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Hussong's Cantina

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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Restaurant quality Mexican food at café prices, this is some of the best value food in town.

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Mon Ami Gabi

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#3/40
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Best for Outdoor dining -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Lovely French bistro with killer views of the Bellagio fountain display.

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Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A hidden gem in the middle of Caesars, this is a fantastic choice for lunch.

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Border Grill

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#9/40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Upscale Mexican food on the southern end of the Strip.

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First Food & Bar

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#10/40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

American classics with a twist at this laid back treasure.

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Jasmine

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#11/40
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

The Sunday brunch overlooking the Bellagio fountains is an essential Vegas experience.

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Firefly

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#13/40
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

The tapas at this locals' favourite makes the trek off the Strip more than worth it.

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Simon

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#18/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

American food is taken to new levels by celeb chef Kerry Simon, poolside at the Palms.

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Sushisamba

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#19/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

An unlikely fusion of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian - but it works.

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Origin India

Price guide: Mid-range
#21/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

The best Indian restaurant in Vegas, this is an Off Strip favourite with the locals.

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Serendipity 3

Price guide: Mid-range
#24/40
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Huge portions, knock-out cocktails and ice cream specials directly on the Strip.

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Beijing Noodle No. 9

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#25/40
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Fantastic Chinese food in an upmarket takeaway setting in Caesars Palace.

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Dos Caminos

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#26/40
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

A trendy, celeb-studded Mexican restaurant in the Palazzo.

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PUB

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#28/40
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

More a sports bar than a pub, this is the place to come for beer on tap and a classy carvery.

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Mr Lucky's 24/7

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#29/40
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

This 24/7 Vegas institution is the perfect end to a night on the town.

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Hachi

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#30/40
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

This great, laid back Japanese restaurant is Red Rock's top draw.

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#31/40
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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Afternoon tea, England-style, with some of the best views of the Strip.

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Grand Lux Cafe

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#32/40
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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

A classy 24 hour joint in the Venetian.

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Max Brenner

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#36/40
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Expert overall rating:3.6 (out of 5)

Heaven for chocolate lovers, this fun “chocolate restaurant” will bring out the child in you.

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BLT Burger

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#39/40
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Expert overall rating:3.6 (out of 5)

This upmarket burger bar is a good affordable option in the Mirage.

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Most people write off Vegas cuisine as a load of buffets, but it actually has a thriving restaurant scene, with celeb chefs in abundance (they like the glitz here). The top restaurants here are as good as any in New York or London - and people are finally beginning to realise it, with 10 Vegas chefs being nominated for prestigious James Beard Awards this summer.

Unfortunately, outstanding as the quality can be, there's not as vast a range of cuisines as in Europe or New York. Steaks and burgers predominate (I feel like I've come to be a meat expert living out here, so the ones I've mentioned really are the best), followed by Mexican restaurants, and sushi is also popular. Having said that, there are other options! You just have to look a little harder. 

But probably the best thing about the restaurant scene in Vegas is that, since it's purely a tourist town, it's always possible to make last minute reservations at top restaurants. Where it might take weeks to book a table at another branch of Nobu, for instance, you can walk in off the street to the branch here. At the very least, if you want to be safe, or book a specific table, you can reserve a couple of days ahead, but it's not often that it's required. And that's wonderful!

One more thing - it's always worth checking with the restaurant whether they have any set menus or deals. Restaurant Week runs every Autumn (this year it was August 30-September 5) and most local restaurants whip up set course menus that are not only phenomenally good value, but benefit charity, too. Some restaurants run special early dining deals (such as the Eiffel Tower's prix fixe, pre theatre menu) or work in conjunction with certain shows, to get you dinner and entertainment in a package (most of the restaurants at the Palazzo, for instance, run a deal with Blue Man Group). So it's always worth calling before you get there. 

Oh and if you do want to experience a buffet, my favourite by a mile is the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood. The Middle Eastern section is phenomenal, as is the build-your-own-burger station.

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One of the most enjoyable things about moving to America is seeing how often the locals eat out, so I've spent much of the past year eating my way around Las Vegas. I've tried to include a variety here, from fast food joints and sandwich bars when you're on the go, to full on, expensive dinners - as well as one of a kind, "only in Vegas" experiences such as the gorgeous Fountains Brunch at Jasmine on a Sunday. Steak and burgers predominate slightly, but that's because they do on the Strip - and those places that I've included really are the best of the bunch. 

If you're feeling adventurous, you'll be rewarded - because some of my favourite restaurants, which are popular with locals but rarely see tourists, are off the Strip. Even if you have to cab it, the ones that I've included will be more than worth it.