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Las Vegas Dining Guide

12/23/2002 02:00:00 AM Eastern

What's on the menu in Las Vegas this year? For the TWICE staff at CES, it's sore feet, little sleep and tight daily deadlines. But Vegas has transformed itself in recent years into a destination city for fine dining, and the rest of you may want to find out how it did.

Our friends at Vegas.com and their print affiliates Las Vegas Life and Showbiz are the resident experts on the ever-changing local restaurant scene. Here is their take on the places to see and be seen.

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Caesars

3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 731-7731$15 to $25

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Chef Jean-Marie Josselin features Hawaiian themed dishes spotlighting French, Thai, Indian, Japanese and Italian influences. — Showbiz

AJ's Steakhouse

Chops, Salads, Seafood, Steak House-Fine, Steaks

Hard Rock Hotel

4455 Paradise Rd.

(702) 693-5500

$25 to $35

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Closed Sunday-Monday.

Walking into A.J.'s Steakhouse is like walking onto the set of Ocean's Eleven. With Henry at the piano and Gina at the door, you're sure to have a great time. The porterhouse is a must. Dino would have hung here. — Las Vegas Life

Al Dente

Italian

Bally's

3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 967-4111

$25 to $35

Hours: Open nightly, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. If you like pasta you'll like al Dente. It's a lighter side of Italian dining, offering a new flavor experience in a contemporary setting. — Showbiz

Alan Albert's

American, Seafood, Steak House-Fine

3763 Las Vegas Blvd., South

(702) 795-7133

$25 to $35

Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Experience vintage Las Vegas with classic steaks, thick veal and lamb chops, live Maine lobsters and slow roasted prime rib, all served in an impeccably appointed dining room rich with Las Vegas history. —Showbiz

Alta Villa

Italian

Flamingo Hilton

3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 733-3111

$15 to $25

Hours: Seven days a week, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Inviting atmosphere and a delightful array of Italian specialties, from minestrone to broiled filet mignon. —Showbiz

America

American

New York-New York

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 740-6451

$15 or less

Hours: Open 7 days per week, 24 hours.

Enjoy a specialty from a particular state — Philly cheesesteak sandwiches from Pennsylvania, Buffalo wings from New York — while your eyes go to the 30-by-90-foot map of the United States overhead. The all-American burgers and down-home country breakfasts are best bets. — Las Vegas Life

Andiamo

Italian

Las Vegas Hilton

3000 Paradise Rd.

(702) 732-5755

$15 to $25

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m. (dinner). Northern Italian-influenced eatery offering the classics and unique signature dishes reflective of the upscale ambience of the room, all prepared in a modern exhibition-style kitchen. — Showbiz

Aqua

American, Seafood

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 693-7223

$35 or more

Hours: Open Daily, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

When it comes to the notion of eating seafood in the desert, this chic, cutting-edge room breaks the mold. You'll enter through the hotel's flower-filled conservatory and drink in the natural stone floor, wood-paneled ceiling and rusticity of the place. Chef Michael Mina's creations are stunning — an exquisite caviar parfait, tempura prawns with a light truffle cream, sea bass marinated in Japanese miso, a rich lobster pot pie that turns the tables on traditional Yankee frugality. Desserts, like a New Age root beer float, are up to the task. — Las Vegas Life

Asia

Asian, Chinese, Japanese

Harrah's Las Vegas

3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 369-5000

$25 to $35

Hours: Friday-Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Closed Wednesday-Thursday.

An enticing mix of Chinese and Asian cuisine served in an elegant, intimate ambience. — Showbiz

Aureole

American, Gourmet

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 632-7401

$35 or more

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 6 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer's expanded version of his New York City classic is architecturally stunning (it boasts a nice three-story wine tower in the middle of the restaurant as well as a private pond with its own swans) and has a wine list that even the most pretentious snob will delight in. Then there's the food. The menu changes seasonally, and the tasting menu (which really shows off the abilities of the kitchen) changes almost weekly. If you see the pork tenderloin with sage wrapped in prosciutto, don't think twice. The only culinary disappointment: Charlie's signature dish, the sea scallops sandwich, is only available in New York. — Las Vegas Life

Austin Steakhouse

Seafood, Steak House-Fine, Steaks

Texas Station

2101 Texas Star Lane

(702) 631-1000

$15 to $25

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Featuring the finest beef, prime rib, a rib platter, a mix of Texas-style barbecue and seafood, including shrimp and swordfish. — Showbiz

Bally's Steakhouse

Chops, Seafood, Steak House-Fine, Steaks

Bally's

3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 967-7999

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday Sterling Brunch, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

An American menu of steak, seafood and chops served in a plush New York atmosphere — Showbiz

Benihana Village Hibachi

Asian, Japanese, Steaks

Las Vegas Hilton

3000 Paradise Rd.

(702) 732-5755

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Voted best Asian restaurant in Las Vegas by a local newspaper the last three years in a row. From the people who made Hibachi Grill demonstration-style cooking famous, Benihana is unsurpassed for good food and good fun. Seafood, steaks and chicken, presented in a huge Japanese village, have made this a Las Vegas Hilton favorite. Robata at Benihana features authentic Japanese cuisine like tempura, katsu and sashimi. — Showbiz

BICE

Italian

Desert Passage at Aladdin

3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 732-4210

$25 to $35

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Authentic Italian cooking such as pasta and risotto dishes. They also offer a few American favorites like chicken fingers and fish & chips and many other dishes that the entire family can enjoy. BICE also boasts one of the best wine cellars in town. — Showbiz

Big Al's Oyster Bar

Cajun, Creole, Oysters, Seafood

The Orleans

4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

(702) 365-7111

$15 to $25

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters and clams or choose from steamed clams, voodoo mussels, pan roasts, shrimp scampi, bouillabaisse and pasta dishes. All served with a Creole/Cajun flair. — Showbiz

Blue Iguana Las Vegas

Mexican

Circus Circus

2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South(702) 734-0410$15 to $25

Hours: Sunday-Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Full service bar and lounge, Open daily, 3 p.m.-11 p.m.

Blue Iguana features a twist on traditional Mexican food in a festive atmosphere. — Showbiz

Border Grill

Mexican

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 LasVegas Blvd. South

(702) 632-7403

$15 or less

Hours: Sunday-Thrusday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Chefs Mary Sue Miliken and Susan Feniger present the bold, authentic foods of Mexico. The excellent fare is complemented by a vibrant design that makes this the definitive destination for gourmet Mexican. — Showbiz

Buccaneer Bay Club

American, Continental

Treasure Island

3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 894-7223

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Enjoy American continental fine dining as a sea battle takes place before your eyes. — Showbiz

Buzio's Seafood Restaurant

Seafood

Rio

3700 W. Flamingo Rd.

(702) 252-7777

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. From the ocean to your table, experience all-exhibition cooking in an intimate and casual dining atmosphere featuring the finest in seafood selections. — Showbiz

Caesars Magical Empire

American, Seafood, Vegetarian

Caesars Palace

3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 731-7333

$35 or more

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Closed Sunday-Monday.

An elaborately themed, multi-chambered dining wonderland that presents mystery, fine dining, grand-scale illusions and fun in awe-inspiring surroundings reminiscent of Caesar's world 2,000 years ago. — Showbiz

Café Andreotti

Italian, Italian Northern

Harrah's Las Vegas

3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 369-5000

$15 to $25

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Unparalleled Italian cuisine in a setting that reflects an outdoor Tuscan Hills-like atmosphere. — Showbiz

Cafe Heidelberg

German

604 E. Sahara Avenue

(702) 731-5310

$15 or less

Hours: Monday, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Those in need of a schnitzel fix will find it in this little taste of Deutschland at Sixth Street and Sahara Avenue. The Las Vegas Valley's only authentic German restaurant, owned and operated by University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate Tanya Ferris, serves healthy portions of authentic schnitzels, sausages, and sauerkraut. The simple, solid menu features most of Germany's greatest food hits, all accompanied by good rye bread, outstanding red cabbage, fried potatoes, or spaetzle. Also available at Cafe Heidelberg are a modest (and modestly priced) list of German white wines, a fine selection of its beers, a deli counter, and a variety of imported merchandise. — Las Vegas Life

Cafe Lago

American, Asian, Buffet, Pasta, Seafood

Caesar's

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 731-7731

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 24 hours. Breakfast buffet, daily, 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ($13.99); Lunch buffet, Mon.-Fri., 11 p.m.-3 p.m. ($15.99). Weekend brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ($19.99 [without champagne] $29.99, $39.99 and $49.99 adults, children under 12 half price). A late-night menu is offered from midnight to 6 a.m.

Surround yourself in a contemporary Italian lake setting for a new 24 hour dining experience. Featuring a diverse, international à la carte menu as well as complete breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. — Showbiz

Cafe Sensations

American, Coffee, Continental, Salads, Sandwiches

4350 E. Sunset Rd.

(702) 456-7803

$15 or less

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This coffeehouse on the edge of Green Valley serves soups, salads, and sandwiches as well as killer coffee drinks, wine, and beer. Sourdough baguettes and whole-wheat bread wrap sandwiches such as Jo Dee's tuna salad, an oven-roasted breast of turkey with Swiss cheese, a vegetarian, and Steve's San Francisco. Steffi's garden house salad is excellent. Dessert selections include a scrumptious Reese's peanut butter cup cheesecake. — Las Vegas Life

Canal Street Grille

Seafood, Steak House-Fine

The Orleans

4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

(702) 365-7111

$25 to $35

Hours: Open every day, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

The intention is to offer upscale dining with a French Quarter flavor, and the Grille mostly succeeds. Worth the effort for meat/seafood-and-potato lovers who like a little extra spice in life. — Las Vegas Life

Canaletto

Italian Northern, Rotisserie, Seafood

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 733-0070

$15 to $25

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Featuring the unique flavors of Venice, using wood-fired rotisseries, grills and ovens. View of the Grand Canal and gondolas. — Showbiz

Chang of Las Vegas

Chinese

3055 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 731-3388

$25 to $35

Hours: Open 7 days per week, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

Chang's offers the most varied dim sum in town, along with much more exotic fare than that found in other Chinese restaurants. Its potstickers and dumplings are top-notch. The restaurant's strength is in its Cantonese seafood and Hong Kong-style preparations. As a finale to dim sum, the don tot (egg custard-filled pastries) warm from the oven is a great dessert. — Las Vegas Life

Charlie Palmer

Steak House-Fine, Steaks

Four Seasons

3960 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 632-5000

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Located in the Mandalay Bay complex, Four Seasons' reputation for fine dining is upheld in this specialty restaurant offering Palmer's signature cuisine. — Showbiz

Chin Chin Cafe

Chinese

New York-New York

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 740-6300

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. (breakfast), Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight.

A moderately priced menu of wonderful traditional Chinese food in a contemporary atmosphere. — Showbiz

China Grill

Asian, Chinese

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 632-7404

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Asian-influenced cuisine is served in generous portions intended for sharing. Our favorites include the Shanghai lobster served with ginger, curry and crispy spinach, grilled dry-aged Szechwan beef with sake, soy and cilantro, and a dish we just can't get enough of — crispy duck with caramelized black vinegar sauce and scallion pancakes. — Las Vegas Life

Circo

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 693-8150

$25 to $35

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch), open daily, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (dinner).

Whimsical and vibrant, this upscale Italian bistro features homestyle Tuscan cuisine inspired by matriarch Egidiana Maccioni. The dining experience is enhanced by the amusing ambience resembling a festive circus theme. — Showbiz

Coyote Café

Southwestern

MGM Grand

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 891-7349

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Taste hot and spicy modern Southwestern cuisine. Featured on the dinner menu nightly are cowboy rib chops, buttermilk corn cakes with chipotle shrimp, pumpkin seed crusted salmon and more. — Showbiz

Cozymel's Coastal Mexican Grill

Mexican

355 Hughes Center Drive

(702) 732-4833

$15 to $25

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Upscale coastal Mexican cuisine in a delightful setting. House specialties include Pollo Poblano and Lomo de Puerco, and coastal selections such as Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (shrimp sautéed in garlic lime butter and julienne ancho chiles) are sure to knock your socks off. A variety of mouth-watering margaritas and delicious desserts complete any meal. — Las Vegas Life

Cuba Mia Café

Cuban

3035 E. Tropicana Ave.

(702) 435-6797

$15 or less

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

It's about time we restored our political and social ties to Cuba. Maybe then there'd be more Cuban restaurants in town. Now we have three, two of which are practically on the same block of Las Vegas Boulevard, and this one, occupying a small, unassuming portion of a big shopping center on East Tropicana. 'Big and small' might also be used to describe this underappreciated cuisine, famous for its copious portions of beans, rice, yuca, pork, and beef, served at miniscule prices. Most have fascinating names like Old Clothes (shredded beef over rice), or masas de cerdo (fried pork chunks), which scarcely give a hint of the finely tuned cooking behind these tasty treatments of Caribbean barbecue. As a side dish, don't miss the yuca frita with garlic sauce or the platano madur (ripe-fried plantains). Another test of quality and authenticity: You'll probably be the only non-Cuban dining in the place. — Las Vegas Life

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Creole, Steak House-Fine

3925 Paradise Rd

(702) 796-0063

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Vegas' newest steakhouse is pricey but has selling points like a terrific wine cellar, lots of space, excellent New Orleans-inspired side dishes and a great piece of lemon cake for dessert. The restaurant isn't far from the Convention Center, and that might attract large groups. The beef is fine, too. — Las Vegas Life

Delmonico Steakhouse

Steak House-Fine

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-3737

$25 to $35

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch), Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (dinner), Friday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. (dinner). Homemade potato chips with Parmesan cheese drizzled with truffle oil — can it get any better? Fantastic menu, great wine list, questionable service in the dining room and surly help in the cocktail lounge. In short, go for the food, not the service. — Las Vegas Life

Don Miguel's

Mexican

The Orleans

4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

(702) 365-7111

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch), 4 p.m.-11 p.m. (dinner).

The entrées are simple and delicious, but it's the pre-meal deal that'll keep you coming back: a free margarita and triple dips (beans, guacamole and salsa) for your chips. — Las Vegas Life

Dragon Noodle Company

Asian

Monte Carlo

3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 730-7965 \

$15 or less

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

An Asian restaurant and tea emporium, the Dragon Noodle Company offers a wide selection of traditional Asian noodle dishes, roasted meats, uniquely prepared chicken and fresh seafood. — Showbiz

Eiffel Tower Restaurant

French

Paris

3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 948-6937

$35 or more

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. Bar open, 5 p.m.-midnight.

Updated French classics, complemented by cocktails and caviar from the sumptuous bar, are served in a sophisticated atmosphere punctuated by a stunning view from high above the Strip. — Showbiz

Elements

American, Seafood, Steaks

Aladdin

3667 South Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 785-9087

$25 to $35

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

A tantalizing mix of dishes created from fire and water elements; fresh seafood and flamed-seared prime cuts of selected corn-fed beef. Authentic pasta dishes and an extensive wine list round out this delicatessen menu. — Showbiz

Empress Court

Cantonese, Chinese

Caesars Palace

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 731-7731

$35 or more

Hours: Friday & Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Thursday, Sunday & Monday, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. In addition to its à la carte menu, Empress Court offers four multi-course, pre-selected Chinese feasts with Cantonese favorites. — Showbiz

ESPN Zone

American

New York-New York

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 933-3776

$15 or less Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight (bar and arena open until 2 a.m.); Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (bar and arena open until 2 a.m.); Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. (bar and arena open until 2 a.m.); Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight.

Sports lovers heaven. Have a meal or snack amid 150 screens featuring nothing but sports. — Showbiz

Fellini's

Italian, Pasta

5555 W. Charleston Blvd.

(702) 870-9999

$15 to $25

Hours: Thursday-Sundays, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

An excellent and generous osso buco can be had for $26, pastas are more interesting than at most places (try the Fazzoletti di Vendura), and even the soups are given special attention by the kitchen. — Las Vegas Life

Fiore Steakhouse

French, Italian, Poultry, Seafood

Rio

3700 W. Flamingo Rd.

(702) 252-7777

$35 or more

Hours: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily.

Elegant French-Italian dining highlighted by gourmet rotisserie-grilled steaks, seafood and poultry. House favorites include a rack of lamb with roasted garlic sauce and a wood-fired Black Angus porterhouse with horseradish sauce. The wine list is also impressive, boasting more than 400 wines, 45 of which can be ordered by the glass. — Las Vegas Life

Florida Cafe

Cuban

1401 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 385-3013

$15 or less

Hours: Open every day, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

You can tell how authentic this simply decorated café really is just by listening. All you hear is a burbling fountain and the dulcet tones of Cuban Spanish. The food is marvelous, everything from leg of pork served with black beans and rice, to the exotic batidos, tropical Cuban milkshakes made with fruits like mango and soursop. — Las Vegas Life

Francesco's Cucina Italiana

Italian, Mediterranean

Treasure Island

3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 894-7223

$15 to $25

Hours: Open 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. daily. Closed Wed. and Thurs.

A unique setting offers guests a glimpse into the kitchen as chefs prepare Italian specialties, including fresh pastas and breads, sensational antipasto and Mediterranean-style seafood. The experience is complemented by pieces of artwork done by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Phyllis Diller. — Showbiz

Gallagher's Steakhouse

Steak House-Fine

New York-New York

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 740-6450

$35 or more

Hours: Open every day, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

This clone of the original establishment on 52nd Street in Manhattan recreates the macho, clubby original that practically invented the genre of urban steakhouses. Well-chosen, aged steaks and some excellent grilled seafood are still the order of the day. Its chef must have a kitchen timer for a heart, as all dishes are cooked to perfection — and served by a waitstaff that knows when to deliver the goods. — Las Vegas Life

Garden Of The Dragon

Chinese

Las Vegas Hilton

3000 Paradise Rd.

(702) 732-5755

$25 to $35

Hours: Open daily, 5:00 p.m.-11 p.m.

Quietly one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Las Vegas, this is the place to go for authentic Cantonese and Mandarin specialties. Extensive menu makes it hard to pick — but one can't miss — it's all good here. Restaurant overlooks the picturesque Benihana Village gardens. — Showbiz

Gonzalez y Gonzalez

Mexican

New York-New York

3790 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 740-6455

$15 or less

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight.

A rendition of a true New York City Mexican cafe that sets you right in the center of the city with an outdoor courtyard complete with lanterns, pinatas and an outstanding tequila bar. — Showbiz

Gordon Biersch Brewery

Eclectic

3987 Paradise Rd.

(702) 312-5247

$15 to $25

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch), 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (dinner), Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Bar open: Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Saturday, late hours.

Founded in 1987 by Dan Gordon and Dean Biersch in Palo Alto, Calif., the microbrewery-restaurant called Gordon Biersch combines such crafted lagers as Pilsner, Marzen, and Dunkles with dishes accented with Pacific Rim flavors. The flagship location in the Howard Hughes Center follows the same winning pattern. Chef Dylan Moses offers inventive house-made dough pizzas, pastas, stir-fries, sandwiches, satays, salads, and a number of specials. The indoor stainless steel fermenting tanks have a brewing capacity of up to 2,200 barrels per year and are visible behind glass walls — adding an authentic brewery feel to the contemporary decor. — Las Vegas Life

Grand Lux Cafe

Eclectic

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-1000

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 24 hours a day.

Offering unique global cuisine in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere, featuring more than 150 menu items, including pizza, seafood, steaks, burgers and pasta. — Showbiz

Grand Wok and Sushi Bar

Asian

MGM Grand

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 891-7777

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sushi bar open from 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Featuring a wide array of Asian cuisine created by chefs who specialize in authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese dishes. — Showbiz

Hamada of Japan

Japanese, Seafood, Steaks

Flamingo Hilton

3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 733-3455

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Authentic Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. Steaks and seafood cooked at your teppan table. — Showbiz

Hard Rock Cafe

American

4475 Paradise Rd.

(702) 733-8400

$15 to $25

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

Enjoy down-home American cuisine, rock 'n' roll music and videos, plus a cool merchandise store. — Showbiz

Harley Davidson Cafe

American

3725 Las Vegas Blvd. S. at Harmon

(702) 740-4555

$15 or less

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Featuring great American road food such as the Harley hog sandwich and home style meatloaf and memorabilia of Harley Davidson's past, present and future. — Showbiz

Hilton Steakhouse

Seafood, Steak House-Fine

Las Vegas Hilton

3000 Paradise Rd.

(702) 732-5755

$25 to $35

Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. The quality one would expect from a Hilton steakhouse in a warm, contemporary atmosphere. Prime-cut steaks seared over an authentic mesquite-wood broiler make for a recipe that's hard to beat. Fresh fish and seafood are also available. — Showbiz

Holy Cow! Cafe & Brewery

American, Bar Food

2423 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 732-2697

$15 to $25

Hours: Open 7 days per week, 24 hours per day Open 24 hours daily. Say what you want about Wisconsinites — they sure know how to eat. The best evidence of that in Las Vegas is at Holy Cow and its four sister cafes. Each has its own personality and menu variations, but all feature two staples of the Midwestern diet: beer and brats. With the former, Holy Cow! microbrews its own on premises. From red ale to hefeweisen, they're all winners. Same goes for the bratwurst. Our 'light' favorite is the Johnsonville beer brat (just $4.50), served with fries or slaw, and a condiment tray that includes sauerkraut. The hungry-man version is the Bratwurst Platter, which consists of — hold on to your cheese hat — three varieties of the spicy pork sausage on a bed of sauerkraut, plus soup or salad, baked potato, and veggie of the day. There's more to the menu than the two B's — from belt-bustin' burgers to Wisconsin walleye. Don't ask us why. — Las Vegas Life

House of Blues

Cajun, Creole, Southern

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 632-7607

$15 or less

Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-midnight, Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday & Saturday late night Blues band, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Gospel Brunch—Southern-inspired cuisine and Gospel performances. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ($37 adults, children 11 and under $19).

Featuring Southern-inspired regional cuisine at the live music/restaurant venue located at Mandalay Bay. Dishes include Creole and Cajun staples such as jambalaya and gumbo. — Showbiz

Hyakumi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Japanese, Sushi

Caesars Palace

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 731-7731

$35 or more

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.Asian noodle kitchen menu for lunch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and the sushi bar is open the same hours for lunch.

Authentically Japanese, the tea house eatery's menu has a variety of small dishes and entrées and every possible kind of sushi. — Showbiz

Il Fornaio

Italian

New York New York

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 740-6403

$15 or less

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-midnight, Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-1 a.m.

Everything about the Strip requires some suspension of disbelief. Dining inside New York-New York's Il Fornaio is no different. A slice of Little Italy it's not. In fact, the Italian restaurant is one in a successful California-based chain. But close your eyes and bite into one of its bakery-fresh breads (the olive's a favorite) dipped in virgin olive oil imported from Italy, and you'll believe you really did just stroll through Central Park to get there. The calamaretti fritti is some of the best I've tasted, and the farfalle al salmone, lasagna ferrarese and ravioli di verdura are all excellent pasta dishes. The wine list is decent, but the adjacent panetteria's Italian coffees, pastries, muffins and scones are the real stars. — Las Vegas Life

J.C. Wooloughan's Irish Pub

Bar Food, Irish

JW Marriott Las Vegas

221 North Rampart Blvd.

(702) 869-7725

$15 or less

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 a.m.

One step inside its authentic interior and you'll know you're in the right place for a properly Irish experience. An all-day Irish breakfast, shepherd's pie, Irish stew, and bangers and mash are just a few of the traditional favorites on the menu. Complete your meal with a pint of Guinness or a single-malt scotch from the well-stocked bar, which was built in Dublin. — Las Vegas Life

Jasmine

Cantonese

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 693-7223

$35 or more

Hours: Open Daily, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Amid a romantic setting, traditional Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine is served with more contemporary interpretations. — Showbiz

Josef's

French

Desert Passage at Aladdin

3667 South Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 732-3000

$25 to $35

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight.

Filled with French decor that emits a casual atmosphere. The main dining area features an open pantry decorated with tile patterns, hand-painted murals and large French mirrors. The menu features traditional French country food, steaks, chops, and an incredible oyster bar with seafood flown in daily from the coast. — Showbiz

Kokomo's

Seafood, Steaks

The Mirage

3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 791-7223

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (dinner).

This wonderfully campy restaurant looks like a tropical rain forest gone Vegas, filled with palm trees and other tropical flora. Food is indulgent and enormous — wonderfully sweet crab claws from Russia, imported Dover sole, thick lamb chops and massive hunks of beef. There is a superb wine list and a variety of soufflés and other sumptuous desserts at the finish. — Las Vegas Life

Kristofer's

Seafood, Steaks

Riviera

2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 794-9233

$35 or more

Hours: Open nightly, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Dimly lit with a romantic ambience, Kristofer's features fine steaks, seafood, inventive entrées and daily blackboard specials. — Showbiz

Le Cirque

French

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 693-8100

$35 or more

Hours: Open Daily, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Creating a new standard of excellence in French food, executive chef Marc Poidevin and pastry chef Patrice Caillot push the envelope nightly with such succulent offerings as black-tie scallops (tied with black truffles), consomme de boeuf with foie gras ravioli, salade mesclun, roasted duck with a honey-spice fig glaze, and roasted lobster in a port wine sauce — all of which are simple, exotic and perfect. Follow these with ethereal desserts like the trio of crème brûlées, bomboloni (Italian doughnuts filled with vanilla cream) or a dense, warm chocolate fondant. Coat and tie are mandatory for gentlemen. — Las Vegas Life

Le Provencal

European

Paris

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 946-4656

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (lunch and dinner)

Le Provençal re-creates the festive, merry atmosphere of an old European village restaurant, offering well-known regional dishes and an extensive list of wines indigenous to the Provençe region. — Showbiz

Long Life Vege Restaurant

Chinese, Seafood, Vegetarian

4130 S. Sandhill Road

(702) 436-4488

$15 or less

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Long Life Vege Restaurant offers an appealing alternative to conventional Chinese cuisine. The chef is a veteran of a large hotel chain in China and is capable of creating many more interesting vegetarian dishes. But because the concept is still new to Vegas, he doesn't want to make anything too exotic. So for now dishes that resemble familiar fare at the local mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant. The restaurant diverges from typical vegetarian joints in that it serves fish and other seafood. The chicken, beef and pork dishes are made from soy products, but all the seafood is real. Yet even though what he serves isn't daring, it is delicious. — Las Vegas Weekly

Lotus of Siam

Thai

953 E. Sahara Ave.

(702) 735-3033

$15 to $25

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch), Open nightly, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (dinner).

Saipin Chutima has been called the best chef in the United States by publications no less prestigious than The New York Times and Vogue. She moved here from Los Angeles last year, and she cooks dishes from both her native Chiang Mai and the northeast province of Isaan. Her specialties include Thai beef jerky, raw papaya salad, steamed catfish and char-grilled beef, and her food is extraordinary. — Las Vegas Life

Lutèce

French

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-2220

$25 to $35

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Prestige, a New York pedigree, a top chef and a crack design add up to one of the most luxuriant restaurants on the Strip, with a price tag to match. Chef Eberhard Muller took over the original Lutèce in New York, a temple of gastronomy that for years was considered the number one restaurant in America. Muller is a fish specialist, but he also grows much of his own produce, and relies on a flawless technique and impeccable ingredients. — Las Vegas Life

Malibu Chan's

Gourmet, Sushi

8125 W. Sahara Ave.

(702) 312-4267

$15 to $25

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. This restaurant wants you to think that it is a California grill and sushi bar, but the menu cleverly dances around the Pacific Rim, with touches of Hawaii all around. Calamari Asia is tender pieces of battered squid accompanied by a pair of interesting dipping sauces. The pork baby back ribs are really a riff on kalbi, the marinated Korean-style short ribs that you'd expect to find in a more ethnic haunt. The sushi, for the record, isn't bad at all. — Las Vegas Life

Mark Miller's Grill Room

American, Southwestern, Steaks

MGM Grand

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 891-7349

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Taste hot and spicy modern Southwestern cuisine. Featured on the dinner menu nightly are cowboy rib chops, buttermilk corn cakes with chipotle shrimp, pumpkin seed crusted salmon and more. — Showbiz

Marrakech

Middle Eastern, Moroccan

3900 Paradise Rd. (702) 737-5611

$15 to $25

Hours: Open every day, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Belly dancing nightly. Enjoy exotic belly dancing while feasting on a six-course Moroccan meal prepared in the traditional manner. Beautiful dancers, an attentive staff, full bar and an excellent choice of wines make for an intimate dining experience. — Showbiz

McCormick & Smick's

American, Seafood

335 Hughes Center Drive

(702) 836-9000

$25 to $35

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Bar Lounge open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight, Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight, Sunday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.

This Portland, Ore.-based seafooder is the newest addition to Las Vegas' 'Restaurant Row' (Paradise and Flamingo roads). With a menu printed daily, upscale décor and diligent service (sometimes almost too friendly), it seems big-city seafood has finally arrived. For proof, look no further than Sunset Beach, Kumamoto, Blue Points, Hot Islands, Malpeque and Skookum — just a few of the oysters featured here daily. A well-chosen wine list, strong on California Chardonnays but weak in other varietals, helps to put M&S at the top of the local seafood chain. — Las Vegas Life

Morton's of Chicago

American, Salads, Seafood, Steak House-Fine, Steaks

400 East Flamingo Road

(702) 893-0703

$35 or more

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

The new Morton's, which replaced the one at Fashion Show Mall, is an airy venue a mile east of the Strip. That same killer meat is broiled vertically at temperatures that would melt a Rolex, and the side dishes —especially sautéed spinach with mushrooms and the incredible hash browns, served in the form of a crunchy golden disc — make a meal here memorable. Just prepare to wince when you get the bill. — Las Vegas Life

Neros

American, Seafood, Steak House-Fine

Caesars Palace

3750 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 731-7731

$35 or more

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Featuring à la carte selections of fresh seafood, large Maine lobster flown in daily, lamb, chicken and USDA prime steaks aged to perfection. — Showbiz

Noodles

Asian, Chinese, Eclectic, Japanese, Noodle

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 693-7223

$15 to $25

Hours: Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri. Sat. An open kitchen displays chefs as they prepare authentic Hong Kong-style barbecue dishes and traditional noodle dishes from Thailand, Japan, China and Vietnam. — Showbiz

Olives

American, Mediterranean

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 693-7223

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch), 5-10:30 p.m. (dinner).

Situated along the bustling promenade of Via Bellagio, Olives offers guests a picturesque view of the lake from an outdoor dining patio. The vivid decor boasts finely detailed mosaic tiling, a sculpted wood ceiling and a lively open kitchen specializing in authentic and rustic Mediterranean fare. — Showbiz

Piero's

Gourmet, Italian

355 Convention Center Drive

(702) 369-2305

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Old Vegas politicos and celebrities flock here nightly for standard pasta, veal and seafood dishes. When available, the stone-crab claws flown in from south Florida are worth the price and wait. The osso buco is one of the best in town. — Las Vegas Life

Pullman Grille

American, Steak House-Fine, Steaks

Main Street Station

200 N. Main St.

(702) 387-1896

$25 to $35

Hours: Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Both this hotel and its restaurants have the most stunning decor and character of any downtown. Featured are mesquite-grilled choice steaks that are $5 to $10 less expensive than similar offerings on the Strip — and no filet I've had in town was tastier or more tender. If beef isn't your bag, the salmon, swordfish, and excellent chicken dishes round out the menu. Casual (and I mean casual) patrons can sometimes clash with the tres-elegant antique oak and brass bar, and even swankier bar car smoking lounge (a real passenger car). But the decor, steaks, and upbeat service still make a visit worthwhile. Limited but well-priced wine list. — Las Vegas Life

Red Square

Continental, Russian

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 632-7407

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-midnight.

Perestroika-inspired cuisine comes to Las Vegas. In addition to an extensive caviar list, the menu features an eclectic mix of updated Russian classics and continental French, Italian and American specialties created by chef Robbin Haas. Featured selections include citron caviar and crème fraiche, and grilled Maine lobster with Stoli vanilla butter sauce. — Las Vegas Life

Rosewood Grille

American, Seafood, Steaks

3339 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 735-8781

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, dinner begins at 4:30 p.m.

Delightful recipes from one of Las Vegas' most outstanding chefs make this one of the very best places for fresh seafood. Attentive, knowledgeable staff makes dining a pleasure in this warm, intimate restaurant just across from the Mirage. — Showbiz

Royal Star

Chinese

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-1888

$15 to $25

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch), 5 p.m.-11 p.m. (dinner).

Upscale authentic Chinese cooking, like what you might get in a top-notch Hong Kong hotel, comes to Las Vegas in this spare, elegant dining room. House Special Crab, six-hour spareribs and abalone with yellow morels are just some of the specialties. — Las Vegas Life

Ruth's Chris Steak House

American, Seafood, Steak House-Fine, Steaks

3900 W. Paradise Rd. (702) 791-7011

4561 W. Flamingo (702) 248-7011

$35 or more

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

It's about as beefy as you can get, with a noise and pretension level far below that of some of its rivals. The butter-sizzlin' steaks are priced right up there, with quality to match. Power lunches are a main draw on weekdays, with the well-dressed Hughes Center crowd competing for ohs and ahs with the first-class (and huge) New York steak sandwich and the spicy, original shrimp cocktail remoulade. Dinnertime finds the tables harder to come by and the prices increasing, but the understated atmosphere, prime beef, good seafood and service keep both locations in the upper echelon of Las Vegas steakhouses. The wine list is serious, but overpriced. — Las Vegas Life

Sacred Sea Room

American, Seafood

Luxor

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 262-4772

$25 to $35

Hours: Friday-Tuesday, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday-Thursday.

Choose from a variety of fresh fish and seafood prepared from classic recipes. — Showbiz

Saigon

Vietnamese

4251 W. Sahara Ave.

(702) 362-9978

$15 or less

Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch), 3 p.m.-10 p.m. (dinner).

The oldest and best Vietnamese restaurant's specialty is phô. Other intriguing entrées, such as spicy beef with coconut and curry sauce and spicy fresh shrimp in claypot, demonstrate how light and flavorful this hybrid cuisine can be. — Las Vegas Life

Shintaro

American, Japanese, Spanish, Sushi

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 693-7223

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

The imaginative atmosphere of Shintaro features traditional teppanyaki tables where chefs entertain while cooking on hoods of hammered copper. Indulge in authentically prepared teppanyaki, kaiseki, sushi and Pacific Rim dishes. — Showbiz

Smith & Wollensky Steak House

American, Seafood, Steak House-Fine

3767 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 862-4100

$25 to $35

Hours: Open every day, 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m. (in the grill), 5 p.m.-11 p.m. (main dining room).

Inside the jumbo green-and-white structure is a gargantuan roasted pork shank. Other stunners include a 24-ounce Cajun rib eye and a New York strip that's among the best in town. Side dishes and appetizers are also strong points, with the deep-fried-but-light-as-a-feather jumbo crab cake a must-try. A stroll around Allan Stillman's world-famous wine list is de rigueur. — Las Vegas Life

Star Canyon

Tex Mex

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-3772

$15 to $25

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch) and 5 p.m. to midnight for dinner.

Dallas chef Stephan Pyles has invented his own take on Texas cuisine, and we are all the richer for it. This restaurant has a slightly contrived ambience, but the service is competent and the cooking can be sublime. Just a few of Pyles' innovations include rock shrimp taquitos, fried green tomato salad, spit-roasted cabrito quesadilla, a bone-in cowboy rib eye — his signature dish — and a superb dessert he calls Heaven and Hell Cake. — Las Vegas Life

Taqueria Canonita

Seafood, Spanish

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-3773

$15 or less

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-midnight.

This casual café is an offshoot of the splendid Star Canyon. Among the many wonderful dishes are pork barbacoa, achiote grilled shrimp on wooden skewers and a soft masa taco crowned with mole, the legendary Mexican chocolate-tinged sauce. — Las Vegas Life

The Noodle Shop

Cantonese, Chinese, Mandarin, Noodle

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 632-7777

$15 to $25

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

A traditional Cantonese noodle kitchen nestled within Raffles Cafe, offering a wide range of Cantonese and Mandarin noodle items, congee, rice and barbecue dishes. — Showbiz

The Palm

American, Steak House-Fine, Steaks

The Forum Shops At Caesars

3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 732-7256

$35 or more

Hours: Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

A casual steak and seafood restaurant featuring fine New York prime steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, poultry, veal and pasta. An American tradition since 1926. — Showbiz

The Pink Taco

Mexican

Hard Rock Hotel

4455 Paradise Rd.

(702) 693-5000

$15 or less

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight.

A slight Central American-Caribbean fusion makes this menu interesting. Sure, it has all the classics—a great guacamole, enchilada, etc., but also such house specialties as Sabana de Pollo and a special marinated carne asada. These, coupled with an awesome tequila and beer selection, should scratch any south-of-the-border itch. — Las Vegas Life

The Stonegrill

Seafood, Steaks

2021 Sunset Rd.

(702) 898-9048

$15 or less

Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

What can you say about an aboriginal technique where you cook your food on a rock superheated to more than 700 degrees, other than that it is a hot concept? This is low-fat food that is reasonably flavorful and a real novelty. Steaks and mushrooms cook up just fine, but fish like halibut tend to get overcooked. Side dishes and desserts are generally quite good. — Las Vegas Life

The Thai Room

Thai

3355 E. Tropicana Ave.

(702) 458-8481

$15 or less

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch buffet), Saturday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Reservations preferred.

Authentic homemade Thai and Chinese dishes include pa-nang nuea (sliced beef tenderloin cooked in a light, sweet, spicy curry sauce) and pad sea-yew (a pan-fried flat noodle with chicken, pork, beef or shrimp and broccoli in a black bean sauce).— Las Vegas Life

The Tillerman

Seafood

2245 E. Flamingo

(702) 731-4036

$25 to $35

Hours: Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m., lounge open until 11:30 p.m. and midnight on weekends.

Its nickname is the 'Mighty Tillerman,' and it's well-deserved. 'Mighty' comes from its longevity. For 18 years, eastsiders, westsiders and conventioneers have flocked here nightly. The seafood offerings compete with the best in town. Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and the invading hordes of celebrity chefs have nothing on the Tillerman's planked salmon, roasted halibut or sautéed scallops, and all should sit up and take notice at the superior Dungeness crab cakes offered. In many ways, only the food has changed here since the '70s, and that's just fine with us. — Las Vegas Life

The Verandah

American, Californian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican

Four Seasons

3960 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 632-5000

$15 to $25

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Traditional afternoon high tea is served daily, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Full Sunrise Breakfast Buffet (Sat. & Sun.) 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Offering indoor and outdoor seating in a lush, tropical atmosphere featuring a mix of Mexican, Californian, Italian and Oriental specialties. — Showbiz

Top Of The World

American, Gourmet

Stratosphere

2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 380-7711

$25 to $35

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6-11 p.m. (dinner), Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m.-midnight (dinner). A gourmet lunch is served daily from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Happy hour drink specials from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Enjoy a breathtaking view of the famous Las Vegas Strip as Top of the World revolves 360 degrees each hour. Dine on sizzling steaks, fresh fish, lobster and much more. — Showbiz

Tremezzo

Italian, Italian Northern, Pasta

Aladdin- 3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd

(702) 785-9013

$25 to $35

Hours: Friday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

A flavorsome array of Italian pasta and authentic veal and coastal fish dishes will finesse your palate. A bouquet of fine wines complements the fine dishes available. — Showbiz

Valentino

Italian

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-3000

$25 to $35

Hours: Open daily, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Piero Selvaggio has been called the best Italian restaurant owner in the country. The Vegas branch of his successful Santa Monica restaurant features chef Luciano Pellegrini, a swank dining room and a killer wine list. Start with the addictive parmesan chips called frico, and then progress to three-color potato gnocchi, main dishes like Mediterranean sea bass and exquisite desserts. You might even meet and be charmed by Selvaggio, who comes to town more and more as his legend grows here. — Las Vegas Life

WB Stage 16

Continental

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-1699

$15 to $25Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Step onto the set of one of four Warner Bros. productions — such as Batman's Gotham City — and feast from a menu influenced by Mediterranean, Asian, European and traditional American cuisines. House specialties include such delicious fare as barbecued duck spring rolls, lobster strudel, herb-brushed veal chops and grilled chicken-and-apricot kabobs. — Las Vegas Life

Zanzibar Cafe

Middle Eastern

Aladdin

3667 South Las Vegas Blvd

(702) 785-9001

$15 or less

Hour: Open daily, 24 hours. Special late night menu from 1 a.m.-6 a.m.

Specializes in a variety of foods from American style cuisine to Middle Eastern and Far Eastern delights. — Showbiz

ZAX

Continental

Golden Nugget

129 Fremont St.

(702) 385-7111

$15 to $25

Open daily, Lunch 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dinner 5 p.m.-11 p.m. A modern restaurant featuring contemporary continental dishes and lively entertainment.— Showbiz

Zeffirino

Italian

Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 414-3500

$25 to $35

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Chef de cuisine Gian Paulo Zeffirino Belloni brings his world-famous Italian cuisine to Las Vegas, specializing in seafood recipes that have been honed to perfection for decades. Zeffirino specialties include filet of sole piccola, lobster tail, fresh fish, zuppa, salads and pasta —Showbiz

Z'tejas Grill

Tex Mex

3824 S. Paradise Rd.

(702) 732-1660

$25 to $35

Hours: Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (lunch), 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (dinner).

Steve Coppolillo concocts such unique Southwestern-style dishes as blackened catfish tacos, honey sesame salmon and Sonoran crab-stuffed shrimp and pepper-crusted New York strip. The Texas-style margaritas are a must-try during happy hour, 3:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays. — Las Vegas Life

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