Las Vegas' 10 Best Restaurants Off the Strip: Well Worth the Drive

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Some of Las Vegas' best restaurants are found off-Strip, and usually at a substantially lower cost than what's found on the Strip. Casual gastropubs, elegant steakhouses and one-of-a-kind finds serve delectable meals certain to please diners looking for something different.

At Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop, diners may feel like they're not in Las Vegas at all. The serene lakeside dining environment feels world away and shows no signs of being in a desert, yet it's only a short drive from the Strip. Panevino's much-lauded Italian food is served with a view of the Strip in the background, giving this off-the-Strip find a distinctive ambiance.

Steakhouses have been a Las Vegas dining staple since the city's early days, and off-Strip steakhouses remain solid choices for great meals. Echo and Rig, in the western part of Las Vegas, is both a butcher shop and a restaurant. Andiron, one of Las Vegas' newer eateries, features steaks and seafood by an award-winning restaurant team.

The classic Old Vegas dining experience is still alive off the Strip at places like Piero's, which has been in business for more than 30 years and has even made a few movie appearances. Downtown serves up a fair number of classic dining experiences, which only makes sense since it's an area of Las Vegas that's retained some of the city's earlier style.

Still not sure which restaurant to try? Our list will help you narrow down your options for Las Vegas' best off-the-Strip restaurants.

10. Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse
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Echo and Rig's distinctive design, which features a butcher shop on the first floor, elevates the traditional steakhouse experience. The décor's comfortable, slightly industrial style keep the atmosphere casual and welcoming, and diners come dressed both casually and more formally. Serving lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch, signature selections include the Spencer Steak, classic Rib-Eye, and the unusual Bavette ("American Kobe" beef), as well as a host of other Butcher's Cuts steaks (including tri-tip, flank and skirt). All steaks are served with a selection of tasty sauces like a red wine demi, brandied mushroom, and horseradish cream. Beef isn't the only choice at Echo and Rig, which also offers lamb, chicken, and fish.

9. Vic & Anthony's
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Vic & Anthony's in Houston is routinely voted one of America's 10 best steakhouses, and its second location in Las Vegas lives up to its predecessor. The classic downtown steakhouse features a menu of succulent beef dishes, as well as seafood and chicken. Guests can start off their meal with one of the restaurant's remarkable appetizers, like the Maple Glazed Quail or Steak Tartare, or dig in to the hearty Steakhouse Chopped Salad: mixed greens tossed with white and cheddar cheese, salami and vinaigrette. All dishes come accompanied by an eclectic wine selection and Vic & Anthony's impeccable service, providing a truly memorable off-the-Strip dining experience.

8. 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 good eateries to choose from. The team behind Andiron includes Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, long-time Las Vegas residents who've built restaurants all over the world. 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 and seafood, an ice bar, and side dishes that perfectly complement the main entr�es. A bar menu is also available and offers small plates like a cheese and charcuterie board and a lobster roll to go along with Happy Hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

7. Piero's
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This retro-styled Vegas mainstay remains true to its roots, with rich leather booths and plenty of attitude-infused atmosphere to go along with the great Italian food. A recipient of many prestigious awards including the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award and the DiRona Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), Piero's is as popular today as it was more than 30 years ago when it was the new, hip dining spot in town. In fact, its menu of traditional Italian cuisine is so legendary, it hasn't changed since the restaurant opened. Signature dishes include the Scaloppine Milanese and Linguine All'Aragosta. Piero's also boasts a superb wine list--1,900 wines and another 10,000 bottles--making it the meeting place for Las Vegas' high-powered decision makers, politicians and even Hollywood stars.

6. Raku Grill
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Raku in Las Vegas' Chinatown attracts chefs from all over the city. It's a popular foodie destination, having been on its fair share of travel and food shows. Some of the menu's stars include pork ear, pork cheek and homemade tofu. Diners will find specialties usually only available in Japan. The food here attracts the most dedicated food lovers with its wide menu of delights, like Steamed Foi Gras Egg Custard, or Kobe beef in several preparations. This Japanese restaurant has expanded, but it's still a small place, so reservations are a must. Plan on a short cab ride from the Strip.

5. 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 Provole 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 drink, and what gastropub experience would be complete without an alcoholic beverage in your hand? Luckily, two-thirds of Culinary Dropout's menu is dedicated to beer, wine and cocktails, so there's sure to be something to quench everyone's thirst.

4. 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 and served with a blue cheese fondue, vincotto, grapes and brussels sprouts. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list, featuring 50 selections under $50. The restaurant's Social Hour is Tuesday through Friday from 5-7 p.m., when guests can enjoy small plates like Grilled Octopus and Roast Bone Marrow, $2 beers, $20 bottles of Champagne and $5 glasses of wine.

3. Panevino
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Worth the trip no matter where you're staying in Las Vegas, Panevino serves a menu that appeals to those seeking authentic, traditional Italian cuisine and those looking for a meat-free menu. With unrivaled views of the Las Vegas Strip framed by slanted window walls, Panevino delivers an exclusive and intimate vibe that's a true throw-back to classic Las Vegas dining. Cozy booths and tables make up the main dining room while couches, low-top tables and plush chairs provide a relaxed and inviting atmosphere in the bar and lounge area. The service is as remarkable as the menu, which also includes gluten-free options. A continuously updated, extensive world-class wine list rounds out the exquisite dining experience.

2. Oscar's Beef Booze Broads
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This Downtown Las Vegas steakhouse is named after former mayor Oscar Goodman and epitomizes "meal with a view." Located inside the Plaza's iconic dome, the restaurant provides diners with a stunning view of Fremont Street and downtown Las Vegas. Inside, Oscar's décor incorporates memorabilia from Goodman's 12-year tenure as mayor, including personal artifacts, photographs and news clips. While the atmosphere is truly unmatched, Oscar's perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill and made-from-scratch sides also keep guests coming back for more. Be sure to try the juicy Prime Rib, which goes great with Jose Leonardo's Roasted Corn Brulee, and don't forget to start your dinner with the Alpine Village Famous Chicken Supreme Soup–locally renowned for its deliciousness.

1. 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. Located in the Desert Shores community, guests can watch the swans swim by as they dine on the restaurant's romantic patio along Lake Jacqueline. The fabulous French cuisine is worth the drive, and keeps both locals and visitors coming back. In addition to cheese and charcuterie selections, the bistro serves soups, salads, appetizers and an array of specialty sandwiches and entrees. Diners can choose from delectable offerings like Duck Lasagna, Red Wine Braised Beef, Steak Frites and Seared Scallops. Guests who would like to take advantage of the wine shop can roam the store's extensive selections and pick the bottle they'd like.