Working up an appetite: mouthwatering restaurants near the Las Vegas Convention Center
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
If you're a foodie, the Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the best places in the world to have a convention to go to, as many of the city's top restaurants are conveniently located nearby. In fact, some are located within walking distance!
Hungry for dinner and a show? North America's largest Benihana is located just steps away from the convention center inside LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Celebrity-favorite Piero's can also be found only a few steps away on Convention Center Drive, where guests can dig in to the same remarkable Italian fare enjoyed by such notable guests as Keith Richards, Justin Timberlake and former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. Convention Center Drive is also where guests can find The Barrymore, one of Las Vegas' best-kept secrets.
Just south of the convention center on Paradise Road, guests will find several delectable eateries, including the popular Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar and family-owned Ferraro's. The street is also home to Las Vegas' first and only German beer hall and restaurant, Hofbräuhaus, which imports its beer from Munich.
Since the Las Vegas Convention Center is located just east of the Strip, convention guests are also only a quick cab or monorail ride away from some of the Strip's top restaurants, including Top of the World, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro and THE Steakhouse at Circus Circus.
For more on these and other mouthwatering establishments close by, check out our list of the 10 best restaurants near the Las Vegas Convention Center below.
10 Fogo de Chao
Come hungry to this authentic churrascaria, which offers guests a truly savory all-you-can-eat steakhouse experience. Fogo de Chao's menu features 16 different cuts of slow-roasted meats carved tableside by authentic gaucho chefs as well as a sumptuous 30-plus item gourmet salad and sides bar featuring traditional Southern Brazilian side dishes. Signature cuts of beef include the Picanha, a prime cut of top sirloin seasoned with sea salt or garlic, and two perfectly seasoned filet mignon cuts of tenderloin, one served wrapped in bacon! Fogo de Chao also offers an enticing array of desserts to finish the meal with, like its signature Papaya Cream made with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Creme de Cassis liqueur. (702-431-4500)
9 The Steak House at Circus Circus
This year, THE Steak House at Circus Circus celebrates 32 years of irresistible food and unbeatable service on the Las Vegas Strip. It has been voted Best of Las Vegas for more than 20 years and received Zagat's outstanding rating in 2014. The award-winning restaurant features mesquite-grilled steaks, prime rib, lobster and crab legs in a traditional steakhouse setting. Its Midwestern beef is aged to perfection for 21 days in a glass-enclosed aging room and then prepared over an open-hearth mesquite charcoal broiler. Its mouthwatering cuisine coupled with its impeccable service make THE Steak House one of the best-kept dining secrets in Las Vegas. (702-794-3767)
A Las Vegas favorite for almost 30 years, this family-owned restaurant located just down the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center is famous for its fine Italian cuisine created from time-honored family recipes. House-made sausages, family-recipe meatballs, prepared all-natural meats, Safe Harbor Certified seafood and freshly made pastas and sauces provide the foundation of Ferraro's lunch, dinner and late-night menus. Signature dishes range from the Carpaccio di Tonno, thinly sliced herb-encrusted ahi tuna topped with diced tomatoes, olives, capers, red onion and fennel, to the tender Osso Buco. An expansive selection of Italian wines--including 18 wines by the glass, several half-bottle and large-format selections as well as an additional tasting list including more than one dozen rare labels available in one-, three- and five-ounce pours--complements the unforgettable dining experience. (702-364-5300)
7 Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
An exact replica of the legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first and only German beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas. Offering an authentic Bavarian experience, from the traditional Beer Hall bursting with nightly live entertainment to the tree-lined Beer Garden, it's the perfect place to unwind with a couple of pints after a busy day on the convention center floor. Menu selections range from classic Bavarian sausages like the Majoram veal bratwurst to Bavarian-style burgers, sandwiches and specialties like Sauerbraten and Bierkutscher Steak: a delicately seasoned 10-ounce strip loin grilled to perfection and served with roasted onions and mashed potatoes. Whatever you decide on, don't forget to wash everything down with one of Hofbräuhaus' classic Bavarian brews, imported directly from Munich. (702-853-2337)
Benihana is the first name in exhibition-style, Japanese cuisine, offering guests a true feast for the senses. Masterful chefs demonstrate their skills nightly on hibachi tables, where a full-range of unique and traditional dishes are cooked to order. Sip authentic sake and listen to the sounds of gentle rains in the two-story "village" that recreates an ancient Japanese setting complete with burbling streams and occasional rainstorms. Appetizers include fresh sushi and sashimi, while entree selections range from the flavorful Hibachi Chicken to the savory Filet Mignon. All entrees are served with a combination of fresh mushrooms, onion and zucchini, as well as hibachi shrimp, Japanese onion soup, salad, steamed rice and hot green tea. Even though stomachs are sure to leave satisfied, taste buds will always be left salivating for more! (702-732-5755, 702-732-5821)
5 Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a weekend brunch, this exquisite restaurant showcases traditional French bistro cuisine in addition to Prime dry-aged and wet-aged steaks. Other selections include an iced seafood bar and a cheese and charcuterie bar featuring more than 60 farmhouse and artisanal cheeses and salamis from around the world. A recipient of the "Best of" award from Wine Spectator from 2009-2013, Morels also boasts an impressive wine collection, featuring more than 400 selections from primarily French and Californian growers. More than 60 wines are available by the glass, and for rarer vintages, a state-of-the-art European wine dispensing system called an Enomatic allows guests to taste wines in 2-, 5- or 8-ounce pours. If it's nice out, be sure to dine on Morels' Strip-front patio. (702-607-6333)
4 Firefly on Paradise
A Las Vegas institution, Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar was named an Open Table Top 100 restaurant in 2013, certifying it as one of the top 100 favorite restaurants in the country. Offering a menu of several dozen eclectic tapas, including its famous bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates and new Chicago Beef Bocadillos, there's sure to be something on its extensive menu to please palates of all types. There are even several full-sized entrees available, including a selection of flavorful paellas that serve two to four people. Guests can wash everything down with one of Firefly's three tasty sangria selections: red, white or sparkling. (702-369-3971)
3 The Barrymore restaurant
The Royal Resort is quietly gaining acclaim for its renovated Old Vegas-meets-Old Hollywood style, and The Barrymore is one of the major reasons why. This hidden gem of a restaurant is right off the lobby, and from the velvety booths to the film reels on the ceiling, the ambiance oozes vintage 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 alongside more unique dishes like Muscovy Duck and Vadouvan Squash Curry. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list, featuring 50 selections under $50. For a truly unforgettable evening, check out the restaurant's Social Hour every Tue.-Fri. from 5-7 p.m. Available at the bar, lounge and on The Barrymore's quaint fireside patio, guests can enjoy 50% off wines by the bottle as well as select drinks and small bites for only $5 each. (702-407-5303)
Relive the days of the Rat Pack at this retro-styled Vegas mainstay, where leather booths and plenty of attitude-infused atmosphere set the scene. 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. (702-369-2305)
1 Top of the World
One of Las Vegas' most celebrated restaurants, Top of the World truly takes dining out in Las Vegas to new heights. Located 844 feet in the air, it is the only revolving restaurant in Las Vegas, providing breathtaking panoramic city views while guests dine on its seasonal, mouthwatering fare. Lunch items include an assortment of delectable dishes from the Lamb Chopped Salad with Mediterranean Flavors to the Seafood Omelet with Scallop, Shrimp & Lobster, while dinner fare ranges from the tender 10-ounce Center Cut Filet with Red Wine Sauce & Wild Mushrooms to the Center Cut Alaskan King Crab Legs with Green Thai Curry. To top off the exquisite experience, guests can wash everything down with a selection from the restaurant's impressive wine list, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past 17 years. (702-380-7711, 800-998-6937)
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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