Las Vegas is a town made for tourists, more so than probably any where else in the world. You have what seems like a limitless number of activities to part you from your money. All in a fun and entertaining way. One of the fun ways I like to ‘part with my money’ is having an incredible meal, and fortunately in the lights of Las Vegas there are ample restaurants to do this in. We have previously told you about all the great restaurants in downtown Las Vegas, in this post we will focus on the strip and surrounding areas. So without further ado, here’s our selection of the best places to eat in Las Vegas.
Slice of Vegas
Slice of Vegas knows how to make a good Pizza, but don’t let the name fool you; it offers a lot more than just slices of pizza. Here you get to pick from all your Italian favorites at one of the friendliest restaurants we have been to. The food was great, the service was fast and it was also one of the best priced restaurants we found on the Strip. Also, we recommend you grab a ‘Hey Sugar Lips’ Cocktail. I had to drag Nicole away before she drank 10 of them!
You will find Slice of Vegas in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place. You can’t see it from the strip, but it’s easy to find and well worth it. I can imagine Slice of Vegas would be great for parties and events. It has a fun atmosphere and with the open plan you can watch the world go by as you enjoy some of your Italian favorites.
Fú was a great little restaurant we found at Hard Rock Casino and Hotel which, as they put it, is ‘Asian Cuisine with attitude’. After wandering around looking at all the memorabilia that Hard Rock is famous for, we sat down for a delicious meal. The restaurant offers a large variety of authentic dishes from all over Asia at a very reasonable price.
We have a habit of ordering Pad Thai when it is available. In fact, you could almost say we are ‘Pad Thai connoisseurs’ and after our meal we only have positive things to say. Fú translated means ‘luck’, but I don’t think ‘lick’ had anything to do with it; the chef obviously knew what they was doing.
You will find Fú upstairs at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and it’s open for lunch and dinner. While this one isn’t on the strip, there are a couple of options to get you there. Firstly if you are feeling up for it, it’s only a 20 minute walk from Planet Hollywood (on the strip), or you can catch the Hard Rock Hotel courtesy bus to and from the strip (runs hourly).
When you walk into the Strip House you feel like you are walking in to watch a 30s burlesque show. Mood lighting and the dark red furnishing make you feel like you have stepped back in time. However, instead of a ‘scantly clad women’ show, you get a show for your taste buds. I don’t know if I’ve ever left a restaurant with more food in my belly in my life. Most of the time you just say enough is enough, but the food was so good I didn’t want to leave anything on my plate.
The Strip House is a steak house that knows a thing or two about how to cook a steak (we highly recommend the New York Strip). And then they bring out their 24 layer chocolate cake. Yes, 24 layers! It was good, but that wasn’t even our favorite desert. That honor goes to the caramelized banana tart.
You will find the Strip House on the second floor of the Planet Hollywood Casino overlooking the casino floor below. I think the intention of the Strip House is to fill you with such great food that you feel to full to leave the casino, and instead try and win big on their gaming floor.
Dal Toro Las Vegas Ristorante
Dal Toro is another Italian based restaurant open all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It serves most of your standard Italian dishes and is very popular for it’s pizza. We particularly liked the Cannelloni and it’s béchamel and marinara sauce. The service was top notch and the restaurant had a great Italian feel.
Located right on the strip at the Venetian, the restaurant offers both inside and outside dining. It’s great to sit out on the patio for lunch and people watch (and Las Vegas is a great place to people watch!) for an hour or so while you enjoy your food. And just to keep the guys interested, right next door to the restaurant is a collection of cars, ranging from the classic to new sport cars, in a gallery.
Tao is an Asian-inspired restaurant that is… well… inspiring. What I loved about Tao was that it some how managed to blend both upper-class dining with trendy dining. You notice it as soon as you walk in to the entrance of the restaurant, past the small ponds with floating flowers, beautiful Asian decorations and a giant Buddha that needs to be seen to be believed. Somehow they have made the traditional Asian theme very trendy, and all this before you take your seat!
There is no point being trendy and creating the perfect atmosphere if you can’t back it up with great food. Lucky for Tao their food more than meets that expectation. The food was first class. We had a selection of meals, and we couldn’t fault any of them. Our favorite was the kobe ribeye, which was cooked to perfection, and the crispy orange chicken. The meal was presented well and tasted even better.
Tao can be found in what I believe to be one of the best looking hotels on the strip, the Venetian. It is very popular and you should definitely book in advance. Also, if you feel up to it after dinner they have a Tao Nightclub right next door for you to enjoy the remainder of the night.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? Do you believe they deserve to be on ‘the best places to eat in Las Vegas’ list?
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