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Zagat puts Las Vegas on top


SalmonLocals and visitors to Las Vegas do know that fine dining has in recent years made strong inroads into the city's restaurant milieu. Most of them are located in the Strip resorts or their adjacent shopping emporiums. The historically affordable meal remains available, it's the gourmet edition that has been added to the global menu.

With fine dining comes higher prices is the assumption. The Zagat Guide for Las Vegas proves that correct with a firm assertion. In its latest edition Las Vegas moves to number one for the most expensive restaurant city in the nation. Average meal here costs now $44.44 which easily beat the perennial list topper New York at $39.46. The next three were Long Island, Miami and San Francisco.

The reasons to the increased prices are various. The Strip resorts nowadays compete in a passionate manner which of them can next successfully recruit a world-famous chef to open a new fine dining spot on their premises. The bigger the name, the higher the cost to bring him on. These restaurants typically serve more people than is the norm, so they need larger kitchens and storage spaces and more staff, which naturally push the expenses higher.

Most of the ingredients are flown in, if not daily, at least several times a week. The greater Las Vegas area has a very limited supply of anything going into these exotic menus, seafood being a prime example of that. Besides, the high-end bistro wants to hire and keep gourmet-level service staff and that forces them to pay above union-scale wages, otherwise common in most of the large resorts.

Simply put, to do business here costs more and that shows up on the menu pricing.



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Comment balloon 8 commentsEsko Kiuru • December 15 2007 11:27PM


Interesting. Can understand why it is the most costly city. The photo looks yummy.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago

Bob & Carolin,

Vegas is constantly evolving in its entertainment offerings.


Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 13 years ago
Esko, I love Zagats and follow those guides when choosing a new restaurant at times.  I don't have the newest edition, I'm curious to see where and what restaurant they named on Long Island.  Thank you for the information!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 13 years ago
Esko, that does look good.  $44.44 for a meal is probably cheap compared to the money that most people will lose in the casinos.  At least with a meal you walk way with a full stomach in stead of empty pockets :)
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 13 years ago


It's a great compliment to Long Island to be up there.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 13 years ago


Knowing Vegas, it's better to have a full stomach than empty pockets.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 13 years ago


Oh, that looks so good!  Thanks for the post.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 13 years ago


Vegas dining scene has changed dramatically in the last ten years.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 13 years ago