On the Strip: Water Grill

The centrally located restaurant space at The Forum Shops at Caesars is a crucial Strip dining destination. Formerly home to Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, which has been hailed as one of the first building blocks of the wondrous Las Vegas restaurant scene, it’s now the site of the new Water Grill (702.832.4777) and, judging from the bustling energy and buzzing bistro décor, it’s already leaving its mark.

Be prepared—the lunch and dinner menus are stacked with the freshest seafood, classic preparations and modern creativity. Atlantic cod fish tacos, jumbo lump blue crab cakes and an endless selection of oysters and shellfish will get you started right, while the lobster roll brings a taste of New England to the desert.

Charcoal-grilled or oven-roasted whole fish are available by the pound as a prize for the table, or steer the ship toward entrées such as the wild Ecuadorian swordfish a la plancha or decadent black cod kabayaki with soba noodles and spiced broth. Water Grill is wasting no time in making a name for itself on the Las Vegas Strip.

Off the Strip: SC Prime Steakhouse

Already known as one of Las Vegas’ best off-Strip steakhouses, SC Prime (Suncoast, 702.636.7111) has elevated its culinary offerings to match the views diners enjoy from its Summerlin location. Now partnering with Kansas’ esteemed Creekstone Farms, the comfortable and classy restaurant has a premium Angus beef dry-aged porterhouse that clocks in at 24 ounces. The pan-roasted ribeye is the same size, dry-aged to 40 days and served with cilantro garlic butter. For seafood fans, there’s Chilean sea bass in white miso sauce with bok choy or grilled Scottish salmon with wild mushrooms.

#trending: Shark

Tacos are always trending, and some of the most innovative tortilla-wrapped creations in the city are being enjoyed at Bobby Flay’s high-energy Shark (Palms, 702.942.7777). This hot new eatery is also known for sushi, sashimi and ceviche, but diners can’t stay away from the tacos, grilled seafood, meat and vegetables piled into house-made purple corn tortillas. There are lobster, shrimp and bigeye tuna varieties, spicy chorizo or tender beef, or eggplant, cauliflower or sweet potato if you’re looking for something lighter.