Forget what you think you know about dull chicken dinners and all-you-can-eats best left uneaten—those days of tired and predictable Las Vegas Strip restaurants are long gone. These days, the Las Vegas Strip is an enticing buffet where you can choose between Michelin-starred fare from French culinary titans, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and some of the most sought after meat on the planet. Whether you like things classic or creative, there are stunning meals just waiting to be devoured in the shadows of the best Vegas attractions and near the stages of Vegas’s best shows. However, sitting down to dinner at the Strip’s best restaurants doesn’t come cheap—this is still Vegas, after all—so do your research and make sure to book a table somewhere that will blow your mind rather than your budget.
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Fine dining is alive and very well inside the “mansion,” a fitting nickname for Chef of the (last) Century’s opulent Michelin three-star restaurant just off the MGM Grand casino floor. The honorific was awarded by prestigious French culinary guide Gault & Millau in 1989, and as you’d expect, a meal inside Joël Robuchon’s jewel-hued rooms is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so opt for the full experience. The 16-course parade of transcendent French cuisine takes more than three hours, makes ample use of caviar, black truffles and foie gras and won’t leave you contemplating a slice of pizza on the way home. There simply is no dinner more decadent on the Las Vegas Strip.
Don’t call it a steakhouse. According to superstar chef José Andrés, this Philippe Starck–designed restaurant at SLS is a “meathouse,” dedicated to celebrating the bounty of the earth, be it in the form of A5 Kobe straight from Japan, Finnish caviar, or even leeks with charred chipotle sauce. The ingredients—sourced so carefully the R&D team tried more than 500 cuts of meat before opening—are the stars here, but the chefs still have fun showing them off. That means foie gras is offered wrapped in cotton candy and dishes like the classic steak tartare are mixed tableside with plenty of panache. Don’t skip the suckling pig, imported from Spain and served by the quarter. You’ve never had such succulent swine.
Created by legendary toque Guy Savoy with Julien Asseo presiding over the kitchen, this is among the most expensive dining rooms in Vegas. However, it’s worth every penny, providing a level of culinary sophistication rarely glimpsed here. Highlights include the signature artichoke and black truffle soup served with toasted mushroom brioche, and the black truffle menu, which shows a liberal hand with the highly prized ’shrooms. If you have the cash, try the 13-course innovation-inspiration menu or pony up for the Krug chef’s table, where you’ll indulge in a 10-course feast inside the kitchen.
The name says it all. Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian-influenced steakhouse is about two things: crazy good beef and crazy good wine. The wine list leans heavily on Italy, and the menu offers handmade pastas and various crudos, all leading up to some serious meat. The beef is sourced from American farmers and dry-aged off-site until it meets the restaurant’s very high standards. This can take a while—up to 90 days for cuts like the bone-in rib eye or porterhouse and up to 240 days for a special, once-secret steak called the riserva.
From the moment you step inside, Twist is breathtaking. There’s the view from the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental, the lights of Las Vegas spread out beneath you. There’s the airy dining room, with its glass orb chandeliers and serene decor. And there’s the food—modern French cuisine that seems to transport you inside the inventive mind of Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. Trying to anticipate how a dish will arrive is a losing game here. Best to pick an ingredient that strikes you—say, langoustine or Colorado rack of lamb—or opt for one of the tasting menus and trust yourself to the kitchen. Don’t worry, they know what they’re doing.
This workshop-style dining room, right next door to Robuchon’s signature restaurant, features a few tables and a counter at which you can sit and watch some of the world’s best dishes (they’re simpler and cheaper than at the other place) being prepared. Push the boat out and go for the seasonal discovery tasting menu; it’s worth the $159 price tag.
When Milos opened in the Cosmopolitan in 2010, it brought something to the Strip we hadn’t even realized was missing: Greek seaside fare straight from the Mediterranean and Aegean. That’s what you’ll find at Milos—meaty octopus with just the right char, Portuguese grilled sardines and freshly flown-in fish, cooked whole in a salt crust and finished with a drizzle of olive oil and perhaps a few capers. At $25.15, the three-course lunch special is a steal. Order the “real Greek yogurt” for dessert, which will ruin you for the grocery store stuff.
Wolfgang Puck, the man responsible for revolutionizing Las Vegas visitors’ eating expectations (with Spago), opened this classic steakhouse in the Palazzo in 2008. Since then, Cut has demonstrated that it’s a slice above many other steak joints. For one thing, that’s practically all you find here: meat, meat and more glorious meat. Go for the 100 percent pure Japanese Wagyu if you can, but rest assured there are no bad choices here, only splendid steaks grilled over wood and charcoal and finished under a 1,200-degree broiler. Complete your meal with one of the dozen side-dish options, a topper or sauces like wasabi-yuzu kosho butter or brightly herbal chimichurri.
Ever since chef Michael LaPlaca—a veteran of Strip kitchens like Bouchon and Alex—took over this Mirage dining room, guests have been raving about his deft take on Italian classics. Portofino is less about reinventing the wheel and more about making the most delicious damn wheel you’ve ever tasted. Or rather, agnolotti—LaPlaca’s version comes filled with burrata and served with lobster and chanterelle mushrooms in a roasted corn and butter sauce. Other signature dishes include a crab cake and arancini mashup and meatballs topped with cheese-filled squash blossoms.
This stylish new spot from Michael Mina has everything you want in a French brasserie: modern takes on classic dishes, ample wines by the glass and a champagne cart, so you can browse the by-the-flute options before choosing your bubbly. On weekend mornings Bardot packs ’em in with its popular brunch, where you can order a variety of croissant Benedicts, brioche French toast with vanilla mascarpone and almond brittle, or the Hunter’s Waffle with duck confit and poached eggs. Accompany your meal with bottomless rosé. This is Vegas after all.