Las Vegas 10Best restaurants off the strip: bursting with flavorful originality
Several of Las Vegas’ best restaurants are not located on the Strip, which might be surprising to some visitors. With the number of very talented chefs in town, it’s actually no wonder that some of the city’s most talked-about eateries are located off the Strip, in areas like Chinatown, Summerlin and Downtown Las Vegas.
Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop is one of the city’s original off-the-Strip finds. The charming, serene bistro is perfect for a leisurely lunch or dinner, and the wine shop offers wonderful wines to go along with the French and American food. As a bonus, the patio overlooks one of the man-made lakes in Desert Shores, so you can watch the ducks and kayakers while enjoying your meal.
Steakhouses have been a Las Vegas dining staple since the city’s start, and off-Strip steakhouses remain solid choices for excellent meals. Echo & Rig has a butcher shop on the ground floor beneath the restaurant, a major sign that the steaks and meats are fresh. The quality and service are every bit as good as anything found on the Strip.
Take a drive to downtown’s Arts District to discover a wealth of hidden gems, like Esther’s Kitchen. This acclaimed Italian restaurant serves flavorful, scratch-made farm-to-table dishes. The area around Esther’s is filled with street art and vintage shops–well worth exploring before or after your meal.
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Echo & Rig’s distinctive design, which features a butcher shop on the first floor, elevates the traditional steakhouse experience. The décor’s comfortable, slightly industrial style keeps the atmosphere casual and welcoming, and diners come dressed both casually and more formally. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, signature selections include the Spencer Steak, classic Rib-Eye, and the unusual Bavette (“American Kobe” beef), as well as a host of other Butcher’s Cut steaks (including tri-tip, flank and skirt). All steaks are served with a selection of tasty sauces like a red wine demi, brandied mushroom, and horseradish cream. Beef isn’t the only choice at Echo and Rig, which also offers lamb, chicken, and fish.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: Echo & Rig serves some of the best steaks in Las Vegas in a comfortable atmosphere that’s suitable for any kind of get-together.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Echo & Rig recently branched out and opened a location in Sacramento, California, but the California location doesn’t have a butcher shop like the one in Las Vegas.
Esther’s Kitchen is a modern, farm-to-table style Italian restaurant with a fresh take on food that’s been a hit with diners since the restaurant opened in late 2017. Fans of seasonal, artisanal fare will find a lot to like at this popular downtown spot, which enjoys consistent acclaim because of its flavorful dishes. Describing their food as “seasonal Italian soul food,” Esther’s Kitchen delivers a menu full of house-made pasta–spaghetti, chitarra, rigatoni, bucatini, you name it–house-made bread, unrivaled meat and cheese boards and pizzas. While dinner is standard sit-down service, lunchtime is informal, with orders for salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizzas placed at the counter and delivered to the table. Esther’s Kitchen is named after the woman who taught the chef to cook, and Esther’s home-style touch is apparent in every part of the restaurant, from the food to the inviting atmosphere.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: Seasonal Italian food is the star at Esther’s Kitchen, where guests are treated to some of the best food in Las Vegas.
Terrisa’s expert tip: If you’re having dinner at Esther’s on the first Friday of any month, you’ll encounter a lot of traffic and crowds due to the monthly First Friday event in the Arts District. Parking might be an issue, so a ride-share or taxi is worth considering.
Originally, the traditional Cornish pasty was the solution to a food problem for miners. The potpie/calzone-like creation was designed with a thick, crimped edge of the dough so it could be held with one hand while eating. Cornish Pasty’s versions stay true to tradition in their shape and heartiness. Come with a big appetite as the portions are definitely large enough to satisfy a hungry Cornish miner. The Oggie, the traditional pasty, is filled with steak, potatoes, onion and rutabaga with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup. Other signature pasties include Bangers and Mash, Royale with Cheese, Cajun Chicken, Mexican or the Cubano, with house-pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickles. The pasty selection is extensive, with a wide range of flavors like chicken tikka masala, Guinness Stew or lamb vindaloo. Vegetarian and vegan pasties are also available.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: The hearty Cornish pasty comes in several varieties at the Cornish Pasty Co., where the hand-held savory pies come in generous portions.
Terrisa’s expert tip: You’ll also find dessert pasties on the menu at Cornish Pasty Co., so if you’re craving something sweet consider an apple caramel pasty or peanut butter and jelly pasty. Other desserts are offered as well, like pie and pudding.
Lamaii is a new restaurant in the thriving Chinatown district in Las Vegas, an area that’s become a hotspot for fabulous restaurants. Offering Thai cuisine and a robust cocktail and wine menu, Lamaii’s food has been attracting buzz since the restaurant opened. Look for small plates like the taro crispy roll, served with plum sauce, or the shrimp cakes with creamy plum and blueberry sauce. Entrees include dishes like Gang Rawaeng, ancient turmeric curry with braised beef, or Steak Pad Prik with stir-fried steak, curry sauce, string beans and peppercorn. You’ll also find familiar dishes, like Pad Thai and drunken noodles, but why not try something new (and wonderful)?
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: Lamaii’s finely crafted Thai food delivers both familiar dishes along with innovative creations full of original flavors.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Be sure to ask for a wine list and check out the cocktails at Lamaii. The restaurant’s wine list is award-winning, and its cocktails have been created by expert mixologists.
La Strega proves again that the restaurants in Las Vegas off the Strip are just as worthy of attention as anything on the Strip. Located in the space formerly occupied by Due Forni, La Strega offers fresh Italian dishes. The bright and airy décor invites guests to enjoy finely crafted food. Dishes include selections like duck arancini, braised pork and anchovy crostini, a New York Strip steak and roasted Cornish hen. Several pizzas are offered, from the classic Margherita to choices like the Spicy Pig with soppressata, smoked mozzarella, Calabrian chiles and scallions. A full selection of pasta is available, with dishes like the spaghetti Pomodoro, rigatoni Bolognese with wild boar or the Pasta al Fruitri di Mare with rock shrimp, calamari, lobster, spicy Pomodoro and mint.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: La Strega has received acclaim from customers and critics for its flavorful, fresh Italian dishes.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Sunday brunch is served at La Strega from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offers a bevy of innovative dishes like Eggs in Purgatory (eggs with Calabrian Pomodoro, prosciutto and house bread), along with pizza and pasta.
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. The popular Vietnamese Imperial Rolls are made with Duroc pork, shrimp, pickled heirloom carrots, radish and yellow frisee salad. Entrees include dishes like the Lemongrass Duck Confit with yellow curry couscous, sautéed Chinese broccoli, lap Cheong sausage and charred plum sauce, or the slow-braised short rib with horseradish risotto, golden bet rosti, purple kale and smoked baby beets. A full wine list with both domestic and imported selections gives guests plenty of options to pair with their meal.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: The innovative dishes at The Black Sheep showcase upscale American-Vietnamese dishes prepared freshly and deliciously.
Terrisa’s expert tip: The Black Sheep serves brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for dishes like the Lemongrass Braised Short Rib Benedict, oysters or Chilaquiles Rojosâ”and don’t forget to have a bottomless mimosa or bellini to go along with your meal.
The Barrymore’s style is Old Vegas-meets-Old Hollywood, which suits this restaurant perfectly. Situated right off the lobby of Royal Resort, everything from the velvety booths to the film reels on the ceiling oozes a vintage ambiance in all the right ways. The real draw, however, is the food, which is reasonably priced and delicious. You’ll find classic American cuisine like steaks and seafood, prepared with a stylish, tasty twist, like the Char Sui Grilled Pork Chops, which are marinated and served with ginger-cream sauce and a pickled bean sprout salad. The Barrymore’s steak selections include an eight-ounce Wagyu, filet and ribeye. Add foie gras, lobster tail, bleu cheese, Crab Oscar, herb-roasted bone marrow or grilled jumbo shrimp to any of the steaks for a deliciously indulgent meal.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: The elegant, vintage atmosphere at The Barrymore pairs well with the menu of expertly prepared steaks and entrees.
Terrisa’s expert tip: The Barrymore’s Social Hour is daily from 5-7 p.m., when guests can enjoy small plates like sliders or Oysters Rockefeller, $2 beers, $20 bottles of Champagne and $5 glasses of wine.
Lotus of Siam has enjoyed a long history of culinary acclaim in Las Vegas. Regarded by many as one of the best Thai restaurants in the United States, Lotus of Siam has earned its place on a lot of foodies’ bucket lists. Fans of the restaurant were dismayed when it closed after a flood in September of 2017, but luckily, Lotus of Siam opened a second location a couple of months later. The new restaurant is closer to the Strip, making it easier for visitors to find out why this small, family-owned restaurant is so well-regarded. Noted dishes include the sa-tay, their prawns (in any style they serve), stuffed chicken wings, and Thai jerky. Their signature Northern Thai style is what sets them apart from other Thai restaurants. If you’ve never ventured beyond Pad Thai, this is the place to try something new.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: Lotus of Siam’s authentic Northern Thai food has been recognized as among the best in the United States.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Lotus of Siam’s original location on East Sahara in the Commercial Center is still undergoing renovation after sustaining flood damage. No re-opening date has been announced yet for that location.
Not all of Vegas’ fine dining restaurants are located on or near Las Vegas Boulevard. Vintner Grill is tucked away in the heart of the neighborhood of Summerlin, on the bottom floor of an office building. The crisp interior sets the stage for a menu full of classic dishes that take inspiration from Spain, France and Italy. For dinner, starters include pan-seared crab cakes with tarragon cream sauce and white bean hummus with olive relish and spicy pita chips. Flatbreads, pasta and risotto dishes offer a tempting list of possible choices, like the pan-seared diver scallops with sweet corn risotto, heirloom tomatoes and pecorino cheese. Entrees include a selection of fish, veal and chicken dishes, as well as wonderfully tender, perfectly prepared steaks.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: Vintner Grill’s memorable dishes reflect European inspiration and are served in an inviting, contemporary space.
Terrisa’s expert tip: It’s not easy to spot Vintner Grill from the streetâ”the restaurant is located in an office complex. Look for signs with a distinctive “VG” logo and the patio outside the restaurant’s entrance.
Serving up one of Las Vegas’ most unforgettable dining experience, Marché Bacchus is a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip but feels worlds away. Located in the Desert Shores community, guests can enjoy the lovely lake view as they dine on the restaurant’s romantic patio along Lake Jacqueline. The fabulous French cuisine is worth the drive and keeps both locals and visitors coming back. The bistro serves soups, salads and appetizers, like selections of cheese and charcuterie, escargot or beef tartare with quail egg. During lunch, specialty sandwiches are offered in addition to entrees. The dinner menu offers entrees like pan-seared duck breast, steak frites and lamb chops. Guests who would like to take advantage of the restaurant’s wine shop can roam the store’s 950+ selections to find the perfect bottle to go with their meal. A nominal corkage fee applies.
Recommended for Off-the-Strip Finds because: With a wine shop, great food and a lake-side view, Marché Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop is one of Las Vegas’ best off-the-Strip restaurants.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Live music is offered on the terrace on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., so diners can enjoy a meal with a lovely lakeside view and music.