– Travel Food & Wine
Las Vegas is a city for gamblers and for revelers too, but it is also a city for people who like to eat well when they travel. Here are some of our picks that are guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding culinary appetite.
Situated within the MGM Grand, this restaurant was the first site that Chef Joël Robuchon opened in the USA and helped to expand an empire that would eventually see him earn an extraordinary 30 Michelin stars across the globe. Robuchon, a culinary icon who has won more Michelin stars than any other chef in the world, sadly passed away in 2018, but his legacy is survived here in Las Vegas by Executive Chef Christophe De Lellis and Kentaro Komoda, the Chef de Cuisine. The award-winning restaurant from legendary chef Joël Robuchon masters traditional French cuisine in an elegant, 1930s Parisian-inspired setting. At the MGM Grand, the three-Michelin starred restaurant offers an exquisite tasting menu with an Oscetra caviar appetizer and dishes like Maine lobster and flan of sea urchin. Must tries at this ultimate shrine to French flavor and flair are soft-boiled egg with smoked salmon and caviar; truffle langoustine ravioli; guinea hen layered with foie gras; roasted duck and seared foie gras with sweet and sour cherries; the bread cart and the chocolate trolley.
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Elegant and sophisticated, Restaurant Guy Savoy offers two-Michelin-starred cuisine in a venue naturally inspired by its Parisian sister property, the iconic Caesars Palace Sin City’s very own Eiffel Tower. The restaurant matches its grandeur with flawless service and dedication to detail. From the personalized table settings to the Christofle silverware and Spiegelau glasses, Restaurant Guy Savoy is a celebration of luxury. The ten-course Menu Prestige is the restaurant’s crown jewel featuring a range of Savoy’s signature dishes, including silky Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup; grilled marinated Hamachi; White Asparagus and Caviar with smoked Sabayon; and the delicately spiced Crispy Sea Bass. Besides the main dining room, patrons can dine in the Bubbles Lounge or in the most-wanted place of all: the glass-enclosed Kitchen Table back where the culinary action is. Another deluxe option for Guy Savoy diners is The Caviar Room. This swanky lounge serves delectable aquatic specialties such as the indulgent Colors of Caviar, Salmon “mi cuit” (half-cooked), and succulent Kushi oysters from British Columbia.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Located on the 23rd floor of Waldorf Astoria, Las Vegas, this is the only place in the US that diners can experience the extraordinary cuisine of Chef Pierre Gagnaire. In some of the most imaginative dishes offered in Vegas, single ingredients are elevated to complete pieces of art, and every course will surprise diners. With striking lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows and a dramatic glass staircase leading up to a suspended wine loft, the restaurant promises to give a sensational experience. Pierre Gagnaire is the most experimental chef whose ground-breaking menu is a mixture of classic French cuisine and contemporary dining. The pinnacle here is the Lucky Number 7 tasting menu. Each menu is unique and based on the guest’s choice of wines. Some of the world’s rarest and best wines are featured in the extensive list. Chef de cuisine John Miranda will use each wine’s individual notes to strike a perfect balance. The Grand Tasting menu, the A La Carte menu, and the Vegetarian Tasting menu, along with an array of desserts and signature cocktails is also an absolute try here.
Located within a five minute walking distance from the Fremont Street Experience, AmeriBrunch Café is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. It is a breakfast and lunch neighborhood restaurant featuring a full brunch menu six days a week. The modest quaint café serves a variety of freshly blended coffee, breakfast, and lunch items to its Las Vegas neighbors. This café came into being when the owner experienced a culture shock when she moved to the USA where she realized that the culinary culture for a large chunk of the population was basically American fast food. A lot of people primarily ate packaged and frozen food, which is when she decided on opening a café that would serve locals her own version of fresh American food. With real and freshly made ingredients, AmeriBrunch serves an affordable and high quality brunch menu to locals and visitors of Las Vegas. Proudly brewing Pete’s Coffee with over one hundred handcrafted recipes, AmeriBrunch has become a staple restaurant and coffee shop in Downtown Las Vegas.
Weera Thai Kitchen is Thai street food lifestyle on a plate for guests to explore and enjoy. The crew is Thai at heart but their restaurant is anything but traditional. Their recipes come from far and wide. Some are handed down from their grandmothers; some are inspired by the chefs’ travel memories, and others are improvised from their midnight fridge raids. Remodeled in 2016, the restaurant features stunning gold details around the walls, including shining golden plates behind the bar. Elegant leather chairs circle the bar and solid wooden tables around the dining room. Sparkling chandeliers hang around the room casting a pleasant glow on guests enjoying a romantic date or a friendly meal. On Weera Thai Restaurant’s menu, guests can find a complete selection of Thai foods including noodles, soups, curries, issan and other lunch and dinner entrees. Weera Thai chefs recommend the shrimp mango, som tum tard, duck larb and panang salmon. Chai tea, Thai iced coffee and many mixed drinks are offered to guests dining in.
Santos Guisados Tacos & Beers is Las Vegas’ first guisado taco shop. Conceptualized by Las Vegas hospitality veteran, Eduardo Cordova, and located in downtown Las Vegas, Santos pays homage to the homestyle dishes Cordova enjoyed while growing up in Mexico, featured in a taco format made with homemade tortillas. The 40-seat restaurant draws its décor inspiration from Mexican churches and showcases traditional and non-traditional Mexican saint and angel décor highlighted by playful celebrity saint candles, an entire wall illuminated in candlelight, and a mural by local artist José “Killz” Lopez. Santos’ signature guisados tacos include Cochinita Pibil made with marinated pork slow-cooked in banana leaves and topped with pickled red onions, Shrimp Fantasma featuring seared shrimp in a ghost pepper cream topped with corn, red cabbage and crema, Fish Chicharron with crispy fried fish topped with red cabbage and a mango-habanero sauce and the vegetarian Garbanzo Enchilada composed of chickpeas simmered in tomatoes, onions, herbs and spices, and topped with cotija cheese. Popular taqueria favorites including carne asada, al pastor, pollo asado, and crispy potato tacos are on offer.