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Nevada's Best Restaurants for Food Lovers: Las Vegas, Reno, South Lake Tahoe

Guide to the Best Restaurants in Nevada

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Nevada's best restaurants are in the places travelers tend to frequent: Las Vegas, Reno and Stateline -- better known for its neighbor across the border, South Lake Tahoe, California.

Food lovers who travel to Nevada for the casinos, the shows, the skiing, or other guilty and not-so guilty pleasures can also find plenty to please the palate, from the most sophisticated haute cuisine to hearty comfort food. 

Las Vegas Restaurants

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Fabulous Las Vegas. Photo Courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau

The lights of Las Vegas  -- and the money that travelers tend to bring with them -- have drawn some of the best chefs in the world to Sin City.  But there's a lot more than food prepared by celebrity chefs in town.  Check out these foodie experiences you won't want to mix, from creative cocktails, to off-Strip favorites to that old Las Vegas food frenzy: the buffet.

Reno's Best Restaurants

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Downtown Reno. Photo by Alison Stein Wellner

Reno, the "Littlest Big City in the World"  lacks Las Vegas' pizzaz -- and its restaurant scene -- but it's still a regional gambling hub as well as a gateway to the ski areas around Lake Tahoe.

  • For fine dining, head to 4th Street Bistro, and to the newly revitalized Riverwalk District. There's a Wine Walk on the third Saturday of every month.
  • For delicious, authentic Mexican fare, try Beto's Taqueria, especialy for the shrimp with mojo de ajo (garlic gravy).  575 W 5th Street.
  • And for an All-American breakfast, with eye-popping portions, don't miss Peg's Glorified Ham N' Eggs. 420 S Sierra Street.
  • Find more Reno restaurants via Yelp.

Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

photo of The Lodge at Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe
The Lodge at Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe. Photo by Alison Stein Wellner.

South Lake Tahoe is in California, but borders the aptly named Stateline, Nevada, and these neighbors are essentially one town. Resorts on the Nevada side of the border have (surprise!) casinos, a draw for those who like to gamble on the snow and with their money.

There are several good dining options in South Lake Tahoe. For lunch, sample hearty fare and an outdoorsy vibe at The Lodge at Zephyr Cove. For dinner, try cozy Evan's for sophisticated American taste with a global twist: think warm spinach salad with duck sausage and pancetta; chicken tandoori pizza.

Heavenly Ski Resort has put a lot of thought into its on-mountain dining-- the burgers are worth trying even if snow scares you! Find more South Lake Tahoe dining options here.

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