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. 

Vintner Grill

The Story: Located at 10100 W Charleston Blvd. #150, the Vintner Grill white linen service and a fabulous staff, make Vintner Grill one of the places locals go for a celebratory dinner or a casual lunch out with friends. Their menu showcases French, Italian, and Spanish influences making it an easy place to love. 

What to Eat: Expert/Chef Beni Velázquez says of the Lamb Osso Bucco: “"This fork-tender osso bucco is delicate but hearty. It's paired with risotto, grilled blood orange, and harissa. The tangerine gremolata is the perfect accent to complement the flavors of the meal." Expert Chef Jose Luis Palewek is all about that Bouillabase “It’s my I-want-a-hearty-but-not-heavy dish, whether it is summer or winter. There's just enough saffron broth to transport me to the south of France, intermingled with mussels, clams, scallops, red snapper, shrimp, and calamari. Pass the bread, because for this one I need extra to soak it all up."

What to Drink: When it comes to their cocktails Vintner’s Grill is all about fresh takes on old classics. They also maintain an extensive wine list with more than 400 wines representing ten distinct countries including Germany, New Zealand, and Austria. They have flights of wine specially orchestrated by their sommelier. 

The Vibe: An invitingly lit American Bistro able to accompany large parties or romantic dinners for two, with an outdoor patio for leisurely lunches. 

When to Go: Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, this is a great place to gather with family or your team while in Las Vegas if you’re looking for simplicity, style, and quality. 

Vintner Grill
Hot Spot
Summerlin, Las Vegas
$$, Modern, American, Wine Bar
3 Recommendations

Secret Pizza

The Story: Tucked away inside The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Secret Pizza is literally hiding behind a secret door. It’s the secret that everybody knows about, and is a great place to grab a late night New York style slice and play some pinball. 

What to Eat: Expert/Chef Brian Howard is all about the Sausage Pepperoncini slice: “This is the closest to good, New York-style pizza in Vegas—'nuff said! I'm a big fan of the homemade sausage and peppers. Their pizza is based on simple, great ingredients. The starter in the dough makes it what it is, as well as the charred thin crust, but it's the simple tomato sauce and fresh ingredients that makes The Cosmopolitan's pizza stand out above the rest." Our Experts say to  grab a slice of Mushroom or a White Slice with Ricotta if you’re after simple comforts. 

What to Drink: Domestic beer and wine.

The Vibe: An epic collection of vintage record covers line the walls and ceiling of the hallway leading up to this counter service joint, giving you something besides your phone to look at as you stand in line, which despite this place being a “secret” can get quite long. Extra points (literally) for their vintage arcade games. 

When to Go: Open from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily, you’ll know when the right time to go is, and when you do, just ask an employee in The Cosmopolitan to steer you in the right direction. 

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