Top Ten Cafes to Visit in Las Vegas
Visitors have an overwhelming number of restaurants to choose from when they come to Las Vegas. The city has every type of cuisine available and everything from celebrity chef restaurants to hole-in-the-wall places. Diners can choose from casual dining or five-star eateries.
While there are dozens of restaurants we love in Las Vegas, we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 10 of our favorites (in no particular order) to recommend.
These restaurants, all located on the Las Vegas Strip, have consistently good food as well as atmosphere and great service. You can’t go wrong! If money is no object and you’re looking for the must-try places in Vegas, these are the restaurants to go to:
Joël Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand
France’s “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon serves fine French cuisine at his two restaurants at MGM Grand. Joël Robuchon is the more formal venue. It is also the only Las Vegas restaurant to receive three Michelin stars. Here you can choose a 6-course meal or a 16-course meal. Both offer a unique culinary and sensory experience. L’Atelier, a Michelin-starred restaurant, is the more casual space where you can sit at the counter and watch your dinner being prepared. Diners can choose from tapas dishes, a tasting menu or a seasonal menu. Signature dishes include steak tartar and free-range quail stuffed with foie gras. Desserts are to-die-for including traditional tarts and a green chartreuse soufflé with pistachio ice cream.
Picasso at Bellagio
At Picasso you can enjoy French and Spanish cuisine surrounded by works from the legendary artist. The views of the Bellagio Fountains and the Strip are beautiful from the outdoor patio. Executive chef Julian Serrano ‘s menu has earned the AAA Five Diamond Award 13 times. Guests can choose from a prix-fixe menu, a tasting menu or a vegetarian menu, which includes dishes like fennel and celery root ravioli and a vegetable ragout. Picasso’s wine cellar also boasts more than 1,500 selections.
Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace
This restaurant boasts a Forbes Travel Five Star Award, AAA Five Diamond award, two Michelin stars, the Wine Spectator Grand Award and inclusion on the Gayot.com Top 40 Restaurants in America list, just to name a few honors. The restaurant is designed to emulate the menu of Savoy’s Paris restaurant. It’s the only place in the U.S. you can taste Savoy’s food, including his famous artichoke and black truffle soup. Choose from Savoy’s signature menu, an à la carte menu or the innovation menu, which is served for the entire table.
Sage at Aria
This restaurant has a sophisticated atmosphere and amazing contemporary American cuisine from acclaimed chef Shawn McClain. He combines farm-to-table produce, artisanal meats and sustainable seafood to make your meal memorable. Dishes include braised veal cheeks, Iberico pork loin and grilled Spanish octopus. When dining at Sage, be sure to ask for the absinthe tasting — a rare presentation of absinthe, rolled to your table on a cart.
Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan
Milo’s, a high-end Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, serves some of the freshest seafood from the Mediterranean Sea. When dining at Milos, the first thing you do is sit down at your table. The second thing you do is stand up and walk over to the impressive fish display. An open-air cooler is filled with crushed ice and topped with all sorts of delicacies. It is here at the fish market that you select the fish or items you want to have for dinner that night. Gorgeous langoustines, beautiful fish, langosta (spiny lobsters) and fresh vegetables all line the case. One of the best places to enjoy your dinner is on the patio, a gorgeous setting with vine-covered white lattice, olive trees and flowers.
Top of the World at Stratosphere
This restaurant is the only one in town where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Las Vegas from angled floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant, more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, rotates throughout your meal. Enjoy first-class service and menu that offers a variety of gourmet steak, meat, fowl and seafood dishes as well as vegan and gluten-free selections. You can also indulge in a four-course tasting menu with suggested wine pairings.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
What would a list of favorite Vegas restaurants be without a buffet? If you’re looking for a truly unique buffet with high quality dishes, look no further than the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars. It serves more than 500 different dishes made daily from more than 800 recipes. The Bacchanal Buffet is divided into nine different show kitchens: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, seafood, pizza, deli (including soups, cheeses and charcuterie selections) and desserts. Each show kitchen also has an action station with plated dishes and “minis” (small-sized portions of modern cuisine to tempt foodies – like red velvet pancakes, oak-grilled lamb chops and roasted South Carolina shrimp and grits). Along with nine show kitchens, the Bacchanal Buffet features three separate element-inspired dining atmospheres.
Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas
If you’re looking for a good steak, look no further than celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Paris. Choose your cut of beef, supplied from legendary New York butcher Pat LaFrieda, from the rolling steak trolley, which showcases the cuts of beef with mirrors so you can see the marbling without craning your neck. The ribeye is hearty and flavorful, seared with a great crust. The tender Kobe beef cap is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and a must-try. Another of Ramsay’s signature dishes is the popular beef Wellington, served with glazed root vegetables and potato puree in a red wine demi glace. The high-energy restaurant playfully transports guests to a London atmosphere via a unique Euro-tunnel-like entryway. The restaurant celebrates the city of London with touches like a large Union Jack flag painted on the ceiling.
Twist at Mandarin Oriental
Twist is the only place in the U.S. where you can experience the cuisine of three Michelin Star-chef Pierre Gagnaire. This fine dining restaurant, located off the 23rd floor hotel lobby at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, features a stunning view of the Las Vegas Strip through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Guests can choose from seasonal à la carte dishes, a three-course tasting menu or an extravagant six-course experience. The menu changes, but offerings might include farm lamb, Mediterranean loup de mer, crayfish and free-range chicken.
Carnevino at Palazzo
Chef Mario Batali and winemaker Joe Bastianich partnered to open Carnevino in 2008. The restaurant consistently serves some of the finest steaks in town. The beef is house-aged and rubbed with a blend of sea salt, black pepper and fresh rosemary to achieve a delicious and slightly charred crust. The beef at Carnevino is all natural, hormone-free and antibiotic-free. The menu includes dishes with veal, pork, poultry and lamb as well as daily specials and 12 vegetable side dishes prepared Italian-style. Not only can you get an amazing steak here, you can also indulge in Batali’s famous Italian dishes like homemade pastas. To top it off, Carnevino offers a vast international wine list.
While we can’t mention every great restaurant in Vegas, here are just a few more that we feel are worth checking out:
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas
This restaurant serves traditional French favorites like steak frites and escargot and you can’t beat the setting. Make sure to sit outside on the Strip patio. You can watch the tourists walk by, see the Bellagio fountains across the street and gaze up at the Eiffel Tower. You’ll feel like you’re in Paris.
Holstein’s at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
If you’re looking for a burger and a brew, stop into Holstein’s. The gourmet burgers are made from fresh, organic ingredients and all of the buns and condiments are made in-house. There’s a large selection of artisanal beers and if beer isn’t your thing, try one of the adult milkshakes, made with alcohol, like the Frozen Grasshopper.
Battista’s Hole in the Wall
This Italian restaurant has been a staple in Vegas for more than 30 years. You can’t beat the atmosphere and friendly service. Dine amongst Las Vegas memorabilia and enjoy the sounds of a strolling accordion player. Dishes like spaghetti, veal and cioppino come with soup or salad, garlic bread, a pasta side and cappuccino. Red or white house wine is included.
Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay
If you’re a burger junkie, be sure to stop in Burger Bar. Chef Hubert Keller serves gourmet burgers made from the finest beef, buffalo, turkey, lamb and more. Vegetarian and vegan options are available as well. You can even finish your experience with a sweet burger made with warm doughnuts.