Walk a mile on the Las Vegas Strip and you’ll see just as many celebrity chefs on billboards as you’ll see famous singers, actors and models. This raises the question: Are celebrity chefs actually celebrities? In Las Vegas, the answer is a resounding yes. From James Beard award winners to reality show cast members turned restaurateurs, there are no shortage of restaurants helmed by celebrities in Las Vegas. If you’re looking to eat at a place where the chef or owner is just as famous as the food, here’s where to go:
Perched above Las Vegas Blvd. at the Cromwell, Giada De Laurentiss’ namesake Italian restaurant is known for its exquisite views and decadent brunch. Make reservations and enjoy bottomless mimosas, seafood platters, pizza, pasta, waffles, pancakes and more. The dinner menu includes Italian favorites such as chicken marsala, seafood risotto, veal chops and branzino.
Vanderpump Cocktail Garden
Almost every season of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules has featured a debauchery-filled trip to Las Vegas, so it makes sense that Lisa Vanderpump would give the cast a go-to spot to hang out at in Sin City. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden brings the distinct style of Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood restaurants to Caesars Palace. Go here before a night out and order the Matcha Matcha Man cocktail, the famous goat cheese balls and a rosé cake for two.
A celebrity even among celebrity chefs, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants dominate the Las Vegas Strip. One of his most iconic dining destinations is Hell’s Kitchen. The sprawling space serves classic Ramsay dishes such as tuna tartare, beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding.
Chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill has been a longtime Las Vegas favorite for fans of Southwestern-influenced cuisine. Step into the bright, colorful restaurant and order grilled mahi mahi tacos with jalapeno crema, goat cheese queso, chile-honey salmon, chile-crusted rabbit and plaintain tamales. Don’t forget to save room for the deep dish banana cream pie.
As the name implies, Bazaar Meat is a carnivore’s dream. Headed by José Andrés, who is as lauded for his culinary prowess as he is for his philanthrophy, Bazaar Meat is located at Sahara Las Vegas, formerly the SLS (which was formerly the Sahara, and is not the Sahara once again). Head here before catching the resort’s new signature Blanc de Blanc cabaret show, and feast on fresh oysters, bison carpaccio, suckling pig ($540 whole by pre-order only) and the famous cotton candy foie gras, which is exactly as silly and tasty as it sounds.
For more than two decades, Spago by Wolfgang Puck held court at Caesars Palace. In 2018, the restaurant moved to the Bellagio, where it offers the same classic menu with an even better view. Book your table on the outdoor patio and enjoy a candelit meal so close to the Bellagio Fountains you just might feel the mist from them on a breezy day. The menu at Spago includes shrimp cocktail, caviar, roasted rack of lamb, steamed Icelandic cod and and an excellent list of handcrafted cocktails that were meant to be sipped in a waterfront setting.