John Curtas is …


ELV note: I’m tired of updating my resume. After 21 years of restaurant writing I don’t feel like I have to show anyone a curriculum vitae to justify my opinions or expertise. Plus, resumes are a pain in the ass. If you don’t know who I am or what I do, then I suggest you google my name and find out. If you insist, this is the last one I think I’m ever going to do:

John A. Curtas has been the voice of the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene since 1995. As a resident since 1981, he has seen Vegas grow into one of the leading restaurant cities in the world. His weekly radio commentaries air were heard on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio, 88.9 FM for 15 years, and since 2008, he can be seen Friday mornings as “Las Vegas’ Favorite Foodie” on KSNV (NBC) Morning News in Las Vegas (  He is the author of EATING LAS VEGASThe 50 Essential Restaurants, which will have its 5th edition published in December, 2016, as well as being the author of the Eating Las Vegas website ( Mr. Curtas is also the Las Vegas correspondent for FoodieHub (, and has been the restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Life, SCOPE and Desert Companion magazines. He also and writes (or has written) on Las Vegas restaurants, food and wine for a variety of publications and web-based sites, including VEGAS magazine, VURB, BestPlaces Las Vegas, Fodor’s Las Vegas, TimeOut Las Vegas, and the Virtual Gourmet (  He has also been a member of the North American voting panel for Restaurant Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World issue and has been the Las Vegas voting correspondent for the James Beard Foundation. John has also made a number of appearances on national TV shows, including as a judge for the finale of Top Chef Masters (twice) and Iron Chef America (four episodes), and will appear in 2017 as a featured critic on the new Man v. Masters TV show debuting in 2017 on the FYI Network.

If you want to see what some of my earlier profiles read like (or, if you’re having trouble sleeping), by all means, keep reading…

ELV note: When we launched this Web site on April 1, 2008, the following was true:

John A. Curtas has been the voice of the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene since 1995. As a resident since 1981, he has seen Vegas grow from The Town That Taste Forgot, to one of the leading restaurant cities in the world. His weekly radio commentaries air on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio, 88.9 FM, and he can been seen Friday mornings as the restaurant critic for KLAS TV, CBS Channel 8 in Las Vegas,

In addition to those duties, he is the restaurant critic for Las Vegas Weekly magazine and has served as the local correspondent for The James Beard Foundation, and writes (or has written) on Las Vegas restaurants for a variety of publications and web-based sites, including VEGAS magazine, Citylife, Las Vegas Life, Desert Companion, VURB, BestPlaces Las Vegas, Fodor’s Las Vegas, TimeOut Las Vegas, and He is also a member of the North American voting panel for Restaurant Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World issue.

Along with Max Jacobson and Al Mancini, he will be publishing Eating Las VegasThe 50 Essential Restaurants through Huntington Press in November, 2010.

John Curtas can be reached at either or (his law office which pays  (most of) the bills for his expensive and outrageous gastronomic habits).

Things have changed in the six years hence (to say the least):

Our book went through three editions of being published (2011-2013); after 15 years on the air, we’re no longer with KNPR (your guess is as good as ours as to why not); and we made a number of appearances on national TV shows including Top Chef Masters (twice) and Iron Chef America (four episodes).

(We also got into a Twitter feud(s) with Anthony “Fuck Nuts” Bourdain, and a Japanese-American blogger of questionable intelligence, but the less said about them the better. We also wasted a year of our life filming a stupid TV show that will never see the light of day…and the less said about it really the better.)

Instead of being on KLAS TV Channel 8 in Las Vegas, you can now see our cheerful countenance every Friday on KSNV TV (NBC) Channel 3, where we occasionally Wake Up With the Wagners and often join them for their News 3 at Noon program to report on our local food and restaurant scene. We are still the local correspondent for the James Beard Foundation, and occasionally write for other serious restaurant Web sites such as John

2015 marks our 20th year of reporting on the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene, and at this point, we can confidently claim to have eaten in more restaurants in Las Vegas, more often, than all other critics, critic-wannabes, Yelpers, bloggers or free ‘zine freeloaders combined. No brag, just fact.

(For the record, we consider Yelp to be a valuable resource tool, but consider its participants to be largely children playing in a sandbox.)

If you want to contact me personally, please use If you leave comments on the site, they will be welcome, no matter how contentious or contrarian. (The only thing we prohibit is witless profanity or ad hominem stupidity.)

Best and bon appétit,


15 Responses to About

  • My name is Alex and I’m an associate producer for the show Taco Trip on the Cooking Channel. We are shooting a full episode in Vegas and I would love to get some of your recommendations! In each episode we feature four different spots. They can be new age “gourmet” tacos to unique to authentic Mexican street tacos. I’ll have to pitch probably 8-10 different spots to the network so however many recs you have to give (along with anything interesting about them/which taco), I’ll take them! Also, if you know any other “foodies” that would be good to talk to, I’d love to have their contact info or you can pass on my information.


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  • Do you have any recommendations for dining on Christmas Day in LV?

  • do you have a list of the best steakhouses in vegas that are NOT in a casino hotel/resort? local flavor? be great to read.

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  • Mr. Curtis, you have no ideal about The asshole nakano, he is a fake and a big jerk! I use to work with him at Nobu. He has ripped off nobu’s menu and style, he has nothing original of his own! You have been duped cause you’re a white guy! Wake up!!! Go to nobu. Everyone that has worked with nakano at nobu, all say the same thing. He’s a asshole and acts like a chef. A big ass copycat. No taste and overcharging!!!

  • Hi John,

    I have a client asking for recommendations for good Indian Restaurants in Las Vegas. Can you give your insight?

    Thanks in advance


  • ELV responds: Origin India, Urban Turban and Mint Indian Bistro are probably the top 3 in town.

  • I saw the story that you were bothered about the women who was not dressed to your standards and bitched about it. if the restaurant let her come in dressed that way, your bitch is with them not her. I would bet you didn”t not have the “balls’ to say anything to her. If you ever said anything to me I would have stuck the filet up your ass real quick, Asshole

  • ELV responds (to K Fitz): Please advise as to whether we are supposed to say something to the offending party (so as to exhibit our “balls”), or say nothing – thus losing some respect in your eyes? What you seem to be advocating is for us to offend the offending party (for instance, if it were you) in order to allow you the opportunity to stick a fine piece of meat up our ass. This would accomplish nothing for either of us…unless you are the type who likes doing that sort of thing…and methinks you are, since assholes seem to be a fixation of yours.

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  • When the Mirage first opened, I remember restaurants like Moongate, Mikado, Kokomos, ect…There was a restaurant where Samba is now. I think it was Southwestern. Racking my head but can not remember the name or the type it was. Remember seeing it there. Does anybody remember it?

  • Never a mention of “Table 34”?

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