One of Las Vegas' most unforgettable restaurants, Top of the World takes your meal 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. For dinner, choose from several premium cuts of beef, or perhaps a rack of lamb, Maine lobster tail, crab stuffed chicken or Scottish salmon. To accompany the fine food, guests can choose from the impressive wine list, which has earned the restaurant the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 1996.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Top of the World features premium beef and seafood, along with an award-winning wine list.
Terrisa's expert tip: The lunch menu includes a prix fixe option that's a great deal for fine dining. Three courses are offered for $49 per person with entree options like the truffle burger and fries or a five-ounce filet with lobster tail.
Partage describes itself as a modern French dining experience, and its menu and sophisticated ambiance validate that description. Tasting menus are offered with three, five, seven or eight courses. A small dish/tasting portion menu offers plates the table can share, like the marinated salmon with miso and honey wrapped in feuille de brick (a pastry dough), black garlic, eggplant paste and shaved zucchini or braised octopus with pan seared potatoes, garlic and fennel compote. A la carte dishes are intended to be shared between two or three people. Selections include Karabuto Snake River pork, whole fish or lobster or an 18-ounce rib eye. Desserts are made daily. A full selection of wine and unique cocktails are also available.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Partage brings a new perspective to French dining with creative flavors that combine classic elements and new interpretations.
Terrisa's expert tip: Wine pairings at Partage are an excellent value. Three, five, seven and eight glass pairings are offered ($30 - $80) with options to upgrade to premium vintages.
Americana Las Vegas 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 dinner, lunch and Sunday brunch menus, Americana also offers a five-course tasting menu and the Weekly Harvest menu featuring seasonal dishes. For dinner, start off your meal with something like oysters, charred Spanish octopus or foie gras mousse with kumquat jam, coconut and brioche. Choose from entrees like the oven roasted steelhead salmon with pickled beets, creme fraiche croquettes and black garlic or the All Day Braised Short Rib with butternut squash, pearl onions and broccolini.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Americana Las Vegas showcases innovative, seasonal dishes that reflect both American and European influences.
Terrisa's expert tip: Happy Hour at Americana happens Tuesday through Sunday in the bar and lounge from 4 to 7 p.m. Selected drinks and dishes are offered at 50% off.
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. Simple, yet extravagant at the same time, a meal here is an experience to be savored.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: With a serene setting and precisely prepared dishes, Yui Edomae Sushi gives guests a unique fine dining experience.
Terrisa's expert tip: Yui Edomae Sushi only offers omakase service and serving sizes for the courses tend to be small. Diners won't find sushi rolls or a la carte options.
Noted Chef Guy Savoy has his only United States restaurant in Las Vegas, the appropriately named 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. The decor is tastefully understated but the menu is full of indulgent offerings. A la carte and tasting menus are offered. Noted dishes include the chef's signature artichoke and black truffle soup and the foie gras. Look for selections like the Dungeness Crab and Caviar, American Wagyu beef rib cap and braised short rib or Muscovy roasted duck breast with confit leg.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Restaurant Guy Savoy epitomizes the idea of fine dining, offering guests unparalleled French cuisine in a refined setting.
Terrisa's expert tip: Restaurant Guy Savoy is home to the only Krug Chef's Table in the United States. This exclusive experience offers a tasting menu paired with Krug Champagne and seats a maximum of six guests.
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 extensive 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 Monday.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The intimate fine dining experience at é showcases inventive culinary creations you won't find anywhere else.
Terrisa's expert tip: With the limited seating at é, it can be difficult to get a reservation. Make reservations at least a month in advance of your desired date.
Le Cirque has become a Las Vegas classic, offering diners a menu of classic and contemporary French food. Guests can choose from several menus: dégustation, pre-theatre, prix-fixe or vegetarian. Look for dishes like Maryland Blue Crab, prime beef tenderloin steak tartare, lobster and avocado salad with black truffle vinaigrette and sauteed foie gras. The Menu Prestige is intended for the entire table. This 10-course meal is includes a wide array of exquisite dishes and is the restaurant's most expensive menu at $350 per person. 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 together seamlessly to amuse guests' eyes as well as their taste buds.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Le Cirque's fine French dishes and whimsical, circus-inspired design pair perfectly together.
Terrisa's expert tip: 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 Le Loup de Mer, one of the restaurant's signature dishes.
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 throughout the 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 blood orange. 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 gives 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: The memorable dishes at Picasso take inspiration from French and Spanish cuisine, and the decor includes original art from the famous artist.
Terrisa's expert tip: Be sure to ask for patio seating when you make your reservation. The 16 seats on the patio enjoy an exceptional, up-close view of the Fountains of Bellagio.
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 takes fine French cuisine in a new direction with innovative, seasonal dishes served in a truly memorable setting.
Terrisa's expert tip: Twist is Chef Pierre Gagnaire's only restaurant in the United States, which gives foodie visitors a unique opportunity to sample the famous chef's food.
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 Le Caviar Imperial, Oscetra caviar served in crustacean gelée with cauliflower puree, or L'OEuf de Poule, a crispy soft-boiled egg with cheese sauce and Iberico ham, among many other incredible choices.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Joel Robuchon is Las Vegas' most acclaimed fine dining destinations with elegant French cuisine and a sophisticated Art Deco ambiance.
Terrisa's expert tip: Fans of the acclaimed, late Chef Robuchon will find American outposts of his restaurants in only Las Vegas and New York (a third is scheduled for Miami). If you've been hoping to sample his cuisine, Las Vegas is your only option on the West Coast of the United States.