Seasonal Delights and Comfort Food: Las Vegas' Best Restaurants for Fall

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Fall in Las Vegas is one of best times of year to enjoy beautiful weather in the desert, and the cooler temperatures invite hearty meals. Many restaurants strive to offer dishes in line with the season, showcasing the flavors of fall with inventive, memorable dishes.

Harvest by Roy Ellamar is dedicated to creating mouth-watering dishes from seasonal, sustainably produced food. Locally produced ingredients are a high priority, as is finding produce and protein from the highest quality sources. This is a place to enjoy the bounty of the season, with all its freshest flavor.

Comfort food is a perfect fit for sweater weather, and you’ll find plenty of Vegas restaurants to satisfy your cravings for something plentiful and satisfying. Steaks, meatloaf and fried chicken are some of the dishes you might find, but if you’re yearning for lasagna, Buddy V’s has you covered. Their Italian-American dishes are created from family recipes reminiscent of a Sunday meal at Grandmas, if your grandmother was Italian.

Getting together with friends and family is a hallmark of this time of year, and sharing a great meal together is one of the best ways to make memories. If you have a large group, check ahead to be sure the restaurant you have in mind can accommodate the number of people in your party.

Still wondering where to eat in Las Vegas this fall? Our list will give you a cornucopia of ideas.

10. Andiron Steak & Sea
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Andiron is recognized as one of Downtown Summerlin's premier restaurants, and in this upscale new complex, that designation is impressive considering the number of eateries to choose from. The elegantly designed restaurant is both beautiful and comfortable, providing the perfect backdrop to the wonderful food. The menu features a wide selection of quality steaks in a variety of cuts: hanger, skirt steak, ribeye, NY strip, filet and cowboy ribeye, with a choice of Andiron's steak sauce, BĂ©arnaise, green peppercorn or chimichurri. Other menu options include seafood, salmon and pork chops. Be sure to indulge in a few side dishes for the table. The crispy Brussels sprouts and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes are especially yummy, although it's hard to go wrong with any choice. A bar menu is also available and offers small plates like black truffle fries, crispy calamari and sliders.

9. Culinary Dropout
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Culinary Dropout takes traditional pub fare in some new directions, all of them delicious. The mouth-watering menu offers such delicious dishes as the juicy Fried Chicken, for which the restaurant is widely known, and tender meatloaf. Other choices include a Gorgonzola chicken Salad, the popular Soft Pretzels and Provolone Fondue and BBQ Pork Belly Nachos. There's even an extensive antipasti menu, showcasing tasty and hard-to-find meat and cheese selections. The restaurant also features an outdoor patio, complete with fire pits and a view of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's pool. It's the perfect place to enjoy a drink, and what gastropub experience would be complete without a tasty adult beverage in your hand? Luckily, Culinary Dropout has a large selection of beer, wine and cocktails, so there's sure to be something to quench everyone's thirst.

8. The Barrymore Restaurant
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The Barrymore's style is Old Vegas-meets-Old Hollywood, which suits this hidden gem perfectly. Situated right off the lobby of Royal Resort, everything from the velvety booths to the film reels on the ceiling oozes a vintage ambiance in all the right ways. The real draw, however, is the food, which is reasonably priced and delicious. You'll find classic American cuisine like steaks and seafood, prepared with a stylish, tasty twist, like the Berkshire Pork Chops, which are brined in cider and served with a blue cheese fondue, vincotto, grapes and brussels sprouts. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list and a menu of intriguing specialty cocktails, like the Howard Hughes, with Knob Creek bourbon, Aperol, Cocchi di Torino Vermouth and lemon juice.

7. Sparrow + Wolf
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Sparrow + Wolf's American-style cooking takes inspiration from the chef's travels, training and his Midwestern upbringing. Seasonal ingredients, great drinks, and a welcoming neighborhood vibe come together at this restaurant. To start your meal, the cured and raw menu offers hamachi, oysters and charcuterie. Shareable plates include oak grilled sea scallops, clams casino, beef skewer and duck. The Chef's Table, a multiple course meal, rotates dishes weekly. An extensive drink menu includes wine, beer and a selection of unique cocktails like the Get Off My Lawn--a two-step drink that starts with lighting cedar wood to smoke the inside of a glass you'll use to combine house-made maple/cherry beef jerky and orange peel with the liquid ingredients that bring the drink to life.

6. Carson Kitchen
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The small, charming Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas was among the first restaurants to take root in the on-going efforts to transform the downtown area in a chic, trendy place to hang out. Carson Kitchen's quiet ambiance is wonderful for meal when you'd like to have a conversation and a glass of great wine. The late chef Kerry Simon opened Carson Kitchen, and after its opening, the restaurant's innovative dishes quickly gained positive attention. "Social Plates" include "Devil's" Eggs, topped with crispy pancetta and caviar, BBQ burnt ends and veal meatballs with sherry foie gras cream. The flatbreads are ideal for sharing and pair well with a few shared plates. Entrees include burgers, fish and steak. The drink menu includes a wide selection of wines and beers, along with a selection of finely crafted cocktails.

5. Sage
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The elegant atmosphere at Sage sets the stage for a memorable meal of fresh, farm-to-table dishes. Artisanal meats and sustainable seafood form the foundation for a menu full of delectable choices. In addition to small bites and dinner menus, guests can also choose the chef's tasting menu (a vegan tasting menu is also available). The ever-changing menu features items like Kusshi oysters in an aged tequila mignonette, roasted veal sweetbreads, roasted heirloom beet salad, Iberico pork or duck breast with salted turnips, leek puree and black trumpet mushrooms. Each dish is artfully prepared and presented beautifully, with the seasonal flavors front and center in this inventive menu.

4. Buddy V's Ristorante
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Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro may be best known for his baking, but Buddy V's Ristoriante shows off his skills as a talented chef. Diners are treated to a taste of the Valastro family's beloved heirloom recipes, in a setting reminiscent of the Sunday dinner atmosphere at Buddy's grandmother's house. Offering new twists on Italian-American classics and family favorites, the flavorful menu features the family's takes on all the classics, like My Dad's Bucatini Carbonara, Nonna's Lasagna Al Forno and Lisa V's Linguine & Clams. Menu must-tries include Aunt Nina's Mozzarella en Carozza and the Valastro Sunday Gravy made with meatballs, sausage, lamb, pork and a bowl of rigatoni.

3. Honey Salt Restaurant
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Honey Salt features a farm-to-table-inspired menu that demonstrates you can find amazing regional products, even in the desert, if you're willing to put in the extra effort. Created by restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwall, the dishes here take comfort food to a new level. Must-tries for dinner include the Burrata & Heirloom Tomatoes salad with basil pesto and croutons and the juicy Mary's Free Range Brick Oven Chicken served with a side of the flavorful kale & Anaheim pepper mac n' cheese. For lunch, the humble hamburger gets elevated by tomato jam and butter pickles. The menu is complemented by a selection of hand-crafted cocktails, a diverse and approachable wine list and a great selection of beers, making Honey Salt a great off-Strip spot to catch up with family and friends.

2. Eatt
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The menu at Eatt was designed by French chefs to offer healthy, gourmet recipes with seasonal ingredients. Just a short drive west of the Strip, Eatt offers a comfortable, modern setting and well thought-out and delicious menu. Careful attention has been given to note dishes that are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, organic or vegan, and the menu changes to reflect ingredients currently in season. Winter entrees might includes dishes like the braised pork cheek with cabbage, apple, cinnamon and nutmeg puff pie; Cornish game hen with parsnips; or a succulent flank steak with mashed potato, leek and shitake. Do not forget dessert--each of Eatt's sweets is beautiful to look at as well as wonderfully tasty.

1. Harvest by Roy Ellamar
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Harvest by Roy Ellamar is a restaurant devoted to a farm-to-table sensibility. Designed to deliver healthy, sustainably sourced foods in innovatively delicious ways, the menu at Harvest is adjusted as needed to ensure the freshest food is served. The range of dishes at Harvest guarantees diners will find plenty to enjoy: grass-fed steak tartare, freshly caught seafood cooked in a stone oven, braised eggplant, organic chicken done to perfection in the rotisserie, scallops with black truffle sauce--the menu is full of delicious options. The cocktail menu features classic drinks with cold-pressed juices and homegrown herbs. Locavores will be pleased to know Harvest uses locally produced ingredients where they can, especially in the salads. The warm interior is comfortable and inviting, and the glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen will let you see the wonderful dishes being created.