Imagine any type of food in the world and it probably finds a home in Las Vegas. Whether you fancy steak, seafood, sushi or cuisine from the hottest celebrity chefs, you’d be remiss if you didn’t try these dishes at some of the hottest restaurants in Las Vegas. Desserts with a history, spots with great people watching, over-the-top steak and seafood options, dreamy sushi and family recipes for Sunday gravy all make this list.
Simply put, The Palm Restaurant at the Forum Shops at Caesars (702.732.7256) is an institution. Known as the home of the ultimate power lunch, you’ll return time and again for The Palm’s succulent steak and seafood—don’t even think of leaving without sticking a fork into the lobster. Fun fact: When the Palms opened in 1926, owners John Ganzi and Pio Bozzi didn’t plan to serve steaks. When customers would ask for steak, Ganzi made a run to the butcher shop on Second Avenue in New York City and then cooked the steak to order. Other fun fact: Those caricatures on the wall came when artists would pay for their meals with paintings, a modern riff on singing for your meal.
While Mon Ami Gabi (Paris, 702.944.4224) is known as the best people-watching spot in town, its steak frites may come in a close second. This casual French restaurant is open for three squares a day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even a brunch on the weekend. For the morning and midday hours, make your taste buds happy with a refined crépe.
Discover the freshest in upscale seafood at Mastro’s Ocean Club (The Shops at Crystals, 702.798.7115). The three-tiered seafood platter gives you a shot at tasting a little of everything. End every single meal here with the warm butter cake. Bonus: The restaurant sits inside an 80-foot-tall tree house.
“Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro sets the scene for his TLC show in Carlo’s Bakery (The Palazzo, 702.607.2356). The patisserie shop at the Venetian carries the same sweet treats found in his original store in Hoboken, New Jersey. Ever since original owner Carlo Guastaffero opened the bakery in 1910, the bakery dished out lobster tails, an Americanized version of the Italian sfogiatelle pastry. Now it comes in flavors such as salted caramel, chocolate hazelnut and cookies and cream in addition to the original.
José Andrés explores the red meat side of life at his decadent Bazaar Meat (SLS, 702. 761.7610). Go Spanish with his Vaca Vieja rib eye tasting that features the European tradition of serving a more mature animal with more pronounced flavor, the Kobe eye of the rib with beef from Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, or the wagyu eye of the rib from Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Adventurous diners start with cotton candy foie gras.
Everything Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis cooks at her eponymous restaurant at The Cromwell (855.442.3271) blends her Italian roots with her ever-so-light California touch, but the bucatini is something special. The pasta is fresh and light, hammering home the fact that one can eat healthy and still eat delicious. The dining room is almost as glorious as the cuisine, and lets in the natural light. De Laurentiis wanted the restaurant to have the feel of a room in her own home.
Never has it been so delightful to eat vegetarian. Hidden in plain sight on the Estiatorio Milos (Cosmopolitan, 702.698.7930) menu is the Milos Special, a stack of eggplant and zucchini, served with tzatziki sauce and kefalograviera cheese saganaki. Everything else pales in comparison. Try it out on the patio overlooking the Strip.
The sleek and stunning Katsuya (SLS, 702.761.7611) features sushi, sashimi and other Japanese delicacies from chef Katsuya Uechi. Fans clamor for the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño with its perfect balance of smooth and spicy, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on this menu.
Mediterranean-inspired fare tinged with Tinseltown glamour finds a home at Cleo (SLS, 702.761.7612). Chef Danny Elmaleh’s mezz, or smaller dishes, are a pivotal element to any Mediterranean-inspired meal. Try favorites such as babaganoush, lebaneh with feta, and hummus with tahini.
Nothing is quite as charming as Roy Ellamar’s take on snacks at Harvest (Bellagio, 702.693.8865). He serves small bites of culinary jewels on his snack wagon that weaves its way through the restaurant, urging you to indulge in tempting creations and ask questions of the chef.
Nothing brings families together quite like food, at least according to “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro. That means a big meal with the entire family on Sunday afternoons. Valastro recreated his Sunday gravy—tomato sauce for pasta—and then added platters of sausages and meatballs for his restaurant Buddy V’s Ristorante (The Venetian, 702.607.2355). Nearly every dish on the menu comes from a family recipe.