Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at the Harrah's Hotel & Casino is still "The Best Tasting Show in Town". The Teppanyaki shows and food and their excellent all-you-can-eat sushi bar and tempura bar are located in a beautiful, Japanese inspired garden. The skilled chefs create sizzling steak, lobster, shrimp, scallops, chicken and vegetable dishes right at your table. Or you can sit at the sushi bar and enjoy more than 20 varieties of Nigiri Sushi and 40 Maki Sushi rolls, including several cooked and vegetarian options. The tempura, mussels and miso soup are also included in the price. Lunches run about $16 and dinners about $35 per person.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Get your dinner and a show at Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse. The sushi bar is one of the best in town.
Christina's expert tip: Ichiban offers Early Bird Teppanyaki during the week with half portions.
This over-21 restaurant and craft cocktail venue was inspired by the World's Fair and is livening up South Reno. The menu is designed by an award-winning chef and features shareable dishes, street food and small plates such as ceviche and tacos made with consciously-sourced ingredients. The craft cocktails include creative spins on margaritas and other classic drinks. There is also a curated wine and spirits list. The Zeppelin venue is intimate and features contemporary design and artwork such as a lacy representation of a zeppelin and attractive, warm lighting. This is a place for couples as well as small groups.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Zeppelin features unique small plate options and some excellent desserts.
Christina's expert tip: Reservations are not accepted at Zeppelin, so getting there early is key.
Lulou's is the place in Reno where you take your favorite date or demand to have your birthday dinner. From both locals and visitors, LuLou's is said to serve the best food in town. It is one of the most expensive places in the city, but the dishes are made with fresh, local ingredients and the service is unsurpassed. The appetizers like the Crab Cakes and the Heirloom Tomato Salad are small, but the main entree such as Filet Mignon, wild game like Boar and Venison are generous. Other main dishes include Quail, Tuna Tartare and Ribeye Steak with Swiss Chard. LuLou's atmosphere is chic and modern with a hip interior. The building itself stands out in this part of Midtown with its clean lines and bright colors.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: LuLou's Asian/American fusion cuisine is ranked some of the best in the city.
Christina's expert tip: LuLou's is the place for a special night out. LuLou's suggests appropriate dress and long sleeves for men.
Located on the Riverwalk in Downtown Reno, Wild River Grille is a contemporary restaurant with nature-inspired influences, a full bar and expansive riverside patio. Situated in the Historic Riverside Artist Lofts Building just across Virginia Street from the Pioneer Theatre, the menu features both traditional and innovative cuisine. The bar prepares incredible hand-crafted cocktails featuring fresh squeezed juices and liquor infusions. Dinner menu items include Ahi Poke ($14) with seaweed salad, Pan Seared Idaho Trout ($24) with herbed buerre blanc and pearl couscous with quinoa, and Grilled Pork Chops ($25) with apple brandy sauce. Try the seasonal selections from the Great Basin Co-Op, just down the street.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The Wild River Grille is always updating its menu with fresh, local ingredients.
Christina's expert tip: The Wild River Grille has a great outdoor patio near the river for people watching.
Charlie Palmer Steak is an elegant restaurant located inside the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Charlie Palmer is famous for conjuring up some of the most amazing dishes the world has ever seen, and his Reno restaurant only helps to support his reputation. Enjoy the finest steaks prepared to Charlie's signature specifications. The restaurant's menu is an elegant mixture of luxury and simplicity and features dinner items like Hand Cut Tuna Tartare ($16), Sweet Corn and Ricotta Ravioli ($12/$18), Line Caught Alaskan Halibut ($34), and of course, various steaks and filet dishes with great selection of sides (some ala carte). Desserts include delectable items like Bourbon Bread Pudding and Five Layer Chocolate Cake.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Charlie Palmer Steak consistently serves elegant and delicious dishes like the Filet Mignon Beef Carpaccio.
Christina's expert tip: Not feeling steak? Try the Charlie Palmer Raw Bar with oysters, caviar and market lobster and crab.
Surrounded by romantic lighting, columns, classical music and watched over by the statues of Roman hero Antinous and two maidens, visitors to Romanzo will have an enchanting dining experience. The exhibition kitchen serves classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist, wood-fired pizzas and handcrafted pasta and seafood dishes. The Peppermill's award-winning pastry chef offers a multitude of desserts and pastries for after the meal. Try menu items like Prosciutto Salad with frisee, fennel, apples and oranges, Saffron Fettuccine, and Pan Roasted Sea Bass. Decadent desserts include Buttermilk Panna Cotta (made from milk from local cows) infused with lavender, honey and peaches.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Romanza features classic Italian cuisine with a twist. The decor is also beautiful and fun at the same time.
Christina's expert tip: Romanza's wine list features Wine Spectator choices from Italy and California.
La Strada has consistently been ranked not only one of the best restaurants in Reno but one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. The restaurant is located in the, in the Eldorado Hotel & Casino and takes diners on a culinary journey to a quaint Italian village. Authentic Northern Italian cuisine is the draw at the respected place, and a wide selection of homemade pasta, fresh seafood, and beef dishes calls out to hungry patrons. For dessert, try an out-of-this-world, homemade gelato. Try menu items like Prosciutto Wrapped Prawns, Rigatoni Fra Diavolo with homemade sausage and any of La Strada's fresh made pasta.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: La Strada's early bird special, available Sunday through Tuesday from 5 pm to 6 pm, starts at around $14 per person.
Christina's expert tip: La Strada has won the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" for several years. The sommelier will make several recommendations for each entree.
The Steak House, a low-lit, romantic restaurant, is located in the lower level of Harrah's Hotel & Casino in Downtown Reno. Voted consistently as one of Reno's top restaurants. Offerings include top prime beef, steaks, fresh seafood, chops and chicken. Candlelight and cozy booths add to the ambiance of the overall wonderful dining experience. The Steak House desserts are well known, many of them are served flambéed by your tableside. The dress code is dress casual, but customers tend to dress up for the Steak House and this is where a lot of Reno's elite will meet up for lunch or dinner.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: This restaurant is the only fine dining restaurant in Reno to receive a AAA four-diamond rating for over ten years in a row.
Christina's expert tip: To save some cash, try the early bird, three-course dinner special.
Designed to look like you are dining in a stylish, underwater palace, the Atlantis Steakhouse is one of the top steakhouse experiences in the city. This cosmopolitan dining establishment features Allen Brothers of Chicago meats as well as fresh seafood, chef's specials, cocktails and over 336 selections of imported and domestic wines. Seasonal menu items include California Red Abalone ($30), French Onion Soup $11), Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with garnet yams ($40), and Lamb Chops from Colorado with ratatouille ($48). The various steaks such as American Kobe Strip Loin can be paired with lobster tail, shrimp scampi or even the restaurant's Creamed Corn with a Kick.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The Atlantis Steakhouse is an elegant location with excellent wine and entree choices.
Christina's expert tip: Several dishes, like the Steak Diane and the Bananas Foster, are prepared tableside with impressive flames.
This popular little restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Reno serves excellent French food in an atmosphere of white tablecloths, brick walls, small, intimate tables and French bistro art prints in a 100-year-old building. The service here is excellent and the staff really know their food and wine. For starters, they usually suggest Onion Soup a la Gratinée Cave-aged Gruyére or the Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame. Their cheese plate with artisanal cheeses, marmalade, fruit and toast is also good. Beaujolais Bistro also offers over 100 bottles of wine including Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir, Vouvray Château Monfort and of course, fine Beaujolais from France. Paired with their Grandes Assiettes such as Coq au Vin with Cinnamon Noodles, Liberty Duck Breast with Blood Orange Sauce or Filet Mignon with Port Wine Truffle Sauce will make you want to come back for more.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Beaujolais is an elegant, yet approachable, restaurant that features local ingredients on their creative menu.
Christina's expert tip: The Beaujolais Bistro is located in a historic house on the Truckee River near the Hub Coffee Roasters.