Each year, around 42.2 million people visit Sin City. Whether they’re there to gamble, get married, or take in the sights, they all have one thing in common – they’ve all gotta eat.
Now, there are numerous restaurants in Las Vegas, catering to all sorts of palates and wallets. You can find a restaurant to take your new bride or groom or to impress a potential client. You can also find an eatery for you and your buddies. Whatever you fancy, Las Vegas most definitely has it. If you plan on visiting Sin City anytime soon, we’ve got a list of the 10 best restaurants that you need to take with you. For when hunger strikes.
The first half of our list is for people whose palate is as rich as their wallet.
Las Vegas may be landlocked but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the freshest sushi and sashimi anywhere in the city. In fact, if you dare drop by in Mizumi, you’ll find some of the most prized dishes in the entire city, possibly beyond. The snow beef (rarer than Kobe beef) may be quite pricey but oh-so-worth the cost. The restaurant is also well-known for its signature cocktails like the Mizumi Cloud and its amazing teppanyaki. Along with the amazing decor, this restaurant is a delight to all of your senses.
Any meat lover with a wallet to back it up will love stopping by Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. You’ll also need an adventurous palate, able to enjoy foie gras and cotton candy together. We’re not joking. But that’s not all. You can enjoy buttered mashed potatoes, the jamón ibérico, croquettes de pollo, and organic ribeye steak. We haven’t even touched upon the sucking pig! It’s the best time to be carnivorous in Vegas.
If you’re a serious diner who’s only after a top quality meal, then this tiny, minimalist restaurant in a strip mall along Spring Mountain Road is exactly what you’re looking for. There’s not much to look at inside Raku except for the celebrity chefs who come in after service for the excellent food. While the sashimi is some of the best you’ll find in the city, most of the menu items are cooked over a robata grill – skewers of Kobe beef, duck, Kurobuta pork belly, and bacon-wrapped enoki mushroom are just a few must-taste dishes. For the best dining experience, you must go for the omakase experience which costs around $100 per person.
Fine-dining at the Bellagio’s two-Michelin starred restaurant is not for the shallow of pockets. But if you’ve got the money and a taste for Spanish wines and menu classics such as Maine lobster salad, pan-seared U-10 Day Boat Scallop, and roasted loin of Colorado lamb, then this is the place to eat. Aside from these delicious dishes, you can also deep-dive into a four-course seasonal truffle menu. The food isn’t the only thing that’s classic in this restaurant. The room features original Picasso paintings that you can enjoy as you eat. And the Mediterranean feel of the room isn’t a hardship either.
There’s no question that this is the best French restaurant in town. Guy Savoy is a two-Michelin starred restaurant that features one of the best wine lists in the city and amazing renditions of French dishes that will make your mouth sing in praise. The chocolate mousse (yes, we started with dessert because it simply must be at the top of our list) is absolutely delicious and unforgettable. The artichoke and black truffle soup, oysters en gelee, and poulet en cocotte are other menu items that one simply cannot miss. With the type of food cooked in this restaurant, be prepared to spend hours savoring each texture and taste.
The second half of our list is all about the cheap eats that really hit the spot.
#1: Tacos El Gordo
Who doesn’t love a good taco, huh? This restaurant produces the most authentic Tijuana tacos in Sin City and beyond. There are three locations for you to choose from. And the menu includes handmade corn tortillas with the freshest ingredients. There’s carne asada, adobada, lengua (delish!), and suadero. If you want something you’ve never come across before, you might want to try the Azteca which includes fresh cactus or the Cabeza which uses top grade beef head. And did we mention that all those yummy tacos will cost you less than $10?
#2: Feast Buffet
Going to Vegas isn’t complete without a stop at a buffet. Obviously, there are quite a number of those to choose from and not all of them are going to break the bank. However, cheap does not mean poor quality. The Feast Buffet in Red Rock Casino is at the top of our list for cheap yet thrilling eats. It includes quite an international selection ranging from Asian to European dishes. It’s no wonder why this buffet is a favorite among the locals. Just don’t forget to bring your Boarding Pass player’s card in order to get the cheapest deals.
#3: Herbs & Rye
Steakhouses are a dime a dozen in Las Vegas just like buffets. And like buffets, these restaurants come in a range of prices, some of which cost higher than $200 per head. Now, don’t you fret because you don’t have to blow your entire vacation fund on one steak dinner. There’s an old school Vegas cocktail bar and restaurant that the locals have kept a secret over the years – the Herbs & Rye. Located in a strip mall off the glamorous Strip, this restaurant has a price range of $30 to $60. Now, that’s already quite affordable considering the prices in Vegas. But this one offers half off on drinks and steaks as well as other select menu items on happy hour (5-8pm and 12am to 3am). Just be sure to make reservations because it’s always full up.
#4: Monta Ramen
If you’re hankering for some ramen while in Vegas, there’s no better restaurant than Monta. The tonkotsu ramen has incredibly rich and flavorful broth and delicious noodles. For those who can’t or won’t eat meat, you’ll be glad to know that the Vegetable Ramen is just as delicious. This small restaurant isn’t anything fancy with all items on the menu priced at less than $10. Just be ready to line up anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours due to the long lines of patrons and tourists.
After a night of fun, it’s time to end the party with a boozy brunch. And where better to do that than in the Americana? It offers the best Sunday brunch to top off your weekend of debauchery. The food is contemporary American cuisine with items such as Red, White, & Blue Pancakes; Truffled Deviled Eggs; Bacon Stuffed Waffles; and Grilled Portobello. For an additional $17, you can also get unlimited mimosas, margaritas, sangrias, or Bloody Mary’s.