Dining options in Las Vegas are expanding

The restaurant scene is always changing in Las Vegas and it can be hard to keep track of what’s opening and when, so we’ve put together a handy list of some of the new dining spots that have opened recently as well as all of the new eateries that will be coming soon. From pizza and burgers to celebrity chefs and steaks, these new dining spots will cater to every appetite.

Recently opened

Buddy V’s  – Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” opened his first restaurant at the Venetian earlier this month. The restaurant features recipes handed down from Valastro’s family and includes Italian-American favorites like Sunday gravy, steak pizzaiola and linguine and clams with lobster. The renowned baker’s restaurant also serves an impressive dessert selection including zeppole, cannoli and Valastro’s famous lobster tail pastry.

Heritage Steak –  Chef Tom Colicchio opened his latest restaurant at The Mirage last month featuring meats prepared over an open flame on wood-burning ovens and charcoal grills. Dishes include a New York strip steak with pepper chutney Bordelaise and duck breast with duck chorizo and smoked peaches, along with a selection of seasonal sides to accompany menu selections.

Pizza Rock – Tony Gemignani, 11-time World Pizza Champion, brought his unique concept, Pizza Rock, to downtown Las Vegas a little more than a week ago. Pizza Rock features gourmet pizzas in a variety of styles, hand-crafted artisan cocktails and an extensive imported beer and wine list. Menu highlights include Gemignani’s award-winning pizzas such as the Sicilian-style burratina di margherita , which won the Gold Cup Pizza Championships; Napoletana-style margherita, which won the World Pizza Cup and Cal Italia (asiago, mozzarella, imported gorgonzola, sweet fig preserve, prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic reduction), which won the Gold Medal in the Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge.

MTO Cafe – MTO, which stands for Made to Order, serves breakfast and lunch daily with a brunch menu on weekends. The restaurant, which opened last week, is located in the ground floor of the City Hall parking garage downtown. MTO Café serves the cuisine of chef partner Johnny Church, who was named by Wine Spectator as a Rising Chef and has helmed the kitchens of several noted Strip restaurants and worked with Gordon Ramsay for the 2013 season of the TV hit “Kitchen Nightmares.” Egg-centered breakfast specialties available as a wrap, omelet or skillet include a chile offering with jalapeno, cheddar, sour cream and scallions, one featuring chicken sausage, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and arugula as well as citrus house cured salmon with cream cheese chives and dill. Pancakes include lemon poppy seed with blueberry-ginger compote and vegan carrot and coconut pancakes with pecans and agave nectar. Lunch features selection of soups and salads, along with inventive wraps.

Opening this fall/winter

Guy Fieri at The Quad – Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s popular show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” is set to open his first Las Vegas restaurant at The Quad in late 2013. Fieri’s 7,000-square-foot restaurant will be located at the entrance to The Quad and is being developed as part of The Linq, Caesars Entertainment’s dining, retail and entertainment complex. The restaurant will feature a large outdoor patio area.

Meatball Spot at Planet Hollywood– The Meatball Spot will bring its Italian cuisine and delectable desserts to Miracle Mile Shops this winter. The restaurant will feature variations of gourmet meatballs served with a choice of sauce, ranging from classic tomato to mushroom gravy, and toasted French bread. The restaurant will also serve flatbreads, salads, soups, sides, beer, wine and a selection of gourmet desserts.

Bier Garten at The Plaza – The team that opened the popular Pop Up Pizza outlet in downtown Las Vegas will open Bier Garten in mid-November. The restaurant will be an indoor/outdoor eatery offering German-inspired food, microbrews and imported beers on tap in a relaxed beer garden setting in front of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Michael Vakneen, the chef at Pop Up Pizza, will also run Bier Garten’s kitchen. He is creating a menu featuring handmade fare with a unique twist on German favorites, ranging from traditional bratwurst sandwiches to creative vegan options. Customers can dine at the bar or relax outside in the Bier Garten’s backyard, designed to recreate the traditional European beer garden with picnic tables, real grass, trellises and greenery.

Sugar Factory at Town Square – Sugar Factory Brasserie will open a new 7,000-square-foot restaurant and retail store at Town Square on December 6. The Town Square location features an array of fondue and wine pairings. Fondue selections include premium chocolate, hazelnut, peanut butter, rocky road and more. You’ll definitely want to stop into Sugar Factory for a drink as well. Try one of Sugar Factory’s signature 36-ounce alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets.

Crush at MGM Grand – Restaurateurs Michael and Jenna Morton will open Crush in early December. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant will feature a shared plate menu with items like shrimp risotto, chicken skewers, roasted cauliflower, kale salad and wood-fired pizzas. Crush’s “happy endings” dessert menu includes a Nutella caramel ice cream sandwich. Crush  is divided into two rooms, each designed to transport guests to a distinctive environment. The entryway of opens into a “greenhouse” garden. The doorway at the back of the garden reveals the dining cellar, which is topped in its entirety by a barrel-vault ceiling composed of white brick.

B&B Burger & Beer at Venetian – Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich have collaborated to create B&B Burger & Beer, a casual restaurant serving high-quality burgers and a variety of beers. The restaurant will open in fall, 2013. The 120-seat dining room will offer more than 20 televisions for sports fans and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio will overlook the Strip. The burgers will be made from American beef, served on a charred bun and accompanied by signature side dishes, salads and shakes. The beer-driven beverage menu will feature craft brews from Las Vegas and Southern California breweries.

Opening early 2014

Flemings at Town Square – Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is opening its second Las Vegas restaurant in January. The new location opening at Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard will boast fresh and creative design elements, among other new amenities. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders and a unique wine list known as the Fleming’s 100, which features more than 100 wines served by the glass.

BLT Steak

BLT Steak at Bally’sBLT Steak, opening in early 2014, will occupy the space that is currently Bally’s Steakhouse but expand to 9,300 square feet, more than twice the size of the current restaurant, with more than 250 seats.  A curving bar and accompanying lounge with 50 seats will greet guests before entering the main dining room, which will seat 184 and be separated into small, intimate dining rooms that can be utilized for large parties or special events up to 100 guests.  BLT Steak first opened in New York in 2004 and serves classic steakhouse fare in a bistro-like setting.  The signature popovers, airy golden Gruyère-laced puffs of dough served warm, start every meal, while weekly blackboard specials highlight the best the season has to offer.  These will be complemented by BLT Steak staples including tuna tartare, chopped vegetable salad, Dover sole, peanut butter chocolate mousse and USDA Prime and Certified Angus steaks, from the 28 day dry-aged NY strip to the bone-in rib eye.  The wine list, which is modeled after other BLT Steak Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” award-winning lists, will feature more than 500 wines.

Martorano's meatball salad

Martorano’s at Paris– Steve Martorano is partnering with Paris Las Vegas to bring his restaurant to the Las Vegas Strip in early 2014. The popular cook, DJ and cookbook author will bring his brand of Italian American fare to a second Las Vegas location in addition to his popular restaurant at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The new location at Paris Las Vegas will serve lunch and dinner and have a projected 200+ seats, including a large bar area and patio dining reminiscent of Martorano’s original restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The new restaurant will feature dishes fans have come to love like his signature Eggplant Stack, South Philly Cheesesteak, Rigatoni Sunday Pork Gravy, Bucatini Carbonara, and the World Famous Homemade Meatballs.

DBGB Kitchen & Bar at Venetian– Renowned chef Daniel Boulud brings his popular New York City restaurant, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, to Las Vegas. The restaurant, scheduled to open late this year, is a “French brasserie meets American tavern.” The original DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York features more than 20 craft beers on tap, 75 beers in bottles and great value table wine. The beverage selections complement a menu that is local and international, specifically French and American. More than just its signature burgers, the bistro has gotten much attention over its numerous varieties of house-made sausages and towering shellfish platters, and full menu of market-inspired, seasonal Lyonnais cooking. Desserts include classics like baked Alaska, soufflés and ice cream sundaes.

Morimoto at The Mirage – Masaharu Morimoto, renowned Japanese chef and star of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” will bring his passion for cooking to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of Morimoto Las Vegas, a new Japanese restaurant at The Mirage. Slated to open in early 2014, Morimoto Las Vegas will feature the contemporary Japanese cuisine and signature sushi that has earned Chef Morimoto worldwide acclaim. The restaurant will take the location currently occupied by Japonais.


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