The 14 Hottest New Restaurants in Las Vegas

By Lesley Balla | September 28, 2015 By Lesley Balla  |  September 28, 2015

The Las Vegas restaurant scene is hotter than ever, from the flashiest new mega-restaurants on the Strip to unconventional steakhouses in the suburbs and fried chicken. Lots of fried chicken. Whatever you're looking for, whether it's a day of shopping and dining off the main drags to the latest celebrity-chef spots, we've got you covered. Here are 14 of the hottest new discoveries you won't want to miss in Sin City.

  • Lago

    Why It’s Hot: Replacing the Circo space at the Bellagio is Julian Serrano’s third restaurant in Vegas (he also has Picasso at the same resort and Serrano at Aria). The design is said to be inspired by the Italian Futurism, a movement from the early 20th century, and you can see it in the unique ceilings and cool furniture. All eyes will be on the Bellagio fountains, however, which are front and center of the restaurant. The menu is extensive, full of innovative small plates, including carpaccio and bruschetta sections, fresh pastas and an assortment of pizzas.

    Must-Order: Langoustine baked in the shell with shallot pesto; tuna crudo with blood orange; crab and farro salad; and large-format dishes like osso buco or suckling pig (you can get a whole one for $350).

    Insider Tip: Lunch and brunch is a lovely time to enjoy the restaurant, especially sitting on the patio (when it's not scorching), which juts out into Lake Bellagio. There’s a special three-course brunch menu offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

    3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-693-7111

  • Anchor Bar

    Why It’s Hot: If you’ve never had a real original Buffalo wing, this outpost, a version of the Buffalo original, is a must-stop. Set in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and Palazzo, the fast-casual offerings include the wings with celery and blue cheese, plus a classic beef on weck sandwich, chicken cheesesteaks and more. Can you buy a giant plastic chicken wing hat to wear with hot-sauce pride? Yes, of course. This is Vegas, baby.

    Must-Order: Wings, of course.

    Insider Tip: Go for happy hour when wings are half-price and drinks are heavily discounted.

    3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 702-848-1688

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    Why It’s Hot: Giada De Laurentiis opened her first restaurant in Las Vegas because, well, Vegas. Anchoring the new Cromwell boutique hotel, there are incredible sweeping views of the Strip and the Bellagio fountains from most seats in the house. With its natural woods, cream-colored furniture, photos and imported tiles around the space, you truly get the feeling that you're in the celebrity chef's own home, which is exactly what she was going for. Expect her famous lemon chicken, pea crostini and drinks named after movies her grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, produced.

    Must-Order: Things from the antipasti bar, like caponata with balsamic and toasted pine nuts, wood-roasted mushrooms with marcona almonds and ricotta salata, and pea-pesto crostini with prosciutto. Entrees like whole roasted chicken carved tableside and served with a cacciatore-style sauce; bucatini with Calabrian chile pomodoro and fresh ricotta; and the veal chop saltimbocca. Plus sides like zucchini with spun golden potatoes and pomodoro sauce and lemon spaghetti squash.

    Insider Tip: Because De Laurentiis has such a rabid fan base, there's a photo booth to take a keepsake picture and post directly to social media. Who knows, maybe Giada will even be there and get in the booth with you.

    595 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 702-777-3777

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    Why It’s Hot: Adding even more depth to Downtown Las Vegas, this modern American spot near the Container Park is attractive enough to locals as well as tourists looking to get out of the casinos. Chef and owner Bradley Manchester was a food and beverage fixture at the Red Rock Casino, The Cosmopolitan and several other big hotel programs around town. Inventive small plates and cocktails are rather refined for a place named for the gluttonous mortal sin.

    Must-Order: Guanciale flatbread with Taleggio, grilled radicchio and fennel pesto; Prime flank steak with mushroom ragout; mushroom poutine; baked oysters with chorizo gratin; brown butter gnocchi with braised beef cheeks; caramel corn profiteroles.

    Insider Tip: Saturday and Sunday brunch is a great reason to leave the Strip, if only for yeasted pancakes with maple cider syrup, wood-roasted chicken hash and Kim Chee Bloody Marys with shrimp, pickled mushrooms and togarashi chile.

    616 E. Carson Ave. #110; 702-366-0623

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    Therapy LV

    Why It’s Hot: A part of the continuing revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas, this slick “gastro lounge” is surprisingly a transformed dollar store in Fremont East. With brick walls, tall ceilings, a nice long bar, big booths and two levels of seating, locals and tourists are flocking here for boldly flavored dishes and creative cocktails. There’s also an extensive beer and wine list. Executive chef Daniel Ontiveros pulls some trendy buzzwords (oxtail, meatballs, pig’s ears, kale) on the menu, and there’s a full bar with more than 40 craft beers and signature drinks.

    Must-Order: The “Big Sexy” Wagyu beef burger topped with Boston Bibb lettuce, marinated tomato, Brie and scallion mayo; chicken and red-velvet waffle slider; roasted sweet corn on the cob with lime aïoli chile pepper and Parmesan cheese; cast-iron s’mores.

    Insider Tip: Late-night revelers, rejoice. You can get chicken meatballs, ceviche, that crazy sexy burger and more until 3 AM.

    518 E. Fremont St.; 702-912-1622

  • Other Mamma

    Why It’s Hot: Las Vegas has moved past the cheap shrimp cocktails. This new seafood-heavy spot in Spring Valley is exactly the kind of place neighborhood folk flock to for a low-key vibe, fresh briny oysters and good cocktails, but it’s enough to make a weary Strip traveler seek it out, especially if they want to get to know the real locals. Morimoto mentee chef Dan Krohmer created a place chefs love.

    Must-Order: Oysters on the half shell or Rockefellered; any of the sashimi — it’s a house specialty; chirashi bowls, nigiri platters and other sushi offerings; caviar French toast; pork-belly fried rice; and jalapeño hushpuppies. Any of the straightforward, well-crafted cocktails will do.

    Insider Tip: Read the specials board; there’s always something interesting offered daily.

    3655 S. Durango Dr., Unit 6; 702-463-8382

  • Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

    Why It’s Hot: Bruce and Eric Bromberg have opened other Blue Ribbon concepts in Las Vegas — Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at The Cosmopolitan and Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq — but not only is this the first fried chicken–only for Vegas, it’s off-Strip in the Downtown Summerlin suburban mega-mall. The menu features that famous crispy bird, which is made with egg whites and matzo meal, from the New York original.

    Must-Order: Fried wings, boneless thighs and tenders, all sold by the piece or as a meal; adobo corn, smothered with chipotle butter and queso fresco; carrot and cabbage slaw; fries with cheddar, bacon and sour cream; any of the chicken sandwiches.

    Insider Tip: There’s an $8 lunch special with five wings, an order of fries and a fountain drink on Monday through Friday, 11 AM–4 PM.

    1770 Festival Plaza Dr.; 702-329-9300

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    Tapas by Alex Stratta

    Why It’s Hot: Alex Stratta ran restaurants at the big resorts for almost 12 years until he cut ties with the Wynn, where his haute dining room, Alex, garnered high praise. He stayed in Las Vegas but strayed from the Strip, finally settling on this new tapas restaurant in Tivoli Village, a shopping and dining complex in Summerlin. It’s a more casual, everyday dining destination, and definitely a great reason to check out the suburbs.

    Must-Order: The ingredients are Mediterranean, but the presentation is pure Stratta. Meaning: modern interpretations of traditional dishes, mostly small plates that change frequently. Some signatures include Valencia-style paella, oxtail stew, Moroccan chicken with apricots, curried lamb kebabs, patatas bravas, baked Monte Enebro cheese and bacalao. Don’t miss nightly specials like game hen on Wednesdays and roasted porchetta on Sundays.

    Insider Tip: There are a lot of great restaurants and boutiques in Tivoli Village. Make a day of it.

    440 S. Rampart Blvd.; 702-483-3555

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    Andiron Steak & Sea

    Why It’s Hot: Restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla (Buddy V’s, Honey Salt, Made L.V.) debuted this modern steakhouse in the burgeoning Downtown Summerlin outdoor retail district this spring. The massive room is meant to have a feminine East Coast edge with whitewashed woods, pops of greens and navy blues, floor-to-ceiling plantation shutters and a window looking into the bustling kitchen. There’s a massive bar and patio that suit local shoppers.

    Must-Order: Some early hits include sea urchin toast with shaved radish; Alaskan king crab with avocado purée, grapefruit and fennel pollen; a tomahawk steak for two with trumpet mushrooms; turbot steamed with citrus; and mac ‘n' cheese waffles.

    Insider Tip: There are more than 100 shops and restaurants at Downtown Summerlin, including a big movie theater. Do as the locals do: get off the Strip and spend a day out here.

    1720 Festival Plaza Dr.; 702-685-8002

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    Bazaar Meat at SLS

    Why It’s Hot: This is how José Andrés does a steakhouse: a tartare bar with carpaccio and cured meats; raw bar with a huge selection of caviar; lots of grills; the best grass-fed, corn-finished beef in America, plus suckling pigs, lamb, quail, offal and more. Think anything that will fulfill carnivorous cravings. The room, which is just off of the main floor of the newish SLS hotel on the north end of the Strip (the former Sahara) is expansive and feels rather meaty throughout, from the carpet emblazoned with a butcher's diagram of a cow to the antler chandeliers hanging above. The wine list tops 600 bottles and cocktails have the flash and flair of other Bazaars (think smoke, liquid nitrogen and goblets). Get those and small bites in the restaurant's Bar Centro.

    Must-Order: Some of Andrés’ famous dishes, like the smoked salmon cones, cotton-candy-wrapped foie gras and gazpacho shots. The raw bar is impressive, as are the caviar flights ranging from $45 to $350 for three. Suckling pig nestled in a Spanish cazuela and roasted in a wood-fired oven. The giant bone-in rib-eye steaks are sold by weight, cooked to your specifications and sliced for sharing. Catalan spinach, baby carrots with Greek yogurt and Robuchon-style potatoes (“butter, butter, more butter, some potatoes”) from the massive side selection.

    Insider Tip: Should the need to play poker while sipping a martini with liquid olives strike, the Bazaar Casino, the only casino to be branded by a James Beard Award– winning chef, allows you to play blackjack and roulette while noshing and sipping from the Bazaar menu.

    2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 702-761-7610

  • DB Brasserie

    Why It’s Hot: Daniel Boulud left the Wynn a few years ago only to come back with a snazzy brasserie at the Venetian. It's a casually chic room at the start of Restaurant Row just off the casino floor, more everyday than special occasion — pretty tiled floors, dark woods, frosted glass and leather banquettes — which is the way of Vegas restaurants these days. There’s even a prix fixe lunch deal. The service is polished, the wine list exemplary and there’s a nice bar to stop for a cocktail and plate of charcuterie.

    Must-Order: Mushrooom velouté; foie gras terrine with apricot mostarda; French onion soup; country pâté; steak frites; and any of the burgers, but especially the Frenchie with Morbier cheese, Dijon mustard, pork belly, tomato compote and arugula.

    Insider Tip: Happy hour, Boulud-style. Beers are only $4, select cocktails are $7 and small plates and burgers are $6–$9. Daily 3–6 PM.

    3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 702-430-1235

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    Shake Shack

    Why It’s Hot: This is the farthest west the famous New York City burger chain has come, fittingly landing on the Strip just across from the Brooklyn Bridge at the New York-New York resort. It’s a massive indoor-outdoor space situated on the Park, a new pedestrian-friendly green space connecting New York-New York and the Monte Carlo. Yes, this is a place for great people-watching.

    Must-Order: The classic Shackburger, of course. The split-and-griddled hot dog dressed Chicago-style. Crinkle-cut fries. For dessert, a concrete (frozen custard with mix-ins) made with baked goods from local Gimme Some Sugar bakery, or the Shack-a-palooza, a massive sundae with everything, including waffles, chocolate truffle cookie dough, sauces, toffee and more. It feeds three to five people, or two typical Vegas visitors looking to gorge.

    Insider Tip: Go ahead and get that All Shook Up concrete. Five percent of all sales go to the First Friday Foundation, which supports local Las Vegas artists and civic art.

    3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 725-222-6730

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    Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

    Why It’s Hot: It’s really all about the numbers at John Kunkel’s Miami import, which opened at the Venetian earlier this year: four different kinds of chicken, five different kinds of ice, 100 different whiskeys, and 16 beers brewed in Nevada. It’s big, drinks come in mason jars and the food is comfort at its best.

    Must-Order: Fried chicken with watermelon, waffles and honey hot sauce; extremely rich macaroni 'n' cheese; fried frogs' legs; deviled eggs; and buttermilk biscuits.

    Insider Tip: Check out the brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11 AM–4 PM.

    3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 702-297-6541

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    Bardot Brasserie

    Why It’s Hot: Michael Mina did a switcheroo on his American Fish restaurant at the Aria resort, turning it into a French brasserie with roving shellfish carts, classic cocktails and a general belle epoque vibe. The menu was created by going through cookbooks from the early 20th century, dishes that you would’ve found at ritzy hotels, so expect classics done classically well.

    Must-Order: The Bardot Royale, a grand shellfish tower, is the best way to be a baller here. You can’t go wrong with escargot, steak tartare, frisée au lardons and lobster Thermidor for two.

    Insider Tip: Sit at the expansive bar for happy hour. Oysters are $2, shrimp cocktail is $6 and other dishes (tarte flambée, tartare, escargots, etc.) range $4–$6. Beer and cocktails are only $5.

    3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 877-230-2742

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