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Las Vegas' Hidden Gems

Las Vegas' Hidden Gems


Every traveler knows that the best way to find a restaurant is often through word of mouth. So we asked six of Vegas' hungriest diners, from chefs to food writers, for their favorite hidden gems. Nobody likes to give up their secret spots, but since these under-the-radar eats are off the Strip, you may be the only tourist there. What are your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants or low-key stops for delicious food? Tell us in the comments below.

Location: Summerlin

Cuisine: Thai

(Photo courtesy of Nittaya's Secret Kitchen)

Geisha Steak House

Location: Southwest

Cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse

See more of Gerald Trujillo’s picks.

(Photo courtesy of Geisha Steak House)

Mundo

Location: Downtown

Cuisine: Mexican

See more of John Curtas’ picks.

(Photo courtesy of Mundo Las Vegas)

Location: Southwest

Cuisine: Korean

See more of Mike Dobranski’s picks.

(Photo courtesy of Mike Dobranski, Tasting Las Vegas)

Half Shell Seafood

Location: Henderson

Cuisine: Pacific Rim

(Photo courtesy of Half Shell Seafood)


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


Las Vegas' Hidden Culinary Treasures

Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden.

We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.

You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”

Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.

The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.  
 

Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game. 

If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.

Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic �s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.

This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the �s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.

West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.

Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.

The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.

The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite.


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