Las Vegas is no longer just primarily a gambling town where you can catch a great show. In recent years, the Vegas experience has also become in part about the food. Buffets once ruled the scene here, but predominantly in recent years, the big name casinos and Las Vegas hotels have added upscale eateries that feature some of the top chefs in the fine dining industry. There are plenty of Las Vegas restaurants where you can find affordable meal specials, and the buffets still exist, but if you are looking to really impress your date, or are searching for a place where the ambiance matches the quality of the food, it is worth it to strain the budget a bit at least one night out. Las Vegas dining is starting to rival the scenes in such cities as San Francisco and New York, and if eating is one of your greater pleasures, you should certainly enjoy your Las Vegas vacation.
When you are mentioning the best
restaurants in Las Vegas, The Joël Robuchon at
the Mansion is often considered the place to go for that
once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. This is Las
Vegas fine dining at its best. Chef Robuchon is
one of a limited quantity of Michelin three-star chefs,
and he is known worldwide as the "Chef of the Century".
His restaurant at the MGM Grand is the first that he opened in the United States, and
its rich decor was designed by Pierr-Yves Rochon, who
has his name on the Four Seasons George V in Paris,
and the London St. James Hotel. Savor a range of
delights when you opt for the 16-course tasting menu.
There is also a 6-course tasting menu, and the restaurant
tends to offer an a la carte menu. Formal attire
is required, and you should make reservations. If
you can't get reservations at Chef Robuchon's
establishment for that special night out, you might consider
heading over to Caesar's Palace to try the haute-French
cuisine at the Guy
Savoy restaurant. Chef Savoy is another of the
star Las Vegas chefs,
also earning the merit of three stars from the Michelin
guide. The ultimate experience at the Guy Savoy
restaurant is the 16-course dégustation menu, which
lasts approximately four hours. If you are pressed
for time, you can opt for the 90-minute TVG menu, which
offers up such delicacies as marinated tuna, artichoke
and black truffle soup and prime beef tenderloin.
Belly up to the Bubble Bar, if smaller dishes and a list
of Champagne is all you're after. These two
restaurants will more than make for an unforgettable Las
Vegas dining experience.
If you are consulting a good Las Vegas dining guide,
either online or by book, there are some other choice
spots where you can enjoy some of the best dining Las
Vegas has to offer. Often making the best restaurants
in Las Vegas list is the Alizè restaurant at the Palms. Not only is the elegant
dining room something to behold, but the views of the
Vegas skyline are among the best of the Las Vegas fine
dining establishments. André Rochat is the
celebrated chef of this outstanding restaurant, which
also specializes in French cuisine. The Alizè
has an award-winning wine list, and the Pepper-crusted
filet mignon with a unique cognac cream sauce is to die
for. Seared scallops, black truffles and caviar
are just some of the tastes you'll find here, so
you can bet that this is Las Vegas fine dining done right.
If seafood is what you are after, it's hard to beat
what Emeril Lagasse is serving up back at his MGM Grand
New Orleans Fish House. The Southern, Cajun and
Creole flavors here are enough to make you want to move
to Vegas just to have them close by. For starters,
you might try the lobster cheesecake appetizer, which
is quite unlike any other appetizer you've ever
tried. The ahi tuna topped with foie gras is a decadent
dish and the portions are generous. Emeril also
has his name on one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas,
the Delmonico at the Venetian
Resort Hotel and Casino.
Wolfgang Puck is another celebrity chef who has his fair share of restaurants that are often mentioned among the best dining Las Vegas has to offer. His signature Spago restaurant, found at Caesar's Palace, is among the early Las Vegas fine dining offerings that helped to put the city on the dining map. The prices here are relatively reasonable, and if you are looking to spot a celebrity, you might get lucky here. Puck's Postrio restaurant at the Venetian is another of his finer Las Vegas restaurants, and while it offers more than Italian fare, it could arguably qualify as the best choice for Las Vegas Italian restaurants. For another Las Vegas fine dining experience with an incredible view to boot, head to the Bellagio, for Todd English's Olives restaurant. The food here is impeccable, and you can watch the dazzling Bellagio fountains as you savor the dining experience. Other Bellagio restaurants that qualify as best dining Las Vegas locales are Michael Mina, Picasso and the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Le Cirque. At the Mandalay Bay Resort, its hard to beat the menus of Aureole and the Fleur de Lys.
These are just some of the finer Las Vegas dining spots
where you can take advantage of the escalating Las Vegas
fine dining scene. All along the Vegas Strip, the
top Vegas hotels and casinos are seeing to it that those
looking for the ultimate culinary experience will have
plenty of places to choose from. Las Vegas dining
is better than ever, so the next time you are playing
in the Nevada dessert and
have a bit extra to spend, you can explore one of the
best dining scenes on the planet.