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Local foodies agree: Reno has some outstanding restaurants, but you have to look hard to find them. Read on for Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best places to eat in Reno.
1. Atlantis Steakhouse. There's nothing better than a masterfully prepared steak Diane, and you can have that and more at this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Settle in for a multi-course meal accompanied by a classic aviation cocktail or one of the bar's signature creations, like the Doña Lola (Herradura silver tequila, green Chartreuse, dry vermouth, cilantro-infused simple syrup and fresh lime juice).
2. Bistro Napa. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is home to another Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant. This one focuses on cuisine inspired by Napa Valley. That translates to seasonal, organic and regional ingredients, fresh flavors and a lot of wine — there's a 4,000-bottle cellar. Under the domed ceiling frescos surrounded by pressed copper panels, you'll also find a seafood and raw bar.
3. Bangkok Cuisine. This Thai restaurant serves classic dishes so authentic, you’ll feel as if you’re in Thailand. A house special is the Bangkok sizzling platter, a yellow curry dish with fresh vegetables. We also recommend the panang curry and tom kha gai soup.
4. Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse. Looking for an excellent steak in an upscale environment? Try Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse located inside the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Be sure to check out the signature steak, oyster bar and Sunday champagne brunch.
5. The 4th St. Bistro. This romantic fine dining location known for its market fresh and locally sourced ingredients. But because of its creative menu and reputation, it can get crowded fast. Either opt for an early dinner or book a reservation in advance. Make sure to try the pork belly appetizer and one of the unique desserts.
6. Archie’s Famous Grill. The quaint diner is right across from University of Nevada and is famous for their burgers, fries and onion rings. The Nugget is another spot to grab a burger (order the Awful, Awful, it’s locally famous).
It’s nice to get out of the casino hotels, and Reno’s culinary claim to fame is its Basque heritage, going back to sheepherding days. The classic spot is Louis’ Basque Corner, opened in 1967 – though its signature Basque cocktail, Picon Punch, dates to 1837, a blend of Amer Picon (bitter orange liqueur), soda, brandy, and grenadine (like a less sweet, less tart margarita). Food is served family style with at least one Basque special nightly (beef tongue, chicken Basquaise, oxtails, chicken and rice). The newest hotspot is Brasserie Saint James, a brew pub doing Belgian style beers and bistro, from mussel dishes to an Argentinean grilled platter. If you do go in for casino dining, it is hard to beat the Atlantis Steakhouse in the Atlantis, Reno’s most luxurious casino resort, a first-rate, old school masculine chophouse with all the trimmings.