Offering prime cuts of beef charred to perfection, signature side dishes, an extensive wine list and its famed 24-layer Chocolate Cake, Strip House just might be the Strip's most sensual steakhouse. The double entendre name refers to the restaurant's signature cut of steak and to the series of early 1900s Studio Manasse black-and-white nudes on the siren-red walls. While the decor is enough to keep your attention for a while, it's Strip House's savory menu that truly leaves a lasting impression. Nothing disappoints, from the luscious Strip House Roasted Bacon to the lobster. In addition to standard cuts of beef, this sexy steakhouse's selections include classic cuts to share, like the Porterhouse for Two and the 24-ounce center cut chateaubriand. Other entrees include sesame crusted ahi tuna, organic chicken or seared diver scallops.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The red walls at Strip House are covered with sultry vintage nudes and the menu is filled with succulent steaks and decadent desserts.
Terrisa's expert tip: Strip House is known not only for steaks, but for its signature dessert, a 24-layer chocolate cake that's large enough to share. Other delicious dessert options include Baked Alaska, the Deconstructed Snickers Bar and a Key West Key Lime Pie.
Chef Alain Ducasse brings his vision of French and Italian cuisine to the Strip in a beautiful space high atop the Delano. This fine dining establishment offers its guests not only an amazing menu, but a spectacular view of the Strip. The menu includes several selections from the grill, including a pepper-crusted bison tenderloin, filet or a bone-in Angus rib eye. Other mouth-watering dishes include lobster, duck breast, and lamb. Shareable dishes range from soups, salads, pasta and pizza to specialties like beef carpaccio, marinated sea bass and a charcuterie plate. A full selection of drinks from the nearby Skyfall Lounge is available, including cocktails with names like Cowboy Hunting (bourbon, Amaretto, lemon juice and Thai chili) and Peepshow (tequila, elderflower liqueur, blanc vermouth and bitters).
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Rivea offers an elegantly designed interior, panoramic view and fine French and Italian dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: For the most romantic evening, be sure to request seating on the patio. The view from the top of the Delano is stunning, and sunsets are especially memorable.
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. 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 Romantic Dining because: With all seats offering a view of the Fountains of Bellagio and plates made to share, Lago is a excellent spot for a romantic meal.
Terrisa's expert tip: You can request patio seating, but it's on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you're willing to wait, you'll be rewarded with romantic seating featuring an unforgettable view of the fountains.
Serving up one of Las Vegas' most unforgettable dining experience, Marché Bacchus is a only short drive from the Las Vegas Strip, but gives you the feeling that you've left the city and perhaps landed in Southern California. Located in the Desert Shores community west of the Strip, at Marche Bacchus guests can enjoy a leisurely meal while watching the ducks swim by on Lake Jacqueline and sipping on some wine from the wine shop. The lovely setting is a perfect backdrop to the delicious French cuisine. In addition to cheese and charcuterie selections, the bistro serves soups, salads, appetizers and an array of specialty sandwiches and entrees. The delectable escargot is not to be missed, and the Steak Frites are habit-forming. Desserts include a perfectly flavored créme brulee as well as tiramisu, bread pudding and a cheese selection.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The peaceful patio ambiance at Marche Bacchus is the perfect setting for a romantic meal of French bistro food.
Terrisa's expert tip: Marche Bacchus offers over 40 wines by the glass. Their wine preservation system allows samples of one, three or five ounces of wines usually unavailable by the glass.
The Barrymore's style is Old Vegas-meets-Old Hollywood, which suits this hidden gem perfectly. Situated right off the lobby of Royal Resort, everything from the velvety booths to the film reels on the ceiling oozes a vintage ambiance in all the right ways. The real draw, however, is the food, which is reasonably priced and delicious. You'll find classic American cuisine like steaks and seafood, all prepared expertly. The Barrymore's steak selections include an eight-ounce Wagyu, filet and ribeye. Add foie gras, lobster tail, bleu cheese, Crab Oscar, herb-roasted bone marrow or grilled jumbo shrimp to any of the steaks for a deliciously indulgent meal.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The Barrymore offers a classy, retro design and a selection of finely prepared dishes as well as flavorful hand-crafted cocktails.
Terrisa's expert tip: Don't miss the dessert menu, which includes not only an assortment of wonderful sweets, but also coffees, after-dinner cognacs, brandy and dessert drinks like an espresso martini.
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro is one of Las Vegas' best restaurants, not only for its steaks but also for the rest of its notable menu. Morels' selection of Iowa corn-fed, bone-in, 28-day aged steaks go perfectly with a side of mushrooms, mac & cheese or one of the many types of potatoes. The restaurant is also well-known for its seasonal salads. Of course, no meal would be complete without one of Morels' decadent desserts, like the chocolate souffle or a trio of creme brulees. Have a yen for something chilled? Then try Morels' house-made sorbets or ice cream. A wide selection of cocktails, spirits and beer is also available.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Morel's cozy French bistro style goes perfectly with their delectable steaks and decadent desserts.
Terrisa's expert tip: Morels is open all day from 8 a.m. to close, serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends. If you're looking for a romantic spot open earlier in the day, this is an excellent choice.
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, butter poached Maine lobster, tuna tartare, or medallions of deer with caramelized blood orange. 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 Romantic Dining because: The elegant and art-filled Picasso is the perfect place for a romantic dinner of creative dishes with French and Spanish influences.
Terrisa's expert tip: Wine enthusiasts will want to check out the wine list at Picasso as it has an award-winning wine cellar with more than 1,500 selections of European wine.
One of Las Vegas' most unforgettable restaurants, Top of the World literally takes romance to new heights. Located over 800 feet above the Strip, it's not only unmatched in altitude, it's also 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. The lunch menu includes a prix fixe option, uncommon for mid-day. For dinner, choose from several premium cuts of beef, or perhaps rack of lamb, lobster or salmon. To top off the experience, guests can choose from the restaurant's impressive wine list, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 1996.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The Top of the World sits at over 800 feet above Las Vegas and serves a menu of memorable upscale dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: In addition to a selection of tempting cocktails and desserts, Top of the World also offers something that combines both things: the "Drink Your Dessert" selections on the cocktail menu. Choose from the Spark Plug or Key Lime Pie, both made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka.
The opulent atmosphere at Sage sets the stage for a memorable meal of fresh, farm-to-table dishes. Artisanal meats and sustainable seafood form the foundation for a menu full of delectable choices. In addition to small bites and dinner menus, guests can also choose the chef's tasting menu, which can also be prepared vegan. The menu changes frequently, but diners can expect dishes like Kusshi oysters in an aged tequila mignonette, roasted veal sweetbreads, roasted heirloom beet salad, Iberico pork or duck breast with salted turnips, leek puree and black trumpet mushrooms. Each dish is artfully prepared and presented beautifully, with the seasonal flavors front and center in this inventive menu.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: With a beautifully designed dining room featuring jewel tones and seductively dark lighting, Sage provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of inventive cuisine.
Terrisa's expert tip: Sage is well-known for its creative uses of foie gras in two dishes: their foie gras brulee served as an appetizer and a foie gras candy bar made with chocolate, bourbon caramel and salt and pepper peanut butter cream.
For a thoroughly romantic experience, make a reservation at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Located on the 11th floor of Paris Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower replica (half the size of the original), it's been the site of thousands of proposals since its opening. Serving exquisite dishes created by acclaimed Chef Joho, the French restaurant is well-known for its spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip, including one of the best views of the Fountains of Bellagio, which are across the street. While the atmosphere is truly remarkable, the fare is also memorable, featuring an assortment of delectable dishes sure to please even the most discerning diner, like cold Foie Gras Torchon with duck prosciutto, fig and brioche. Indulge in caviar, baked lobster, or roasted rack of lamb. Lunch, dinner and brunch menus are offered.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The Eiffel Tower restaurant offers some of the most romantic dining in Las Vegas, with fine French cuisine and wonderful views of the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: Don't overlook the romantic possibilities of a weekend brunch at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. While you'd miss seeing The Fountains of Bellagio at mid-day during the week, on the weekends they begin at noon on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.