Sin City is home to some of the most extraordinary restaurants in the world. Some are managed by celebrities, some have celebrity head-chefs. But everyone knows about those must-try ritzy restaurants (Like celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill). What about all the off-the-beaten-path places that most visitors are unlikely to pass by? There is some seriously good eats in Vegas, and these are the top ten Las Vegas Restaurants you should know about:
The Top 10 Las Vegas Restaurants You Didn’t Know exist & Must Try:
574 North Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (multiple locations), $
Okay- So Mariana’s is actually a grocery store. Sue me. But besides all the delicious Mexican groceries (Chicken heads anyone?), they also have a taqueria inside full of delicious tacos, burritos, and other entrees just waiting for you to gobble them right up.
They also make their tortillas in-house so you can get fresh tortilla, tostada, and tortilla chips in store too- at a reasonable price. Top your carne asada tacos with fixins’ from the bar, including onions, pickled carrots and radishes, and homemade salsa y salsa verde. If you love Mexican food, it’s a must try. Once you taste their food, you’ll understand why I added Marianas’s to my top Las Vegas Restaurants list.
1 South Main Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 (multiple locations), $$
While Hash House a Go-Go is technically a chain, their Las Vegas restaurants are far and few between. But to visit their modern rustic eatery is such a treat, you have to know about it. They are known for their generous portions of breakfast food, and by generous, I mean food piled up inches and inches off your plate so high that they have to stick a knife in it to keep it all together (this is literally a true story).
Their “twisted farm food” menu has something for everyone: scrambles, benedicts, waffles and flapjacks, barbeque, and even a pretty diverse dinner menu. Visit for the homestyle brunch and get the best of both worlds.
707 Carson Ave, Las Vegas, NV, $$
This is a relatively new establishment in the growing downtown community, and it is been almost immediately accepted by locals as a must-try place. Actually, not just a must-try, but a regular pit stop. It would probably be classified as a modern diner, and the dishes are just as satisfying as any diner you’ve ever been to – with an extra touch of class and sophistication.
Items on the menu include fresh ginger ale, free range chicken pot pie, huevos motulenos, and tofu scramble. It’s a foodie’s dream. You can find me in a corner satisfying my craving for grilled cheese and Instagramming the experience, of course.
505 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV, $
Uncle Joe’s is a little hole-in-the-wall pizza shop on the Fremont strip nestled in between the touristy shops gift shops and tattoo parlors. Skip those (or not, it’s Vegas, right?), and grab two slices and a cold soda for less than five bucks.
The pizza here is so good that the famous Zappos crew regularly stops in for a recharge and they even have a pizza named after them. It’s also open at all hours of the night, so even at 1:00am, you can get your pizza fix after playing a few too many singles on the slots. The bottom line: great pizza at a great price. If the locals love it, it must be good.
#6: Buffet @ Asia
4090 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV (multiple locations), $$
If you like American-Chinese food, you’ll love Buffet @ Asia. They have all the standard staples like lo mein, orange chicken, fried rice, and broccoli beef. But you can also grab a little of this, a little of that: things you wouldn’t expect at a buffet in Las Vegas Restaurants, like french fries, Chinese donuts, Mongolian beef, cheese baked oysters, and sushi.
That’s right: all you can eat sushi. And it’s good. California rolls, fresh salmon, and more. Wash it down with comforting Won Ton soup and try not to overindulge too much. But you”ll want to.
450 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV, $$$
I’ll just start out by letting you know that the owner of this franchise actually did die of a heart attack. It’s that serious. But I’m pretty sure if you only try this place one time, you’ll be okay.
And that will be enough, actually, with the amount of fat you’re going to consume. When you walk in the door, you’ll be forced to wear a hospital gown.
You literally will not be served without it. Now, there are only a few things on the menu, including milkshakes made with real lard, giant burgers, lard-fried french fries, and Coke.
That’s right, no Diet Coke. I suggest you order the quadruple bypass, which is exactly what it sounds like: a stack of four burgers dripping with cheese, grease, more crispy fried things, and I guess you could add ketchup.
Afterwards, you should hang around for 20 minutes, let it sink in, and then weigh yourself on the giant scale in the middle of the joint: if you weigh over 350 pounds, your meal is free.
1350 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV, $$
Craving something different? Try some authentic British staples at this pub located near UNLV. Have you ever tried cornish pastie, fish & chips, bangers & mash, or chip butty? Wondering what some of those words even mean? I thought so.
The interior of this pub will make you feel like you’re anywhere but Vegas with its dark wood and traditional English decor. They even have a patio so you can enjoy the hot nights with friends while noshing on some of this truly comforting food. Definitely a must try for a fun, casual night out.
#3: Lindo Michoacan
2655 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV, $$
Both locals and touristas alike flock to Lindo Michoacan for the excellent food and service, and it’s no wonder why. Whether you consider yourself an expert in Mexican cuisine, or you consider Taco Bell to be authentic, you will find something you like here.
And if you’re already a pro, chances are you’ll find something new to try like tortilla soup, fried ice cream, or traditional mole (a sauce made with chili’s and chocolate- it’s divine).
The servers here really take their job seriously; I swear, take one sip, and they’ll be at your table, quietly giving you a quick refill. This place is great for date night, families, or a night with just the guys. You’ll leave feeling like you got a taste of real Mexico without breaking the bank.
#2: Le Thai
523 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV, $$
Le Thai is another newcomer on the downtown scene; it’s been open for about a year and a half and with the most amazing Thai food in town, I’m positive they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The atmosphere is whimsical and humble so you can relax and focus on the food and your company.
Favorites include waterfall beef, curried chicken, and papaya salad. They even have vegan and vegetarian options! It’s the perfect place for an unpretentious meal either inside or out on the back patio. Great food plus supporting a family-owned business? Win-win, to me.
Topping our top Las Vegas Restaurants list, coming at #1: Pepe’s Tacos
2490 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101 (multiple locations), $
Pepe’s is number one on my Las Vegas Restaurants list, despite there being other Mexican options. Hands-down, it is the simplest, cheapest, and most delicious Mexican food you will find outside of Tia Maria’s homemade meals. There are multiple locations to choose from, but it doesn’t matter which one you choose: you’ll be greeted with smells of perfectly smoked meat, beans cooked to perfect, and exotic options like lengua and mejilla (beef tongue and cheek!)
This is seriously Mexican comfort food and it is super affordable- no gimmicks and no tricks. Pair your burrito y tortilla with agua fresca, a type of natural Mexican juice. Flavors include sanda (watermelon), fresa (strawberry), horchata (like coconut milk), and pia (pineapple).
This place is number one for a reason: I have probably eaten there over one hundred times in my short time living in Vegas, and it never gets old. I never even really loved Mexican food before moving to Sin City, but Pepe’s has made me a believer.
Did we miss any must-try places to eat in Las Vegas? Do you disagree with any of the top 10? Leave a comment below!