12 of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas

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BetMGM Dec 29, 2021, 6:05 AM

If you’re in Vegas and wondering where you should eat, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a great list of some of the best eateries around the City of Lights. You’ll be able to play some of the best casino games on the Strip such as Texas Hold’em poker, as well as eat at the best restaurants in Vegas. Perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy some quiet time while playing online casino games; but whatever you choose, 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 that there are many incredible places for you to enjoy world-class cuisine in the capital of the Silver State. So for now, here’s a list of our 12 favorite restaurants in the city. Many are actually on “the Strip” itself (otherwise known as South Las Vegas Boulevard.) Which will get your biggest tick?

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 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 has created one of the best Korean eateries in Vegas: Best Friend.

Best Friend that 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 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 and 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 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 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 the delectable 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. It’s the perfect food to eat before or after playing the best casino games available!

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, 1430 E Charleston Blvd
Cuisine Chinese/Taiwanese

A group of people sharing a variety of Chinese dishes.

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 eatery so he could share his love of Lu Rou Fan, a braised pork dish served with rice enjoyed by many across Taiwan. Options for this iconic dish include adding crispy chicken, egg or pork chops to the mix. For those interested in other fare, you’ll find a small selection of alternatives, should Lu Rou Fan not catch your eye. Patrons will also get to savor the restaurant’s unique take on the humble grain – it serves an amazing blend of Koshihikari, “forbidden black rice,” Lundberg brown rice and red rice.

The drinks menu has plenty of variety, but be advised that Every Grain does not serve alcohol.

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 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 eating, then you’ll love to try dishes like 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.

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 Ferraro’s 1,000-bottle wine collection, especially if you’ve got something special to celebrate! One thing’s for sure, you’re going to taste some of the best traditional Italian food in Vegas here.

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, as above
Cuisine American

Royden Ellamar may not be a household name in your home, 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 US, before finally launching his own 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 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. After all, if you’ve come to Vegas to play some of the best casino games the Bellagio has to offer, it only makes sense to have one of the tastiest meals 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 takes pains to ensure 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 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 wish to avoid any animal products. 

And of course, there is plenty of choice when it comes to drinks, so rest assured you can find a great beverage to round off your meal. For sure, if you visit 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 thankfully his legacy lives on at Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand. As you would expect from this luxurious top-end 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, 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 possibly best rounded off with a dessert, with delectable options including Le Caramel and 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 definitely find the atmosphere at the Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay convivial. Visitors to this gastropub at the resort 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, such as 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, there’s a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available to help 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.”

Vegas.com

9. Morimoto Las Vegas

Location MGM Grand, as above
Cuisine Japanese

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 offers 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.) 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, as above
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? But don’t worry if fish is not your thing, because there are also delicious meat and vegetarian options on the menu too.

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 that 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 of course, wines, as well as some 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, as above
Cuisine American

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.

Savor the end of your meal with something sweet by picking one of the great desserts, including 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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