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 offerings include selections like the Escargots Bardot, wild Burgundy snails wrapped individually in puff pastry shells with chartreuse-garlic butter and toasted hazelnuts; Maine Lobster bisque and a selection of steaks: filet, grass-fed flat iron, 16-ounce NY Strip or a double-cut rib eye. The cheese selections include goat, cow and raw sheep cheeses, served with walnut mustard, seasonal jam and candied hazelnuts. An extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu ensures that guests will have an appropriate beverage for their memorable meal.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: The eye-catching, retro Parisian decor at Bardot Brasserie provides the perfect backdrop for their menu of French bistro dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Everlasting Rosé Brunch happens on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and features tempting choices like the Nutella Sticky Bun, Croissant Benedicts and a $25 everlasting rosé.
Spago's relocation to the Bellagio gave this well-known restaurant a refreshed look and menu, plus a fabulous view of the hotel's famous dancing fountains. Chefs here make weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market to get the ingredients for Wolfgang Puck's signature California dishes. Start off your meal with something like the spicy tuna tartare with avocado, sesame wonton crisps, pickled wasabi and scallion or a smoked salmon pizza before moving on to Santa Barbara Spot Prawns with herb risotto, zucchini, yellow squash and leek emulsion. Look for dishes like the crispy skin branzino with baby artichoke, cherry tomato vinaigrette and fava beans or the rack of lamb or New York steak. Spago serves lunch and dinner, along with offering pre-theater and bar menus.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: The menu at Wolfgang Puck's Spago is full of seasonal and fresh fare prepared in a light and zesty Californian style.
Terrisa's expert tip: The most popular seating is on the patio, which provides a wonderful view of the Fountains of Bellagio. Ask for a table on the patio when you make your reservation.
Zuma at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features modern Japanese cuisine and world-class cocktails, all served in a sophisticated yet comfortable environment. The inspiration here is the informal izakaya dining style, which is something like a Japanese pub or a tavern. The food is served in a shareable, tapas-style way. The idea is to serve Japanese cuisine that is authentic, but not traditional. Dishes are available from a sushi counter, main kitchen and a robata grill. Sushi and sashimi includes rolls and specialties, while Zuma's signature dishes include things like roasted lobster with shiso ponzu butter, rib eye steak, and a rice hot pot with wild mushrooms, black truffle and Japanese vegetables. The robata grill offers fish, prawns, king crab, spicy lamb and Wagyu beef, among other choices.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: Zuma offers an enticing menu of Japanese dishes that covers everything from sushi to robata, and the service and setting pairs perfectly with the cuisine.
Terrisa's expert tip: The omakase is only offered for the whole table and requires a minimum of two guests. Signature omakase is $128 per person and premium is $168 per person.
Estiatorio Milos features fine Greek food, and that includes incredibly fresh seafood. The seafood is sourced from around the world and prepared flavorfully in a Mediterranean style. Guests will find signature dishes like the grilled octopus, which comes with chickpeas from Santorini, capers, sea fennel and kritamo. The prized Loup de Mer is another Estiatorio Milos signature dish, with the fish cooked in sea salt and finished with extra virgin olive oil and capers. Guests can also enjoy a raw bar or one of the many selections of fish, shellfish or octopus. Lamb and beef are also available. A serene, beautifully designed interior complements the memorable food.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: With an emphasis on fresh seafood and a menu full of delicious Greek dishes, Estiatorio Milos is one of the Strip's best restaurants.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Winemaker's Table is offered on the first Thursday of every month, giving guests a chance to sample organic wines from award-winning wine makers, along with a six-course tasting menu featuring the restaurant's signature dishes.
Small plates are the signature item at Julian Serrano's Lago at Bellagio. This Italian restaurant subscribes to a tapas-style service, with plates for the table to share. The dinner menu features a wide array of tempting dishes, like crostinis with delectable flavor combinations; Polpette Di Carne, tomato braised beef meatballs; Fegatini Di Pollo, chicken liver, capers, and pepperoncino â" but there are so many more options. Other dishes include a selection of risottos, fish and shellfish. Full-size main courses are also offered, like Osso Buco or a small Angus beef tenderloin. Diners are treated to a beautifully designed room that includes a view of the Bellagio's fountains dancing just outside the windows, a sure way to make an already incredible meal even more special.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: Lago brings the small-plate approach to fine Italian food and offers guests an enchanting view of the Fountains of Bellagio and the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: Lago offers a three-course prix fixe menu at lunch for $28 per person, a great value. Main course options include lasagna verde, pizza, fish and filet.
Noted Chef Thomas Keller is at the helm of Bouchon, a beautifully designed French bistro-style restaurant at the Venetian. Bouchon is especially well-known for its breakfast and brunch, which offers a fresh take on breakfast with items like the Oeufs Benedict, with smoked pork loin and country bread, or the Hachis de Merguez, house-made merguez sausage hash and eggs. Dinner selections include steak frites, roasted chicken, grilled tuna and gnocchi à la Parisienne. An extensive seafood selection is available and the hors-d'oeuvres include favorites like escargot, charcuterie and salmon tartare. The setting at Bouchon is classy and upscale, perfect for occasions of all kinds. Seating on the patio, especially for breakfast and lunch, is highly coveted.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: Bouchon's French ambiance matches the food perfectly, giving guests a first-class spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Terrisa's expert tip: Bouchon's oyster bar opens at 3 p.m., giving guests the chance to enjoy a selection of these briny treats before dinner service. Outside seating by the pool offers a picturesque setting for an afternoon of oysters and drinks.
With its refined Chinese cuisine and an elegant, stylish setting, Wing Lei is one of the city's best restaurants. In the first Las Vegas editions of the Michelin Guide (2008, 2009), Wing Lei was recognized with one star, making it the only Chinese restaurant in North America to receive this distinction. In 2013, it was awarded the prestigious Four Stars award from Forbes Travel Guide. Guests can dine on a variety of mouthwatering menu options, including the Imperial Peking Duck, carved tableside. Other delectable dishes include the Wok-Fried Maine Lobster, served with scallions, ginger and a sherry sauce; crispy pork with sweet and sour sauce, served with pineapples, onions and heirloom bell peppers; and the Garlic Beef Tenderloin, served with heirloom bell peppers, sugar peas, mushrooms and black pepper sauce.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: Wing Lei's opulent interior design sets the stage for a menu of upscale Chinese food from many regions of China.
Terrisa's expert tip: Wing Lei may be a Chinese restaurant, but that does not mean it's a casual setting. In addition to having a business casual dress code, they also don't allow children under five.
At the award-winning Picasso, Executive Chef Julian Serrano's menu is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain where Pablo Picasso spent much of his life. Menu choices include courses like poached oysters, warm quail salad, big eye tuna tartare, sauteed medallions of deer and roasted Maine lobster. To complement Serrano's impeccable cuisine, the restaurant boasts a wine cellar stocked with more than 1,500 selections from the finest vineyards. Picasso masterpieces, including a collection of his charming ceramic pieces, adorn the dining room to create a complete Picasso experience. Guests may also enjoy Serrano's renowned fare outdoors while taking in the beauty of the Fountains of Bellagio on Picasso's patio.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: The artwork of the legendary Pablo Picasso decorates the walls at Picasso, where the cuisine takes inspiration from Spanish and French dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: The warm quail salad is one of Picasso's signature dishes, and although the restaurant's menu changes to reflect seasonal availability, it's a dish that's usually offered.
NoMad Library is located at the NoMad Hotel, the exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel at Park MGM. The menu here is filled with refreshed American classics, but the atmosphere has European touches. The decor here imitates a library, adding to a plush ambiance that pairs well with the food. Look for dishes for the table, like the Le Grand Plateau, a selection of raw seafood, or the steak tartare prepared tableside with filet mignon. Other appetizers include Oysters Madison, foie gras mousse, crab cakes and fried artichokes, although selections vary throughout the year. For entrees, diners will find vegetarian dishes, fish, lobster, beef and other seasonal selections. The NoMad's signature dish for two is the NoMad Roast Chicken, stuffed with foie gras and black truffle.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: NoMad Library lives up to its name and is the perfect backdrop for its menu of classic dishes--steaks, seafood and decadent desserts.
Terrisa's expert tip: Desserts at NoMad shouldn't be overlooked. The Baked Alaska serves two to four and features strawberry with lychee and lime, flambéed tableside, and you'll also find other sweet selections.
If you're looking for a dining experience you'll remember forever, Joel Robuchon should be on your list. This opulent and very expensive restaurant is a destination for many foodies. The restaurant features traditional French cuisine created for a discriminating palate, served in a setting reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s. Guests can enjoy a lavish reception area, elegant main dining room, garden-designed dining room and intimate bar. The tasting menus showcase precise portions of perfect French Nouvelle cuisine, using only the finest meats, seafood and produce available. Dishes like seared scallops in green curry with leeks, truffled langoustine ravioli in foie gras sauce with simmered green cabbage and frog leg fritter with red miso and Espelette pepper are just some of the sumptuous dishes guests can expect.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: Joel Robuchon is fine dining at its best, with a menu of masterfully crafted dishes, unparalleled service and an elegant dining room.
Terrisa's expert tip: Food aficionados looking for Michelin rated restaurants in Las Vegas will be disappointed to learn the guide stopped covering Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 2009, but during the years they did list Las Vegas, Joel Robuchon was the city's only three star recipient.