Las Vegas Restaurant News

By Bob Barnes

Tap into what’s happening with new restaurants and menus, find out what chefs are up to, and learn everything else you need to know on the Las Vegas food landscape.

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Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SAHARA Las Vegas has introduced its Bar Centro tasting menu.

The 10-course curated tasting is priced at $99 per person (plus tax and tip) and is available Sunday through Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The tasting includes super giant pork skin chicharron with Greek yogurt and za’atar spices; Ferran Adrià olives (both modern and traditional); croquetas de pollo—chicken béchamel fritters“the classic” beef tartare with Mindful Meats beef sirloin, Savora mustard, HP sauce, anchovy and Parker House Rolls; Lucia’s salad—endive Caesar salad with parmesan, anchovy and air croutons; gazpacho with tomato, cucumber and green bell pepper; chateaubriand tenderloin; buttered potato purée with butter, butter, more butter and some potatoes; josper-roasted asparagus with black garlic Romesco sauce; and desserts of cream puffs, assorted tarts and little cakes.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Sahara Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-761-7610

Celebrity chef duo Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (creators of Border Grill) have opened their first-ever drive-thru and first free-standing location of their quick-serve BBQ Mexicana.

Location: The restaurant is located just north of the 215 Beltway at Sunset and Durango in Southwest Las Vegas.
Food: Everything on the menu is fresh and made from scratch and features their acclaimed smoked meats, which are mesquite smoked for 14 hours and include pulled pork, mesquite smoked chicken and slow smoked brisket. Several burritos and tacos are offered, such as pulled pork with manchego cheese and crispy jalapeños, avocado chicken with crispy potatoes and cilantro coleslaw, smoked brisket with chipotle mayo and habanero bbq sauce and smoked tofu with charred corn relish and pickled vegetables. A kid’s menu has choices of fried chicken tacos, brisket taquitos, chicken tenders, black bean & cheese burrito and quesadilla.
Openings: daily from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with indoor seating for 40.
BBQ Mexicana, 8480 West Sunset Road Suite #200, Las Vegas, NV 89113, 702-552-0111

April 2024

Spanning more than 65,000 square feet

About: The space features a sprawling deck and pool, two poolside bars, event and lawn space, lush greenery, cabanas and an oversized hot tub.
Food: The Backyard Grill, a 96-seat restaurant and bar offering an expansive menu of breakfast bites, sashimi and sushi, flatbreads, burgers and more. Highlights of the menu include miso sea bass lettuce cups with baby gem lettuce, pickled veggies and crispy kataifi; sushi rolls such as the Durango roll with ahi tuna, BBQ eel, grilled pineapple, sweet soy and micro shiso; summer watermelon salad with cucumber, feta, pickled red onions and mint vinaigrette; lobster roll with herb aioli; truffle penne pasta with prosciutto and truffle cream; and grilled 10 oz Prime NY strip loin with bone marrow herb butter and au poivre sauce.
Openings: daily from 9 a.m.-sunset; Backyard Grill daily from 11 a.m.-sunset.
Durango Casino & Resort, 6915 S. Durango Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89113, 702-567-7893

March 2024

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Located at the Fashion Show mall.

About: The décor captures both a feel of the outdoors and nostalgia, with disco balls, artificial turf, red neon lights, an actual vintage camper, retractable roof, heaters, hanging string lights, greenery, fire pits, cabanas and communal seating.
Food: The menu includes queso elote dip; whipped feta; double smash burger; Baja fish tacos; ahi tuna poke bowl; and several non-traditional specialty pizzas like BBQ chicken, prosciutto & spinach, chicken ranch, Mediterranean and street corn.
Drinks: The beverage menu has cleverly-named concoctions like the Big Ass Lemonade (32 oz of pink lemonade & vodka) and Trailer Park Queen (prosecco, elderflower and lemon); and more than a dozen beers including the locally-made Able Baker Atomic Duck IPA, Bad Beat High Society Pilsner and Big Dog’s Tailwagger Wheat and Las Vegas Lager.
To view the Happy Camper menu, click here.
Happy Camper Pizza, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-737-8747

April 2024

La Strega in Summerlin has launched “Witching Hour,” its take on the classic happy hour experience.

Hosted daily from 4-5:30 p.m., “Witching Hour” draws inspiration from “La Strega,” which translates to “The Witch” in Italian and signifies the caretakers of the region. Drink deals are $10 cocktails including Fragola Spritz with fresh strawberries, rinomato, lemon and prosecco; $8 wine such as Sangiovese, Gabbiano, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2021; and $6 Peroni Italian lager. Food specials include warm tangerine and chile olives ($6); wagyu carpaccio with tonnato, pickled mustard seeds and little gem lettuce ($16); the garden with foraged vegetables and gigante bean purée ($8); focaccia bites with choice of prosciutto or ricotta ($6); polpettine with beef meatballs, whipped ricotta and pomodoro ($12); and butcher board with chef’s selection of cured meats and artisanal cheeses ($18).
La Strega, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-722-2099

April 2024

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The menu includes breakfast pizza ($18) with bacon, red onions, eggs and fresh mozzarella; Locale Benedict ($15) with spinach and San Marzano tomato Hollandaise with options to add short rib, proscuitto or bacon for an additional $3; ciabatta French toast ($14) with apple compote and Grand Marnier syrup; breakfast bowl ($16) with sunny side eggs, avocado, arborio rice, cannellini beans, tomato and pistachio pesto; chicken & waffle ($16) with cried chicken, Calabrian chili butter and house-made maple-bourbon honey; and cinnamon sweet cream pancakes ($14) with whipped nutmeg ricotta. Bottomless mimosas, rose and bloody Mary’s are available for $25 per person.
Locale Italian Kitchen, 7995 Blue Diamond Rd., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-330-0404.

March 2024

The latest opening from Chubby Group (the team behind The X Pot and Chubby Cattle), has opened its first Las Vegas location in Chinatown.

Food: The menu offers three-tiered all-you-can-eat options, priced at $45, $55 and $78, which include domestic, Australian and Japanese wagyu. Each price point also includes a specialty dish appetizer (such as such as foie gras, sweet shrimp sashimi, wagyu nigiri, wagyu tartare and wagyu bone marrow), and your beef also comes with condiments of Thai chile, spicy soy sauce, sesame sauce, pasteurized egg, ponzu sauce, green onion and garlic. Four seasoned broths to cook your meat, veggies and seafood in a shabu pot at your table include sukiyaki, house ponzu, spicy-misu and Japanese tomato. The pots are conveniently divided into two sections allowing you to experiment with two different broths of your choice.
Openings: Sun.-Thu. noon-11:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. noon-2:30 a.m.
Mikiya Wagyu Shabu House, 3930 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 725-500-5664

April 2024

The California-based chain known for its hand-tossed thin crust New York-style pies, has opened its first Las Vegas location.

Décor: The 1,700 sq. ft. space is reminiscent of a classic New York-style pizzeria, with red brick and subway tiles and contemporary design elements such as neon details.
Food: The pizza combinations include Mamma Moto with burrata cheese, truffle oil, parsley and cherry tomatoes on a homemade garlic paste base; and Furious Diablo with garlic chicken, Buffalo sauce and homemade ranch. There are also gluten-free and vegan options; and stromboli, calzones, garlic knots, wings, salads, pasta dishes (such as chicken pesto penne) and desserts including tiramisu and NY cheesecake.
Drinks: A draft beer wall offers a range of local beers and the pizzeria’s own brand: Mr. Moto Blondie, a 4% blonde ale showcasing citrus and floral aromas and flavors.
Openings: daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more info and to view the complete menu visit mrmotopizza.com.
Mr. Moto Pizza, 9270 S Rainbow Blvd. Suite #100, Las Vegas, NV 89139, 725-208-8252.

April 2024

9. Monzú Italian Oven + Bar

Chef Gino Mauro has launched new seasonally inspired dishes.

The new menu items include:

  • Palermo meatballs ($10) with traditional pork and beef, mint, tomato sauce, currents, pine nuts and pecorino
  • durelli & melanzane agro dolce ($14) – chicken gizzard dish with in-season eggplant, Sicilian sweet and sour sauce and mint
  • risotto verde ($28) with artichoke, peas, fava, wild fennel and cured egg yolk
  • busiati gameri & pistachio ($38) – a tradition of Trapani that combines housemade spiral pasta, shrimp and a Bronte pistachio pesto
  • orata ($34) with sea bream, leeks and potato stracotto, agretti and EVOO

    Monzú Italian Oven + Bar, 6020 W Flamingo Rd #10, Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-749-5959.

Monzú Italian Oven + Bar, 6020 W Flamingo Rd #10, Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-749-5959.

May 2024

Ocean Prime in the 63 Las Vegas center at Harmon and Las Vegas Blvd. is hosting a live jazz brunch on Sat & Sun from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. performed on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace (weather permitting) with view of the Las Vegas Strip.

The menu includes custom built seafood tower, sushi rolls, lobster bisque, Ocean Prime house salad with goat cheese and sherry mustard vinaigrette, crabcake eggs Benedict, 6 oz. NY strip and poached egg, Chilean seabass and sea scallops. Complementing the fare are citrus rhubarb mimosa, peach bellini, and cocktails such as Bloody Mary with house-made pepper-infused vodka and shrimp cocktail and Tequila Sour with Don Julio Reposado and Velvet Falernum. During the jazz brunch valet parking is free after validating your valet ticket at the restaurant.
Ocean Prime, 63 Las Vegas, 3716 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #401, Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-529-4770.

Located in the Waldorf Astoria on the Vegas Strip next to ARIA, the restaurant has a separate building steps from the hotel main entrance.

About: The restaurant and bar shares seating space with Whataburger, the fast-food burger chain’s first location on the Vegas Strip. The common seating features booths, banquettes and TVs throughout including a huge screen on the Whataburger side and several seats at Parry’s wraparound bar.
Food: Shareables include hand-bettered wings tossed with choice of more than a dozen sauces. Several NY-style pizza options include the likes of margherita, veggie, supreme, meat lovers and a white pie with ricotta and Italian sausage.
Drinks: The pizzas are matched with 84 beer taps from more than a dozen from local breweries including Able Baker, Bad Beat, Big Dog’s, CraftHaus, Lovelady, Mojave and Tenaya Creek. Fans of brown spirits are not left out, as the Parry’s Lounge, located one level above the sliceria, focuses mainly on bourbon and whiskey.
Parry’s Sliceria & Taps, Waldorf Astoria, 3752 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 180, Las Vegas, NV 89158, 725-201-9086

March 2024

A tiki tequileria, is now open at UnCommons, serving handcrafted tiki cocktails, tequila, mezcal, sotol and other spirits.

About: Translating to “all is good” in Spanish, the 1,300-square-foot-space features lush greenery, hanging foliage, detailed textiles, patterned rugs and an outdoor patio adorned with altar candles.
Drinks: Infused with unique artisanal ingredients, the cocktail list features classics including the Paloma, Cantarito and Carajillo, alongside exclusive Todo Bien creations such as: 
• “Zorro,” made with Producer Mezcal, Guinness reduction, and chocolate, orange and tobacco bitters
• “Seven Serpents,” an Old Fashioned made with Abasolo Mexican Whiskey, a 100% ancestral Mexican cacahuazintle corn, Nixta, bitters and demerara
• “Night Fishing Taxi,” a margarita variation with Thai inspiration, made with rice and ginger infused Espolon Blanco, lime, thai-spice honey and Bangkok Betty Bitters 
Openings: Tue.-Fri. from 3 p.m.-midnight, Sat.-Sun. from noon-late and from 3-6 p.m. on Tue.-Fri “Evening Drinks” offers $8 select cocktails, $5 beers and other specials.
Todo Bien, 8548 Rozita Lee Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89113, 725-735-6541

April 2024

Read why Picasso restaurant at Bellagio Las Vegas is closing at the end of August 2024 — a tribute to this temple of gastronomy by Sophie Gayot.

Photo © GAYOT.com

Chef Julian Serrano’s Picasso at the Bellagio will be closing in August 2024.

The acclaimed restaurant named for the authentic Picasso artwork displayed on its walls, opened in 1998 when the Bellagio resort debuted and ushered in a new era of fine dining on the Las Vegas Strip. During its 25-year tenure, the lakeside restaurant with a stellar view of the Bellagio Fountains garnered much notoriety for its fine dining opulence. Serrano will also step away from his involvement at Bellagio’s Lago, but remains at the helm of Julian Serrano Tapas at ARIA Resort & Casino.
MGM Resorts International has not announced the final day of service in August, nor has the company indicated what will be replacing Picasso.
Picasso, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8865

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The tropical-themed Margaritaville at the Flamingo is slated to close on June 1, 2024, after its lease expires.

The restaurant chain inspired by the late Jimmy Buffet’s song has nearly 30 locations worldwide and the Las Vegas location had been open since 2003. The sizeable three-level restaurant with six bars featured live music, burgers and bar food and several varieties of margaritas. A statement by the company’s senior director of marketing Chris Blatz said, “After an incredibly successful 20 years in business serving locals and travelers alike, we are saddened by the closure, but the team is actively exploring new opportunities for the brand within the city and we look forward to our future in Las Vegas.”
Margaritaville, Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-3302

The hotel, which first opened in 1957, closed on April 2, 2024, as it is slated to be demolished to make way for the $1.5 billion baseball stadium that will be the new home of the relocating Oakland Athletics.

With the demise of the historic resort comes the closure of a handful of restaurants, most notably Robert Irvine’s Public House. The celebrity chef’s gastropub opened in 2017 and was known for serving comfort food options (including pizza, sliders, ribs and fish & chips) inspired by chef Irvine’s culinary travels from around the world in a pub-like atmosphere. Also closing at the Tropicana are the high-end Oakville Tuscan Grill steakhouse and the quick-serve Red Lotus Asian Kitchen.
Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-739-2307