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 steak cut and 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: Strip House has all the ingredients for a special date night, from the sexy photos on the walls to the indulgent steaks and desserts.
Terrisa's expert tip: Strip House is well-known for its signature dessert, a 24-layer chocolate cake large enough to share. Other delicious dessert options include homemade cheesecake, caramelized banana tart and Key West Key Lime pie.
Rivea offers its guests not only an amazing menu but a spectacular view of the Strip. Chef Alain Ducasse brings his vision of French and Italian cuisine to the Strip in this beautiful space high atop the Delano. The menu includes several selections from the grill, including a pepper-crusted bison tenderloin, Angus filet or a bone-in Angus rib eye. Other mouth-watering dishes include lobster and linguine, duck breast and branzino. 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 Lost in Translation (blanco tequila, apricot liqueur, sauvignon blanc, sparkling wine, citrus and vanilla).
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Rivea's panoramic view and fine French and Italian dishes all come together for an unforgettable dining experience.
Terrisa's expert tip: The tasting menu at Rivea offers four courses plus dessert for $130 per person. Look for dishes like risotto, Alaskan wild halibut and Angus filet mignon with duck foie gras and black truffle sauce.
Small plates are the signature item at 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. Look for choices like crostinis in three different preparations; Polpette Di Carne, tomato braised beef meatballs; lobster-filled ravioli and veal piccata. 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. The beautifully designed room treats diners to a view of the Bellagio's fountains dancing just outside the windows. It's a sure way to make an already incredible meal even more special.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Lago's romantic setting and menu of delicious Italian food are a perfect combination for an unforgettable night out.
Terrisa's expert tip: The delectable dessert menu includes options like tiramisu with rum and coffee-soaked Italian Pavesi and mascarpone cream, mascarpone cheesecake, assorted sorbets and gelatos and Giandujotto chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline.
Americana Las Vegas is located off the Strip, overlooking small Lake Jacqueline in the Desert Shores community. The serene ambiance feels worlds away from the Strip, although it's only about a 20-minute drive. In addition to dinner, lunch and Sunday brunch menus, Americana also offers the Weekly Harvest menu featuring seasonal dishes. For dinner, start off your meal with something like oysters, charred octopus or pan-seared foie gras with apricot tartin, pistachio and ginger beer gastrique. Choose from entrees like the oven-roasted Alaskan halibut with potato cake, baby fennel and romesco sauce or one of the excellent steaks, rack of lamb or a truffled chicken. Don't forget dessert - it's a must for a dinner like this. Choose from sorbets, vanilla créme brulee, passion fruit tart or peanut butter chocolate bar.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: With a location off the Strip overlooking a small lake, Americana Las Vegas offers an intimate vibe and a menu of delicious dishes.
Terrisa's expert tip: Americana's lunch menu is almost as extensive as its dinner selections. It makes a lovely spot for a romantic mid-day stop, especially with its view of serene Lake Jacqueline.
One of the Strip's most visually striking restaurants, Mizumi offers guests a taste of "new Japan" in a garden-like setting. In addition to sushi and sashimi selections, diners can choose from entrees, teppanyaki or robatayaki dishes prepared over an authentic Japanese charcoal grill. In addition to the more traditional menu items, Mizumi also offers a 25-ounce ribeye, Wagyu veal cheek, and Japanese Goldeneye snapper. While the menu alone is sure to delight, part of the attraction is the eye-catching décor - Mizumi's atmosphere is truly magnificent. No matter where you're seated, you can enjoy a view overlooking gardens that include a koi pond and a 90-foot waterfall. The food and ambiance will transport guests from the desert to the Far East.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: The beautiful setting at Mizumi provides a romantic backdrop for their fine Japanese fare.
Terrisa's expert tip: Reserve a table in the teppanyaki room for a showy dinner where the food is prepared tableside. This area is more like a patio than a room and offers a great view of the waterfall.
Downtown Las Vegas' newest resort casino, Circa, has created a lot of buzz since its opening. That's due in no small part to its stellar restaurants--which include Barry's Downtown Prime. This steakhouse offers guests a classy, vintage ambiance to go along with fine steaks, seafood and cocktails. Barry's is an excellent choice for a date night or special occasion with its sexy, stylish design and a menu full of finely prepared dishes. The menu offers plenty of seafood, including a shellfish platter with Maine lobster, king crab legs, oysters, shrimp cocktail, octopus and calamari salad. The steak selections encompass both wet and dry-aged cuts, which run the gamut from filet to tomahawk. Other menu options include chicken and lamb chops.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: A posh design and a menu full of finely crafted steaks and seafood make Barry's Downtown Prime an excellent choice for date night.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you'd like to impress someone with a fiery dessert, order the Baked Alaska, prepared tableside with Tahitian vanilla, chocolate, strawberry ice cream, Italian meringue and a brandy flambé.
Executive Chef Julian Serrano's menu at Picasso takes inspiration from the regional cuisine of France and Spain, where Pablo Picasso spent much of his life. Serrano's impeccable preparation is on display throughout the menu. Guests can enjoy dishes like a warm quail salad with artichokes and pine nuts, butter-poached Maine lobster Thermidor, tuna tartare, or medallions of deer. Picasso's work adorns the dining room, and guests have a view of the Bellagio's fountains. Picasso offers three options for diners: Chef Serrano's degustation menu of four courses plus dessert, a prix fixe or a vegetarian menu. No matter what you choose, you'll undoubtedly remember the meal.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Picasso's beautiful, art-filled décor is the perfect backdrop for a memorable dinner for two.
Terrisa's expert tip: Reserve a seat on the patio if you can. Picasso's patio is open seasonally and offers an excellent view of the romantic Fountains of Bellagio.
NoMad Library is located at the NoMad Hotel, the exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel at Park MGM. The decor here imitates a library, adding to a plush ambiance that pairs well with the food. The menu is filled with refreshed American classics, but the atmosphere has European touches. Shared appetizers for the table include the 'le grand plateau de fruits de mer,' the chef's selection of raw seafood, or tuna tartare prepared tableside. Other appetizers include oysters, in both hot and cold preparations, and burrata with figs, arugula and prosciutto, although selections vary throughout the year. For entrees, diners will find a menu of dishes like pasta carbonara, Chilean sea bass or filet mignon. The NoMad's house specialties are served for two and include NoMad Roast Chicken, stuffed with foie gras and black truffle, and an American Wagyu Prime Rib.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: NoMad Library offers a menu full of finely prepared dishes and a refined setting that's full of romantic possibilities.
Terrisa's expert tip: On Monday nights, guests can enjoy the NoMad Library Chicken Dinner for Two. This prix fixe meal includes truffled deviled eggs, their signature roast chicken and apple cobbler for $100.
The pretty exterior of Bardot Brasserie will entice you to come in, and the menu will give you so many delicious reasons to stay. Michael Mina is the mind behind this acclaimed restaurant at Aria, where a diner could easily forget she was in Las Vegas instead of France. This Parisian cafe serves dinner and weekend brunch. Offerings include starters like the Escargot de Bourgogne, steak tartare, fine cheeses and a raw bar. Look for dishes like steak frites au poivre, phyllo-crusted diver scallops, grilled lamb chops and trout amandine for dinner entrees. An extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu ensures that guests have an appropriate beverage for their memorable meal.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Bardot Brasserie's fetching design and delicious French dishes create a romantic vibe that's perfect for couples.
Terrisa's expert tip: Don't forget to order dessert to finish off your romantic meal. Since Bardot Brasserie is French, look for delicious treats like bourbon-vanilla creme brulee or pear tarte tatin.
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. It has 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. Look for an assortment of delectable dishes sure to please even the most discerning diner, like rack of lamb, Beef Wellington, filet mignon and lobster.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: With some of the most romantic dining you'll find, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant is the perfect spot for an extra-special evening together.
Terrisa's expert tip: For an extra dose of romance, book a table with a view of the Fountains of Bellagio. You and your date can enjoy one of Las Vegas' best views of the dancing waters while having a gourmet meal.