With tons of restaurants in Las Vegas, it can be hard to choose a place to dine in Vegas, especially if you’re only there for a weekend. We’ve already told you where to get the best steaks and most authentic Italian fare. Now, as we roll into spring, it’s time to discover Sin City’s “it” spots for the season and their most unique menu items. Be sure to make a reservation – these trendy picks are known to fill up fast.
Alize is a hot place this spring because your meal will taste like the season. This French bistro, located at the top of The Palms, is a truly special experience and Chef Andre Rochat rotates menus to match the season’s best flavors. Enjoy the award-winning menu while taking in an unforgettable view of the strip.
Appetizer: Sauteed foie gras
Entree: Pan-roasted pheasant
Dessert: Grand Marnier souffle
This steak restaurant, named Eater’s 2014 Las Vegas Restaurant of the Year, is back in the spotlight thanks to Chef Jose Andres’ ever-changing culinary experimentation. The SLS dining room adds elegance and flare to a traditional steakhouse with a raw bar, visible slow rotisseries, and a fire stage with wood grills.
Appetizer: Cotton Candy foie gras
Entree: Grilled Pulpo a la Gallega
Cocktail: Truffle Noir
Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla help lend a feminine air to this steakhouse which worships all things grilled, roasted, and shucked. The ladies celebrate classic taste but don’t abandon contemporary experimentation. If you aren’t up for a full evening at this cozy joint, it is also a great place for brunch with menu items like caramel custard french toast.
Appetizer: Spicy tuna poppers
Entree: Serrano ham crusted salmon
Dessert: Crème brûlée donuts
Hearthstone has made its name by promising that ingredients will always be three things: simple, seasonal, and sustainable. But it’s the two wood-burning stoves, charcuterie bar, and huge outdoor patio that define this rustic eatery. The fare tastes high-end but doesn’t break the bank, and you can enjoy your meal with live music on Fridays, wine tastings on Thursdays, and half-priced wine every Monday.
Appetizer: Baked truffle ricotta
Entree: Hanger steak with truffle aioli
Dessert: Butterscotch pudding
Nightclub meets Asian cuisine at this unique joint named for Steve Wynn’s wife, Andrea Hissom. The menu, crafted by Joseph Elevado, pulls in celebrities routinely, one of the reasons this restaurant nabbed an OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award. Take in a view of the Encore Beach Club with your meal or enjoy an early dinner before the evening performance of Le Rêve.
Appetizer: Ramen sliders
Entree: New York strip with wasabi demi glaze
Sushi roll: Wagyu beef + lobster
There is no better spot to take in a view of the dancing Bellagio fountains than at Lago, Julian Serrano’s modern Italian eatery. The decor is inspired by the 20th century Italian Futurismo movement, which makes for a bright space and panoramic windows. Small plates of classic fare allow you to indulge without overdoing it.
Appetizer: Alla Ricotta e Miele Focaccia (ricotta, cheese, honey)
Seafood: Ravioli al Gamberi (shrimp-mascarpone stuffed ravioli, fresh tomatoes)
Meat: Ossobuco (red-wine braised veal shank)
This art-deco dining room and speakeasy-style bar tries a little too hard to hit every point on a “hip” checklist, but it’s imaginative menu makes the odd experience worth it. In addition to its ten types of absinthe, indulgent global flavors are fused with American cuisine. Traditional farm-to-table produce and local ingredients are the key to delicious options.
Appetizer: Foie gras brûlée
Entree: Venison loin
Dessert: Goat cheese mousse
Pizza connoisseurs in Las Vegas have been stopping by Naked City for years, but it caught the public eye after Guy Fieri featured its signature Guinea Pie on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This pie (with meatballs, spinach, ricotta, white garlic sauce, and mozzarella) has only gotten better since then and is just one of the many menu items that will help your get your fix.
Appetizer: Chicken wing dip
Fries: Suicide (hot pepper mix, habanero suicide sauce)
Dessert: Paper bag zeppoles
This tiny Japanese eatery is the definition of exclusive: it can only seat 48 people at a time. Authentic fare includes robatayaki dishes and a monthly sake sampler straight from Japan. Reservations are only accepted over the phone and are well worth it; one reviewer said the small plates will “change your life.”
Appetizer: Yellow carpaccio
Entree: Butter-sauced scallop with soy sauce
Dessert: Green tea crème brûlée
(Featured photo credit: Alize)
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