Las Vegas is known as the “Live” Entertainment Capital of the World, and for good reason — it’s a city full of incredible, high-production shows and spectacles like Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller, and the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur. Additionally, many of the best pop stars in the world have regularly performed in Las Vegas over the years — like Cher, Lady Gaga, and Celine Dion — and you can be sure that their performances have been an over-the-top production to remember. When in Vegas, it’s true that one must go all out or go home.
So, when thinking of Las Vegas, casinos and entertainment probably come to mind before fine dining. But similarly to the production quality of the shows in Vegas, Vegas is home to some truly incredible restaurants, and it’s not uncommon to be just a short distance away from luxurious, world-renowned restaurants at all times. There’s no denying the city can stand its ground against some of the world’s biggest foodie cities.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas for a fine meal:
Located in the MGM Grand, Joël Robuchon is widely considered to be the best French restaurant in Las Vegas, and one of the best French restaurants in the world. It is named after its founder, Joël Robuchon, a world-renowned French chef and restaurateur. The restaurant has three Michelin stars, a Forbes Five Star award, a AAA Five Diamond award, and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, among many other awards. It promises to offer you a quiet, intimate fine dining experience in an Art Deco-esque atmosphere with modern art, marble floors, plush velvet seating, and a garden terrace. It also offers an Aperitif Lounge and a private dining section (which overlooks the terrace). If you have the chance to eat at Joël Robuchon, do so — it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
é by José Andrés
Hidden away at The Cosmopolitan hotel, é by José Andrés serves experimental Spanish cuisine in a modern, exclusive setting. Visually, the restaurant is very dramatic and rich with a backdrop that includes a red velvet curtain against a red glass wall to remind diners of a theater. It is known for its impeccable service, atmosphere, performance, and food. The restaurant requires a prepaid reservation to dine as it only has bar seating available for nine diners. So not only will your dining experience be intimate, but you won’t have to worry about bad service for an expensive meal — while there, your group is the only group that matters.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Located on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s only restaurant in the U.S. The design is both retro and modern with purple floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and hanging spherical lights. It also has a great view of Vegas thanks to its 23rd-floor location, which gets better at night with the city’s lights. The restaurant serves experimental French-American cuisine that is just as colorful as the restaurant’s interior. They have multiple tasting menus (including a vegetarian tasting menu), but you can also order appetizers, main courses, side dishes, dessert, and drinks a la carte.
Yui Edomae Sushi
If you’re looking for upscale Japanese food in Las Vegas, you can’t go wrong with Yui Edomae Sushi. Although the atmosphere and decor isn’t as impressive as other restaurants on this list, the quality of the food makes up for this. Still, the decor’s sophisticated simplicity is more in the style of many Japanese restaurants. As for the food, they fly in fish fresh from Japan to ensure that you’ll have an incredible meal, so it’s sure to be some of the best sushi and fish you’ll ever have outside of Japan. They serve several different prix fixe meals, all of which include one drink, an appetizer, soup, a sashimi platter, a grill platter, nigiri, a handroll, and dessert. They also have a decent wine and liquor list, so you can order a bottle of wine or another beverage to accompany your meal.
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