We’ve covered Vegas buffets but maybe you’re looking for dining a bit more upscale. Not to worry, Vegas has it all! I’ve narrowed down reviews from The New York Post, Frommer’s, Yelp, TripAdvisor, local Vegas publications, and other review sites and narrowed down the list to 5 Fabulous Meals you should try next time you go to Vegas.
- The one that wins all the awards
Joël Robuchon Restaurant has won Michelin’s Three Star, Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond, and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. That’s a pretty impressive resume for this traditional French restaurant. The restaurant doesn’t come cheap, with the highlight being the 16 Course Degustation Menu at $385, but for that price you get treats like caviar, foie gras, lobster, bone marrow, sea bass, veal, white truffles, and dessert. Tip: Arrive early via limo and take a walk of the grounds of the MGM Mansion, a little-seen area generally reserved for the high-rollers.
- The one with the best views
You can’t help but wonder if Picasso is able to live up to the sights its namesake was able to create, but with $100 million in original Picasso artwork on the walls you won’t be disappointed. You’ll also be thrilled with the views of the Bellagio fountains. The menu here is also inspired by Picasso, with a basis in Spanish and French dishes recognizing the areas the artist once lived. Enjoy the Menu Dégustation for $123 or the Prix Fixe for $113.
- The one with the amazing theme
Le Cirque manages to take the best of France and le cirque (the circus) and bring the vibrancy and creativity to both the decor and the menu. The restaurant features an a la carte menu, a tasting menu for $125 and smaller three-course pre-theatre menu for $68. Tip: Try the pre-theatre menu and then head to “O” Cirque du Soleil for an evening you won’t forget.
- The one on top of the city Alizé, named for the winds of change that sweep across the French Caribbean, sits atop the Palms Hotel overlooking the city. The menu continues to feature its French Caribbean influence, with traditional French dishes like foie gras and duck, but with a touch of Caribbean choices, from shrimp to scallops to sea urchin.
- The one featuring America
If you’ve noticed a theme among my other choices, its the French influence over the menu. Sage is a stand-out because of its use of the contemporary American style of cooking. Flavors here are clean, crisp and often fruity. You’ll see cross-country influences, from Vancouver Island oysters, Roasted Pacific John Dory, Colorado Lamb Loin, and Maine Lobster Ravioli. Tip: Finish off your meal with one of seven absinthe choices.