Top 3 Vegas Restaurants According to Bill Krackomberger

Top 3 Vegas Restaurants According to Bill Krackomberger

If anyone knows their way around the Vegas Strip, it’s me, Bill Krackomberger. I’m a professional gambler who has lived in Sin City for 16 years, and when I’m not betting, I’m enjoying the local culinary wonderland. 

So where do I go when I’m looking for a juicy gourmet steak, a curated dining experience, or the ultimate hangover cure? Get ready to learn from the master. Let’s dig into my Top 3 restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Keep reading to discover what makes these establishments so close to my heart.

Michael’s Gourmet Room | Best Fine Dining in Las Vegas

Lamb rack served and Michael's Gourmet Room—The best fine dining restaurant in Las Vegas

Entering Michael’s Gourmet Room is like being transported back into a more glamorous time. The luxurious dining room only seats 50 and features a domed stained glass Tiffany skylight, booths swathed in red velvet, and chandeliers, lending to an opulent atmosphere.

Michael’s prides itself on never changing, and it doesn’t need to. The decor, much of the menu, and some staff have remained the same since the restaurant opened in 1982. You can expect flawless service and incredible attention to detail. Some signature staples are the Chateaubri and Bouquetière, a tenderloin with Béarnaise sauce, or the Dover Sole, both prepared tableside.

Although this restaurant is top-notch fine dining, you won’t leave hungry. Portions are large, and guests often take leftovers home. 

Location: 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89183
Dress Code: Business Attire
Cost: $100+
Bill’s Recommendation: Tableside Preparations

Peter Luger | Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas

Peter Luger's dining room at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

Peter Lugar Steak House opened its doors over 135 years ago in Brooklyn, New York. Its German beerhall charm, surly servers, and quality meat made it a local institution. The menu set the standard for American steakhouses as we know them today.

In 2023, the iconic Peter Lugar experience expanded to Vegas. In keeping with tradition, the location offers classics like sliced tomatoes, onions, and creamed spinach. It even has a few options unavailable in Brooklyn, such as oysters and a shellfish tower. But if you’re going to Peter Luger’s, you’re going for beef.

The signature dish is a Porterhouse steak served with a spoon for dripping the juices wherever your heart desires. Plus, if you still have room after dinner, don’t pass up the pecan pie with homemade “schlag” (whipped cream).

Location: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dress Code: No Official Dress Code
Cost: $100+
Bill’s Recommendation: Secret Salad

The Italian American Club | Best Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas

The Italian American Club, Las Vegas. Photograph of the dining room with set tables.

The Italian American Club opened in the early 1960s as a private social club for men, with Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, and Dean Martin being frequent patrons. Needless to say, it’s a bit of a local legend. Since then, it’s become a non-profit organization with an event space, lounges, and a restaurant under one roof.

Although its purpose has evolved, the 12,000-square-foot building remains largely the same inside, offering patrons an authentic slice of Old Vegas. The menu consists of delectable, reasonably priced Italian dishes with something for everyone, including vegetarians.

You can’t go wrong by starting with an order of stuffed artichokes and a glass of Chianti and moving on to the most popular main course, spaghetti bolognese with meatballs. Personally, I love their chicken parmesan. And, of course, your meal wouldn’t be complete without some cannoli and espresso.

Location: 2333 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Dress Code: No Dress Code
Cost: $50-100
Bill’s Recommendation: Chicken Parmesan

Other Top-Rated Las Vegas Brunch Restaurants

After a night of gambling, shows, or both, you’ll need something to soak it all up in the morning. These two restaurants aren’t usually among my usual recommendations, knowing a good brunch spot for your next trip to Las Vegas is always handy intel.

Take a look at these two restaurants, which you can find at hotels on the Strip.

Du-Par’s | Best Breakfast on the Strip

Photograph of Dupar's at Suncoast's legendary buttermilk pancakes. Considered by many the best breakfast in Las Vegas

Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery is the place to do just that. This 75-year-old diner serves breakfast, lunch, and baked goods at affordable prices. Moreover, it’s open 24/7, so go ahead and sleep in.

Fresh ingredients and time-honored tradition are the key to this small chain’s illustrious status. Their ovens bake pastries daily, orange juice is always freshly squeezed, and the pancake recipe is the same as when the business opened in 1938. These Legendary Buttermilk Hotcakes were named best in the US by Esquire Magazine and are a favorite of Brandon Flowers, frontman of the band The Killers. 

Location: 9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145
Dress Code: Resort Casual
Cost: $10-20
Recommendation: Buttermilk Pancakes

Miznon | Best Lunch in Las Vegas

Miznon at the Venetian. Picture of the restaurant front. One of the best places for lunch on the Vegas strip.

Miznon, which means “kiosk” in Hebrew, is a casual food stall transporting you to the other side of the world. Walk up to the counter, find a seat, and be prepared to experience mouthwatering Middle Eastern flavors.

Chef Eyal Shani, the founding father of modern Israeli cuisine, implements seasonal ingredients and the fluffiest pitas to create inspired vibrant street food. The short and sweet menu offers numerous options for vegetarians and meat eaters.

Fan favorites are the Wild Mushroom Pita and Lamb Kebab Pita. The sides, or “Out-of-the-Pita” dishes, are equally as compelling. Add a Bag of Green Beans and the world-famous Whole-Roasted Baby Cauliflower to round off your lunch.

Location: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dress Code: No Dress Code
Cost: $20-30
Recommendation: Lamb Kebab Pita

Explore Las Vegas’ Finest Dining Experiences

Las Vegas has always been a gambling mecca, but it’s evolved into a foodie oasis. Fine dining is now an intrinsic part of the Sin City experience. With cuisines from all over the globe and restaurants from some of the world’s greatest chefs, visitors can sample a cornucopia of flavors.

Whether you’re craving eggplant parmesan in an Old Vegas atmosphere or want sushi with an upscale modern flair, your dining experience will surely create lasting memories and even help you forget your woes. 


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About Bill Krackomberger: Professional Better, Casino Specialist, TV Personality

Bill Krackomberger (aka Krackman) is an contributor and a professional sports bettor with three decades of experience. Bill, a New Jersey native and long-time Vegas resident, has been featured on the Showtime docuseries “Action,” ESPN, CNN, CBS Sports, VSIN, and Bleacher Report. You can find him on “Countdown to Kickoff” on Fox Sports Radio, “Unscripted” on VSIN, and on his podcast “Wise Kracks.”