6 New and Unique Dining Experiences in Las Vegas

Some people go to Vegas to gamble, I’m going to eat. My husband, Jason, and I have been coming here for over two decades and never tire of all the dining experiences Sin City has to offer.

What makes the Las Vegas food scene so exciting is the constant array of new and reimagined restaurants. Even some of the best-known establishments are bringing in new chefs, beverage managers and sommeliers to freshen up their menus and keep their customers coming back again and again.

And while Vegas is certainly known for its high-end restaurants, there’s a great restaurant available for every budget. From five-course sit-down tasting menus with wine pairings to international dining halls and serve your own beer, Vegas understands its wide range of audiences and has found a way to satisfy all of their appetites.

For this trip I was hosted by MGM Corporation, but all opinions are my own.

These six experiences are listed in no particular order:

Photo credit: Mayfair Supper Club

1. Mayfair Supper Club

The hottest ticket in town is currently a reservation for The Mayfair Supper Club at the Bellagio. Originally opened in January 2020, this dining and entertainment venue then had to close for 18 months. It reopened in mid-2021 and now books weeks in advance. I had personally tried to score a reservation on a previous trip but to no avail, so I was beyond thrilled to finally have the chance to dine here.

Just stepping into the dining room is a memorable experience. When our hostess opened the door, we stepped back in time over 70 years. A dimly lit interior drew attention to the band and the tuxedoed singer in the center of the room. Once our eyes adjusted, we could see sumptuously upholstered booths, tables draped in white linens to the floor, tall chandeliers and elegantly dressed patrons. And if that wasn’t enough, through the windows we could see the Bellagio fountains. I have to admit, there was so much to take in during the first few minutes that it was almost overwhelming.

While the band was taking a break, we ordered cocktails and browsed the menu. Featuring old-school classics like prime rib, New York strip loin and lobster thermidor, this is a place to indulge. If you’re feeling like a high roller, order the seafood tower or the caviar service.

We started with the oysters then selected the branzino for our starters accompanied by sautéed spinach. If you have room for dessert, definitely order the cherry jubilee which is prepared at the table. All the food was excellent as was the service.

What really sets the Mayfair Supper Club apart from other upscale Vegas restaurants is the entertainment. Sinatra era singers – one man and one woman – performed all the classics accompanied by piano and strings. On a list of many memorable nights out in Vegas, this one is now at the top.

Pro Tip: The best way to make reservations for the Mayfair Supper Club is through the Bellagio website, not through Open Table. If you plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday, book 4-6 weeks in advance.

Dumplings in Din Tai Fung.
dumplings at Din Tai Fung (Photo credit: Din Tai Fung)

2. Din Tai Fung

Yes Din Tai Fung was going to open its largest location in the world, it made sense to do so in Las Vegas. Opened in late 2020, this Taiwan-based dumpling restaurant is well known for its soup dumplings or xiao long bao.

Jason and I have enjoyed their food many times at the location near our home, but were thrilled to eat at their Vegas restaurant which is inside the Aria. I learned that this place makes 10,000 dumplings a day. As guests wait for their table, they can watch the dumpling makers through a glass wall. Dressed in crisp white uniforms, the staff flatten the dough, add the filling and achieve the delicate folds perfectly.

If you’ve never been to Din Tai Fung before, definitely start your meal with a few orders of steamed dumplings – we personally recommend the crab and pork. Although they are delicious on their own, they are even better with a dip. Ask your server to help you prepare a sauce using the soy, vinegar, ginger, and chili oil on your table. We highly recommend the Spicy Shrimp and Pork Wontons. We’ve been ordering them for years and can’t get enough of them. Complete your meal with a side dish of vegetables and maybe some noodles.

If you still have room, try one of the dessert baos. My favorite is the red bean buns. And everything here is even better when accompanied by a hot jasmine teapot.

Pro Tip: In a town full of expensive restaurants, Din Tai Fung is a reasonable option. And with fast service, it’s also a good option for families or anyone with a tight deadline. And thanks to its large size, your waiting time is likely to be short.

Patio at Spago Las Vegas.
Patio Spago (Photo credit: Wendy Lee)

3. Brunch at Spago

spago is not new to Las Vegas, in fact, it has been there for 40 years. But last year they decided to start offering brunch, and it’s become one of Vegas’ favorite new dining experiences.

In 2018, Spago moved from Caesar’s Palace to Bellagio. In its new location, guests can enjoy a large outdoor patio overlooking the water and watch the dancing fountains periodically throughout the day.

But the real star of the show at Spago’s is the excellent cuisine. Wolfgang Puck opened his first Spago in West Hollywood in 1982, and it’s been going strong ever since. Reservations at all three places are hard to come by, and after dining here, I can see why.

We started with a tuna tartare in a crispy cone of nori rice accompanied by a glass of champagne. Then we feasted on pasta Bolognese and a rolled French omelette stuffed with crab. The omelette is one of their specialties and I highly recommend it. For dessert, we were treated to Instagram’s famous Spiked Lemon, a chiffon cake with yuzu cream, covered in white chocolate tinged with yellow, and topped with white ears flecked with gold. I am told that there are seasonal variations of this dessert so I will definitely have to come back and try them.

Perfect Caviar at Michael Mina.
Perfect with caviar (Photo credit: Wendy Lee)

4. Michael Mina

Like Spago, Michael Mina is also a gastronomic institution in Vegas. Last year, this much-loved restaurant appointed a new executive chef, Raj Dixit, who has revamped the seafood-focused menu, adding his own twist to the dishes. Considered an expert in sustainability, Chef Raj has taken care to select sustainable fish and seafood for the menu.

Michael Mina is not the place to go for a quick dinner. Instead, it’s a place to spend the evening. Diners expect to start with a cocktail, select an appetizer or two, enjoy a main course, and then end the evening with dessert and appetizers. Our evening started with a caviar parfait and tuna tartare, continued with a lobster pie and phyllo-crusted sole, and ended with a small chocolate tart. If you find it hard to choose from so many great options, consider ordering the tasting menu.

One of Michael Mina’s most outstanding characteristics is service. Our water glasses were never empty, napkins that fell on the floor were immediately replaced, and our server described each dish beautifully. In a world where many restaurants have had to reduce service, it was nice to experience such a level of care and attention to detail.

5. The Ski Lodge

Late last year, a new restaurant opened at the Cosmopolitan called Superfrico, a lively Italian restaurant near the Wicked Spoon buffet. Although we didn’t have the opportunity to eat there, we tried their bar, ski lodge, and it was a blast. A large window behind the bar projects scenes of a snowy day, allowing guests to feel warm and comfortable in the dark, rustic decor. Bartenders and servers all wear ski sweaters while a faux fireplace amps up the cozy factor.

Halfway through our drinks, a singer and guitarist in neon-colored clothing entered the room. The music was turned off and the duo performed a few songs. Then they disappeared.

As we were on our way to dinner we only had time for one drink, but I will definitely be returning to this fun and funky bar.

Dumplings served at Famous Foods Street Eats.
dumplings served at Famous Foods Street Eats (Photo credit: Resorts World)

6. Famous Street Foods

Vegas is not just about fine dining. Over the past decade, it has added food halls to allow customers to enjoy quick and more affordable meals. But unlike the food courts of the past filled with McDonald’s and Subway, food halls are home to smaller, lesser-known vendors from around the world.

Famous Foods Street Eats in Resorts World is Vegas’ newest dining venue, and arguably its best. You will find outposts of some of the best restaurants in the world. There are dumplings from Taiwan, roast pig from the Philippines, clay rice from Singapore and more. Currently there are 16 food stalls and plans are underway for more.

If you only choose one food stall, go there and place an order. But what we did was order from multiple stalls at once using the kiosks in the seating area. We entered our phone number at checkout and received a text message when each item was ready.

In the middle of the food court is the Center Bar serving all your favorite adult beverages. They offer bartending service as well as a self-service selection of beers and cocktails.

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