Elegance and Memorable Cuisine: the Las Vegas Strips' 10 Best Restaurants

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas has attracted a collection of restaurants that rivals the choices you’ll find in any major city. These superb restaurants aren't just a stop for a casual nosh. A meal at any of the Strip’s best restaurants is a memorable event with masterfully prepared food served in a beautifully designed space. Dress up and make reservations well in advance for a meal at one of the Strip’s best restaurants–you’re in for an evening you won’t soon forget.

Since the French virtually created the concept of gourmet dining, the prevalence of French cuisine on the Strip is understandable. Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy have their only American restaurants in Las Vegas.

The Strip’s impressive array of world-class restaurants include more than French cuisine, however. Steakhouses, Italian eateries and American restaurants are just a few of the restaurant styles you’ll find. Celebrity chefs are well represented, and many innovative restaurants put a new twist on well-known classic dishes.

For the Strip's most memorable restaurants, their location and design are as much a part of their appeal as their food. Whether it’s a selection of fine art or a recreation of a Parisian bistro, the best Las Vegas restaurants give their guests memorable food plus the ambiance to match.

Find an reason to indulge yourself with a meal at one of these great restaurants on the Strip and you’ll be rewarded with an incredible experience.

10. BARDOT Brasserie
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The pretty exterior of BARDOT Brasserie will entice you to come in, and the menu will give you so many wonderful sounding options that it might be difficult to choose a dish. This Parisian cafe's dinner and weekend brunch offerings include selections like the Burgundian Escargot wrapped in puff pastry shells, French onion soup with Perigord truffle and steak frites in four varieties: filet, grass-fed flat iron, grass-fed NY Strip and double-cut rib eye. A raw bar features crab, Maine lobster, oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail and caviar. An extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu ensures that guests will have an appropriate beverage for their memorable meal.

9. Charlie Palmer Steak
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The sophisticated dining experience at Charlie Palmer Steak reflects the elegance of the property that contains it: the Four Seasons. The restaurant's dark, subdued décor and impeccable service standards might be described as classic, and certainly provide an ambiance that complements the food. Some of the restaurant's specialties include a charcoal grilled filet and a bone-in rib eye aged 28 days. Other beef options include a Kobe filet and a porterhouse for two. The extensive menu offers diners plenty of non-beef options as well, especially fish and seafood. The extensive wine list tilts toward West Coast domestics, but includes selections from around the globe. An evening here is sure to leave memories of lovely service and delicious food.

8. Sinatra
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Ol' Blue Eyes is the inspiration for the Italian restaurant bearing his name at Wynn Las Vegas, and the results would make the legendary performer happy. The inviting space features several pictures of Frank Sinatra, and the menu includes several of his personal favorites, like spaghetti and clams and ossobuco. Other tempting choices include the Lasagna Bolognese and the Branzino, Mediterranean sea bass, fingerling potatoes, haricots verts, tomato, yellow pepper emulsion and salsa verde. Fish, veal, chicken and beef dishes are all prepared with an Italian flair, including the Ossobuco "My Way," made with braised veal osso bucco, risotto Milanese and gremolata.

7. Bouchon
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Thomas Keller's vision was to create a more casual, French bistro-style restaurant, and that's how Bouchon came to be. A warm and inviting atmosphere invites diners to relax and enjoy the first-class menu. Breakfast, brunch, and dinner are served. Notable items on the popular brunch menu are the chicken and a bacon-chive waffle and the memorable Le Burger Bouchon. The atmosphere and menu have been influenced by Keller's experiences at French bistros, which is reflected in this upscale eatery with superior service and a menu that encompasses a wide range of flavors. A mouth-watering selection of cheeses are offered, and the desserts are everything you'd expect at a French bistro.

6. Lago
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Small plates are the signature item at Julian Serrano's Lago at Bellagio. This Italian restaurant pairs the concept of small plates with delicious Italian fare. Diners are treated to a beautifully designed room that includes a view of the Bellagio's fountains dancing just outside the windows. The dinner menu features a wide array of tempting dishes to share, like crostinis with delectable flavor combinations; Polpette Di Carne, tomato braised beef meatballs; Fegatini Di Pollo, chicken liver, capers, and pepperoncino--but there are so many more options. Other dishes include a selection of risottos, fish and shellfish, and full-size main courses like Osso Buco and an Angus beef tenderloin for those with a bigger appetite.

5. Craftsteak
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Although primarily a steakhouse, Craftsteak's menu goes beyond beef. Chef Tom Colicchio's menu includes free range chicken, salmon, and lobster--although the clear star is beef. House specialties include braised short ribs, grilled dry aged ribeye, and a selection of domestic and Japanese Wagyu. The choices of dry-aged beef give guests a range of flavors and textures to choose from. Sides like Yukon Gold Puree and mushroom assortments are also popular, and while the restaurant is a steak house, its wide selection of vegetarian dishes provide plenty of options to beef. The wine list focuses on California wines, although the overall selection of wines, both domestic and international, is extensive. The sleek interior is a refreshing update of the traditional steakhouse, with plenty of rich, deep reds and wood, but in a comfortable modern design.

4. Restaurant Guy Savoy
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Noted Chef Guy Savoy (pronounced Ghee Sav-wah) has his only United States restaurant in Las Vegas, the eponymous Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Recipient of several culinary awards and accolades, the chef's Las Vegas restaurant is a must-do destination for many food enthusiasts. 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 king crab with avocado, green apple and Golden Osetra caviar, or the roasted quail breast with grapes and verjus. Restaurant Guy Savoy also has a Krug Chef's Table, a two-six person experience that provides an intimate view of the kitchen while serving a menu created to pair with Krug's Champagnes.

3. Picasso
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At the award-winning Picasso, Executive Chef Julian Serrano's menu is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain where Pablo Picasso spent much of his life. Menu choices include courses like poached oysters, big eye tuna tartare, sauteed medallions of deer, roasted pigeon and roasted Maine lobster. 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.

2. Aureole
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Recently redesigned, Aureole by Chef Charlie Palmer's offers diners one of Las Vegas' most distinctive atmospheres to dine in. Two features that define Aureole are the outdoor Swan Court (home to actual live swans) and the wine tower, either unlikely to be found at many restaurants. The striking four-story wine tower is home to the "flying" Wine Angel Stewards, who gracefully ascend the tower to retrieve bottles. While the setting is unforgettable, Palmer's progressive American cuisine is just as memorable as the environment it's served in. The restaurant's make-over included changes to menu, which is now separated into four categories: Root, Ranch, Surf and Accompaniments. Look for dishes like the Beef Cheek Ravioli, rack of lamb, Duck Prosciutto Wrapped Foie Torchon, Chilean sea bass or Almon-Ginger Crusted Scallops.

1. Joël Robuchon
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If you're looking for a dining experience you'll remember forever, Joel Robuchon should be on your list. This opulent and very expensive restaurant is a destination for many foodies. The restaurant features traditional French cuisine created for a discriminating palate, served in a setting reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s. Guests can enjoy a lavish reception area, elegant main dining room, garden-designed dining room and intimate bar. The tasting menus showcase precise portions of perfect French Nouvelle cuisine, using only the finest meats, seafood and produce available. Dishes like seared scallops in green curry with leeks, truffled langoustine ravioli with simmered green cabbage and frog leg fritter with red miso and Espelette pepper are just some of the mouth-watering dishes guests can expect.