Las Vegas' 10 Best Restaurants For an Unforgettably Delicious Meal

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Many of Las Vegas’ best restaurants are French, but you’ll also find plenty of other cuisines. Las Vegas attracts chefs and food lovers from all over the world, and the constantly expanding food scene in town is a real bonus for anyone who loves eating out. Many of the best restaurants are on the Strip, but traveling off the Strip can turn up a host of great food experiences.

Quite a few renowned chefs have restaurants in Las Vegas. Joel Robuchon, named for its famous chef, is Las Vegas’ only three star Michelin restaurant. A meal here is a very expensive splurge for some of the finest French food in town. The dining area is beautifully designed, and the opulent atmosphere encourages an appreciation of the cuisine. Formal attire, a quiet speaking voice and an understanding that service will take hours are essential to enjoying an experience here and at other fine dining establishments.

Off the Strip, you’ll find great food in much less formal surroundings. Several local gems have developed reputations that draw both visitors and locals. Echo & Rig, in the Summerlin area, serves delicious steaks in a setting that’s both appealing and casual. The steaks here are as good as anything on the Strip, and while it’s not a cheap meal, you’ll spend less here than on the Strip.

If you’re still wondering where to make a reservation, our list of Las Vegas’ 10 best restaurants will give you some ideas.

10. Raku Grill
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Raku in Las Vegas' Chinatown attracts chefs from all over the city for its exacting and flavor-filled food. This small restaurant has made a big impact, appearing on a fair number of travel and food shows. Some of the menu's stars include pork ear, pork cheek and homemade tofu. Diners will find specialties usually only available in Japan. The food here attracts the most dedicated food lovers with its wide menu of delights, like Steamed Foi Gras Egg Custard, or Kobe beef in several preparations. This Japanese restaurant has expanded, but it's still a small place, so reservations are a must. Plan on a short cab ride from the Strip.

9. District One
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District One is a Las Vegas Chinatown favorite. Its food isn't strictly Chinese, instead taking inspiration from a handful of Asian regions: Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan. The small menu features a variety of plates, like edamame, spring rolls, chicken wings, grilled whole squid, fried calamari, fresh oysters, deep fried soft shell crab and a host of other dishes. If you like pho, you'll find a whole section of the menu for this Vietnamese soup--the restaurant is well-known for it. Specials include a whole Maine Lobster in pho broth with rice noodles, black pepper lobster and grilled king crab legs with spicy aioli. For entrees, try the Chicken in a Clay Pot with Chinese sausage, or the Five Spice Cornish Hen. You'll find plenty of inventive and delicious options on the menu.

8. Le Cirque
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Le Cirque has become one of Las Vegas' most well-known restaurants, offering diners a menu of classic and contemporary French food. Guests can choose from several mouth-watering menus, which include a dégustation, pre-theatre, prix-fixe and vegetarian. Menu items may change seasonally, but diners can depend upon finding an array of fine dishes, like Maryland Blue Crab with Russian Osetra caviar, Japanese yellowtail, gold crusted quail, rabbit and lamb. The award-winning food 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.

7. Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse
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Echo & Rig's distinctive design features a butcher shop on the first floor, which is the first sign this isn't your average steakhouse. The décor's comfortable, slightly industrial style keeps the atmosphere casual and welcoming, and you're likely to see people in everything from shorts to suits. Serving lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch, signature selections include the Spencer Steak, classic Rib-Eye, and the unusual Bavette (American Kobe beef), as well as a host of other Butcher's Cuts steaks (including tri-tip, flank and skirt). All steaks are served with a selection of tasty sauces like a red wine demi, brandied mushroom, and horseradish cream. Beef isn't the only choice at Echo & Rig, which also offers lamb, chicken, and fish, plus a sizeable selection of sides and vegetables.

6. Picasso
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Executive Chef Julian Serrano's menu at Picasso is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain, where Pablo Picasso spent much of his life. Several menus are available, including degustation, pre-theater and prix fixe. Delectable selections might include dishes like the warm quail salad, tuna tartare or the satueed medallions of fallow deer. A seasonal truffle menu is also offered. The wine cellar is stocked with more than 1,500 selections, so you'll certainly find the perfect wine to go with your meal. The dining room is adorned with Picasso's artwork and diners have a view of the Bellagio's fountains. The ambiance and cuisine will surely create a evening to be remembered.

5. Carnevino
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Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's interpretation of the classic American steakhouse truly lives up to the phrase "aged to perfection." Aging its meats beyond industry standards for maximum flavor, Carnevino's menu includes porterhouse and ribeye steaks aged a minimum of 90 to 120 days. Additionally, its steaks are often beyond regular USDA Prime standards for marbling and flavor and are hormone and antibiotic free. The beautiful cuts of beef, which include a delectable Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye and classic Florentine porterhouse for two carved tableside, are rubbed with sea salt and fresh rosemary for a slightly charred crust. While sauces are available, they're truly not needed, as the steaks are plenty flavorful on their own. Paired with a selection from the restaurant's impressive wine list and a side of Carnevino's amazing Mascarpone & Guanciale Mashed Potatoes, guests have a meal to remember.

4. Other Mama
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Other Mama has been winning rave reviews with Las Vegas locals, but its off-the-Strip location has kept the crowds away--and certainly if this restaurant were on the Strip, there would be crowds and lines. Amazingly fresh seafood is the main attraction at Other Mama, where the menu includes everything from caviar to grilled fish. Non-seafood entrees round out the menu, and daily chalkboard specials give diners even more tempting dishes to choose from. The restaurant is most proud of its raw bar, with sushi, sashimi, ceviche and fresh oysters. The drink menu features inventive cocktails as well as sake, wine and beer. The atmosphere is welcoming and casual, with an emphasis on great food.

3. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is the chef's only restaurant in the United States, and its amazing French food is known for being deliciously creative. Located on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental, Twist boasts an innovative menu that gives classic French cuisine a modern spin. Menu options change seasonally, but a tasting menu and a la carte options are available. The seasonal menu changes to incorporate the freshest food. Diners can expect to see dishes like venison with juniper berry, braised turnips and red cabbage, or line-caught sea bass with an endive and grapefruit fondue and mixed wild mushrooms. Twist features floor-to-ceiling windows and a dramatic glass staircase leading up to a suspended wine loft, but 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.

2. 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 Prestige Tasting Menu and as an a la carte offering. Look for exquisitely prepared fish, lobster and beef, with menu selections varying throughout the year. 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.

1. Joël Robuchon
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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.