Therapy Restaurant and Bar Opens in Downtown Las Vegas, Temptations Abound

The newly-opened Therapy restaurant is a worthy addition to the restaurant boom in downtown Las Vegas, with a striking interior design, stand-out signature cocktails and diverse menu.

Therapy Las Vegas
Yes, this is in downtown Las Vegas. Rude of you to ask, by the way.

Therapy has magically transformed a site formerly occupied by a Dollar Store into one of the most appealing restaurant spaces in all of downtown Las Vegas. Therapy sits next to Park on Fremont and Radio City Pizzeria, about half-a-block east of the SlotZilla zip line tower at Fremont Street Experience.

The restaurant seats about 135 people and has two levels, but sit on the lower to avoid giving the servers strokes.

Therapy Las Vegas
The 600-square-foot “loft,” at right, would be a great place for private parties, said none of the servers, ever. Because lactic acid or whatever.

Therapy’s menu is compact but covers a lot of ground.

Three are appetizers (“Bites”), salads “The Greens”), pizzas (sorry, flatbreads) and sandwiches (“Handheld” section of the menu), dishes for sharing “The Social Club), fancy dinners (“Knife and Fork”) and desserts (“Simply Sweet”).

Here’s a look at the delicious Oxtail Empanadas ($12).

Oxtail is the tail of a cow. We try not to think about it too much.

Most dishes on the menu run $12-15, which seems about right for the quality of the food, but downtown, it’s a tick above what patrons expect in terms of value. Example: The $14 burger. Many great burgers downtown run $5-7.

Therapy Las Vegas
It’s no BurGR burger, but not many are.

Compare the prices to The Strip, though, and you’re in for a treat for a song.

For example, the Filet Frites entree is a full-on filet mignon with irresistible truffle fries for just $32. That’s a pittance in filet mignon dollars. Which should be a thing.

Please don’t make us look up a synonym for “delicious.” That makes blogging feel like work.

Our favorite dish so far has been the fantastic French Dip sandwich, with prime beef, horseradish cream on a hoagie roll with truffle chips. It’s $16. So, again, $3-5 too much for downtown, but French Dip perfection nonetheless.

Dibs on the band name French Dip Perfection.

The full Therapy menu is available on the restaurant’s Web site. The online menu doesn’t show prices (we’re sure that was inadvertent), so we’ve got you.

Not every dish was a hit with the group we dined with, so there’s some room for improvement at Therapy. The Chicken and Red Velvet Waffle Sliders didn’t meet expectations, and the bread served with our meal wasn’t the best (the sauce needs something, but we have no idea what), but these are quibbles given the enjoyment we derived from our meal, especially in the dessert realm.

The hit of the meal was easily the Crumbled Carrot Cake, served just as described. Crumbly. Actual food people call it “deconstructed,” mainly to impress their food people friends. This is the must-try dish at Therapy, even at $10.

Therapy carrot cake
They had us at brown butter ice cream.

The Trio of Sorbet ($9) were also excellent, with cherry winning out over orange and key lime in our utterly unqualified opinion.

Sorbet, still no “h” in it.

Here’s an actual qualified opinion about Therapy from our friend and food critic, John Curtas at Eating Las Vegas.

On our first Therapy visit, it was all about the food, but on the second, it was all about the libations.

We’re happy to report the signature cocktails make Therapy an essential destination whenever you’re downtown. Therapy leapfrogs over its surrounding competition, especially in the area of beverages.

First up, a sure-fire panty-dropper, the Fuhgettaboudet, with Captain Morgan, Malibu rum, fresh juices and raspberry ($12).

Therapy cocktail
This will get you in the mood for a Vegas adventure. Or for just about anything, really.

Next was what we vaguely remember as being the Bitter Tangerine Daiquiri. Don Q Rum, Campari liqueur, Fruitations Tangerine (a craft cocktail mixer) and fresh lime. Whatever it was called, it was awesome.

Some of the best cocktails are the ones you don’t remember the name of. Or remember drinking. At all.

Then there was the White Peach Pisco Punch. Probably. We were drinking. Excessively. Because the health of our liver pales in comparison to pointing you toward some of the best cocktails we’ve had downtown, and trust us, they have been many.

They are all fantastic, even without our dopey video light thingy sitting behind them.

Here’s the drink menu, because we know how you are.

Overall, Therapy restaurant and bar is step above many of the recently-opened offerings in downtown Las Vegas and on par with the wildly popular Carson Kitchen a block or two away.

The servers and bartenders are friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is welcoming. The place looks wired for sound, but thankfully, management has figured out people like to converse as they eat and drink, so keep the music at a reasonable level.

Our new happy place.

You can learn more about Therapy restaurant in downtown Las Vegas on the restaurant’s official site. Or just read this blog post again, and pay attention this time.

Therapy is open Sunday through Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to midnight; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Therapy is defined as “treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.” Yes, we consider sobriety a disorder.

Enjoy more photos of Therapy below, because that’s how this award-winning and ever-humble Las Vegas blog rolls.

Therapy Restaurant and Bar in Downtown Vegas