Distinctive and Delicious: Las Vegas' 10 Best Restaurants for Fine Dining

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas is filled with an incredible collection of fine restaurants, many from well-known celebrity chefs. Food enthusiasts may have a hard time deciding where to eat, considering the wealth of acclaimed restaurants and chefs in town. Fine dining in Las Vegas has become a reason in itself to visit the city.

French cuisine is well represented among the best Las Vegas restaurants, which is unsurprising given its influence on gourmet food. For a truly fresh vision of French, plus an amazing view of Las Vegas, try Twist at the Mandarin Oriental. Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s food is found nowhere else in the United States, and the ethereally designed dining room seems the perfect setting for such rare dishes.

Fine dining is expensive, but when price is no object at all, make a reservation at Joel Robuchon. Here, the fine French cuisine is served in an opulent room designed to seat a small number of very lucky 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 having French food, there are certainly plenty of other fine dining restaurants. Steakhouses like CUT serve choice cuts of meat and delectable side dishes in beautifully designed spaces, usually with an amazing wine list.

For more ideas on finding that perfect culinary adventure, check our list of Las Vegas’ best fine dining restaurants.

9. Hugo's Cellar
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Fine dining in Las Vegas was once all about gourmet rooms, which featured the best beef and seafood, along with a few Italian dishes and the obligatory escargot. Today, the range of fine dining in Las Vegas extends much further, but the city still has a few traditional fine dining establishments like Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens. Steaks are given their due here, especially the prime rib, which comes in sixteen and twenty-four ounce sizes. Seafood includes lobster, crab, shrimp and fish. Dishes likes Veal Marsala, rack of lamb and roasted duck complete a menu that gives diners a wealth of options. Salad is prepared table-side. To put the finishing touches on this Old Vegas gem, every lady receives a rose when she's seated.

8. Bazaar Meat
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Jose Andres' Bazaar Meat offers meat in more forms than the average person might even be able to think of. Tartares, carpaccios, cured meats, steak, lamb and pork--along with other meaty options--fill the menu in a profusion of delicious dishes. A5 Japanese Wagyu is available, and the domestic beef is sourced so precisely that the menu even lists the ranch on which the beef was raised. Other dishes include Chateaubriand, roasted Jidori chicken, Burifarra Spiral (with Catalan-style pork sausage) and rack of lamb from New Zealand. Before you dig into the meat of your meal, enjoy a raw bar, oysters or caviar flights. A selection of specialty cocktails round out the menu, giving diners a choice of finely crafted beverages to go along with the food.

7. CUT by Wolfgang Puck
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CUT is often hailed as one of the Las Vegas' best steakhouses, and with good reason. Featuring a menu of succulent steaks grilled over hard wood and charcoal then finished under a 1,200-degree broiler, CUT boasts a selection of U.S.D.A. Prime corn-fed steaks aged between 21 and 35 days as well as steaks made from American Wagyu and true 100 percent Japanese Wagyu beef. Guests can see the difference in marbling between the American and Japanese Wagyu steaks when the waiter brings the cuts of beef to the table. While none of the steaks disappoint, the Japanese Wagyu beef melts in your mouth.

6. Restaurant Guy Savoy
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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. 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 2-6 person experience that provides an intimate view of the kitchen while serving a menu created to pair with Krug's Champagnes.

5. é by Jose Andres
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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 , offers an up-close and personal epicurean experience. The amazing tasting menu is filled with dishes unlike anything you've had (or seen) before. Think edible trees, 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.

4. 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 a selection of mouth-watering menus: the Dégustation, the Pre-Theatre, the Prix-Fixe and the Vegetarian. Summer prix-fixe menu items include Maryland Blue Crab and Russian Osetra Caviar, prime beef tenderloin steak tartare, lobster and avocado salad with black truffle vinaigrette and flambeed foie gras. 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.

3. 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.

2. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
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Located on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental, 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.

1. 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. The menu's most opulent selection is the 18-course degustation menu, which is $445 a person.