The Best Las Vegas Restaurants for All Budgets
Whether you’re a high roller or playing the nickel slots, the restaurant scene in Las Vegas offers something delicious at all price points. Maybe you’re in town to celebrate a milestone anniversary or renew your vows at the Chapel of the Flowers. If you’re ready to drop big bucks on a culinary adventure or tapped out and searching your pockets for loose change - read on for the best restaurants in Las Vegas in each cost category.
High-End Las Vegas Restaurants
For those with cash to flash, the best places to eat in Las Vegas are awaiting your reservation. “Sin City” has become a foodie hot spot with world-class dining rooms located in casinos along the Strip. If you’re ready to spoil yourself, consider one of the ultra-fine dining restaurants listed below.
Just off the casino floor of the MGM Grand is the French gastronomy haven owned by acclaimed chef Joël Robuchon, a brand unto himself who was named "Chef of the Century" by French restaurant guide Gault Millau. As the only Las Vegas restaurant with three Michelin stars, you’re in for an epic dining experience if you choose the dégustation menu of 23 exquisite courses. The plush dining room, impeccable service and sumptuous wines combine to make an evening at Joël Robuchon a night to remember.
Another option in the splurge category is the French classic, Le Cirque, with its AAA Five Diamond rating. A sophisticated dining room modeled after a circus tent, with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the Bellagio fountains, the dazzling atmosphere is an over-the-top spectacle. A frequent flyer on lists of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, Le Cirque is unmatched during truffle season when a special menu offers truffles in every dish. Memorable plates include quail covered in edible gold and a caviar-topped crab, leading up to the decadent chocolate ball dessert. The pre-theater menu is popular with diners who have plans to see an evening show.
Mid-Range Las Vegas Restaurants
If you don't have the budget for a Bucket List dinner, try one of these Las Vegas restaurants where you’ll get a great meal for a more manageable price.
Chada Thai & Wine
Vegas' Asian food scene has exploded with a wealth of options in the Chinatown district. Head down Spring Mountain Road where local joints serve customers with high standards: the Strip's off-duty chefs. Located in a strip mall shopping area is Chada Thai & Wine, with an award-winning wine list heavy on German Rieslings and whites to accompany its spicy fare. Many of the diverse menu of Thai specialties are in the $10 range, meant to be shared. Fresh, homemade entrees like Panang Duck, Goong Pao and Moo Hong have remarkable flavor combinations.
Chef and owner Tony Gemignani is a 12-time World Pizza Champion and two-time Food Network gold medalist. His funky pizzeria is popular with pizza snobs, hangry tourists and locals grabbing a slice from the counter. The menu includes a wide variety of Italian and American styles including Napoletana, New York, Sicilian, Chicago Cracker Thin, California, Romana and gluten-free pies. Different types are cooked in different ovens: Chicago Cracker Thin is produced in a gas brick oven and Margherita hails from the wood-fire oven. You’ll get your money’s worth with monthly specials and the twice-daily happy hour offering $7 personal pizzas.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
The main event here is mouth-watering fried chicken where an order gets you half a bird that’s been brined for 27 hours, then fried up with a coating of secret spices, and served with a honey hot sauce. Southern Living magazine named Yardbird’s signature dish, “The South’s Best Fried Chicken.” Yardbird also takes on some classic Southern staples like Cowboy Steak, Short Ribs and Shrimp & Grits. Buttermilk biscuits are made fresh each day. Yardbird is known for its fresh update on Southern cooking and friendly hospitality.
Budget-Friendly Las Vegas Restaurants
If you need good eats in the single dollar sign category, try one of the best Las Vegas restaurants with value prices.
Tacos El Gordo
This small chain of family-owned and operated taquerias serves up authentic handmade Tijuana style tacos in a no-frills environment. Taco options include Adobada: pork marinated with a rub of spices and a touch of pineapple, then flame-broiled on a rotisserie. Adventurous types may go for Buche (pork stomach) or Lengua (beef tongue). The ordering process is tricky. You get in the line for which tacos you want with different lines depending on the meat of choice. Line up, order, pay, and find a place to eat. Tip: the salsa is made fresh daily and located behind the counter where you pay.
This cafeteria-style restaurant is known for its Udon noodles, prepared fresh throughout the day and cooked to order. As it is in Japan, slurping your Udon is encouraged – the louder, the better – as a sign of respect to the chef. Other menu items include tempura, pork belly bao sandwiches, rice rolls and oden.
Another economical Japanese option is FukuBurger: burgers with an Asian twist. It started as a food truck, but now has a permanent residence in Chinatown. The #1 item on the menu is the FukuBurger - featured on the Food Channel – which has a beef patty with American cheese topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, wasabi mayo, and FuKu sauce. Try one with garlic fries and sweet chili mayo sauce. FuKu means good luck in Japanese, so get yours before you head back to the tables.
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