Restaurants in Nevada

Thanks to an airy, sky-lit atrium and Carmen Miranda-meets-Willy Wonka décor, Wynn Buffet could be the most lively and delightful buffet in Las Vegas. At least 16 live-action cooking stations make it a fun experience, plus the central dessert counter is a riot of color.

After a $17 million revamp two years ago, the Caesars buffet—now seating 600 people and appropriately named “Bacchanal”—serves more than 500 dishes from nine open kitchens. The opulent display puts to rest the concept of the mass offering; these dishes are cooked to order.

This “studio”-style buffet—lined with more than 100 screens—plays in-house cooking demos and Food Network programs while you graze, and prepares more than 200 items per day while you watch.

When it opened in 2010, The Cosmopolitan and its new buffet concept—dozens of individual and made-to-order dishes in adorable ramekins—launched the most recent era of buffet one-upmanship, sending casinos scrambling to reinvent their food halls (the culmination, so far, is the almost-too-massive

The Palms Casino Resort is known for its fantasy suites—two of the most extravagant, for instance, cost $40,000 each per night.

In-room dining at Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace is not, in fact, priced that high compared with many other dining options on the Strip.

If regular old overpriced bottle service doesn’t impress you, plunk down a quarter million for the front-and-center table over the Fountains of Bellagio.

Think of “é” as a restaurant-within-a-restaurant. The eight-table space, carved from a private room adjacent to Jaleo, has only two seatings a night from Wednesday through Saturday, at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Joël Robuchon, at the Mansion at MGM Grand, is the only restaurant in Vegas to boast three Michelin stars, and it doesn’t draw diners so much as it does pilgrims. They come to taste the $425, 16-course Degustation Menu.

If you love downtown bars like Commonwealth and Park, on Fremont—with great mixology and quirky environments—you’ll love this higher-end space for those nights when you feel like being on the Strip, but don’t feel like walking across a crowded gaming floor to get to the booze.

Built in 1945, Atomic is the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, and famous for being the place where customers went up to the roof to watch the nuclear blasts conducted at the Nevada Test Site.

There was the golden age of the tiki bar—but once the Stardust’s fantastic Aku Aku was gone (and its monumental tiki idols auctioned off), Vegas was sadly lacking in tiki culture until 2008. That’s when P.

The whimsical downtown bar—where you’ll hang out on Victorian furniture, and drink cocktails concocted by sisters Pamela and Christina Dylag, which change with the seasons—has an amazing local following.

This spot off the Strip offers a throwback scene with Old Vegas dining—classic beef carpaccio, linguine and clams, the iceberg wedge of your dreams—served in black leather booths under twinkling chandeliers.

Sit on the massive butcher-block bar that separates just a few lucky diners from the open kitchen in this cozy room and sample everything from addictively crispy fried chicken skins with smoked honey to truffled mac and cheese to smoky-sweet bacon jam.