The Required: Las Vegas

The Required: Las Vegas

A definitive guide to Las Vegas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 4, 2020
The Required: Las Vegas

The Required: Las Vegas

A definitive guide to Las Vegas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 4, 2020

Las Vegas. Sin City. The gambling capital of the world. Home to some excellent food, and now part of our Required club. 

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5,000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more — no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip — or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Raku

The Story: Raku focuses on simple, well-executed Japanese small plates cooked over a charcoal grill. Chef Mitsuo Edo has been nominated for multiple James Beard awards, but more importantly, Raku the place local chefs and industry professionals like to gather on their rare days off or after their shift, so you know it’s legit. 

What to Eat: Expert and Chef Sam DeMarco says the Agedashi Tofu is a must: “the first time anyone has it, they all say the same thing: 'How did I not have this before, and how the hell does Chef Edo do it?' It's crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, swimming in a toasty broth laced with the sea. When you bite into the roe, the flavors just pop out at you.”

Expert and Chef Stephane Chavet adores the Kurobata Pork: “This is a bold dish that is grilled to perfection. It is all about simplicity. The Kurobata pork cheeks have a great smoky, fatty flavor. I love the texture and crunch of the skin .”  

What to Drink: Imported Asian beers and specialty cocktails. 

The Vibe: A Japanese grill house with an open kitchen, brick and tile details. The décor manages to be at once simple yet elegant, much like the food.  

When to Go: Open for dinner and late-night service from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, call ahead for Omakase dining options and reservations. 

Raku
Spot
Las Vegas
$$$, Japanese, Reservations
13 Recommendations

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The Story: Located inside the MGM Grand, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is a world-renowned force du cuisine. Specializing in French small plates and tasting menus, and featuring an open kitchen with a bar that offers front-row viewing of the chefs performing their culinary magic, an evening here is part fine dining experience, part floor show. 

What to Eat: L’Ongelet –Steak Tartare with Potatoes Robuchon, Expert/Chef Royden Ellamar says: “The mixture is the perfect balance of cold steak, salty capers, spicy chilies, and sharp chives and shallots. It's served with Robuchon's equally famous Crinkle-cut frites. C'est magnifique!"  According to Expert/Chef Eric Kelin, anything involving Foie Gras, “Chef Steve Benjamin and I come from the same region of France, so it's fun to go there and watch him cook. I love his technique and style of cooking; it speaks well to where we came from and what we do. I especially love how he utilizes foie gras. He prepares it the way it should be prepared: simply and with a lot of soul. My favorite is the foie gras-stuffed quail with mashed potatoes. I also like the beef and foie sliders."

What to Drink: Flawlessly executed renditions of classic cocktails before dinner and French imports with dinner. 

The Vibe: Sexy, dramatic red and black interior details give the space a French cabaret feel, while bar seating with an up close and personal view of the open kitchen offers the opportunity for you to study these accomplished Chefs’ techniques. If you prefer to watch from a remove, or face your dining companions, they also have high top tables.  

When to Go: Open nightly for dinner service from 5-10 pm, reservations are always a good idea.

Estiatorio Milos Las Vegas

The Story: Since opening his flagship location in Midtown Manhattan in 1997, Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiladis has been a smashing success and has since brought its fine Mediterranean seafood concept to select cities across North America. The Las Vegas iteration of Milos, located in The Cosmopolitan, boasts a fish market where you can hand select fresh catches before they are prepared. 

What to Eat: In addition to the fresh fish bar, Expert/Chef Joseph Elevad is a big fan of Milos’ Zucchini and Eggplant: “This dish is so simple in its deliciousness. Crispy slices of zucchini and eggplant stacked in a tower and served with a thick tzatziki dip made from Greek yogurt." Expert/Chef Matthew Silverman meanwhile is all about the Grilled Branzino, which captures the essence of the Greek Isles “This flaky Mediterranean sea bass is cooked and served just the way I like to eat food. It's simplistic and flavorful. The fish is grilled over wood and deboned tableside. It's very simply dressed with sea salt and olive oil, which really accentuates the natural flavor of the fish.”

What to Drink: This is a perfect opportunity to dig into their list of Greek varietal wines, which have been carefully selected to pair with seafood. 

The Vibe: A modern-deco Greek restaurant with an enclosed glass dining room overlooking the Las Vegas skyline. 

When to Go: Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m daily, you should have no problem fitting a visit in to Milos during your time in Las Vegas. Expert/Chef Ben Jenkins gives us this pro-tip–– it’s all about the $29 three-course pre-fixe lunch special, which upon request can be served to you within 45 minutes, start to finish, should you be on the go: “"This is one of the best deals in town. I normally start with their grilled octopus and then move onto the grilled Lavraki, or Mediterranean Sea Bass. If you're looking for great food and an even better deal, this is your spot for lunch.” Their Happy Hour from 5-7 daily offers a refreshing array of $12 small plates and craft cocktails. Or go for their five-course  “Sunset Menu” from 5-6:30 daily, before hitting the town.

Estiatorio Milos
Spot
Las Vegas
$$$$, Outdoor Seating, Greek, Full Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean
5 Recommendations
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