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Guidebook for Las Vegas

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Guidebook for Las Vegas

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This is one of the largest convention centers in the world with 1,940,631 sq ft (180,290.5 m2) of exhibit space, it hosts shows with an estimated 200,000 participants. It is the largest single-level convention center in the world.
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
This is one of the largest convention centers in the world with 1,940,631 sq ft (180,290.5 m2) of exhibit space, it hosts shows with an estimated 200,000 participants. It is the largest single-level convention center in the world.
The Spa at Encore features one-of-a-kind treatments in a calm, pristine atmosphere.
The Spa at Encore
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
The Spa at Encore features one-of-a-kind treatments in a calm, pristine atmosphere.
Entertainment & Activities
The 2.5-mile-long central section of Las Vegas Boulevard, which runs through the city from northeast to southwest, known as The Strip, is lined with huge entertainment palaces, many built with a defining theme and home to performance venues, luxury hotel rooms, and fine dining. The Strip is particularly impressive at night, when the city is illuminated by an endless succession of glittering neon signs.
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Las Vegas Strip
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The 2.5-mile-long central section of Las Vegas Boulevard, which runs through the city from northeast to southwest, known as The Strip, is lined with huge entertainment palaces, many built with a defining theme and home to performance venues, luxury hotel rooms, and fine dining. The Strip is particularly impressive at night, when the city is illuminated by an endless succession of glittering neon signs.
Off The Strip, in the old downtown Las Vegas, is Fremont Street, a pedestrian only area with all kinds of unique sites. A four block section of Fremont Street has been covered over with a canopy of LED lights which light up the sky in a ray of different colors as you walk below. Known as the Fremont Street Experience, each night a fantastic music and visual show takes place overhead. Street performers and special entertainment acts often perform outdoors in this area. The Fremont Street Experience is in downtown Las Vegas, a few kilometers from the new hotel groupings such as Treasure Island and Caesar's Palace. It is best to take a taxi to reach this area.
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Fremont Street Experience
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Off The Strip, in the old downtown Las Vegas, is Fremont Street, a pedestrian only area with all kinds of unique sites. A four block section of Fremont Street has been covered over with a canopy of LED lights which light up the sky in a ray of different colors as you walk below. Known as the Fremont Street Experience, each night a fantastic music and visual show takes place overhead. Street performers and special entertainment acts often perform outdoors in this area. The Fremont Street Experience is in downtown Las Vegas, a few kilometers from the new hotel groupings such as Treasure Island and Caesar's Palace. It is best to take a taxi to reach this area.
The Big Apple roller coaster at the New York New York Hotel & Casino definitely isn’t a ride for the faint of heart. It’s a heavenly ride for thrill seekers, however, drawing 1.4 million riders annually. It’s the world’s first roller coaster with a 180-degree to twist and dive, meaning riders will be upside down part of the time, with the coaster zipping along at 67 mph. The outdoor track is less than a mile long, with the coaster taking riders up to 180 feet in the air and then drops as much as 140 feet.
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New York-New York Hotel & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
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The Big Apple roller coaster at the New York New York Hotel & Casino definitely isn’t a ride for the faint of heart. It’s a heavenly ride for thrill seekers, however, drawing 1.4 million riders annually. It’s the world’s first roller coaster with a 180-degree to twist and dive, meaning riders will be upside down part of the time, with the coaster zipping along at 67 mph. The outdoor track is less than a mile long, with the coaster taking riders up to 180 feet in the air and then drops as much as 140 feet.
Cirque du Soleil has several shows throughout Las Vegas, but "O" has something the others don't: water. "O" bills itself as "An aquatic masterpiece of surrealism and theatrical romance," which is apt description.
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Cirque Du Soleil
3790 S Las Vegas Blvd
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Cirque du Soleil has several shows throughout Las Vegas, but "O" has something the others don't: water. "O" bills itself as "An aquatic masterpiece of surrealism and theatrical romance," which is apt description.
We get it, not everyone wants to jump thousands of feet from a moving airplane. So this is your chance to enjoy the thrill of free falling without plunging from 14,000 feet and to experience the wind in your face and the adrenaline in your veins. Something we should mention first however, that phrase “messy hair don’t care.” You’re going to want to embrace that.
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Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Drive
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We get it, not everyone wants to jump thousands of feet from a moving airplane. So this is your chance to enjoy the thrill of free falling without plunging from 14,000 feet and to experience the wind in your face and the adrenaline in your veins. Something we should mention first however, that phrase “messy hair don’t care.” You’re going to want to embrace that.
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…oh sorry, don’t mind us. We’re just floating along, lost in the moonlight, enjoying an Italian serenade. Venice/Vegas, same thing, right? OK maybe not. But where else can you see the glittery lights of the Las Vegas Strip from a boat? You’ve got to take a gondola ride at The Venetian at least once.
Gondola Rides at the Venetian
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…oh sorry, don’t mind us. We’re just floating along, lost in the moonlight, enjoying an Italian serenade. Venice/Vegas, same thing, right? OK maybe not. But where else can you see the glittery lights of the Las Vegas Strip from a boat? You’ve got to take a gondola ride at The Venetian at least once.
Pssh. London Eye, get outta here. Our observation wheel is coming in to steal the spotlight, per uje. It’s not a competition, but we won. At 550 feet in the air, the High Roller at The LINQ is the biggest observation wheel in the world. Here you’ll get a perfect panoramic view of the Strip that will be imprinted in your mind forever, even after a weekend of alcohol.
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High Roller
3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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Pssh. London Eye, get outta here. Our observation wheel is coming in to steal the spotlight, per uje. It’s not a competition, but we won. At 550 feet in the air, the High Roller at The LINQ is the biggest observation wheel in the world. Here you’ll get a perfect panoramic view of the Strip that will be imprinted in your mind forever, even after a weekend of alcohol.
One of the major highlights of Mandalay Bay is its man-made beach: 2,700 tons of sand and a 1.6 million gallon wave pool create an oceanside atmosphere in the middle of the Nevada desert. You can kick off your shoes and work on your tan in one of the rentable cabanas; those looking to avoid bikini tan lines can ditch the top at the Moorea Beach Club.
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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
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One of the major highlights of Mandalay Bay is its man-made beach: 2,700 tons of sand and a 1.6 million gallon wave pool create an oceanside atmosphere in the middle of the Nevada desert. You can kick off your shoes and work on your tan in one of the rentable cabanas; those looking to avoid bikini tan lines can ditch the top at the Moorea Beach Club.
What is it? A 54-year-old icon of Sin City decadence, this casino resort still wows. Why go? With one foot in the past and one in the future, Caesars is one of the last old-school properties remaining, and few Las Vegas casinos can match it in atmosphere. Come to wager a few chips on the sprawling casino floor, take a dip in the lavish Garden of the Gods pool, browse the Forum Shops, see a concert in the Colosseum or just to wander the halls while quoting The Hangover.
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Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
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What is it? A 54-year-old icon of Sin City decadence, this casino resort still wows. Why go? With one foot in the past and one in the future, Caesars is one of the last old-school properties remaining, and few Las Vegas casinos can match it in atmosphere. Come to wager a few chips on the sprawling casino floor, take a dip in the lavish Garden of the Gods pool, browse the Forum Shops, see a concert in the Colosseum or just to wander the halls while quoting The Hangover.
What is it? A showroom hosting some of the hottest resident performers on the Las Vegas Strip. Why go? Thanks to changing entertainment trends, The Strip is littered with stars as production shows have made way for resident headliners—A-list musicians and bands that set up shop in casino showrooms for extended runs. The Park Theater at Park MGM boasts many of the best, including Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith and Cher. The venue seats 5,200 and VIP seating includes dedicated cocktail service.
Park Theater
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
What is it? A showroom hosting some of the hottest resident performers on the Las Vegas Strip. Why go? Thanks to changing entertainment trends, The Strip is littered with stars as production shows have made way for resident headliners—A-list musicians and bands that set up shop in casino showrooms for extended runs. The Park Theater at Park MGM boasts many of the best, including Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith and Cher. The venue seats 5,200 and VIP seating includes dedicated cocktail service.
What is it? The only place to surf and boogie board on The Strip. Why go? You may be in the middle of the desert, but there’s no shortage of water play thanks to FlowRider—the wave simulator found at The Scene Pool Deck on Planet Hollywood’s rooftop. Serious surfers and novice boarders alike can enjoy smooth, safe waves jetting out from this technological wonder. Get your thrills during a hang ten session, or simply wade in the resort pool with a fruity cocktail in hand.
FlowRider
3667 South Las Vegas Boulevard
What is it? The only place to surf and boogie board on The Strip. Why go? You may be in the middle of the desert, but there’s no shortage of water play thanks to FlowRider—the wave simulator found at The Scene Pool Deck on Planet Hollywood’s rooftop. Serious surfers and novice boarders alike can enjoy smooth, safe waves jetting out from this technological wonder. Get your thrills during a hang ten session, or simply wade in the resort pool with a fruity cocktail in hand.
What is it? An indulgent therapeutic spa with a Himalayan salt cave. Why go? Whether you seek rejuvenating me-time or a romantic couple’s massage session, head to Spa at The Linq for an amazing recoup from whatever Sin City threw at you the night before. You can select your own music and choose your favorite scents for aromatherapy, or let the pros pick a winning combination to ease your pains. The must-see feature here is the restorative Himalayan salt therapy cave that naturally soothes allergies and congestion.
Spa At The LINQ
3535 South Las Vegas Boulevard
What is it? An indulgent therapeutic spa with a Himalayan salt cave. Why go? Whether you seek rejuvenating me-time or a romantic couple’s massage session, head to Spa at The Linq for an amazing recoup from whatever Sin City threw at you the night before. You can select your own music and choose your favorite scents for aromatherapy, or let the pros pick a winning combination to ease your pains. The must-see feature here is the restorative Himalayan salt therapy cave that naturally soothes allergies and congestion.
What is it? A racetrack experience where you can drive the car of your wildest dreams. Why go? If you’ve ever harbored fantasies about flying around the track making high-speed left turns or cruising in a sleek Porsche or Lambo, well, you’re in luck. At Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway you can get behind the wheel of some beautiful steel and hit the gas hard under the supervision of expert drivers who will teach you how to handle your steed like a pro
Dream Racing
7000 Las Vegas Blvd N
What is it? A racetrack experience where you can drive the car of your wildest dreams. Why go? If you’ve ever harbored fantasies about flying around the track making high-speed left turns or cruising in a sleek Porsche or Lambo, well, you’re in luck. At Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway you can get behind the wheel of some beautiful steel and hit the gas hard under the supervision of expert drivers who will teach you how to handle your steed like a pro
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Spa
3752 South Las Vegas Boulevard
The gorgeous golf course at Wynn Las Vegas is one of the industry's landmarks. Although it almost made the chopping block at the hand of Steve Wynn, before he left the resort, it was revived by current leadership and has been redesigned by Tom Fazio and his son, Logan, who reinvented all 18 holes. The course also been reconfigured to take even better advantage of the showpiece: the 35-foot-high, 100-foot-wide waterfall. A number of rooms and suites—plus the resort's Fairway Villas—have spectacular views over the lush, green space.
The Wynn Golf Club
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
The gorgeous golf course at Wynn Las Vegas is one of the industry's landmarks. Although it almost made the chopping block at the hand of Steve Wynn, before he left the resort, it was revived by current leadership and has been redesigned by Tom Fazio and his son, Logan, who reinvented all 18 holes. The course also been reconfigured to take even better advantage of the showpiece: the 35-foot-high, 100-foot-wide waterfall. A number of rooms and suites—plus the resort's Fairway Villas—have spectacular views over the lush, green space.
Sightseeing
The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas is located on "The Strip" across from Treasure Island. It is one of the city's finest resorts and has many interesting tourist attractions. Visitors can walk through the themed shopping arcade built to resemble the city of Venice, complete with blue skies, canals, and gondoliers. The hotel also features recreations of the main attractions found in Venice such as the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs, along with many others. The Venetian Gondola Rides are a fun way to see the complex. Situated out in front of the Venetian Hotel, near the sidewalk, boats await passengers who are then taken on a ride by their personable gondolier through the shopping arcade
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The Venetian
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd
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The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas is located on "The Strip" across from Treasure Island. It is one of the city's finest resorts and has many interesting tourist attractions. Visitors can walk through the themed shopping arcade built to resemble the city of Venice, complete with blue skies, canals, and gondoliers. The hotel also features recreations of the main attractions found in Venice such as the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs, along with many others. The Venetian Gondola Rides are a fun way to see the complex. Situated out in front of the Venetian Hotel, near the sidewalk, boats await passengers who are then taken on a ride by their personable gondolier through the shopping arcade
The Mirage Hotel is easy to identify while walking along the Strip. In front of the resort is a volcano, which erupts at regular intervals. At night, the glowing red fire shooting out is one of the most unique sites visible from the sidewalk. Inside the Mirage is the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Here, visitors can see a wide variety of exotic animals in their natural environment including white lions. The Dolphin Habitat contains a large number of trained dolphins in its 2.5-million-gallon pools.
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The Mirage
3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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The Mirage Hotel is easy to identify while walking along the Strip. In front of the resort is a volcano, which erupts at regular intervals. At night, the glowing red fire shooting out is one of the most unique sites visible from the sidewalk. Inside the Mirage is the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Here, visitors can see a wide variety of exotic animals in their natural environment including white lions. The Dolphin Habitat contains a large number of trained dolphins in its 2.5-million-gallon pools.
The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas is considered the city's finest resort and one of the few AAA 5-star-rated hotels. This massive hotel complex has a wide variety of attractions including an Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens, Spa and Salon, coupled with some of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. Beyond the lobby is a showroom area with changing themes that range from spring botanical displays to fascinating shows of art. The most impressive and famous feature is the fountain show. In front of the Bellagio, along the strip, the dancing fountains perform a beautiful display of water set to music. From the sidewalk, visitors have a ringside view. This is often described as the best free attractio
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Bellagio Hotel and Casino
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
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The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas is considered the city's finest resort and one of the few AAA 5-star-rated hotels. This massive hotel complex has a wide variety of attractions including an Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens, Spa and Salon, coupled with some of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. Beyond the lobby is a showroom area with changing themes that range from spring botanical displays to fascinating shows of art. The most impressive and famous feature is the fountain show. In front of the Bellagio, along the strip, the dancing fountains perform a beautiful display of water set to music. From the sidewalk, visitors have a ringside view. This is often described as the best free attractio
It is home to the Stratosphere Tower, which, at 1,149 feet (350 meters) high, is the tallest freestanding tower in the United States. The observation deck is THE place to go for spectacular 360-degree views of the city and surrounding terrain. Since the tower is open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, it’s a good place to see Las Vegas at its glittering best. One of the most visited attractions in Las Vegas, the tower will appeal to daredevils and thrill seekers too who, for a fee, can sky jump off the tower at 855 feet (261 meters).
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Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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It is home to the Stratosphere Tower, which, at 1,149 feet (350 meters) high, is the tallest freestanding tower in the United States. The observation deck is THE place to go for spectacular 360-degree views of the city and surrounding terrain. Since the tower is open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, it’s a good place to see Las Vegas at its glittering best. One of the most visited attractions in Las Vegas, the tower will appeal to daredevils and thrill seekers too who, for a fee, can sky jump off the tower at 855 feet (261 meters).
Anyone who's seen a movie set in Vegas will recognize the Bellagio's massive fountains: Every 15 to 30 minutes, those walking past the Bellagio are treated to a complimentary light and water show with the fountain's jets shooting water into the air during intricately choreographed "dances."
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Fountains of Bellagio
3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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Anyone who's seen a movie set in Vegas will recognize the Bellagio's massive fountains: Every 15 to 30 minutes, those walking past the Bellagio are treated to a complimentary light and water show with the fountain's jets shooting water into the air during intricately choreographed "dances."
What is it? A public art project that’s become Instagram catnip. Why go? Half an hour south of Las Vegas, a neon mirage rises from the desert. No, it’s not a casino. It’s the work of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, whose “Seven Magic Mountains” site-specific public art installation has become an Instagram landmark and a must-visit for art lovers spending the weekend. The work is comprised of seven towers of boulders drenched in bright, highlighter shades that are meant to comment on human presence in the natural environment. Thanks to a fresh coat of paint, the eye-catching totems are now glowing brighter than ever.
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Seven Magic Mountains
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What is it? A public art project that’s become Instagram catnip. Why go? Half an hour south of Las Vegas, a neon mirage rises from the desert. No, it’s not a casino. It’s the work of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, whose “Seven Magic Mountains” site-specific public art installation has become an Instagram landmark and a must-visit for art lovers spending the weekend. The work is comprised of seven towers of boulders drenched in bright, highlighter shades that are meant to comment on human presence in the natural environment. Thanks to a fresh coat of paint, the eye-catching totems are now glowing brighter than ever.
The most awe-inspiring experiences in Vegas are those that let you truly see Las Vegas. This helicopter tour company offers a number of scenic flights, but the evening one, which takes you high above the lit-up Strip on a 15-minute loop, is the best. You'll be picked up at your hotel by limo, arrive at the pre-flight lounge, and hang out before take-off with your pilot/guide. Sundance pilots know the city like the back of their hand and enjoy talking about Las Vegas; they're not just glorified cab drivers. If you can, book a trip that circles The Strip right as it gets dark, so you're in the air at the moment when all the lights come on; it's incredibly dramatic.
Sundance Helicopters
5596 Haven St
The most awe-inspiring experiences in Vegas are those that let you truly see Las Vegas. This helicopter tour company offers a number of scenic flights, but the evening one, which takes you high above the lit-up Strip on a 15-minute loop, is the best. You'll be picked up at your hotel by limo, arrive at the pre-flight lounge, and hang out before take-off with your pilot/guide. Sundance pilots know the city like the back of their hand and enjoy talking about Las Vegas; they're not just glorified cab drivers. If you can, book a trip that circles The Strip right as it gets dark, so you're in the air at the moment when all the lights come on; it's incredibly dramatic.
Parks & Nature
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an easy escape from the fast pace of the Las Vegas Strip. Located west of the city just outside the edge of the housing developments, this chunk of the Mojave Desert is loaded with hiking, biking and nature watching opportunities. Red Rock's spectacular scenery features sandstone cliffs, rugged red rock formations, desert vegetation and open vistas.
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
1000 State Highway 159
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an easy escape from the fast pace of the Las Vegas Strip. Located west of the city just outside the edge of the housing developments, this chunk of the Mojave Desert is loaded with hiking, biking and nature watching opportunities. Red Rock's spectacular scenery features sandstone cliffs, rugged red rock formations, desert vegetation and open vistas.
Spanning the Colorado River and the Black Canyon (which separates Nevada and Arizona), about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, sits the Hoover Dam. The immense concrete structure – which confines Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume – has helped provide power to Nevada, Arizona and California since 1935. These days, in addition to keeping the lights on, the Hoover Dam welcomes more than a million visitors each year as one of America's most recognized landmarks.
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Hoover Dam
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Spanning the Colorado River and the Black Canyon (which separates Nevada and Arizona), about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, sits the Hoover Dam. The immense concrete structure – which confines Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume – has helped provide power to Nevada, Arizona and California since 1935. These days, in addition to keeping the lights on, the Hoover Dam welcomes more than a million visitors each year as one of America's most recognized landmarks.
What is it? A waterside resort area home to bars, eateries and water sports. Why go? Just 16 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Las Vegas is an expansive complex with hotels, golf courses and waterfront restaurants. The lake is calm and inviting, perfect for standup paddleboard sessions and kayaking, flyboarding and rowing. Catch a dragonboat race or take a yacht cruise, then cozy up on the lawn for musical performances spring through fall.
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Lake Las Vegas
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What is it? A waterside resort area home to bars, eateries and water sports. Why go? Just 16 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Las Vegas is an expansive complex with hotels, golf courses and waterfront restaurants. The lake is calm and inviting, perfect for standup paddleboard sessions and kayaking, flyboarding and rowing. Catch a dragonboat race or take a yacht cruise, then cozy up on the lawn for musical performances spring through fall.
Shopping
Anchored by more than 15 flagship stores, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Prada, Celine, Fendi and Tiffany & Co., The Shops at Crystals is an amazing collection of 50 of the finest luxury brands in the world, all under one roof.
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The Shops at Crystals
3720 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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Anchored by more than 15 flagship stores, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Prada, Celine, Fendi and Tiffany & Co., The Shops at Crystals is an amazing collection of 50 of the finest luxury brands in the world, all under one roof.
Large mall featuring over 250 shops, 8 department stores & 25 eateries, plus weekly fashion shows. - Google
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SB Las Vegas at Fashion Show Mall
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Large mall featuring over 250 shops, 8 department stores & 25 eateries, plus weekly fashion shows. - Google
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
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The Shops at Crystals
3720 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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Miracle Mile Shops
3663 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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The Grand Canal Shoppes are a faithful tribute to Venice, Italy. The stores here include Nevada's only Barneys New York, plus Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Coach, and Guerlain.
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The Grand Canal Shoppes
3377 S Las Vegas Blvd
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The Grand Canal Shoppes are a faithful tribute to Venice, Italy. The stores here include Nevada's only Barneys New York, plus Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Coach, and Guerlain.
The Grand Canal Shoppes are a faithful tribute to Venice, Italy. The stores here include Nevada's only Barneys New York, plus Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Coach, and Guerlain.
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The Forum Shops at Caesars
3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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The Grand Canal Shoppes are a faithful tribute to Venice, Italy. The stores here include Nevada's only Barneys New York, plus Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Coach, and Guerlain.
What is it? A pair of luxury shopping spots where the well-heeled go for a workout, a meal and to select tonight’s outfit. Why go? Take your plastic for a spin around the Wynn’s Promenade and Plaza shopping center. Stocked with designer boutiques from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Chanel and Balmain, there’s also Las Vegas’s first outpost of SoulCycle and restaurants like Cipriani and Urth Caffe.
Wynn Plaza
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
What is it? A pair of luxury shopping spots where the well-heeled go for a workout, a meal and to select tonight’s outfit. Why go? Take your plastic for a spin around the Wynn’s Promenade and Plaza shopping center. Stocked with designer boutiques from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Chanel and Balmain, there’s also Las Vegas’s first outpost of SoulCycle and restaurants like Cipriani and Urth Caffe.
Arts & Culture
The Museum presents a bold and authentic view of organized crime's impact on Las Vegas history, as well as its unique imprint on America and the world.
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The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Avenue
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The Museum presents a bold and authentic view of organized crime's impact on Las Vegas history, as well as its unique imprint on America and the world.
Las Vegas' hottest new sports and entertainment venue, located just west of the famed Las Vegas Strip. T-Mobile Arena is a multi-use indoor arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Opened on April 6, 2016, the arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The arena is the home of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League.
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T-Mobile Arena
3780 South Las Vegas Boulevard
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Las Vegas' hottest new sports and entertainment venue, located just west of the famed Las Vegas Strip. T-Mobile Arena is a multi-use indoor arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Opened on April 6, 2016, the arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The arena is the home of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a theatre located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theatre is the main entertainment venue for Caesars Palace. Wikipedia
The Colosseum
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a theatre located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theatre is the main entertainment venue for Caesars Palace. Wikipedia
What is it? A refuge for the city’s old-school neon signs where visitors can walk amid Sin City history. Why go? Las Vegas has a habit of blowing things up when they get old, musty or simply unprofitable. But while the city’s vintage architecture has often been reduced to rubble, many of its iconic neon signs have been saved from that fate and set aside at the acclaimed Neon Museum. Book a tour to wander among the relics, hearing tales of eccentric billionaires, long-gone landmarks and the characters that helped make Vegas, Vegas.
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Neon Museum
770 North Las Vegas Boulevard
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What is it? A refuge for the city’s old-school neon signs where visitors can walk amid Sin City history. Why go? Las Vegas has a habit of blowing things up when they get old, musty or simply unprofitable. But while the city’s vintage architecture has often been reduced to rubble, many of its iconic neon signs have been saved from that fate and set aside at the acclaimed Neon Museum. Book a tour to wander among the relics, hearing tales of eccentric billionaires, long-gone landmarks and the characters that helped make Vegas, Vegas.
Food Scene
For a second consecutive year, In-N-Out Burger was the “most visited restaurant” for Lyft riders
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In-N-Out Burger
4888 Dean Martin Dr
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For a second consecutive year, In-N-Out Burger was the “most visited restaurant” for Lyft riders
After focusing on Asian flavors at Other Mama and Hatsumi, Dan Krohmer turns to Mexican cuisine for his third Las Vegas restaurant. La Monja is effectively a sister concept to Hatsumi at Fergusons Downtown -- an old motel property that's slowing being reinvented as a social hub and event space.
La Monja
1028 Fremont Street
After focusing on Asian flavors at Other Mama and Hatsumi, Dan Krohmer turns to Mexican cuisine for his third Las Vegas restaurant. La Monja is effectively a sister concept to Hatsumi at Fergusons Downtown -- an old motel property that's slowing being reinvented as a social hub and event space.
Ambra is a complete reboot of the MGM Grand's in-house Italian restaurant -- new name, new open dining room, and a jumbo-sized private space in the back to cash in on all that trade show business. Fortunately, Ambra mixes style with substance. The restaurant's strength is in the pasta courses, prepared by hand. The recipes take advantage of distinctly different doughs, and quality ingredients.
Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar
3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Ambra is a complete reboot of the MGM Grand's in-house Italian restaurant -- new name, new open dining room, and a jumbo-sized private space in the back to cash in on all that trade show business. Fortunately, Ambra mixes style with substance. The restaurant's strength is in the pasta courses, prepared by hand. The recipes take advantage of distinctly different doughs, and quality ingredients.
The name of the restaurant has a dual meaning. Flights follows an airline theme in which guests receive a boarding pass at the check-in desk and dine underneath a small plane that hangs from the ceiling. (No, you don't get to recline in first-class seats, but chances are good you'll hear the Top Gun soundtrack in the background.) The name also refers to how the food is presented: in servings of three.
Flights Restaurant By Alex Hult - Las Vegas
3663 South Las Vegas Boulevard
The name of the restaurant has a dual meaning. Flights follows an airline theme in which guests receive a boarding pass at the check-in desk and dine underneath a small plane that hangs from the ceiling. (No, you don't get to recline in first-class seats, but chances are good you'll hear the Top Gun soundtrack in the background.) The name also refers to how the food is presented: in servings of three.
Welcome to Las Vegas, where we paint blue skies and clouds on shopping mall ceilings and pretend we're actually outdoors. Don't ask why. Just go with it -- especially in St. Mark's Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes, where Sixth + Mill, the latest of three Italian restaurants in the square, makes the most of the atmosphere with a dining room that's entirely "outdoors" -- no walls needed.
Sixth + Mill
3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Welcome to Las Vegas, where we paint blue skies and clouds on shopping mall ceilings and pretend we're actually outdoors. Don't ask why. Just go with it -- especially in St. Mark's Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes, where Sixth + Mill, the latest of three Italian restaurants in the square, makes the most of the atmosphere with a dining room that's entirely "outdoors" -- no walls needed.
When Spago left the Forum Shops for brighter pastures (and a lakeside view) at the Bellagio, Water Grill immediately scooped up the space, dramatically renovating -- and improving -- the dining room with a modern, masculine image. Water Grill has about the freshest fish you'll find inside a shopping mall. The California-based concept operates under King's Seafood, a company that sources fish directly -- with a focus on quality control and sustainability -- and sells it back to its own restaurants.
Water Grill Las Vegas
When Spago left the Forum Shops for brighter pastures (and a lakeside view) at the Bellagio, Water Grill immediately scooped up the space, dramatically renovating -- and improving -- the dining room with a modern, masculine image. Water Grill has about the freshest fish you'll find inside a shopping mall. The California-based concept operates under King's Seafood, a company that sources fish directly -- with a focus on quality control and sustainability -- and sells it back to its own restaurants.
Be ready to have a complicated relationship with Mama Rabbit, a new bar at the Park MGM with a small menu of Mexican food. As an energetic social hotspot, it's a resounding success -- a colorful, engaging room with tall ceilings, brick archways, and splashes of light. With a mix of DJs and live musicians, it's a place to dance for those discouraged by the late-night hours and tight crowds of the Vegas nightclub scene.
Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar
3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Be ready to have a complicated relationship with Mama Rabbit, a new bar at the Park MGM with a small menu of Mexican food. As an energetic social hotspot, it's a resounding success -- a colorful, engaging room with tall ceilings, brick archways, and splashes of light. With a mix of DJs and live musicians, it's a place to dance for those discouraged by the late-night hours and tight crowds of the Vegas nightclub scene.
Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, as the name suggests, is essentially two restaurants in one. The former is billed as the largest Korean BBQ experience on the Strip while the latter features steaks and seafood from Japanese teppanyaki grills. From early appearances, the Korean side is where the action is. Choose your raw meats -- which are tender and seasoned perfectly -- and watch as they're grilled to a smoky char in the center of your table.
Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan (조선화로 & 나라 테판)
3663 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, as the name suggests, is essentially two restaurants in one. The former is billed as the largest Korean BBQ experience on the Strip while the latter features steaks and seafood from Japanese teppanyaki grills. From early appearances, the Korean side is where the action is. Choose your raw meats -- which are tender and seasoned perfectly -- and watch as they're grilled to a smoky char in the center of your table.
Crack Shack is what happens when a fine dining kitchen team decides to do something casual. Chef Richard Blais founded the concept inside an actual shack next to his Juniper & Ivy restaurant in San Diego as a way to play around with chicken and egg dishes. The Vegas version of Crack Shack is a welcome change from the restaurants that dominate the Park MGM. Instead of being tucked away in the casino, it enjoys an open-air dining room directly overlooking the madness of the Strip. Free-range Jidori chicken is the bird of choice. Enjoy it to full effect in the Hangover sandwich with honey butter-dipped chicken, fried egg, and garlic aioli.
The Crack Shack
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Crack Shack is what happens when a fine dining kitchen team decides to do something casual. Chef Richard Blais founded the concept inside an actual shack next to his Juniper & Ivy restaurant in San Diego as a way to play around with chicken and egg dishes. The Vegas version of Crack Shack is a welcome change from the restaurants that dominate the Park MGM. Instead of being tucked away in the casino, it enjoys an open-air dining room directly overlooking the madness of the Strip. Free-range Jidori chicken is the bird of choice. Enjoy it to full effect in the Hangover sandwich with honey butter-dipped chicken, fried egg, and garlic aioli.
There's a good chance Valencian Gold is the best $10 lunch you'll find in Las Vegas. The specialty is fast-casual paella, prepared by chefs who learned from the best in Spain. While being the "Chipotle of paella" can be a challenging idea for a dish that's traditionally served in large portions for multiple people, Valencain Gold has mastered a system while preserving authenticity and quality. Meats are grilled fresh and rice (in three varieties) is cooked in smaller pans.
Valencian Gold
7960 South Rainbow Boulevard
There's a good chance Valencian Gold is the best $10 lunch you'll find in Las Vegas. The specialty is fast-casual paella, prepared by chefs who learned from the best in Spain. While being the "Chipotle of paella" can be a challenging idea for a dish that's traditionally served in large portions for multiple people, Valencain Gold has mastered a system while preserving authenticity and quality. Meats are grilled fresh and rice (in three varieties) is cooked in smaller pans.
No joke. Locale is one of the most important restaurant openings of the year. Not only does it allow Strip veteran Nicole Brisson to shine with her own concept, but it gives the growing Mountain's Edge community a dining destination of its own that isn't part of a chain. Brisson, who led the groundbreaking dry-aging program at Carnevino (now closed, thanks Mario) and kicked off the opening of Eataly in Las Vegas, is hardcore about sourcing, evident by the local produce suppliers announced by name on the menu.
Locale Italian Kitchen
7995 Blue Diamond Road
No joke. Locale is one of the most important restaurant openings of the year. Not only does it allow Strip veteran Nicole Brisson to shine with her own concept, but it gives the growing Mountain's Edge community a dining destination of its own that isn't part of a chain. Brisson, who led the groundbreaking dry-aging program at Carnevino (now closed, thanks Mario) and kicked off the opening of Eataly in Las Vegas, is hardcore about sourcing, evident by the local produce suppliers announced by name on the menu.
La Strega is becoming a fast favorite with the Summerlin dinner crowd. The name translates to "the witch," following a theme dedicated to mystical female figures. One cocktail is named after a Salem witch, another after Sophia Loren. You get the idea. The cuisine is inspired by Chef Gina Marinelli's affection for the varied regions of Italy. Flavors are front and center, and never overwhelmed by house-made sauces. Welcome touches include the vibrant pop of preserved lemon in the linguini and clams, salty caperberries in the Caesar salad, earthy dandelions in the pesto bucatini, and the subtle sweetness of honey in the flatbread crust. The hardest part is choosing between two distinctively different dining rooms. One is dark and seductive. The other bright and open with a full view view of the kitchen.
La Strega
3555 South Town Center Drive
La Strega is becoming a fast favorite with the Summerlin dinner crowd. The name translates to "the witch," following a theme dedicated to mystical female figures. One cocktail is named after a Salem witch, another after Sophia Loren. You get the idea. The cuisine is inspired by Chef Gina Marinelli's affection for the varied regions of Italy. Flavors are front and center, and never overwhelmed by house-made sauces. Welcome touches include the vibrant pop of preserved lemon in the linguini and clams, salty caperberries in the Caesar salad, earthy dandelions in the pesto bucatini, and the subtle sweetness of honey in the flatbread crust. The hardest part is choosing between two distinctively different dining rooms. One is dark and seductive. The other bright and open with a full view view of the kitchen.
The latest Thai concept by Bank Atcharawan takes the best of his former restaurants -- the traditional dishes of Chada Thai and the street flavors of Chada Street -- and blends them together in Lamaii. The name translates to "delicate," which carries through in Lamaii's minimalist, modern plating that makes full use of flowers and microgreens. All served in a stylish dining room, where contemporary and imported Thai furnishings complement each other to full effect. Fans will be eager to see old favorites, like the fried duck and crispy beef salad, but also new creations like a beautiful steak tartare, flavored with lime and fish sauce with Isaan-inspired spices.
Lamaii
4480 Spring Mountain Road
The latest Thai concept by Bank Atcharawan takes the best of his former restaurants -- the traditional dishes of Chada Thai and the street flavors of Chada Street -- and blends them together in Lamaii. The name translates to "delicate," which carries through in Lamaii's minimalist, modern plating that makes full use of flowers and microgreens. All served in a stylish dining room, where contemporary and imported Thai furnishings complement each other to full effect. Fans will be eager to see old favorites, like the fried duck and crispy beef salad, but also new creations like a beautiful steak tartare, flavored with lime and fish sauce with Isaan-inspired spices.
Khai Vu knows how to stay busy. In addition to the stellar District One, the Vietnamese chef now has Mordeo, a wine bar that doesn't worry about any preconceived notions that come with being in Chinatown. More than 30 seats surround the massive bar that anchors the center of the dining room, while a casual chef's table provides an up-close look at the kitchen team in action. The menu is designed to be a mix of global styles, but anything goes -- including off-menu Pat LaFrieda steak specials. The beet salad really does feel straight from the garden, especially with whole wheat "soil" crumbles in place of croutons, and the lightly torched la tur tastes like brie on crack. However, the true highlights are the light slices of red wattle pig served in crispy rice cloud, Nigerian prawns with lobster roe butter, and fresh-cut Iberico slices.
Mordeo Boutique Wine Bar
5420 Spring Mountain Rd
Khai Vu knows how to stay busy. In addition to the stellar District One, the Vietnamese chef now has Mordeo, a wine bar that doesn't worry about any preconceived notions that come with being in Chinatown. More than 30 seats surround the massive bar that anchors the center of the dining room, while a casual chef's table provides an up-close look at the kitchen team in action. The menu is designed to be a mix of global styles, but anything goes -- including off-menu Pat LaFrieda steak specials. The beet salad really does feel straight from the garden, especially with whole wheat "soil" crumbles in place of croutons, and the lightly torched la tur tastes like brie on crack. However, the true highlights are the light slices of red wattle pig served in crispy rice cloud, Nigerian prawns with lobster roe butter, and fresh-cut Iberico slices.
Don't let the strip mall location fool you. Partage is something special in Las Vegas. The restaurant makes French fine dining accessible in both price and atmosphere without sacrificing quality, ingredients, preparation, or presentation. Dishes are available individually or as five, seven, or nine-course tasting menus, which generally change every two weeks. Signature items include braised oxtail from Chef Yuri Szarzewski's family recipe, duck breast layered with foie gras, and scallops with a sesame and herb crust.
Partage
3839 Spring Mountain Road
Don't let the strip mall location fool you. Partage is something special in Las Vegas. The restaurant makes French fine dining accessible in both price and atmosphere without sacrificing quality, ingredients, preparation, or presentation. Dishes are available individually or as five, seven, or nine-course tasting menus, which generally change every two weeks. Signature items include braised oxtail from Chef Yuri Szarzewski's family recipe, duck breast layered with foie gras, and scallops with a sesame and herb crust.
Here's further proof that Chinatown is an expansive neighborhood with room for cuisine that goes far beyond requisite Asian dining. EDO is pronounced "ee-dee-oh," after the phrase "extra day off" as well as Chef Oscar Amador Edo, who takes his experience working in Spain and on the Strip to carry out his own vision with an incredible menu of Spanish-inspired tapas. Imported ingredients are key. Iberico, seafood, cheeses, and even the bread are imported from Europe. A 10-course tasting menu is a great way to go -- and a steal at $45 -- especially for first-timers. (It can also be modified for vegans or specific allergies.) The team has fun with a few of the presentations, including the applewood-smoked reveal of the salmon crostini and the five-minute sand timer that lets you know when the time is right to take that first bite of paella.
EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine
3400 S Jones Blvd
Here's further proof that Chinatown is an expansive neighborhood with room for cuisine that goes far beyond requisite Asian dining. EDO is pronounced "ee-dee-oh," after the phrase "extra day off" as well as Chef Oscar Amador Edo, who takes his experience working in Spain and on the Strip to carry out his own vision with an incredible menu of Spanish-inspired tapas. Imported ingredients are key. Iberico, seafood, cheeses, and even the bread are imported from Europe. A 10-course tasting menu is a great way to go -- and a steal at $45 -- especially for first-timers. (It can also be modified for vegans or specific allergies.) The team has fun with a few of the presentations, including the applewood-smoked reveal of the salmon crostini and the five-minute sand timer that lets you know when the time is right to take that first bite of paella.
It's easy to complain about skyrocketing menu prices in Las Vegas, but Mott 32 is one of those restaurants that gets everything right -- food, atmosphere, service, and this is an underrated one: comfort. (Space between tables is considered wasteful real estate in Vegas.) Every dollar adds up, but is well spent for an evening of Cantonese fine dining that comes with an ambitious modern edge. Iberico pork is used frequently, most notably in an appetizer marinated in oyster sauce and topped with yellow mountain honey. But the main event is the Peking Duck, cooked for 12 hours, fired up in a brick oven, and requiring an advance notice of two days.
Mott 32 Las Vegas
3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard
It's easy to complain about skyrocketing menu prices in Las Vegas, but Mott 32 is one of those restaurants that gets everything right -- food, atmosphere, service, and this is an underrated one: comfort. (Space between tables is considered wasteful real estate in Vegas.) Every dollar adds up, but is well spent for an evening of Cantonese fine dining that comes with an ambitious modern edge. Iberico pork is used frequently, most notably in an appetizer marinated in oyster sauce and topped with yellow mountain honey. But the main event is the Peking Duck, cooked for 12 hours, fired up in a brick oven, and requiring an advance notice of two days.
Philadelphia's Marc Vetri has ventured west, setting up shop in Las Vegas with a new restaurant on the 56th floor of the Palms. The space, formerly home to Alize, was completely remodeled with brick columns, cobblestones, wood plank floors, and other rustic elements providing a cozy contrast to the striking panoramic views of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. Fortunately, the depth of the menu is just as strong as the scenery, with handmade pastas taking inspiration from Italy's northern regions -- like the butternut squash rotolo with blue cheese and ginger or the chicken and beef-filled ravioli with pancetta, sage, and just a drizzle of butter.
Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas
4321 West Flamingo Road
Philadelphia's Marc Vetri has ventured west, setting up shop in Las Vegas with a new restaurant on the 56th floor of the Palms. The space, formerly home to Alize, was completely remodeled with brick columns, cobblestones, wood plank floors, and other rustic elements providing a cozy contrast to the striking panoramic views of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. Fortunately, the depth of the menu is just as strong as the scenery, with handmade pastas taking inspiration from Italy's northern regions -- like the butternut squash rotolo with blue cheese and ginger or the chicken and beef-filled ravioli with pancetta, sage, and just a drizzle of butter.
Esther's Kitchen is fast becoming the signature restaurant for the growing Downtown Arts District. By sourcing ingredients from local farmers markets, Chef James Trees has put together a fresh and dynamic menu that evolves with the season and is elevated by house-made breads and pastas. Despite drawing big crowds and plenty of buzz, Trees insists on keeping prices reasonable while building loyalty that will likely generate repeat business for years to come. Brunch is now available with bread pudding french toast sticks, a quail egg, bacon, and prosciutto pizza, and other dishes.
Esther's Kitchen
1130 S Casino Center Blvd
Esther's Kitchen is fast becoming the signature restaurant for the growing Downtown Arts District. By sourcing ingredients from local farmers markets, Chef James Trees has put together a fresh and dynamic menu that evolves with the season and is elevated by house-made breads and pastas. Despite drawing big crowds and plenty of buzz, Trees insists on keeping prices reasonable while building loyalty that will likely generate repeat business for years to come. Brunch is now available with bread pudding french toast sticks, a quail egg, bacon, and prosciutto pizza, and other dishes.
When it comes to Japanese dining in Las Vegas, some restaurants focus on food, others on atmosphere, but Zuma gets the balance right. Since opening as one of our best new restaurants of 2017, it remains sleek and stylish while only getting better at presenting traditional concepts in contemporary variations. Whether on a date or a business dinner, you're meant to enjoy the spectacle, from a Japanese whiskey cocktail smoked tableside to intricate sashimi presentations. Even the dining room itself is impressive, surrounded by a wall of stone blocks and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Strip.
Zuma Las Vegas
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd
When it comes to Japanese dining in Las Vegas, some restaurants focus on food, others on atmosphere, but Zuma gets the balance right. Since opening as one of our best new restaurants of 2017, it remains sleek and stylish while only getting better at presenting traditional concepts in contemporary variations. Whether on a date or a business dinner, you're meant to enjoy the spectacle, from a Japanese whiskey cocktail smoked tableside to intricate sashimi presentations. Even the dining room itself is impressive, surrounded by a wall of stone blocks and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Strip.
Chef Brian Howard's ambitious restaurant represents a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines with an evolving menu that tends to change every three weeks or so. Most of the food, from meats to vegetables, emerge from a wood-fired oven, offering a welcome smoky touch to dishes that range from cheek bone marrow dumplings to lamb neck and even lasagna. Everything is perfect for sharing, including three-tier bento boxes.
Sparrow + Wolf
4480 Spring Mountain Rd
Chef Brian Howard's ambitious restaurant represents a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines with an evolving menu that tends to change every three weeks or so. Most of the food, from meats to vegetables, emerge from a wood-fired oven, offering a welcome smoky touch to dishes that range from cheek bone marrow dumplings to lamb neck and even lasagna. Everything is perfect for sharing, including three-tier bento boxes.
Other Mama is one of those places where you don't have to open the menu to have an incredible meal. Instead, turn your attention to a chalkboard on the wall, where the day's deep selection of specials can range from fresh sashimi to hearty soups and whatever the kitchen wants to serve on any given day based on its inventory of meat, seafood, and vegetables. The recipes are heavily inspired by chef and owner Dan Krohmer's boots-on-the-ground training in Japan. With modest, timeless decor, the dining room almost feels like a living room, but a seat at the sushi bar offers a full interactive experience. Pay careful attention to the cocktail list, featuring unconventional recipes with house-made syrups and unexpected ingredients.
Other Mama
3655 S Durango Dr
Other Mama is one of those places where you don't have to open the menu to have an incredible meal. Instead, turn your attention to a chalkboard on the wall, where the day's deep selection of specials can range from fresh sashimi to hearty soups and whatever the kitchen wants to serve on any given day based on its inventory of meat, seafood, and vegetables. The recipes are heavily inspired by chef and owner Dan Krohmer's boots-on-the-ground training in Japan. With modest, timeless decor, the dining room almost feels like a living room, but a seat at the sushi bar offers a full interactive experience. Pay careful attention to the cocktail list, featuring unconventional recipes with house-made syrups and unexpected ingredients.
Sick of hearing about restaurants that play fast and loose with the worn out "farm-to-table" phrase? Well, Chef Roy Ellamar pulls off the concept better than anyone on the Strip at Harvest, with a wide-open dining room that mixes a casual energy with fine-dining precision. Freshly picked produce is prepared alongside sustainable seafood and choice cuts of meats from some of the country's top ranches. There's also a surprisingly deep beer selection and a snack wagon serving small bites in the lounge area.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Sick of hearing about restaurants that play fast and loose with the worn out "farm-to-table" phrase? Well, Chef Roy Ellamar pulls off the concept better than anyone on the Strip at Harvest, with a wide-open dining room that mixes a casual energy with fine-dining precision. Freshly picked produce is prepared alongside sustainable seafood and choice cuts of meats from some of the country's top ranches. There's also a surprisingly deep beer selection and a snack wagon serving small bites in the lounge area.
Carson Kitchen, one of the last projects by the late Kerry Simon, continues to build on its reputation as Downtown's top destination restaurant after opening five years ago. The initial concept was simple -- recreate what a dinner party experience might be like in the celebrity chef's own private loft. The dining room keeps things casual with an industrial feel, rooftop patio, and tables just steps away from where everything is cooked. The dishes are based on introducing what could be uncommon ingredients to the general public -- foie gras, caviar, rabbit, oxtail -- in familiar vehicles like meatballs, mac n' cheese, meatloaf, and flatbreads.
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Carson Kitchen
124 South 6th Street
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Carson Kitchen, one of the last projects by the late Kerry Simon, continues to build on its reputation as Downtown's top destination restaurant after opening five years ago. The initial concept was simple -- recreate what a dinner party experience might be like in the celebrity chef's own private loft. The dining room keeps things casual with an industrial feel, rooftop patio, and tables just steps away from where everything is cooked. The dishes are based on introducing what could be uncommon ingredients to the general public -- foie gras, caviar, rabbit, oxtail -- in familiar vehicles like meatballs, mac n' cheese, meatloaf, and flatbreads.
As the SLS reverts back to being the Sahara, we hope Bazaar Meat sticks around as long as possible amid the remodeling. The José Andrés steakhouse offers the most creative take on a format well represented in Las Vegas. There’s something for everybody with a raw bar, caviar flights, and a diverse array of meat, ranging from wild boar sausage and Buffalo-style bison to a ten-pound suckling pig and three choices of Spanish bone-in Ribeye steaks. If you want things to get weird, start off with the foie gras cotton candy. Multi-course tasting menus are a great way to get the full experience, but come with that "defeated by food" feeling when it's all over. Arrive hungry, pace yourself, and go easy on the tableside-prepared sirloin tartare.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd
As the SLS reverts back to being the Sahara, we hope Bazaar Meat sticks around as long as possible amid the remodeling. The José Andrés steakhouse offers the most creative take on a format well represented in Las Vegas. There’s something for everybody with a raw bar, caviar flights, and a diverse array of meat, ranging from wild boar sausage and Buffalo-style bison to a ten-pound suckling pig and three choices of Spanish bone-in Ribeye steaks. If you want things to get weird, start off with the foie gras cotton candy. Multi-course tasting menus are a great way to get the full experience, but come with that "defeated by food" feeling when it's all over. Arrive hungry, pace yourself, and go easy on the tableside-prepared sirloin tartare.
One of the most stylish places to bring a date in Las Vegas, Mizumi has a beautiful view of an outdoor Koi pond and waterfall. (If you want an especially private and intimate meal, snag the table that sits alone on the water.) While the atmosphere is amazing, the food is even better: the Japanese offerings range from hot robata and teppanyaki meats to fresh sushi and sashimi. While dishes like the miso black cod and Peking duck may seem overly familiar, they are prepared with unique care and elegance. Mizumi is also one of the very few restaurants in the United States to serve certified authentic Kobe beef.
Mizumi
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
One of the most stylish places to bring a date in Las Vegas, Mizumi has a beautiful view of an outdoor Koi pond and waterfall. (If you want an especially private and intimate meal, snag the table that sits alone on the water.) While the atmosphere is amazing, the food is even better: the Japanese offerings range from hot robata and teppanyaki meats to fresh sushi and sashimi. While dishes like the miso black cod and Peking duck may seem overly familiar, they are prepared with unique care and elegance. Mizumi is also one of the very few restaurants in the United States to serve certified authentic Kobe beef.
For more than 10 years, Forte has been exposing Las Vegas diners to Eastern European culture. The intimate dining room, about 4 miles west of the Strip, is a cozy spot where local artwork hangs on the wall and no two tables look quite the same. The dishes, typically presented as shareable plates, are heavy on Russian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian recipes with a strong Spanish influence to round things out. Favorites include dill and yogurt stuffed peppers, potato dumplings, and Beef Stroganoff Americanized with French fries in place of pasta.
Forte Tapas
4180 South Rainbow Boulevard
For more than 10 years, Forte has been exposing Las Vegas diners to Eastern European culture. The intimate dining room, about 4 miles west of the Strip, is a cozy spot where local artwork hangs on the wall and no two tables look quite the same. The dishes, typically presented as shareable plates, are heavy on Russian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian recipes with a strong Spanish influence to round things out. Favorites include dill and yogurt stuffed peppers, potato dumplings, and Beef Stroganoff Americanized with French fries in place of pasta.
The Mandarin Oriental may have transformed into the Waldorf Astoria, but the property's best dinner destination remains in place. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is the only US restaurant by the French chef and includes sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows that quietly overlook the Las Vegas Strip from the 23rd floor. The menu of French fusion lives up to the restaurant’s name with new takes on familiar ingredients served in a bright and bold dining room with a four-seat bar ready to serve cocktails to accompany special two- or three-course menus.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
3752 S Las Vegas Blvd
The Mandarin Oriental may have transformed into the Waldorf Astoria, but the property's best dinner destination remains in place. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is the only US restaurant by the French chef and includes sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows that quietly overlook the Las Vegas Strip from the 23rd floor. The menu of French fusion lives up to the restaurant’s name with new takes on familiar ingredients served in a bright and bold dining room with a four-seat bar ready to serve cocktails to accompany special two- or three-course menus.
Raku has built a strong reputation as one of the best reasons to visit Chinatown. The Asian-inspired cuisine includes sushi and small bites from the robata grill, ranging from fire-roasted eggplant to the portobello-stuffed chicken. And the steamed foie gras egg custard has won over plenty of fans all by itself. If you crave something cool and different for dessert, sister restaurant Raku Sweets is just a few doors away, offering clever creations like the Mt. Exotic mango cream cake.
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Raku
5030 West Spring Mountain Road
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Raku has built a strong reputation as one of the best reasons to visit Chinatown. The Asian-inspired cuisine includes sushi and small bites from the robata grill, ranging from fire-roasted eggplant to the portobello-stuffed chicken. And the steamed foie gras egg custard has won over plenty of fans all by itself. If you crave something cool and different for dessert, sister restaurant Raku Sweets is just a few doors away, offering clever creations like the Mt. Exotic mango cream cake.
This spot belongs together with sister restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon... since they sit side-by-side as only two of three dining establishments in the United States by late French chef Joël Robuchon. The eponymous location is a little more fancy and, yes, a little more expensive while L'Atelier is a slightly more casual alternative that proves eating at a counter can actually enhance the dining experience. Either choice provides carefully crafted multicourse seasonal menus and free-flowing Champagne, as well as house-made pastries and desserts. Both restaurants offer deceptively intimate, but very different, dining experiences. With everything in good hands under respective executive chefs Christophe De Lellis and Jimmy Lisnard, guests can celebrate Robuchon's legacy with truffled langoustine ravioli, quail stuffed with foie gras, and other signature dishes. Not to mention the best mashed potatoes in Las Vegas.
Joel Robuchon
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
This spot belongs together with sister restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon... since they sit side-by-side as only two of three dining establishments in the United States by late French chef Joël Robuchon. The eponymous location is a little more fancy and, yes, a little more expensive while L'Atelier is a slightly more casual alternative that proves eating at a counter can actually enhance the dining experience. Either choice provides carefully crafted multicourse seasonal menus and free-flowing Champagne, as well as house-made pastries and desserts. Both restaurants offer deceptively intimate, but very different, dining experiences. With everything in good hands under respective executive chefs Christophe De Lellis and Jimmy Lisnard, guests can celebrate Robuchon's legacy with truffled langoustine ravioli, quail stuffed with foie gras, and other signature dishes. Not to mention the best mashed potatoes in Las Vegas.
The multi-course tasting menus aren't cheap but they are worth every penny at this Michelin-starred restaurant, the only American eatery owned by France's Guy Savoy. Everything here is only perfectly prepared and expertly served by a team that knows exactly how much time you need between courses, and for a great view, request a table near the window overlooking the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo.
Restaurant Guy Savoy
3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard
The multi-course tasting menus aren't cheap but they are worth every penny at this Michelin-starred restaurant, the only American eatery owned by France's Guy Savoy. Everything here is only perfectly prepared and expertly served by a team that knows exactly how much time you need between courses, and for a great view, request a table near the window overlooking the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo.
Marche Bacchus was doing just fine until a car crashed into the front of the restaurant in early 2018. The good news: Nobody got hurt. More good news: It was the perfect excuse to not only completely remodel the entrance, but add a big new bar with a killer Scotch and cocktail program. It complements the wine collection of nearly a thousand labels, which can be bought to go, or brought to your the table for just $10 more. We like the second option better, since it gives you a chance to try the escargot, eggplant terrine, pan-roasted duck breast, and other French-focused menu items by Chef Luciano Pellegrini. Throw in the waterside scenery of Lake Jacqueline and an expansive closed-in patio, and you've got a one-stop-shop for the perfect date night dinner.
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Marché Bacchus
2620 Regatta Drive
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locals recommend
Marche Bacchus was doing just fine until a car crashed into the front of the restaurant in early 2018. The good news: Nobody got hurt. More good news: It was the perfect excuse to not only completely remodel the entrance, but add a big new bar with a killer Scotch and cocktail program. It complements the wine collection of nearly a thousand labels, which can be bought to go, or brought to your the table for just $10 more. We like the second option better, since it gives you a chance to try the escargot, eggplant terrine, pan-roasted duck breast, and other French-focused menu items by Chef Luciano Pellegrini. Throw in the waterside scenery of Lake Jacqueline and an expansive closed-in patio, and you've got a one-stop-shop for the perfect date night dinner.
Thanks to an inventive and adventurous menu, this outpost of the famed French restaurant not only outpaced but outlasted the original in New York. With a dining room that overlooks the Bellagio fountains, the atmosphere feels more like an old Vegas supper club, comfortably worn in over the years with a staff that's equal parts knowledgeable and friendly. The presentation of the caviar-topped Maryland crabcake or sunchoke soup will catch your attention immediately, but it's the flavors you'll remember long after the meal has ended.
Le Cirque
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Thanks to an inventive and adventurous menu, this outpost of the famed French restaurant not only outpaced but outlasted the original in New York. With a dining room that overlooks the Bellagio fountains, the atmosphere feels more like an old Vegas supper club, comfortably worn in over the years with a staff that's equal parts knowledgeable and friendly. The presentation of the caviar-topped Maryland crabcake or sunchoke soup will catch your attention immediately, but it's the flavors you'll remember long after the meal has ended.
Things are looking up at the Stratosphere these days -- or "The Strat" is it's now officially called. Thanks to a rebranding that includes widespread renovations, the culinary program is getting a makeover, and the results are on full display at Top of the World. There's a renewed focus on sourcing like the grass-fed ribeye from Tasmania and cold water Indian Ocean prawns that taste perfect in little more than their own natural saltiness. The restaurant isn't straying far from its classic steakhouse image with old-school dishes like Lobster Thermidor, Maryland-style crab cakes, and even a Baked Alaska for dessert, but everything is prepared with incredible attention to detail. Of course, Top of the World still rotates near the top of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere tower, offering stunning 360-degree views to match the effort and motivation behind the menu.
10
locals recommend
Top of the World
2000 Las Vegas Blvd S
10
locals recommend
Things are looking up at the Stratosphere these days -- or "The Strat" is it's now officially called. Thanks to a rebranding that includes widespread renovations, the culinary program is getting a makeover, and the results are on full display at Top of the World. There's a renewed focus on sourcing like the grass-fed ribeye from Tasmania and cold water Indian Ocean prawns that taste perfect in little more than their own natural saltiness. The restaurant isn't straying far from its classic steakhouse image with old-school dishes like Lobster Thermidor, Maryland-style crab cakes, and even a Baked Alaska for dessert, but everything is prepared with incredible attention to detail. Of course, Top of the World still rotates near the top of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere tower, offering stunning 360-degree views to match the effort and motivation behind the menu.
What is it? A classic diner and lounge where partiers dig into late-night omelets and gather around fire pits with fruity cocktails. Why go? If you haven’t been to Peppermill, you haven’t really been to Las Vegas. The front half of the building is a 24-hour diner, where velvet booths welcome guests to hearty plates of eggs and hash browns and piled-high fruit plates. The back half is the Fireside Lounge, a glorious throwback to the days when disco ruled the dance floor, drowned in blacklight, packed with fake foliage and mirrors. Gather around a cozy fire pit and order a plate of nachos and the famous 64oz Scorpion Bowl.
34
locals recommend
Peppermill Fireside Lounge
2985 S Las Vegas Blvd
34
locals recommend
What is it? A classic diner and lounge where partiers dig into late-night omelets and gather around fire pits with fruity cocktails. Why go? If you haven’t been to Peppermill, you haven’t really been to Las Vegas. The front half of the building is a 24-hour diner, where velvet booths welcome guests to hearty plates of eggs and hash browns and piled-high fruit plates. The back half is the Fireside Lounge, a glorious throwback to the days when disco ruled the dance floor, drowned in blacklight, packed with fake foliage and mirrors. Gather around a cozy fire pit and order a plate of nachos and the famous 64oz Scorpion Bowl.
What is it? Dueling red and blue kitchens serving celebrity chef fare. Why go? Ramsay’s reality TV series Hell’s Kitchen has been on the air since 2005 and now diners can partake in the open kitchen battle between red and blue teams. Actually, there’s much more unison between the two kitchens than the show portrays, as stunning apps and entrees seamlessly arrive at your table with flavor and flare. But you’ll get into the spirit and enjoy watching chefs working side by side while sampling Ramsay’s signature risotto, scallops and filet mignon.
Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
What is it? Dueling red and blue kitchens serving celebrity chef fare. Why go? Ramsay’s reality TV series Hell’s Kitchen has been on the air since 2005 and now diners can partake in the open kitchen battle between red and blue teams. Actually, there’s much more unison between the two kitchens than the show portrays, as stunning apps and entrees seamlessly arrive at your table with flavor and flare. But you’ll get into the spirit and enjoy watching chefs working side by side while sampling Ramsay’s signature risotto, scallops and filet mignon.
A Las Vegas local favorite for the best tacos in town.
9
locals recommend
El Dorado Cantina
3025 S Industrial Rd
9
locals recommend
A Las Vegas local favorite for the best tacos in town.