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 Burgundian Escargot wrapped in puff pastry shells with chartreuse-garlic butter and toasted hazelnuts, Maine Lobster bisque and a selection of steaks: filet, grass-fed flat iron, grass-fed NY Strip and double-cut rib eye. The cheese selections include goat, cow, raw 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 charming decor at BARDOT Brasserie creates the perfect atmosphere for enjoying the wonderful French dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: BARDOT offers a happy hour every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring inexpensive dishes and specials at the bar, including the sommelier's selection for $8.
Spago's relocation to the Bellagio gave this well-known restaurant a new look and a new menu, plus a fabulous new 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 Puck's signature California dishes. Start off your meal with something like the spicy tuna tartare with sesame miso cones, wasabi, pickled ginger and bonito flakes or a smoked salmon pizza before moving on to saffron risotto with Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, spring onion, zucchini blossom and a shellfish emulsion. Look for dishes like the crispy skin black sea bass with sweet pea puree, confit shallots, snap peas and lemon froth or the seared Alaskan Halibut, 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 noteworthy Spago has a new menu full of creative and fresh Californian style dishes from its noted chef.
Terrisa's expert tip: The new location of Spago in Las Vegas is now at the Bellagio. Previously, it was at the Forum Shops at Caesars but after a short closure recently moved to its new home.
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 a rice hot pot with mushrooms and vegetables, oven roasted chicken and rib eye steak. The robata grill offers pork belly, king crab, lamb and Wagyu beef, among other choices.
Terrisa's expert tip: Be sure to explore beyond the sushi menu--while Zuma's fish and seafood are impressively fresh, the beef, pork and vegetable dishes are also too delicious to miss.
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: The amazingly fresh seafood at Estiatorio Milos is sourced from around the world, giving their dishes incredible flavor.
Terrisa's expert tip: Social Hour is Monday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and it offers Greek wines and beer, along with small bites like salmon tartare, crab cakes and grilled shrimp.
Small plates are the signature item at Julian Serrano's Lago at Bellagio. This Italian restaurant pairs the concept of small plates with delicious Italian fare, demonstrating that many cuisines can be adapted to the small plate approach. The dinner menu features a wide array of tempting dishes to share, like crostinis with delectable flavor combinations; Polpette Di Carne, tomato braised beef meatballs; Fegatini Di Pollo, chicken liver, capers, and pepperoncino--but there are so many more options. Other dishes include a selection of risottos, fish and shellfish, and full-size main courses like Osso Buco and 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's innovative Italian small plates dishes showcase the chef's considerable skills, and the dining room features a lovely view of the Bellagio Fountains.
Terrisa's expert tip: The popular Sunday brunch starts at 10:30 and offers three courses of delectable offerings that include freshly baked pastries, Italian-inspired dishes and lavish desserts, plus a view of the Bellagio Fountains show, which starts at 11 a.m.
Chef Thomas Keller offers an array of delicious breakfast food at Bouchon, his beautifully designed French bistro-style restaurant at the Venetian. Consistently named one of the best breakfasts in Las Vegas, Bouchon offers its guests a menu with a comprehensive range of dishes. This French bistro-style restaurant 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. Whether you're hungry for a freshly baked pastry or want a full breakfast with eggs, meat, and potatoes, Bouchon has a delectable dish for you.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you can't get enough of the delectable baked goods at Bouchon, you'll also find two Bouchon bakeries at The Venetian | Palazzo where you can buy macarons and other treats.
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; the Sweet & Sour Pork, served with golden 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 brings together a mix of Cantonese, Shaghai and Szechaun flavors, served in a lavishly designed gold and red room overlooking a garden.
Terrisa's expert tip: While the thought of Chinese food may conjure images of casual dining, Wing Lei is a fine dining restaurant with a dress code. Business casual attire is required--dressy and elegant for women, collared shirts or polos required for men (no shorts or sports apparel).
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, 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 as well as a collection of his charming ceramic pieces adorn the dining room, creating a complete Picasso experience. Guests may also enjoy Serrano's renowned fare outdoors while taking in the beauty of the dancing Fountains of Bellagio on Picasso's patio.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: Picasso offers diners an evening filled with the beauty of a legendary artist along with French and Spanish cuisine from noted Chef Julian Serrano.
Terrisa's expert tip: Two sommeliers oversee the impressive wine collection at Picasso, which was recognized with a Grand Award for Best Wine List from Wine Spectator. Wine pairings are offered for an additional cost.
NoMad Restaurant is located at the NoMad Hotel, the exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel at Park MGM, one of the newest spots on the Las Vegas Strip in 2019. 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 Torchon, caviar, gazpacho and beets, although selections vary throughout the year. For entrees, diners will find vegetarian dishes, fish, pork, beef and other seasonal selections. The NoMad's signature dish for two is the NoMad Roast Chicken, stuffed with foie gras, black truffle and brioche.
Terrisa's expert tip: NoMad Restaurant is located close to the T-Mobile Arena, Park Theater and other venues, making it an excellent choice for the dinner if your evening out is in this area.
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 with simmered green cabbage and frog leg fritter with red miso and Espelette pepper are just some of the mouth-watering dishes guests can expect.
Recommended for Restaurants on the Strip because: Joel Robuchon's amazingly crafted French food and the luxurious atmosphere of the dining room create a unique dining experience.
Terrisa's expert tip: Remarkably, the MGM Grand has not one but two restaurants by Joel Robuchon: the eponymous one and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which offers a slightly more casual atmosphere and the award-winning chef's food.