Many of Las Vegas’ finest restaurants are French, although Francophiles will find plenty of casual eateries as well. From the acclaimed Joël Robuchon, which offers guests a fine dining experience unlike any other, to the hearty bistro food at Mon Ami Gabi, these restaurants serve some of the best food in town.
Las Vegas’ French restaurants often offer dining experiences that provide a feast for all of the senses, including the eyes. Artfully designed interiors, birds-eye views and fine artwork decorate the dining areas, giving an appropriately beautiful background to accompany the award-winning food. At the more casual bistro-style restaurants, you might get a seat on the patio with great views of passersby, or major Strip attractions, like the Fountains of Bellagio.
Although the Strip is home to many French restaurants, Las Vegas’ neighborhoods also have well-known and popular eateries. Prices are usually slightly lower away from the Strip, and the overall atmosphere is quieter. The food and wine at these restaurants is just as good as anything found down on the Strip.
If you’re looking for unique French food in Las Vegas, you won’t have to look far. The number and variety of restaurants guarantees the availability of innovative and new styles of cooking. Traditional French fare is well represented, but variations on the classics can present some interestingly delicious dishes.
Whether you're hungry for classic French bistro food or a lavish 16-course tasting menu, here's a look at 10 of Las Vegas’ best French restaurants. Bon appétit!
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 definitely recommended. 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 rolling wine cart. (702-944-4224)
Since 2001, this off-Strip standby has been wowing diners with its fabulous French food 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. To go along with the meal, the restaurant's award-winning wine list offers 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. (702-951-7000)
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--you'll find caviar, foie gras and a wide assortment of seafood. House specialties include the Grand Seafood Platter, Beef Wellington and Roasted Rack of Lamb. Lunch and weekend Brunch menus are also available. (702-948-6937)
Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop
Serving up a memorable dining experience, Marché Bacchus is just a short 20-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. An expansive menu offers a wide selection of French and Italian favorites, including favorites from each cuisine, like escargot and lasagna. 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)
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. (702-607-6333)
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Noted Chef Guy Savoy has his only United States restaurant in Las Vegas. Recipient of several culinary awards and accolades, Guy Savoy's restaurant was once a finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant of the Year award. Epicurean indulgences here include the chef's signature artichoke and black truffle soup, available on the Signature Menu, the Innovation Menu and the a la carte offerings. The Innovation Menu truly lives up to its name with dishes like the octopus with cucumber and Yuzu gelee, chickpeas and mint, or the roasted quail breast and eggplant textures. Restaurant Guy Savoy also has a Krug Chef's Table, a 2-6 person experience that provides an intimate view of the kitchen while serving a menu created to pair with Krug's Champagnes. (702-731-7731, 877-346-4642)
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)
The bold cuisine of famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni has earned this Strip restaurant consistent AAA Five Diamond ratings. The timeless menu features classic and contemporary French fare is enhanced by a coveted wine selection, attentive service and an elegant and whimsical circus-themed interior. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, the vibrant colors adorning the dining room combined with the exquisite cuisine amuse guests' eyes and their taste buds. Diners can choose from four artfully crafted menus: the Dégustation Menu, the 10-course Menu Prestige (intended for the table to share), the Pre-Theatre Menu, a Vegetarian Menu and the $105 prix-fixe menu. And don't forget the desserts and cheeses menu, filled with irresistible treats. (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. (702-693-8865, 866-259-7111)
Joel Robuchon offers lavish, award-winning French food that leaves diners talking about it for a very long time after the dessert is over. Created by Chef Joel Robuchon, the fixed menus showcase precise portions of perfect French Nouvelle cuisine, using only the finest meats, seafood and produce available. The 18-course degustation menu is the star of the restaurant's offerings, but selections start from a 4-course fixed menu. The bread and dessert carts, as well as the wines, earn the highest marks for quality and taste. The restaurant's traditional French cuisine will enchant food enthusiasts, and the beautiful setting evokes the ambiance of Paris in the 1930s. (702-891-7925)
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