The Best Restaurants In Las Vegas

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BetMGM Aug 13, 2022, 1:34 PM

If you’re in Vegas and wondering where to eat, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a great list of some of the best eateries around the City of Lights. After playing some of the best casino games on the Strip you can use your winnings to treat yourself to a fine meal at one of the best restaurants in Vegas. Or if you prefer the peace and quiet of playing online casino games in your hotel room before you go out to eat, that’s an option too. But whatever you decide to do, you’re bound to want to seek some excellent cuisine while visiting Las Vegas.

As much as we’d like to say our list covers all of the best places to eat in Vegas, the truth is there are hundreds of incredible restaurants to enjoy world-class cuisine in the capital of the Silver State. To make it easier, here’s a list of our 12 favorite restaurants in the city, many of which you will find on the Strip, aka South Las Vegas Boulevard. 

1. Best Friend

Location Park MGM, 3770 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine Korean

Roy Choi, a Korean American chef best known for his role in the gourmet food-truck movement that inspired the movie Chef and 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. It comes as no surprise then that he has established one of the best Korean eateries in Vegas: Best Friend.

Best Friend draws on influences from Mexico and as Roy says: 

“Best Friend is a remixed and remastered collection of the evolution of our Los Angeles – its food, its music, its culture. It’s 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 the ever-popular Korean BBQ. The drinks menu ranges from slushies and soju to classic lagers, so there’s something for everyone here.

But this is no ordinary restaurant. A quick glance at the menu and you’ll notice a couple of censored curse words while the hip-hop music that welcomes you the moment you step inside will remind you that this isn’t your 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.” 

Andrea Bennett for Condé Nast Traveler

2. Din Tai Fung

Location Bellagio Hotel & Casino, 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine Taiwanese

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 penned those words back in 2013.

Diners can feast on Xiao Long Bao dumplings filled with pork, crab or truffle. Wontons, greens and a variety of other Asian dishes are also available on the delectable menu. Drinks include the standard Western fare of wine, beer and cocktails (unless you feel like making your cocktails at home,) while those with a taste for the finer things can also try out a variety of sake options. It’s the perfect food to eat before or after playing the best casino games in Vegas!

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. Shang Artisan Noodle

Location  4983 W Flamingo Rd Ste B

Cuisine Chinese

A group of people sharing a variety of Chinese dishes.

If hand-pulled noodles and Chinese classics such as dumplings, wontons and chow mein sound like your idea of a good time eating out, Shang Artisan Noodle will be high on your list of places to dine at.

While this restaurant isn’t on the Strip itself, heading slightly off the beaten track to enjoy a meal at Shang Artisan Noodle is well worth your time. The menu is a contemporary take on many classic Chinese meals and all at surprisingly affordable prices (especially for Vegas.) All the delicious sides at Shang are sub-$10, while mains are also incredibly reasonably priced at between $10 and $14. Foodies shouldn’t worry that corners are cut to save on costs though; every meal on the menu is top quality.

If you’re hoping to pair your meal with a drink, take note that Shang Artisan Noodle has a fairly limited drinks menu, particularly when it comes to alcohol. Sapporo and Asahi are the only alcoholic drinks that you can buy, although they do have sodas, iced and regular tea, as well as bottled and sparkling water.

In a nutshell

“Hinojosa urges everyone going to Las Vegas to visit Shang Artisan Noodle in Chinatown, where the cooks hand-pull fresh noodles to toss into soups or saucy stir-fries. After stumbling upon the restaurant for the first time during his most recent trip, he can’t stop thinking about the beef pancakes.”

Just Back From: Las Vegas with Rich Hinojosa – Lauren Loftus for Phoenix Magazine 

4. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Location 4480 Paradise Road

Cuisine Italian

This incredible Italian restaurant first opened its doors in 1985 and the Ferraro family has been serving guests sumptuous southern Italian cuisine ever since. If you’re a fan of truly authentic Italian food you’ll love their lasagna alla Gino and coniglio brasato (braised rabbit.) The family also caters for vegetarian tastes, offering an entire vegan-friendly menu that includes spaghetti aglio e olio, Raviolini and Cavatelli Bolognese.

Of course, one cannot expect an Italian meal without a selection of fine wines. If you’re celebrating a big win at the slots, be sure to browse the amazing options available from Ferraro’s 1,000-bottle wine collection. We guarantee you’ll enjoy some of the best traditional Italian food and wine in the US at Ferraro’s in Vegas.

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.” 

Edward Thompson for The Infatuation

5. Harvest

Location Bellagio Hotel & Casino, 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine American

Royden Ellamar may not be a household name to many of us, but we guarantee he will be after you’ve visited Harvest at the Bellagio. This career chef spent decades honing his craft in restaurants across Hawaii and the mainland US before finally launching his own dining experience with Harvest in 2015. While the menu may be familiar to American palates, Ellamar’s health-conscious approach means a higher level of quality and flavors. 

Visitors to Harvest can enjoy a range of dishes from artisanal cheese and steak tartare to seafood platters, all made from the best market-sourced ingredients available. Whet your appetite between bites with cocktails made from fresh cold-pressed juices and herbs. After all, if you’ve come all the way to Vegas to play some of the best casino games the Bellagio has to offer, it makes sense to treat yourself to an unforgettable meal at a fine establishment such as Harvest.

In a nutshell

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

Lindsay MacNevin, guest contributor for Times Travel

6. Javier’s

Location ARIA Resort & Casino, 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine Mexican

Javier’s opened its first restaurant in 1995 and since then has expanded its authentic Mexican dining experience across the US. The company ensures its meals never lack that special something by hiring chefs from all around Mexico, so this is arguably the most definitive Mexican cuisine you’re going to find in Vegas!

If you’re looking for a Mexican fine dining experience, Javier’s at the ARIA is for you. Mellow lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere and incredible Mexican-influenced art is dotted 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. Note that the menu changes depending on whether you’re there for lunch or dinner. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are also on offer for those looking for plant-based meals.

There are plenty of choices when it comes to drinks to round off your meal. Whether you pop in for lunch or dinner at Javier’s, you’ll experience the amazing freshness of genuine Mexican cuisine in a warm, friendly environment.

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” 

Terrissa Meeks for 10Best, a division of USA Today

7. Joël Robuchon

Location MGM Grand, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine French

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

Award-winning French chef and restaurateur Joël Robuchon died in 2018, but his legacy lives on at Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand. As you would expect from this luxurious top-end resort, visitors 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, 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 when you sit down for an incredible meal you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Wine pairings are also available, but visitors will need to ask which options are available.

An incredible meal at Joël Robuchon is best ended off with a dessert such as Le Caramel, Le Papillon Chocolat Azélia or perhaps just a classic Le Moka or Le Thé (coffee or tea.)

In a nutshell

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

Andrea Bennett for Condé Nast Traveler

8. Libertine Social

Location Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine American

If you’re looking for a venue that’s lively and fun, you’ll find the atmosphere at the Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay more than convivial. Visitors to this gastropub at the resort can enjoy a great range of delicious American-inspired meals, all thanks to award-winning chef Shawn McClain who counts the Best Chef Midwest award from the James Beard Foundation as one of his incredible accolades. 

The menu includes a variety of steak and fish options, such as filet mignon and whole roasted branzino, as well as other large-plate dishes like ribs, burgers and chicken. As can be expected from a pub-style restaurant, there’s a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available 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.”

9. Morimoto Las Vegas

Location MGM Grand, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine Japanese

Award-winning celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto, recognized by many for his appearances on Iron Chef, is the founder of Morimoto, an incredible family of Japanese restaurants found 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 offers a classic fine-dining experience with architecture and lighting designed to create a serene atmosphere. Morimoto is also home to a variety of awe-inspiring photographs by globe-trotting Japanese 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.) You’ll also get to enjoy Chef’s signature Buri Bop, cooked tableside!

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.”

Michael Movestro for Vegas Bright

10. Michael Mina

Location Bellagio Hotel & Casino, 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine Seafood

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

This eatery is the brainchild of celebrity chef Michael Mina, whose award-winning series of restaurants provide 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 featuring mouth-watering dishes such as Mina’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? If seafood is not your thing, choose from the great selection of meat and vegetarian options on the menu.

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.”

Forbes Travel Guide

11. Rivea

Location Delano Las Vegas, 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine French

Rivea at the 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 to have received three Michelin stars for three of his restaurants in three different cities. This is a testament to the work and dedication that goes into all of his restaurants and the food they prepare.

At Rivea, 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 wines as well as a choice of non-alcoholic beverages. Head out to the Rivea for a breezy, laid-back atmosphere of white decor and maritime blues. 

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

Andrea Bennett for Condé Nast Traveler

12. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

Location MGM Grand, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd

Cuisine American

Award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is the creator of the iconic Spago restaurant as well as Wolfgang Puck Companies. Puck launched the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill as a social place for visitors to enjoy 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 that includes classics like eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and toast to kick-start your day and a variety of pizzas, burgers and steaks for lunch or dinner. You can also quench your thirst with one of the restaurant’s many classic drinks.

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

In a nutshell

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

10Best, a division of USA Today

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