How hot is the food scene in Sin City right now? Blazing. More than 60 restaurants in Las Vegas have just opened, been redesigned, or plan to open soon.
And this being Vegas, high meets low in delicious ways. The best new restaurants range from Michelin-starred Chinese in an opulently redesigned space to a Strip-side, margaritas-to-go burger joint ratcheted up with potato chips and celeb-chef pizzazz.
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Steven Weitman, SVP of food and beverage at Wynn and Encore, sees the advance of super chefs such as Daniel Boulud and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto as a particularly exciting sign the city is back on top. Bonus points: they’ll actually be in the kitchen here.
“People want energy, a four- and five-star experience,” he continues, noting that Vegas has matured after years spent feeling its oats as a culinary city, and big chefs in-house are part of its next stage. “For a while, everyone was adding Asian venues and steakhouses, and now nearly everyone has strong operators. We’re now getting back to the guest experience.”
That experience could mean superbly fresh seafood at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, where a multimillion-dollar renovation made acoustics livelier to reinforce the convivial mood. It could also mean champagne towers and bar-top tap dancing over caviar at riotous social club Rose.Rabbit.Lie., or beef-tongue tacos and sriracha-spiked lobster rolls shared shoulder-to-shoulder with actual locals at a Downtown food park.
From fresh new formats (such as restaurants that also sell take-home provisions) to more locally sourced food and plenty of celeb-chef buzz (Giada! Bobby! Guy!), read on for our picks of the best new and soon-to-open Las Vegas restaurants.