Before the pandemic, the Eater 38 was our attempt to answer any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” The curated list covers the entire city, spanning numerous cuisines. And, even now, it’s a list that tells the story of the Las Vegas food scene, spanning myriad cuisines and price points, and collectively satisfying all restaurant needs from where to go for a reliable quick bite to where to go to blow half a paycheck on dinner. Every couple of months, pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game will be added.
For the hottest restaurants that opened in the past six months in Las Vegas, readers can head over to the Eater Vegas Heatmap, updated monthly.
Newcomers to the list include Jamaican and New Mexican cuisine at DW Bistro, omakase specialist Kabuto in Chinatown, outstanding Japanese fare at Mizumi with new chef Min Kim at the helm, the wildly popular Tacos El Gordo, Sheridan Su’s Taiwanese Every Grain with lu rou fan with braised minced pork belly over rice, the modern French fare at Partage, decadent Chinese food at Mott 32 at the Palazzo, seafood at Palace Station’s Oyster Bar, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at the Bellagio, and Marc Vetri’s Italian restaurant Osteria Fiorella.
Departing restaurants include Flock & Fowl, which closes on November 22; Once from Ricardo Zarate, which closed before the pandemic started; and Sage from chef Shawn McClain, which never reopened at Aria. Other restaurants from the previous Eater 38 that remain temporarily closed include Hatsumi, Mordeo Boutique Wine Bar, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, L’Atelier by Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon, Roy Choi’s Best Friend, and Picasso at the Bellagio.
Note: Nevada requires every to wear a mask indoors and when they cannot socially distance outdoors. Diners must wear a mask to enter, exit, and walk around a restaurant, and some require customers to continue wearing a mask while seated until they order food. Tables must be six feet apart, and restaurants are only allowed 25 percent capacity, per state mandate. Reservations are mandatory, and only four people are allowed per table.
A number of Las Vegas restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in Las Vegas, please visit Nevada Health Response. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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