Large casinos will invariably offer a variety of dining options, ranging from the omni-present buffet to simple cafes to gourmet restaurants.
Heart Attack Grill450 Fremont StHours: Mon-Sat 11 am - 2 amThe Heart Attack Grill is an American hamburger restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada (formerly Chandler, Arizona). It has courted controversy by serving high-calorie menu items with deliberately provocative names.The establishment is a hospital theme restaurant: waitresses ("nurses") take orders ("prescriptions") from the customers ("patients"). A tag is wrapped on the patient's wrist showing which foods they order and a "doctor" examines the "patients" with a stethoscope. The menu includes "Single", "Double", "Triple", and "Quadruple Bypass" hamburgers, ranging from 8 to 32 ounces (230 to 910 g) of beef (up to about 8,000 calories), all-you-can-eat "Flatliner Fries" (cooked in pure lard), beer and tequila, and soft drinks such as "Jolt" and Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola made with real sugar. Customers over 350 lb (160 kg) in weight eat for free if they weigh in with a doctor or nurse before each burger. Beverages and to-go orders are excluded and sharing food is also not allowed for the free food deal.
The most famous buffets in Las Vegas are at the Rio, Bellagio, Paris and Planet Hollywood, though the newly opened Wynn buffet is becoming more and more of a favorite with tourists and locals alike. The best buffets typically run about $30 a person for a weekend dinner. Lunch is your best value at most buffets when they are around half price, breakfasts are cheapest and often have a great spread too. Do not forget that tipping your buffet waiter 10-15% is customary. You can leave cash on the table at the end of your meal or tip the cashier at the counter on a credit card. Some buffets give "early bird" discounts, which means that if you arrive early the price is a few dollars lower.
Le Village Buffet3131 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 946-7000Featuring dishes from five French provinces, the Village Buffet offers exquisite classic French foods, some made to order, and seasonal specialties under a faux sky in a village-like setting. Patrons may, for example, choose to sit in a town square or French country home. Lines can be long. For an extra $10 per person, patrons can go to the head of the line. Spice Market3400 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 785-5555The casino changed names, but the buffet is the same. All styles of food including good seafood. Line moves fast. Village Seafood Buffet@Rio3700 W Flamingo RdPhone: +1 702 777-7777Hours: Su-Th 4PM-10PM, F Sa 3PM-11PMPrice: $34.99 (dinner only)This buffet is one of the better buffets in Las Vegas, with an extensive seafood collection (as well as other items). Lines can be long. Note that the Rio also offers the Carnivale World Buffet, which is cheaper but does not offer a total seafood oriented buffet, but features a changing variety of dishes featuring seafood. Tables are close together, and can be noisy. The Buffet@Wynn3131 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 770-7100Hours: 8AM-10PM, Sa Su brunch 8AM-3PM16 exhibition cooking stations and a luxurious selection of extraordinary dishes. Dress is casual. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served, with champagne brunch on weekends. The Buffet@Bellagio3600 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 693-7111Hours: 7AM-10PM daily, Sa Su brunch 7AM-4PMPrice: no charge 4 and underArguably the best buffet on the Strip, with the dinner menu including pre-split crab legs, venison, Kobe beef, and wild boar. Gourmet Friday dinner includes Beef Wellington, Rack of Lamb, Veal Ossobuco, Grilled Swordfish, and Curried Duck Legs. The Buffet has spectacular selections from Italy, China, and Japan as well as fresh seafood and traditional American food. Wait to enter can be 90 minutes or more.
On the Strip
Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare@WynnChef Paul Bartolotta focuses on the fish, which was pulled out of the Mediterranean 48 hours before serving. Great clams, lobsters, and Sicilian amberjack. Dine al fresco alongside the manmade lagoon behind the restaurant. Mr. Lucky's 24-7@Hard Rock HotelSandwiches, salads, and sundaes are popular at the rock and roll diner, but nothing compares with the people watching! Open 24 hours per day! Mon Ami Gabi@ParisPhone: +1 702 944-4224Price: Mains start at $20Nice restaurant serving mostly steaks and seafood. The staff makes a tribute to the restaurant's location by talking with French accent. Nobu@Hard Rock HotelA staple for Las Vegas sushi lovers, newcomers will discover a fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with Latin spices and flavors. Olives@BellagioPhone: +1 866 259-7111Todd English's legendary restaurant. Enjoy a Mediterranean-style experience set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Bellagio. House-made pastas, steaks, rotisserie dishes, brick oven pizzas and sommelier-recommended wines complement the dining atmosphere. Pink Taco@Hard Rock HotelPrice: Mains $12-18Decoration and staff are half pirate ship, half Suicide Girls, but the Mexican food (and the margaritas) are tasty and served in generous portions. Silk Road@VdaraPan Asian restaurant. Try the blueberry ricotta pancakes slathered in honeycomb butter. StripburgerOutdoor bar serving sliders. Great for stopping in for a few mini burgers and beers that won't fill you up on the way to your next destination. Waitresses are good-looking. Tao@VenetianPhone: +1 702 388-8338Fax: +1 702 388-8308Hours: Su-Th 5PM-midnight, F Sa 5PM-1AMPrice: $30-50A beautifully decorated pan-Asian restaurant that doubles as a nightclub offering good food at moderately high prices. THE Steak House@Circus CircusPhone: +1 702 794-3767Hours: Su-F 5PM-10PM, Sa 5PM-11PMPrice: $40-70Considered to be a hidden gem, THE Steak House at Circus Circus doesn't seem fit in with its surroundings; indeed, it has been consistently voted one of the best steaks in Las Vegas for over twenty years. Beautiful decor, outstanding food, and impeccable service, as well as an extensive wine list.
Off the Strip
Bahama Breeze375 Hughes Center DrServes great tropical food. Large portions with a great atmosphere. Famous for their Jerk Chicken Pasta, Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and wide variety of hand-crafted tropical drinks such as the Bahamarita. This is a great place to get away and relax from the crowds of people on the Strip. Ellis Island Casino RestaurantThe $6.95 steak special is consistently voted one of the best deals in Las Vegas. It's not on the menu, so ask for it specifically. If steak is not your thing the restaurant has plenty of other selections at cheap prices. In addition, Ellis Island has barbecue every night from 4-10PM. Ellis Island also brews its own beer, and serves them in the casino bar in 20 oz glasses for $1.50. ENVY, The Steakhouse3400 Paradise RdENVY is the proud winner of the 2005 Las Vegas Life Magazine Epicurean Award Best New Restaurant Off the Strip, as well as the Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence annually from 2005 to 2009. Originally inspired by Chef Richard Chamberlain, the distinctive ENVY menu includes premium quality, fresh ingredients from select purveyors around the country, featured in innovative dishes that redefine traditional steakhouse cuisine. Enjoy the highest quality Kobe filet, prime rib roast, Black Angus filet and prime bone-in rib eye. The walk-in wine cellar features 1,500 bottles of wine. H2(EAU)2000 Fashion Show DrPhone: +1 702 476-7423H2(eau) features casual American favorites and offers a vibrant atmosphere in which to dine poolside. Lawry's The Prime Rib4043 Howard Hughes PkwyPhone: +1 702 893-2223Juicy, succulent portions of the company namesake, Prime Rib. All prime rib dinners include original spinning bowl salad, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and whipped creamed horseradish. If you don't want prime rib (why go eat at a place called The Prime Rib if you don't want it?) there's always a ribeye steak available and a couple fish dishes.
The Beat Coffee Shop6th and FremontHours: wk days 7am - 12am, sat 9am -12am, sun 9am - 3pmPrice: $10FREE WIFI, salads, sandwichs. mostly locals.
Pasta Pirate12 E Ogden AvePhone: +1 702 385-1222Hours: Closed TuDelicious steaks, seafood, and pasta. A romantic darkened wharf decor with a view to the chef's flaming grill. The steak and lobster special is a really great value. All dinners include a glass of house wine. Call ahead for reservations to avoid a long wait.
Luv-It Frozen CustardHidden some two blocks north of the Stratosphere Tower and just east of South L.V. Blvd on the north side of Oaky. This family operation offers excellent frozen custards with outstanding toppings. Their blue building with white pillars and trim shares a parking lot with a convenience store.