The dining scene in Las Vegas changes about as often as you change your clothes. New restaurants are opening all the time and that usually means there a few closings as well. The beginning of this year has been particularly busy with a flurry of activity on the dining front so we thought we’d put together a little guide to what’s opened, what’s closed and what’s coming soon.
Shake Shack: New Yorkers have obsessed over Shake Shack for years and now the West Coast is finally finding out what all the hype is about. The restaurant fittingly opened at New York – New York last month and serves up Angus burgers, hot dogs and their famous custard shakes in a variety of flavors.
Tom’s Urban: New York – New York also welcomed this restaurant last month. Tom’s Urban takes comfort food to a whole new level with its unique takes on eclectic dishes with American, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern influences. Xiangxiang crispy duck wings, ginger chicken potstickers and the mini carnitas mac & cheese pot are a few of the standouts for us.
Bardot Brasserie: Chef Michael Mina brought a little piece of Paris to Aria in January. His new restaurant serves traditional French brasserie favorites that will make you feel like you’re eating in the City of Light. Dine on escargot, foie gras, duck wings à l’orange and steak frites. Oh – and be sure to get the giant macaron for dessert. Bon Appétit!
Urban Turban: This New Zealand favorite opened its first U.S. location in Las Vegas on Paradise Road in January. The restaurant features a variety of Indian classics fused with American favorites, as well as bottomless curries like Himalayan chicken, Bombay lamb masala and many more. Before you leave the restaurant, take a selfie in an authentic rickshaw named “Turbie,” which was imported from India to the United States.
White Castle: Midwestern fast food chain White Castle finally made its way to Las Vegas at the Best Western Plus Casino Royale in January. The 24-hour restaurant, which enjoys quite a cult following, is famous for its small, affordable sliders, which come in original, cheese, jalapeno cheese and bacon cheese varieties. Just be prepared for the lines. The restaurant actually had to shut its doors to restock soon after it opened because the demand was so high.
Yardbird: Southern food fans now have a place to go at the Venetian. Yardbird, which opened in January, serves specialties like chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles, chicken biscuits, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and more. The bar also has a cool (no pun intended) ice program with an on-site ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations.
Slice House: The food court at Green Valley Ranch has a new walk-up counter with pizza from Tony Gemignani, an 11-time World Pizza Champion. Many foodies will know him as the guy behind the popular Pizza Rock restaurant downtown. Slice House features several styles of Gemignani’s renowned pizzas by the slice. The menu also offers calzones, Strombolis, paninis, baked ziti, seasonal salads and meatball subs.
California Noodle House: This restaurant, as the name suggests, serves a variety of noodle dishes at The California downtown. It replaced the long-time staple Pasta Pirate. The menu offers flavors with Korean, Thai, Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese influences. Noodle dishes include beef chow fun and pad Thai, while soup offerings include Thai favorite tom kha gai, Chinese specialty won ton min and braised oxtail stew.
Searsucker: Searsucker Las Vegas will be opening at Caesars Palace, adjacent to the upcoming Omnia Nightclub, this spring. Open nightly for dinner, Searsucker will serve a contemporary spin on American classic comfort foods. The menu will feature things like the 38-ounce bone-in ribeye tomahawk, eggs + bacon pork belly, beer-braised short rib and fried Brussels sprouts and walnuts with anchovy red wine jalapeño vinaigrette. Searsucker will also have some creative cocktail offerings like the Jalaberry Strawpeño margarita, the New World Fashioned – a variation on the common Old Fashioned, and the Peter Rabbit – a spin on the traditional Pimm’s Cup.
Glutton: Opening soon in Downtown Las Vegas at 616 E. Carson Ave. (in the old Sears building), Glutton will feature an eclectic menu of “urban neighborhood” cuisine, cocktails and craft beer. The restaurant will have an indoor dining room and a patio outside. You’ll find meats and vegetables roasted in a wood-burning oven and dishes like lamb ragu and charcuterie plates. Glutton also plans to serve up barrel-aged cocktails, craft beers on draft, ciders and wines.
Lago by Julian Serrano: Lago, which will take over the space formerly occupied by Circo, is set to open in March at the Bellagio. The restaurant will boast a spectacular view of the resort’s iconic fountains from floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air patio with waterfront seating. Lago will be the first Italian restaurant from the James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-decorated chef Julian Serrano. The restaurant will serve reinvented presentations of small, savory Italian dishes such as carpaccio and bruschetta; fresh risotto and gnocchi; an assortment of pizzas; and main dish selections like salmon, chicken and steak.
Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops: This outdoor shopping mecca, modeled after some of the world’s most famous bazaars, is scheduled to open Feb. 26 with more than 100 retail and dining outlets. Dining outlets confirmed for the Grand Bazaar Shops include Del’s Lemonade, Fuel Bar, Gelato San Marco, Going Nuts, I Scream Sandwich, Jimmy’s Seaside Fries, Katana-Ya, Melt Shack, Nazar Turkish Ice Cream, Sandwich Haven, Shawarma, Sweet Spot, Tipsy Truffles and Waffle Bar. Each restaurant’s opening date may vary. It hasn’t been officially confirmed, but according to an episode of A&E’s “Wahlburgers,” the burger chain from the famous Wahlberg (Mark and Donnie) family will be opening there as well.
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will be opening his fourth outpost in Las Vegas this spring. This time it’s a takeaway-style British fish and chips restaurant at The LINQ Promenade near the High Roller. Expect to find dishes such as bangers and mash, chicken planks, sausages and hearty seafood chowder on the menu as well as Ramsay’s famous fish and chips.
The popular Los Angeles diner Griddle Café closed its doors at SLS Las Vegas in late January. The restaurant is now called the Northside Café and serves coffee-shop style food 24 hours daily.
A couple of restaurants shuttered at Bally’s this month – the Sidewalk Café, a restaurant that served coffee shop favorites – and the Tequila Bar & Grill Mexican restaurant.
Wild, a healthy fare restaurant at the Ogden in downtown closed its doors in January. The space is slated to become Itsy Bitsy: Ramen & Whiskey this spring, a create-your-own ramen concept. The menu will also feature Japanese whiskey, sake, cocktails and craft beer.
Italian favorite Sirio Ristorante at Aria closed its doors in December. The restaurant will be replaced with another, as-yet-unannounced dining option.