"What Happens in Vegas"
Forget the saying "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," the new slogan should be "From buffets to fine dining . . . there's a lot more to Vegas than gambling." The folks who own and operate Las Vegas casinos have learned that visitors want to enjoy their dining experiences. Fine dining restaurants have opened to rave reviews and large crowds hoping to get reservations. The following is a list of the top eateries on the Las Vegas Strip.
Top Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip
Charlie Palmer Steak (Four Seasons): Voted "best steakhouse in Las Vegas" by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Charlie Palmer's philosophy is simple; "If you're going to eat a steak, then eat a steak." The chef offers an innovative menu with a twist on traditional fare. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday and you can hear live jazz music Monday nights from 7 PM to 11 PM.
Jean Georges Steakhouse (Aria): The award winning chef puts a unique twist to the definition of traditional American steakhouse. The menu featuring high quality meats and seafood is complemented by an appetizing and creative array of side dishes and home-made sauces.
STK at the Cosmopolitan (Cosmopolitan): This steakhouse is a celebrity hotspot with a bustling bar scene and a menu inspired by the relaxed vibe. Enjoy some of the STK signature dishes such as, 2 large tiger prawns served with shrimp rice crispys, sriracha chili sauce, micro cilantro, shrimp bisque, fresh lime and micro cilantro.
Gordon Ramsay Steak (Paris Hotel): The newest addition to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's collection of restaurants, Gordon Ramsay steak offers the same high quality food and dining experience customers have come to expect. The head chef is Christina Wilson, winner of Hell's kitchen 2012.
FIX (Bellagio): This restaurant features a unique take on appetizers and side dishes. For an interesting treat, try some of their signature dishes such as the Smoked Salmon Poppers, the "Very Adult Mac & Cheese," or the Kobe Sliders. The atmosphere is contemporary and sophisticated.
Joe's Seafood Steak & Stone Crab (Caesars Forum Shops): enjoy a fine dining experience and have some of the best seafood, steaks, and stone crab in Las Vegas.
Nobhill (MGM): San Franciscan classic tavern style inspired cuisine by Michael Mina offers the best ingredients of the Bay Area. Be sure to try the chef's recommendations; New England Lobster Rolls on buttery toasted brioche, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and the Michael Mina Classic Maine Lobster Pot Pie.
Sage (Aria): Critically acclaimed Chef Shawn McClain serves contemporary American cuisine with global influences. Enjoy delicious cuisine with an emphasis on simple clean flavors and ingredients.
Stack (Mirage): Classic comfort food with a creative twist, such as tuna tacos, adult tater tots, and pigs in a blanket.
Blossom (Aria): Classic Chinese cuisine, the menu offers the best of China’s culinary wisdom through a 100-dish lineup that spans every preference. Chef Chi Kwun Choi’s passionate pursuit of creative fare has earned him the exclusive Epicurean Award for Best Chinese Restaurant in Las Vegas.
China Grill (Mandalay Bay): Asian fusion cuisine prepared in woks and served family style. Featuring fresh international flavors and served in a fun atmosphere.
Jasmine (Bellagio): Cantonese, Szechwan and Hunan cuisine made by the talented Chef Philip Lo.
Pearl (MGM): Canton and Shanghai cuisine prepared by the four Chinese cooking methods; steamed, braised, baked and fried.
Alize (The Palms): Indulge in rich and delicious French dishes from Chef Andre Rochat, served in a chic atmosphere high above the Las Vegas Strip. Peruse the extensive wine and cognac collection to add to the enjoyment of your meal.
Guv Savoy (Caesars Forum Shops): Guv Savoy is an award-winning chef who has received three Michelin stars and was voted France's Chef of the Year by his peers. Enjoy upscale and elegant French cuisine dining.
MIX (Mandalay Bay): With stunning views from the 64th floor of THEhotel located within Mandalay Bay, MIX offers contemporary French dishes by Chef Alain Ducasse. After dining visit the lounge for a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere.
Picasso (Bellagio): Picasso spent much of his time in France and Spain, and you will enjoy cuisine inspired by both in this beautiful restaurant. Discover Picasso masterpieces, including a collection of charming ceramic pieces.
B&B Ristorante (Venetian): Chef Mario Batali brings classical old world charm and an inspired menu of classic Italian dishes.
Circo (Bellagio): Tuscan Italian cuisine prepared in an open kitchen. Dine in sophisticated and circus inspired surroundings, overlooking the beautiful Bellagio fountains.
Fimma (MGM): Find fresh gourmet Southern Italian specialties and fresh pastas with over 700 selections from all over the world.
Lupo (Mandalay Bay): The Italian eatery by Wolfgang Puck. Enjoy Italian classics in a piazza setting. Pastas made fresh daily.
Japonais (Mirage): Chef Gene Kato offers signature sushi, cold and hot appetizers, and entrées in an intimate atmosphere.
Koi (Planet Hollywood): Enjoy savory dishes and traditional sushi, sashimi, and creative rolls.
Shibuva (MGM): Choose from teppanyaki table-top cooking, traditional dining, or the sushi bar. Enjoy popular Japanese dishes made with an innovative twist. The restaurant also features a seldom found sake sommelier.
Yellowtail (Bellagio): A trendy restaurant offers a twist on traditional and modern sushi and Japanese cuisine. You’ve got to try the "Popping Spicy Crab" specialty roll, made with cucumber, Asparagus, Pop Rocks! You can also enjoy the Bellagio Spectacular Dancing Waters show as you dine.
AquaKnox (Venetian): Experience an atmosphere created to entertain your every sense. The fresh seafood is flown in daily and the fresh colors of the restaurant reflect the vibrancy of the cool ocean waters.
Michael Mina (Bellagio): The signature dish is Lobster Pot Pie, a rich and decadent meal. Chef and owner Michael Mina offers delicious food in a warm and sophisticated setting.
Mastro's Ocean Club at Crystals (City Center): enjoy excellent seafood and delicious steaks prepared by classically trained chefs. Mastro’s has a reputation for fine dining with their 400-degree steak plates, dry-ice martinis, two-foot tall seafood towers and a melt-in-your-mouth warm butter cake.
RM Seafood (Mandalay Bay): Chef Rick Moonen offers the best of market seafood. The restaurant features fine dining upstairs and an a la carte menu with a casual raw bar downstairs.
From buffets to fine dining . . . there's a lot more to Vegas than gambling.
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