We are participating in a fun blog hop where bloggers all over the US, Canada, and the UK have been asked to share their favorite restaurants in their area. While there is still so many places in Vegas we have yet to eat at, I am sharing our current favorite places to eat in Vegas — without the kids.
Most of the time when we eat out, it’s a family affair. I love eating out with my kids and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
But, while I love those times, I also want times when just David and I can go out together. One-on-one adult time.
While upscale and fine dining is wonderful for some, it’s generally not the type of places we pick. Our date nights tend to be more casual, but the constant is that I want a great service, a nice (or fun) atmosphere, and I want the food to taste good and most of all, be affordable.
I have no doubt that this list will change and evolve over time, but so far, these are our favorite places to eat in Vegas — without the kids:
Two of our dates night have been at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace and I still feel like there is so much more new stuff to try. The previous buffet at Caesars Palace (which I wasn’t much of a fan of) underwent a massive renovation and the results are stunning. We are a big fan of how the food is presented and plated on the buffet and we haven’t ate a single item that we didn’t like.
The first time I heard of Rao’s was seeing their pasta sauce on the shelves at Target. It was over $8 a bottle and I thought that was crazy. Could it really be worth that? Sometime after that, I ate in their location in Caesar’s Palace and I have to say that yes, it is totally worth it. I’m also a big fan of their meatballs and their Penne Vodka too. One thing that I think is really cool is that one of the dining areas in the restaurant is designed to look EXACTLY like their famous location in New York.
If you like super casual restaurants with diner-type food, you’ll be good here. The Peppermill is a trippy restaurant with lots of pink neon and fake trees. Sounds crazy, right? It is, but it’s one of our favorites for that reason and more. It’s not one of those places that we ever plan to eat at. It usually ends up being a choice when we are hungry and not ready to go home after a long night attending an event on the Strip. It’s a great spot for late night dining for adults with an extensive cocktail menu too.
As someone who is pretty much star-struck by everything on Food Network, Diego is one of the tops on my list. We attended an event at here to watch the premier of an episode of Chopped on Food Network when Diego’s chef, Christina Olivarez, was a contestant. Did she win? Well, of course she did! Their house margaritas are awesome and the appetizers and guacamole rock.
Yes, it’s a chain restaurant, but we’ve been to Margaritaville twice with friends who came to town and both times it was a really fun experience. I recommend visiting at night and sitting out on the balcony which overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. The food was really good — I was in heaven with my coconut shrimp. And if you’re really hungry, order the Volcano Nachos which is massive!
Last year, we attended a beer tasting at Fiamma where various beers were paired with Italian dishes made by executive chef, Pierpaolo Pittia. There wasn’t a single dish we tried that wasn’t amazing and it’s only had me craving to come back for more. Our favorite was the Sausage Stuffed Gnocchi with Spicy Sundried Tomatoes, Broccolini, and Calabrese Peppers. One thing that particularly stood out to me was how helpful and friendly Chef Pittia was — it was his personality that easily makes Fiamma one of our favorites.
Ok, so Hash House a Go Go is a place we usually go to with our kids (but to be fair, two of our kids are adult age). But it’s also been a spot we’ve enjoyed on date nights. As a matter of fact, one of our first date nights after moving to Las Vegas was at Hash House a Go Go on Sahara. The restaurant is know for huge portions of their “twisted farm food”, so it’s a perfect place to go for guys, or gals, with hearty appetites. Be sure to check out the photos of all the celebrities that have ate at Hash House a Go Go while you wait for table.
While we have several Mexican restaurant favorites in Las Vegas that are perfect for families, Hussong’s is a fun, party-like atmosphere that adults in the mood for loud music and big margaritas will enjoy. While the restaurant is on the smaller side, I think Hussong’s is being perfect for friends who want to hang out, drink the night away, and enjoy some chips and salsa.
We are still very much working our way through Las Vegas restaurants and still have so many to try. Im looking forward to sharing future editions of this post with our new favorites.
How about you? If you have a favorite restaurant in Las Vegas, let me know in the comment area below!