At 808 Tapas, two island cuisines converge in a bounty of Japanese and Hawaiian dishes. The worldly palates of executive chef Yoshiyuki Kojima and sous chef Rex Ibanez don't stop there, either. Elements from global recipes influence every one of their dishes, whether it?s the eatery?s take on nachos?ahi tuna poke and avocado atop fried lotus root chips?or their potato-free fries, composed of Panko-crusted slabs of eggplant. Italy even gets its time in the sun with a caprese salad crowned in lomi-lomi salmon, a Hawaiian specialty. Inside the restaurant, diners ponder whether science will ever determine how many Hawaiian islands there are at long communal tables or at the sushi bar, where chefs craft more than 20 roll varieties.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill is a beautiful restaurant that is surrounded by palm trees and located in Summerlin. Inside the large venue, Carrabba’s dark colors and wooden tables, along with dim lights, allow for a relaxing and inviting ambiance, and create the perfect place to catch up with friends or family. Popular items on their menu include their Shrimp Diavolo, Grilled Tuscan Skewers, chicken marsala, lobster ravioli and their delicious tiramisu. Everything at Carrabba’s is made fresh, from their mozzarella sticks to their minestrone soup, giving guests a true authentic Italian experience. The grill keeps guests returning by providing excellent service, to match their delicious cuisine.
Mastrioni’s is one of Las Vegas’ most popular seafood and Italian restaurants, offering a breathtaking atmosphere to relax in as well. Inside the large and spacious eatery, guests can expect endless amounts of tables to assuage the endless throngs of regulars, while the walls themselves are made colorful thanks to a run of local artwork – much of which changes out every six months. The resulting eclectic vibe is entirely by design at Mastrioni’s; there’s the funky lounge off to one side to enjoy a cocktail while (inevitably) waiting for a table, and many of the pieces hanging on the walls can be bought on the spot and taken home. On the table, elegant dishes like veal piccata and shrimp francese are much more subdued, while the vibrant wine list shines against the elegant, but affable, atmosphere.
Although the Sumo Bowl sounds fattening, this signature dish is unlikely to add the pounds necessary to take on a loincloth-clad wrestler. The dish unites steamed rice, three types of lean meat, and wok-stirred vegetables drizzled in teriyaki sauce, creating a flavorful mélange that reflects Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill's focus on healthy, made-to-order Japanese cuisine. To complement customized bowls of rice or yakisoba noodles, diners can opt for a side of grilled egg rolls, which offer a healthier alternative to egg rolls that are fried or guarded by an irritable lioness.
The Summerlin outpost of BJ’s Restaurant is one of three locations throughout Las Vegas. Located directly across from the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, the casual eatery always seems to attract a crowd. Well known for brewing their own beer and an eclectic menu that ranges from deep dish pizzas and hamburgers to gluten-free meals, BJ’s loves catering to their guests. New flat-screen TVs throughout the restaurant and a relaxed, if slightly boisterous vibe, make the Summerlin location a welcome destination for all. Around the holidays, guests are treated to a slew of new menu options, from steak and lobster entrées to seared mahi mahi, with souvenir glasses to take home at the end of the night.
Opened in 2001, Chronic Tacos delivers generous portions of Mexican cuisine to customers across four states and in Canada. Derived from third-generation family recipes, the menu features a plethora of hunger-humbling options. Let finger tendrils coil around burritos ($5.99+), quesadillas ($5.99+), and tacos ($2.99)—available in carne asada, al pastor, pollo asada, carnitas, and vegetarian varieties—before depositing them in ravenous maws. Salsa is mixed daily with fresh vegetables, and chips are cooked in-house. Chronic Tacos opens at 9 a.m. to accommodate early-rising tortilla disciples by serving breakfast burritos, bowls, and tacos.