Sushi, steak and tapas: Six valley restaurants ranked among best in U.S.

The bar area at Firefly in Henderson on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

Six Las Vegas Valley restaurants have landed on a list of the best places to eat in the country.

Opentable.com, a restaurant reservations website, sifted through more than 5 million reviews to name 100 winners in the "2013 Diners' Choice Award." More than 15,000 restaurants were considered.

Nevada came in fifth place for number of winners, trailing California, Florida, New York and Illinois.

"This year's winning restaurants have all the ingredients diners need to spice up any evening," said Caroline Potter, Opentable's chief dining officer. "Beyond cool crowds, daring drink lists and inventive menus, these hot spots are cultivating a sexy see-and-be-seen ambience that will make for a night to remember."

Here are the local spots that made the list:

    • N9NE Steakhouse

      4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas

      Inside the Palms

      933-9900

      Often cited as one of Las Vegas' most popular stops, N9NE offers a diverse menu by Chef Barry Dakake, including prime aged steak, fresh seafood and imported spirits. There's also a champagne and caviar bar. In addition, N9NE serves high-end hamburgers and chicken dishes.

    • STK Las Vegas

      3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas

      Inside the Cosmopolitan

      877-893-2003

      Also located in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, this modern steakhouse offers a feminine take on the classic American standard.

    • Mojo-roasted organic turkey at Sushi Samba.

      SushiSamba

      3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas

      Inside the Palazzo

      414-4300

      Serving a mix of Peruvian, Japanese and Brazilian cuisines, SushiSamba offers guests a variety of tastes, including sizzling meats cooked on a Japanese robata grill, sushi and Pervuvian anticuchos, or street foods. Drinks include sake, fruit cocktails and spirits such as shochu.

    • Tao Restaurant

      3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas

      Inside the Venetian

      414-1000

      This popular Strip fixture features Chinese, Japanese and Thai food served in an Asian-themed setting that includes waterfalls and a 20-foot-tall Buddha statue flanked by an infinity pool full of Japanese carp.

    • White Polenta Pancakes at Lavo

      Lavo Italian Restaurant

      3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas

      Inside the Palazzo

      791-1800

      This Strip hot spot offers a traditional Italian menu. Highlights include 1-pound Kobe meatballs, whipped ricotta and garlic crostini. The restaurant also serves pizza pies, including the Lobster Scampi Pizza, baked in a wood-burning brick oven. That’s amore.

    • Savory mini-crepes with smoked salmon and dill sour cream by Firefly.

      Firefly Tapas Kitchen Bar

      9560 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas

      834-3814

      3900 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

      369-3971

      11261 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 200, Henderson

      778-1400

      This joint boasts some tasty tapas, but its menu has breadth. Diners can order Japanese shrimp tempura, steamed clams doused with white wine and chorizo sausage or a traditional Spanish tortilla.

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