Over the years, it has become evident that opening a restaurant in Las Vegas is on the bucket list of every celebrity chef. Already gathered at the oasis are Mario Batali, Todd English, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Mina, Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Joël Robuchon, and Guy Savoy, among many others. Their haunts are all on the Strip, they’re all excellent, and they’re all extremely pricy.
At any of their restaurants you’re paying for label, plus a pretty space in some of the most expensive real estate on Earth.
OK, let’s talk about cars. Not the segue you were expecting? Bear with me. If you have a car (rental or your own) or even a cab, you can escape the Strip and access a veritable galaxy of amazingly good eateries. The resident chef might not be a household name or be found brandishing a stuffed eel on the pages of bon appétit magazine, but he/she can turn out some singularly remarkable dishes. And what’s even better, this can be had at a fraction of the price you’d pay at one of the brand-name Strip restaurants. In fact, in as short a period as a weekend, you can more than make up the cost of the rental car by foraging farther afield.
Here are some of the best restaurants for dining off-strip, listed alphabetically:
- Abyssinia (Ethiopian) 3969 S Maryland Pkwy, east of Strip; 702-385-1600
- Chada Thai & Wine (Thai) 3400 S. Jones Blvd, #11A, west of Strip; 702-641-1345, chadavegas.com
- China Mama (Chinese) 3420 S. Jones Blvd., west of Strip; 702-873-1997
- Crab Corner Maryland Seafood House (Seafood) 4161 S. Eastern Ave., #A-1, east of Strip; 702-489-4646, crabcornerly.com
- DW Bistro (Jamaican/New Mexican) 6115 S. Fort Apache Road, Ste 112, west of Strip; 702-527-5200, dwbistro.com
- Hofbräuhaus (German) 4510 Paradise Road, east of Strip; 702-853-2337, hofbraugauslasvegas.com
- Honey Salt (American) 1031 S. Rampart Blvd, west of Strip; 702-445-6100, honeysalt.com
- India Palace (Indian) 505 E. Twain Avenue, east of Strip; 702-796-4177, indiapalacelv.com
- Lindo Michoacán (Mexican) 2655 E. Desert Inn Road, east of Strip; 702-735-6828, lindomichoacan.com
- Lotus of Siam (Thai) Commercial Center, 953 E. Sahara Avenue, Ste. A5, east of Strip; 702-735-3033, saipinchutima.com
- Marché Bacchus French Bistro (French) 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste 106, west of Strip; 702-804-8008, marchebacchus.com
- Piero’s (Italian) 355 Convention Center Dr., east of Strip; 702-369-2305, pieroscuisine.com
- Primarily Prime Rib (Prime Rib) South Point Casino, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S., south of Strip; 702-797-8075, southpointcasino.com/dining/primarily-prime-rib.php
- Raku (Japanese) 5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd., #2, west of Strip; 702-367-3511, raku-grill.com
- Redwood Bar & Grill (Steak) California Casino, 12 E. Ogden Avenue; 702-385-1222, ask for the porterhouse special (it’s not on the menu)
- Table 34 (American) 600 E. Warm Springs Road, southeast of Strip; 702-263-0034, table34lasvegas.com
- Trattoria Nakamura-ya (Italian/Japanese) 5040 W. Spring Mountain Road, Ste. 5, west of Strip; 702-251-0022, trattorianakamura-ya.com
Have you visited one of these restaurants? Let us know what you thought!
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