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. 

Burger Bar LV

The Story: James Beard award winning Expert/Chef Hubert Keller, who made a name for himself with his classical French restaurant Fleur, opened Burger Bar in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Beijing “with his palate attuned to America’s evolving tastes.” Meaning, we suppose, that Americans have gotten more adventurous in what kind of burger they’ll eat.  Burger Bar in The Mandalay Bay offers playfully elevated takes on burgers, using Wagyu beef, lamb, and even Beyond patties on the menu. 

What to Eat: Chef/Expert Claude Le-Tohic recommends says “"My favorite burger is the Rossini burger, which has Wagyu beef and sautéed foie gras. It's a very nice, juicy burger with a French touch." While Chef/Expert Stephane Chavet says The Spicy Lamb Merguez is where it’s at “This is an uncommon burger. If you like lamb and aromatic spices, this is an ideal choice. The flavors take you to the Middle East. The perfectly balanced sweet and salty caramel shake is also the perfect way for me to finish my meal here.” Yes, of course there are French Fries, and a pretty decent selection of salads. 

What to Drink: Microbrews on draft and domestic wine by the glass. 

The Vibe: A casual burger joint with multiple television screens above the bar showing all of the Sports Ball. 

When to Go: Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to Midnight on Friday and Saturday, you should have no problem fitting Burger Bar into your Vegas itinerary.

Burger Bar
Spot
Las Vegas
$$$, Burgers, American
4 Recommendations

Jaleo

The Story: Located within The Cosmopolitan, Jaleo is a modern Spanish tapas and paella joint by Chef Jose Andres, who had such success with his DC location that he opened another, more flamboyant location in Las Vegas.  The open fire Paella Pit 

What to Eat: Expert/Chef Geno Bernardo says “"The paella here is the real deal. The action station in the main dining room, the smell of the wood burning... all of this gets your mouth watering. I always get the lobster paella. They sell out quickly, so make sure you get there early or call ahead to see if it's available." Expert/Chef Royden Ellamar is all about the Secreto Iberico “The Secreto is a cut of pork so flavorful and juicy that it only needs to be cooked to a perfect medium with a bit of sea salt to make it shine. At Jaleo, it’s cooked on a wood-fired stove in the middle of the dining room. The smoke permeates the pork so intimately, and the open coals turn the surface a crispy, golden brown, that when it’s brought to the table, the smell of the smoke, pork, and wood take you to a magical place where good things happen to those who love pig!" Additionally you’ll find your favorite tapas classics like Patatas Bravas with Aioli and Buñuelos de Bacalao. 

What to Drink: Sangrias of all sorts, por supuesto. 

The Vibe: The open fire Paella Pit and the honeycomb patterned walls and ceiling in fiery shades adds a properly flamboyant, warm and welcoming feel to the dining room. This is a space where you will naturally want to gather with friends, or wind up making new ones over the course of your dining and drinking experience. 

When to Go: Open from Noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from Noon to Midnight Friday and Saturday, Jaleo is a hot spot (literally and figuratively) so it’s worth making reservations especially if you want to go during peak times. 

Jaleo
Spot
Las Vegas
$$$, Happy Hour, Full Bar, Spanish
4 Recommendations

Pho Kim Long

The Story: Located at 4023 W Spring Mountain Road, Pho Kim Long is the perfect late-night spot to ground yourself with some soulful Chinese and Vietnamese dishes after a night out on the strip. Known for their friendly service and legit, inexpensive eats, this spot is a favorite amongst our Experts to hit up after a busy night of service.

What to Eat: According to Expert/Chef Eric Klein: “My favorite phō is #13, which has rare steak and brisket. The soup here is so simple yet so classic. You don't expect it, but something about the broth, noodles, and meat together in one bowl make it so delicious. What I like about this place is that they make Vietnamese food with Chinese influence. They keep their food authentic but aren't scared to do things differently. Plus, they remember their customers, which is awesome." Expert/Chef Jose Luis Palewek is all about the Bún Tôm Thịt Nướng.  "I love this 24-hour spot for my late-night fix of bún tôm thịt nướng. Shrimp and pork in a richly satisfying broth with rice vermicelli noodles is just what the doctor ordered, and the copious amounts of fresh mint and cilantro will cool down even the spiciest dish."

What to Drink: Imported Asian Beer and a giant glass or three of ice water. 

The Vibe: A casual noodle joint with table service. 

When to Go: They’re open 24/7 friends, which makes this place an invaluable resource during your Vegas adventures. 

Pho Kim Long II
Spot
Las Vegas
$$, Vietnamese, Noodles, Asian
3 Recommendations
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