Las Vegas Dining 101: Guide for Eating and Drinking in Sin City

Between the 42.5 million tourists who visit Las Vegas every year and the nearly 2.2 million residents in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, they all have one thing in common — they get hungry.

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Las Vegas is full of restaurants to explore, new and old. Eater is here to guide you to the right spot for every situation, whether you need a reliable late-night restaurant, a swanky place to impress a date, or the perfect restaurant for a business meeting. Bookmark this guide, updated regularly, to stay on top of all of your dining and drinking needs.

Braised pork Duroc at The Black Sheep

Amelinda B Lee

THE ESSENTIALS

First things first, let’s talk basics — these are Eater’s signature maps, updated regularly to highlight the best of the best and the newest of the new.

UPDATEDEater 38 — Updated every quarter, this map features 38 of the most essential restaurants in and around Las Vegas, spanning multiple neighborhoods, cuisines and price points.
UPDATEDEater Heatmap — Updated monthly, this map features the hottest new destinations in town, restaurants that just opened and already have a huge following.
UPDATEDAn Eater’s Guide to Dining in Las Vegas — A good overview of the dining scene in Las Vegas.
The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide To Eating and Drinking in Las Vegas
Chef’s Tables — Get up close and personal with chefs.
The Most Amazing Dining Experience in Las Vegas — é by José Andrés
A Conventioneers’ Guide to Las Vegas
JBF Award Nominees in Las Vegas
Great Buffets
Must-See Dining Rooms
Secret Restaurants and Bars
NEW • The Most Anticipated Las Vegas Restaurant Openings in 2020
NEW • Every Restaurant and Bar That Opened in Las Vegas in 2020
NEW • Every Restaurant and Bar That Closed in Las Vegas in 2020
Neighborhood Gems to Frequent
UPDATED Cool Things Inside Las Vegas Restaurants
Pretty Bathrooms
UPDATED • A Guide to Happy Hours — Places to pick up deals.
New York Imports
Off-Strip Vegetarian and Vegan Map
Dedicated Vegetarian and Vegan Menus on the Strip
Gluten-Free Menus — Where to find restaurants that specialize in gluten-free dishes
Secret Menus on the Strip
Kid-Friendly Restaurants — These restaurants feature menus just for kids.
Restaurants Every First-Time Visitor Should Try
Every Restaurant That Opened in 2017
Every Restaurant That Closed in 2017
Every Restaurant That Opened in 2018
Every Restaurant That Closed in 2018
Every Restaurant That Opened in 2019
Every Restaurant That Closed in 2019

Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience

Amelinda B Lee

24-HOUR GUIDES

How To Eat Your Way Through the Las Vegas Strip
How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Downtown Las Vegas
NEW • How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Caesars Palace
How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through the Venetian and Palazzo
How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through the MGM Grand

An octopus dish

Octopus at La Strega

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YEAR IN EATER 2019

The 23 Most Important Las Vegas Restaurant Openings of 2019
• The Saddest Las Vegas Restaurant and Bar Closings in 2019
• The Prettiest Las Vegas Restaurants That Opened in 2019 [ELV]
• The Biggest Stories on Eater Vegas in 2019
Where Las Vegas Food Writers Loved to Eat in 2019
• The Best New Restaurants of 2019 in Las Vegas, According to the Experts
• Las Vegas Dining Experts Sum Up the 2019 Restaurant Scene in One Word
• Friends of Eater Pick 2019’s Best Dining Neighborhood
• Remembering the Biggest Dining Surprises of 2019
• The Top Complaints About Las Vegas Dining in 2019, According to Experts
• Dining Pros Share Their Best Las Vegas Meals in 2019
• Las Vegas Food Writers Make Dining Predictions for 2020

Pane frattau pizza with sunny-side-up eggs, guanciale, and chili

Pane frattau pizza with sunny-side-up eggs, guanciale, and chili at Locale Italian Kitchen

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

UPDATED Eater Brunch Heatmap — This map shows you every single brunch in Las Vegas.
UPDATEDEater Brunch Essentials — Some of the best brunches you can count on every weekend.
Eater Breakfast Map — You need to start the day with a good breakfast. This is your guide to some of the best in Las Vegas.
UPDATEDWeekday Brunch Map — Nab brunch all week long.
All Things Breakfast in Las Vegas — Maps, guides and tips.
Late-Night Breakfasts
Your Power Lunch Guide — Get down to business

LATE NIGHT

UPDATED • Late-Night Dining Spots
UPDATED Where To Dine 24 Hours a Day
• Graveyard Specials
• Late-Night Breakfasts

PATIOS

• Rooftop Patios
• Essential Patios on the Strip
• Head To These Outdoor Bars

SPECIFIC FOODS

What are you craving? Let these maps show you the way to a great meal at any price point.

A steak on a gray plate

Jean Georges Steakhouse

MGM Resorts [Official Site]

MEAT

• Nashville Hot Chicken
• Roasted Chicken Dishes
• Delicious Fried Chicken Sandwiches
• Savory Porchetta
• Foie Gras
• Pot Roasts
• Extreme Meat Dishes
• Dazzling Duck Dishes
• Where To Dig Into Cheese Steaks
• Where To Find Real Kobe Beef
UPDATED • What To Order at the Steakhouses of Las Vegas
• Iconic Burgers To Try Before You Die
• Fabulous Fried Chicken
• Where To Eat Prime Rib
UPDATED • Must-Eat Chicken Wings
• A Handy Guide to Barbecue Restaurants in Las Vegas
• Iconic Meat Dishes in Las Vegas
• A Handy Guide to Hot Dogs in Las Vegas
• Cheap Hot Dogs in Las Vegas
• Great Fish and Chips
• Great Kebobs in Las Vegas
• Random Meats on a Stick
• A Guide to Charcuterie
• Great Hawaiian Barbecue
UPDATED • Korean Barbecue in Las Vegas
• All Things Barbecue

Anticucho at Once

Anticucho at Once

Venetian [Official Site]

GLOBAL CUISINE

• British Dishes
• Tapas from Around the World
• Eastern European Restaurants
Great Cuban Fare
• Persian Food To Try
• Terrific Korean Restaurants
• Peruvian Restaurants to Try
• Great German Fare
• French Restaurants You Should Frequent
• Tasty Crepes
• Italian Restaurants You Should Know
• Osso Buco
• Great Irish Pubs
UPDATED • Grab Some Good Creole Food
• Great Mexican Restaurants
• Must-Try Greek Restaurants
• Kosher Restaurants
• Authentic Mexican Restaurants
• Brazilian Restaurants
• Columbian Restaurants

Tacos at Camaradas

Tacos at Camaradas

Amelinda B Lee

LATIN CUISINE

• Tacos to Try
• In Vegas, Bonito Michoacán’s Menu Is a Scrapbook of the Best Dishes from One Family’s Early Days in Mexico
• How Las Vegas’s One and Only Mexican-Italian Food Truck Came to Be
• Brazilian Restaurants
• Pozole
• Columbian Restaurants
Great Tamales
Great Cuban Fare
• Peruvian Restaurants to Try
• Great Mexican Restaurants
• Authentic Mexican Restaurants
• Novelty Tacos You Must Try
• Tacos To Add To Your Agenda

CARIBBEAN CUISINE

• Great Jamaican Food
Great Cuban Fare

Seafood at Michael Mina

Seafood at Michael Mina

Anthony Mair

SEAFOOD

• Oyster Bars
• Novelty Lobster Dishes
UPDATED • Awesome Seafood
UPDATED • Outrageous Seafood Towers
• Where To Find Fabulous Hawaiian Poke
• Where To Find Oysters
• Ultimate Guide to Sushi
• Great Sushi Happy Hours

Traditional poutine at Fries N’ Pies

Traditional poutine at Fries N’ Pies

Amelinda B Lee

NOVELTY

• Duck Fat Fries
• Charcoal-Activated Dishes
• Great Deviled Eggs
• Poutine
• Cotton Candy
• Dole Whip
• Tasty Avocado Toast
• Iconic Sandwiches to Try Before You Die
• Fancy Pants Versions of French Fries
• Beer-Infused Dishes
• Essential Pizza Restaurants of Las Vegas
• Insane Breakfast Dishes in Las Vegas
• A Great Guide to Breakfast Burritos
• Where To Find Boba Teas
• Where To Find Oysters
• Pumpkin-Flavored Dishes

Morimoto salad

Morimoto salad

MGM Resorts [Official Site]

ASIAN FOOD

UPDATED • Best Bets for Asian Food in Chinatown
NEW • Every Las Vegas Restaurant Marcus Samuelsson Visits on No Passport Required
NEW • Taiwanese Restaurants
NEW • Asian Buffets
NEW • Banh Mi
• Conveyor Belt Dining Options
• Hand-Pulled Noodles
• Taiyaki
UPDATED • Korean Food
• Great Udon Noodles
• Terrific Omakase
• Great Asian Street Food
• Hainanese Chicken Rice
• A Guide to Asian Restaurants in Las Vegas
• Great Matcha
• All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Guide
UPDATED • Ultimate Guide to Sushi
• Great Sushi Happy Hours
UPDATED • A Handy Guide to Chinese Restaurants in Las Vegas
UPDATED • Where to Find Pho
• Sushi Burrito Madness
Asian Hot Pots
UPDATED • Where to Find Ramen
• A Guide to Filipino Food
• Essential Indian Restaurants
• Essential Thai Restaurants
UPDATED • Try the Roving Dim Sum Carts
• Great Soba Noodles
• Tour Vegas’ Asian Bakeries
UPDATED • Terrific Korean Barbecue
• Asian Fusion Dishes All Over Las Vegas
UPDATED • Great Izakayas
• Great Robata

Island Flavor

Island Flavor

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HAWAIIAN FOOD

• How Las Vegas Became a Hawaiian Dining Destination
• Hawaiian Restaurants
• Hawaiian Plate Lunches
• Hawaiian Breakfasts
• Where To Find Fabulous Hawaiian Poke
• Hawaiian Shave Ice
• Great Hawaiian Barbecue

Sinatra Hat

Sinatra Hat

Encore Las Vegas [Official Site]

DESSERTS

Looking for great desserts in Las Vegas? Consult Eater Vegas’ Sweets Week Coverage, or check out these maps and guides:

• Hawaiian Shave Ice
• Cotton Candy
• Dole Whip
• A Boozy Milkshake Crawl on the Las Vegas Strip
• Ube Treats
• Great Cupcakes
Tasty Gelato
Excellent Soft Serve Ice Cream
• A Handy Guide to Doughnuts
• Great Bakeries in Las Vegas
• Tasty Cookies
• Cool Ice Cream Shops in Las Vegas
• Terrific Candy Shops
• Where to Find Honey Toast
• Pies That You Must Try
UPDATED • Iconic Desserts
• Boozy Milkshakes
• Rolled Ice Cream

The Bird at Juniper Cocktail Lounge

The Bird at Juniper Cocktail Lounge

MGM Resorts

BEVERAGES

Looking for great cocktails in Las Vegas? Consult Eater Vegas’ Cocktail Week Coverage, or check out these maps and guides:

UPDATED • Where To Drink in Las Vegas
• Essential Bars in Las Vegas
• Boozeless Cocktails
• Where to Drink Whiskey
• How To Do a Bar Crawl in the Arts District
• Great Rum Bars
• The Complete Guide to Las Vegas Nightclubs
• Great Hangover Cures
• Essential Pool Parties
• Poolside Cocktails
• Fun Giant Cocktails
• New Coffee Shops to Try
• Essential Coffee Shops of Las Vegas
UPDATED • A Guide to Dive Bars in Las Vegas
UPDATED • Sports Bars with Great Food
UPDATED • Breweries You Should Frequent
UPDATED • Where to Drink Great Craft Beers
• Excellent Wine Lists
• Over-the-Top Bloody Marys
• Bottomless Bloody Marys All Over Las Vegas
• Bottomless Mimosas for Days
• Where To Sing Karaoke
• Great Barrel-Aged Cocktails in Las Vegas
• Where Bartenders Like to Drink
Margaritas You Should Try
• Everything You Need To Know About Cocktails
• Classic Cocktails All Over Las Vegas
• All Things Bubble Tea
• Boozy Milkshakes All Over Las Vegas
• Where to Drink Sake
• Hangover Remedies
• Essential Tiki Cocktails
• Gay-Friendly Bars and Nightclubs
• Hot Chocolate Options
• Smoked Cocktails

Salmon at Eatt Gourmet Bistro

Salmon at Eatt Gourmet Bistro

Amelinda B Lee

HEALTHY

Looking for great healthy dining options in Las Vegas? Consult these maps and guides:

• Get Healthy at These Juice Bars
• Off-Strip Vegetarian and Vegan Map
• Dedicated Vegetarian and Vegan Menus on the Strip
• Where To Find the Impossible Burger
• Gluten-Free Menus
• Great Healthy Dining Options

Golden Steer Steakhouse

Golden Steer Steakhouse

Golden Steer Steakhouse

CLASSIC LAS VEGAS

• Classic Restaurants to Try Before You Die
• Classic Las Vegas Dishes
• The History of the Gourmet Room
• Mike Minor Reflects on The Vintage Dining Scene in Las Vegas
• See How Downtown Gem Hugo’s Cellar Makes Dishes Table Side
• Remembering Fat Tuesday’s, The Cavalier, Showboat and More
• Oysters Worth the Hour-Long Wait at Palace Station
• José Martel on 32 Years of Michael’s Gourmet Room
• 6 Places Frequented by Tony ‘The Ant’ Spilotro
• Must-See Dining Rooms
• The Inside Secrets of the Timeless Classic Piero’s
• Andre Rochat, Vegas’ First Celebrity Chef, Reflects on 35 Years

McCarran International Airport

McCarran International Airport

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MISCELLANEOUS

• Where To Eat and Drink at Las Vegas Ballpark, Home of the Aviators
• Automated Drinking and Dining
Afternoon Tea
• Interesting Buffets
People-Watching
• Southern Food
• A Guide to Edible Pot
• CBD-Infused Drinks
UPDATED • Restaurants with Great Views
UPDATED • Romantic Restaurants
• Where Chefs Like to Eat
UPDATED • Sports Bars with Great Food
UPDATED • Where To Eat at McCarran International Airport
Where To Dine Near the Las Vegas Convention Center
UPDATED • A Guide to Special Dinners
• Hotels with Great Room Service
• Get To Know The Iconic McDonald’s Locations in Las Vegas
• Food Trucks You Should Know
• Restaurants That Are Great for Weddings
• Tips for Getting Married in a Las Vegas Restaurant
• A Handy Guide to Hawaiian Restaurants in Las Vegas
• Dog-Friendly Restaurants
• Hometown Comfort Foods
• Great Food and Beverage Events
• Essential Patios in Las Vegas
• Where To Find Caviar

Miso garlic pork belly at Cafe Sanuki

Miso garlic pork belly at Cafe Sanuki

Sam Abrahms

INEXPENSIVE EATS

Looking to eat well without spending too much money? Consult the Eater Vegas Cheap Eats Week archive, or jump right to these maps and guides:

• Oyster Deals for Less Than $2
UPDATED • Las Vegas’ Top Inexpensive Eats
• Graveyard Specials
• Inexpensive Tasting Menus
• Your Guide to the Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet
• Your Guide to Cheap Hot Dogs

Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park

Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park

NPS/Brad Sutton

ROAD TRIPS

• Where the Eat and Drink on a Road Trip from Las Vegas
• Eater’s Guide to the Southwest
• Dine Near the Red Rocks of Sedona
• Grand Canyon Restaurants
• Where To Eat Near Lake Mead National Recreation Area
• Dine Waterside at These Lake Havasu Restaurants
• Restaurants To Try in Laughlin
• Essential Restaurants in Pahrump
• Where To Dine in Boulder City Near the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
• Great Restaurants Near Bryce Canyon National Park
• Try These Restaurants on a Trip to Zion National Park
UPDATED • Great Restaurants Near Joshua Tree National Park
• Five Restaurants To Try in Mesquite
• Five Restaurants To Try on a Road Trip to the Grand Canyon
• Five Excuses to Stop in Primm
• Where To Dine Near Great Basin National Park
• Dine Near Lake Mead

Beauty & Essex

Beauty & Essex

Amelinda B Lee

CELEBRITY DINING

UPDATED • Fashionable Restaurants
• Dine Like Nicolas Cage
• Where To Find the Stars

A metal preying mantis sculpture outside of Downtown Container Park

Downtown Container Park

Amelinda B Lee

NEIGHBORHOODS

Interested in news close to home? All of Eater Vegas’ stories and maps are categorized by neighborhood, so you can easily focus on specific the Strip, Downtown, Chinatown, Henderson, Summerlin and more. Here’s the full neighborhood directory, or try skipping right to one of these popular areas:
• Chinatown
• Downtown
• Henderson
• Summerlin
• The Strip
• Centennial

Or try one of these guides:
• Where to Eat Near UNLV
UPDATED • Best Bets for Asian Food in Chinatown
UPDATED • Fremont East
Henderson
UPDATED• Downtown Summerlin
UPDATED • Arts District
• Lake Las Vegas
• Centennial
UPDATED • Fremont Street Experience

Five Restaurants To Try
All Neighborhood Guides
• Downtown
• Summerlin
• The Lakes
Henderson
Near the Galleria at Sunset, Henderson
Anthem
Town Square
• Scotch 80s
• Rhodes Ranch
• Westside
• Silverado Ranch
• Near UNLV
• Near Boca Park
• Northwest Las Vegas
• Centennial
• Near Red Rock Resort
• Before a Golden Knights Game
• Views of the Bellagio Fountains
• Tivoli Village
• The District at Green Valley Ranch
• Village Square
• Girls’ Night Out
• Near the Las Vegas Convention Center
Along the Monorail
• Before a Show at The Smith Center
• Restaurants with Fireplaces
• Restaurants with Live Music
• Restaurant Near the Las Vegas Premium Outlets South
• Restaurant Near the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North
• Near Aliante
• Near Cashman Field
• Near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
• Near Lake Mead
• Silverado Park Place on Eastern Avenue

Chinatown Deep Dives
• Japanese Restaurants in Chinatown
• Chinese Restaurants in Chinatown
• Vietnamese Restaurants in Chinatown
• Thai Restaurants in Chinatown
• Korean Restaurants in Chinatown
• Taiwanese Restaurants in Chinatown


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