Are you hunting down authentic Mexican food amid the best of the best restaurants in Las Vegas? Do you have only one weekend to do it? Your bucket list is so in luck. Just don’t expect to find this place easily, or without a mind that’s as open as the space that needs filling in your belly.
El Dorado Cantina hooks you like this. As truly one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, this place is sought by locals and tourists alike because of its procurement of mindfully sourced dairy, produce, and meats to create authentic Mexican food. To the delight of locavores (and anyone else who cares deeply about where their food comes from), El Dorado prides itself on something special: promoting its dedication to sustainability and sourcing high-quality ingredients with nary a genetically modified organism in sight. It’s transparent about it, too.
The whereabouts of what goes into Executive Chef Paco’s dishes is overtly announced on the website, naming the farms, dairies, and purveyors that help this authentic Mexican restaurant deliver mindful meals to remember: meals like El Dorado’s street tacos, named a “Best Of Las Vegas” winner, Chef’s Grilled Mahi Signature Tacos, featured on the Cooking Channel’s show Taco Trip with Chef Aaron Sanchez, and his Paco’s Mole Sampler. For a touch of the nostalgic, order Paco’s flan, a recipe passed down from his gram to his mom to the chef himself, which he reverentially hand-delivers to each table that orders it, paying it the honor he believes it deserves.
And as a special bonus, countless appetizers and entrees are labeled gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan, making El Dorado a safe bet for families with “sensitive diners.” Since restaurant founders Brett Talla and Darrin Feinstein decided to couple a creative menu with a swank interior (think: circular leather banquets and an O-shaped bar as a big as a billiard hall), it’s not unusual to see families of all ages enjoying the fare during many of the restaurant’s 24 hours of daily operations, proving why this is one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas.