On the Strip and off, the best Las Vegas restaurants are inspiring food-loving tourists to make reservations—and mark their calendars. Within a decade, Las Vegas has redefined the culinary and wine experience by offering the most comprehensive collection of celebrity chefs, world-class restaurants and Master Sommeliers (11) of any destination in the world.
Southern Nevada is home to more than 5,000 general restaurants. This number is just a small part of the overall food & beverage culture in the region and does not account for the thousands of snack bars, take-out venues and drinking establishments, which also populate the area.
Bon Appétit magazine, a leading authority in the culinary world, cemented Las Vegas’ place among U.S. dining capitals by declaring the destination as one of the nation’s top five restaurant cities. In fact, the publication has partnered with Las Vegas and the destination’s resorts to host an annual epicurean event called Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit. The four-day event in the spring provides an intimate connection with legendary chefs, along with a grand tasting of their delectable creations. The festival was also named the No. 1 food festival in the country by readers of USA Today and celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2018.
For one week each year, more than 100 of Las Vegas’ fine dining establishments participate in the city’s annual Restaurant Week. Working to end hunger in southern Nevada, a portion of all Restaurant Week sales benefit Three Square Food Bank. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus from three tiered price points. In addition to the special menus, many of the city’s resorts offer Restaurant Week diners a chance to extend their experience beyond world-class cuisine by coupling their stay with one-of-a-kind entertainment, spa and overnight packages.
Las Vegas continues to be recognized year after year for its quality restaurants and wine scene. In 2016, Las Vegas was recently named one of the Top 10 Wine Destinations by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In 2017, Las Vegas AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurants include: Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Twist at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio. Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA Five Diamond Award winners make up less than one-half percent of nearly 31,000 AAA-approved properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Additionally, Las Vegas is home to 22 AAA Four Diamond Award winners and the restaurants can be found throughout the Strip.
Coming Soon
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is thrilled to announce a dynamic new culinary destination known as Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar, opening early Fall 2018. Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar will showcase a curated selection of undeniably unique concepts, uniting the most sought-after chefs and restaurants handpicked from foodie capitals across the country. Six individual food and beverage outposts will live within the urban space, offering curious eaters and ambitious restauranteurs a place to celebrate their shared passion for innovative food and drink.
Eataly will join the lineup at Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas late next year. The Italian marketplace will fill approximately 40,000 square feet on the southern edge of the resort. It is expected to be a marketplace with cafes, to-go counters and sit-down restaurants.
Roy Choi will open his first restaurant to Las Vegas this year. The Koreatown-influenced restaurant will head to the Park MGM. The restaurant will offer immersive spaces that will feel comfortable and familiar and will offer an eclectic environment for people to open their minds to the new and extraordinary.
Scotch 80 Prime at Palms Casino Resort, one of Las Vegas’ newest premier steakhouses, combines classic Las Vegas charm with an intimate dining experience. Featuring delicious tableside presentations, expertly curated spirits and a world-class scotch collection, Scotch 80 Prime is a culinary highlight of Palms’ $620 million renovation.
Wolfgang Puck will launch a new, reimagined Spago at Bellagio Resort & Casino in summer 2018. The legendary flagship restaurant will offer an elevated experience, featuring his signature dishes as well as an open-air patio with prime views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio.
The Slanted Door, a legendary San Francisco restaurant, will open its first location outside of California at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The Vietnamese restaurant plans to open in 2018 and will offer entrees that include lemongrass ribeye steak, organic chicken clay pot and caramelized shrimp and hodo soy beanery organic tofu.
Sadelle’s, the popular vintage-style New York City restaurant and bakery will open at Bellagio Resort & Casino this December. The all-day dining concept will transform- from a breakfast-centric haven to a power lunch hotspot to a relaxing dinner locale – all while delivering distinct culinary experiences with each transition. This restaurant will replace Café Bellagio which will close in August.
The go-to dining destination for celebrities from Hollywood to New York City, will officially make its mark on the Las Vegas Strip as ARIA Resort & Casino debuts CATCH LAS VEGAS in fall 2018. The restaurant’s debut on The Strip will bring epic renditions of opulent seafood, sushi & steak and a something for everyone dining experience with seamless transitions and an elevated, interactive atmosphere from early evening to prime-time dinner, late night and special events.
What’s New?
As the dining scene continues to evolve in Las Vegas, new restaurants continue to open nearly every month, providing unique experiences for repeat visitors. Some of the many new restaurants include the following:
Celebrated chef, author and television personality Giada De Laurentiis, opened her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace. The restaurant takes the space of Payard Patisserie & Bistro and offers her signature Italian fare with California influences in a fast, casual format.
Juniper Cocktail Lounge recently opened at Park MGM is a stylish lounge that offers a whimsical menu. The menu was crafted by MGM Resorts Corporate Mixologist Craig Schoettler and features house-made juices, syrups and features a premium selection of spirits with an intense dedication to the cocktail craft.
Once at Venetian Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind Peruvian Nikkei dining experience from one of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed chefs, Ricardo Zarate. Born in Lima, Zarate’s name is synonymous with indigenous South American flavors. Immaculately executed and fused with his inherent passion, drive and culinary ingenuity.
Good Pie opened in Downtown in Pawn Plaza and is the mastermind of former Evel Pie pizzaiolo Vincent Rotolo. The pie shop will serve four types of pizza styles, but will focus on the Grandma Pie. A hard to find perfect crispy piece of pie well-known in certain neighborhoods of New York City.
Masso Osteria at Red Rock Resort Casino, Resort & Spa is the creation of author and restaurateur Scott Contant. The restaurant is inspired by the rocky desert landscape that surrounds Summerlin. The menu features house made pastas, antipasti and savory wood-fire sides.
Downtown welcomed Esther’s Kitchen to the neighborhood, the restaurant showcases a menu of seasonal Italian soul food. It is the creation of Las Vegas Native and Culinary Institute of America graduate James Trees. He worked at Aqua, Bradley Ogden, Alex and Alize before spending a decade in California, New York, Florida and elsewhere.
MGM Grand partnered with Lai Sun Dining to open China Tang Las Vegas. The restaurant serves Cantonese cuisine heavily influenced by provincial dishes from Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing. Meanwhile, the cocktail menu is inspired by Pre-Opium War Era China and Colonial Era China, and draws inspiration from popular destinations and iconic characters in Chinese culture.
Osteria Costa, The Mirage’s new Coastal Italian features classic dishes including hand-pulled mozzarella, housemade pastas, traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, seafood and more by Chef Michael LaPlaca.
Gordon Ramsay opened the world’s first “Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen” restaurant at Caesars Palace in early 2018. This is Ramsay’s fifth Las Vegas restaurant and will serve Hell’s Kitchen signature dishes made with the highest quality ingredients.
Rosina, an intimate cocktail retreat is open at The Palazzo Las Vegas. The concept comes from renowned hospitality veterans Sam Ross and David Rabin, the team responsible for The Dorsey. Rosina celebrates the classic cocktail, with a menu of beloved originals, crafted with the highest quality, and served in an environment that embodies defiant glamour. There is also a “Champagne Call Button” that allows guests to simply top off their flute with a touch of button.
Award-winning New York Burger Joint, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer opened at The Venetian Las Vegas. This opening marks the restaurants first expansion in the U.S. beyond its four New York locations. The restaurant is helmed by Michelin starred Chef Joe Isidori and lauded restaurateur and nightclub developer Chris Barish. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Venetian Poker room and features patio dining overlooking the scenic outdoor canals. The menu features Black Tap’s craft burgers including the All-American burger, the Greg Norman Burger and their famous shakes including the original cotton candy strawberry shake with a blue and pink pear chocolate rim, a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and cotton candy.
Palms Casino Resort opened A.Y.C.E. Buffet, standing for “All-You-Can-Eat,” the new restaurant offers a diverse menu with made from scratch recipes. Serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and a Bottomless Mimosa Sunday brunch, A.Y.C.E. is a continuation of the Palms’ $620 million revitalization plan.
At Park MGM two new restaurants have opened; the new Primrose features French style fare and garden inspired cocktails. Chef Bryce Shuman teamed up with the Sydell Group, the force behind The NoMad to open this restaurant that will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the first of Park MGM’s restaurant collection to open. In addition, a renowned Chicago classic, Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar has opened. The restaurant offers a stylish departure from a traditional steakhouse and embraces French flair without the formality. The menu offers fresh seafood towers, delicious steaks, traditional side dishes and house-made desserts. In addition to the Monte Carlo’s transition into Park MGM, later this year the luxury property is also expected to welcome the boutique hotel-within-hotel outpost of NoMad.
Tropicana Las Vegas opened Savor, the Buffet, the buffet allows guests to feast on world-class fare featuring mouthwatering spread of signature and eclectic dishes. It has up to four live action stations and offers several made-to-order and create-your-own stations.
Sparrow + Wolf is a new restaurant from Chef Brian Howard. Opened in Chinatown area of Las Vegas, this restaurant features American Cuisine. Plates are meant to be shared and there are special dishes that are featured on a rotating basis.
Notable Restaurants
Tropicana Las Vegas has officially opened its highly anticipated restaurant in partnership with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine – Robert Irvine’s Public House. The renowned chef and TV personality celebrated opening day in true Robert Irvine fashion by descending upon Las Vegas Boulevard with a three-vehicle military-inspired convoy. Chef Irvine topped himself by making his grand entrance by arriving via helicopter, where he landed on the Northeast entrance of the iconic property, just off the famed Las Vegas Strip.
CHICA at The Venetian Las Vegas made its debut in spring 2017 delivering the robust and vibrant flavors of Latin-influenced Cuisine combined with an eclectic wine and mixology program. Top Chef Masters’ Chef Lorena Garcia leads the restaurant bringing her extensive culinary education in diverse, Latin American cuisine.
ZUMA, a modern Japanese cuisine restaurant is located at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The restaurant offers shared dishes from a sushi counter, main kitchen and a robata grill. Zuma is the creation of chef and co-founder Rainer Becker.
The first Las Vegas Momofuku location of chef David Chang’s innovative restaurant is at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The 200-seat restaurant serves Fuku chicken sandwiches, fried chicken with caviar and bossam and a soup selection that is Korean inspired.
Fans of Milk Bar can find the first Las Vegas location at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Established by award-winning chef and owner Christina Tosi, Milk Bar focuses on putting a playful spin on familiar home-style desserts. The menu highlights delectable desserts, including exclusive menu items only available in Las Vegas.
Masaharu Morimoto, renowned Japanese chef and star of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” brought his famous restaurant, Morimoto Las Vegas to MGM Grand. The contemporary Japanese restaurant features signature sushi creations and cocktail offerings, including exclusive selections made specifically for the Las Vegas location.
The Dorsey, located at The Venetian Las Vegas, is the ultimate destination for cocktail enthusiasts to experience innovative craft cocktails served in a comfortable, upbeat atmosphere. The 4,500-square-foot space features rich materials and incorporates a lustrous modern fireplace as the focal point. The inventive cocktail menu was designed by award-winning barman Sam Ross of New York City’s Attaboy and Milk & Honey Fame.
At the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas, Ramen-Ya sister restaurant to Katana-Ya, the MICHELIN-recommended noodle shop out of San Francisco is open serving its famed Gyoza, tempura, sushi and ramen. Also open at the Grand Bazaar Shops is Chicago-style pizza restaurant, Giordano’s. The restaurant features its famous, stuffed deep dish pizza along with thin and extra-thin crust pizzas as well as hand-crafted Italian inspired foods including salads, pastas and sandwiches. The restaurant offers lunch, dinner and carry out.
Taco Bell recently opened their flagship restaurant Taco Bell Cantina in the heart of the Strip. The two-story restaurant features an outdoor patio, digital displays and unique offerings only available in Las Vegas. The restaurant also serves alcohol including beer and twisted freezes.
Libertine Social by Chef Shawn McClain celebrates the experience of social dining. The next generation gastropub features New American bar fare and now open at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.  A variety of gourmet toasts and dips, indulgent flatbreads, personalized sausage boards and more are available for guests looking for a new restaurant concept that allows them to mix, mingle and enjoy.
Rare and Craft Beer Haven PUB 365 is now open at Tuscany Suites & Casino. The pub features 365 rotating craft beers and 40 draft handles. The menu also includes an evolving list of rare, specialty brews that will be unique to PUB 365. The menu serves up a modern spin on traditional pub fare, including craveable small bites and iconic burgers and tacos.
Eggslut at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was created by Alvin Cailan out of Los Angeles. The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to all palates. Signature dishes include; a bacon, egg & cheese sandwich; The Slut, a coddled egg on top of smooth potato puree, cooked in a glass jar topped with gray salt chives and served with slices of baguette; and a Gaucho Sandwich which includes seared Wagyu tri-tip steak, chimichurri, red onions and seasoned arugula topped with an over-medium egg in a warm brioche bun.
Wahlburgers, the popular fast casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg, is now open inside the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas. Created by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, the chef-inspired menu features an emphasis on fresh, high-quality, yet simple food that highlights some of his family’s favorites.
New York’s Beauty & Essex is located at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The restaurant is a partnership between TAO Group and acclaimed chef personality and restaurateur Chris Santos. Signature dishes include grilled cheese smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings, elote style scallops, with charred cord salad, chipotle, lime and cilantro and roasted bone marrow, with roja-braised shallot marmalade.
Guy Fieri brings his second restaurant to Las Vegas with El Burro Borracho at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Guests can enjoy authentically prepared Mexican dishes with upscale touches and signature flair. The menu features crispy Mahi Mahi juan tacos, Acapulco gold salad, lava rock shrimp and much more.
Internationally renowned restaurant MR CHOW is located at Caesars Palace and features signature dishes such as chicken satay, green prawns, hand-made pulled noodles and Beijing duck. Dishes are served family-style, built on the idea that all guests are to share in the MR CHOW experience in food and ambiance.
Bellagio Resort & Casino is home to farm-to-table restaurant, Harvest by Roy Ellamar. Delivering an innovative, market-driven concept, the restaurant features regional American dishes that include sustainable and locally grown products.
Alain Ducasse’s, Rivea is located at The Delano. The menu features dishes influenced by the food markets of Provence and Italy. The restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere of white and maritime blues, with an unparalleled, 180-degree view of the city below. In the adjoining space, guests enjoy delicious cocktails and Rivea’s signature plates at Skyfall Lounge.
VISTA Cocktail Lounge is an upscale, interactive cocktail experience at Caesars Palace. The Lounge is located off the main casino floor, complementing the neighboring Hakkasan Group properties; OMNIA Nightclub and Searsucker Restaurant. The experiential cocktail bar and lounge create a cozy, yet still modern atmosphere combining immersive and hi-tech offerings alongside custom-crafted cocktails.
Searsucker Las Vegas offers new American classics at Caesars Palace. Helmed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, the restaurant introduced locals and tourists alike to farm-to-ocean comfort foods with a contemporary spin.
Herringbone at ARIA showcases Chef Brian Malarkey’s acclaimed ocean-to-table concept. This indoor-outdoor lounge dining concept brings southern California coastal cuisine to the Las Vegas Strip. Guests can enjoy sipping on a carefully curated wine list, a collection of craft beers and signature cocktails.
Lago is Chef Julian Serrano’s restaurant at Bellagio Resort & Casino. It is the first Italian restaurant from the award-winning Serrano, whose namesake Spanish tapas eatery at ARIA Resort & Casino and French-inspired fine dining room Picasso at Bellagio Resort & Casino are among the most popular dining destinations on the Strip.
50 Eggs, Inc.’s Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is located at The Venetian Las Vegas. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel and featuring a talented culinary team and a house of worship to farm-fresh ingredients, classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality.
Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant, GIADA, at The Cromwell is located on the second story of The Cromwell. The cornerstone of the boutique hotel and casino, GIADA boasts priceless views, signature dishes and a warm and inviting atmosphere, all a reflection of De Laurentiis’ vision. The restaurant encompasses three dining experiences – a dining room, a lounge and a terrace. The menu consists of Italian cuisine with refreshing, Californian influences; guests can enjoy the restaurant for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner.
Also inside The Cromwell is the sophisticated lobby bar, Bound. The subtle lighting and gold and dark tones draw a warm, intimate feel. The bar menu is comprised of cocktails created by esteemed mixologist, Salvatore Calabrese. Inspired by his favorite breakfast staple, the Breakfast Martini cocktail is gin-based, mixed with the “finest orange marmalade.”
SLS Las Vegas brings a diverse range of cuisine, including Bazaar Meat by José Andres, a carnivorous reinvention of his famed restaurant The Bazaar. Other restaurants include; Katsuya by Starck; Cleo; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria; Umami Burger; and Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen.
The LINQ Promenade offers a variety of dining options as well as the world’s largest observation wheel the High Roller, including; Off The Strip; Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar; Flour & Barley; Jaburritos; Haute Doggery, Yard House; Sprinkles Cupcakes; Virgil’s Real Barbecue; Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips; Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar; Ghirardelli® Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop; Amorino Gelato; Canter’s Deli; and In-N-Out Burger.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino is turning up the flavor on its dynamic new plaza experience with a fan-favorite restaurants Shake Shack. This location marked the first Vegas location for the famous hamburger restaurant. Also joining the line-up is Tom’s Urban. The restaurant delivers an energetic experience with a fun and modern menu that includes a range of offers from butter poached lobster + shrimp tacos and Xiang Xiang crispy duck wings to tailgater bratwurst breakfast sliders. The Chocolate Bar at New York-New York Hotel & Casino serves a variety of sweet temptations such as specialty martinis, beers and wines. The chocolate coconut martini, double chocolate stout and chocolate rouge wine are a few of the many delicious drink offerings available.
Palms Casino Resort has introduced Send Noodles that showcases an authentic and imaginative Asian fusion menu, in an intimate, art-infused environment. Send Noodles features a robust menu with influences from Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean, and Thai cuisines as well as creative takes on American and Italian classics using Asian ingredients.
BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas is an interpretation of the American steakhouse with traditional fare and a bistro ambiance. Indulge in its renowned popovers—airy, warm Gruyère-laced puffs of dough—along with the brand’s tuna tartare, chopped vegetable salad and specially selected steaks.
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa features a Rustic American dining experience utilizing simple, seasonal and sustainable ingredients paired with masterfully hand-crafted cocktails.
Celebrity Chefs
Historically, major hotel-casinos featured “gourmet rooms” in order to cater to high rollers’ tastes. Each restaurant created an ambience designed to transport diners to a world far away from the casino action. However, by the late ’90s, high-end eateries became the rage with their appeal extending far beyond high rollers. Las Vegas hotels recruited some of the top chefs in the world to open and run restaurants inside their properties. Today, Las Vegas has the most comprehensive collection of the world’s top chefs and television icons. Continuing to satisfy Las Vegas visitors’ appetites, they include – in alphabetical order:
  • Kim Canteenwalla (Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian Las Vegas, Honey Salt at Boca Park, Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin)
  • Tom Colicchio (Craftsteak at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Heritage Steak at The Mirage Hotel & Casino)
  • Scott Commings (Gordon Ramsey Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace)
  • Giada De Laurentiis (GIADA at The Cromwell and Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace)
  • David Chang (Momofuku at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
  • Joseph Elevado (Andrea’s at Encore Las Vegas)
  • José Andres (Jaleo, China Poblano and é by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SLS Las Vegas)
  • Robert Irvine (Robert Irvine’s Public House at Tropicana Las Vegas)
  • Scott Conant (Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and Masso Osteria at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa)
  • Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE raw bar grill at The Venetian Las Vegas)
  • Lorena Garcia (CHICA at The Venetian Las Vegas)
  • Guy Fieri (Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino and El Burro Borracho at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino)
  • Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Forum Shops at Caesars)
  • Bobby Flay (Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace and Bobby’s Burger Palace at Crystals)
  • Pierre Gagnaire (Twist at Mandarin Oriental)
  • Devin Hashimoto (Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas)
  • Hubert Keller (Fleur at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Burger Bar at Mandalay Place)
  • Thomas Keller (Bouchon at The Venetian Las Vegas)
  • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian Las Vegas, Lagasse Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas)
  • Mark LoRusso (Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas)
  • Sirio Maccioni (Le Cirque at Bellagio Resort & Casino)
  • Steve Martorano (Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas)
  • Brian Malarkey (Searsucker at Caesars Palace and Herringbone at ARIA Resort & Casino)
  • Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Nobu Caesars Palace)
  • Christina Tosi (Milk Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
  • Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino)
  • Maurizio Mazzon (Canaletto at The Venetian Las Vegas and Il Fornaio at New York-New York Hotel & Casino)
  • Shawn McClain (Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sage and Five50 at ARIA Resort & Casino)
  • Michael Mina (Michael Mina Pub 1842 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, MICHAEL MINA at Bellagio Resort & Casino, STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino)
  • Tom Moloney (AquaKnox at The Venetian Las Vegas)
  • Rick Moonen (RM Seafood and RX Boiler Room at Mandalay Place)
  • Charlie Palmer (Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Charlie Palmer Steak at The Four Seasons)
  • Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci (Rao’s at Caesars Palace)
  • Wolfgang Puck (CUT at The Palazzo Las Vegas, Lupo at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Downtown Summerlin and Cucina by Wolfgang Puck at The Shops at Crystals)
  • Gordon Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at the LINQ Promenade)
  • Joël Robuchon (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon at The Mansion at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino)
  • André Rochat (Andre’s Bistro & Bar located in Summerlin)
  • Guy Savoy (Restaurant Guy Savoy and Brioche by Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace)
  • Julian Serrano (Picasso and Lago at Bellagio Resort & Casino and Julian Serrano at ARIA Resort & Casino)
  • Buddy Valastro (Buddy V’s and Carlo’s Bakery at The Venetian Las Vegas)
  • Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio Resort & Casino and Jean-Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Resort & Casino)
  • Christina Wilson (Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino)
In the early ’40s, the first buffet opened at the original El Rancho Vegas Hotel, the Las Vegas Strip’s first hotel. Beldon Katleman, El Rancho’s owner, initiated the all-you-can-eat-for-a-dollar “Midnight Chuck Wagon Buffet” in an effort to keep patrons on the property during late-night hours. His idea of treating guests to an elaborate array of food for a small price was copied again and again and as a result, the Las Vegas buffet has earned its place in the city’s history.
Buffets are still popular in Las Vegas, and several properties are taking their buffet experiences to the next level by offering unique and exclusive experiences. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the average buffet features about 45 food selections per meal including salads, fruits, roast beef, baked ham, roast turkey, vegetables and a variety of desserts.
Ranked the #1 Las Vegas buffet by USA Today, and called “the standard against which all Las Vegas buffets are judged” by Thrillist, Bacchanal Buffet completely reinvented the traditional buffet in 2012, with modern food presentations and an upscale setting. Approximately 15 daily chef’s specials are added to the menu, and they change depending on products, season and the chef’s whims. Bacchanal Buffet’s team of specialized chefs oversees the preparation of the majority of the food in front of the guests while cohesively working to present nine distinct restaurants in one location.
The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas elevates the traditional buffet with additional unique dishes, a more intimate atmosphere and state-of-the-art technology in both the kitchen and dining room. Executive Chef Russell Parker has introduced 120 new dishes, artfully prepared in smaller portions featuring Frank Sinatra’s family recipe of spaghetti and meatballs, Jonah crab claws and made-to-order items such as Peking duck buns and fresh sushi.
Caesars Entertainment’s family of Las Vegas resorts offers guests all-day, unlimited access to dine in six resort buffet restaurants with the Buffet of Buffets pass. Guests may purchase a 24-hour buffet pass from any participating buffet’s cashier stations for use at Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo, Flavors Buffet at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas, Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Carnival World Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The recent trend in buffet dining in Las Vegas is the gourmet buffet, led by Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Opening with the property in 2009, the buffet shocked the dining scene with individually plated gourmet items at every station.
Raising the bar in buffet dining, Bellagio Buffet introduced the first Chef’s Table within a buffet. This unique V.I.P. table experience includes a skilled chef team that pampers guests from beginning to end, preparing the finest culinary dishes tableside. Upon arrival to Bellagio Buffet, guests will bypass the main line and go to the front entrance of the restaurant where they are greeted and escorted to the Chef’s Table. Bellagio Buffet chefs welcome the group as they are seated and describe the assorted seasonal fruits, varieties of fresh house-baked breads and selections of canapés displayed on the luxurious table. Following, the chefs review a specialty menu, created with care using the finest seasonal products available. The menu may be adjusted based on guests’ preferences and dietary restrictions and includes a variety of exquisite culinary selections such as artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and caviar; live-action salad creations with fresh dressings, vegetables and sides; premium meat carvings such as lamb and prime rib; and a house-made chocolate fondue presentation for dipping fresh fruit, brownies and marshmallows.
A.Y.C.E. Buffet celebrates All-You-Can-Eat and is redefining the Vegas buffet. Worldly cuisine presented in an innovative, technique-focused fashion will be the signature of A.Y.C.E., which will host guests in an open food hall setting. A.Y.C.E. features from-scratch recipes and various cooking methods set across seven stations: The Greenery, The Hearth, The Roastery, World Pan, Smoke & Fire, Revival & Sweet & Light.
Entertainment Dining
A rebirth of the social club, Rose.Rabbit.Lie at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a modern twist on clubs of the night – a truly communal venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and entertainment to create a modern supper club.
Dining and entertainment go hand-in-hand at several locations throughout southern Nevada. Dinner theater options include the “Tournament of Kings” at Excalibur where guests are transported to the feasts of the Renaissance while watching a knightly battle.
Dave & Buster’s fans can now play their favorite games at Downtown Summerlin. This location hosts 180 games, a menu boasting casual American Fare and a delicious cocktail menu. Menu items include, Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart, Angry Orchard BBQ chicken and bacon wrapped shrimp with lobster sauce & fire-grilled sirloin.
Themed Restaurants
Las Vegas also boasts a bevy of themed restaurants. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, located near Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is an authentic replica of the Munich Hofbräuhaus. The restaurant features German/Bavarian cuisine, imported Bavarian beer, meat and sausage produced exclusively for Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas and Bavarian pretzels imported directly from Munich. Music connoisseurs can nosh on gourmet hamburgers while soaking up the unique atmosphere and music memorabilia at the Hard Rock Café.
Planet Hollywood serves up the best Hollywood fare inside the Forum Shops. Parrotheads can get their “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at the Flamingo Las Vegas.
Vince Neil’s Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party is located at Circus Circus. The menu features signature burgers, burritos and Rockin’ Nachos sure to tempt taste buds. The venue showcases iconic imagery along with Neil’s most prized possessions including gold and platinum records from Möntly Crüe. Fans of Forrest Gump can find Bubba Gump Shrimp CO. on the Las Vegas Strip at Harmon Corner. The menu features favorites for the entire family as well as a gluten free menu. Another family friendly destination next door to Bubba Gump Shrimp CO is the Rainforest Café. The restaurant features animatronic animals, thunderstorms and a playful menu featuring pastas, burgers, steaks and seafood.
Cooking Classes
Numerous restaurants in Las Vegas now offer cooking classes, giving guests a chance to learn from world-class chefs. Wynn Las Vegas offers one-of-a-kind behind the scenes workshops lead by master chefs, sommeliers, bakers and artisans. Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is offering a cooking class series on how to prepare French-inspired recipes and pair them with wine. Executive Chef Terry Lynch and a Mon Ami Gabi wine connoisseur lead cooking demonstrations on select Saturdays throughout the year.
Personal cooking classes are also available at Caesars Palace at Restaurant Guy Savoy.  Guests learn to cook an appetizer and entrée from award-winning Restaurant Guy Savoy’s executive chef, Julien Asseo. Once the guest finish their dishes, they enjoy them from the best table at the restaurant, the Krug Chef’s Table. Classes are available Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In addition to classes on the Strip, Las Vegas is also home to a one-of-a-kind pastry school. The hands-on experience pairs students with a world champion pastry chef to create colorful, edible, life-size pastry or chocolate art. The School of Pastry Design is the creation of celebrity chef and TV culinary artist Chris Hanmer, the youngest world pastry team champion ever, and one of the few such champions to come from the United States.
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