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Looking for a local Las Vegas restaurant? I've got a list of my favorites and I try to add to it often because I adore restaurants. I was raised around Old Vegas restaurants and bars, and the thing I love best for dinner is... you guessed it--a reservation.
Of course, with the marvels of technology, now I can skip going out and have the food delivered to me. Las Vegas has all the food delivery services a person could ask for, so if you'd rather not get gussied up to go out, chances are you can have food delivered from any of these restaurants, depending upon where you are in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Restaurants Off the Strip
Andiron -- Fabulous food in a serene, upscale setting that doesn't feel stuffy at all. Well-known (rightfully so) for juicy, tasty steaks--but I've never had anything bad off their menu. Equally well-known for their weekend brunch, although the last time I was there the music was so loud you couldn't have a conversation. (Which might not be a bad thing, depending upon your brunchmate.)
Andre's Bistro -- A bistro from culinary maestro Andre Rochat (of Alize at the Palms, among other restaurants). Flavorful, inventive, and delicious food in a relaxed setting. Small, charming space & patio seating is delightful in temperate weather.
Avery's Coffee -- Coffee, food, and used books at this mom-and-pop coffee shop. Breakfast panini highly recommended.
Brio at Tivoli Las Vegas -- Nice chain Italian restaurant with pretty décor and good service. Well-known for having a killer happy hour.
Capriotti’s --Tasty sandwiches galore. It’s a chain, but it’s an oh-so-yummy-chain. I highly recommend the Slaw Be Jo, although it's hard to go wrong here with any selection.
Carson Kitchen --Tenth level of delicious. This Kerry Simon restaurant is not to be missed. On this, Las Vegas foodies and snobs seem to agree.
CheesecakeFactory -- This well-known chain is like Applebee’s wearing a tux: tasty but not earth-shattering. Dependable go-to for those who enjoy a menu big enough to be a book club selection.
Cracked Egg -- Local chain serving breakfast and lunch. Homey and inexpensive.
Dom DeMarcos -- Noted pizzeria with New York roots. (President Obama ordered from them one time when he was in town.) Their meatballs don’t get the attention they deserve.
Dona Maria Tamales -- No need to wonder what the specialty is here -- the name says it all. Old Vegas fave.
Due Forni -- Two special ovens create delicious thin crust pizza. Non-pizza lovers will find an abundance of Italian options. And let’s not forget the wonderful wine selection. (One of the places it’s safe to order the house wine.) NOTE: Due Forni suffered a flood in October 2017 and is closed for remodeling as of this post in November 2017.
Eatt -- The only thing I love better than their food is the fact that I can have it delivered via Amazon Restaurants. Their delicious organic dishes include vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free choices. (Not to be confused with the restaurant Eat., which has locations in Summerlin & Downtown -- although their food is also quite good.)
Echo & Rig -- What’s not to love about Echo & Rig? (OK, if you’re a vegan, I can see why maybe you don’t love Echo & Rig.) Can you say “butcher shop on the premises”? Oh yeah.
Egg and I and The Egg Works -- Breakfast favorites.
Firehouse Subs -- The sandwich chain that proves firemen really know how to cook.
Hash House a Go Go -- Their "twisted farm food" is served in large quantities, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your views about mountains of mashed potatoes and saucer-sized biscuits. The West Charleston location is usually busy, doubly so around holiday weekends.
Honey Salt -- Renown Vegas ‘burbs outpost of acclaimed restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau Kim Canteenwalla. One of the crown jewels of the west-side foodie scene.
Hussong's -- In addition to some of the best Margaritas around, the food is great and reasonably priced. Love the tacos here. The history of the place is also fascinating, especially since they claim to have invented the Margarita. Drink one and you'll see why that seems like a plausible claim.
Jamms Restaurant -- This unassuming strip mall breakfast and lunch joint is usually packed, and for good reason. The food has that home-cooked feel, and the service is fast and efficient. Frequently voted among the best breakfast places in Las Vegas.
John Mull's Roadkill Grill -- Best barbecue in Las Vegas, hands down. As authentic as it gets.
Juan's Flaming Fajitas -- They aren't joking about the flaming part. Also, the fajitas are delicious. Juan's has a menu full of yummy Tex-Mex food and tasty Margaritas. Very family-friendly.
Le Thai -- There's so much to love about this place. There's the food, of course, but also the location (right on Fremont) and its strong Vegas pedigree. The mother of owner/chef Dan Coughlin owns The King & I (wonderful Thai food) and Coughlin has also been a part of Le Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant that deserves the description "hidden gem."
Lucille's -- This well-respected regional chain serves up very tasty barbecue and Southern cooking that won me over right away. They get the balance of smoke-sweet-spicy barbecue just right. Thumbs up on the Tri-tip salad, and they do a decent fried okra.
Marche Bacchus -- My love for this restaurant is a little, um, over-the-top. Wine shop! Lake-side view! Feels like it's not in Vegas at all! And then there's the French food...the thought of their escargot and steak frites makes me feel weak in the knees.
Michoacan - Located out in the wilds of Centennial Hills. The Margaritas and food are quite tasty and the restaurant's colorful, comfortable design is full of Mexican and native items.
MTO Cafe -- Another one of many restaurants that I think of as a hybrid: you order at the counter (like fast-food), but they bring you the food (like a sit-down restaurant). It's a warm and inviting place with families and people of all ages enjoying the breakfast and lunch food. Great stop for casual dining.
Nacho Daddy -- Good for Margaritas, nachos, and tacos. Lots of TVs also in case you want to catch the game. Locations throughout Las Vegas.
Pint -- Do you like beer? And good food? Then you'll like Pint, which took over a space that I thought was dated and dreary and transformed it with an industrial design and a good menu of drinks and food. Patio area with its own outdoor TV also available.
PS702 -- The design scheme here pretty much ensures you'll have plenty to talk about. Vintage school-related items like trophies, encyclopedias, microscopes adorn the shelves and there's an assortment of games for guests to try out if they want. The "gastropub" food and drinks are inventive and tasty.
Rachel's Kitchen – “Casual California Cuisine,” which means kinda like a deli, but healthy.
Ricardo's – “American Style” Mexican food. (Translation: some people, especially food snobs, find it “not authentic.”) Whatever. I love the peach margaritas. Old Vegas fave.
Roberto's Taco Shop -- The authentic (yep, I'm gonna use the "A" word) alternative to fast-food tacos from the big chains.
Rollin' Smoke BBQ -- Smoky, saucy, delicious... if you love brisket, hot links, ribs, and all the fixings, stop here. They offer delivery through some of the services, but I have better luck getting my entire order if I go in person.
Shake Shack Downtown Summerlin -- If you care about hamburgers like I care about hamburgers, you must try Shake Shack. I adore their tasty little burgers and have no problem with the fries (which are often criticized for being frozen) or the untoasted buns. Locations throughout Las Vegas.
SmashBurger -- Generally my favorite burger.
TC's Rib Crib -- The restaurant is tiny and the food is amazing. Naturally, you can order ribs, but the rest of the menu is also mouth-watering. Love the brisket here, and I never throw one drop of their sauce away. Also, the fried okra is fab.
Vintner Grill -- I had one of the best steaks ever here, and that's saying a lot. The classy design reminds me of the days when I used to wear a suit to work and go to power lunches. Wonderful food and service.
Yard House -- At lunch, the atmosphere feels like a Chili's and an Applebees had a baby. Burgers, sandwiches, tacos and a full drink menu in a big, open dining room with lots of TVs playing the latest game. I've read that the music gets kinda loud later.
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos -- Terrific stop for lunch on the weekend. Who doesn't love tacos and beer for lunch?
Closings and Changes:
In Las Vegas, restaurants can come and go pretty quickly. For reference, here's a short list of some places that have recently closed or been revamped into something new:
Cantina Laredo at Tivoli Village is closed. Leticia’s, a local Mexican restaurant, is set to move into the space.
Glutton -- Fabulous downtown restaurant, now closed. All foodies in town saddened at this news.
Mac Shack -- Pasta shop next to Whole Foods - closed. Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill is now in the space.
View Wine Bar – They did have a great atmosphere, delicious wedge salad and risotto. (And, naturally, wine.) Now closed.
Last update: October 2017