Fillets. Fine wine. Foie gras. French joints constitute an ever-widening percentage of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, serving up an ever-broadening range of dishes both traditional and experimental. From the classically Gallic bistro vibe of Comme Ça to culinary legend Alain Ducasse's wonderfully ritzy Mix, these restaurants offer the best French cuisine to be found in the city. Bon appétit!
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Best French restaurants in Las Vegas
This former Downtown institution relocated to the Monte Carlo a few years back, but nothing was lost in translation. Local legend and chef André Rochat’s take on haute French cuisine is revealed in interpretations such as peppercorn-crusted filet of beef and pan-seared duck breast, though the menu changes seasonally. Enjoy with a sip from Rochat’s world-class wine cellar: 1,500 bottles are listed.
Up on the 56th floor of Palms, venerated local André Rochat has hired chef Mark Purdy to produce his classics and deliver some fresh takes on French cuisine. Many of the dishes, such as lobster thermidor and foie gras terrine, taste as great—in a grand, old-style fashion—as they sound. It comes at a price, but Rochat, who’s been cooking foie gras in Vegas since Dan Tanna was around, is the business.
Inside this bistro and oyster bar, the much-heralded Thomas Keller serves authentic French country fare modeled after the cuisine served in the original bouchons of Lyon. Indoors or on poolside seating in the gardens, indulge in Bouchon French toast for breakfast, served bread-pudding style with warm layers of brioche, custard and fresh fruit with maple syrup; or, for dinner, try the truite amandine, pan-roasted trout with almonds, brown butter and green beans.
With a rotating daily menu and classic dishes including truite amandine and steak Diane, at first glance this L.A. import might seem like any other French-style bistro. But chef David Myers—who earned his culinary chops with legends Charlie Trotter and Daniel Boulud—elevates such Gallic standbys.
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.
This Vegas version of the New York institution is overseen by Mario Maccioni, who grew up playing and working in his father Sirio’s original. Chefs come and go; some of the best in the world have passed through the kitchens of Le Cirque’s various locations. But the unparalleled French cuisine and world-class service never change, and this incarnation has one attribute that none of the New York locations could ever boast: views of the Bellagio’s elegant Lake Como.
This French bistro and wine shop tucked in the north-west corner of the city has been steadily increasing its profile over the last few years. Husband and wife team Jeff and Rhonda Wyatt purchased the shop in 2007 and promptly set out to create a spot everyone would know about. In 2011 they hired celeb chef Alex Stratta and things really took off. Reserve a table on the expansive lakeside patio and try dishes such as maple leaf duck breast or lobster and corn agnolotti, paired with the perfect bottle from the shop.
From the glorious 43rd floor Strip location to the consistently high marks from diners, culinary legend Alain Ducasse’s Vegas eaterie has hit the right note. Now under the helm of chef Bruno Riou (who trained under Ducasse for a decade), food is classic steak and seafood with a French touch, and both service and preparation are top shelf. Want the view without the meal? Check out the lounge next door.
Along with André’s and the Bootlegger, Georges La Forge’s eaterie is one of a very few non-casino old Vegas classics, having served country-style French fare to such regulars as Wayne Newton and Robin Leach for decades. The camp-classic eaterie, whose name was suggested by Bobby Darin, isn’t on the radar for many visitors, but if you want to see Vegas as it was, this is one place to do so.
When your room is lined with $20 million of Picasso paintings, you have to work pretty hard to make an impression. But Julian Serrano usually manages to do it. Unlike a lot of celebrity chefs with high-profile restaurants in Vegas, Serrano actually cooks at Picasso, building two crisp, daisy-fresh and wonderfully uncomplicated French-slanted menus nightly. Service is a treat and the wine list is stellar.
Managed by Guy’s son Franck Savoy, with Mathieu Chartron 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 artichoke and black truffle soup served with toasted mushroom brioche, and guinea hen cooked inside a pig’s bladder to preserve the moisture. If you have the cash, try the 13-course innovation-inspiration menu.