When you play online casino games, you have the luxury of eating whatever (and however) you like. But when you visit a land-based casino, there’s a lot to be said for enjoying a delicious meal at a casino restaurant before or after having a spin on the slot machines, or trying your hand at some poker or blackjack. Let’s check out some of the best dining options for when you choose to visit a brick-and-mortar establishment.
Top-rated casino restaurants in the USA by category
There are many acclaimed establishments around the world, but you don’t need to travel outside the USA to find some of the best casino eateries in the world. In this list, we cover some of the most popular ones, organized by food category.
You don’t need to live anywhere near the ocean to taste some of the best fish in the country, but when you’re eating along the boardwalk in Atlantic City, you get to have the first pick of the best seafood on the East Coast.
One of the most famous casino restaurants along the Jersey Shore, which is synonymous with gambling and having a good time, is Kuro, which you can find at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. While the area might be better known for oysters and crab cakes, here you can enjoy seafood with a Japanese twist. Kuro’s menu includes dishes such as sushi and other fresh seafood dishes, which can all be paired with a carefully curated selection of Japanese sake brands, wines, shochu and whiskies.
What would the American food scene look like without Italian cuisine? We can’t even imagine, since it’s such an integral part of the dining scene! This is especially true in places like Atlantic City, where a night of casino table games can easily be combined with a glass of red and a bowl of spaghetti.
Capriccio is an especially popular Italian restaurant along the boardwalk, located at the Resorts Casino Hotel. Famous dishes here include gnocchi, gorgeously fresh pasta and chicken parmigiana, which can all be enjoyed with a fabulous view of the surrounding city. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which we mentioned above, also offers top-rated Italian fare at Il Mulino, which focuses on old-world Italian fare.
Moving on from fresh fish and the soul food that is fresh pasta, there are many incredible fine-dining options to be found at casino restaurants across the USA, not least in Las Vegas. At the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, for example, you can find Picasso, which offers the best of exquisite French cuisine, with dishes such as the lobster salad, foie gras or filet! At Picasso, you can also add an extra dimension to the enjoyment of your meal by being surrounded by some of the artist’s finest masterpieces.
Other famous fine-dining restaurants in Vegas that form part of gambling establishments include Top of the World at the STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, and Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Eating at The STRAT is particularly exciting, because the 800ft-high eatery revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes, so you get to take in an expansive view of the city while you’re dining on exquisitely presented surf and turf dishes including stuffed roasted lobster tail and Tomahawk chop.
Vegetarian and vegan food is becoming ever more popular, and both options are well catered for on many casino restaurant menus.
For dedicated plant-based fare, you can try the Terrace Pointe Café at the Wynn Las Vegas (with panoramic views of manicured gardens), which is known for its vegan chicken and waffles. The Venetian and Palazzo hotels are also vegan-friendly, and in fact the Strip’s first all-out vegan restaurant can be found at the Venetian. Called Truth & Tonic, it describes itself as a “Vegan Wellness Café,” and is headed up by Chef Pete Ghione. It offers favorites such as tacos stuffed with guacamole and avocado, and smoked salmon on toast (which is a popular breakfast option.)
Asian cuisine is diverse, and there are many different regional cuisines on offer throughout the USA, as well as everything from formal fine dining to super-casual slurping out of noodle bowls.
At the Bellagio, you can choose from high-end Japanese cuisine at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, or Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan delights at Jasmine. For a more laid-back experience, you could try street-food inspired noodle dishes from all over Asia at Noodles, which includes dishes from Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, China and Vietnam.
Other famous Asian restaurants that you might want to visit straight after you play casino games are Mizumi at the Wynn Las Vegas (try the 50-hour Wagyu veal cheek or the confit Japanese ocean trout,) and Kuro in Atlantic City, which we mentioned above as part of the seafood category.
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