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86 'Good Restaurants' in Las Vegas

Categories: NECDining

By Jonas Maxwell / July 22, 2016

View from the Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
The most difficult question I'm routinely faced with in Las Vegas is "What's a good restaurant?"

It's difficult to me because 1) there are hundreds of "good restaurants" in Las Vegas, and 2) I don't eat out much, and when I do, I usually choose my own humble favorites.  That's hardly fair to those of you who count on me for a wise answer.  So I've done a little research and compiled a list of more than 700 good restaurants.  But don't worry - I'm not going to weigh you down with the entire list.  I've whittled it down to a mere 86 restaurants to choose from.

Don't expect my list to be "the best" restaurants in Las Vegas.  My scoring system is a little different than most.

First of all, my original list of more than 700 restaurants didn't include some of my personal favorites, Nora's Italian Cuisine and Outback, for example.  So I added a few of my own favorites to the starting list.

Next, I created a cuisine score for each restaurant.  If you don't have the same tastes as I do, then you're asking the wrong guy.  I like American, steakhouses, seafood, and Italian, so restaurants featuring those cuisines got bumped up. I don't like sushi, Indian, Asian, and many other foreign foods, so those scores were slashed.  Some foreign foods such as Chinese, French, Mexican, and a few others are okay, so those scores remain neutral.

I also considered location.  Restaurants on the Strip where most visitors stay scored best.  Off-strip scores were reduced a bit, downtown a bit more, and areas such as the Rancho and Boulder strips, and Primm, were heavily penalized.  Scores for other areas such as Henderson and North Las Vegas are relatively neutral.

Finally, I indicated my personal favorites with a heart in a left column.

Go ahead and laugh.  Outback is my favorite restaurant, so it's no surprise (to me, anyway) that two Strip Outback locations ended up in the top three positions.  I also love red meat, which accounts for the high ranking of steak and burger places.  And I don't like to spend a lot of money, so you'll see places like Olive Garden and White Castle in the list (sorry, In-N-Out was never even considered).

So here's your answer.  I've done quite a bit of homework.  Now it's your turn to analyze, evaluate, and make your final decisions on your favorite restaurants.

rank name location
(area)
cuisine price
range
1 Outback Steakhouse Showcase Mall (Strip) Steakhouse $$
2   BLT Steak Bally's (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
3 Outback Steakhouse Best Western Plus Casino Royale (Strip) Steakhouse $$
4   Le Burger Brasserie Paris (Strip) American $$
5 Top of the World Restaurant & Lounge Stratosphere (Strip) American $$$$
6 Cheeseburger Miracle Mile Shops (Strip) American $$
7 Bobby's Burger Palace Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Strip) American $
8   Harvest by Roy Ellamar Bellagio (Strip) American $$$
9   THE Steakhouse Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
10   The Old Homestead Steakhouse Caesars Palace (Strip) Steakhouse $$$$
11   Craftsteak MGM Grand (Strip) Steakhouse $$$$
12   Holsteins Cosmopolitan (Strip) American $$$
13   Center Cut Steakhouse Flamingo Las Vegas (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
14   Burger Bar Mandalay Place (Strip) American $$
15 Harley-Davidson Café 3725 Las Vegas Blvd S (Strip) American $$$
16   Lago Bellagio (Strip) Italian $$$
17 Margaritaville Flamingo Las Vegas (Strip) American $$
18 Cheesecake Factory Caesars Palace (Strip) American $$
19   Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen Tequila Bar The LINQ Promenade (Strip) American $$
20   Steakhouse at Camelot Excalibur (Strip) Steakhouse $$
21 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Planet Hollywood (Strip) Seafood $$$
22   Carnevino by Mario Batali Palazzo (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
23 Hard Rock Café Showcase Mall (Strip) American $$
24   Tender Steak and Seafood Luxor (Strip) Steakhouse $$$$
25 Twin Peaks Planet Hollywood (Strip) American $$$
26   StripSteak Mandalay Bay (Strip) Steakhouse $$$$
27   Giada The Cromwell (Strip) Italian $$$
28   Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Harrah's (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
29   Bazaar Meat SLS Las Vegas (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
30   Excalibur Buffet Excalibur (Strip) Buffet $$$
31   Gordon Ramsay Steak Paris (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
32   Picasso Bellagio (Strip) French $$$$
33 Bacchanal Buffet Caesars Palace (Strip) Buffet $$$
34   Battista's Hole in the Wall Battistas Hole in the Wall (Strip) Italian $$$
35   CUT By Wolfgang Puck Palazzo (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
36 Nora's Italian Cuisine 6020 W Flamingo Rd Ste 10 (Off Strip) Italian $$
37   Bardot Brasserie Aria (Strip) French $$$$
38   Restaurant Guy Savoy Caesars Palace (Strip) French $$$$
39   Aureole Wine Lounge Mandalay Bay (Strip) Seafood $$$$
40   Sage Aria (Strip) Continental $$$
41 Feast Buffet Red Rock Resort (Off Strip) Buffet $$
42   Twist by Pierre Gagnaire Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Strip) French $$$$
43 White Castle Best Western Plus Casino Royale (Strip) Quick Bites and Snacks $
44   Crush MGM Grand (Strip) American $$
45 Olive Garden 1361 S Decatur Blvd (Off Strip) Italian $$
46   Portofino Mirage (Strip) Italian $$$$
47   L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon MGM Grand (Strip) French $$$$
48   Strip House Planet Hollywood (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
49   Vince Neil’s Eat•Drink•Party Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park (Strip) Mexican/Southwestern $$
50 Le Cirque Bellagio (Strip) French $$$$
51   Mon Ami Gabi Paris (Strip) French $$$
52   Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak Mirage (Strip) Steakhouse $$$$
53   Herringbone Las Vegas Aria (Strip) Southern California $$$
54   Biscayne Steak, Sea, and Wine Tropicana (Strip) Seafood $$$
55   Bound by Salvatore (Calabrese) Cromwell (Strip) Bars and Taverns $$
56   Fulton Street Food Hall Harrah's (Strip) Quick Bites and Snacks $
57   db Brasserie Venetian (Strip) French $$$
58   Carson Kitchen 124 S 6th St #100 (Downtown) American $$$
59   Delmonico Steakhouse Venetian (Strip) Steakhouse $$$
60 PF Chang's China Bistro Planet Hollywood (Strip) Chinese $$
61   Bouchon Venetian (Strip) French $$$
62   Estiatorio Milos Cosmopolitan (Strip) Greek and Middle Eastern $$$$
63 Gilley's BBQ Treasure Island (Strip) BBQ $$$
64   Hexx Kitchen & Bar Paris (Strip) American $$
65   Joël Robuchon MGM Grand (Strip) French $$$$
66   Gordon Ramsay BurGR Planet Hollywood (Strip) American $$$
67   Flour & Barley LINQ (Strip) Pizza $$
68   Andre's Monte Carlo (Strip) French $$$$
69   T&T (Tacos & Tequila) Luxor (Strip) Mexican/Southwestern $$
70   Nine Fine Irishmen New York-New York (Strip) Bars and Taverns $$
71   Costa di Mare (formerly Bartolotta) Wynn Las Vegas (Strip) Italian $$$$
72   Sinatra Encore (Strip) Italian $$$$
73   Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Venetian (Strip) American $$
74   China Poblano Cosmopolitan (Strip) Other Ethnic $$
75   Raku 5030 W Spring Mountain Rd #2 (Off Strip) Japanese and Sushi $$$
76   Kabuto Edomae Sushi Kabuto (Off Strip) Japanese and Sushi $$$$
77   Bacio Pasta & Vino Tropicana (Strip) Italian $$
78   Chada Thai & Wine 3400 S Jones Blvd (Off Strip) Thai $$$
79   Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book SLS Las Vegas (Strip) Quick Bites and Snacks $$$
80   Yusho Monte Carlo (Strip) Japanese and Sushi $$
81   Señor Frog’s Treasure Island (Strip) Mexican/Southwestern $$
82   Lotus of Siam 953 E Sahara Ave A5 (Off Strip) Thai $$
83   Pizza Rock Green Valley Ranch (Henderson) Pizza $$
84   Tom's Urban New York-New York (Strip) Other Ethnic $$$
85   Mizumi Wynn Las Vegas (Strip) Japanese and Sushi $$$$
86   Andrea's Wynn Las Vegas (Strip) Japanese and Sushi $$$$

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