Bon Appétit: 10 Las Vegas Restaurants Known For Their Fabulous French Fare
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
Some of Las Vegas' most magnificent restaurants just happen to be French. From the intimate Joël Robuchon, which offers guests a fine dining experience unlike any other, to the Bellagio's celebrated Le Cirque and Picasso—both of which have received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating for 13 consecutive years—the city is home to some of the most delectable French restaurants this side of Paris.
Looking for a restaurant with a view? Then try Alizé, miX or the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, three Las Vegas restaurants that take French cuisine to new heights. Prefer dining on a picturesque patio? Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro offers guests an amazing view of the "Sirens of TI's" fireworks, while Mon Ami Gabi boasts a spectacular view of the Fountains of Bellagio. Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Strip? Then venture off to Marché Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop, located on the tranquil shores of Lake Jacqueline in the Desert Shores community of Summerlin. Las Vegas is even home to the only restaurant in the United States where foodies can enjoy three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire's exquisite cuisine, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.
So whether you're hungry for classic French bistro fare or a lavish 16-course tasting menu, here's a look at 10 of the city's best French restaurants. Bon appétit!
10 Mon Ami Gabi
While the people-watching at Mon Ami Gabi is unparalleled (there's nothing like a street-side view of the Strip), the food is also worth noting. There is always something new to try on the classic French bistro's ever-evolving menu. Traditional menu favorites include the Onion Soup au Gratin with bubbling baked Gruyere and the trademark Steak Frites. For those looking to indulge in a unique dish, the Wild Escargots de Bourgogne with garlic-herb butter is to die for. To complement the cuisine, an extensive selection of more than 80 boutique French wine varietals--handpicked by Gabino Sotelino himself--are served by the glass or bottle from the restaurant's signature rolling wine cart. (702-944-4224)
Fantastic views of the Strip and a chandelier with 15,000 hand-blown glass spheres set miX apart from the crowd. A blend of French and American cuisines with international influences characterizes the menu and introduces fine cuisine to comfort food. Signature dishes include the Filet Mignon Rossini, Roasted Maine Lobster "Au Curry" and miX Candy Bar. Scrumptious sides like the miX Macaroni and Cheese with Ham are welcome accompaniments. As guests drink in the view from the 64th floor, they can enjoy a selection from the restaurant's impressive wine list, boasting more than 1,300 selections of fine wines. (702-632-9500)
Since 2001, this off-Strip standby has been wowing diners with its fabulous French fare and dazzling views of the Strip. Located on the 56th floor of the Palms Casino Resort, Alizé offers guests a nearly 280-degree panoramic view of Las Vegas from 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can feast their eyes on the city while enjoying Alizé's signature menu items, like the Imported Dover Sole. They can then wash everything down with a selection from the restaurant's award-winning wine list, boasting approximately 1,200 selections and an inventory of more than 8,000 bottles--including one of the most impressive large format selections (magnums, double magnums, Jeroboams, etc.) in the nation. Not a vino enthusiast? Alizé also has one of the most impressive cognac collections in the country, including prestigious vintages from Rémy Martin, Hine, Prunier and the most extensive collection of rare cognacs from the house of Hardy known to exist. (702-951-7000)
7 Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Located on the 11th floor of Paris Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower replica, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant truly takes Vegas dining experience to new heights. Serving an exquisite menu by acclaimed chef J. Joho, the French restaurant not only features breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, but also one of the best views of the Fountains of Bellagio in town given its location just across the street. While the atmosphere is truly remarkable, the fare is just as fantastic, featuring an assortment of delectable dishes sure to please even the most discerning diner--there's even caviar on the menu! House specialties include the Grand Seafood Platter, Beef Wellington and Roasted Rack of Lamb. Lunch, Late Lunch and weekend Brunch menus are also available. (702-948-6937)
6 Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop
Serving up the city's most unforgettable dining experience, Marché Bacchus is just a short 10-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, but feels worlds away. Located in the Desert Shores community, guests can watch the swans swim by as they dine on the restaurant's romantic patio along Lake Jacqueline feasting on fabulous French cuisine. In addition to cheese and charcuterie selections, the bistro serves soups, salads, appetizers and an array of specialty sandwiches and entrees. From Seared Scallops to Steak Frites, there's sure to be something on its diverse menu to please palates of all types! (702-804-8008)
5 Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a weekend brunch, this exquisite restaurant showcases traditional French bistro cuisine in addition to Prime dry-aged and wet-aged steaks. Other selections include an iced seafood bar and a cheese and charcuterie bar featuring more than 60 farmhouse and artisanal cheeses and salamis from around the world. A recipient of the "Best of" award from Wine Spectator from 2009-2013, Morels also boasts an impressive wine collection, featuring more than 400 selections from primarily French and Californian growers. More than 60 wines are available by the glass, and for rarer vintages, a state-of-the-art European wine dispensing system called an Enomatic allows guests to taste wines in 2-, 5- or 8-ounce pours. If it's nice out, be sure to dine on Morels' Strip-front patio. (702-607-6333)
4 Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Located on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire boasts an innovative menu that infuses the simplicity of classic French cuisine with a modern spin--a fusion for which the three-star Michelin chef is revered in today's culinary world. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a dramatic glass staircase leading up to a suspended wine loft, the restaurant's most striking feature is arguably its lighting, which incorporates more than 300 gold globes designed to look as if they're floating in the air across the ceiling. Menu selections change seasonally, though Twist always showcases the finest cuts of beef available. Vegan and gluten-free options are available as well. (888-881-9367)
3 Le Cirque
The bold cuisine of famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni has earned this Strip restaurant a rare 13 consecutive AAA Five Diamond ratings. The timeless sensation, featuring classic and contemporary French fare prepared by skilled chefs, is enhanced by a coveted wine selection, attentive service and an elegant yet playful circus-themed interior. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, the vibrant colors adorning the dining room combined with the exquisite cuisine come seamlessly together to amuse guests' eyes as well as their taste buds in celebrated Maccioni family fashion. Diners can choose from four mouth-watering menus: the Dégustation Menu, the Pre-Theatre Menu, a Vegetarian Menu and an À La Carte Menu. Regardless of one's decision, taste buds won't be disappointed. (702-693-8100)
A 13-time recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award, Executive Chef Julian Serrano's menu is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain where Pablo Picasso spent much of his life. To complement Serrano's impeccable cuisine, the restaurant boasts a wine cellar stocked with more than 1,500 selections from the finest vineyards. Picasso masterpieces as well as a collection of his charming ceramic pieces adorn the dining room creating a complete Picasso experience. Guests may also enjoy Serrano's renowned fare outdoors while taking in the beauty of the dancing Fountains of Bellagio on Picasso's patio, creating a dining experience unlike any other. (702-693-8105)
1 Joël Robuchon
If you've got money to burn in Las Vegas, don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Joël Robuchon's namesake restaurant provides an opportunity to experience the Chef of the Century's formidable cooking talents in their fullest expression. The restaurant features traditional French cuisine catering to a sophisticated palate in a setting reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s. Guests can enjoy a lavish reception area, elegant main dining room, landscaped garden-designed dining room and intimate bar. Both the 6- and 16-course tasting menus showcase precise portions of perfect French Nouvelle cuisine, using only the finest meats, seafood and produce available. A sautéed veal chop with natural herbs jus, truffled langoustine ravioli with chopped cabbage and pan-fried sea bass with five spices are just some of the signature dishes sure to leave guests salivating for more. (702-891-7925)
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker, the Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Guide and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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