One of Las Vegas' most unforgettable restaurants, Top of the World literally takes romance to new heights. Located over 800 feet above the Strip, it's the only revolving restaurant in Las Vegas. Top of the World gives its guests breathtaking views of the city, plus a menu full of memorable cuisine. The lunch menu includes a prix fixe option, uncommon for mid-day. For dinner, choose from several premium cuts of beef, or perhaps a rack of lamb, Lobster Thermidor or salmon. To top off the experience, guests can choose from the restaurant's impressive wine list, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 1996.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you're trying to decide between an after-dinner drink or dessert, Top of the World has the perfect solution: "Drink Your Dessert" selections. The Spark Plug is made with vanilla Absolut, Kahlua and espresso syrup, and the Key Lime Pie consists of vanilla Absolut, Cointreau, lime and pineapple.
Partage describes itself as a modern French dining experience, and its menu and sophisticated ambiance validate that description. Tasting menus are offered with five, seven or nine courses ($80 - $130). A small dish/tasting portion menu offers plates the table can share, like the halibut with dragon fruit, beet, lemon and herbs or the salmon croquettes with combawa lemon and avocado mayo. A la carte dishes are large enough to be shared between two or three people. Selections include vegetarian dishes, duckling, Iberico pork, whole fish or lobster, an 18-ounce rib eye or a 32-ounce tomahawk steak. Desserts are made daily. A full selection of wine and unique cocktails are also available.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The new French restaurant in Chinatown, Partage, delivers amazing flavors with a contemporary attitude.
Terrisa's expert tip: The restaurant strongly recommends taking a ride share or taxi since nearby parking can be rather limited. Fortunately, it's just a short ride from the Strip.
Americana is located off-the-Strip, overlooking small Lake Jacqueline in the Desert Shores community. The serene ambiance feels worlds away from the Strip, although it's only about a 20 minute drive. In addition to a dinner, lunch and Sunday brunch menu, Americana also offers a five-course tasting menu and the Weekly Harvest menu, which features seasonal dishes. For dinner, start off your meal with something like oysters, sashimi or seared foie gras. Choose from entrees like the Smoked King Salmon with cucumber salad and fingerling potatoes, or the Braised All Day Short Rib with truffle potato cubes and heirloom carrots. Each dish is prepared with the care you would expect from a chef with a history of working in the Strip's most prestigious restaurants. The food is defined as American cuisine, with dishes that combine both familiar elements and original, deep flavors.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Americana offers guests a lovely view of a lake and inventive, seasonal fine food.
Terrisa's expert tip: Small Plate Thursdays offers a nice selection of Americana's food, like the Colossal Prawn with uni butter and charred lemon or Saffron Arancini with octopus and Romesco sauce. Dishes are $15 or less.
Yui Edomae Sushi is located in the thriving restaurant community that's grown in Chinatown, which has spread outward from its original center along Spring Mountain Road. Yui Edomae is focused on traditional Japanese Omotenashi service, which embodies a culture of guest-centered hospitality. The restaurant is also certified with the Japanese Food and Ingredient Supporters group, which requires restaurants to use a preponderance of Japanese food and alcoholic beverages. Menu highlights include Kansha, or the superior omakase course, with Kanpai Champagne, a premium appetizer, Owan soup, a sashimi platter, a charcoal grilled platter, nigiri, handroll and dessert (for $210) as well as two other omakase courses. The sushi list is as impressive as you would expect. The chef here is well-respected, with other notable sushi restaurants to his credit before Yui Edomae. Simple, yet extravagant at the same time, a meal here is an experience to be savored.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The exactingly prepared Japanese food at Yui Edomae Sushi is fresh and full of authentic flavors.
Terrisa's expert tip: The elevated, but simple, presentation and atmosphere at Yui Edomae are definitely more sedate than the average restaurant, with a quiet ambiance and upscale dishes.
Noted Chef Guy Savoy 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. If you have a taste for caviar, the Caviar Menu has both a tasting option and a carte menu. Other epicurean indulgences here include the chef's signature artichoke and black truffle soup, available on the tasting menus (served for the entire table) and the a la carte offerings. Look for selections like the Osetra caviar with white asparagus, Dungeness Crab and Kaffir Lime, or Wagyu beef with lobster, asparagus and morels, not to mention Iberico ham, Muscovy duck and lamb.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The gourmet French cuisine at Restaurant Guy Savoy is presented with impeccable service in a sophisticated, fine dining atmosphere.
Terrisa's expert tip: 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.
Noted Chef Jose Andres is at the helm of a few successful restaurants in Las Vegas, but his intimate, eight-seat restaurant, é, located inside Jaleo, offers a rare epicurean experience. The amazing (and large--20 courses) tasting menu is filled with dishes unlike anything you've had (or seen) before. Think edible trees, or foie gras and jam that looks like a PB&J. The dishes can be whimsical, but are always bursting with incredible flavors. Chef Andres combines Spanish food with inventive techniques popularly known as molecular gastronomy (although Chef Andres is famously opposed to that term) to create the memorable dishes. An evening at é doesn't come cheaply, so plan on spending at least $250 per person, before drinks and other fees. The two-hour seatings are offered twice nightly every evening except for Monday.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: For an up-close, personal dining experience filled with amazing Spanish food, é is the place to make a reservation.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you can't get reservations at é, you can always try for a table at Jaleo, the restaurant that surrounds é . Jaleo is known for its wonderful Spanish tapas creations.
Le Cirque has become a Las Vegas classic, offering diners a menu of classic and contemporary French food. Guests can choose from several menus: the Dégustation, the Pre-Theatre, the Prix-Fixe and the Vegetarian. Summer prix-fixe menu items include dishes like Maryland Blue Crab, prime beef tenderloin steak tartare, lobster and avocado salad with black truffle vinaigrette and flambeed foie gras. Le Cirque's least expensive menu option is the Pre-Theater ($72 per person) for a three-course meal with dishes like escargot, foie gras and Filet De Loup De Mer, one of the restaurant's signature dishes. 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 decor and the exquisite cuisine come seamlessly together to amuse guests' eyes as well as their taste buds.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Le Cirque's colorful, circus-inspired decor is as memorable as its award-winning French food.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Menu Prestige is intended for the entire table. This 10-course meal is available from 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and includes a wide array of exquisite dishes; it's the most expensive menu at $350 per person.
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. Serrano's impeccable cuisine is on display in the degustation menu, which might include dishes like a warm quail salad with artichokes and pine nuts, roasted Maine lobster, tuna tartare, or medallions of deer with caramelized green apple and zinfandel sauce. The wine cellar is stocked with more than 1,500 selections, so you'll certainly find a wine that pairs perfectly with your meal. The dining room is adorned with Picasso's work, and also offers diners a view of the Bellagio's fountains. Picasso offers several menus for diners to choose from, including pre-theater, prix fixe, seasonal truffle, vegetarian and degustation, plus a tempting dessert menu full of sweets.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Picasso offers a menu filled with French and Spanish-inspired dishes, served in an eye-catching setting featuring museum-quality artwork.
Terrisa's expert tip: Picasso gives wine enthusiasts plenty to love, with two sommeliers and over 1,500 bottles of wine. Since 2002, Picasso has been on Wine Spectator's list of Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers, and in 2018, the restaurant received their Grand Award.
Located on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria, 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.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Twist's acclaimed French cuisine tests the boundaries of epicurean creativity in deliciously innovative ways.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Waldorf Astoria took over the property where Twist is located (formerly the Mandarin Oriental) in September 2018. Some online listings are still catching up to the ownership change and may incorrectly show Twist as closed--it's still open.
Joel Robuchon's namesake restaurant in Las Vegas gives diners a chance to experience the chef's renown French cuisine in a setting reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s. A meal here is an elaborate event--and a splurge. Guests can enjoy a lavish reception area, elegant main dining room, landscaped garden-designed dining room and intimate bar. The tasting menus and the a la carte offerings showcase precise portions of perfect French Nouvelle cuisine, using only the finest meats, seafood and produce available. Diners are treated to amazing dishes like the frog leg kadaif fritter with red miso and Espelette pepper and truffled langoustine ravioli in foie gras sauce with cabbage and pan-fried sea bass.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: With its fine French food and luxurious decor, Joel Robuchon has rightly earned a place as one of Las Vegas' most acclaimed fine dining destinations.
Terrisa's expert tip: While the acclaimed Joel Robuchon was the recipient of three Michelin stars at one time, after 2009 the guide stopped covering Las Vegas (as well as Los Angeles).