Enjoy flavorful originality at Las Vegas new and popular restaurants
Las Vegas is home to a thriving food scene, with new and popular restaurants on and off the Strip. The city’s surplus of talented chefs is a definite bonus for anyone who likes to eat out.
The Palms has added some serious culinary talent during its recent renovations, bringing on much talked about Green St. Kitchen and Vetri Cucina, among others. Green St. Kitchen’s art gets almost as much attention as its Asian Fusion food, especially the Banksy. At the top of the resort, Vetri Cucina took over the space once occupied by Alize. The stunning view from the space now comes with innovative Italian fare.
Smith & Wollensky recently made a much-heralded return to Las Vegas with a new location in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian|Palazzo. Steakhouse lovers will find plenty to love with this classic restaurant’s excellent selection of succulent steaks.
Cipriani is another notable newcomer on the Strip, with its origins in Venice, Italy. Now is a good time for Italian food in Las Vegas, although it’s always been a well-represented in the city.
The restaurant scene off the Strip is thriving, with noted cuisine of all kinds popping up. French restaurant Partage consistently earns acclaim for its well-crafted food, and Mordeo serves a Latin-Spanish-Japanese fusion that explodes with flavor and originality.
For more ideas on the best of Las Vegas’ new and popular restaurants, scroll down to read our recommendations.
NoMad Restaurant is located at the NoMad Hotel, the exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel at Park MGM, one of the newest spots on the Las Vegas Strip in 2019. The menu here is filled with refreshed American classics, but the atmosphere has European touches. The decor here imitates a library, adding to a plush ambiance that pairs well with the food. Look for dishes for the table, like the Le Grand Plateau, a selection of raw seafood, or the steak tartare prepared tableside with filet mignon. Other appetizers include Oysters Madison, Foie Gras Torchon, caviar, gazpacho and beets, although selections vary throughout the year. For entrees, diners will find vegetarian dishes, fish, pork, beef and other seasonal selections. The NoMad’s signature dish for two is the NoMad Roast Chicken, stuffed with foie gras, black truffle and brioche.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The stylish setting and masterful dishes at NoMad Restaurant have been attracting foodies since the restaurant’s opening.
Terrisa’s expert tip: NoMad Restaurant is located close to the T-Mobile Arena, Park Theater and other venues, making it an excellent choice for the dinner if your evening out is in this area.
The Black Sheep brings American-Vietnamese food to Las Vegas in a modern, comfortable setting on the south side of the valley. Chef Jamie Tran is a veteran of the Las Vegas Strip restaurant scene, and she brings her considerable talents to the table at The Black Sheep. The food is crafted carefully to be both delicious and a new version of Vietnamese comfort food. Expect to find seasonal changes on the menu here, but you can usually find the popular Vietnamese Imperial Rolls, which are made with Duroc pork, shrimp, pickled heirloom carrots, ninja daikon and yellow frisee salad. Other starters include dishes like steak tartare, salmon skin tacos and Thai basil shrimp ceviche. For entrées, look for dishes like seared diver scallops, braised lamb belly or Lemongrass Duck Confit.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Original, delicious and never boring, the food at The Black Sheep keeps winning new fans.
Terrisa’s expert tip: The Black Sheep serves Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with bottomless mimosas and a menu that offers intriguing selections like the Lemongrass Braised Short Rib Egg Benedictâ”a dish that’s a great example of the innovative food at The Black Sheep.
The venerable Smith & Wollensky is back in Las Vegas at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. The two-story steakhouse embodies the idea of a classic steakhouse with its stylish, modern design and menu full of steakhouse favorites. Steak lovers will be delighted to find a host of beef cuts and preparations: USDA Prime dry-aged rib eye or New York cuts, filets prepared with everything from bacon to coffee, American Wagyu and steaks to share, like a 46-ounce Porterhouse or a 24-ounce Chateaubriand. Steak “enhancements” include uni butter, lobster tail, crab, brandy peppercorn sauce and foie gras truffle butter. You’ll find all of the expected accompaniments as well, like an iceberg wedge salad, a selection of shellfish, potatoes in a variety of styles and even creamed spinach.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Classic steakhouse Smith & Wollensky is back in Las Vegas, after a highly anticipated opening at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Smith & Wollensky’s bar is worth a visit in its own right. Located on the first floor, it’s a sleek spot perfect for enjoying one of the bar’s specialty cocktails or wines.
Mordeo’s sleek, modern space invites you to sit down and have a drink and something delicious to eat. The food has an international pedigree, taking inspiration from Spanish, Latin and Japanese cuisines. Guest can enjoy wine, sake and beer–and as much care has been taken with those selections as with the food. Start off with a meat and cheese board, or something from the raw bar, like the Lomi Lomi Ocean Trout with red and green onions, lemon zest, tomatoes, sesame chili oil and a rice wafer, or perhaps some fresh Shigoku oysters with mignonette, Fresno chili peppers, micro cilantro and lemon. Plates for sharing include grilled Spanish octopus, grilled deboned branzino or Clams and Mussels con Chorizo, clams, mussels and chorizo with a white wine Sriracha broth. The dishes here are inventive, beautiful and, most importantly, delightfully tasty.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Mordeo is known for its artfully crafted food, inviting interior and a notable selection of wine, sake and beer.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Mordeo has a social hour Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy their small bites (called Pintxos), the house-made white or red sangria or deals on wine by the glass.
At the top of the Palms, Vetri Cucina offers guests a panoramic view of Las Vegas to go along with its acclaimed Italian food. The straight-forward menu begins with some unexpected items on the antipasti section, like beef tartare and foie gras pastrami. Pasta selections include Swiss Chard Gnocchi, saffron fusilli and morel lasagnetta. Entrees also include some uncommon dishes, like a whole roasted smoked baby goat. Desserts are no less innovative, with pistachio flan and a chocolate polenta soufflé. The original Vetri Cucina debuted in a townhome in Philadelphia in 1998, and the culinary team behind the restaurant has attracted accolades since the start. This is their first location outside of Philadelphia.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: With an incredible view of Las Vegas and a menu of innovative Italian cuisine, Vetri Cucina offers a unique dining experience.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Be sure to have an open mind for a meal at Vetri Cucina. If you’re expecting spaghetti and meatballs, you’ll be disappointed, but if you’re willing to try some new flavors, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Partage describes itself as a modern French dining experience, and its menu and sophisticated ambiance validate that description. Tasting menus are offered with five, seven or nine courses ($80 – $130). An appetizer menu offers plates the table can share, like the cured and smoked salmon, braised octopus, goat cheese or foie gras. A la carte dishes can be served in individual portions or large portions to share between two or three people. Selections include pork, whole lobster, whole fish or an 18-ounce rib eye, grass-fed, smoked with the diner’s choice of Applewood or hay and served with potato-based garnish. Desserts are made daily and a mignardises cart is available. A full selection of wine and unique cocktails are also available.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Partage’s modern French cuisine uses the best fresh, seasonal ingredients to create deliciously memorable dishes.
Terrisa’s expert tip: In addition to its dining room and bar, Partage also offers a Chef’s Table, where guests can watch the food being prepared while they enjoy a nine-course tasting menu.
Green St. Kitchen arrived in Las Vegas as a part of The Palms’ recent renovations, which have updated every aspect of the property, including its restaurants. The trendy new restaurant serves Asian Fusion cuisine in an NYC Soho-inspired atmosphere filled with street art–including an actual Banksy. Guests have a large menu to browse, with both Asian and American dishes. Shared plates include blistered shishito pepper, Hamachi sashimi, mini Maine Lobster Rolls, Wagyu Beef Tataki and Signature Buffalo Wings. A raw bar and hand rolls offer more selections you may want to share before your entrée. The Tableside Hot Rock service is just what it sounds like: sliced Wagyu or King Oyster mushrooms are cooked on a hot rock, with delicious results. Entrée selections offer a surprising range of dishes, like Scottish Salmon, a burger, Pappardelle Bolognese and a whole steamed striped bass.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Greene St. Kitchen’s memorable Asian Fusion cuisine, along with its retro New York City style and street art, set it apart from other Vegas restaurants.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Greene St. Kitchen serves brunch on Saturday, beginning at noon with the last seating at 3 p.m. Look for dishes like avocado toast, a meatless California Benedict, a burger and a large bottle selection of top-shelf spirits.
Located in trendy, foodie-centric Downtown Las Vegas, Hatsumi started creating a buzz before it even opened. Featuring robata izakaya dining and a yakitori bar, Hatsumi brings excellent and affordable Japanese dining to the food scene in the area. Dishes cover a wide range of small plates, $5 snacks and skewers. Look for items like edamame, miso soup, house-made tofu, steamed local vegetable dumplings, pork belly skewers and kimchi. A robust cocktail menu includes beer, wine and sake as well as inventive cocktails. Hatsumi’s location at Fergusons Downtown puts it in one of the most recently renovated areas–and most recognizable since the striking public art here is of a semi-truck twisted into a giant “S” shape.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Serving fresh, inexpensive and delicious dishes, Hatsumi is one of Downtown Las Vegas’ newest arrivals.
Terrisa’s expert tip: For vegans and vegetarians, Hatsumi offers substitutions and omissions on request, plus several meatless menu items like tofu, edamame, salads, spicy pickled okra and warm mushroom salad.
The Palace Station recently underwent a massive renovation, and the makeover added new burger restaurant bBd’s, which stands for beer, burgers and desserts. The name truly says it all here, starting with an impressive collection of craft beer. The menu offers far more than just burgers, but the burgers are the star. Made in-house from USDA Certified Prime Beef, these burgers are cooked in a variety of ways: grilled, broiled, cooked on a griddle or steamed, all of them with fresh toppings and a side of fries. Sliders are also offered. For dessert, the number of sweet selections will give you trouble deciding what to order. Cheesecake, Gooey Warm Cinnabomb or Wood Fired S’mores are just the thing to top off your meal.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The new bBd’s serves up a menu full of tasty comfort food with high-quality craft beer to wash it down.
Terrisa’s expert tip: If you’d rather not walk through the casino to get to the restaurant, you’re in luck at bBd’s. An entrance faces the parking lot so you can skip the casino if you’d like.
When Cipriani Las Vegas arrived in town at Wynn, it brought a well-earned reputation for upscale Italian food with it. The brand has restaurants world-wide, but the Las Vegas location is the first on the West Coast. The interior design has a nautical theme with serene neutral tones, giving guests an inviting space to enjoy the restaurant’s acclaimed food. Signature dishes include carpaccio alla Cipriani, baked tagliolini with ham, pizza, Japanese dishes and even a decadent vanilla meringue. Other menu choices range from expected standards like pizza and pasta to a 28-ounce Wagyu Rib Eye Tomahawk. The first restaurant was in Venice, Italy, and each successive location has stayed true to its Italian roots, and the Las Vegas outpost is no exception.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The inventive and delicious Italian dishes at Cipriani continue to delight critics and guests.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Wynn Las Vegas offers dinner and show packages combining a three-course prix fixe dinner at Cipriani with one of the resort’s shows, like the acclaimed Le Rêve (which has performances Friday through Tuesday), or the featured headline act.