Las Vegas - Food and Drink
You can, of course, eat around the clock in Las Vegas and eat pretty much whatever you want, too. Hotels and malls offer a dizzying variety of choice and - this is America, after all - huge portions. Downtown Las Vegas is the place for Italian diners, cheap breakfast joints and fast food stalls.
Recently there’s been a transformation in dining in Las Vegas, as celebrity chefs from across the country (and the world) have started opening up at the major hotels - with Julian Serrano's Bellagio franchise among the best in town. Bouchon is a wonderful bistro owned by the man behind 'French Laundry' - considered the best restaurant in the US. Look out for excellent outposts of famed US restaurants Border Grill, Nobu, Le Cirque and Pinot Brasserie. If you're on a budget, the Forum Shoppes Stage Deli offers groaning platters of excellent meats, cheeses and salads.
Freemont Street is lined with more than 60 restaurants, ranging from extravagant fine dining to 'fast food' style, allowing you more time in the casinos - you’ll find a good range of buffet-style restaurants here too, proving that fast food, Las Vegas style, can be a healthy option.
Remember though, there is a 7.5% restaurant tax in Las Vegas for eat-in and takeaway food. The tax is normally added to the bill at the time of payment, although some buffets and fast food chains may incorporate the tax in their prices. Service charges are rare, but it’s considered polite to leave a tip of around 15% if you’ve been looked after well, 10% if not!