Hot Las Vegas Restaurants

Las Vegas: It’s a city of celebrity chefs and and All-U-Can-Eat buffets and everything in between. Here’s a look at 20 of the best, ranging from the best sandwich shop in town to the priciest among the priciest gourmet fare.

Alex

WynnSteve Wynn built this Belle Epoque dining room just for chef Alessandro Stratta. The room, with its replica staircase from the movie “Hello Dolly,” is lavishly appointed but Stratta’s Mediterranean cuisine is the main attraction. If money is no object, try the seven-course tasting menu. Without wine, the meal goes for $195; it costs $325 with wine. Expensive, but Alex also boasts one of the best wine cellars in town. The restaurant has received five stars from Mobil, as well as five AAA diamonds. Creative Commons License photo credit: Wolfgang Staudt

Alizé

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Alize at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas

Alizé is also known for its wine list: The cellar has some 1,250 labels on hand. Chef André Rochat has been pleasing Vegas diners with his classic French cuisine since 1980 when he opened André’s downtown. And then there’s the view from the restaurant at the top of the Palms resort, a 280-degree sweep of the strip seen from floor-to-ceiling windows. Awarded one star by Michelin and four AAA diamonds, the restaurant is popular with locals as well as tourists. The Las Vegas Review Journal put Alizé at the top in three categories last year: The most romantic restaurant, the best French restaurant and the best splurge restaurant in town.Creative Commons License photo credit: eyeliam

Aureole

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Aureole at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

Seasonal contemporary American cuisine typified by dishes such as preserved duck and ricotta cannelloni with a kumquat infused sauce are the specialty here. The restaurant is a replica of Charlie Palmer’s New York restaurant with some touches of Vegas like the four-story wine tower which holds 10,000 bottles that are pulled for diners by wine angels who are hoisted up and down via a system of electronically activated pulleys. Check out the three- or seven-course prix fixe menus whose prices range from $65 to $170 depending on the room and whether you opt for wine or not.Creative Commons License photo credit: Jason Riedy

Border Grill

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Run by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, the Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales,” this Vegas outpost offers authentic Mexican home cooking: chiles rellenos and black beans, chilaquiles and red roasted chicken with ancho mushroom ragout are among the specialities. Save room for desserts like the Mexican chocolate-cream pie with a meringue crust. Oh, and if you don’t have time this time around for a full course meal, the restaurant has a take out taqueria.

Burger Bar

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Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

Build you own burger here with options ranging from Kobe beef to lamb to tofu. Designed by chef Hubert Keller of Mandalay Bay’s Fleur de Lys, the burger bar serves the city’s best burgers. Toppings from “The Farm,” “The Ocean” or “The Earth” run the gamut from prosciutto, pan-seared foie gras, fried egg, sliced zucchini, smoked salmon, or grilled lobster. Want fries with that? Choose from fat or skinny, sweet or white. For desserts try a sweet burger: A chocolate burger on a donut bun, topped with strawberry tomato slices, mint lettuce and passion fruit cheese. A plain burger starts at $8.
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Craftsteak

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Craftsteak at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Craftsteak is different from other steakhouses with their standard baked potato and creamed spinach sides. Chef Tom Colicchio’s version features top-shelf ingredients from boutique farms and artisanal producers. Vegetarians will find many side dishes and vegetables prepared roasted, braised, pureed or sautéed. Potatoes are available pureed, gratinéed, souffléed, roasted or fried. The combinations are endless. Along with the steaks, there are many braised and roasted dishes. First-course selections include roasted or smoked sweetbreads, quail, foie gras and lamb tenderloin.

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Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

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A far cry from the luxe decor of Craftsteak and Alex, Capriotti’s is a sandwich shop without pretensions. But this shop has folks returning again and again for sandwiches stuffed with roast beef and turkey made on the premises. One of the few places in town where you can feed two for $10, the price of a 20-inch sub, specialties include the Bobby–turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo on a 20-inch bun–and the Slaw Be Jo, a feast of homemade roast beef, provolone, Russian dressing and cole slaw. The 9-, 12- and 20-inch rolls are also made on site.

Daniel Boulud Brasserie

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Daniel Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

The brasserie showcases bistro classics such as Soupe À L´Oignon Gratinée, Caesar Salad, Moules Frites, Steak au Poivre, and Duck Confit, as well as the $32 DB Burger, stuffed with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffles. The room features an open kitchen inside and patio seating along a man-made lake at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Fleur de Lys

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Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

A replica of Hubert Keller’s San Francisco restaurant of the same name, Fleur de Lys offers diners a a three-, four-, or five-course tasting menu that changes with the season. Wine pairing is offered for an additional fee. Choose from such appetizers as chilled Maine lobster salad, roasted boneless quail breast, artisanal foie gras and escargots. A vegetarian menu is also available. Keller’s menu is among the most sophisticated in Las Vegas as is the decor here with its pink lighting, exposed-stone walls and small tables. Private cabana booths with retractable curtains are available for reservation to all guests. Or book the wine room, which seats six and looks down over the main dining room.
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Joël Robuchon at the Mansion

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Joël Robuchon at the Mansion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

“Heartstoppingly expensive” food from the French chef of the century, Joël Robuchon, the first and youngest chef to win three consecutive Michelin stars. If you have $385 to spare, try the 16-course tasting menu; $250 will get you a six-course meal. You can also order a la carte. The menu changes daily, but a scan of recent offerings do sound mouth watering: Lobster in a cold sweet and sour turnip ravioli, flavored with nutmeg and rosemary; pan-fried sea bass with a lemon grass foam and stewed baby leeks; or crispy tiger shrimp, white asparagus with Oesetra caviar, herb gelee, mousseline sauce, ginger and coral infusion.
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Le Cirque

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Le Cirque at the Bellagion in Las Vegas

Another transplant from the East Coast, Le Cirque is a beautiful room done up like a circus tent with bolts of silk cascading down from the restaurant’s ceiling. The three-course prix fixe menu features rustic French fare. A five-course menu changes daily. Specialties include a lobster salad with black truffle dressing and braised rabbit with wild mushrooms and black truffles. The dining room seats only 80 so advanced reservations are probably a good idea. Le Cirque’s Vegas outpost has received an AAA five-diamond rating.

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Mesa Grill

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Mesa Grill at Harrah

Bobby Flay’s Vegas version of his New York restaurant Mesa Grill features contemporary Southwestern cuisine with offerings like pumpkin soup with pomegranate and pecan relish, blue-corn pancake filled with barbecued duck and a habanero chile sauce and tiger shrimp with a roasted garlic corn tamale and a corn cilantro sauce–all brought to table in Flay’s flashy signature style. The room also reflects Flay’s over-the-top TV persona–A 20-foot tall rotisserie sits atop the restaurant. It’s not cheap–most of the entrees top $30, but for $29 you get a three-course prix fixe lunch that includes dessert.
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MiX

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MiX at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

Another celebrity chef, Alain Ducasse, puts his mark on the city’s culinary map at MiX. The futuristic white on white on silver dining room sits on the top of The hotel at Mandalay Bay and boasts floor-to-ceiling views of the strip from every small table or dining pod. The menu features classics from Ducasse’s three-star-rated restaurants in Paris and Monte Carlo Casino along with a doses of whimsy: Ketchup or bacon-flavored bread with a side order of homemade peanut butter anyone?
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Olives

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Olives at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

The Vegas branch of Chef Todd English’s Olives overlooks the fountains and lake at the Bellagio. Try one of this restaurant’s justly famous flatbreads–fig and prosciutto or portabellos with white truffle oil–for a not-terribly-expensive lunch. Pastas are excellent, too.–from English’s signature butternut squash tortelli with brown butter and sage to chestnut ravioli. Which is not to take anything away from the dinner menu. featuring fare like grilled pork tenderloin served with smoked goat cheese polenta, bacon braised collard greens and onion rings; or pan-seared sea scallops, roasted garlic cauliflower puree adn sweet golden raisin jam served with a shaved fennel and arugula salad
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Pamplemousse

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Pamplemousse Restaurant in Las Vegas

The name, French for grapefruit, was chosen by the late singer Bobby Darin, a regular at this old school French restaurant which was a part of the Vegas scene way before the first celebrity chef wended his way out here. There is no printed menu; instead, the waiter recites the menu, which changes nightly and might include specialties like roast duckling with cranberry and Chambord sauce, frog legs Provencale or escargots a la bourguignone. Each meal begins with a bowl of olives, a basket of hard-boiled eggs and a selection of fresh crudites. Photos of bygones stars like Lana Turner, Darin and Debbie Reynolds–all friends of owner Georges La Forge–line the pink-hued walls of this holdover from the Las Vegas of old.

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Rosemary’s

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Rosemary

Take a trip off the strip to this eatery, a favorite of Las Vegas locals. Husband-and-wife chefs Michael and Wendy Jordan hail from New Orleans and their origins are reflected in the nouvelle American menu, which has a strong southern tilt and features entrees like a pork chop served with Hoppin’ John and a creole mustard sauce. Ingredients are supplied by 50 local farmers and the menu includes suggested pairings of wine and beer.

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Salt Lick

Salt Likc Restaurant in Las Vegas

This clone of an Austin, Texas eatery offers a taste of down home goodness at less than $15 per person, a bargain in this berg. Before you feast on smoked turkey or chicken platters, chopped brisket or smoked sausage sandwiches, try the bacon-wrapped shrimp diablo. Add a side of slaw, baked beans or homemade mac and cheese. And save room for dessert: Homemade pecan pie or peach cobbler. If you really want to splurge, plunk down $16.99 for the all you can eat meal, a heaping helping of brisket, sausage and ribs, served with potato salad, coleslaw, beans and bread and butter.

Spago

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Spago Restaurant at Caesar

The first celebrity chef to bring his stuff to the strip, Wolfgang Puck is still going strong here with four restaurants. But his first Vegas incarnation, a replica of his famous L.A. restaurant, Spago remains the best. Spago Las Vegas offers specialties from Puck’s native Austria like pork wienerschnitzel with warm potato salad and baby mâche salad in addition to selections like a seafood paella, rack of lamb and prime cuts of beef seared on cast iron, finished over mesquite charcoal and accompanied by confit fingerlings, creamed spinach and bordelaise sauce.. The less formal cafe features sandwiches, salads and homemade pastas. Spago specializes in wine pairings and has an extensive list of specially picked vintages. A six-course tasting menu with wine costs $160. Creative Commons License photo credit: jimg944

Sterling Brunch

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Sterling Brunch at Bally

The first deluxe brunch in Las Vegas, offered every Sunday at Bally’s Steakhouse, continues to lead the pack, serving up nonstop caviar, fresh sushi and sashimi, rack of lamb, Peking-style smoked pork loin, made-to-order omelets and a slew of rotating dishes of the day. Desserts include breakfast cakes, French pastries, a selection of pies and tortes and original creations such as strawberry fettuccine. But all this, plus unlimited champagne, comes at a price: $60 per person.

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Table 34

Table 34 restaurant in Las Vegas

Run by Laurie Kendrick and Stan Carroll, disciples of Wolfgang Puck, Table 34 offers reasonably priced, thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches and salads for lunch. Dinner offerings include grilled rack of pork with chipotle potatoes, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and onion gravy and seared Alaskan halibut with mixed mreens, chili-mint vinaigrette and fresh melon.
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