Food is all about secrets; Secret menus, secret sauces and secret recipes. When it comes to actually eating, some of the best-kept secrets are the restaurants themselves. The Silver State serves up a few of these top-secret dining establishments as well as some restaurants with secret themes and well-hidden, word-of-mouth gems.
1. 'e by Jose Andres – 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas (The Cosmopolitan)
A secretive room within the tapas bar Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan, this avant-garde restaurant serves a 21-course meal, which Chef Jose Andres describes as a journey. With no signs or advertised phone numbers, it’s a coveted golden ticket that earns you the wax-sealed menu at this super exclusive spot.
2. illumilatte Brew Society - 6825 W. Russell Road, Las Vegas
The truth is out there, and you might just find it at this Illuminati-inspired coffee shop. If you’re a fan of conspiracy theories and hidden secrets, this is the place for you. In coffee they trust, but you can get sandwiches, wraps, salads and pastries too.
3. Little A’Le’Inn Restaurant - 9631 Old Mill St, Rachel
Hidden in plain sight, this motel, restaurant, bar and gift shop sits in the middle of nowhere. The remote location is near the top-secret Area 51 base, along The Extraterrestrial Highway. Be sure to try the alien burger. Made from 100 percent alien. Maybe.
4. Secret Pizza – 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas (The Cosmopolitan)
Concealed down a record-lined hallway on the third floor of the popular Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, this casual joint serves New York-style pizza with a side of discretion.
5. Hugo’s Cellar - 202 Fremont St., Las Vegas (Four Queens Casino Hotel)
Step down into a romantic dining experience at this classic Vegas restaurant, hidden beneath the Four Queens. Come for the meat, potatoes and Bananas Foster, and leave with a beautiful, red rose.
6. The Martin Hotel – 94 W Railroad St., Winnemucca
Offering traditional, family-style Basque American meals, The Martin Hotel restaurant is hidden inside a historic, stucco-covered rooming house with hitching posts and a veranda – a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
7. The Barrymore - 99 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas
Secluded inside the off-the-beaten-path Royal Resort in Las Vegas, The Barrymore has a swanky vibe, upscale cuisine and signature cocktails. The patio is often described as a secret garden.
8. The Pink House - 193 Genoa Ln, Genoa
It’s literally a pink house. Guess what, it’s also a restaurant. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Reese-Johnson-Virgin House, also known as The Pink House, is an example of the 19th century Gothic Revival style of architecture. The food, such as sandwiches, salads and cheese plates, is from this century.
The 8 restaurants above are just some of the hidden gems and secret dining establishments in Nevada. With food so unforgettable, they won’t stay a secret for long.