The Best Restaurants for Lunch in Las Vegas

Pizza, burritos and tacos – the finest flavors of New Mexico
Pizza, burritos and tacos – the finest flavors of New Mexico | © EmmeEffe / Alamy Stock Photo
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9 July 2020

If there’s one city that demands you keep your energy levels up, it’s Las Vegas. Make sure you don’t find yourself flagging by filling your boots at some of the neon city’s best restaurants for lunch.

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Nestled in the Wynn Las Vegas, Tableau is a fine-dining daytime eatery featuring modern American cuisine. Within a chic interior complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and Murano glass chandeliers, guests can savor breakfast and lunch daily plus a weekend brunch. The menus — created by executive chef Paul Zlatos — feature innovative dishes made with quality seasonal ingredients. Notable highlights include the nautica eggs benedict with smoked salmon, poached eggs, and chive hollandaise; lemon ricotta pancakes topped with peaches and lemon-vanilla gastrique; and an omelette with roasted asparagus, fresh tomatoes, and Swiss cheese. With several brunch cocktails, indoor and poolside dining, plus great service, this bistro is a brunch lover’s paradise.

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Established in 2012 by chef Natalie Young, Eat. is a downtown breakfast and lunch eatery specializing in American comfort cuisine with a twist. Procuring the freshest ingredients from local purveyors when available, the chef has created a delicious menu that is sure to satisfy everyone from meat lovers to vegetarians. Within a lively environment, diners can feast upon flavorful options like the chicken fried steak smothered with country pork gravy accompanied by two eggs, chive potatoes, and toast and the tofu scramble with wild mushrooms, green onions, sprouts, chive potatoes, plus toast. Be sure to order some cinnamon biscuits with warm strawberry compote for a mouth-watering sweet treat.

Gastropub, Restaurant, American, Dessert, $$$
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Owned by the husband-and-wife duo, Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, Honey Salt is a farm-to-table restaurant located in Summerlin. Featuring creative spins on American comfort classic cuisine and tasty handcrafted cocktails, they serve lunch and dinner daily. Plus, a Sunday brunch is also served in the welcoming, shabby chic environment. Brunch highlights include peaches and cream pancakes with peach compote and maple syrup and the succulent crab cake Benedict with poached eggs, asparagus, and tomato Hollandaise sauce. Plus, there’s a roasted vegetable pizza on whole wheat crust. Their homemade desserts are also crowd pleasers. These include warm bread pudding with honey bourbon toffee sauce and whipped mascarpone – a must-try for any foodie.

Butcher, Restaurant, Steakhouse, Seafood, American, $$$
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Kentucky Fried Chicken
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Wanting to offer clients the best meats available, chefs Sam Marvin and Frank Fronda opened Echo & Rig, a butcher and modern steakhouse. Located in Tivoli Village — a shopping and dining destination located 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip —this light and airy restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. It also offers a tasty weekend brunch. The brunch menu features several delicious options for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Highlights include the short rib hash made with prime short rib, potatoes, shallots, herbs, poached eggs, and smoked paprika Hollandaise sauce. Another good pick is the egg white omelet with tofu, black beans, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and avocado. Diners will also take delight in the variety of fresh juices and cocktails available.

Restaurant, South American, $$$
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Take a culinary journey through Latin America at Chica | © Linda Evans

Located in The Venetian, Chica’s colorful yet chic dining room provides an inviting setting for chef Lorena Garcia’s tour through bold Latin flavors. The menu offers plenty of vegetarian options, as well as an intriguing cocktail selection. Start at breakfast with dulce de leche french toast and steak and egg tacos, and try a cuban sandwich or “Hoppin’ Jose” rice for lunch. End your day with chicken chicharrones and crab-stuffed lobster.

Restaurant, American
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Buffets in Las Vegas are often notoriously expensive and lavish. But at Garden Court Buffet, things operate a little differently. The all-you-can-eat downtown buffet housed in the Main Street Station Hotel offers a hard-to-pass-up deal: breakfast is $10.99, lunch is $11.99, and the prime rib dinner is a mere $17.99. The buffet is a confluence of cuisines – Latin, Asian, Southern and American – so you can chow down on a combo of Chinese noodles, chicken-fried steak and sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves.

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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In a cozy, casual environment, patrons can enjoy traditional Chinese dishes such as wonton noodles, Kung pao chicken, and chow mein. The seafood is fresh, they have a duck carving station at each table, and they serve beer and wine from all over the world, including Australian wine. Make sure you stop by Joyful House for a lunch special or a late dinner.

Pizzeria, Restaurant, American, Italian, $$$
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Master pizza maker and New York native Vincent Rotolo serves his pizza “grandma style” at Good Pie. Pizzas can be had in round or square shapes, Detroit or Brooklyn style, by the slice or by the pie, and there are even vegan and gluten-free options. The Johnny Be Good pie with caramelized onions, sausage and mushrooms is a standout, but you can’t go wrong here.

These recommendations were updated on July 9, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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