It’s time to return to a classic Vegas culinary experience at a beloved dining genre within which this city has always excelled. What could be better right now than a blowout dinner at a superior steakhouse?

Begin at the most popular restaurant in the 15-year history of Wynn Las Vegas, the sleek and satisfying SW Steakhouse (702.770.3325). The well-appointed indoor-outdoor dining space supervised by veteran chef David Walzog built some early momentum by reopening before the resort and Las Vegas residents turned out in force to support one of their favorite dining destinations. Now it’s full-steam ahead with A5 Japanese wagyu and the signature chili-rubbed double-cut ribeye, supplemented by savory sides like black truffle creamed corn and baked fennel mac and cheese.

Next door at The Venetian, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s Strip institution Delmonico Steakhouse (702.414.3737) was renovated during the winter and is showing off its fresh style and favorite dishes like Chateaubriand and barbecue shrimp with recently expanded hours. Another global culinary icon, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has fashioned a sleek steak-centric experience at Jean Georges Steakhouse (Aria, 877.230.2742), where simplicity allows each ingredient to shine and prime beef is perfected on a wood-burning grill. For a more traditional meal saturated in Vegas history, head to the northwest valley for the vintage experience at Bob Taylor’s Ranch House (702.645.1399).

If you’re hungry for something more casual off the Strip, indulge in the fried chicken sandwiches and tenders at Big Chicken (4480 Paradise Road, 702.675.3333) or the Asian-influenced burgers and fries at Vegas-born Fukuburger (two locations, 702.262.6995), which just celebrated a decade of service in Sin City. In Henderson, hit the Steamie Weenie (1500 N. Green Valley Parkway, 702.333.1383) for that beloved summer bite, high-quality hot dogs topped with everything from chili and cheese to pineapple relish and teriyaki sauce. Back on the boulevard, the iconic Burger Bar (The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 702.632.9364) created by Hubert Keller still sets the standard for gourmet burgers, while the second-floor food hall at The Cosmopolitan is highlighted by the deliciously decadent sandwiches at Lardo (702.698.7000). Don’t miss the “Bronx Bomber” cheesesteak or the “pho’rench” dip.

Upstairs at the Cosmo, Beauty & Essex (877.893.2001) has evolved into one of the most social and vibrant dining experiences on the Strip, starring the cuisine of Food Network favorite chef Chris Santos. Also perfect for group gatherings: the expansive restaurant space and comfortable outdoor patios at Border Grill (Mandalay Bay, 702.632.7403), easily one of the most acclaimed Mexican restaurants in the history of Las Vegas. The newest Mexican cuisine to hit the Strip can be experienced at Elio (Encore, 702.770.7000), where brunch and dinner menus are built around shareable dishes like chayote salad and lamb barbacoa.

When seeking a refined dinner in the neighborhood, local residents flock to downtown’s rustic Esther’s Kitchen (1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., 702.570.7864) for pasta and pizza; the serene lakeside Marche Bacchus (2620 Regatta Drive, 702.804.8008) for French bistro fare and a peerless wine selection; and the Chinatown jewel box Yui Edomae Sushi (3460 Arville St., 702.202.2408) for an unforgettable omakase experience.

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