Best Gourmet Restaurants in Las Vegas

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:

Le Cirque at Bellagio
A staff favorite, Le Cirque is a Forbes Five-Star Award recipient and has received a AAA Five Diamond rating for 13 consecutive years. The restaurant, located lakeside at Bellagio, serves delectable French cuisine presented like the fine art that it is, and is accompanied by more than 900 international and rare wine selections. Guests can choose between a tasting menu featuring braised veal cheeks with black trumpet mushrooms, Mediterranean sea bass and Hokkaido scallops, or à la carte items like escargot, seasonal risotto, langoustine and caviar and sautéed foie gras.

Joël Robuchon at 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.

Picasso at Bellagio
Chef Julian Serrano's Picasso has received the prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award and the AAA Five Diamond Award 15 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. Did we mention it's utterly delicious? 

L'Atelier Robouchon at 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 at 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 at 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.

Aureole at 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. 

Michael's Gourmet Room at 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.