Las Vegas is famous for its gambling, nightlife, and unique hotels. One thing people don’t always think about when planning their trip though is deciding where to eat! While Las Vegas is famous for its Casinos, there are multiple world-renowned chefs that have AMAZING restaurants right in the heart of the Strip. When planning a trip to Las Vegas, all of the bright lights and options can become quickly overwhelming. This guide will help you navigate the stress and choose the best places to eat in Las Vegas.
Hell’s Kitchen is the famous Gordon Ramsay restaurant where he films the competitive cooking show Hell’s Kitchen. The show has been on for over 20 seasons and the restaurant is famous for its dishes like beef wellington, pan-seared scallops, and lobster risotto. It is easily one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas for an abundance of reasons. The food is exquisite and up to Gordon Ramsay’s standards. There is a chance that you will be on TV if you book a dinner show. There’s also a chance that you could meet Gordon Ramsay if you go while filming is taking place.
In Las Vegas, there are many options to choose from when it comes to food. However, Gordon Ramsay holds 7 Michelin Stars and his food speaks to his abilities. If you are looking for gourmet cuisine and an amazing experience. Choose to dine at Hell’s Kitchen! Just make sure that you have booked a table far in advance as its dinner service can be booked months in advance.
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Rao’s Italian Restaurant
Right on the Las Vegas strip, located between the Temple Pool and the Casino of Caesar’s Palace is Rao’s Italian Restaurant. Originally established in New York City in 1896 this family-owned restaurant now boasts locations in both Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California. Perfectly emulating its original locale, this restaurant has the feel of a rat pack era underground Italian eatery but is situated ideally within The Forum Shops for easy shopping access.
Here my mom and I shared delicious ravioli purses. My mouth is watering just reminiscing. Italian restaurants are all about making you feel like family and Rao’s is no different. There are no excuses for not stopping at the delightful Rao’s Italian Restaurant the next time you are in Las Vegas. It’s nice when you can find comparable restaurants when traveling, especially ones that are also food allergy-friendly (for those who have dietary restrictions like me) like some of these gluten-free Montreal restaurants.
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Tao is one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas. It is in a very central location on the Las Vegas Strip inside The Venetian Resort. Tao is a pan-Asian restaurant with a variety of food options including dim sum, tempura, sushi, meat entrees, and noodle dishes. I tried the Pad Thai noodles and they were amazing! The portions are very large, so plan accordingly.
Tao has a great cocktail list- a popular drink option is their “Tao-Tini”. They also serve sake, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.
The restaurant itself is very impressive, with a large entry room, two seating levels, and three bars. It is decorated beautifully with ornate wall decor, gold statues, and a gigantic Buddha Statue in the center of the restaurant.
Be sure to make a reservation before visiting- Tao accepts reservations 45 days in advance and tends to book up quickly. If you want to visit Tao again after leaving Las Vegas, there are locations in New York, Connecticut, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Tao is the perfect restaurant to add to your 4-day Las Vegas itinerary.
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Carmine’s NYC Italian Restaurant
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant is located inside the Forum Shoppes at Caesar’s Palace. Its location makes it the perfect place for a nice dinner before heading out to the casinos and clubs. This restaurant specializes in deluxe Italian food. Everything on the menu is to die for and the food was absolutely delicious. My mom and I still raving about the Lasagna to this day.
Be warned though, Carmine’s is a very unique restaurant. Everything on the menu is “family style” which means that the portions are BIG ENOUGH FOR AN ENTIRE FAMILY. When my mom and I went, we had no idea that this was the case. We weren’t super hungry so we ordered an appetizer of calamari and lasagna to share.
When our calamari arrived, it seemed like they had put the ENTIRE squid on our plate! Our jaws dropped. The lasagna was just as surprising as it could easily have taken four of us to finish it. Everything was absolutely delicious. Just make sure that you come prepared to EAT.
Although it’s not located on the Strip, Yama Sushi is one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas if you are a sushi lover. Yama Sushi is located on Flamingo Road just north of UNLV (there are two other newer locations as well). While not on the Strip, I promise this all-you-can-eat sushi spot is worth the drive/walk.
This compact restaurant is not your typical Vegas-style place, but the food and the deal rival the most glamorous hotel sushi buffets.
Lunch is $24.95 a person (kids 3-6 $12.95) and dinner is $27.95 a person (kids 3-6 $14.95) for all-you-can-eat sushi of your choice that is made to order. If sushi is your thing, you won’t find a better buffet-style restaurant in Vegas than Yama Sushi.
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Las Vegas is a city full of surprises with something new to explore almost everywhere you look. You’d have to know exactly where to look to find one of these surprises since it’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets. In fact, it’s called Secret Pizza for a reason, because unless someone tells you about it, you’ll likely never find it!
If you’re in the mood for some really good pizza, you’ll need to head to the third floor of the Cosmopolitan. Look for a not very well-lit hallway, lined from floor to ceiling with old record albums. That’s where you need to go, so head on in and you’ll find yourself in a small waiting area with a walk-up counter.
For being such a secret place, Secret Pizza usually has a line of people waiting to be served!
You can order pizza by the slice or wait while they cook a whole one for you. Also, there’s not much seating area there, but you can usually find a spot back out in the hotel sitting areas.
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Emeril New Orleans Fish House
Emeril Lagasse is the celebrity chef who brought Creole cuisine to mainstream America. And his New Orleans Fish House in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Hotel does not disappoint. The upscale dining experience features market-fresh fish and shellfish creations, as well as other Southern-inspired dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. Not to be left out, the menu includes pork chops and steaks.
The restaurant design is a work of modern art. The use of soft blues and wave-like wood and metal accents create a sea-inspired atmosphere. There is a fun and open feel to the restaurant that is echoed in the beverage menu. Emeril’s strawberry lemonade was a refreshing way to start the evening. In addition to a menu of fun beverages, the New Orleans Fish House has an award-winning wine list.
True to the New Orleans experience, we loved the Creole Seafood Boil featuring shrimp, clams, mussels, and more. And no NOLO feast could skip Emeril’s gumbo of shrimp and homemade andouille sausage. It is good and spicy! The dessert menu is short but amazing! The Bread and Butter Bread Pudding was scrumptious. We were tempted when we saw Emeril’s Banana Cream Pie delivered to another table, but alas our tummies were full.
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While in Las Vegas with our toddler, we stopped at one of the best chicken restaurants I’ve had in years. Bruxie is home to chicken and waffles with a twist. They take the traditional chicken and waffles take it a step further with sandwiches.
The crispy waffles are the buns, with perfectly seasoned fried chicken paired with their delicious Vermont maple syrup. You’ll want to wash your sandwich down with their homemade lemonade. It’s perfectly sweet and tart at the same time. My wife and I shared a cup, but I only got 3-4 sips, so I wouldn’t call it sharing.
I decided on the chicken tenders, but my wife got the breakfast sandwich, which was amazing. I added a little hot sauce to the chicken, along with the maple syrup and it was perfect for a hot/sweet mixture.
The restaurant is chill, with benches to each, so it’s a family-style restaurant. There is plenty of space for the crowds that this restaurant attracts. There is outside seating available, with a full-size chess set. Take a break from walking the strip with a game of chest after eating a chicken and waffle sandwich.
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Peppermill Las Vegas
This iconic neon-lit, pink and purple lounge has appeared in multiple movies and TV shows, like “Casino,” “Showgirls,” and “CSI Las Vegas.” It consistently ranks on multiple “Best of Vegas” lists and has remained a favorite with locals and visitors alike since its opening back in 1972.
Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge is famous for its hearty meals, oversized portions, incredible fruity cocktails, and comfy booths that attract some very famous visitors, including Floyd Mayweather, Criss Angel, and Penn Gillette. Whether you’re starting your night with their famous 64-ounce Scorpion, seeking some decadent comfort food like their massive plate of nachos topped with what their menu calls “a ridiculous amount of jack and cheddar cheese,” or looking for a killer Bloody Mary to zap your hangover, Peppermill is the perfect spot.
Their cozy booths, cool atmosphere, and the massive menu of unique drinks, amazing food, and delicious desserts make Peppermill a one-of-a-kind Vegas institution. Popular dishes include their French Toast Ambrosia, Half-Pound Peppermill Pastrami Burger, and Colossal Sundae.
Peppermill is located on the North end of the strip across the street from Resorts World, just north of The Wynn Hotel and Casino.
Contributed by Jenn from Sick Girl Travels
Which restaurants do you think are the best places to eat in Las Vegas?