From its flashy casinos to its glitzy hotels,, Las Vegas is known as a town of excess—a reputation that also extends to its restaurant scene. Yes, as much as tourists flock to Vegas for its world-class nightlife, they also come knowing they’ll find world-class dining options to fuel their revelry. And don’t come expecting to find just buffets (though the ones here are pretty amazing). When it comes to Las Vegas restaurants, the choices are seemingly endless both on and off the strip, meaning you can get exactly what you want, when you want it. So whether you’re in the mood for a multi-course meal prepared by a celebrity chef, or just craving pancakes at 3 a.m., Las Vegas restaurants are sure to deliver.
For a true Vegas dining experience that the entire family can enjoy, book seats at the Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur Hotel Casino. Kids will love getting to eat with their hands almost as much as they’ll love watching the live jousting show taking place right before their eyes, as knights on horseback compete in a King Arthur-inspired tournament.
There are more than 350 types of pasta, each with a different name? If you’ve ever found yourself reading an Italian menu, wondering what makes bucatini different from ditalini, you may want to consult our illustrated Guide to Different Italian Pasta Shapes and Names. Consider it the world’s most delicious cheat sheet.
Las Vegas buffets, while still a great value for dinner, often offer the exact same spread of cuisine at lunch, but for a substantially lower cost (sometimes as much as half price!). Eating your biggest meal midday could help keep your vacation dining costs low or allow you to save up enough to splurge on an extra-special dinner on the last night of your trip. The lines are often shorter at lunch too, saving you both time and money.
Dry aging is essential for producing a cut of steak that is tender and flavorful. But don’t be fooled by steakhouses that brag about extremely long aging periods. According to longtime Las Vegas food writer Grace Bascos, who schooled us on all things steak-related, 28 days is the ideal aging period and anything else is "simply for sport.”
Planning a visit to one of Las vegas’ famous steakhouses, but don’t know what to order? Our Guide to Steak Cuts will have you dining like a pro in no time!
There are currently no fewer than 12 Las Vegas restaurants with Michelin Stars? One of them, Joël Robuchon, boasts a 3-star rating, the highest rating given by Michelin, which indicates that the MGM Grand Casino restaurant is “exceptional cuisine worthy of a special journey”. Even more impressive? Chef Robuchon has earned 30 Michelin stars over his entire career—the most of any chef in the world.
The award for the most Vegas sushi roll in Vegas goes to… the Yamata Roll at Sushisamba at the Palazzo. The roll would be decadent enough with just its tuna, caviar, and foie gras filling, but chefs understand their high-rolling clientele desire something a little flashier, so the entire roll is topped with a sprinkle of edible gold leaf.
If you've never tried sushi before, it can seem a little intimidating. But don’t let that stop you. Check out our guide, How to Eat Sushi: A Guide to Sashimi, Nigiri & More.
Las Vegas welcomes more than 40 million visitors each year! Some come for the nightlife, some come for the fabulous pools, and some come for the chance to strike it rich at the tables. But they all have one thing in common: they all gotta eat! Before you dig in to your next Vegas meal, here are a few stats about Vegas restaurants that are guaranteed to make your jaw drop.
$5,000: the cost of the most expensive hamburger in Vegas, which is served at the Fleur Restaurant. The Wagyu beef burger comes topped with foie gras and black truffle and is served with a bottle of 1995 Petrus, one of the finest wines in the world. Too rich for your taste? Don’t worry–Burger Brasserie serves a $777 burger topped with Maine lobster.
60,000. The number of pounds of shrimp that are devoured in Las Vegas every single day. That’s more shrimp than the rest of the country, combined, eats in the same amount of time.
500. That’s the number of items on the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. That includes 15 daily chef specials and more than 40 different desserts!
$10,000: the cost of the most expensive cocktail in Vegas. Dubbed The Ono (as in “oh, no look at that bar tab”), it’s made with champagne and cognac and served with a pair of sterling cufflinks and a necklace made of 18K white gold and black pearl. Find it (if you must) at XS at Encore.
20,000 calories is what you’ll consume if you take on (and finish) the Octuple Bypass Burger at Heart Attack Grill. That’s eight patties topped with all the fixin’s, including chili, plus a hospital gown that you’re asked to change into before you eat (no joke).
Grab 12 of your closest friends and head to The Sugar Factory to tackle the King Kong sundae, which starts with 24 scoops of ice cream, then piles on caramel, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, sliced bananas, cookies, toasted marshmallows, crush waffle cones, whipped cream, candy, nuts, and giant lollipops. Oh, and sparklers (this is Vegas, after all).