Monday, August 3, 2015

Jenny's Best of Vegas/Great Eats Edition Part II




Whether you call Vegas "home" or you are a visiting from other state or outside of the U.S., I've got the PERFECT list of restaurants for you! After living in Vegas for over four years, my husband and I, along with our fabulous friends and family visited numerous top-notch restaurants.  Most of these restaurants are mid-to-high range prices, but you get what you pay for, right? While living there, Vegas prices were just something we got used to. I really hope you will give some of these places a try and enjoy them as much as I did and plan to do in the future!   

Keep in mind this list includes restaurants scattered throughout Vegas (Northwest, Summerlin/Red Rock, The Strip, South of The Strip & Fremont Street areas). 

::Downtown Vegas, The Strip & South of McCarran Airport::
Chart House
Located on Fremont Street inside the Golden Nugget Casino/Hotel
129 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
-Do you LOVE seafood? The seafood at the Chart House is incredible. We celebrated our friend, Kiel's, birthday right in front of the gorgeous fish tank.  It's not the same fish tank that's at the Golden Nugget pool, but still just as pretty. Why not kill two birds with one stone and check out the infamous "golden nugget" and the enormous fish tank outside at the Golden Nugget pool.

The hubby and I after dinner at the Chart House for Kiel's Birthday.  
Can you tell what time of year it was? :)
Photo credit: friend of Jennifer Aho
5 minutes from Las Vegas North Premium outlets 
In Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center
495 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89106
-Shopping at the outlets and ready for some tasty Latin food?  Just walk the 
across the street to Mundo. It's open for lunch and dinner; closed on Sundays.
I was never disappointed and loved going for happy hour since it was literally five minutes from my work.
Photo credit: Google Images
Top level of the Stratesphere Hotel & Casino
2000 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
-I went here with my parents and God parents when they visited. The restaurant slowly spins (one hour to complete one circle if I'm not mistaken) so you get views of the entire Las Vegas valley! If you get motion sickness easily I recommend bringing ibuprofen and drinking water to get over the weird feeling.  It helped me and allowed me to enjoy the experience! We booked our reservation before sunset so we could enjoy watching the sunset while dining. The cuisine was very good and we got free admission to the deck (where the rides are located) to get even more pictures.  

My mom and I enjoying the views at Top of the World.
Photo credit: Bill Kennedy

Night view of Downtown Vegas from the
Stratosphere (Top of the World Restaurant)
Photo credit: Jennifer Aho

Sushi Roku
Located in Forum Shops at Caesars
3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
-We celebrated my good friend Sarah's birthday here.  It had a wonderful view of the strip.  The sushi was very good, but a pricey for rolls.  
Me and Sarah at Sushi Roku after a deletable
sushi dinner celebrating her birthday in 2013!

Couple streets east of Las Vegas Blvd
3925 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
-Excellent steakhouse right off of the Strip. I've been here multiple times and I especially loved their pineapple martini! So much so, that my friends and I tried to duplicate the martini at one of our AF Balls. 

Located in Paris Hotel and Casino 
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV
-This French restaurant is a must when you're on the Strip! I have been here several times and even celebrated my friend, Jessica's, birthday with her when she visited from Delaware. I've sat inside and outside.  The outside patio is better in the spring or fall and has good views of the Bellagio fountains.  

Jessica and I celebrating her birthday dinner at Mon Ami Gabi.
Photo credit:  Jennifer Aho

Located at top of Mandalay Bay (on Las Vegas Blvd)
3950 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
-Gorgeous view of the strip from the top of Mandalay Bay.  My friends and I went here before a concert.  I snapped this photo on the bar patio just before leaving the restaurant. 
Gorgeous view of the Strip from the Foundation Room.
Photo credit: Jennifer Aho 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Town Square Las Vegas                  Summerlin (25 minutes from The Strip)
6515 South Las Vegas Blvd   &     8721 W. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119                     Las Vegas, NV 89117
-Delectable steaks, but you will pay a pretty penny for it (That's Vegas pricing for you!). We celebrated birthday's for a couple of my friend's at Fleming's, 
although it was the Summerlin location. It's only open for dinner.


Table 34
15 minutes from The Strip (south of McCarran Airport off of 215)
600 E. Warm Springs
Las Vegas, NV 89119
-Our friends Carlie and Justin had been here several times and raved about it, so they took us one night and they were RIGHT!  It was a cute little restaurant with American Cuisine and decently priced wine-by-the bottle list.  While viewing their website for the address, I found something awesome! *Chef Wes Kendrick provides a few tasty-sounding recipes on the Table 34 website!  You're welcome!


::Off of The Strip::
Herbs & Rye
10-15 minutes from The Strip
3713 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Doesn't look like much from the outside, but this restaurant doesn't dissatisfy. It has a dark, rich feel to it. Featuring cocktails dating back to the 1800s.  Although I didn't actually see it listed on their current cocktail list,my friend Amber introduced me to a Moscow Mule at this restaurant.  My steak was pretty darn good too!

Photo credit: Google Images


Vintner Grill
5 minutes Red Rock Resort & Casino, 25 minutes from Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip)
10100 W. Charleston Blvd #150, Las Vegas, NV 89135
-Mouthwatering cuisine.  Wonderful charcuterie and cheese. In 2012, my husband and I enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner here and we celebrated my good friend Tawnya's birthday here in 2013. I went during the winter months. Their outdoor space looked phenomenal! I just never made a visit during the summer months. It's kind of a hidden gem -- it's located in a business park. You will see the "VG" sign on Charleston Blvd, but then you'll turn onto Indigo Drive and then make your first right and drive until you see the sign for the restaurant. 

Northwest Vegas (25 minutes from The Strip)
2620 Regatta Drive, Suite #106
Las Vegas, NV 89128
-Great French restaurant on a lake.  Seth and I loved their charcuterie and cheese.  We went here multiple times. I distinctly remember taking at least three separate couples here because we loved it so much.  They serve lunch and dinner.  Live music several days a week.  There is also a wine shop you can browse before going into the restaurant. 

 The wine drinkers! Matt and I picked out a couple of
bottles of wine for Matt and Lindsey's going
away dinner in August 2013.
Photo credit: Seth Aho
The beer drinkers! Lindsey and Seth giving the
thumbs-up for their beer selection and
happy the waiter put it on ice! August 2013
Photo credit: Jennifer Aho

Mezzo Bistro & Wine
Northwest Vegas; 25 minutes from The Strip
4275 N. Rancho Drive, #130
Las Vegas, NV89130
-My friend Tawnya had a rough day!  She not only had one, but TWO flat tires! So...after we got her car situated, we headed to Mezzo for some much needed wine and pasta!  It's truly a hidden gem in NW Vegas!  


Leticia's
Northwest Vegas (35 minutes from The Strip)
7585 Normal Rockwell, #1, Las Vegas, NV 89143
-We lived within 5 minutes of Leticia's so we went here constantly!  Whether it was just for happy hour or for a meal, I never left disappointed. I loved their cadillac margarita and my favorite dish was the Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas.


Market Grille Cafe
20 minutes West from The Strip     35 minutes NW from The Strip    
7175 W. Lake Mead Blvd    &      7070 North Durango Dr. (at Elkhorn)
Las Vegas, NV 89128                    Las Vegas, NV 89149
-Family owned restaurant. We had a location within 5 minutes of our house so we frequented this restaurant.  We loved the saganaki (greek cheese served on a flaming hot skillet), pumpkin mushroom soup and traditional gyros with yogurt-dill sauce. Simply amazing! When family visited from out-of-town we took them here -- they absolutely loved it!

::Five Star Dining in Vegas::
Aureole
Located inside Mandalay Bay Resort (The Strip)
3950 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
-Five star dining on the strip. We went here when my sister-in-law and brother-in-law visited several years ago.  We paid a lot of money for the meal, but it was a wonderful experience to do once in our lives. They have a tower of wine with "Wine Angels" who appear to float up and down to retrieve your bottle of wine.


Entrance and wine tower at Aureole
Photo credit:  Jennifer Aho

"Wine Angel" posing for the camera in the wine tower at Aureole.
Photo credit:  Jennifer Aho
Alize
Located on the 56th floor of the Palms Casino Resort (5 minutes off of The Strip)
Palms Casino Resort
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
-Our personal favorite, five-star French restaurant in Vegas.  Magnificent view of the strip. I suggest booking the reservation before sunset so you can watch the skyline change before your eyes. Our first visit was during restaurant week and then we returned with our friends Eric and Dana when they visited from NY.  To quote my friend Tawnya, Alize has: "Amazing FAS -- Food, Service and Ambience."  I believe it's rated #1 in Vegas and is my personal favorite!

Sarah and Aaron's mothers enjoying their meal at Alize.
Check out that view of The Strip!
Photo credit: Sarah or Aaron

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Located in Forum Shops at Caesars (The Strip)
3500 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV
-Oh my goodness! The fish here is AH-MAZING!  After I moved out of Nevada, I took a weekend trip to Vegas with some of my girlfriends and we went here. I ordered the Dover Sole-Brown Butter Sauce and it was stupendous!  Seriously, the best fish EVER!  I highly recommend this restaurant for their seafood.  If I'm not mistaken, I believe my friends ordered crab and were very pleased with their meals. The side dishes are 'family style' and delicious as well. 

The next time you're in Vegas, I hope you enjoy yourself and splurge on a phenomenal meal that will blow your socks off! I highly recommend budgeting for at least ONE meal splurge, so you can experience what one of the best restaurants in Vegas has to offer. Happy eating!


*Photos were taken by myself, my friends or family (I got permission to use) or listed on Google Images (labeled as: reuse with modifications.)  Please ask permission before using my photos. 

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