We don’t want to brag or anything … ok, maybe just a little. Las Vegas has some of the best restaurants in the world. Five-star chefs from all walks of life hail to the Strip to dish up their special take on dining that ranges from the finest French cuisine to artisanal pizza and burgers. And of course, Las Vegas is known for our steakhouses.

First of all, you can’t go wrong with anything on the strip – it’s all pretty much phenomenal. That is – if you can pay the price. In case you didn’t notice, however, most people who live in Las Vegas … wait for it … don’t go to the strip.

Once leaving the convention center or event space from your trade show, ride hailing services Uber and Lyft and traditional taxis make it pretty easy to get where you need to go. So here’s a list of some of our local favorites.

Our Favorite Las Vegas Restaurants

Herbs and Rye

Address: 3713 W. Sahara Ave

It’s a local bartender and mixologist hangout – and the bartenders are determined to produce the best beverage program in the city. It will not disappoint you for happy hour or dinner, which includes classic American and Italian fare.

Osaka Japanese Cuisine

Address: 4205 W. Sahara Ave., and 7511 W. Lake Mead Blvd

This is a local favorite for sushi and teppan grill fare. You can choose whether to sit at the hibachi grill, at the sushi bar or in the traditional Seiza (way of sitting in Japan that includes removing one’s shoes to sit at sunken tables).

Capo’s Speakeasy

Address: 5675 W. Sahara Ave

You have to knock to enter this Chicago mob-themed Italian restaurant, and they might ask you for the password. You don’t need the password, but you do need a reservation, because many nights include a live pianist and great specials.

Pizza Rock

Address: 201 N. 3rd Street

If you want pizza and beer, look no further than this downtown spot. Adjacent to the popular Freemont street, the high-energy vibe in this place is complete with a semi-truck parked inside that doubles as a DJ booth and local beers on tap.

VegeNation

Address: 616 Carson Ave #120

This community-based restaurant serves 100% plant-based fare, you can get burgers and hangover smoothies and feel really good about it.

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Traveling to other popular trade show destinations? Here’s a few of our picks.

Our Favorite Chicago Restaurants

  • El Che Bar: Creative South American dishes cooked over an open hearth. Excellent Argentinean food
  • Wonfun & 2fun: Sichuan Chinese food highlighted by authentic, kitschy and original dishes. Look for the door on Restaurant Row marked only with the red neon “Chinese Food” sign to enter.
  • Giant: Small space in Logan square by Nightwood chef Jason Vincent as he creates his take of dishes with local Midwestern ingredients and house-made pastas

Our Favorite Orlando Restaurants

  • Urbain 40: A French brasserie with a swing-era vibe is “arguably the most beautiful restaurant in the city,” according to Orlando Weekly.
  • Cask & Larder: With beers brewed on site, house-cured meats, hand-canned fruits and pickled-almost-everything, the artisanal food trend dominates at this sister restaurant to Ravenous Pig that opened in 2012. The spotlight is on Southern cooking delivered in an upscale setting meant reminiscent of a southern public house.
  • Amura: Close to the convention center, the Sand Lake "Restaurant Row" outpost of this Central Florida chain has long been a favorite for excellent sushi in stylish surrounds. If you're dining with a group, go large with a sushi boat – it comes decked with things like crab Rangoon, tempura eel rolls, rainbow rolls loaded with the raw stuff and sashimi and hand rolls too.

Starting the process of planning for your next Las Vegas trade show? Check out our in-depth guide to planning the ultimate branded experience in the trade show capitol of the world.

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