The 10 Best Places for Appetizers in Nevada!

Vegas is a food mecca. In recent years in particular, it has taken its place among the great food cities of the world. It makes sense, then, that wonderful appetizers exist all around the area, including in and around the strip. Find 10 of the best places throughout the state for appetizers below.

1. Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steakhouse, Las Vegas, NV

Hundreds of Las Vegas restaurants could have made this list. But Heritage at the Mirage was chosen because of the author’s personal experience with it (along with his unabashed love for Top Chef, which Chef Tom Colicchio hosts). You can’t go to Vegas without having a shrimp cocktail. Their Gulf Shrimp Cocktail may sound simple, but the flavors will blow you away.

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2. Star Hotel Basque Dining, Elko, NV

The Star Hotel Basque Dining in Elko, Nevada offers “excellent European style food in an old-world atmosphere.” Homemade soup, salad, Basque beans, pasta, a vegetable dish, French fries, and coffee are served with every family-style entrée. We recommend springing for the sautéed mushrooms for an extra appetizer. 

3. Great Full Gardens, Reno, NV

Great Full Gardens of Reno, Nevada has a simple mission: to “support people’s choices to eat healthy by creating a restaurant concept that works for every lifestyle.” If you’re watching what you eat but still want to indulge in an appetizer, this might be the place for you. Consider the smoked salmon roll-ups or avocado bruschetta for healthier options.

4. Los Lupes Mexican Restaurant, Las Vegas and Mesquite, NV

Los Lupes Mexican Restaurant has a flagship Mesquite location and a new one in Las Vegas. They’ve been in business for over 17 years serving delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine out of their mesquite location. It may not seem like a lot, but their guacamole dip with chips is worth the trip alone.

5. Lucky Beaver, Stateline and Reno, NV

Lucky Beaver in Stateline and Reno, Nevada offers progression jackpot video poker machines and delectable appetizers 24 hours a day. According to Lucky Beaver’s website, they’ve “become renowned for [their] mouthwatering steaks and burgers sourced from world famous Pat LaFrieda Meats.” We recommend the calamari fries.

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6. Elephant Bar Restaurant, Henderson, NV

An up-and-coming restaurant chain with locations in California, Nevada, and New Mexico, Elephant Bar and Restaurant delivers delicious American and global dinner options for lunch and dinner. Their shareable options run the gamut from tempura salmon rolls to potato skins; they’re all good, so go with whatever you’re in the mood for.

7. Café at Adele’s, Carson City, NV

The multiple award-winning Café at Adele’s offers “the perfect balance between luxury chic and casual comfort.” Come in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or even just to sit and snack at the lounge. Their appetizer menu is extensive. Consider the deconstructed pork and beans or Dungeness crab infused tater tots. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could always go with the escargots en casserole.

8. Giuseppe’s Italian Grille, Henderson and Las Vegas, NV

Stop by either the Las Vegas or Henderson location of Giuseppe’s Italian Grill for authentic, clean flavors, 24-hour gaming, and tremendous appetizers, including pizza fritta, stuffed hot peppers, barbecue jumbo shrimp, and more. What more, you ask? Macaroni. Cheese. Balls. You read that right.

9. Fox Smokehouse BBQ, Boulder City, NV

Simply one of the best barbecue spots in the state, no Fox Smokehouse BBQ meal is complete without an appetizer or two. The appetizer menu may be sparse with only four options on it, but each one is more delicious than the last, truly earning its spot on the menu. Our favorite? Gotta be the zucchini sticks.

10. Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Reno, NV

Dine at the Silver Legacy Resort’s Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse for mouthwatering steaks and appetizers. Starters include seared duck foie gras, traditional escargot, avocado and crab and more. 

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