Best New and Popular Restaurants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas' new and popular restaurants combine innovation and international flavors

Las Vegas is lucky to have a concentration of culinary talent that consistently rolls out new and exciting restaurants. While the Strip has rightfully earned its place as the center of activity for the innovative food scene in Las Vegas, it’s by no means the only place to find memorable new restaurants.

The Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas continues to blossom with new eateries, and Soulbelly BBQ is one of the most popular – and for good reason. The barbecue is fresh and packed with deep flavors, plus guests can order beer that’s literally made next door at a local brewery.

New hotel casinos like Circa, Resorts World Las Vegas and Virgin Hotels Las Vegas are actively adding an extra dose of culinary creativity to the city. Barry’s Downtown Prime at Circa, Brezza at Resorts World and Night + Market at Virgin are impressive additions to Vegas’ dynamic food scene.

Italian food is featured at many new and popular Las Vegas restaurants, but it’s important to remember there’s a great variety of cuisines found throughout that Big Boot. Amalfi by Bobby Flay focuses on fresh coastal fare from the area it’s named after, while Osteria Fiorella offers a more casual approach and pizza.

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Al Solito Posto checks several boxes for noteworthy Las Vegas restaurants. It's helmed by an esteemed local chef James Trees, who has an impressive track record, and who managed to open the restaurant during the pandemic. The off-Strip location offers a more relaxed vibe than found on the Strip, and while not a cheap eatery by any means, you'll pay less here than for a comparable meal on the Strip. And, most importantly, the acclaimed food is delicious. The traditional Italian dishes have been prepared with a modern approach and include rigatoni alla vodka, pappardelle Bolognese, spaghetti and meatballs, mushroom risotto and eggplant parm. A selection of steaks and chops is also offered. Look for seasonal dishes as well, like the caprese salad in summer.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: With an acclaimed chef and a menu full of Italian favorites, it's easy to see why Al Solito Posto is a popular restaurant.

Terrisa's expert tip: Happy Hour at Al Solito Posto happens Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy tasty bites like sausage wrapped dates, meatballs or antipasto, all for $10 or less.

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The new Resorts World Las Vegas has a lot going for it, especially in the restaurant department. Brezza is one of the standouts, not only for the food but for the chef, Nicole Brisson, a semifinalist for the James Beard Best Chef Award in 2020. This noted chef takes guests to coastal Italy with seafood, handmade pastas and a host of other notably delicious dishes. The idea here is to encourage a leisurely meal with friends, and to thoroughly enjoy the seasonal, sustainable food. Look for dishes like ricotta stuffed corzetti with crispy artichokes, basil and tomato butter, or the mortadella melt with ribiola cheese, arugula, pistachio and pesto. An impressive selection of quality beef is available during dinner, as well as seafood.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The fresh and innovative dishes at Brezza are both seasonal and sustainable.

Terrisa's expert tip: After a wonderful meal, it would be a mistake to skip the desserts. Look for sweet treats like tiramisu, citrus panna cotta or torta settevelli.

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Like many of the restaurants along Spring Mountain Road, Lamoon looks rather unassuming from the outside. Inside, guests will find a delicious menu of Thai and Japanese dishes, prepared by an experienced chef. Smaller dishes include the popular Golden Cup, fresh salmon marinated in Thai herbs and lime sauce, or the chicken or pork meatballs on a skewer with dipping sauce. Other lighter choices include soups and salads. Fresh sushi is on the menu, with creations like the Luna Mushroom, a mushroom topped with spicy tuna, ikura and crab meat, drizzled with mango sauce. Entrees include favorites like Pad Thai and curry, but this is definitely a place to try some dishes you may not be familiar with –" it would be a shame not to.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The finely crafted dishes at Lamoon include both sushi and Thai dishes.

Terrisa's expert tip: Lamoon is also well known for its selection of coffee and teas as well as boba, making it a popular stop for having a cup of something tasty.

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The hot pot experience is still relatively new to Las Vegas, and it's now arrived on the Strip at X Pot. A visit here is an elevated culinary experience that aims to involve all of a guest's senses. Projections, soundscapes and light shows set the background to this upscale communal dining experience. For those unfamiliar with hot pot, it may be helpful to ask the servers for some directions. Essentially, diners dip raw ingredients of their choosing into a flavorful, boiling broth to cook the item. X Pot's emphasis is on the highest quality ingredients, which include Wagyu beef flown in from Japan. An a la carte menu is available, but if you're new to X Pot, the Chef's Tasting Menu is a great introduction to the hot pot experience.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: X Pot brings hot pot to the Las Vegas Strip with an immersive experience featuring the highest quality ingredients.

Terrisa's expert tip: A lounge menu offers a nice selection of dishes that go beyond the hot pot offerings and it's less expensive than the full or tasting menus, which can be pricey.

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Paradise Road/Airport Area

Thai street food has arrived at the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas with Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market. The chef's Los Angeles location has received several awards and the Las Vegas location carries forward that award-winning approach. The recipes take inspiration from Thailand and the chef's family kitchen, but many get bit of a modern twist and some aren't Thai at all. Start with something from the Thai Raw Bar: oysters, clams, black tiger shrimp or lobster. For the rest of the meal, guests will find specials like the uni fried rice, lobster pad thai, Wagyu ribeye and steak au poivre frites. Those aren't the only options, however, with choices like spicy duck rolls, hangar steak satay, larb, curries, soup, noodles and stir fry.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The acclaimed Thai street food of Night + Market brings authentic and innovative dishes to Las Vegas.

Terrisa's expert tip: Night + Market is closest to the Harmon Parking Garage. If you're self-parking, save yourself some steps by parking there instead of in the Paradise Parking Garage.

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Osteria Fiorella at the Red Rock Casino Resort almost immediately received acclaim for its casual, upscale vibe and memorable food. Chef Marc Vetri, a James Beard award winner, took a concept he developed in Philadelphia and transplanted it to Las Vegas. Guests will find a menu offering antipasi, salads, pizza from a wood burning oven and hand-made pasta. Other menu items include pappardelle, cannelloni, pork chops, Alaskan halibut, branzino, veal and ribeye, among a host of other delicious options. The restaurant's space is warm and inviting and a large outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy the cuisine. Located along the exterior of the resort, guests will find Osteria Fiorella easy to find without having to navigate a casino.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Osteria Fiorella gives diners a menu full of Italian favorites and a casual, welcoming atmosphere.

Terrisa's expert tip: Osteria Fiorella has received a lot of attention for its Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to make reservations if you'd like to enjoy this popular brunch.

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Chef Bobby Flay is one of the most well-known chefs around, so it's no surprise that his newest restaurant in Las Vegas, Amalfi by Bobby Flay, was garnering buzz before it even opened. The space where Flay's Mesa Grill was located has been transformed into a space reflective of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. A fish and seafood display is the centerpiece of the new space, and the menu reflects that focus with an emphasis on fresh Mediterranean fish and handmade pasta. Fish and shellfish options are extensive and include selections like golden snapper, red snapper, black bass and branzino, among others. Fish can be grilled whole or filleted with a choice of Meyer lemon, capers, red pepper, Calabrian chile pesto or salsa verde. Steak and chicken are also offered.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Amalfi by Bobby Flay brings the flavors and style of the Italian coast to Las Vegas.

Terrisa's expert tip: The fresh fish and seafood display is staffed by a fishmonger who can answer any questions about the fish, including where it's from and when it arrived in Las Vegas.

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Downtown Las Vegas' newest resort casino, Circa, has created a lot of buzz since it's opening, in no small part because of its stellar restaurants - which include Barry's Downtown Prime. This steakhouse offers guests a classy, vintage ambiance to go along with fine steaks, seafood and cocktails. With its sexy, stylish design and a menu full of finely prepared dishes, Barry's is a great choice for a date night or special occasion. The menu offers plenty of seafood, including a shellfish platter with Maine lobster, king crab legs, oysters, shrimp cocktail, octopus and calamari salad. The steak selections encompass both wet and dry aged cuts, which run the gamut from filet to tomahawk. Don't overlook the cocktail menu, which reflects cocktails from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Barry's Downtown Prime offers guests an eye-catching décor plus a menu full of finely crafted steaks, seafood and cocktails.

Terrisa's expert tip: If someone in your party isn't a steak fan, Barry's Downtown Prime has you covered with a vegan menu that includes dishes like a vegetable meatloaf, beet salad and portobello mushroom.

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It's fitting that the re-created St. Mark's square in the Venetian should have a great Italian restaurant, and BRERA osteria meets that requirement. With a lovely dining area that offers a top-notch people watching position (as well as a view of the entertainment in St. Mark's Square) and a menu full of delicious Italian dishes, BRERA has gained rapid acclaim. Fare like the Risotto Milanese, dry-aged steaks, branzino and calamari are standouts, but the menu is full of tempting choices. Starters include fried and stuffed squash blossoms, beef tartare, meatballs and bruschetta. For the main course, look for pasta choices, seafood, lamb chops, steaks and a roasted half chicken. Chef Angelo Auriana took his inspiration from family Sunday dinners, and the menu reflects that hearty, homemade quality.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: With a prime location and a menu full of well-crafted dishes, BRERA osteria is a standout among new Las Vegas restaurants.

Terrisa's expert tip: Happy hour at BRERA osteria is called Aperitivo Hour. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. guests can enjoy drinks and complimentary treats. An Aperitivo menu also offers small dishes.

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Soulbelly BBQ recently arrived in the thriving Downtown Las Vegas Arts District, bringing their savory and delicious barbecue to the area. Chef Bruce Kalman, a James Beard nominee and Top Chef competitor, is at the helm of this new and popular stop. Guests will probably have a hard time choosing just one dish, as is appropriate at any great barbecue joint. Look for dishes like brisket, pulled pork, chipotle cider glazed drumsticks, pork spare ribs and housemade Hatch chile and cheddar hot links. For sides, look for flavorful favorites like mac and cheese or coleslaw. If you're in the mood for dessert, look no further than the banana pudding and pies. Great beers and cocktails are also available, including brews from local breweries.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Soulbelly BBQ's flavor-packed menu of barbecue dishes has been winning fans since its opening.

Terrisa's expert tip: Live music and barbecue are natural companions, and to that end SoulBelly has a stage in the back so musicians can give guests something to listen to while they eat.

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Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She's watched Las Vegas grow and change over the years, especially the ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip. She still enjoys hanging...  More About Terrisa