Individuals celebrating Passover on the Las Vegas Strip, whether by choice or due to an all-important business conference, needn’t worry. The town may be dubbed Sin City, but there are countless opportunities to celebrate your faith with an impeccable meal at numerous valley restaurants and join the Jewish community in prayer at a local Synagogue.
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For those not practicing Judaism, Passover celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The day is commemorated on the 15th day of Spring (April 15-23 for 2022) with a festive meal that excludes a variety of leavened foods. That means no wheat, barley, oats, rye or spelt. In lieu of traditional bread, unleavened bread (also known as matzo) will get you that carb fix. Those celebrating the Jewish holiday will also adhere to their typical kosher guidelines and avoid pork and shellfish.
There are many other guidelines, but we’ll keep it simple for the purpose of this article.
Places to Eat
Earl Grey Café at JW Marriott Resort Las Vegas
221 North Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Assuming the location of the best bingo in the Las Vegas Valley keeps with tradition, you can expect them to host a traditional three-course Passover meal at their Earl Grey Café. While this prix fixe menu doesn’t include a variety of options, there are very few places visitors can relax and enjoy a meal for $10.99. The 2021 Passover menu included their delicious Chicken Noodle Soup served with Matzo Ball for a starter, Corned Beef Knish with Seasonal Vegetables and Whole Grain Mustard entrée and Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.
Note that while Early Grey Café is a 24-hour casual dining restaurant, their Passover meal will only be available for a portion of the day. The restaurant is a fairly new addition to the casino, and has vintage-vibe décor and floor to ceiling windows to allow for you to people-watch on the casino floor.
Pro tip: Since you’ll be venturing about a 15-minute Uber from the Strip for this one, we recommend to come for dinner, but stay for the bingo which is conveniently located just up the ramp from Earl Grey.
If you are entering the hotel from the valet area, just walk straight through the casino, past the Blackjack tables, and once you get to the ramp it will be on your left.
1031 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Local favorite, Honey Salt, serves up a Passover feast annually. Whether it will be their dine-in or to-go version is still up in the air.
Beginning in 2020, AKA the year COVID changed everything, Honey Salt began offering a “Passover Dinner To Go” for people to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes or, in the case of a tourist, their hotel room.
The meal is made to serve a family of four and includes your choice of Whole Roasted Organic Chicken or Slow Braised Brisket. For sides, Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Kugel, Roasted Market Vegetables and Mashed Sweet Potatoes. And, if you left room, a Dark Chocolate Mouse with Fresh Strawberries for dessert.
Prior to 2020, Honey Salt offered dine-in specials all Passover long and with COVID still in limbo they are possibly still leaning towards to-go. However, you can expect the same aromatic and mouthwatering cuisine as you would get on site.
The Bagel Café
301 N. Buffalo Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Another off the Strip, locals favorite, is considered a “must visit” by many. It’s nothing fancy, but man is it good. It’s a classic New York deli, and then some. For Passover 2022, you can expect a variety of cut meats and bakery items available for pickup. Just be sure to order in advance because this place is popular.
For those looking to dine in, traditional Passover dinner options will be ready for you. From Gefilte Fish and Chopped Liver to Matzoh Crackers and Matzoh Kugel, Bagel Café is there to satisfy your cravings for some delicious—and kosher—mazon.
What About Burnt Offerings and Jerusalem Chef’s Table?
3909 W. Sahara Ave. Ste. 10
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 848-BURN (2876)
Jerusalem Mediterranean Chef’s Table
4825 W. Flamingo Rd. Ste. 10
Las Vegas, NV 89103
If you visit Vegas any other time of the year, please check out the divine menu at Burnt Offerings. Unfortunately for those visiting over Passover, the creative and 100% kosher restaurant will be closed April 15-23 in observance of the holiday.
Another restaurant that is kosher all-year long will likely have it’s doors closed for Passover as they have for the past few years. That said, be sure to visit when you can. They recently launched a Marabu Sushi Menu.
Places for Prayer
Or Bamidbar Chabad – East Las Vegas
2991 Emerson Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89121
At just shy of five miles, Or Bamidbar Chabad – East is one of the Synagogues closest to the Las Vegas Strip. They offer an incredible menu of programming, services and study opportunities. Or Bamidbar Chabad – East offers daily morning prayers, Shabbat prayers. Last year they prepared a special meal for a communal Passover dinner and based on the pictures, it was delicious.
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Pro Tip: Visitors should be sure to check out Or Bamidbar Chabad – East Las Vegas’ guide to eating kosher in Las Vegas.
Congregation P’nai Tikvah
9700 Hillpointe Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Congregation P’nai Tikvah is the only congregation tied to both the Reconstructionist and Renewal movements in Nevada. Services are offered on the first and third Fridays of each month. For Passover, they promise a lively community Seder on Saturday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Head to their website to learn more.
Chabad of Southern Nevada
1261 Arville Street
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Chabad welcomes Jews of all backgrounds and is considered to be one of the most unorthodox Orthodox Synagogues in Nevada. The “unorthodoxness” could easily be seen at their recent Menorah lighting ceremony that featured a 20-foot Grand Menorah on Fremont Street and will also be apparent at their upcoming Purim Fiesta promotion. But then again, who says Purim shouldn’t include a taco bar? The congregation, which formed in 1990, offers traditional services and puts a large emphasis on educating individuals of their Jewish roots.
Chabad is another great source through their visitor’s guide to identify restaurants with kosher offerings and accommodations, these can be found on their website.
I heard Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf was “Kosher Certified.” Is this true? I have seen several of them on the Las Vegas Strip.
For nearly 60 years, the coffee shop that invites you to “find your flavor” had been kosher certified. While that certification went away mid-2020, they still offer numerous packaged coffees and teas that are kosher friendly. Unfortunately, the bakery selection will no longer meet those criteria according to their post regarding its kosher certified products.
Where can I celebrate Passover in Las Vegas?
Some of the buffets on the Strip have menu items that are friendly to Passover observers, and there are several other restaurants in Las Vegas serving Passover-friendly menus.
When is Passover?
Passover occurs in April, usually from April 15 to April 22—around the same time as spring break and Easter.