Savor the Flavors of Fall at These 10 Las Vegas Restaurants
When fall arrives in Las Vegas, the city breathes a collective sigh of relief as the blistering summer heat departs. Everyone is ready for cooler temperatures, and foodies are ready to sample the fall’s harvest of seasonal foods like apples, Brussels sprouts, kale and pumpkin. Despite Las Vegas’ location in the desert, a surprising amount of produce is grown locally or nearby, and the city’s chefs keep a sharp eye on what’s in season so they can offer their guests dishes made from the best ingredients.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar is dedicated to creating dishes from seasonal, sustainably produced food. Locally produced ingredients are a high priority, which will make locavores happy, but you don’t have to know anything about where the food came from to appreciate the well-crafted, flavorful food.
At restaurants like Carson Kitchen and Hearthstone, you’ll find flatbreads, burgers and pasta–all familiar comfort foods–but with the highest quality ingredients and a few tasty surprises from the talented chefs in the kitchen.
Fall in Las Vegas is a time when people come together with friends and family. Many of the restaurants on our list can accommodate large groups, so if you’re thinking of a fall get-together, check ahead to see if they have room for your party.
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Honey Salt features a seasonally changing, farm-to-table-inspired menu that balances the realities of living in the desert with the amazing products regionally available for those willing to look a little harder. Created by restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwall, the dishes here take comfort food to a new level. Must-tries for dinner include the Burrata & Heirloom Tomatoes salad with basil pesto and croutons or the organic free range chicken served with a side of the flavorful Anaheim pepper mac n’ cheese and broccolini. For lunch, the humble hamburger gets elevated by tomato jam and butter pickles. The menu is complemented by a selection of hand-crafted cocktails, a diverse and approachable wine list and a great selection of beers, making Honey Salt a great off-Strip spot to catch up with family and friends.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Honey Salt’s popular farm-to-table food is served in an upscale and inviting setting.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Honey Salt’s happy hour is a great way to start off the evening. From 3pm to 6pm, guests can enjoy a selection of premium beers, spirits and wines along with tasty small plates.
Eat’s motto is “Good food for good people, made with love in downtown Las Vegas,” and this breakfast and lunch “joint” has been winning fans with that attitude. Chef Natalie Young’s menu is full of soulful and delicious breakfast food, like the golden-brown pancakes with chicken apple sausage and maple syrup, or her truffle egg sandwich with two scrambled eggs, onions, feta and bacon. The Huevos Motulenos is prepared with over-easy eggs, chilies, black beans, peas, feta and sautéed bananas. And who can resist shrimp and grits? Eat. was among the first of a wave of new restaurants in downtown Las Vegas to focus on sustainable, fresh, locally-sourced and organic ingredients, and it continues that philosophy today.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Eat’s innovative, fresh breakfast and lunch dishes are full of cravings-worthy flavors.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Eat. now has a location in Summerlin, giving people in the western portion of Las Vegas a nearby outpost to visit for the restaurant’s fresh, delicious food.
Herringbone brings its Southern California Coastal style to the Aria, with naturally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. They feature line-caught seafood and support local and organic agriculture whenever they can. Look for an abundance of seafood in both hot and cold dishes. Chilled selections include options like Alaskan King Crab, Maine Lobster, tuna poke and the daily fresh special. Oysters on the half shell come with ginger scallion ponzu, apple cider and sambal cocktail. On the hot side, you’ll find dishes like Buffalo Octopus and braised pork belly. The drink menu offers beer (including selections from local breweries) and specialty cocktails, like the Elevated Smoked Old Fashioned made with barrel smoked maple syrup, charred cedar, aromatic bitters and orange bitters and your choice of spirit.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Herringbone’s fresh seafood is served in an inviting setting with indoor and outdoor seating.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Some of Herringbone’s most noted dishes include the whole grilled branzino, drunken mussels with chorizo and saffron and on the brunch menu, the orange ricotta chocolate chip pancakes.
Hearthstone’s approach to food is to keep it simple, using seasonal and sustainable ingredients to create a menu full of delectable dishes. Guests can enjoy artisanal salads, charcuterie and signature dishes made from scratch. On the dinner menu, the inventive, rustic style dishes include appetizers like roasted jalapeno hummus, tuna tartare and wood roasted octopus. An array of shellfish and seafood is available, along with sandwiches and pizza. Entrees include braised short rib, truffle pasta, fried chicken and steak. To top it all off, don’t miss dessert, with tempting choices like Nutella & Chocolate Pot de Creme with Nutela ganache, whipped cream and chocolate chip cookies, or the pineapple upside down cake with lemon brown butter cake and vanilla ice cream.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: With its hearty, homestyle-inspired dishes and seasonal ingredients, Hearthstone elevates the concept of comfort food.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Hearthstone serves brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for dishes like the avocado toast, warm cinnamon sticky bun, Lobster Benedict or chicken and waffles.
Sparrow + Wolf’s cuisine takes inspiration from Chef Brian Howard’s travels, training and his Midwestern upbringing. Seasonal ingredients, great drinks, and a welcoming neighborhood vibe come together at this restaurant. The changing menu features a variety of dishes inspired by the seasons. Shareable plates might include dishes like Chinatown Clams Casino, wood roasted bone marrow and Campfire Duck with foie gras, wood ear mushrooms, salted cucumber and salted plum. The Chef’s Tasting Menu, a multiple course meal, rotates dishes regularly. An extensive drink menu includes wine, beer and a selection of unique cocktails like the Scrooge McDuck, made with foie gras washed rye, grape nectar and lemon bitters or Elephant in the Room with Opihr gin, watermelon, 5 spice pickle juice and mint.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Sparrow + Wolf offers guests a seasonal menu full of flavor from one of the city’s most talented chefs.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Sparrow + Wolf is just a few miles west of Las Vegas Boulevard on Spring Mountain Road. You won’t have to far to travel if you’re staying on the Strip.
The small, charming Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas was among the first restaurants to take root in the on-going efforts to transform the downtown area in a chic, trendy place to hang out. Carson Kitchen’s quiet ambiance is wonderful for meal when you’d like to have a conversation and a glass of great wine. The late chef Kerry Simon opened Carson Kitchen, and after its opening, the restaurant’s innovative dishes quickly gained positive attention. “Social Plates” for the table include choices like “Devil’s” Eggs, topped with crispy pancetta and caviar or crispy chicken skins with smoked honey. The flatbreads also are ideal for sharing. Entrees include burgers, fish and steak. The menu changes frequently, ensuring you can almost always find a new delight. The drink menu includes a wide selection of wines and beers, along with a selection of finely crafted cocktails.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Carson Kitchen is one of Downtown Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants, offering creative comfort food in a relaxed setting.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Carson Kitchen is located just east of the Fremont Street Experience, putting it within easy walking distance of many Downtown Las Vegas bars, casinos, restaurants and attractions.
Nothing says “comfort food” quite like pizza, and at the stylish Ada’s this favorite gets a make-over with seasonal ingredients and inventive combinations. The margherita is made with local mozzarella, Bianco tomatoes and basil, giving this traditional selection a bump in flavor. This is the place to get more adventurous with your pizza choices, however, with options like the Puttanesca, with the classic ingredients, but on a pizza–anchovy, olive, caper, tomato and parsley–or the Foie Gras with duck, pistachio butter, truffle cheese and jam. You’ll also find an excellent selection of pasta and antipasti plates. This intimately sized local gem is located in Summerlin at Tivoli Village, just a short drive from the Strip.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Ada’s fresh flavors take their pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes to a new level.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Ada’s sister restaurant is Esther’s Kitchen, in Downtown Las Vegas, in the Arts District. Both restaurants showcase top-notch Italian seasonal, homestyle cooking from talented Chef James Trees.
Neighborhood restaurant Locale Italian Kitchen is creating buzz all over Las Vegas with its talented chef’s attention-grabbing cuisine. The restaurant’s pleasant interior design has both industrial and farmhouse touches, with the result being a comfortable setting for the homestyle Italian dishes. While the menu changes daily with seasonal availability, look for distinctive dishes like pork “wings,” rigatoni bolognese or beef cheek ravioli, as well as pastas, antipasti and pizza. Brunch is served on the weekends from 10:30 to 2:30 and offers some classic choices, like a bottomless mimosa, Bloody Mary, pastries, fritters, a meat and cheese plate, stuffed French Toast or a frittata, among other choices.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Locale Italian Kitchen’s memorable dishes are made with an emphasis on the freshest ingredients.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Stop in from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. for Happy Hour, with $4 beer, $5 wine and $6 well drinks. Small plates like crostini, ricotta fritters or house-made potato chips are only $5.
The menu at Eatt was designed by French chefs to offer healthy, gourmet recipes with seasonal ingredients. Just a short drive west of the Strip, Eatt offers a comfortable, modern setting and well thought-out seasonal menus. Winter entrees might include dishes like braised pork cheek with cabbage, apple, cinnamon and nutmeg puff pie; Cornish game hen with parsnips; or a succulent flank steak with mashed potato, leek and shitake. On the summer menu, you’ll find dishes with heirloom tomatoes, salads and other delights of the warmer months. Do not forget dessert–each of Eatt’s sweets is beautiful to look at as well as wonderfully tasty.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Eatt Gourmet Bistro’s noted French chefs give diners creative, healthy seasonal dishes.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Eatt’s menu offers a number of dishes for those with dietary restrictions. Gluten free, dairy free, nut free and vegan dishes are available and noted on the menu.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar is a restaurant devoted to a farm-to-table sensibility. Designed to deliver healthy, sustainably sourced foods in innovatively delicious ways, the menu at Harvest is adjusted as needed to ensure the freshest food is served. The range of dishes at Harvest guarantees diners will find plenty to enjoy, with in-season produce and carefully sourced meats, like grass-fed filet mignon and pasture-raised chicken. The cocktail menu features classic drinks with cold-pressed juices and homegrown herbs. Locavores will be pleased to know Harvest uses locally produced ingredients where they can, especially in the salads. The warm interior is comfortable and inviting, and the glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen will let you see the wonderful dishes being created.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Harvest offers a seasonal menu full of delicious dishes crafted with ingredients from local and sustainable sources.
Terrisa’s expert tip: The Harvest Hour happens Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and features $7 signature cocktails, wine and food from the Snack Wagon Pop-Up selections.