Las Vegas might once have been known mainly for its buffets, but in the past several years it has become a bit of a dining mecca. Dozens of renowned chefs now serve their culinary creations at award-winning restaurants all over the city. Foodies who are looking for a distinctive dining experience have a dizzying array of choices. To help you narrow it down, here are 10 of our favorite gourmet restaurants in town:
Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand
This fine French restaurant has been the winner of Michelin's Three Star, Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond awards, and Wine Spectator's Grand Award. Robuchon was also named France's Chef of the Century by the Gault Millau restaurant guide. The intimate restaurant serves multi-course tasting menus or à la carte items. Don't miss specialties like Le Caviar, made with thin couscous and Oscetra caviar, smooth cauliflower cream, and gelée of green asparagus.
L'Atelier Robouchon, MGM Grand
This restaurant, also by Joël Robouchon, features counter service where your dinner is prepared in front of you. The restaurant was rated Best Las Vegas Restaurant by Zagat Survey. Signature dishes here include la caille au foie gras, free-range quail stuffed with foie gras.
Restaurant Guy Savoy, Caesars Palace
This AAA Five Diamond restaurant from renowned French Chef Guy Savoy serves classic dishes like artichoke and black truffle soup, caviar, foie gras and prime beef tenderloin. Chocolate fondant with crunchy praline and chicory cream is one of the dessert offerings and after dinner you can retire to the restaurant's cognac lounge.
Nobu, Caesars Palace
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's namesake restaurant at Caesars is his largest to date. Indulge in dishes like toro tuna topped with Ossetra caviar and gold flakes. Hot dishes at Nobu include a variety of options like melt-in-your-mouth Japanese Wagyu prepared in a choice of styles. Try the toban style where you cook the tender slices of meat to your liking on hot stones. If the choices are too overwhelming you can always go with a sampling of Nobu's cuisine with a multicourse Omakase menu spotlighting either signature items or the chef's daily creations.
Le Cirque, Bellagio
Le Cirque has received a AAA Five Diamond rating for 13 consecutive years. The restaurant, located lakeside at Bellagio, serves French cuisine and offers more than 900 international wine selections. Guests can choose between a tasting menu and à la carte items like escargot, seasonal risotto, langoustine and caviar and sautéed foie gras.
Aureole, Mandalay Bay
Acclaimed Chef Charlie Palmer serves seasonal dishes featuring dry-aged beef and fresh seafood at Aureole. Dishes include grilled Mediterranean branzino, lemon basted tilefish, Moulard duck breast and more. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the four-story wine tower with “wine angels” who ascend and descend the tower on harnesses to retrieve bottles.
Chef Julian Serrano's Picasso has received the AAA Five Diamond Award 13 times. The restaurant boasts indoor and outdoor seating, ceramic pieces and paintings by Picasso, a large wine cellar and of course Serrano's food, which is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain.
Michael's Gourmet Room, South Point
Michael's, a AAA Four Diamond winner, has been a top Las Vegas restaurant for more than 20 years. The intimate 50-seat restaurant serves specialties like veal saltimbocca, chateaubriand, rack of lamb and cherries jubilee for dessert.
Lago at Bellagio
Michelin Star chef Julian Serrano brings his first Italian restaurant to Bellagio. The fittingly named Lago overlooks the lake and fountains in front of the hotel through floor-to-ceiling windows and a beautiful outdoor patio space. Serrano serves a variety of small plates featuring imaginative takes on Italian cuisine. Lunch guests can select individual dishes from the menu or choose a three-course prix fixe option. Highlights for lunch include lasagna verde, insalata di mare, salmon and a meatball panini.
Twist, Mandarin Oriental
Twist is celebrated chef Pierre Gagnaire's only U.S. restaurant and is a Forbes Five Star Award winner. Located on the 23rd floor, the restaurant offers beautiful views along with seasonal à la carte dishes. Guests can also choose from three or six-course tasting options. Sample menu items include crayfish seasoned with champagne and onion syrup, Mediterranean loup de mer and superior farm lamb.