Las Vegas restaurants are a foodie's dream, but the trick is finding hidden gems that aren't tourist traps, and you'll find plenty tucked off the beaten track that locals love. As you explore the byways of the Vegas Strip and nearby, you'll find oyster bars, steakhouses named for famous gangsters, and classic diners. You can find ethnic food, classic 1920s-style speakeasies, and eats to match any budget, from discount to upscale. Check out some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas that are not tourist traps to explore on your holiday in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

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    The Legends Oyster Bar & Grill

    Try everything from fish and chips to lobster mac and cheese

    The Legends Oyster Bar & Grill features classic seafood and American fusion cuisine with a Thai touch that's sure to offer something to please just about any palate. The restaurant was founded by Chef Jack, a native of Thailand who grew up helping his grandmother cook in the kitchen before pursuing a formal culinary education. Chef Jack has created a menu offering a wide range of dishes, including classic fish and chips, lobster mac and cheese, beef stroganoff, Louisiana boil, garlic edamame, and, of course, oysters on the half shell. It's located in the Desert Inn and Durango Commercial Centre off the Strip.

    Location: 3220 S Durango Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89117, USA

    Open: Sunday–Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 702-476-8887

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    Bugsy & Meyer's Steakhouse

    Eat in a classic 1920s-themed speakeasy

    Bugsy & Meyer's Steakhouse offers a one-of-a-kind, destination-style eatery right on the Vegas Strip that's designed to evoke the experience of a 1920s-era speakeasy. As you enter the restaurant inside Caesars Palace, you'll pass a bakery "front" and go past a meat cooler to "discreetly" enter through the rear. Once inside, you can enjoy a gorgeous variety of atmospheres and eats, with your choice of dining on the patio, in a luxurious main dining hall, in 1 of 3 private dining rooms, at a raw bar, or along the main bar. You can also have a realistic speakeasy experience that offers an intimate setting with cocktails and small plate dishes.

    Location: 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 702-733-3111

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    Johnny C's Diner

    Try some classic down-home diner fare

    Johnny C's Diner offers a classic family dining experience for breakfast and lunch right in the heart of city centre Las Vegas, just off the Strip. This diner offers casual eats with a twist, all at affordable prices, and is owned by "Chopped" winner Chef Johnny Church. Breakfast staples include pancakes, French toast, omelettes, breakfast burritos, and signature breakfast dishes with eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and all the fixin's. For lunch, you can choose from a variety of subs and sandwiches from fried chicken to Philly cheesesteaks, soups and salads, pressed burgers with Chef Johnny's special secret seasoning, and a range of sweet treats to top it off.

    Location: 8175 Arville St, Las Vegas, NV 89139, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 702-263-0146

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    The Black Sheep

    Experience upscale American-Vietnamese fusion

    The Black Sheep offers American-Vietnamese fusion comfort food as well as an extensive wine selection and craft cocktails in an upscale surrounding and setting. The restaurant's menu is designed to make Vietnamese cuisine approachable to Western palates while providing a relaxed and refined atmosphere. Some of the highlights of the menu include fried whole rainbow trout, West Coast oysters, bao sliders, grilled Spanish octopus, and Vietnamese imperial rolls. Vegan options are also available and include dishes like vegan Vietnamese sauteed glass noodles. There's something for just about everyone in this restaurant, which is located about 20 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.

    Location: 8680 W Warm Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 702-954-3998

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    Mountain West Eatery

    Get some barbecue, Las Vegas-style

    Mountain West Eatery offers a full-service dining experience in a laid-back and casual atmosphere and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a barbecue bar, and down-home cooking. If you're into country-style Southern eats, Mountain West has a broad menu to appeal to your taste buds, including everything from chicken-fried steak to shrimp and grits, smokey burgers, smoked brisket, and patty melts. It's located just off the Vegas Strip on Blue Diamond Road. The staff members go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home. Guests can even book the restaurant for parties and special private events.

    Location: 5110 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89139, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 702-844-8313

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    Shanghai Taste

    Stop by an authentic Chinese restaurant in Chinatown

    Shanghai Taste is an authentic Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown Vegas that offers traditional Shanghainese fare and has dedicated itself to giving back to its community. During the early days of the pandemic of 2020, a mere 3 months after its opening, this restaurant showed its dedication to the community by cooking and giving out free meals to anyone who came in. Some of the menu highlights here include pan-fried dumplings, scallion pancakes, cold bean curd noodles, steamed vegan dumplings, fish wonton soup, Shanghai beef noodle soup, and staples like fried rice with meat and vegetables. The restaurant has received consistently high reviews for its friendly staff and the high quality of its food.

    Location: 4266 W Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 702-570-6363

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    Graffiti Bao

    Discover a Bao bun and never look back

    Graffiti Bao is an unusual, casual Chinese restaurant with 2 locations in Las Vegas and offering new interpretations of classic dishes as well as brand-new inventions. In addition to its unique dishes, Graffiti Bao is known for its support for front-line workers, offering a discount to all service industry professionals. The most famous menu items at the restaurant are their Bao Buns, which are sort of like Chinese sandwiches and are made by stuffing potato buns with items like kung pao chicken, barbecue pork, or Szechuan beef. Vegetarian versions are available as well. The main location is on South Buffalo Drive, just 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

    Location: 7355 S Buffalo Dr, Ste 1, Las Vegas, NV 89113, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 702-323-6033

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    Sushi Kame

    Try some Japanese food that's customised just for you

    Sushi Kame is a classic sushi restaurant that takes a high-end, upscale approach to its seafood and omakase-style dishes in a contemporary and upbeat space. The restaurant has built the experience around the idea of spontaneity between the chef and every individual patron. This means that the curated offerings change regularly to highlight a broad and diverse selection of preparations, textures, and ingredients. When you visit this restaurant, located just 6 minutes off the Strip, you'll have a conversation with the chef about your specific preferences and the things you're interested in experiencing. This conversation will drive the food you receive. It's a truly unique and personalised experience. Seats are by reservation only, and same-day reservations are not available.

    Location: 3616 W Spring Mountain Rd Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to midnight

    Phone: +1 702-665-5731

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    La Strega

    Enjoy Italian cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients

    La Strega offers classic Italian cooking inspired by the owner's travels in Italy and crafted using only fresh, seasonal ingredients, all served in a casual and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant takes reservations, and even the most exotic food items taste just like home cooking. Menu items feature everything from classic pasta dishes to craft pizzas. Vegetarian dishes are available, and some of the more upscale offerings include poached lobster and caviar. There's a lot of seafood on the menu, including striped bass, stuffed whole fish, and king salmon. It's located in the Las Vegas city centre, just about 19 minutes off of the Las Vegas Strip.

    Location: 3555 S Town Centre Dr, Ste 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 702-722-2099

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    Mayfair Supper Club

    Eat at a traditional supper club with an early-20th-century vibe

    The Mayfair Supper Club is an upscale restaurant that offers an ultramodern take on a classic dining tradition and bills itself as a feast for the senses. At this fine-dining establishment, you'll experience the height of luxurious presentations, perfectly balanced flavour profiles, and custom pairings of food and spirits that will take you back to the glamorous era of the early 20th century. Every Sunday takes you back to the roaring '20s with Jazz Sundays, while Mayfair After Dark gives you that classic supper club experience with live music and performances that will carry you into the early hours. The club is located in the Bellagio hotel and resort on the Strip.

    Location: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 702-693-8876

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