Las Vegas has so many amazing restaurants, it can be hard to decide where to go. Once you get that choice out of the way, then you have to look at the menu and figure out what to eat.
Most restaurants and chefs have a signature dish – that one thing that they are famous for that you simply must try. These are the dishes the chefs have perfected over the years and if you want to experience the best, these are the things to order.
We’ve put a list together for you of 25 of the best signature dishes in Las Vegas.
You’ve probably seen celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay make his iconic Beef Wellington on TV. It’s a complex dish he has absolutely perfected and if you’re at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, this is what you’ll want to order.
The Beef Wellington is made with the finest filet steak coated in a layer of Duxelles (mushrooms sautéed with onions, shallots, garlic and parsley) and wrapped in a puff pastry before baking.
The dish is served medium rare and garnished with glazed root vegetables, potato puree, and red wine demi-glace. You can order it in your choice of 6 or 12 ounces.
Carson Kitchen is a hip restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas that specializes in creative American cuisine and reimagined comfort food.
The must-try dish here is the bacon jam appetizer. It’s made with slabbed bacon, onion, garlic, jalapenos and brown sugar and served hot with sliced Havarti cheese on top.
The sweet, smoky bacon-based dish is spread on toasted baguettes and is a decadent way to start your meal.
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis serves traditional Italian dishes with a lighter California-influence at her namesake restaurant, GIADA, at The Cromwell.
Spaghetti is one of the dishes De Laurentiis has lightened up. Her signature lemon spaghetti is the must-try dish at GIADA. It’s not topped with traditional meat or red sauce, but instead is tossed with lemon, basil, mascarpone cheese and topped with shrimp.
Chef Shawn McClain’s signature foie gras custard brûlée has stayed on the menu since Sage opened at Aria in 2009. One taste and you’ll know why.
The foie gras terrine is lightly whipped, packed in a ramekin, sprinkled with sugar and brûléed. The result is salty, sweet and incredibly decadent. It’s served with light, fluffy brioche and seasonal compote.
Chicken satay is a house specialty at MR CHOW at Caesars Palace so you’ll want to start your meal with this appetizer.
Skewers of tender sautéed chicken are covered in a creamy peanut sauce. The appetizer has a distinctly orange color, which comes from carrot juice. Be sure to dip the chicken in the accompanying chili sauce to add some heat.
Award-winning chef José Andrés has come up with every way possible to serve meat at his Bazaar Meat restaurant at the Sahara.
One of his signatures is the cotton candy foie gras. Don’t expect liver flavored cotton candy. This dish is actually vanilla-flavored cotton candy served on a stick with a cube of foie gras beneath. The mix of sweet and savory is perfect.
Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan offers fresh Mediterranean cuisine at its best. One of the signature dishes here, the Milos Special, is so simple, yet so delicious.
Fried zucchini, eggplant and Kefalograviera cheese are stacked and served with a thick tzatziki dip made from Greek yogurt. It’s a great way to start your meal.
Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas serves a fusion of Jamaican and other Caribbean cuisines.
If you stop in for one of Jammyland’s amazing craft cocktails, be sure you pair it with the 24-Hour Jerk chicken wings.
These aren’t your typical bar chicken wings. These are thick, hearty wings (you’ll get a full pound in your order) that are jerked in delicious spices for a day and then smoked on-site at Jammyland. The result is smoky, spicy flavor that will knock your socks off.
Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan from famed chef José Andrés serves traditional Spanish tapas and delicious small plates and bites.
One of the must-haves is the Ferran Adrià liquid olives. When Andrés was younger, he worked with chef Ferran Adrià at the legendary El Bulli restaurant in Spain. The liquid olive is his homage to his mentor.
Juice from uncured green olives is mixed with sodium gluconate, which is then dropped into a bath of water and sodium alginate. The resulting spheres are coated in olive oil and served on tasting spoons, alongside traditional green olives stuffed with anchovy and piquillo.
Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria serves the finest cuts of meat including a smoked Wagyu brisket that is carved tableside.
It’s unusual because Wagyu isn’t often smoked, but in this case, it’s a good thing. The fatty meat absorbs the smoky flavor. It’s cooked perfectly until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender and features a black pepper lacquer on top.
Celebrity chef Roy Choi, a pioneer of the food truck movement, became well known for his Kogi taco truck in Los Angeles. Now you can try his specialty at Best Friend at Park MGM.
The Kogi short rib tacos are made with Korean barbecue short rib, salsa roja, cilantro, onion and lime and topped with chili soy slaw.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant serves Southern Italian favorites at their family-owned restaurant in Las Vegas.
Beef carpaccio is a traditional Italian appetizer and Ferraro’s has perfected it. Order the carpaccio di manzo and enjoy thinly sliced prime sirloin, arugula salad, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, truffle oil and mustard sauce.
Lotus of Siam is one of Las Vegas’ most touted Thai restaurants. If you visit this hidden off-Strip gem, you must try the garlic fried prawns.
The prawns are deep-fried and the shells are left on, as the menu says, making them almost like potato chips. The prawns are then sautéed in Lotus of Siam’s special garlic sauce and topped with ground black pepper.
14. Pig Ear Pad Thai at Sugarcane
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill at the Venetian serves an eclectic menu of globally-inspired food. One of the signature dishes on the shared plates menu is the pig ear pad Thai.
The pig ears are braised, thinly sliced, dusted in seasoned flour and fried before being tossed in a house-made spicy pad Thai sauce. The crispy pig ears are served atop a traditional Thai papaya salad.
Tacos El Gordo is a family owned and operated company that started in Tijuana more than 40 years ago. The local favorite taco shop opened in Las Vegas in 2010 and now has three locations in town.
The signature taco here is the adobada, made with spicy-sweet pork that is cooked on a vertical rotisserie and flame broiled. The Al Pastor tacos are topped with cilantro, onions, a sweet white sauce and other choices including fresh pineapple on a warm corn tortilla.
Momofuku from celebrity chef David Chang is known for a lot of tasty dishes, but perhaps its most famous is the steamed pork belly buns.
The components are pretty simple, yet delicious. The steamed buns are filled with roasted pork belly and topped with hoisin sauce, quick cured cucumbers and scallions. You can add some spice with their signature Ssäm Sauce if you choose.
Famous chef Wolfgang Puck serves his most famous dish, smoked salmon pizza, at Spago at the Bellagio.
The pizza dough is fired until crispy and then slathered with crème fraîche infused with dill, shallots, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It’s topped with salmon that is smoked in-house and a dollop of caviar and caramelized shallots.
James Beard nominated chef Sheridan Su has created a cult following for his simple yet flavorful Hainan Chicken at Flock & Fowl in Downtown Las Vegas.
The free-range chicken is poached with ginger and served with the skin on. Guests can either choose this traditional preparation or have the chicken roasted.
It’s served with a trio of house-made sauces including ginger-scallion, chili and soy sauce. The chicken is served with rice and includes sliced cucumber plus side dishes of your choice. You can add a fried egg or Chinese sausage for an extra charge.
District One is a popular local Asian fusion restaurant located in Las Vegas’ Chinatown. The restaurant is known for serving large bowls of pho, but the signature dish is the lobster pho.
This lavish 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.
Sushi Kame is a high-end sushi restaurant in Chinatown from owner and chef Eric Kim. You can order items from the menu or indulge in an omakase tasting menu.
One of the highlights here is not on the menu, but if you ask for the kamashita, you won’t be disappointed. Kamashita is one of the most marbled pieces of fatty otoro tuna you can get from a bluefin tuna. It’s a rare cut that’s found in the back portion of a bluefin tuna collar.
The super fatty texture melts in your mouth. Kamashita is served as sushi or sashimi as-is without any special preparation.
Chef Michael Mina has a lot of famous dishes, but if you’re at seafood restaurant MICHAEL MINA at Bellagio, you’ll want to try the caviar parfait, which can be found on the signature tasting menu. This classic dish has been served by Mina for many years.
The parfait is a perfectly layered dish featuring a potato cake, deviled egg, smoked salmon, crème fraîche and a generous topping of caviar.
Chef Akira Back at Yellowtail at the Bellagio created the Big Eye Tuna Pizza as a representation of this childhood and experiences and it has become the dish that is most associated with his restaurant.
Tortillas are toasted until very crispy and then topped with ponzu mayonnaise and red onions. The tuna is then laid over the entire tortilla and seasoned with salt and pepper. Truffle oil is drizzled over the tuna and then it’s garnished with microgreens.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is a master at sushi and seafood dishes and his signature is the black cod miso at Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Palace.
The fish is marinated in a sweet and savory white miso marinade for several days before being perfectly broiled with the skin on. The flavorful and flaky fish is served over garlic chips and ginger in a butter lettuce cup.
Head to Market Street Café at the California Hotel Casino in Downtown Las Vegas if you need a hangover cure. The café is renowned for its famous oxtail soup, which is a special that’s only served from 11 p.m. – 8 a.m.
The oxtail is stewed for hours until the meat is tender. The melt-in-your-mouth beef is then tossed into the slowly simmered broth mixed with onions, carrots, peppers, celery, garlic and chopped tomatoes.
Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM Grand is known for its modern interpretation of Chinese cuisine. One of the staples here is the crispy duck appetizer salad found on the à la carte menu.
The Culver Farms duck is shredded, briefly crisped in a wok and then tossed with greens, pea shoots and pine nuts and topped with ruby grapefruit and pomegranate.