Best Friend.

Best Friend is a Korean restaurant that draws on influences from Mexico, and as Roy says himself: 

Best Friend is a remixed and remastered collection of the evolution of our Los Angeles – its food, its music, its culture. It is the only place to sink your teeth into all the flavors from Kogi-to-Commissary and everything in between, along with fresh new ideas I've been cooking up for years. It's Koreatown in a capsule – a portal to the streets of LA but also rooted in what makes Las Vegas... VEGAS.

As you’d expect, this restaurant serves iconic Korean dishes such as ramen, various kimchi-infused meals, and of course, Korean BBQ. The drinks menu goes from slushies to soju to classic lagers, so there’s something for everyone here.

But this isn’t your ordinary restaurant. A quick glance at the menu and you’ll undoubtedly notice a couple of censored curse words, and the hip-hop music that you can hear from the moment you step inside will remind you that this isn’t the stereotypical fine dining experience. If you’re looking for a party celebrating great Korean food, Best Friend is where you want to be. 

In a nutshell

Once you move past the funky branded merch and the slushie machines, you'll enter a dining room with decor inspired by a Korean spa. It's pure, unadulterated fun. 

“Best Friend – Restaurant Review” – Andrea Bennett for Condé Nast Traveler

2. Din Tai Fung

Location: Bellagio
Cuisine: Taiwanese

About the restaurant

Din Tai Fung may be part of a franchise, but if you want incredible dumplings or noodles, this venue has to be on your list of places to go. LA Times writer, Jonathan Gold, once described the dumplings that he ate at Din Tai Fung as “small miracles”, and nothing has changed since he originally penned those words back in 2013.

Diners will have the opportunity to feast on Xiao Long Bao dishes made of pork, as well as other flavors such as crab or truffle. Wontons, dumplings, greens, and a variety of other Asian dishes are also available on its prestigious menu. Drinks include the standard Western fare of wine, beer, and cocktails, while those with a taste for the finer things can also try out a variety of sake options. 

In a nutshell

Everything was outstanding, including our server, Susie, who was like a sweet and caring auntie, and friendly GM Kevin from Seattle. Of the six new casino resort restaurants I dined at with Charles during this trip, Din Tai Fung, which was busy, wins first place from Charles and me in an exemplary and very tight field. I am still dreaming about Din Tai Fung.

“Las Vegas trip boasts excellent new Asian restaurants, reminds of the solid culinary scene in Spokane” – Don Chareunsy from The Spokesman

3. Every Grain

Location: Lafayette Square
Cuisine: Chinese/Taiwanese

A group of people sharing a variety of Chinese dishes.

About the restaurant

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Every Grain may not look that special from the outside, but as we all know, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. 

Sheridan Su, who previously ran the award-winning but sadly closed Flock & Fowl, opened this new restaurant so he could share his love of Lu Rou Fan, a dish that can best be described as braised pork served with rice, and which is enjoyed by many across Taiwan. There are a number of options for this iconic dish which add crispy chicken, egg, or pork chops to the mix. For those who are interested in other dishes, you’ll find a small selection of alternatives, should the iconic Lu Rou Fan not catch your eye.

The drinks menu has plenty of variety, but those who like alcohol may be disappointed by the lack of booze on the menu.

In a nutshell

Every Grain is small but mighty, and, like Su's other restaurants, it's one you'll want to visit again and again.

“Downtown’s Every Grain offers big comfort in a small menu” – Genevie Durano from the Las Vegas Weekly

4. Ferraro's Restaurant & Wine Bar

Location: Paradise Road
Cuisine: Italian

About the restaurant

This incredible Italian restaurant first opened its doors in 1985, and the Ferrari family has been serving guests sumptuous Southern Italian cuisine ever since. If you’re a fan of truly authentic Italian eating, then you’ll love to try dishes like the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, Lasagna alla Gino, and Coniglio Brasato. The family also caters for vegetarian tastes, with a variety of vegan-friendly dishes including Eggplant Parmigiana, Raviolini, and Cavatelli Bolognese.

And of course, one cannot expect an Italian meal without a selection of fine wines. Be sure to take a look at the amazing options available from their 1,000-bottle wine collection.

In a nutshell

Sometimes it’s hard to keep mafia movies straight since they all usually contain at least two of the following: family drama, double-crossings, and an old-school Italian restaurant. But what we can keep straight are our favorite Italian spots, and Ferraro’s is right at the top. 

“Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar” – Edward Thompson for The Infatuation

5. Harvest by Roy Ellamar

Location: Bellagio
Cuisine: American

About the restaurant

Royden Ellamar may not be a household name in your home, but we guarantee you he will be after you visit Harvest at the Bellagio. This career chef spent decades honing his craft in restaurants across Hawaii and the US, before finally launching his own experience with Harvest. While the menu may be familiar to American palettes, Roy’s health-conscious approach means a higher level of quality and flavors. 

Visitors to Harvest can enjoy a range of dishes from artisanal cheese, to steak tartare, to seafood platters, all made from the best ingredients available, with a particular emphasis on serving meals made using market-sourced ingredients. Whet your appetite between bites with cocktails that are made only from fresh cold-pressed juice and herbs. 

In a nutshell

Overall, Harvest is sophisticated, delicious, and has principles that everyone should get on board with. 

“Harvest by Roy Ellamar” – Lindsay MacNevin, guest contributor for Times Travel

6. Javier’s

Location: ARIA Resort & Casino
Cuisine: Mexican

About the restaurant

Javier’s opened their first restaurant in 1995, and since then have expanded their authentic Mexican dining across the US. Javier’s ensures that their meals never lack that special something by hiring chefs from all around Mexico, so this is arguably the definitive experience in Mexican cuisine!

If you’re looking for classy Mexican fine dining, Javier’s at the ARIA will undoubtedly be for you. Mellow lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere, and incredible Mexican-influenced art can be seen around the venue.

When it comes to the menu, you’ll find a great selection of classics including enchiladas, fajitas, and quesadillas, as well as some truly unique Mexican-influenced meals, depending on whether you’re at the establishment for lunch or dinner, as the menu changes with the time of day. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are also on offer for those who prefer to avoid any animal products. 

And of course, there is plenty of choice when it comes to drinks, with separate menus for the bar, margaritas, wines, tequila, and other alcoholic drinks, so you can rest assured you can find a great beverage to round off your meal.   

In a nutshell

Javier's elevates Mexican food to a new level, with its distinctive ambiance and upscale dishes.

“Best Mexican Restaurants in Las Vegas - 10Best” – Terrissa Meeks for USA Today

7. Joël Robuchon

Location: MGM Grand
Cuisine: French

People sharing a French cheese starter with a few glasses of wine.

About the restaurant

Award-winning French chef and restaurateur Joël Robuchon may have passed away in 2018, but his legacy lives on at the Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand. As you would expect from this luxury resort, visitors will get to enjoy a quiet, relaxed, fine dining atmosphere, with the option to make a private booking for groups of seven or more for even more intimate gatherings.

When it comes to the menu, the French influence is front and center, with the menu adorned with names that some of us may not recognize. Thankfully, the descriptions of dishes such as L'Avocat, Le Homard du Maine, L’Oursin, or La Noix de Saint Jacques are all in English, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting when you sit down for an incredible meal. Wine pairings are also available, but visitors will need to ask which options are available to go with the meal.

An incredible four-course meal is best rounded off with a dessert, including delectable options such as Le Caramel, Le Papillon Chocolat Azelia, or even a classic Le Moka or Le Thé (coffee or tea) available.

In a nutshell

Robuchon’s legendary tasting menu attracts culinary pilgrims from across the world.

“Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nevada, US - Restaurant Review” – Andrea Bennett for Condé Nast Traveler

8. Libertine Social

Location: Mandalay Bay
Cuisine: American

About the restaurant

If you’re looking for a venue that’s lively and fun, you’ll definitely find a social atmosphere at the Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay. Visitors to this gastropub can enjoy a great range of delicious American-influenced meals, all thanks to award-winning chef Shawn McClain (with one of his incredible accolades including the Best Chef Midwest award from the James Beard Foundation). 

The menu includes a variety of steak and fish options, like filet mignon and whole roasted branzino, as well as other large plate dishes like ribs, burgers, and chicken. As expected from a pub-style restaurant, a variety of cocktails, wines, and many, many beers are available for you to round off your meal.

In a nutshell

Step aside, unimpressive nachos and soggy fries. Libertine Social by Chef Shawn McClain is dishing up the next generation of bold American flavors by revamping bar food with a sexy, sophisticated twist.

“Libertine Social - Restaurant in Las Vegas” –

9. Morimoto Las Vegas

Location: MGM Grand
Cuisine: Japanese

About the restaurant

Award-winning celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto, recognized by many due to his appearances on Iron Chef, is the founder of Morimoto, an incredible family of Japanese restaurants that you can find across the world. His legacy of talent and creativity is embedded in each and every one of these fantastic eateries, including Morimoto Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. 

This venue is also home to a classic fine dining experience, with architecture and lighting designed to create a serene atmosphere, and is also home to a variety of photographs from globe-trotting interior designer, Yasumichi Morita. 

Diners at this restaurant can expect a Japanese menu (with dishes such as sushi, soups, noodles, and wagyu steaks), with a splash of American influence (the hamachi tacos are not to be missed!). The drinks menu includes cocktails with a multicultural twist, such as the Devil’s Advocate (which includes Patron tequila, yuzu, pomegranate, and habañero), as well as beers, wine, and yes, sake.

In a nutshell

I don’t usually splurge on food–like I said–I’m a burger kinda guy. But, this experience at Morimoto Las Vegas left me questioning if maybe a higher scale of dining should be in my future again. And, it will be.

“Review: Morimoto Las Vegas” – Michael Movestro for Vegas Bright

10. Michael Mina

Location: Bellagio
Cuisine: Seafood

A platter of seafood on a table next to bottles of wine.

About the restaurant

This restaurant is the brainchild of celebrity chef Michael Mina, whose award-winning series of restaurants are an unbelievable experience for those who enjoy authentic food made by passionate chefs. 

This approach is the same at the Michael Mina at the Bellagio, which offers a seafood-focused menu that includes mouth-watering dishes like Michael’s signature lobster pot pie, phyllo-crusted sole, tuna, and foie gras. Also, what kind of seafood restaurant would this be without a selection of caviar and shellfish to go with your main meal? But don’t worry, there are two delicious meat dish options for those who are less fond of seafood. 

In a nutshell

When you visit Michael Mina, expect a modern twist on seasonal seafood dishes. Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina serves up rich, comforting dishes like grilled salmon with foie gras and Maine lobster pot pie. The seafood-centric cuisine is refined, the plating elegant, and the service attentive.

“Michael Mina - Las Vegas Restaurants - Las Vegas, United States” – Forbes Travel Guide

11. Rivea

Location: Delano Las Vegas
Cuisine: French

About the restaurant

The Rivea at Delano Las Vegas is another French restaurant and is one of two Rivea restaurants founded by culinary master and Chef Alain Ducasse. Ducasse is one of only two chefs to receive 21 Michelin Stars, and the first-ever chef to have received three Michelin Stars for three of his restaurants in three different cities. This is testament to the work and dedication that goes into all of his restaurants and the food that they prepare.

At the Rivea at Delano Las Vegas, guests will have an excellent array of foods to choose from, including beef carpaccio, Panisse, pizzetta, and cured ham tigelle, ensuring all tastes are accounted for. Meals can also be enjoyed with a great selection of cocktails, beers, and of course, wines, which include a selection of sparkling rose, rose, and white and red wines.

As expected from a classic French restaurant, you can wind down your evening with one of several classic desserts, including tiramisù or chocolate soufflé. 

In a nutshell

Located on the 64th floor at the top of Delano, Chef Alain Ducasse’s Rivea is one of the most fabulously high-flying rooms in Las Vegas. Dishes are spot-on, elevated interpretations of Riviera favorites.

“Rivea, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. - Restaurant Review” – Andrea Bennett for Condé Nast Traveler

12. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

Location: MGM Grand
Cuisine: American

About the restaurant

Award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck, is the creator of the iconic Spago restaurant as well as Wolfgang Puck Companies. Wolfgang launched the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill as a social place for visitors to enjoy many traditional culinary comforts, all while ensuring the food has the quality that only his restaurants can offer – and by culinary comforts, we mean sugar-glazed doughnuts for breakfast.

This American-style restaurant offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, which includes classics like eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and toast to kick start your day, as well as a variety of pizzas, burgers, and steaks for lunch or dinner. You can also quench your thirst on one of the restaurant’s many classic drinks, including cocktails like the Bacon Bloody Mary, the Bay Breeze, or the Bottomless Mimosa.

Savor the end of your meal with something sweet by picking one of the great desserts, including chocolate souffle, classic lemon cheesecake, or half a dozen chocolate chip cookies!     

In a nutshell

While the food comes from an acclaimed chef, the setting at Wolfgang Puck's Bar and Grill is casual and friendly. The bright, cheerful setting pairs well with the food, which is expertly crafted and full of flavor.

“Wolfgang Puck's Bar & Grill - Las Vegas - 10Best” – USA Today

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