New and Popular Las Vegas Restaurants Deliver on Creative Flavors

By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas has become a dining destination, and new, popular restaurants continue to appear on and off the Strip. All the culinary creativity in the city is a definite bonus for anyone who loves to eat out.

Two of the most highly anticipated new restaurants are on the Strip, and both bring powerful and flavor-filled Asian-inspired menus to town. Momofuku Las Vegas and Morimoto Las Vegas had food critics and foodies counting down the days until these acclaimed eateries opened.

While the Strip attracts many new restaurants, you’ll find restaurants throughout Las Vegas serving fresh, innovative dishes of all styles. Going off the Strip can turn up wonderful finds at prices that are consistently less than the hottest and most popular places on the Strip.

Healthy options and quality locally-sourced ingredients drive the menus of many popular restaurants in Las Vegas. Poke, sushi and Asian-influenced food is a standout for just those reasons.

Interesting interior designs and unique, creative flavor combinations are some of the best parts of new restaurants, especially the popular ones. Be sure to check well ahead for reservations, especially if you’d like a table during peak times on the weekends.

Las Vegas is filled with great restaurants, but you’ll want to check out our list for ideas on the newest and most popular.

9. Le Pho
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Le Pho is an Asian eatery tucked away in Downtown Las Vegas in the trendy Juhl condo building. Its chef, Khai Vu, is originally from Vietnam and is behind some other newer and very successful restaurants in Las Vegas, like Chinatown's District One. At Le Pho, you can start off with traditional crispy Vietnamese style egg rolls with pork, carrots, bean thread noodle and mushroom filling, or try the grilled Vietnamese pork meat balls, Nem Nuong, that come in lettuce cups with vermicelli noodles, topped with mint, crushed peanuts and scallion oil. Banh Mi is offered with several fillings, and you'll find a good selection of pho, along with entrees like ginger chicken, stir-fry and even Wok Tossed Filet Mignon.

8. 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. Entrees include dishes like a salmon marinated in miso and honey, served with clams, parsnip puree, beet and bok choy, or the duck, which comes with sweet potato puree, mushrooms, chestnuts, grapes and a lemongrass and ginger dressing. Desserts include tiramisu, a macaron, exotic fruits, chocolate cake, cream puffs or cheesecake with a tangerine liquid heart and calamansi cream.

7. Tail and Fin
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Tail and Fin is located off the Strip in a local Vegas neighborhood, and its casual, fast, healthy food has gained a following. The Japanese-inspired menu was created by one of Nobu's Executive Chefs, Karu Wedhas. All of the menu's combinations are available as a sushi burrito, poke bowl or salad. Signature creations include The Stupid Good Tuna, which combines ahi tuna, surimi crab, romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, tempura flakes and sauce. Several of these delicious creation pack a little punch, like the Yo Adrian, that comes with salmon, cream cheese, romaine lettuce, jalapeno, avocado, red onion and chili garlic aioli. Customers can also build their own creations, and sushi tacos and avocado boats are also offered.

6. Beauty and Essex
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Chef Chris Santos, well-known in New York and from the popular cooking show "Chopped," is the mind behind Beauty and Essex. The front of the restaurant is an styled like pawn shop, so guests get to feel like they've found a literal hidden gem. Signature dishes include roasted bone marrow with rioja-braised shallot marmalade, grilled cheese smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings and elote style scallops, with charred corn salad, chipotle, lime and cilantro. Other selections include lobster tacos, short rib mac & cheese and entrees like oven braised chicken meatballs, basil pesto ravioli with rock shrimp and tomato fondue and seared rare tuna with tomato salad and black olives. Don't forget dessert--a choice like Peanut Butter Pie Sundae or Devil's Food Layer Cake is the perfect way to finish a meal here.

5. Libertine Social
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The tag line at Libertine Social is "eat, drink and liberate," and this saucy restaurant is gaining a reputation as a hotspot. Defining itself as a next-generation gastropub, Libertine Social serves New American and offers a pioneering cocktail program. Dishes like baked goat cheese, house made soft pretzels and foie gras mousse make deciding on just one thing difficult. A delicious selection of flatbreads and both a sausage and cheese board are just a few of the very share-able dishes you can start with. Full-size entrees like chicken, lamb, pork, and scallops, along with Wagyu skirt steak and a 20 ounce ribeye are some of the choices offered if you've got a big appetite. The food is only part of the equation here, however, with the "drink and liberate" portion of the menu featuring every kind of drink and cocktail you can imagine, plus a few.

4. Zuma Las Vegas
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Zuma at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features modern Japanese cuisine and world-class cocktails, all served in sophisticated yet comfortable environment. The inspiration here is the informal izakaya dining style, which is something like a Japanese pub or a tavern. The food is served in a shareable, tapas-style way. The idea is to serve Japanese cuisine that is authentic, but not traditional. Dishes are available from a sushi counter, main kitchen and a robata grill. Sushi and sashimi includes rolls and specialties, while Zuma's signature dishes include things like a rice hot pot with mushrooms and vegetables, oven roasted chicken and rib eye steak. The robata grill offers pork belly, king crab, lamb and Wagyu beef, among other choices.

3. Andre's Bistro and Bar
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The original Andre's in Las Vegas was well-known for wonderful French food, and the tradition of great food lives on at the recently opened Andre's Bistro & Bar. The "Andre" in the title is Chef Andre Rochat, who just closed a restaurant at the Monte Carlo on the Strip and still operates Alize at the Palms, both acclaimed for his notable food. The menu at his bistro-styled tavern includes a variety of dishes, even a burger, but you'll also find seared foie gras, Frog Legs Provencal and escargots on the menu. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Andre's is conveniently located in the southwest portion of the Las Vegas valley.

2. Moriomoto Las Vegas
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Chef Masaharu Morimoto gained recognition as one of the stars of "Iron Chef" and "Iron Chef America," an accomplishment that was the result both of the quality of his food as well as his striking stage presence. Now with a Las Vegas restaurant open, fans of the chef and his acclaimed food have another place to enjoy his creations. Morimoto Las Vegas includes a cocktail lounge, sushi bar, main dining room and a teppan grill. Tuna pizza, oyster foie gras and braised black cod are some of the menu's featured items. The beautiful, peaceful design features exotic photographs and provides a comfortable, inviting atmosphere for guests to savor their meal.

1. Momofuku Las Vegas
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The first West Coast restaurant from noted chef David Chang had food lovers of all kinds excited for months (or longer) before the Las Vegas location opened in 2017. As with all Momofuku locations, an emphasis is placed on local, sustainable and responsibly sourced food. Popular dishes include steamed buns with choices like pork belly, shrimp, shiitake or chicken, and the Kimchi Stew gets plenty of fans. The menu here is wide enough to encompass both noodles and rice as well as entrees like a Wagyu Filet Mignon with marrow butter and maitake mushrooms, or the fried chicken and caviar. The dishes here are full of flavor and innovation, one of the reasons the restaurant has become so popular.