In Las Vegas, it seems like all the fun happens at tables -- the poker table, the blackjack table and, of course, the dining table. With menus prepared by chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter, Bobby Flay and Guy Savoy, choosing a world-class restaurant is a sure bet.
The Celebrity Chef
The chef who sparked the revolution in Las Vegas dining was Wolfgang Puck. In 1992, he opened the world-famous Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. It features indoor patio dining in a casual cafe, as well as a more formal dining room with two private banquet facilities. The menu, which features Puck's trademark American cuisine, changes daily, offering dishes like roasted organic baby beet and goat cheese salad and handmade four-cheese agnolotti. Spago isn't the only place to sample Puck's plates -- visit CUT at The Palazzo for a contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse. From USDA Prime Nebraska corn-fed, 35-day dry-aged steaks to Japanese 100 percent Wagyu Beef, CUT caters to true steak connoisseurs.
Eat and Be Seen
If you want a little eye candy to go with your world-class cuisine, check out Yellowtail at The Bellagio. Chef Akira Back has crafted a menu for the most exclusive clientele on the Strip, featuring a mix of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. At Simons at The Palms, celebrity chef Kerry Simons caters to the hot Las Vegas bodies with an inventive menu focusing on the freshest seasonal items and quality organic ingredients. And with a view of the Palms pool, the menu won't be the only thing tempting your palate.
Hitting The Spots
For some high rollers, the goal isn't to get a table at Las Vegas' hottest restaurant, it's getting the table. At Restaurant Charlie's at The Venetian, VIPs vie for the Kitchen Table Skyloft. Hovering high above the kitchen, this table for eight provides a bird's-eye view of Chef Trotter's kitchen and offers a unique tasting menu. At the MGM GrandFrites, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is the finest in French cuisine. Prove your high-roller status by enjoying the signature dishes La Caille au Foie Gras and Le Rumsteack en Tartare et ses Frites è L'ancienne at a private kitchen table.
If you're looking to sample a little local flavor while taking a break from the Strip, reserve a table at Vintner Grill, located in West Las Vegas in the neighborhood of Summerlin. At this American bistro featuring dishes with Mediterranean influences from Spain, France and Italy, you'll want to sample signature dishes that include the lamb osso bucco, white bean hummus and veal London broil. Back on the Strip, Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at The Luxor serves up edgy Mexican fare and signature cocktails that keep the locals begging for more, por favor.
The Wine List
The restaurateurs of Las Vegas know nothing complements a great meal like great wine. At Aureole at Mandalay Bay, diners can choose from the 9,865 bottles of wine housed in a skyscraper-like wine tower in the center of the restaurant. At Nove at The Palms, diners can pair a perfect Italian meal with the perfect glass of vino.
Las Vegas is a 24/7 town, and there is no shortage of excellent cuisine to be enjoyed at any time of day. Almost every hotel offers culinary excellence via room service, but if you're still out on the town, grab a table and a bite at Peppermill. With a 24/7 lounge and restaurant, you can have breakfast for dinner or cocktails at noon.