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New Places to Dine

Reno has joined Las Vegas in inaugurating several celebrity chef restaurants. Here are the newest.

Famed chef Charlie Palmer has opened not one but two restaurants in the Grand Sierra Resort, which is busily re-making itself from the former Reno Hilton into a quite different, upscale casino-hotel, including condo units at the top. The two eating places share a lounge.

Charlie Palmer Steak is the third of his steakhouses in the U.S. Seating 200 diners, the restaurant features fine and expensive meats and a broad wine selection.

Fin Fish is the second Palmer restaurant, and as its name suggests serves seafood, including a wide range of dishes. There's also a complete raw bar.

Our Recommendations

This is a very selective listing of recommended restaurants in Reno. We'll add to the list as we additional places are reviewed. Here are a few of what we considerthe best places to eat outside of the large casino hotels.

Café Soleil

4796 Caughlin Parkway - Reno - 775-827-3111
This is one of the very best restaurants in Reno, and all of Nevada. The cuisine is Continental, the decor is superb, and the cafe has a wonderful view of Reno from its hill location. You'll find Café Soleil in the Caughlin Ranch Center, at Caughlin Parkway and South McCarran. Reservations are recommended.

Luciano's

719 South Virginia Street - Reno - (775) 322-7373
"The Best Italian Food in Reno" is not too high praise for this small place on Virginia Street, just south of downtown. You'll see a unexciting storefront, and when you go in, you'll experience the ambiance of a European cafe. Luciano and the staff are great, and the food really is the best Italian food in Reno.

Louis' Basque Corner

301 East 4th St. - Reno - (775) 323-7203
Basque sheepherders came early to Northern Nevada and brought much of their culture with them. One notable remainder is Basque cuisine which is featured in several Reno restaurants. One of the best and long-lasting is the Basque Corner. Following Basque tradition, patrons are seated at long tables with checkered table cloths, and food is served "family style" -- with bowls of soup and food passed around the table. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Lamb is a specialty. Carafes of wine and dessert come with the meals.

Ichiban

210 North Sierra - Reno - (775) 323-5550
The full name of this restaurant is "Ichiban Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar." Aside from sushi, the restaurant is a Teppanyaki place, but quite superior to others (in Reno or elsewhere). It has a second floor location, at Sierra and 2nd, in the downtown area. Food is prepared at your table, with the chefs doing their athletic and funny thing. The restaurant is styled like a Japanese garden, quite different from Eddie's Fabulous 50's Casino -- where it is located.

Chef's Pavilion

345 North Virginia Street - Reno - (775) 786-5700
Casino towns have their buffets (and buffet fans). The Eldorado is known for its good food, and this buffet is no exception. This has long been regarded the best buffet in Reno, although like any buffet, the Chef's Pavilion has its ups and downs. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a full bar available.

Bankok Cuisine

55 Mt. Rose Street - Reno - (775) 322-0299
For oriental cuisine, you cannot go wrong in this restaurant. One of the finest restaurants in the region, this place serves up wonderful Thai dishes, including curries. Beer and wine are served. It's located across the street from Grand Auto, a half block west of South Virginia.

Great Basin Brewing Company

846 Victorian Avenue - Sparks - (775) 355-7711
Located in downtown Sparks, this brew pub is a great place to go when you want a home-made brew (they have several), and some comfort food. The food is basic pub fare -- sandwiches, sausages, burgers -- filling and well prepared. The place has a friendly atmosphere and offers an alternative to the bland casino restaurants. It's a short walk from the Nugget and Victorian Square, between Pyramid and Rock streets.

Cantina Los Tres Hombres

7111 S. Virginia Street - Reno - (775) 852-0202
This is a popular restaurant serving Mexican cuisine, including mesquite-fired food with a Southwest touch. It's a busy place, with live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays, and an open mike session on Wednesdays. Witjh its large TV screens, the place is also a hangout for sports buffs. The menu runs to the standard Mexican dishes (seafood and chicken burritos, carne asada, and fajitas (but with the restaurant's own touches). Highlights include fresh fish of-the-day and "Spicy Shrimp," an herby treatment of jumbo shrimp, mesquite broiled.

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