Let's do Lunch: Las Vegas' 10 Best Restaurants for an Unforgettable Meal

10. Olives
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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas may feel like it’s designed for dinner, with the city’s selections of amazing restaurants setting the tone for a night out on the town. But what if you’re in the mood for a great lunch? Many Las Vegas restaurants are open for lunch, and diners can often take advantage of smaller crowds and lower prices, while also enjoying an exquisite meal.

Some of the best Las Vegas restaurants make lunch feel like an escape from the busy, glitzy Strip. At Veranda, diners looking for some peace and quiet along with their lunch will find a peaceful ambiance and a menu offering a range of Italian dishes. Many Las Vegas restaurants feature an upscale atmosphere for lunch that goes beyond the standard mid-day fare of burgers or salads.

If you're craving sustenance more than a chic escape, Hash House a Go Go will fix you up with generous portions of comfort food. Diners looking for a lunch that will sustain them throughout a day of sight-seeing and gambling will find plenty of options on the menu.

Local lunch spots are also good choices for larger portions and reasonable prices, often serving innovative, creative dishes that are every bit as good as any dinner entrée.

Still not sure where to do lunch in Vegas? Read on for our list of the 10 best Las Vegas restaurants for lunch.

10. Olives
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Offering a dining experience unlike any other, Todd English's Olives lets guests eat outside on a picturesque patio above Lake Bellagio, providing a view of the Fountains of Bellagio few ever get to see. Guests can take in this iconic Vegas attraction as they devour a menu of Mediterranean specialties, including tasty starter dishes like the Grilled Squid & Octopus and Tuna Carpaccio. Other lunchtime selections include a variety of flatbreads, house-made pastas and entrées ranging from the Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon to the Olives Burger. Whatever you decide on, be sure to try the popular Beef Carpaccio with Gorgonzola polenta, Parmesan, cipollini onions, balsamic reduction, scallion cream and garlic aioli--it's one of the restaurant's signature lunch dishes.

9. Due Forni
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Serving not one but two kinds of delicious pizza, Due Forni is the only gourmet pizza restaurant in the United States utilizing a new model of dual custom-designed Napolitano brick ovens to cook up authentic Neapolitan and Roman pies. Gourmet selections include pizzas like the flavorful Brasato, topped with braised short rib, parmigiano crema, calabrian peppers, fontina cheese and chimichurri. Aside from the original and flavorful pizza, the lunch specials offer tempting alternatives, like the gnocchi with basil pesto, house made sausage, pine nuts and parmigiano, served in just the right-sized portion to satisfy but not leave you too stuffed for dessert. For a light and sweet end to the meal, try the creamy Bufala Ricotta with imported Bufala ricotta, artisanal honey and toasted pistachios.

8. Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop
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Serving up one of Las Vegas' most unforgettable dining experience, Marché Bacchus is a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip, but feels worlds away. The small restaurant and wine shop is located in the Desert Shores community, and guests can watch the swans swim by as they dine on the restaurant's romantic patio overlooking Lake Jacqueline. The fabulous French cuisine keeps both locals and visitors coming back, but the lovely view doesn't hurt, either. For lunch, diners will find appetizers like cheese and charcuterie selections, escargot and steak tartare with a quail egg. Soups, salads, and an array of specialty sandwiches are offered, as well as entrees like Steak Frites, mussels or crepes.

7. Hash House A Go Go
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When you're hungry--and we mean really, really hungry--there's only one place in town to go: Hash House A Go Go. Serving up "twisted farm food" for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is famous for its enormous portions, like its one-pound stuffed burgers: two patties with stuffing in between on a fresh bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Other lunchtime favorites include the BBBLT farm-fresh sandwich--bacon, bacon and more bacon, with lettuce and tomato--and the Sage Fried Chicken stacked with Hash House A Go Go's famous bacon waffle, hot maple caramel reduction and crowned with fried leeks. The dishes aren't just large, they're so good you'll be tempted to eat the whole thing.

6. Le Thai
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Downtown Las Vegas has been attracting some great local restaurants, and Le Thai was among the first to arrive. Its flavorful, reasonably priced food is served in an open, airy space that includes a loosely enclosed patio that feels like it could be at a friend's house. Servers are friendly and happy to give suggestions. Lunch specials include several types of curry, vegetable stir fry or spicy eggplant, all with a choice of protein and a drink. The menu also offers soup, salad and noodle dishes. Take out is available. Appetizers are inexpensive and easy to share, like the tasty chicken satay or the ever-popular crispy spring rolls.

5. Burger Bar
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The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay has been around a while, having been one of the first upscale burger restaurants in Las Vegas--and it continues to serve delicious burgers, fries, and shakes. Renown Chef Hubert Keller, known not only for his award-winning food but also for his appearances on Top Chef (and his cooking show on PBS), is the mind behind Burger Bar. You'll find plenty of gourmet touches to these quality hamburgers. Patties made from beef, buffalo, lamb can be topped with things like grilled pineapple, a fried egg or some shrimp--choose from the Chef's Burgers or make your own. The American Classic is everything most burger lovers could want--Angus beef, cheese, bacon, tomato and onion--but the long list of menu options might make it hard to stick with your standard order.

4. Rollin Smoke Barbeque
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Juicy brisket, spicy hot links, fried catfish, ribs--Rollin Smoke offers up lunch with a Southern twist. The locally owned barbeque restaurant now has three locations, which is a testament to the popularity of their food. In addition to traditional barbeque servings of deliciously smoky meats in the restaurant's wonderful sauce, the menu includes sandwiches, burgers and a host of traditional sides like the tasty bacon potato salad, Kick'n BBQ Beans, collard greens and cornbread. For dessert, don't miss the homemade peach cobbler or "Mama's" banana pudding. Rollin Smoke is the place for down-home comfort food, served in a unpretentious space. Delivery and take out is also available.

3. MOzen Bistro
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Located on the third floor of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, this contemporary and stylish Asian bistro offers a relaxed ambiance where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows offer a view of CityCenter, and the impeccable service will leave you feeling spoiled. Its enticing menu caters to all kinds of tastes and diets, including vegan and gluten-free diners. Separate gluten-free and vegan menus are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The variety of delicious dishes range from Eggs Benedict to a charcuterie board with wild boar salami, Mortadella and Serrano ham. For lunch, diners can choose from tempting choices like sushi rolls, organic quinoa salad, ceviche, Thai beef salad, burgers and sandwiches.

2. 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 lunch 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, and Veal Meatballs with sherry foie gras cream. The flatbreads are ideal for lunchtime sharing and go well with a few shared plates. The drink menu includes a wide selection of wines and beers, along with a selection of finely crafted cocktails.

1. Veranda
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With its serene atmosphere, Veranda at the Four Seasons offers lunch-goers a quiet and upscale place for the mid-day meal. Guests have the option of dining on an expansive garden terrace that overlooks the resort's lushly landscaped private pool during warmer months (generally March-December), a veritable oasis of calm among the frenzy found on the Las Vegas Strip. Even if you don't dine outside, Veranda's mouth-watering Italian menu is enough to create an unforgettable dining experience. Lunchtime selections vary from a tempting selection of appetizers like Sicilian meatballs and calamari fritti to entrées like the Penne Caprese with heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil, plus a selection of Paninis and wood-fired pizzas.