The intimate, stylish interior at Ohlala French Bistro gives this modern French bistro food a fitting backdrop. With a large choice of plates to share, tartines and a full menu, along with a wine list that won't break the bank, Ohlala is a good spot for an evening of lingering over delicious food and conversation. Like many terrific off-the-Strip finds in Las Vegas, Ohlala is nestled in a strip mall in the 'burbs, but the savings on your tab (as compared to any French restaurant on the Strip) will probably make up for the drive. On the starters side, a generous charcuterie plate serves up to four, and other appetizers include escargots, French onion soup and baked Brie. Dinner entrees include flank steak with red wine and shallot sauce, pan seared sole, rack of lamb and roasted Cornish hen.
Recommended for French because: Ohlala's French bistro food and their invitingly styled space make it a worthwhile stop.
Terrisa's expert tip: Brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a menu full of reasonably priced dishes and a $16 bottomless mimosa.
While the people-watching at Mon Ami Gabi is unparalleled (if you score a seat outside, there's nothing like the street-side view of the Strip from the patio), the food is also worth noting. There is always something new to try on this classic French bistro's ever-evolving menu. Traditional menu favorites include the Onion Soup au Gratin with bubbling baked Gruyere and the trademark Steak Frites. The Wild Escargots de Bourgogne with garlic-herb butter is also highly recommended, although you'll find no shortage of delectable dishes to choose from. To complement the cuisine, an extensive selection of more than 80 boutique French wine varietals--handpicked by Gabino Sotelino himself--are served by the glass or bottle from the restaurant's rolling wine cart.
Recommended for French because: Mon Ami Gabi offers French bistro dining with a patio overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: Mon Ami Gabi provides a dedicated gluten-free menu, and gluten-free bread comes with all dishes on that menu. During lunch service, gluten-free bread is available for sandwiches and burgers.
Located on the 11th floor of Paris Las Vegas' half-sized Eiffel Tower replica, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant truly takes Vegas dining experience to new heights. Serving an exquisite menu by acclaimed chef J. Joho, the French restaurant not only features breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, but also one of the best views of the Fountains of Bellagio in town given its location just across the street. While the atmosphere is truly remarkable, the fare is just as fantastic, featuring an assortment of delectable dishes sure to please even the most discerning diner--you'll find caviar, foie gras and a wide assortment of seafood. House specialties include the Grand Seafood Platter, Beef Wellington and Roasted Rack of Lamb. Lunch and weekend Brunch menus are also available. If you're thinking about a romantic meal for two at the Eiffel Tower, ask for the table facing the Fountains of Bellagio, located directly across the street.
Recommended for French because: The Eiffel Tower Restaurant serves noteworthy classic French food in an incredibly romantic setting.
Terrisa's expert tip: In addition to offering a tasting menu for dinner, Eiffel Tower Restaurant also has a tasting menu at lunch and brunch that features two appetizers, two entrees, and a dessert.
Crepes may be one of the most commonly known French foods, and at La Maison de Maggie the menu features crepes and galettes. The restaurant uses only authentic French buckwheat and wheat flour imported from France to make its creations. The homey, comfortable interior has a countryside feeling that's unfussy and casual. For galettes, choose from dishes like the Polo, ham, blue cheese and fresh spinach, or the Flying Baby with tomato, mozzarella and blue cheese. Galettes are gluten-free and are only $11. The crepes will satisfy any sweet tooth: Lauren comes with Nutella, strawberry and whipped cream, while LouLou has vanilla chestnut jam and whipped cream (and they're only $5 to $8), and there are several other choices as well. Salads, omelets and other dishes are also available.
Recommended for French because: The delicious crepes and galettes at La Maison de Maggie are created with the finest ingredients, including imported French flour.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you're traveling to La Maison de Maggie from the Strip, it's only a short drive west of the Strip and it's close to the Desert Inn arterial, which takes traffic under the Strip for easier east-west travel.
The pretty exterior of Bardot Brasserie will entice you to come in, and the menu will give you so many wonderful sounding options that it might be difficult to choose a dish. This Parisian cafe's dinner and weekend brunch offerings include selections like the Burgundian Escargot wrapped in puff pastry shells, French onion soup with Perigord truffle and steak frites in four varieties: filet, grass-fed flat iron, grass-fed NY Strip and double-cut rib eye. A raw bar features crab, Maine lobster, oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail and caviar. An extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu ensures that guests will have an appropriate beverage for their memorable meal.
Recommended for French because: The enchanting interior design and French bistro food at Bardot Brasserie offer guests a dining experience they'll remember.
Terrisa's expert tip: Happy Hour happens daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Bardot's bar area. The menu includes drinks like Green Chartreuse, and the food menu offers a small selection of dishes like oysters, salmon tartare, a Franco-Cubano sandwich or Le Steakburger, made with a prime rib patty.
Noted Chef Guy Savoy has his only United States restaurant in Las Vegas. Recipient of several culinary awards and accolades, Guy Savoy was once a finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant of the Year award. Epicurean indulgences here include the chef's signature artichoke and black truffle soup, available on the Prestige Tasting Menu ($385 per person), the Forbes Menu and the a la carte offerings. The Prestige Menu truly lives up to its name with dishes like Osetra caviar with white asparagus, Dungeness crab and lime, or seared foie gras and unagi Napolen with a Granny Smith extraction and cider gastrique. 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.
Recommended for French because: A dinner at Guy Savoy embodies the idea of fine French dining, with a menu featuring dishes mirroring those in the chef's Paris restaurant.
Terrisa's expert tip: Reservations are highly sought after at Guy Savoy, and parties who can't make their reservation must call to cancel or they'll be assessed a $150 per person fee for a no-show on the reservation.
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.
Recommended for French because: Twist gives diners a menu of innovative, acclaimed French cuisine, along with amazing views of Las Vegas.
Terrisa's expert tip: In addition to an impressive and extensive wine list, Twist also offers a menu of cocktails with artisanal and vintage ingredients, like the Absinthe Minded and the Saba Sunrise, with grappa, limoncello, lemon juice, saba and egg white.
The bold cuisine of famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni has earned this Strip restaurant consistent acclaim. The timeless menu features classic and contemporary French fare is enhanced by a superior wine selection, attentive service and an elegant and whimsical circus-themed interior. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, the vibrant colors adorning the dining room come together with the exquisite cuisine to deliver a feast for guests' eyes and their taste buds. Diners can choose from four artfully crafted menus: the DĆ©gustation Menu, the 10-course Menu Prestige (intended for the table to share), the Pre-Theatre Menu, a Vegetarian Menu and the least expensive fixed menu option, the $108 prix-fixe menu. Don't forget the desserts and cheeses menu, which is filled with irresistible treats.
Recommended for French because: Artful French cuisine and a fanciful circus-themed interior make Le Cirque's one of Las Vegas' most memorable dining experiences.
Terrisa's expert tip: The original Le Cirque in New York is currently closed while it relocates, which leaves the Las Vegas location as the only one open in the United States.
The MGM Grand is home to two restaurants from Chef Joel Robuchon, the celebrated French chef. Of the two, L'Atelier is known as the more casual, slightly less expensive of the restaurants. An open kitchen gives diners a view behind the scenes, especially for those sitting at the counter. While L'Atelier isn't as ultra posh as its sister, the eponymously named Joel Robuchon, it's still an elevated, high-end dining experience that's priced accordingly. Course selections include dishes like langoustine, Iberico ham, a beef and foie gras burger and Wagyu beef ribeye with potato puree. Since this is a French restaurant, the desserts are divine: creations like Le Cafe, coffee chantilly, chocolate sable and coffee ice cream. The red, stylish interior has a clean, classic ambiance that suits the cuisine well. Reservations are recommended.
Recommended for French because: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon offers diners the renown chef's French creations in a stylish but unfussy setting.
Terrisa's expert tip: Don't miss one of L'Atelier's signature cocktails, each of which is crafted with all top-shelf ingredients. The unique creations include libations like the Le Pamplemousse, a grapefruit daiquiri with Jamaican rum, fresh grapefruit juice, Luxardo Maraschino and Campari.
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 16-course degustation menu is the star of the restaurant's offerings, but diners can choose from other fixed menus. 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. A meal here is a multi-hour experience and a splurge that can easily cost four figures.