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The 9 Best Las Vegas Restaurants

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Map all the Michelin stars and you’ll see that there’s a dense cluster of them in Las Vegas. Fine dining is a huge deal here, and there’s big competition among Las Vegas restaurants vying to be the best.

The Best Las Vegas Restaurants

The big winners, of course, are the gourmands who travel to this city with taste buds (and wallets) ready. Here’s where to head for Las Vegas dining at its very finest.

Joël Robuchon

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No list of the best restaurants in Las Vegas would be complete without Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand. The city’s only Michelin three-star restaurant has a chef so talented that they just gave the restaurant his name. He creates edible art with French cuisine as his medium—presentation is magnificent, servers are extraordinarily attentive, and decor is refined Art Deco with purple tones, a large chandelier, and dark wood offsets.

Order the 16-course degustation menu, which includes caviar, Maine lobster, frog legs, and a flan of sea urchin. There’s a vegetarian tasting menu, too; otherwise, choose one of Robuchon’s inventive a la carte entrées along with an elegant amuse bouche.

Picasso

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Picasso, in Bellagio, has its namesake artist’s original paintings hung all over its walls, and food and platings inspired by the abstract master’s distinctive style. These framed treasures aren’t the only spectacular thing to admire while you dine at Picasso: The restaurant’s one-of-a-kind location adjacent to the Bellagio’s famous fountains treats patrons to a dramatic dinner show.

As for the cuisine, chef Julian Serrano has garnered two Michelin stars for his French and Spanish fare with flair. Go prix fixe with wild mushroom soup, big-eye tuna tartare, and Maine lobster. There’s a vegetarian menu, too. Splurge on the expertly done wine pairing.

Restaurant Guy Savoy

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Much more than dinner, this is an experience to savor and remember. Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace is based on the distinguished chef’s original in Paris, France. His backlit Las Vegas dining room, which is romantic but not frilly, has earned two Michelin stars of its own. This is fine dining taken seriously, and Savoy’s unwavering commitment to excellence makes for an eminently enjoyable evening.

There’s a 13-course tasting menu, a caviar room, a roving bread cart, a highly curated wine list, and a six-seat chef’s table with a view of the heralded kitchen. Don’t forego the artichoke and black truffle soup as you enjoy the discreet yet highly attentive service.

Aureole

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The more dynamic of Charlie Palmer’s two Las Vegas restaurants (the other is Charlie Palmer Steak), Aureole at Mandalay Bay showcases chef Johnny Church’s exceptional farm-to-table American cuisine with a personal touch.

His wine-centric menu is organized around three categories: Root (the beet salad and spaghetti squash are superb), Ranch (featuring a beef and octopus carpaccio), and Surf (six inspired seafood options). Service is warm and friendly, plating is done beautifully, decor is attractive and contemporary, and vegans won’t leave hungry. For dessert, go for the maple brown butter crème brulee, or the creamsicle parfait with Sicilian pistachios.

Le Cirque

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At Bellagio, Le Cirque is a beloved dining experience for many reasons: The service is kind and courteous, the French cuisine is beautiful to look at and eat, and the colorful dining room infuses fancy with fun—decor centers around an elegantly done circus theme.

The petite portions are big on style. Favorites include Japanese yellowtail, wagyu beef, and, from the vegetarian menu, the Pixar-worthy ratatouille. Le Cirque isn’t as outrageously priced as the some of its fellow best Las Vegas restaurants; tasting menus start at $108, though pairing the fine wines here will up your bill. For dessert, go for the raspberry parfait with champagne gelee.

Mesa Grill

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Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace is, indeed, all about the grill. Flay’s creative American cuisine with Southwestern flair includes options like a double-smoked bacon quesadilla, a tiger shrimp and roasted corn tamale, and a spice-rubbed pork tenderloin. Come to this upbeat restaurant for big steaks, big lamb chops, big fish, and big fun.

The multi-textured dining room is buzzy and colorful. Unique among the best Las Vegas restaurants for offering unpretentious upscale dining, the service here is as good as the flavors. Don’t miss the goat cheese fondue, or a tasting of the excellent blue agave tequilas.

Michael Mina

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Yet another of Bellagio’s outstanding collection of fine dining restaurants, Michael Mina presents contemporary seafood prepared in New American style. The famous Egypt-born chef has created tantalizing steaks, lobster pot pies, wagyu beef, and much more for his Bellagio outpost.

Choose between a seasonal, signature, or vegetarian tasting menu, then sit back and enjoy the outstanding flavors, classy service, refined ambiance, and impressive wine list. Michael Mina fans may also want to visit another of his Las Vegas restaurants, the new Bardot Brasserie in the Aria resort.

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

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On the Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd floor is Twist, Pierre Gagnaire’s dramatic space where floor-to-ceiling windows make for the most spectacular view over Las Vegas, and where more than 300 globes hang down from the ceiling.

But Gagnaire’s New French cuisine ends up stealing the spotlight. Whether you choose the grand tasting menu, the whimsical vegetarian tasting menu, or order a la carte (caviar, fine meats, seafood aplenty), your exquisitely prepared dinner arrives on flowery plates; the experience of eating it is something you won’t soon forget. This is the heavily Michelin-starred chef’s only U.S. restaurant, so don’t forego the chance to try his inspired creations here.

Wing Lei

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Wing Lei at at Wynn presents resplendent Chinese food in a bright, colorful setting with yellow and orange details that recall imperial-era Japan. When booking, request a window seat to enjoy the view of the restaurant’s gorgeous private garden, featuring a gold dragon and 100-year-old pomegranate trees.

Wing Lei was America’s first Chinese restaurant to garner a Michelin Star, and that’s thanks to its elaborately prepared entrees that meld Szechuan, Cantonese, and Shanghainese flavors. Chef Ming Yu’s specialties include Alaskan geoduck clam, wok-tossed sea cucumber, and Wagyu beef with sweet peppers.

Nobu

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In Caesar’s Palace, just beside the hotel-within-a-hotel Nobu Hotel, you’ll find this fantastic restaurant presenting unique Japanese cuisine infused with Peruvian flavors. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro have collaborated all over the world to create more than three dozen Nobu restaurants, and the Las Vegas location is right up there with all the others.

There’s an emphasis on design here, with leather and wood touches throughout. The menu’s delicacies—teppanyaki, sushi, tempura—are presented beautifully; if you’re in the mood to splurge, go for the wagyu taco, yellowtail tartare, or crab tempura. Nobu Las Vegas offers teppan tables and a sushi bar, a robust wine and sake list, and superlative service. Try the banana harumaki for dessert.

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–Original reporting by Avital Andrews. Follow her on Twitter @avitalb.

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