It is a real challenge to get a bad meal in Vegas. Every level of dining – from casual to fine, from hot dog stand to silver service degustation – is here, across pretty much every ethnicity. Celebrity chefs are de rigeur and menus are a veritable bounty of choice.
Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan
A silver service experience headed by New York chef Scott Conant offering modern Italian cuisine with views of the Fountains of Bellagio. Try the short rib and bone marrow ravioli with horse radish.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Three Michelin Star, Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award says it all. Then there’s the Art Deco townhouse décor, lush garden terrace and marble floors in this beautiful contemporary French restaurant. An intimate, ultimate, consummate fine dining marvel.
BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino
Chef Michael Mina’s classic Parisian café offers traditional brasserie fare for dinner and weekend brunch, including roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade, foie gras en croute and a huge range of French wines.
For your celebrity chef fix
Two Nobu Matsuhisa restaurants (Caesars Palace and Hard Rock Hotel); Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood; DBGB by Daniel Boulud at The Venetian; Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio; Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ; Andre Rochet’s Andre’s at Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino; Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay Resort; or CUT by Wolfgang Puck at The Palazzo. And that’s just an amuse bouche of the world-renowned chefs parading their wares.
Buddy V's Ristorante at The Venetian
Buddy Valastro loved dinner at his Nona’s house in Italy. So he has recreated the experience with a homely décor and heirloom recipes like cream-filled lobster tail flake pastry, linguine and white clam sauce and steak pizzaiola, along with Buddy’s signature cannolis and raviolis.
Yusho at the Monte Carlo
A noisy and energetic Japanese street food-themed restaurant where the waiters will help you pair a sake, cocktail, wine or spirit with your meal. The chef’s signature dish is a huge ramen of crispy pork shoulder croquette, poached egg, nori and cucumber.
This trendy Downtown café offers American-style tapas and share plates, including bacon jam, cocoa-espresso strip steak, oxtail risotto, crispy chicken skins, rainbow cauliflower and tempura green beans. For a dessert you’re unlikely to get at home, have a go at the bourbon fudge brownie with brown butter bacon ice cream.
Off The Strip at The LINQ
A friendly, casual diner serving steak, seafood, pasta and a damn good burger. Ideal for families, this is hearty American comfort food at its finest. The LINQ is a new precinct centred on the High Roller ferris-wheel with plenty of fun bars and casual dining options.
Heart Attack Grill
Shamelessly non-PC and hilariously ironic, you eat free at this Downtown icon if you weigh more than 159 kilograms. Order the Double Bypass Burger, Coronary Dog, Flat-liner fries, add 3.5 ounces of whipped cream vodka to your shake or order from the vegetarian menu – which is tobacco.
Image: Private dining room at Joël Robuchon Restaurant. Courtesy of MGM Grand Las Vegas.