Often overshadowed by nearby Las Vegas, Henderson has a lot to offer to the foodie crowd. From casual elegant dining to traditional, homely restaurants, featuring anything from American to Greek cuisine, the dining selection is a vast multi-cultural affair. Here we explore the best restaurants in Henderson, NV.
Osaka Japanese Bistro was first established in Las Vegas in 1967 and became so popular that a second location was opened in Henderson, and it is flourishing. Serving authentic Japanese fare prepared by award winning Japanese chefs, including sushi chef Shingo ‘Shin’ Aihara, the restaurant prides itself on serving dishes made with only the freshest and finest ingredients. Having the largest and most exotic fish selection for its extensive sushi menu, this bistro also serves teppanyaki, a term that describes meals cooked on a flat iron grill in front of patrons. Highlights from the menus include awabi or abalone, which traditionally is only found in Japan, and delectable Kobe beef. Request to eat in the tatami room for a truly Japanese dining experience.
Do not let the strip mall façade deceive you; behind the dark windows there is a cosy and inviting gem of a restaurant that serves flavourful, authentic Thai cuisine. Gaati Thai Kitchen gets its name from the Thai word for ‘coconut milk’, which is also an essential element in many Thai dishes. Seasonal dishes and weekly specials are featured alongside the regular, classic-filled menu, which includes highlights such as the chicken tom kah soup, the succulent crispy duck with tamarind sauce, and homemade coconut Thai ice cream. With many vegetarians options available and a guarantee of freshness, this establishment’s culinary offer will appeal to many tastes.
Part of the Art Institute of Las Vegas, Opus Too is a restaurant in which culinary students oversee all aspects of this unique venue that serves upscale international cuisine. As part of the educational program and with the supervision of two professional chefs, students run everything from the front of house operations to the preparations of the dishes featured on the menu. In this setting, a three course lunch menu is a satisfying yet inexpensive affair. Highlights from the current menu include a refreshing chilled beat salad, fennel roasted pork shoulder, and a roasted apple tart. It’s a special experience in a creative environment that should not be missed.
Lindo Michoacan, Henderson | Image Courtesy of Omelet House
Lindo Michoacan, or ‘Pretty Michoacan’ in English, is named after an area of Mexico where the owner was born. A family run restaurant serving delicious authentic Mexican food, it has one of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip and is a favourite with locals who have repeatedly voted it as The Best Mexican Food within the Las Vegas area. The extensive menu offers the traditional enchiladas and burritos, but also includes more unique dishes, such as carnitas a la Coca-Cola, which is a family recipe of pork cooked in a secret sauce made with the popular soft drink, and birria de chivo or marinated goat meat. With a lively and fun atmosphere, live music, and hundreds of tequilas, diners will have a great time.
Established in 1979, the Omelet House is a popular small chain within the Las Vegas area. The Henderson location has been in operation for 22 years, and with the warm home-style atmosphere the owners have created, it’s a favourite with locals and tourists alike. The extensive menu features over two dozen delicious fluffy omelettes, pancakes, French toast, various hamburgers, and sandwiches, some of which are vegetarian. For the adventurous and ravenous appetites, try the restaurant’s Monster Challenge where the diner can choose between a giant three pound hamburger and an enormous 12 egg omelet.
A small dining establishment in an unassuming strip mall located 15 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, The Great Greek Grill is a fantastic fast casual venue featuring authentic Greek and Mediterranean fare. Classic dishes available on the regular menu include avgolemono — a chicken, lemon, and rice soup — and pasticcio, which isa baked pasta dish with ground beef, Greek béchamel, and a fresh tangy tomato sauce. Daily specials and several vegetarian options are available as well making this a spot everyone will enjoy.
Ventano Italian Grill & Seafood, Henderson | Image Courtesy of Todd's Unique Dining
The brainchild of award winning chefs Arnauld Briand and Carmine Vento, Ventano Italian Grill and Seafood is a beautiful restaurant serving classic Italian cuisine and signature house specialties. Delicious Italian dishes to note include rigatoni portofino pasta tossed in a pink sauce with ham, peas, mushrooms, and onions and cheese tortellini with a choice of sauce. As for seafood options, try the popular potato wrapped salmon with jasmine rice, grilled asparagus, and a lobster cream sauce. With big picture windows revealing the twinkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip and attentive service, visitors will certainly enjoy their dining experience.
Fusion fine dining in a casual environment: this best describes Todd’s Unique Dining. The venture of award winning chef and restaurateur Todd Clore, this restaurant is truly something special. Focusing on high quality seasonal ingredients, the menu changes seasonally, but new twists and touches are added even more frequently. Signature dishes include goat’s cheese wontons with a raspberry basil sauce and boneless short ribs on a bed of jalapeño mashed potatoes topped with a caramelised onion sauce — a tasty delight for any foodie. With gluten-free and vegetarian options as well and approximately 350 different wines, everyone is sure to find something to satisfy their palate.
For delicious authentic Jewish deli cuisine, locals head to Weiss Restaurant Delicatessen and Bakery. At this family owned New York-style Jewish deli, guests are able to sample traditional, beloved classics, such as matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, and lox and bagels, all of which are featured on the regular menu. Specials are offered on weekends as well and have included dishes such as blueberry French toast made with challah bread and corned beef hash with a poached egg and chive hollandaise sauce. Even with indoor and outdoor seating available, there is often a wait, but a visit to Weiss is a fantastic cultural experience.