Foodie's delight: The hottest places to make a dinner reservation in Vegas
Sin City has a reputation for things much wilder than dinner dates, but if you ignore some of the restaurants found on the Strip and throughout the city, you could be missing out on the meal of a lifetime. So don’t cheat yourself – as you plan your next Las Vegas vacation, keep a running list of the hottest restaurants to try.
Forget buffet food – Las Vegas’ restaurant scene is elevated by some of the world’s top chefs, both established and up-and-coming. These are a few restaurants that are definitely worthy of your consideration. While some of them will definitely count as a splurge, the availability of great travel deals to Vegas make it easier to budget – plus, you’ll have all those casino winnings, right?
* L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon: This is the very reason that French cooking has its lofty reputation. Masterful execution, exceptional presentation and atmosphere to spare. The restaurant has a “vertical garden” section as well, providing an extra-lush setting. Located at the MGM Grand.
* Michael Mina: Seafood is the focus here, and what they do, they do exceptionally well. Located in the Bellagio, you can expect luxury through and through from this restaurant. Those who aren’t as fond of the fruits of the sea will also find plenty of land-based delights.
* Twist by Pierre Gagnaire: Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a feast prepared by a three-star Michelin chef. Gagnaire is among the few in the world to hold that distinction and you’ll see how he earned it as you dine on his imaginative creations that blend flavor and texture in masterful combinations. The restaurant’s location on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental provides views to match the cuisine.
* Bara Masa: Masayoshi Takayama’s restaurant, located inside Aria Resort and Casino, is arguably the best place to get sushi and Japanese cuisine in Vegas. Bar Masa offers an a la carte menu featuring fresh seafood flown in from Japan – and “fresh” really means something here. Takayama will not allow tuna that’s been out of Japanese waters for more than 24 hours to be served to his patrons. This is also an ideal place to familiarize yourself with top-notch sakes.
* Estiatoria Milos: In the mood for something a little different, but still deluxe? This Greek restaurant numbers among the best in the country, and offers exceptional Mediterranean cuisine on a gorgeous dining terrace. There’s a strong emphasis on seafood, but the menu caters to all palates.