Restaurant Guide–Nevada

Restaurant Guide Main Index

  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)


Carson City

Basil–311 N. Carson St. (Thai) Closed Sat lunch & Sun.  Good ratings, but some reviewers say the food is sweet (it would be a good idea to ask for any orders to be “Thai style” so it would be less sweet). (4-12-17)

La Santaneca–316 E. Winnie Ln. (Salvadoran) Open Daily.  Good food at good prices. (4-12-17)

Pho Country–2495 N. Carson St. (Vietnamese) Open daily 10:30 am to 9 pm.  Some reviewers say it compares to restaurants in large cities. (4-12-17)

The Lady Tamales–933 Woodside Dr. (Mexican) Closed Mon (closes at 7pm Tue-Sat; 4 pm on Sun).  Authentic Mexican food that (from the photos) looks like it has the full flavor of Mexican chiles and ingredients. (4-12-17)

Villa Basque Deli–730 Basque Way (Basque) Open Mon-Sat (breakfast & lunch only).  This is a deli–more casual and less expensive than the Basque dinner and all-you-can-eat restaurants. Chorizo is recommended. (4-12-17)


Gold Canyon Cafe–160 N. Main St. (Hawaiian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon). This is a restaurant in an old west town owned by Hawaiians who serve their home state cuisine along with some other items such as hamburgers. Most reviewers seem to be pleased by the food (regardless of which type they choose). The restaurant is set off of US 50 and not visible from the highway, but it’s in “downtown” Dayton (easy to find). I’m not sure about the hours but I wrote down what Yelp says. (4-12-17)


Star Hotel–246 Silver St. (Basque) Closed Sun and Sat lunch.  Some like it, and some say go to Martin Hotel in Winnemucca (that is, if you are planning to travel to Winnemucca).  6 course appetizer here is good. (10-29-15)


J T Basque Bar–1426 US 395 N (Basque) Closed Sun.  Some say this is the best in NV, but I think it is not for everybody ($$$ for one entree and all the side dishes you can eat, and includes a bottle of wine). Some describe it as a “multi-course family style meal.” Steak or steak sandwich is the entree most often recommended. (4-12-17)

Las Vegas

Dong Ting Spring–4850 W. Flamingo Rd. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 10 pm).  Authentic Hunan style.  One of the specialties is steamed fish with spicy red chiles.  Spicy wild mushroom hot pot is very good.  Some dishes are very oily (as is common with authentic Sichuan/Hunan food). (11-14-15)

Food Express–2003 S. Decatur Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily (open late night).  Authentic Cantonese style.  A favorite with locals for everyday food at good prices. (11-14-15)

Lindo Michoacan–2655 E. Desert Inn Rd. (Mexican) Open Daily (open late night).  One of Gil’s highest rated gourmet Mexican restaurants in the U.S.  Carnitas a la Coca Cola, chuletas estilo Amador Castillo, ceviche de camaron, novillo al cognac. (11-14-15)

Lotus of Siam–953 E. Sahara Ave. (Thai) Open daily (open late night, but closed between 2:30 and 5:30 pm).  One of the best Thai rests. in the U.S. (by almost unanimous opinion).  Specializes in Isan (northeast) Thai food.  Nam kao tod (sausage with rice) is the most recommended dish.  Restaurant is so famous it has its own Internet abbreviation “LOS.” (11-14-15)

Osaka–4205 W. Sahara Ave. (Japanese) Open Daily (open late night).  This is some of the best Japanese food I have had anywhere, and the sushi is comparable to Seattle. (11-14-15)

Sam Woo BBQ–4215 Spring Mountain Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily (open late night).  Mixed reviews (I think it’s because some people do not understand authentic Chinese cuisine, but I also think there are some problems with the service).  I would go here if I couldn’t go to Food Express. (11-14-15)

Settebello–9350 W. Sahara Ave. (Italian) Open Daily.  Authentic Italian style margherita pizza. (11-15-15)


My Thai–5020 Pahrump Valley Blvd. (Thai).  Seems to be the best rest. in Pahrump.  Reviewers say if you want food Thai style, ask for it to be more spicy and less sweet then the menu version. (11-15-15)


101 Taiwanese–400 W. 5th St. (Taiwanese) Open Daily.  One of the authentic Chinese rests. in Reno. Food is Taiwanese style. Spicy beef noodle soup seems to be the most popular item. (4-12-17)

Bazaar European Deli–3652 S. Virginia St. (Russian) Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.  This is a Russian grocery store with a deli inside where you can get sandwiches and other typical everyday Russian food. Blinchiki (crepes), Russian potato salad, borscht, and salami sandwich are among the most popular items (and of course most people order the desserts). (4-12-17)

Jia’s Wok–477 E. Plumb Ln. (Chinese).  Spicy food (Sichuan style). Food seems good and authentic, but Yelp has more than the normal number of bad reviews (so form your own opinion about whether to try it). (4-12-17)

Louis’ Basque Corner–301 E. 4th St. (Basque) Open daily except Sun lunch & Mon lunch.  This restaurant seems to focus more on everyday Basque food than the restaurants specializing in steaks and high end meals. Many say the food is European style, and many items are quite different than are normal in American restaurants. The price looks reasonable also. (4-12-17)

Naan & Kabab–2740 S. Virginia St. (Persian) Open Daily.  Has dishes which are a little different from most Middle Eastern restaurants, such as chicken and saffron pasta or koobedah kabab. (4-12-17)

Thali–148 West St. (Indian) Open Fri-Mon 5pm to 9 pm only.  Vegetarian Indian food that has very good reviews. Some describe the food more specifically as Himalayan/Nepalese style. (4-12-17)


Carillos Cocina–415 S. Rock Blvd. (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Very high ratings for its basic home style Mexican food (tacos, burritos, etc.).  Chile relleno is said to be very good. (4-12-17)

Sawasdee Thai–2855 N. McCarran Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Authentic food with good flavors (pays attention to using the correct Thai herbs and ingredients). (4-12-17)

Spring Creek

China Garden–263 Spring Valley Pkwy. (Chinese).  It’s supposed to have better food than the Chinese in Elko. Chinese food is American style. (Located 5 mi. SE of Elko). (4-12-17)


China Town–765 S. Humboldt Ave. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Most recommended Chinese on I-80 in NV. Mostly American style but has some items I might consider to be traditional Chinese. (4-12-17)


Martin Hotel–94 W. Railroad St. (Basque) Open Daily.  Lamb chops, split pea soup, Basque style beans.  Steaks and lamb look pricey but it would be less so if you want to skip the main dish and get side dishes and a sandwich (chorizo sandwich is available on the lunch menu). (11-15-15)

The Griddle–450 W. Winnemucca Blvd. (American) Open daily (breakfast and lunch only).  Diner with good reviews (especially for breakfast). (11-15-15)


Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.



Chowhound (Las Vegas)

Chowhound (Reno)

Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Las Vegas)

Zomato (Las Vegas)

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