Restaurant Business Online has been releasing a list of the Top 100 Independent Restaurants in America since 2014. This is a twist on the normal restaurant lists you often see. This is an industry trade magazine and not entirely intended for consumers. The list isn’t based on the food or anyone’s particular experience at the restaurants. The data used does show how popular these restaurants are.
The number one restaurant on the Top 100 independent restaurants list has been the same every year since it started. This year there are 14 Las Vegas restaurants in the Top 100 list including the restaurant that grossed the most revenue in the country. Once again Tao at The Venetian tops the list of highest grossing restaurants in America.
Gross sales at the Las Vegas location of Tao in 2016 were $42,470,345. There were approximately 226,146 meals were served during the year. Tao Las Vegas actually served fewer meals than any other restaurant in the Top 10. The average check at Tao was $90 in 2016 and really helped push Tao to the top of the list. This check is on the high side of the Top 10 being bested only by Tao and Smith & Wollensky locations in New York City. Remember, Tao in Las Vegas isn’t just a restaurant but it’s also home to one of the most popular nightclubs in the city.
The rest of the Las Vegas restaurants on the list are traditional restaurants without a nightclub. Some of the highest grossing restaurants on the list from Las Vegas may surprise you. I’ll share the overall Top 100 rank, the casino where you can find each restaurant in Las Vegas and the average check. Some of the prices may be an estimate. You can see the complete list here.
17. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Forum Shops at Caesars Palace ($85)
23. Carnevino Italian Steakhouse – The Palazzo ($182)
24. Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres – SLS Las Vegas ($105)
25. SW Steakhouse – Wynn Las Vegas ($130)
39. Mon Ami Gabi – Paris Las Vegas ($66)
44. Aria Cafe – Aria ($24)
45. Prime Steakhouse – Bellagio ($158)
55. Lavo Las Vegas – The Palazzo ($85)
57. Top of the World – Stratosphere ($96)
75. Spago – Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (Currently closed and moving to Bellagio) ($75)
77. Jean-Georges Steakhouse – Aria ($110)
87. Delmonico Steakhouse – The Venetian ($92)
90. N9NE Steakhouse – Palms (Closed) ($80)
This list always has a few surprises. When I first saw this list years ago the high ranking of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops surprised me. This isn’t a restaurant that is talked about very often.
Joe’s is a popular restaurant name from other cities like Chicago and Washington DC. The familiar name and relative affordability of restaurant make it a hot spot during conventions in Las Vegas. The brand name, quality food, good location, and fair prices make this a restaurant that’s almost always busy and in high demand.
The biggest surprise on the list this year is Aria Cafe. The restaurant has a small check size but Aria Cafe served approximately 700,000 meals last year. That’s a lot of action for a traditional casino cafe. When Aria finishes the new convention space this could become an even bigger revenue generator for MGM Resorts.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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