22 Foodie Recommendations for Las Vegas Visitors
Published on February 03, 2018
Even people who know nothing about Las Vegas know that it’s a gourmand’s paradise.
This post lists 22 restaurants and eateries in Las Vegas where every food lover should eat. Even travelers with the heartiest of appetites can make this list last for a week or so.
The variety of food in Sin City is staggering. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for large quantities of food on the cheap or fine dining. You’ll find it in Vegas.
My suggestion is to pay no attention to the health aspects of the food you’re eating while you’re in Vegas. You can work out and eat salads and yogurt when you get back home.
I’m a far cry from a health nut. In fact, I love red meat. You’ll notice plenty of burger joints and steakhouses on my list. I’m also partial to sweets, so you’ll find lots of listings for candy and dessert joints, too.
The good news is that Vegas caters to all kinds of diners. If you don’t like my list, you can easily create your own list.
They call it the most important meal of the day.
I have four recommendations for breakfast in Las Vegas, but don’t forget that you can find lots of hotel and casino buffets serving sumptuous breakfasts and brunch.
They claim to have been voted the best buffet in Downtown Las Vegas, but they don’t cite what election it was.
It doesn’t matter, though, because it’s one of the best breakfast places in town.
If you’re in Vegas over the weekend, you should try to visit during champagne brunch on Saturday or Sunday morning.
This is one of the most affordable ways to ingest calories in Sin City, by the way. Their breakfast buffet is just $7.99 per person, and the champagne brunch on the weekend is only $11.99 per person. They’re open for breakfast every day at 7 am.
Homestyle breakfast is available 24 hours a day at the Pantry.
They specialize in omelets, pancakes, and scrambled eggs.
The food is over the top, too! Here’s an example of what’s on their “generic” breakfast sandwich:
Scrambled eggs, sliced ham, truffled mushrooms, smoked Gouda cheese, and savory mayonnaise, all on a toasted ciabatta bun.
You’re not limited to breakfast at the Pantry, but why would you want anything else?
This isn’t the most affordable breakfast spot in town, but it’s a great place to eat if you love breakfast food. (And I’m known as someone who can eat breakfast three meals a day.)
The Veranda serves Italian cuisine, but they’re also open for breakfast from 6:30 am to 11 am Monday through Friday.
(They open at 7 am on Saturday and Sunday morning.)
The ambience is casual but sophisticated. Reservations aren’t a bad idea, but they’re not strictly necessary, either—especially not for breakfast.
They offer a breakfast buffet on the weekends, but the order of the day at the Veranda is freshness. They serve fresh juice, fresh fruits, and on the weekends, fresh-baked donuts. They also offer terrific crepes and quiches.
Lunch is my second-favorite meal of the day, right after breakfast. I’m going to focus mostly on the wide variety of burger choices available in the city because I think nothing says lunch like a cheeseburger.
I’ve included a couple of other options for people who don’t share my love of cheeseburgers, though.
They’re located on the Strip, and they’re terrific. They open at 11 am and close at midnight.
I have simple tastes, so my favorite burger there is the Bacon Crunchburger.
It features bacon, potato chips, and American cheese—the Cadillac of cheese, as far as I’m concerned.
They also serve a great brunch burger, which, of course, has hash browns and a fried egg. The Bobby Blue plus Bacon is also worth trying, but only if you like blue cheese. They serve salads and a veggie burger for the health-conscious.
By the way, the “Bobby” in the name refers to the chef who owns the restaurant—Bobby Flay.
This sandwich shop has been open since 1976.
The difference in a sandwich here and at other sandwich shops is that all their ingredients are home-made in-house.
They even roast their own turkeys and roast beef.
They’ve won all kinds of awards like “Best Sandwich” and “Best Fast Food.” They have over one hundred locations throughout the United States now, but the Capriotti’s in Las Vegas is a classic.
Capriotti’s is open daily from 10 am to 8:30 pm.
Bobby Flay isn’t the only celebrity chef with a burger joint in Las Vegas.
I’m not a fan of Gordon Ramsay’s in-your-face attitude on his reality shows, but I’m definitely a fan of his burger restaurant.
You’ll find Gordon Ramsay Burger in Planet Hollywood. The burgers are cooked over an open flame. If you’re a vegetarian, you can enjoy the portabella burger. You might have to stand in line for a little while because the restaurant is popular. It’s also in a great location.
Gordon Ramsay Burger is open from 11 am to 2 am.
USA Today says that Holsteins makes the best burger in Las Vegas.
If you’re a drinker, you’ll probably also enjoy their alcohol-infused milkshakes.
Holsteins is located inside the Cosmopolitan.
Also, I know it’s about the burgers, but you must try the Truffle Lobster Mac N Cheese, too.
Most of the meals here cost between $10 and $20.
This one’s relatively new, having opened in late 2014 at the New York-New York.
Shake Shack is, of course, a chain restaurant, but their Vegas location tries to capture the spirit of this unique destination.
Unlike many of their other stores, Shake Shack Las Vegas has plenty of choices when it comes to beer and wine. They also offer baked items from Gimme Some Sugar, a local baker.
They open every day at 11 am and stay open until 2 am. They don’t only serve amazing burgers; you can also get great hot dogs at Shake Shack.
They do serve burgers at Todd English P.U.B., but this is one time I’ll recommend skipping the burger and going with another menu item.
The star of the show here is the prime beef sandwich.
If you like watching sports while you eat, Todd English P.U.B. is perfect for that, too. They have several big screen TVs to choose from. As you might expect from a place with a name like this, the selection of beers is staggering.
They’re open from 11 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.
I’m from Texas, and when we talk about dinner in Texas, we usually mean steak. (Sometimes we mean barbecue or Tex-Mex, but usually, we mean steak.)
So yes, you’ll notice a bias toward steakhouses below. Like I said earlier, this is MY list.
But don’t worry. It’s not all about steak below. You’ll see.
If you’re looking for someplace quiet and intimate to take someone you love to eat, consider La Cave at the Wynn.
It’s all about low ceilings and closeness.
Also, this is the opposite of what you’d expect at many Las Vegas restaurants. I’ve written about a lot of places offering excessive amounts of food for your money.
La Cave, though, is all about small-plate dishes.
Billy DeMarco is the chef here, and he’s put together offerings of beef, seafood, and vegetables. The restaurant includes suggested beer and wine pairings for each dish, too. The patio looks out over the swimming pool at the Wynn, making this an excellent spot for people-watching.
Did you ever want to eat at a restaurant where your meal is prepared right before your eyes?
If so, L’Atelier at MGM Grand is for you.
The genius chef behind this restaurant is “chef of the century” Joel Robuchon.
This one’s only open for dinner, although you can get here for a fairly early dinner. They open at 5 pm.
This is French food, of course, and the dress code is business casual. If you want to impress a foodie date, take her here.
The original Old Homestead is a landmark New York City steakhouse that opened in 1868.
The brothers whose family owns the original brought a version of Old Homestead to Vegas, and this is one of the steakhouses most worth visiting in Sin City.
Like many classic steakhouses, you’ll find décor that consists of dark wood and leather. Most people don’t care so much about that, though—they’re more interested in the various cuts of meat available.
I’ve written extensively about burgers here, too, and I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t point out how great the burgers at Old Homestead are.
You can (and probably should) add truffle butter to anything you order at the Old Homestead, too.
I wrote extensively about the Pantry in my earlier section regarding breakfast.
It’s also worth considering as a dinner option, though.
I love homestyle comfort food, and I’d imagine most of my readers do, too. It’s also open twenty-four hours a day.
The Peppermill is one of those famous, old-school Vegas restaurants everyone should try once—especially diners who enjoy large portions.
They’ve been serving big meals since 1972.
This is one of Penn Jillette’s favorite restaurants. He loves the Peppermill so much that he had a booth that looks like a booth from this restaurant custom-built and installed in his home.
They serve American-style food. Most of their entrees cost between $15 and $20. I probably should have included them in the breakfast section, too, as they also offer an extensive breakfast menu.
Raku Grill offers affordable Japanese food.
They specialize in charcoal-grilled entrees, but they also have various rice and noodle dishes to choose from.
I suggest getting the chef’s special. It will cost between $75 and $100, and the chef will choose the dishes for your multiple-course meal.
This is admittedly one of the lower-rent casinos on the Strip.
It’s older and kinda kitschy.
But don’t let that prevent you from enjoying one of the most traditional and delicious steakhouses Las Vegas has to offer.
THE Steak House at Circus Circus has won multiple “best of” awards for best steak in Las Vegas, including from Zagat.
It’s a traditional-style steakhouse, and you can also get lobster and crab legs.
They’re only open for dinner, but they open early—at 4 pm.
The steakhouse at Planet Hollyood can be found on the mezzanine level, and it’s the kind of traditional steakhouse that beef-lovers dream of.
The goose fat potatoes are especially notable.
Also, if you like chocolate cake—and who doesn’t?—you must try it here.
Don’t be surprised, though. The Strip House at Planet Hollywood is pretty upscale and expensive.
Most of the people I know who love food have a sweet tooth. Luckily, several establishments in Las Vegas offer amazing sweets. Some of them are more affordable than others.
Try any of these:
What is there to say about a store that sells cupcakes?
They’re , though.
They have a huge chocolate factory or two, but what you want to visit is the chocolate and candy store in Vegas.
It’s located in the California Hotel, admission is free, and it’s open from 8 am to 8 pm every day.
Ethel M also offers tours of their factories and occasional chocolate tasting classes.
I didn’t include a lot of full-service restaurants on this list of places to eat sweets, but the desserts at Hexx Kitchen and Bar warrant their inclusion.
It’s all about the special Hexx chocolate desserts here.
Feel free to enjoy dinner here, but save room for dessert.
This one’s located at the Bellagio.
It features artistic pastries from World Pastry Champion Jean-Philippe Maury.
The chocolate fountain is cool.
They also serve crepes, salads, and sandwiches.
But save room for dessert, I beg of you.
M&M’s have their own stores in just four locations across the world.
Luckily, one of these is in Las Vegas.
They’re open every day from 9 am to midnight. The facility is four stories and is made up on 28,000 square feet of fun that melts in your mouth, not in your hands. My favorite part was being able to print my own personalized M&M’s.
They also show a 3-D movie called I Lost My “M” in Vegas.
If you love to eat, Las Vegas is the place to be.
I’ve listed 22 suggestions about where to eat in Las Vegas, but I’m sure any food expert could easily come up with her own list of suggestions—all of which would be different from mine.
I’ve focused largely on the kinds of food I enjoy—breakfast, burgers, and steaks. I’ve also included a few suggestions for where to eat sweets.
Most gourmands will find plenty to enjoy on the list above.