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Dim Sum Feast at Ping Pang Pong in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Restaurants – 5 Recommendations

In Restaurants, USA by Daryl Hirsch62 Comments

There are so many great Las Vegas restaurants both on and off the strip. Here are five that you should definitely check out during your next visit.

Dim Sum Feast at Ping Pang Pong - Las Vegas Restaurants

Dim Sum Feast

During a dinner in the Serpico dining room on South Street in Philadelphia, a strange silence overcame our table. We weren’t just eating with a friend, we were dining with Jim Begley, engineer by day and restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Weekly by night.

Jim asked the one question that would cause a certain amount of discomfort for the 2foodtrippers, me in particular.

“Daryl, how come you still haven’t written about your time in Las Vegas last year?”

The question burned at me. For months and months, my brother Lou has badgered me (especially on Facebook) about not writing about my Las Vegas experiences, but hearing the question from Begley brought the point home.

Not only did I eat great food in Sin City, but I also took some great pictures at the various Las Vegas restaurants. Each meal experience was unlike the last. However, what happened in Vegas truly did stay in Vegas…

…Until now.

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My 5 Recommended Las Vegas Restaurants

It is finally time for me to share my photos from my trip.

1. Raku – The Closest Experience to Tokyo in a Strip Mall

Yes, I said strip mall.

Raku in Las Vegas


Raku Grill, a favorite among Las Vegas restaurant folk, is an intimate restaurant that features a range of Japanese classics like the prettiest and tastiest plate of sashimi outside of Japan as well as a range of plates prepared low and slow on Raku’s robatayaki grill.

I feasted at Raku Grill with a local power trio – the aforementioned Jim Begley, Celebrity Chef Sammy DeMarco and restaurant veteran Lou Hirsch. During the dinner, we touched on all corners of the wide-ranging menu.

Dinner Companions at Raku in Las Vegas

Esteemed Dining Companions

Some of the highlights included the aforementioned sashimi, perfectly rare Kobe beef skewers and a large hunk of melt-in-your-mouth grilled beef tendon.

Food at Raku in Las Vegas

Kobe Skewers, Sashimi and Beef Tendon

Raku Grill is located at 5030 W Spring Mountain Rd #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146, United States.

2. Sweets Raku – Desserts Done with Japanese Finesse

After a wonderful meal at Raku Grill, dessert is right around the parking lot corner. Literally. Sweets Raku’s Chef Mio Ogasawara meticulously prepares a culinary sweets nightcap straight out of a Tokyo Depachika. And it all starts with an edible menu.

Edible Menu at Sweets Raku in Las Vegas

Edible Desert Menu

Desserts at Sweets Raku in Las Vegas

Our desserts at Sweets Raku included an elaborate cheese plate with artfully sculpted blue cheese, honeycomb and candied pecans.

Sweets Raku is located at 5040 W Spring Mountain Rd, Spring Valley, NV 89146, United States.

3. Estiatorio Milos – Greek Lunch on The Strip

There are some great values on The Strip if you know where to find them, even at chic spots like The Cosmopolitan.

Greek chef Estiatorio Milos offers an excellent three-course lunch for $22.14. While dining at Estiatorio Milos on my own, I enjoyed a fresh tomato salad with feta cheese, a whole fish grilled to a perfect char and a simple Greek yogurt with fruit.

Lunch at Estiatorio Milos in Las Vegas

Greek Salad, Lavraki and Greek Yogurt

Esiatorio Milo is located in the Cosmopolitan at 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States.

Bonus Recommendation – International Marketplace

Las Vegas has a thriving international community, many of whom work at the casinos. Few markets have as varied a selection as International Marketplace. The enormous market proves that you CAN get everything in the desert.

International Marketplace in Las Vegas

International Marketplace

International Marketplace is located at 5000 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89118, United States.

4. Ping Pang Pong – Dim Sum at the Gold Coast Casino

Not all meals need to be elegant to be good. Such was the case with my dim sum lunch with Jim Begley at Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast Casino.

Masquerading as a mall-like eatery and located directly off an aging casino floor, Ping Pang Pong is serving authentic dim sum Chinese food that transported me straight back to the crowded Hong Kong streets.

Dim Sum Dishes at Ping Pang Pong in Las Vegas

Dim Sum Dishes

A benefit of not dining solo for this meal was that I got to try more dishes. And then some more.

Ping Pang Pong is located at the Gold Coast Casino at 4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103, United States.

5. Sambalatte – Coffee Fix in Summerlin

As a bit of a coffee snob, I seek out good coffee whenever I travel. My nose took me to Sambalatte in Summerlin for globally sourced, locally roasted coffee. Sambalatte is a good spot to enjoy a pour over right next to some of Vegas’ most colorful characters.

Coffee at Sambalatte in Las Vegas

Coffee at Sambalatte

Sambalatte has multiple locations in and around Las Vegas.

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  1. Hi there, I love Milos in NY so glad to hear it is just as good in Las Vegas! Next time try the WIcked Spoon in the Cosmo hotel – it’s the new wave of buffets! AMAZING!

    1. We’re not normally buffet people, but we’ll check the Wicked Spoon out on our next visit. Thanks for the tip!

  2. What a fun read, I had no idea you had friends in high places! I love to say I hate Vegas but I end up having a very memorable time whenever I go. I’ve never made much time for dining but your picks look amazing.

    1. Thanks Kristin! You really must make time for at least one special meal the next time that you’re in Las Vegas, especially if you’re there on business. We can happily make more recommendations for you – just let us know.

  3. I’ve been to Vegas A LOT and I’ve never tried any of these places. Now I have to new list of places to go! They all look yummy.

    1. There are so many great places to eat in Vegas, that is for sure.

  4. Wow, Raku looks amazing! A dessert tasting menu sounds like the perfect end to a meal there. I can’t believe a place like that is in a strip mall.

    1. FYI, you can enjoy dessert Sweets Raku even if you don’t eat dinner at Raku.

  5. I love having good recommendations for restaurants when I visit a city! Looking forward to checking some of these out

    1. So true. We always try to get good restaurant recommendations when we visit a city.

  6. Raku looks like the place for me, that tenderloin look to die for an those desserts on the menu, how could you choose! I just need to get to Vegas now!

    1. Get the dessert tasting menu. That way you don’t have to choose. Problem solved.

  7. So happy to see your Las Vegas picks! LV is all about the food for me, and this is a GREAT list. Thanks!

    1. We’d rather give our money for great food than to the casinos. Glad you enjoyed the list!

  8. Am I the only one to think that this deserves a #FooPorn hashtag? Looks great, love it.

  9. I can’t say I’m a huge Vegas fan, though I’m sure I’d enjoy it more dining at these places! Love what you said about dim sum—a huge benefit not dining alone in a place like that!

    1. We used to think the same about Vegas. However, now that we have friends and family there, we can honestly say that there’s a lot more to Vegas than just the strip.

  10. I’m glad you decided to share this! These are some great suggestions- I’ve never been to Vegas but I imagine there is a ton (of everything) to choose from so this looks like a great place to get some ideas. That dessert menu looks yummy!

    1. Vegas definitely has a ton of everything. When you go there one day, you surely won’t be bored.

  11. I love Vegas and have been several times, though my dining experiences have not taken me far from the hotel restaurants on the strip. I’ll totally check out Raku on my next visit, though. Looks amazing! I’d love to have that International Marketplace in Chicago, too.

    1. There’s a lot to Vegas off of the strip. Hopefully you’ll get to check out some off-the-strip restauarants on your next trip.

  12. Thanks for sharing this…. very appropriate as I will be in Vegas THIS weekend! It’s my first time! Yay!

    1. Have a fantastic weekend in Vegas!!! Hopefully you’ll have time to check out some of the wonderful restaurants while you’re there.

  13. Various sorts of food, perfect if you’re a picky eater! I’ll recommend it to my Las Vegas Loving friends 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing the article with your Las Vegas loving friends!

  14. This post made me super hungry! That edible menu is pretty amazing. Something I would remember for a long time.

    1. There are many great restaurants in Las Vegas. These are just five to try first.

  15. Nice pictures! And they made me hungry. The edible menu is a great concept.

  16. I never thought to get off the strip, but looks like I’ll have to in order to check out these restaurants. They look amazing!

  17. Oh my goodness, those desserts at Raku look absolutely amazing!!!

  18. Thanks for the recs! That dim sum feast would be reason for me to befriend a stranger to have a dining companion and, thus, a table full of dishes like the one above. Also, those international markets have fascinated me since I was a kid – it feels like you’ve traveled around the world in the course of 20 minutes.

  19. These all look pretty good. Especially Raku because I love love love Japanese. Definitely be keeping these in mind for a future visit to Las Vegas.

  20. I’ve just had lunch but those pics made me hungry! haha 😛
    The Greek is my favourite one, would love to get a bit 😀 haha

  21. Great tips – I did my first trip to Vegas last year and was totally overwhelmed by the amount of places to eat there, so it’s good to have some recommendations, especially of the more unusual options (how good is a menu you can eat!).

  22. This food all looks amazing. I love that edible dessert menu! So creative!

  23. Wonderful! I am going to add this to my list of places to try when I visit Las Vegas again! 😀

  24. The dessert at the Raku looks like art.
    Do you write about vegetarian restaurants too?

  25. Wow, that dessert certainly looks interesting. I would love to see Vega some day soon.

  26. Thanks for this! We will likely be heading to Vegas soon. I lived there for 5 years, about 5 years ago though, and don’t remember any of these! I look forward to heading back and enjoying some of the wide range of foods!

  27. The edible menu is something else! And man, now I have a serious craving for Greek food. Great post, can’t wait to try some of these places the next time I’m in Vegas!

  28. Everything you ate looks like a masterful work of art. Whenever we go to Vegas we rarely leave the strip because we automatically go towards the restaurants that are in the hotels, but clearly some of the best bites can be found off the strip. Thank you for sharing! Raku has made it onto my must-try list:)

  29. Whenever I think Vegas, I think gambling and greasy all you can eat buffets. This post gave me another perspective.

  30. Those desserts at Raku look incredible! Having never been to Vegas, it’s nice to know that it’s possible to escape the casinos for some good food and culture.

  31. Thanks so much for the handy hints! Vegas is spread from top to bottom in restaurants so it’s good to pick out a few that top the cake. I’ve been to Vegas many times so now I have an excuse to return and try out some fancy eats, but will always include a reservation at a Mexican restaurant while in Las Vegas.

  32. Looks as if it would be worth visiting just for the food! I especially like the look of those desserts at Sweets Raku.

  33. I’ve only been to Vegas once and I was ill and didn’t really get the full Vegas experience so I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for my next trip! The dim sum sounds great!

  34. I’d love to be a food critic, beef tendon and coffee look amazing!

  35. Wow these restaurants look amazing! I haven’t been to Vegas since I was a kid but I’m definitely pinning this for later because I’m sure I’ll be back!

  36. This is great. There is a lot of good food in Las Vegas, but I think it’s often missed because people usually just stay along the Strip. I know the Chinese food is good, but never had Japanese food off the Strip. Will definitely check out Raku next time I’m there.


  37. There is so much good found off strip in Vegas. I lived there for two months during an internship for grad school. There are worse places to have to be 😉

  38. This is perfect! I am going to Vegas this weekend and will have to checkout Raku. The food looks amazing!!

    1. You should make a reservation for Raku in advance, especially since the New York Times recently wrote about it. Have a great trip!

  39. This is a very interesting side of Las Vegas!!! If we will touch this city in the future (we hope to make a coast to coast sooner or later) we will try it!!! 🙂

  40. raku grill looks like a jewel in the rough…those desserts..omg! i feel that same way about sergio’s italian gardens. hidden in a little outdated strip mall. thanks for the suggestions.

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