Las Vegas' Fine Dining: 10 Restaurants for the Highest Levels of Cuisine



Las Vegas is filled with an impressive collection of fine restaurants, many along the Strip and several from well-known celebrity chefs. Off the Strip, a thriving community of chefs and culinary pros keep the food scene dynamic. With such a profusion of notable restaurants in Las Vegas, fine dining has become a reason in itself to visit the city.

Many fine dining establishments in Las Vegas are French, not surprising given that cuisine’s influence on gourmet food. For a truly fresh vision of French, plus an amazing view of Las Vegas, try Twist at the Waldorf Astoria (recently rebranded from Mandarin Oriental). Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s food is found nowhere else in the United States.

Fine dining is always expensive, but an evening at Joel Robuchon is an incredible splurge--and an amazing experience. Here, the fine French cuisine is served in an opulent room designed to seat a small number of fortunate diners. The number of awards and accolades heaped upon Joel Robuchon are the result of food that is innovative, creative and sublime.

If you don’t feel like French food, there are certainly other fine dining options in Las Vegas: sushi, New American or Italian, to name a few. Inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, for instance, é by Jose Andres takes Spanish food to the next level in an intimate dining experience.

Scroll down to keep reading our list of Las Vegas’ best fine dining restaurants.



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Chef Alain Ducasse brings his vision of French and Italian cuisine to the Strip in a beautiful space high atop the Delano. This fine dining establishment, like many in Las Vegas, offers its guests not only an amazing menu, but a spectacular view of the Strip. The menu includes several selections from the grill, including a pepper-crusted bison tenderloin, filet and a bone-in Angus rib eye. Other mouth-watering dishes include lobster, duck breast, and rack of Colorado lamb. Shareable dishes range from soups, salads, pasta and pizza to specialties like beef carpaccio, marinated sea bass and a charcuterie plate. A full selection of drinks from the nearby Skyfall Lounge is available, including cocktails with names like Cowboy Hunting (bourbon, Amaretto, lemon juice and Thai chili) and Peepshow (tequila, elderflower liqueur, blanc vermouth and bitters).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Restaurant Guy Savoy


 

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.


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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.


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Le Cirque
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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.


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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. 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.


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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
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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.


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Joël Robuchon
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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.


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