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Las Vegas Weekly's Tips On The Local Dining Scene

1/06/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

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 six-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 Peppercrusted
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.

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