Las Vegas’ Chinatown, located just a couple miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the city’s hot spots for dining.
The area started out in 1995 as a bit of a hidden gem that catered mainly to Asian tourists and has evolved over the years to become home to many restaurants that rank among the best in the city.
The area has expanded to cover about three miles along Spring Mountain Road between Valley View and Rainbow boulevards and boasts a wide variety of Filipino, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. These days, you’ll also find everything from American food to tapas, Latin and fine French dining in the area.
These are the 17 restaurants you must try in Las Vegas’s Chinatown.
EDO Tapas & Wine opened in 2018 under the direction of Spanish chef Oscar Amador Edo and has become a popular spot to indulge in classic Spanish tapas.
Edo’s background includes working at El Bulli and El Racó de Can Fabes, which are both Three Michelin Star restaurants in Spain. He serves traditional tapas with a modern twist at his Las Vegas restaurant.
Diners can choose their own dishes or try a chef’s tasting menu. Menu highlights include Iberico hams, cheeses, croquetas, scallops, stuffed piquillo peppers, Spanish potato omelets, shrimp-tuna potato salad, sausage empanadas and much more.
Happy hour is a great way to try a variety of dishes at this restaurant with small plates that are priced from .50 – .50. You can also enjoy half off oysters. Happy hour runs Monday – Friday, 5 – 6 p.m. and daily from 10 p.m. – close.
If you’re looking for a full-service Korean barbecue restaurant, look no further than 8oz Korean Steak House and Bar.
The restaurant name comes from the eight-ounce combo meals that feature dishes like beef belly, pork bulgogi, pork jowl and marinated short rib. The combos come with a veggie skewer, egg stew, cheese fondue and a choice of kimchi stew, soybean stew or tofu soup.
Side dishes include spicy noodles, beef tartare, cold noodles, kimchi fried rice and seafood pancakes.
On the drink menu, you can try imported Korean choices like Makgoli, Bokbunja, and Chumchurum.
Lamaii is the latest restaurant from Bank Atcharawan, a former sommelier at the award-winning Lotus of Siam restaurant in Las Vegas.
Lamaii serves traditional Thai favorites as well as modern takes on Thai cuisine.
Small plates include taro crispy rolls, deep fried chicken wings, ceviche and a satay salad.
For main dishes, you’ll find Thai favorites including drunken noodles, Pad Thai chicken and Pad See Aew. Other highlights include duck basil fried rice, deep fried whole sea bass, fried catfish with curry paste and peppers and garlic herb crispy prawn.
As expected from sommelier Atcharawan, Lamaii boasts an impressive wine collection focusing on Riesling, Champagne and Chablis that pair perfectly with the food.
You might not expect a gourmet French restaurant in Chinatown, but that’s what you’ll find at Partage. The name comes from the French word for “to share” and was named for the chefs who share their daily creations through their tasting menus of three, five, seven or eight courses.
The restaurant is a partnership between chef Yuri Szarzewski, pastry chef Vincent Pellerin and manager Nicolas Kalpokdjian who worked in acclaimed restaurants in France before opening their own place in Las Vegas in 2018.
Appetizer and small plates that can be found in the tastings include octopus, lobster, Hamachi, escargots and duck pithivier, which is cooked in puff pastry dough and stuffed with cabbage and seared foie gras.
Besides the tasting menus, there is also an à la carte menu with small plates and some larger dishes to share, including ribeye, whole fish and pork secreto cooked tableside.
With an acclaimed pastry chef on staff, you must have dessert at Partage. Try La Pomme – a caramelized puff pastry with Madagascar bourbon vanilla light cream, slow cooked apple terrine, Granny Smith gel and salted caramel ice cream.
District One Kitchen & Bar in Chinatown is a top place to find traditional Vietnamese cuisine by chef Khai Vu.
Pho is definitely the popular choice here and the main attraction is the lobster pho. This over-the-top dish features a 1.5-pound lobster in a huge bowl of broth. The restaurant flies the lobsters in from Maine every day. The broth is simmered with lobster shells, added to a bowl of rice noodles with the cooked lobster and finished with traditional pho toppings like cilantro and scallions.
Other varieties of pho at District One include oxtail pho and big bone soup with bone marrow.
You’ll also find other tasty dishes including oxtail fries, spring rolls, whole fried fish, grilled whole squid and yellowfish tacos on the menu.
Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese, multi-course meal that is prepared from fresh, seasonal ingredients. A Kaiseki meal includes three different courses with each dish served one by one. Some dishes are hot and others are chilled.
Chef Kaoru Azeuchi is a renowned master Kaiseki chef from Japan and brings his expertise to Kaiseki Yuzu in Las Vegas, which he opened in 2014.
If you choose to indulge in a Kaiseki meal, you’ll need to place your order in advance as all dishes use fresh ingredients and seasonal items that the chef may need to order.
Some of the dishes you may enjoy at Kaiseki Yuzu include grilled king salmon, a variety of sashimi, sushi, Wagyu beef and lobster.
There are also à la carte menu items available including house-made tofu, black edamame, grilled shishito peppers, tempura mix and seasonal desserts.
Hobak is a successful Korean restaurant group that operates restaurants in South Korea known for quality food, great service and ambiance. They’ve brought their authentic Korean barbecue experience to Las Vegas with their Chinatown restaurant.
There’s an extensive menu of meat choices for barbecuing, including premium Black Angus beef, premium Hobak pork, aged short ribs, brisket, Iberico pork belly, ribeye, Wagyu bulgogi and more. Meats can be ordered in combo meals that come with bean paste stew, side dishes and rice pop ice cream.
Other dishes and sides available include kimchi stew, Angus fried rice, cheese corn, spicy ramen, traditional Korean cold noodles, anchovy noodle soup and many more.
Raku restaurant has consistently been called one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. Its chef, Mitsuo Endo has been nominated several times for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest.
At Raku, you can indulge in dishes that are cooked on an authentic Japanese binchotan grill. Dine à la carte or try the chef’s omakase menu.
Start your experience with appetizers including tofu, salad, fried chicken and fried shrimp.
Robata grill choices include Kobe beef skirt steak, Kurobuta pork cheek, apple marinated lamb chop, duck with balsamic soy sauce and more.
There are also rice, noodle and soup dishes available and desserts including green tea crème brûlée, fluffy cheesecake and melting chocolate cake.
At Yui Edomae Sushi, chef Gen Mizoguchi serves traditional Tokyo-style edomae sushi using fresh fish flown in daily from Japan. The sushi is exquisitely prepared and served in either five- or eight-course set dinners.
Only two menus are offered: a nigiri tasting consisting of five courses, and an omakase (chef’s choice) menu. The omakase menu has all of the first nigiri tasting menu, plus comes with an appetizer, soup, sashimi, and grilled items.
There’s a nice selection of wine, champagne and sake to round out your meal.
Chef Brian Howard, a fixture in the Las Vegas restaurant business for 20 years, owns American restaurant Sparrow + Wolf, in Chinatown.
The acclaimed menu features a variety of signature and rotating dishes that are served in shareable portions.
Start out with oysters, cheese and charcuterie boards and salads.
Main dishes that can be shared include a miso rubbed dry-aged porterhouse, wood grilled scallops, roasted bone marrow, lamb Bolognese and an uni melt with Santa Barbara sea urchin, burrata cheese and crispy crepe.
A chef’s tasting menu with optional beverage pairing is also available.
Chengdu Taste is a traditional Chinese restaurant known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes made with high quality fresh ingredients.
If you’re a fan of dishes with heat, this is also the place to go for super spicy Szechuan cooking. Dishes include chicken cooked in hot chili pepper, hot and spicy pig ear, Hunan spicy lamb and whole fish cooked in spicy soy sauce.
Milder dishes include smoked pork with bamboo sauce, beef chow mein, sautéed lamb, steamed whole fish, vegetable fried rice and homestyle chicken.
Chef Khai Vu of District One is also responsible for the popular Mordeo Boutique Wine Bar in Chinatown.
The food here features Spanish and Latin tastes with Japanese influence. Mordeo is a Latin word meaning bite and the menu here offers small bites to accompany the nice selection of wines, sangria and sake.
Bites include salads, ceviche, meat and cheese boards, oysters, elote corn skewers, fresh trout skewers and pork belly skewers. There are also a few shareable items like fish and steaks.
For a sweet treat, try the affogato with Vietnamese coffee, vanilla ice cream and churros.
Kabuto serves edomae-style sushi using carefully selected fish imported from Japan. There are three omakase menus available including one five-course menu and two eight-course menus.
The menus feature items including a sake aperitif, nigiri, hand roll, sashimi platter, grill platter, miso soup and dessert.
The chefs also spend time selecting the right sake imported from Japan to perfectly match the sushi.
There are a few dishes at Kabuto that can be ordered à la carte, including miso soup, sashimi and desserts.
Tres Cazuelas brings Latin flair to Chinatown with its social tapas and artisanal Latin cuisine.
On the tapas menu, you’ll find tasty bites like bacon-wrapped dates, queso fundido, empanadas, ceviche, steak tartare and grilled Spanish octopus.
For the Latin-based main dishes, enjoy salmon with poblano pepper sauce, braised short rib pasilla, beef tenderloin with balsamic caramelized onion and the Tres pork chop with roasted jalapeno hash and apricot sauce.
The restaurant also hosts regular wine tastings and wine dinners.
Sweets Raku serves French and Japanese influenced desserts from Japanese pastry chef Mio Ogasawara. She graduated from confectionary school and worked for nine years as a pastry chef in Ehime, Nagasaki, and Tokyo.
Her talent caught the eye of Mitsuo Endo, owner of Raku restaurant, and he invited her to join him in Las Vegas for this dessert restaurant concept to complement his restaurant.
The Sweets Raku menu offers two-course dessert pairings with an amuse and main or individual desserts including sorbets, macarons, cream puffs and specialty creations.
A wide variety of teas and coffee is available to pair with dessert.
There are also a few savory bites on the menu including cheese plates, foie gras, caviar and croquettes. On Saturdays and Sundays, lunch is served from noon – 3 p.m. with a sandwich and dessert combo or a croissant sandwich.
Sushi Kame offers kaiseki and omakase dining experiences from chefs Eric Kim, Hideki Tsujimoto and Masaru Matsuura.
The lavish multi-course meals need to be reserved two weeks in advance so the chefs can tailor the experiences to the guests and ensure the freshest ingredients.
There are some à la carte dishes available as well including A5 Japanese Wagyu, live seafood, sushi, caviar, grilled Chilean sea bass, roasted duck breast steak and yellowtail serrano.
Longtime Las Vegas Chinese restaurant China Mama got a new owner, remodeled the restaurant and revamped its menu last year so it’s back and better than ever.
You’ll find Americanized Chinese food as well as truly authentic dishes on the menu. Start with vegetable spring rolls, hot and sour soup, pot stickers and steamed pork buns.
The extensive main dish menu is divided into chicken, beef, pork, seafood and vegetable options, as well as noodles and rice.
Try Mama’s special sliced fish with tofu, Mama’s crispy beef, shredded pork stir fried with green pepper, tea smoked duck and noodles with Mama’s special spicy sauce.
Save room for mochi or red bean sticky rice balls for dessert.