Searching for a restaurant when it doesn’t seem to be where it should is a frustrating experience, especially when your stomach is empty and you’re feeling a bit like the before example in a Snicker’s commercial. Perhaps it’s an issue with your map app or your sense of direction is off. Maybe it’s tucked into a hidden or illogical location making it hard to find.
Whatever the case, here’s a list of 15 hard to find restaurants in Nevada, plus advice on finding them. Nobody goes hangry on our watch!
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1. El Dorado Cantina - 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr., Las Vegas
With its unexpected location next to Sapphire Gentlemen’s west of the Strip, El Dorado Cantina can be hard to find from the street. Parking is shared with the strip club’s parking lot and the canopied entrance is quietly tucked next to Sapphire’s bright neon sign. Man, oh man, is this restaurant worth the multiple confused glances at Google Maps. The food is fresh, innovative and award-wining; the full bar doesn’t hurt either.
2. Maria’s Taco Shop - 2301 Winery Rd., Pahrump
Many customers say Maria's can be hard to find due to its the odd location in the back of a gas station and gift shop. Location aside, no one will argue the high quality of their authentic Mexican cuisine. Why grab a convenience store sandwich or year-old hot dog, when you can enjoy one of Maria's mouth watering daily specials?
3. Fox Smokehouse BBQ - 1007 Elm St., Unit E, Boulder City
Off the beaten path to Hoover Dam, this hidden gem in Boulder City serves Texas-sized portions of flavorful Kansas-style BBQ. It's not uncommon for fans of this restaurant to travel from Las Vegas for their brisket tacos.
4. Pietro’s Famiglia - 834 Victorian Ave., Suite 200 – Sparks
This upscale restaurant can be hard to find (especially if you don’t look up). It’s located on the second floor above a brewery in Victorian square. The family-owned restaurant serves delicious, authentic Italian cuisine that’s enhanced by a live singer.
5. Carley’s Pizza - 123 S Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton
Diners have said it can be hard to find because it only says “pizza” on one side of the building, but it’s definitely worth the hunt. The pizza gets high rankings and the service is top-notch too.
6. Twisted Fork - 1191 Steamboat Pkwy., Suite 1400, Reno
Twisted Fork offers a seemingly upscale dining experience without the pretense by putting a twist on the typical dishes in a casual environment. Some say it's hard to find this Nevada restaurant. The best advice we've heard for finding Twisted Fork is to look for RC Wiley. It's located right next door.
7. Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen - 241 W Charleston Blvd., Suite 101, Las Vegas
Tucked into the historic Holsum Bread building, Lola’s brings the taste of New Orleans to Las Vegas. You'll experience friendly service and authentic Cajun tastes at Lola's. The Holsum building is mostly filled with loft office space, but the vintage neon facing Charleston is impossible to miss as long as you know what to look for.
8. Hard Rock Café Lake Tahoe – 18 Hwy. 50, Stateline (Harvey's Resort and Casino)
Hard Rock? More like hard to find. While you might expect this popular chain to be located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, it’s actually located inside Harvey’s. Go figure!
9. Roadrunner Café - 130 Douglas St. Suite 130, Dayton
The café can be hard to find if you’re not used to venturing off Dayton’s main street, but good prices, good service and good food make it worth the search.
10. Wingers - 4400 Rim Rock Road, Winnemucca
Some diners say Rim Rock Road didn’t show up for them on Google Maps, and they were led to the wrong location. Since we don’t want you get lost on your way to chow down on heavenly garlic fries and wings, look for East Winnemucca Road and Rim Rock Road, just off Highway 80 at the north end of town.
11. Secret Pizza – 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas (Cosmopolitan Hotel)
It’s written right there in the name, Secret Pizza. The delicious New York-style pizza joint is hidden down a record-lined hallway on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, so you won’t be able to find it unless you know it’s where to look.
12. The Pink House - 193 Genoa Ln., Genoa
Is it pink? Check. Is it a house? It is. Is it a restaurant? Better go in and find out! As long as you keep the restaurant’s name in mind, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem finding this quaint gourmet cheese and charcuterie shop with a full menu of sandwiches, salads, cheese plates and more.
13. The Slanted Porch - 310 S. Taylor St., Fallon
Another restaurant disguised as a house, the Slanted Porch serves locally sourced farm-to-table meals. The innovative menu changes with the season (but don’t worry, the location stays the same).
14. Weiss Restaurant Deli Bakery - 2744 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson
Tucked into the back corner of a strip mall with a Trader Joe's and a Bank of America, Weiss Deli & Bakery serves life-altering chicken soup and matzoh balls the size of a small child's head.
15. Le Bistro - 120 Country Club Dr., Incline Village
Le Bistro is hidden behind other cafes and restaurants. Some diners confuse the back and front entrances. Once you’re inside this fantastic French bistro, it will charm and delight you. The menu features the freshest ingredients, often organic, expertly prepared by French chef Jean-Pierre Doignon.