When you visit Las Vegas, you will find that there are an amazing number of restaurants to choose from with every type of cuisine imaginable on offer. The range covers everything from celebrity chef restaurants, to cheap diners, from the casual to the Michelin-starred.
In order to help you decide where to enjoy your meals, we have put together a list of some of the city’s top eateries. No matter what kind of food you enjoy, or the size of your budget, you are sure to find plenty that appeals. The restaurants are presented in no particular order, so take a look through them and you are sure to be salivating in no time at all.
Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand
Without a doubt, the number one place to eat is Joël Robuchon’s restaurant at the MGM Grand. In fact, the famous French chef has two restaurants at the casino. Joël Robuchon is the more formal of the two restaurants, and it is the only Las Vegas restaurant to have been awarded three Michelin stars. Robuchon has been nicknamed the ‘Chef of the Century’ and at the restaurant, you have the choice between a 6-course meal and a 16-course meal. Both of them offer a unique experience and there is no way that they will disappoint. This is Robuchon’s flagship restaurant and some claim that it is actually one of the best dining experiences in the world.
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Less formal is the Atelier Robuchon, it has one Michelin star and a far more casual atmosphere. You can sit at the counter and watch as your meal is prepared. You can choose from tapas dishes, a tasting menu and a seasonal menu. The restaurant has a number of signature dishes including steak tartar and free-range quail stuffed with foie gras. The restaurant’s desserts have received a great deal of praise and they include traditional tarts and a green chartreuse soufflé with pistachio ice cream. No matter which of these restaurants you choose to eat at, you can be sure that it will be a meal to remember.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
You do not have to sit in one of the world’s fanciest restaurants to have a high quality meal in Las Vegas. Those who prefer a more relaxed dining experience can pay a visit to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. There you will find more than 500 different dishes made from over 800 recipes. The buffet is huge and has been divided into nine different show kitchens: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, seafood, pizza, deli (including soups, cheeses and charcuterie selections) and desserts.
At each kitchen you will find an action station that serves plated dishes and “minis”, which are small sized portions of modern cuisine that foodies will not be able to resist (such as red velvet pancakes, oak-grilled lamb chops, and roasted South Carolina shrimp and grits). You don’t just get a choice of cuisine at the Bacchanal Buffet, but also a choice of ambiance as it is also home to three separate element-inspired dining atmospheres.
Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas
For many people there is nothing better than a really good steak, and if that is what you are after then celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at the Paris Las Vegas is the place to go. First of all, you can choose your cut of beef, supplied by the famous New York butcher Pat LaFrieda. There is a rolling steak trolley where you can see the different cuts of beef, complete with mirrors so that you can easily see the marbling without needing to strain your neck. You will find a hearty and flavoursome ribeye, complete with a great crust, an incredible Kobe beef cap, and much more. You can also try one of Ramsay’s signature dishes, the beef Wellington, which comes complete with glazed root vegetables and potato puree in a red wine demi-glace. However, it is not a quiet place to eat; it is a bustling restaurant that transports you to a London atmosphere through a fun Eurotunnel like entry. There is a huge Union Jack flag painted on the ceiling, and many more London themed decorations around.
Twist at Mandarin Oriental
If you have heard of the three Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire then this is a restaurant you will want to visit. Twist is the only place in America where you can try his food. It is a fine dining restaurant on the twenty-third floor hotel lobby at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. From such a height, you can enjoy an amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip through the floor to ceiling windows. On the menu you will find seasonal a la carte dishes, a three-course tasting menu, and a truly extravagant six-course experience. The menu regularly changes but you will find a selection of meats and seafood at all times.
Sage at Aria
If you are looking for something that is a bit sophisticated and offers contemporary American cuisine then Sage at the Aria is the perfect choice. The respected chef Shawn McClain runs the restaurant and he combines farm to table foods, with artisanal meats and sustainable seafood. On the menu you will find a great range of dishes including Iberico pork loin, grilled Spanish octopus and braised veal cheeks. While there, be sure to ask for the absinthe tasting, the way the drink is rolled to your table on a cart is certainly a sight worth seeing.
Top of the World at Stratosphere
As you will probably guess from the restaurant’s name, this is not a place to eat if you are afraid of heights. However, it is also the only restaurant in Las Vegas where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the town thanks to some huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Top of the World is more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, and it is continually rotating so the view will be ever changing as you eat. Together with the stunning views, you will enjoy first-class service, and a menu that features a variety of steak, meat, fowl, and seafood, as well as options for those seeking vegan or gluten free foods. They also offer a four-course tasting menu that comes with suggested wine pairings.
Picasso at Bellagio
Unsurprisingly this restaurant is themed on the great artist. You can enjoy a range of French and Spanish cuisine while admiring some of his greatest works. The restaurant also offers a stunning view of the Bellagio’s famous fountains, as well as the rest of the Strip, from the outdoor patio. The menu has been put together by executive chef Julian Serrano, and it has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award thirteen times. If you are not sure what to eat, you can opt for a prix-five menu, a tasting menu, or a vegetarian menu, which includes dishes such as a vegetable ragout, and fennel and celery root ravioli. Wine aficionados are sure to have a great time as the wine cellar is home to over 1,500 selections.
Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace
This is another restaurant that has earned an impressive array of awards, including a Forbes Travel Five Star Award, an AAA Five Diamond award, two Michelin stars, the Wine Spectator Grand Award, and it has been included on Gayot.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in America list. The restaurant will appeal to those that love Paris as the menu has been designed to emulate the menu at the Savoy in Paris. It is the only place in America where you can taste Savoy’s food, including his renowned artichoke and black truffle soup. Guests will be given the choice from Savoy’s signature menu, an a la carte menu, or the innovation menu, which is served for the entire table.
Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan
If you are a fan of seafood then no visit to Las Vegas would be complete without a stop at Estiatorio Milos in The Cosmopolitan. This is a high-end Greek and Mediterranean restaurant and it serves some of the freshest seafood possible straight from the Mediterranean Sea. When you walk into the restaurant, you can’t help but notice the highly impressive fish display. There is a huge open-air cooler that is filled with crushed ice and topped with a range of delicious looking delicacies. There you can choose the fish, or other items, that you wish to eat. You will find a huge range including langoustines, lobsters, fresh vegetables and more. If possible, ask to sit on the patio, a beautiful setting for a meal complete with a vine-covered white lattice, olive trees and flowers.
Carnevino at Palazzo
Any carnivores visiting Las Vegas are sure to be drawn to the Carnevino at the Palazzo. It is the product of a partnership between chef Mario Batali and the winemaker Joe Bastianich that opened in 2008. It is well known for serving some of the best steaks in the city. The meat is house-aged and rubbed with a mixture of sea salt, black pepper and fresh rosemary to give it a tasty and slightly charred crust. All of the meat that they serve is all natural, hormone free and antibiotic free. In addition to beef, on the menu you will find dishes offering veal, pork, poultry and lamb, as well as a variety of daily specials and twelve different vegetable side dishes. In addition to offering amazing meats, you can also enjoy Batali’s famous Italian food such as his homemade pasta. To complete the experience, you can choose a bottle from an enormous international wine list.
Golden Steer Steakhouse
While not on the famous Strip, the Golden Steer Steakhouse is Las Vegas’ oldest and longest running classic dinning establishment and has been serving since 1958. It remains hugely popular to this day and offers a one of a kind experience. The waiters, complete with white uniforms, will do tableside Caesar salad, debone dover sole, and some amazing flaming art with Bananas Foster, while the most popular starter is a multi-tiered cold seafood platter. The restaurant regularly attracts big name celebrities and it has hosted racing car drivers, athletes, models, singers, actors and more. The most frequent guests were the Rat Pack and both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin ate there so regularly that they had their own booths. A visit to the Golden Steer is a trip through Las Vegas history, but also an incredibly delicious experience.
Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Las Vegas
Brunch is a much overlooked meal, but if you feel like some mid-morning indulgence and decadence then there is nothing better. Sterling Brunch perhaps offers one of the world’s best brunch experiences. First of all, it is one of the very few places that offer bottomless champagne bunches and actually serve real champagne, Perrier Jouet Grand Brut. The food matches the quality of the champagne and the all you can eat option includes a caviar station, raw bar, sushi, whole lobster tails, lamb chops and some amazing desserts. The place is opulent and fun at the same time, and it is certainly a meal that you will never forget.
If you are after some pizza then of course, Las Vegas has some of the best that the world has to offer. It is a branch of the famous Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco and offers some amazing treats. The idea behind the original restaurant is to replicate perfectly and authentically different regional pizza styles, from New Haven to Detroit to Neapolitan, and in order to do this the restaurant has seven different pizza ovens burning wood, coal, gas, and electricity. The Las Vegas outpost has four ovens, so doesn’t quite offer the same range, but it is still far more than you will find at the vast majority of pizzerias on earth. If you find yourself craving a slice of pizza in Las Vegas, then you should definitely make the effort to seek out Pizza Rock in the heart of downtown, just off Fremont Street.
RM Seafood at Mandalay Place
While Las Vegas may be in the middle of the desert, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some of the best seafood on earth. The letters RM stand for Rick Moonen, a manly widely considered to be the top seafood specialised chef in America. Moonen was top of his class in the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, he was awarded three stars from the New York Times for Oceana, and he then moved to Las Vegas where he opened his new flagship restaurant, RM Seafood. Moonen is also the author of the definitive seafood cookbook, Fish Without a Doubt, he works with institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium on issues such as sustainability, and makes sure he always has the best fish to serve.
Cut at The Grand Canal Shoppes
There is certainly no shortage of great steakhouses in Las Vegas and a fair few of them are on this list. Another that certainly deserves a mention is the Cut. However, you will probably want to try their non-steak dishes. You will find everything from delicious oxtail broth, to bone-marrow flan, hot potato knishes, and lamp chops with a mint-cucumber raita. They also cater for the non-meat eaters with a delicious Dover sole. Many visitors will avoid the steaks altogether and enjoy the small plates, appetizers and side dishes. There is also a fantastic wine menu with plenty of choice to accompany all types of food.
Le Cirque at The Bellagio
Fans of French cuisine will certainly enjoy a meal at Le Cirque. You will find classics such as the blanquette de lapin and lobster salads, but also more experimental foods such as langoustines with caviar, passion fruit, apples and vodka gelée. The service is impeccable and the sommelier is renowned for his knowledge and ability to introduce patrons to new wines. The restaurant also offers an intimate atmosphere that can be hard to find amongst the buzz of the casinos, and provides an often much needed step back from the hustle and bustle of the gaming floors. Run by executive chef Alan Mardonovich, the restaurant has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award, the Forbes Five Star Award, and a Michelin star.
Battista’s Hole in the Wall
If you are looking for an iconic Vegas location then Battista’s Hole in the Wall is the place to eat. It has been a fixture for close to 40 years and you won’t find a better atmosphere or service that is more friendly. You can eat amongst Las Vegas memorabilia, and enjoy the sounds of wandering musicians. You will find a great range of dishes, such as spaghetti, veal and cioppino, and it won’t set you back a fortune. This is certainly no upmarket eatery, but if you want good Italian food, a fun atmosphere, and reasonable prices, then you simply can’t go wrong.