Some of Las Vegas' best restaurants are found off the Strip, from casual gastropubs to steakhouses. With the number of chefs and culinarily inclined people in town, it’s no wonder that some of the most talked-about eateries are springing up away from the tourist corridor on the Strip.
Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop is one of the city’s original off-the-Strip finds, with serene lakeside dining, wonderful (and affordable) wines and great French food. The small restaurant is located in a shopping center located in Desert Shores, one of Las Vegas’ residential areas with man-made lakes, a feature that makes you feel like you’re not really in Las Vegas.
Steakhouses have been a Las Vegas dining staple since the city's early days, and off-Strip steakhouses remain solid choices for excellent meals. Echo & Rig is both a butcher shop and a restaurant, a combination that will warm the heart of any meat lover. The quality and service is every bit as good as anything found on the Strip.
Take a drive into Chinatown to discover a wealth of hidden gems, like Raku. This acclaimed Japanese restaurant attracts not only local chefs, but those visiting town as well. And everyone knows that the restaurants chefs like tend to be particularly awesome--Raku is no exception.
If you’ve decided it’s time to take a drive away from the Las Vegas Strip, keep scrolling to read our list, presented in no particular order, of Las Vegas' 10 best off-the-Strip finds.
Echo & 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 keeps 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.
When the classic Atomic Liquors opened a kitchen in a former car garage located next door to the bar, it was a given that the food would be great. What's somewhat unexpected is the caliber of dishes coming out of The Kitchen at Atomic--this isn't your average wings and burgers bar food. The menu changes to keep pace with what's in season (or with the chef's creative leanings), but you can expect to see dishes like sea scallops with Thai eggplant, salt plum chutney, miso barley crunch and yuzu ponzu. You'll also find bar staples, like hamburgers, chicken wings, soft pretzels and hot dogs, but don't let those trusty old standards fool you into discounting the inventiveness at The Kitchen at Atomic. The chef here hails from a celebrated local restaurant and knows the local crowd sets the bar high for their favorite eateries and watering holes.
Originally, the traditional Cornish pasty was the solution to a food problem for miners. The potpie/calzone-like creation was designed with a thick, crimped edge of dough so it could be held with one hand while eating, and that feature remains on Cornish Pasty's current versions of this hearty dish. Come with a big appetite as the portions are definitely large enough to satisfy a hungry Cornish miner. The Oggie, the traditional pasty, is filled with steak, potatoes, onion and rutabaga with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup. Other signature pasties include Bangers and Mash, Royale with Cheese, Cajun Chicken, Mexican or the Cubano, with house-pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickles. The pasty selection is extensive, with a wide range of flavors like chicken tikka masala, Guinness Stew or lamb vindaloo. Vegetarian and vegan pasties are also available.
Fat Choy has had a journey from food truck to its current location, and its customer base has continued to grow at each step. The food is so good it's easy to understand why. The menu here is a mash-up of Asian and American food, with baos, burgers, potstickers and sandwiches all peacefully cohabitating. The diner-style Fat Choy's present home is inside Eureka Casino, a small neighborhood place just east of the intersection of the Strip and Sahara Avenue. You'll find great flavors and even better value here, with baos being under $8, their premium burger $12 and their most expensive item, Shortrib Rice (braised beef shortrib with preserved mustard greens) only $15.
Raku in Las Vegas' Chinatown attracts chefs from all over the city, both those that live here and those who are visiting. 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.
The Black Sheep brings American-Vietnamese food to Las Vegas in a modern, comfortable setting on the south side of the valley. Chef Jamie Tran is a veteran of the Las Vegas Strip restaurant scene, and she brings her considerable talents to the table at The Black Sheep. The food is crafted carefully to be both delicious and a new version of Vietnamese comfort food. The popular Vietnamese Imperial Rolls are made with Duroc pork, shrimp, pickled heirloom carrots, ninja daikon and yellow frisee salad. The Braised Duroc Pork Belly also earns high marks from diners, with glass noodles, roasted heirloom carrots, pork jus, carrot coulis and crispy wood ear mushrooms. A full wine list with both domestic and imported selections gives guests plenty of options to pair with their meal.
The Barrymore's style is Old Vegas-meets-Old Hollywood, which suits this restaurant 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. The Barrymore's Social Hour is daily from 5-7 p.m., when guests can enjoy small plates like beef sliders or Roast Bone Marrow, $2 beers, $20 bottles of Champagne and $5 glasses of wine.
Lotus of Siam has enjoyed a long history of culinary acclaim in Las Vegas. Regarded by many as one of the best Thai restaurants in the United States, Lotus of Siam has earned its place on a lot of foodies' bucket lists. Fans of the restaurant were dismayed when it closed after a flood in September of 2017, but luckily, Lotus of Siam opened a second location a couple of months later. The new restaurant is closer to the Strip, making it easier for visitors to find out why this small, family-owned restaurant is so well-regarded. Noted dishes include the sa-tay, their prawns (in any style they serve), stuffed chicken wings, and Thai jerky. Their signature Northern Thai style is what sets them apart from other Thai restaurants. If you've never ventured beyond Pad Thai, this is the place to try something new.
Not all of Vegas' fine dining restaurants are located on or near Las Vegas Boulevard. Vintner Grill is tucked away in the heart of the neighborhood of Summerlin, on the bottom floor of an office building. The crisp interior sets the stage for a menu full of classic dishes that take inspiration from Spain, France and Italy. For dinner, starters include pan seared crab cakes with tarragon cream sauce and white bean hummus with olive relish and spicy pita chips. Flatbreads, pasta and risotto dishes offer a tempting list of possible choices, like the fresh seafood risotto with mussels, shrimp, clams, calamari and jumbo diver scallop. Entrees include a selection of fish dishes, as well as wonderfully tender, perfectly prepared steaks.
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 enjoy the lovely lake view 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. Live music is offered on the terrace on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, so diners can enjoy a meal with a lovely lakeside view and music.