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A Culinary World Tour of Las Vegas Part 1

You don't need a plane ticket to travel the world through the Las Vegas dining scene.

Las Vegas sets a high bar for dining, with a global population and hundreds of restaurants both on and off the Strip. Chefs worldwide come to Vegas to work in our thriving culinary scene, and many opt to open their own restaurants making the food from their childhoods.

World Cuisine in Las Vegas

Whether you're opting for a high-end experience or a hole-in-the-wall, you can find just about any cuisine you're craving if you look hard enough.


From the French word for "sharing," Partage brings modern French fine dining to Las Vegas. Opened by three friends with Michelin experience in France, they moved here together to open the business just off of the Strip in Chinatown, where guests can enjoy seasonal five, seven, and nine-course tasting menus, with exclusive French wine pairings. If going with a group, try to reserve their private dining room with immersive animation technology for a truly unique experience. The menu completely changes every month, allowing fans to go back to enjoy the experience over and over again. 

Seasonal Meat Course at Partage (©Melanie Lee) Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Seasonal Meat Course at Partage (©Melanie Lee)

Nora's Cuisine

A Las Vegas staple, Nora's Cuisine has been open for nearly 20 years, serving up family-style Italian classics with heart. The Mauro family's newest location looks like a gorgeous Italian home, complete with warm service and ample portions. Many of the dishes are family recipes from the Sicilian matriarch, the namesake Nora. The Osso Bucco, Veal Chop Parmesan and mesquite-smoked Josper grill entrees are popular dinner picks, in addition to their classic pizza and pasta options. They also have an upstairs patio space available to reserve for special occasions or group events.

Wolf Down

If you're in the mood for some street food flavors, Wolf Down serves up Döner on a simple, approachable menu. We visited for a hosted media visit and loved the small menu—diners can try beef/lamb, chicken or tofu atop sandwiches, rice bowls or salads. Pick your vegetables and sauce, and your meal is ready to go. The company, based out of Canada, started when the owner decided to bring his favorite street food from his home country of Germany (the döner kebabs themselves are said to originate from Turkey). We opted for the beef/lamb over a rice bowl, and be warned—portions are larger than they seem, so you'll likely be able to enjoy your meal twice. 

Wolf Down Rice Bowl Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Wolf Down Rice Bowl (©Melanie Lee)

La Vecindad

Tucked into the Casino Center plaza just east of the Strip, La Vecindad draws local families and visitors with authentic Mexican cuisine and fresh-made tortillas. The restaurant name means "neighborhood" in Spanish, and the ample space is designed to look like one, complete with hand-painted art from the owner. Their mole, fajitas and alambras dishes are very popular, and they have an all-you-can-eat taco special on Wednesdays that draws the crowds. Whatever you get, be sure to try their café de olla spiced coffee, which pairs well with dessert. 

Fajitas at La Vecindad (©Stefany Volmer) Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Fajitas at La Vecindad (©Stefany Volmer) 

EDO Tapas and Wine

Tapas-style dining has been trending for a while now, but Chef Oscar Amador brings the flavors of his Barcelona upbringing to his vibrant and cozy Chinatown wine bar, EDO Tapas and Wine. Open daily for dinner service only, Amador takes classic tapas dishes and modern techniques to take an innovative and creative Catalan cuisine. The hot and cold small plates menu is available as multi-course tasting, with vegan and gluten-free options, all of which pair well with their wide variety of global wines or house cocktails.

China Mama

Are you craving Chinese takeout? Head to China Mama for something even better, the most authentic Chinese dishes in town. Meals are served family-style, and large parties can dine at the spinning lazy-Susan style tables for efficient sharing. The flavors are bold and comforting, from their fresh-made xiao long bao soup dumplings and pan-fried pork buns to their slurpy dan dan noodles and ma po tofu. More cautious diners will enjoy the honey walnut shrimp and orange chicken, while more adventurous eaters would be wise to try the dry pepper shrimp or sliced fish fillet with pickled mustard. No matter what you order, though, the food indeed does taste home-cooked by mom. 

Stir-Fried Lamb With Cumin (©Melanie Lee) Las Vegas | WhereTraveler

Ramen Sora

Both from Japan, Chefs Yoshi and Tomio moved to Vegas to open their ramen shop together and bring quality ramen to the city. Ramen Sora does no advertising other than word of mouth and is consistently busy. The intimate spot on Spring Mountain has a handful of tables to enjoy your choice of four broths (miso, shio, shoyu and vegetarian) and their bouncy ramen noodles. Their signature bowl comes with nori seaweed sheets, a soft-boiled tamago egg, bamboo, green onion and tender slices of chashu pork belly. The rich broth and chewy noodles make the perfect bowl to get your ramen fix every time.

Sushi Kame

There are a handful of omakase sushi options for a luxury sushi dining experience, and Chef Eric Kim and his team set the bar high. Located just off the Strip, Sushi Kame's traditional Japanese minimalist decor is calm and peaceful, and the personalized service is impeccable. Dinner service is available by reservation only. The chef sets the menu, featuring sashimi courses, appetizers, sushi, grilled dishes and dessert, all made in-house with premium ingredients. Expect your meal to include the freshest fish from around the world prepared in front of you, alongside specialty dishes made with uni, A5 wagyu, truffles and foie gras. It's definitely a splurge for date night, but it's cheaper than flying to Japan.