The Best Restaurants in Las Vegas

The Best Restaurants in Las Vegas for All Budgets

As someone who lived in Las Vegas for 20+ years of my life, I am a go-to source for family and friends who are planning their Vegas vacations. One question I am asked frequently is “What are your favorite restaurants to eat at in Vegas?” this inquiry always excites me. For those of you who follow my blog regularly you know that I am a food addict. I absolutely love sharing with others all the fun foodie finds I discover everywhere I travel to. I especially love sharing all the foodie finds from my hometown! Because I am often asked this question, I figured a lot of you might be looking for the same answer too. So, here you go! As a woman who grew up in Las Vegas, dined out at all the dives and some 5 stars – these are my tops recommendations for on-Strip and off-Strip dining!

On-Strip Dining

Giada – Giada is my ultimate favorite high class dining spot on the Strip. Nothing else compares for me. Owned by Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis, it fuses a chic atmosphere with delectable recipes for the ultimate Vegas experience. Providing authentic Italian cuisine (with everything from brunch to dinner), a romantic atmosphere and an incredible view of the famous Strip with floor to ceiling windows – it doesn’t get much better than this. The average dinner plate is about $30.00. My recommendation? The seared scallops. Giada at The Cromwell

Picasso – Picasso at Bellagio offers dinner with a view of the famous Bellagio fountains. Dine on the terrace or in the elegant interior to experience luxury dining at it’s finest. Executive Chef Julian Serrano created Picasso’s menu with the inspiration of Spanish and French fine dining classics. To make the dining experience all the more extraordinary, you can admire original pieces painted by Picasso himself throughout the dining room. I recommend making a reservation well in advanced, especially if you want to dine on the patio. Take note: there is a limited dress code to follow, you can find this on their website. Picasso at Bellagio

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Sugar Factory – The Sugar Factory actually has multiple locations around the US and is not confined to Las Vegas but the food and flavors are too magnificent to not make this list. With fun alcoholic beverages that are the size of fish bowls and brought to you with dry ice for a foggy effect it’s something to experience. Their menu offers everything from a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich to a New York strip steak. The average plate is about $20. My recommendation? The fried chicken and waffles, which is served everyday until 4 pm. Sugar Factory Las Vegas

Border Grill – Located at the Mandalay Bay, this contemporary Mexican restaurant is owned by celebrated chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (you may have seen them a time or two on Food Network and Bravo). This isn’t Border Grill’s only location in the US, but once again I say the food is too good to miss! The thing I love about their menu is it offers authentic, sustainable, classic Mexican dishes with a modern twist. The atmosphere of the restaurant is fun and electrifying with a wall of windows that over looks the entire Mandalay pool area. The average plate is about $20. My recommendation? The brisket tacos. Border Grill at Mandalay Bay

The Pink Taco Mexican Cantina – The food is just as enjoyable as the name at this one! Located at The Hard Rock Casino the Pink Taco is real Mexican food packed with flavor. Showcasing an open kitchen and fresh made tortillas, you know you’ve chosen the right spot. Try some bacon wrapped jalapeños before trying the famous burrito that shares the name of the restaurant. The average plate is about $15. My recommendation? The Rosa tamales. The Pink Taco

Fogo De Chao – Fogo De Chao is a restaurant that follows suite with the Brazilian style dining experience that has recently been growing in popularity around the US. With a buffet full of salad, soups, appetizers and side dishes you will be sure to find some classic flavors you love and some new and authentic ones too. Servers walk around the entire restaurant with a variety of meats on a stick and slice it all for you at your table. You have unlimited access to all food for one flat fee and the meat options vary from chicken to Filet Mignon. Fogo De Chao

Bacchahal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace – I remember when they were building this place and all the hype surrounding it. The hype was well deserved. This is one of the biggest, high end buffets on the Strip that is worth every dollar you spend on it. You’ll find high quality cuisine from all around the world made by talented chefs. Depending on the time of year it is and what’s in season you will see different items displayed. Pack your stretchy pants for this buffet! Bacchanal Buffet

Gordon Ramsay Burger – Located at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Gordon Ramsay Burger is sure to spoil any burger lover. All burger patties are cooked over an open flame and are of the highest grade cuts of meat. The energetic, yet elegant atmosphere boasts an open kitchen and attentive, friendly servers. The average plate costs about $17. My recommendation? The classic Hell’s Kitchen Burger. Gordon Ramsay Burger

Yardbird – While I didn’t have the pleasure of trying this restaurant out, the Yelp reviews don’t lie! I’ve heard nothing but good about Yardbird from all the locals and everyone on Yelp seems to adore it. We weren’t able to check it out before we moved away from Vegas but I feel I’d be doing you a disservice to not let you know it’s there! Southern comfort food with a modern twist, Yardbird features dishes that will take you straight to the South without ever leaving the Strip. You are sure to find all of your classic Southern favorites served at breakfast, lunch and “supper” time. The average “supper” plate costs about $25. Yardbird

Downtown Dining

Nacho Daddy – Let me try not to oversell this place, IT’S ONLY THE BEST PLACE TO GRAB NACHOS, EVER. Did I do okay there? In all seriousness, this is the place that will make you claim this restaurant as your Nacho Daddy. With chips piled high, fresh ingredients and house made salsas it’s hard to beat. Nacho Daddy gives you a variety of nacho options from the classic chicken nachos to lobster & crab! The awesomeness doesn’t stop there. They also offer amazing tacos, fajitas and even breakfast that is served all day. Something I love about Nacho Daddy is that they give back in big ways to the Las Vegas community by fighting children’s hunger. Don’t forget to try the famous Scorpion Shot that has been featured on various television shows. The average plate is about $15. My recommendation? The classic Fiesta nachos AND the signature chicken soft tacos (both of which sound simple BUT you’ll be thanking me later). Nacho Daddy

Caron Kitchen – One of my personal favorite casual urban eateries downtown, Carson Kitchen has a high class menu of familiar items in an intimate setting. You can enjoy social plates (tapas) with friends at a community bench or individual meals at a cozy table. There are two bars for you to enjoy, one in the main dining area and one on the rooftop with a great view of the Vegas valley. My recommendation? The Secret Sunday Chicken sandwich. Carson Kitchen

The Donut Bar – While the Donut Bar doesn’t offer a lunch or dinner menu it makes this list because they are too good not to mention. Plus, in all fairness, doesn’t a doughnut count as breakfast? The unique thing I love about the Donut Bar is not only the massive size of their doughnuts but also the uncommon and interesting flavors they offer. How does trying a French Toast Donut, a Butter Beer or a Mexican Hot Chocolate one sound? Check out their full list of mouthwatering doughnut flavors here Donut Bar Menu

 

Lawry’s The Prime Rib – Lawry’s offers a classic, elegant dining experience in a beautiful setting. The service is exquisite and the food even more so. Known for their steaks, I’ve never had one better since I first dined there around 2000. As a matter of fact, when I asked for a knife for my steak I was told by our waiter “If you need a knife to cut it then we will take it back and make you a new one”. To this day, I’ve never had a more flavorful, tender steak than that night at Lawry‘s. Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Off-Strip Dining

These restaurants are pretty far off the Strip but if you’re a hardcore foodie like me, they are worth the drive.

Juan’s Flaming Fajitas – We would regularly drive 45 minutes each way to dine at Juan’s a few times a month. The owner, Juan, gives you the experience of Mexican food packed with flavor in a colorful atmosphere. Something I love about Juan’s is they bring out grilled jalapenos and onions with their chips and salsa. You’ll find every classic Mexican dish and enjoy fresh made tortillas all day long. Order the fajitas and you’ll find out why they’re known as flaming fajitas. My recommendation? The Chicken Fajitas, of course. The average plate is about $12. Juan’s Flaming Fajitas

Metro Pizza –Metro Pizza is definitely the restaurant we miss the most since moving away from Las Vegas. They change the theme of the restaurant nearly every month (examples include: the 80s, California dreaming and the 60s) which always makes for a fun time. You’ll find Stromboli, baked ziti and endless options of pizza on their menu. The bread they bring out in the beginning is fresh baked heavenliness and the gelato options for dessert are divine. They also make the ranch everyday and in our family that’s a big deal! We love ranch on just about everything and the ranch in a restaurant can make or break a place for us. My recommendation? A large pizza with jalapeno, pepperoni, onion and pineapple (GASP! Yes, I just did that.) and an order chicken fingers tossed in hot sauce with a side of garlic fries. The average plate is about $10. Metro Pizza

Roberto’s Taco Shop –You cannot call yourself a Las Vegas local if you’ve never had Roberto’s and that’s just the way it is. An absolute favorite Mexican dive among locals, I believe you can’t have a true Vegas experience without eating here. Cheap, greasy and delicious Mexican food at amazingly low prices. Fresh food made throughout the day and everything is made to order. Their salsa bar features house made salsas, jalapeno carrots and other fresh produce to enjoy with your meal. My recommendation? The classic bean and cheese burrito, the chicken tacos and the #11 rolled tacos. Average plate is about $8. Roberto’s Taco Shop

Brio Tuscan Grille – Brio is not home to Vegas only, but is well deserving to be on this list. Classic Italian dishes in an authentic atmosphere provides for a dining experience you’ll crave over and over again. They create traditional Italian plates with high quality ingredients. The service is always exceptional and the bread is hot and fresh each time. My recommendation? Chicken Milanese. Brio Tuscan Grille

There are a plethora of restaurants in Las Vegas to choose from but these were some of our absolute favorites! What amazing restaurants have you tried while visiting Las Vegas?

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2 thoughts on “The Best Restaurants in Las Vegas for All Budgets

  1. I love Food blogs. There is so much pleasure into their making, and it’s gotten through experience. Some great selections here, I was quite surprised at how reasonably priced everything is. Lawrys sounds amazing, being Irish I’m a big steak fan. That would be my first stop. Thanks for sharing those awesome bites.

  2. Hi Elisa,
    This is awesome. As someone who also lived in Las Vegas for 20 years, I can attest to this great list. My favorites are Border Grill and Brio. There are new ones out there, especially at Park MGM. My mission is to try them out the next time I’m in Vegas.

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