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Las Vegas has a become a mecca for food lovers in recent years. It all started when Wolfgang Puck opened a branch of his Spago restaurant in Vegas in 1992, and since that time, celebrity chefs have flocked to the desert city in hordes and opened fantastic - and expensive, world-class restaurants. Everything's not so high end though - there's also a good selection of family-run local restaurants, small chain outposts that are really good, and out-of-the-way ethnic places. Here’s our favorites:
  • 1. The Top Restaurants in Las Vegas Las Vegas has a become a mecca for food lovers in recent years. It all started when Wolfgang Puck opened a branch of his Spago restaurant in Vegas in 1992, and since that time, celebrity chefs have flocked to the desert city in hordes and opened fantastic - and expensive, world-class restaurants. Everything's not so high end though - there's also a good selection of family- run local restaurants, small chain outposts that are really good, and out-of- the-way ethnic places. Here’s our favorites:
  • 2. 1. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is located at the MGM Grand and is the place to go in Vegas for an ultimate fine dining experience. Chef Joel Robuchon was named “Chef of the Century” by the guide Gault Millau, and he has more Michelin stars than any other chef in the world. The cuisine is classic French that is expertly prepared, and the menu choices are a la Carte, Degustation Menu, or Seasonal Tasting Menu. The La Langoustine at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon was featured on the Food Network‘s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. • Foie Gras Parfait with Port Wine and Parmesan Foam. • Seabass and Baby Leeks, Buttery Shellfish Sauce with Lime and Ginger. • La Caille au Foie Gras – Free-range Quail stuffed with Foie Gras. • Le Rumsteack en Tartare et ses Frites à L’ancienne – Steak Tartar. There are actually 9 L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the world. The others are in Paris, London, Monaco, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. A tenth will open in Bangkok. The restaurant is fairly small, so reservations are recommended - read more here (Photo by Krista)
  • 3. 2. Mon Ami Gabi Mon Ami Gabi is a casual French bistro and steakhouse in the Paris Resort and Casino. Dine in the airy atrium or al fresco on the patio at Chef Gabino Sotelino’s top-quality restaurant – it’s a good choice for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. The people- watching is the best in Vegas. Savor the experience with one of the 80 boutique French wine varietals that are offered from a rolling wine cart. The servings are generous, but you’ll want to save room for dessert. • Classic Quiche Lorraine with Bacon, Jarlsberg Cheese, and Caramelized Onions. • Wild Escargots de Bourgogne – Oven-roasted Snails with Garlic-Herb Butter. • Onion Soup au Gratin baked with Gruyere Cheese. • Roast Chicken and Frites – Grand-mère Style with Mushrooms, Bacon and Pearl Onions. • Steak au Poivre with Brandy Peppercorn Sauce and Pomme Frites. The best seats at Mon Ami Gabi may be the ones outside with a view of the Bellagio Fountains. Reservations are not available for these seats – they are first come, first served. Cooking classes, seasonal chef dinners, and wine tastings are also available - read more here (Photo by Britt Reints)
  • 4. 3. Lotus of Siam Lotus of Siam has an unimpressive exterior and is located far from the Las Vegas Strip, but those making the trip to the restaurant will be rewarded with some of the best Thai food they’ve ever had. Chef Saipin Chutima specializes in her native northern Thai style of cooking, and the hole-in-the-wall location is often visited by top chefs and foodies from far and wide. The Nam Prik Ong at Lotus of Siam was featured on the Food Network‘s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. • Drunken Noodle Soft Shell Crab. • Crispy Duck Curry. • Seabass Som Thum and Mango Sticky Rice. • Kang Hun Lay. Lotus of Siam has a large wine list and features many Rieslings that pair well with the spicy food. Be sure to make reservations - read more here (Photo by Jennifer Woodard Maderazo)
  • 5. 4. Restaurant Guy Savoy Restaurant Guy Savoy is the acclaimed Michelin three-star French chef Savoy’s lone American restaurant. His oft-praised Paris restaurants include the original Guy Savoy, Le Chiberta and Les Bouquinistes, and his Las Vegas outpost has earned the Five-Star award from the Forbes Travel Guide. The posh restaurant is located on the second floor of the Augustus Tower of Caesars Palace and offers wonderful views of the property’s Roman architecture. The interior – and the menu – are reminiscent of his Paris restaurant, and the Krug Chef’s Table, which is the only one of its kind in the United States, offers a private dining experience with a view of the kitchen accompanied by exclusive champagne from the House of Krug. The Signature Menu include 9 courses. For the comprehensive experience, opt for the 14- course Innovation-Inspiration Menu. Both menus include the much-lauded bread cart and such signature dishes as the artichoke and black truffle soup and one of their excellent desserts. In addition to the restaurant, the refined Cognac Lounge at Restaurant Guy Savoy offers high-end, exclusive drinks, including a lengthy list of Cognacs. Restaurant Guy Savoy also offers cooking classes – see their web site for details - read more here (Photo by Charles Haynes)
  • 6. 5. Eat Eat is a cozy, retro-chic breakfast and lunch place located in the Downtown Project that is revitalizing Las Vegas’ forgotten downtown. Owner and Chef Natalie Young excels at offering delicious, upscale comfort food at a reasonable price. Expect such breakfast staples as large, fluffy pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches, plus eclectic fare such as truffled egg sandwiches. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of an apartment building in a clean, modern space with concrete floors, large windows, and an exposed ceiling. It bustles with a mix of both locals and tourists. • Golden-brown Pancakes with Chicken-Apple Sausage and Maple Syrup. • Huevos Motelenos – Two Eggs Over Easy with Red and Green Chili, Black Beans, Peas, Feta, and Sauteed Bananas on Corn Tortilla. • Truffled Egg Sandwich – Two Farm-fresh Scrambled Eggs with Wild Mushrooms, Chives, Feta, Bacon, and Smashed Potatoes. • Roast Beef Sandwich with Blue Cheese, Wild Mushrooms, Pickled Red Onions, Arugula, and Mayo on Ciabatta. • Shrimp Po Boy – Sauteed Shrimp, Shredded Napa Cabbage, Seasonal Winter Veggies, and Tabasco Mayo on Ciabatta. Chef Young is in the process of opening Chow, a restaurant that will be open during dinner hours downtown and offer such foods as classic Southern fried chicken and Chinese food - read more here (Photo by kennejima)
  • 7. 6. Bouchon Bouchon is run by Thomas Keller, a prominent American chef and cookbook writer most famous for The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York. The Las Vegas location of his restaurant opened in 2004 at The Venetian. It is a French bistro with indoor and outdoor seating, a raw bar and a bakery. It was an extension of his Bouchon restaurant in Yountville, CA. • Chicken & Waffles with Roasted Chicken, Bacon & Chive Waffle, Tahitian Vanilla Bean Butter & Sauce Chasseur. • Croque Madame with Toasted Ham & Cheese on Brioche with a Fried Egg & Mornay Sauce. • Steak Bouchon – Grilled 14 oz. New York Strip with Sauce Béarnaise and served with French Fries. • Gigot d’€€Agneau – Roasted Leg of Lamb with Flageolet Beans, Garlic Confit, and Thyme-scented Lamb Jus. A “bouchon” is actually a type of restaurant found in Lyon, France, that serves traditional Lyonnaise cuisine. Typical Lyonnaise cuisine is meat-heavy and generally fatty foods such as sausages, pâtés, and roasts. Bouchon Bakery has three kiosks in the Venetian – two in the Clock Tower and one in front of The Venetian Theater. Both the restaurant and the bakeries are open from breakfast through dinner - read more here (Photo by Charles Haynes)
  • 8. 7. Raku Raku is the restaurant in Vegas where the casino chefs go to eat on their days off. Chef Mitsuo Endo’s intimate Japanese restaurant is definitely away from the glitz and off the beaten path a little bit – actually, it’s in a strip mall in Chinatown. If you make it there, you won’t be disappointed. There are sushi items on the menu, but the specialty here is on traditional izikaya fare such as small bowls of soup and Japanese robata charcoal grilling. • Housemade Raku Tofu with Green Tea Powdered Salt. • Udon Noodle with Foie Gras Egg Custard Soup. • Juicy Deep Fried Chicken. • Robabta Grilled Kobe Beef Fillet with Wasabi. Since Raku is very small, so it is very advisable to make reservations. For dessert, the related Sweets Raku is a fabulous dessert bar in the same shopping center - read more here (Photo by John)
  • 9. 8. Joël Robuchon Joël Robuchon is the first Las Vegas restaurant to be awarded 3 Stars from the Michelin Guide, which it won in 2008 and 2009. The exclusive and intimate restaurant is located at the Mansion at MGM Grand Las Vegas and only contains 12 tables in the main dining room. A series of menus at different price points are offered, culminating with the Menu Degustation, which spans 9 courses and runs $445. Optional wine pairings are available. It may be the most expensive meal of your life, but it will also likely be the best and most memorable. Expect to spend up to 6 hours enjoying your formal, exquisitely- prepared meal. For a less formal – and less pricey – dining experience, consider L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon next door - read more here (Photo by cdorobek)
  • 10. 9. Hash House a Go Go Hash House A Go Go serves “Twisted Farm Food” all day long. The food is homestyle and mouthwatering, and the portions are generous. Start with an award-winning Bloody Mary before diving into one of the largest Pancakes imaginable. Hash House A Go Go is a solid choice for any meal from breakfast through dinner. The upscale diner has been featured on shows such as “Man Vs. Food,” “Martha Stewart Show,” and “Rachel Ray’s Vacation.”. Additionally, they regularly in awards for Best Breakfast, Best Brunch, Best Sandwich, etc. • Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken Benedict with Maple Reduction, Two Eggs, Bacon Mashed Potatoes & Biscuit. • House Hash with Roasted Chicken, Garlic, Onions, Asparagus, and Rosemary, tossed with Crispy Potatoes and topped with 2 Eggs. • Famous Sausage Gravy and Buttermilk Biscuits with 2 eggs and Mashed Potatoes. • Burger Stuffed with Hardwood Smoked Bacon, Avocado & Cheddar. Hash House A Go Go is part of a restaurant chain based in San Diego, and they currently have four locations in Las Vegas – check their web site for details - read more here (Photo by Samuel Hansen)
  • 11. 10. Chada Thai and Wine Chada Thai and Wine opened in 2012 and quickly won rave reviews for their spicy southern and Bangkok-style Thai food paired with an extensive wine list. The man behind the restaurant is by Bank Atcharawan, the former general manager and sommelier of Vegas’ highly regarded Lotus of Siam, which specializes in northern Thai cuisine. Atcharawan uses his background to pair the food of his homeland with a wine list heavy on crisp Reislings along with a selection of beers from around the world. All curries being ground in-house, which is practically unheard of for an American Thai restaurant, and many of the exotic dishes are not found on a typical Thai menu. Diners are encouraged to order a sampling of the small plate dishes and share. • Lo-Ba – Braised and Lightly-fried Pig’s Ear, Tongue, and Heart, served with Cucumber and Special Sauce. • Lai Tod – Fried, Marinated Cornish Hen with Garlic. • Pou Nim Ma Karm – Stir-fried Soft-shell Crab topped with Tamarind Sauce. • Tom Kah Kai – Coconut Soup with Chicken and Mushroom. • Moo Khum Waan – Charbroiled Pork topped with Chili Mint Sauce and served with Chinese Broccoli. Chada stays open very late – until 3 AM, and many chefs from the resorts eat there late at night - read more here (Photo by T.Tseng)
  • 12. 11. Spago Spago brings celebrity-chef Wolfgang Puck’s signature California cuisine to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Of course, Wolfgang Puck is known for ushering in the new American cuisine movement with the original Spago in Beverly Hills. In 1992, he was the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant in Vegas, which brought fine dining to Las Vegas and launched another dining movement. The recently-updated Vegas Spago is ultra-modern and sleek and features art by local artists on the walls. Executive Chef Eric Klein creates a menu that changes with the seasons and always offers fresh and creative dishes that are Spago’s trademark. The service is professional and attentive. With is central location and its reputation as a celebrity magnet, Spago boasts some of the best people watching in Vegas. • Agnolotti – White Corn Ravioli, Mascarpone, Parmesan Reggiano. • Risotto – Diver Scallop, Heirloom Tomatoes, Reggiano, and Basil. • Roasted Free Range Chicken – Yukon Gold Potatoes, Goat Cheese, Wild Mushrooms, and Natural Jus. • Prosciutto Pizza – Prosciutto San Daniele, Onion, Fromage Blanc, and Baby Arugula. • Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding – Baked Chocolate Ganache, Bananas Infused with Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib Ice Cream. The less expensive Wolfgang Puck Café is located in front of Spago’s and offers Puck’s signature pizzas and Thai-style chicken salad - read more here (Photo by Karen)
  • 13. 12. Sage Restaurant Sage Restaurant offers globally-influenced American classic dishes using farm-to-table produce, artisan meats, and sustainable seafood. Sage is located in the Aria and has a retro, speakeasy ambiance. Chef Shawn McClain has won Esquire magazine’s “Chef of the Year” and is James Beard winner for “Best Chef Midwest.” • Wagyu Beef Tartare with Crushed Caper Aioli, Slow-Poached Egg, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Crispy Chocolate. • Foie Gras Custard Brulee with Mission Fig, Toasted Cocoa Nibs, and Salted Brioche. • 48 Hour Beef Belly with Caraway Spiced Heirloom Squash, Roasted Quince. • Snake River Farms New York Strip with Beef Marrow, La Ratte Potatoes, and Glazed Maitake Mushrooms. • Maine Day Boat Scallops with Braised Oxtail, Wild Mushrooms, Salted Caramel Reduction. Sage Restaurant also has a choice of tasting menus and special early evening menu. Additionally, Chef McClain and team also run the more casual Five50 Pizza Bar at Aria - read more here (Photo by Sonny Abesamis)
  • 14. 13. Wicked Spoon Buffet What's a trip to Vegas without a visit to a buffet? Wicked Spoon Buffet is located at The Cosmopolitan and has been rated as a “Top 5 Best Buffet” by USA Today. The vibe is elegant and modern – it’s more like an chic sit-down restaurant than a buffet. The food is international and upscale. Stations are scattered throughout the dining area and include: •Salad and Cheese Bar •Carving Station for Prime Rib, Roasted Pork, Roasted Bone Marrow, and Lamb. •Seafood Bar with a selection of Shellfish, Grilled Salmon, Fish and Chips, etc. •Italian Bar with Artisan Pizzas and Gourmet Pastas. •Asian Bar with specialties such as Sushi and Korean Barbecued Ribs. Brunch is served every day of the week and includes a Make-Your-Own-Omelet station. Everything is served on it’s own small plate at the Wicked Spoon, so the plates will add up. Be sure to save room for the Chocolate-covered Strawberries and Gelato for dessert - read more here (Photo by Kevin Gong)
  • 15. 14. Earl of Sandwich Earl of Sandwich is actually a chain restaurant, but the sandwiches are so good that they stand out in a city that has recently become known for excellent food. Plus, everybody will just want something quick, cheap and good at some during their visit to Vegas. The fresh and high-quality salads and sandwiches fill a great niche as an alternative to the high end restaurants and glutinous buffets – they are perfect for satisfying late night food cravings at a reasonable price. • Earl’s Cobb Salad with Field Greens, Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Swiss, Sharp Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Cranberries, Ranch Dressing. • The Original 1762 with Roast Beef, Sharp Cheddar and Creamy Horseradish Sauce. • The Full Montagu with Roast Beef, Turkey, Aged Swiss and Sharp Cheddar, Lettuce, Roma Tomatoes and the Earl’s Mustard Sauce. • Tuna Melt with Albacore Tuna Salad and Swiss. • Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Grilled Chicken, Roasted Red Peppers, Banana Peppers, and Spicy Jerk Sauce. This location is in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. There is another Vegas location at The Palms Casino Resort. They also serve breakfast - read more here (Photo by Edward Russell)
  • 16. 15. The Buffet at the Wynn The Buffet at the Wynn is an eating paradise in an over-the-top town. This is not your typical all-you-can-eat buffet. Here, guests are tempted by an overwhelming cornucopia of fabulous food prepared by true chefs. The setting is a beautiful atrium with a glass ceiling that floods the place with natural light. Floral displays are spread throughout. Come hungry and go big, but be sure to save room for dessert – it’s fabulous, too. USA Today named The Buffet at the Wynn as the “Best Buffet in Vegas.” The space contains 16 live cooking stations offering everything from around the world: Italian, Mexican, pizza, seafood, omelets, and more. Two new stations added in 2014 serve Mexican street tacos and ramen noodle bowls. • Alaskan Opilio King Crab Legs. • Dry Aged Tomahawk Rib Eye. • Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi. • Salmon Pizza. Dinner at the Buffet at the Wynn costs about $50. An all-you-can-drink option is available for an upcharge. There is also a breakfast that costs about $20 - read more here (Photo by James Havard)
  • 17. 16. Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge The Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge is a swank ultralounge and diner that’s been a Vegas landmark for over 40 years. The two places are in the same building and separated by a glass door. Both are cozy and retro with low-slung booths, neon lights, bubbling water, fake trees, and an indoor fire pit. The iconic fern bar has been used as a setting in the movies “Casino” and “Showgirls.” • Munch’s Breakfast – Sautéed Peppers, Onions, Linguica Sausage, Mushrooms and Tomatoes, stirred into Hash Browns and topped with Three Eggs and Cheddar and Jack cheeses. • Pork Loin and Eggs – Center-cut, Pan-fried Pork Tenderloin served with Hash Browns and 3 Farm-fresh Eggs. • Peppermill Burger – Half-pound All-beef Patty broiled and served on Grilled Parmesan Sourdough with Cheese and Bacon. The list of exotic cocktails offered in the lounge is mind-boggling, and the drinks and food portions are super-sized. Order a Blue Hawaiian or a Mai Tai and soak up the lounge vibe. The Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge is open 24 hours, and breakfast is always available - read more here (Photo by J.R.Ramos)
  • 18. 17. Picasso Picasso is a AAA Five Diamond Award and two-star Michelin restaurant at the Bellagio. Chef Julian Serrano’s menu is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain. The dishes are presented in either four-course or five-course tasting menus. Optional wine pairings from the vast cellar offer an exquisite accompaniment to the food. Part of the pleasure of dining at Picasso is certainly the setting. The restaurant’s main dining room is divided into smaller nooks, which creates a sense of intimacy, and original Picassos worth $100 million are hanging on the walls. Fresh flowers add to the beautiful setting. • Maine Lobster Salad with Apple-Champagne Vinaigrette. • Sautéed Steak of “A” Foie Gras with Poached Figs, Pistachios, and Arugula. • Roasted Tournedo Loin of Colorado Lamb with Pisto, Mint Aioli and Tempura Zucchini Flower. • Sautéed Filet of New Zealand Tai Snapper with Court-Bouillon Sauce and Fresh Herbs. • Hazelnut Joconde with Gianduia Mousse, Vanilla Frangelico Ice Cream, and Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts. In nicer weather, sit outside and enjoy a spectacular view of the famous Bellagio Fountains - read more here (Photo by Navin Rajagopalan)
  • 19. 18. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana cooks authentic, thin crust, Italian pizza in a super-hot wood-fired brick oven. It only takes one minute to cook, and the dough comes out chewy and charred on the bottom. It’s true Ita
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