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The best restaurants in Vegas…

Posted on 15 November 2011

The latest version of the dining guide Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants (Huntington Press, $10.36 on in paperback; $7.77 there as an e-book) was unveiled Monday night.


French chef Joel Robuchon and his restaurant of the same name at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It’s in the top 10 of the latest edition of ‘Eating Las Vegas,’ as is the adjoining and less costly L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.

The guide’s picks are made via the combined sassy assessments of Vegas restaurant critics John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini. New in the top 10, which are listed in the book as a group, not rated from best to worst:


*Estiatorio Milos, a Greek restaurant in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort

*Le Cirque in the Bellagio resort

*Michael Mina in the Bellagio. The Bellagio has three in the top 10, including Picasso, which already was on the roster.


The only chef to have two in the top 10 is Joël Robuchon, whose same-named eatery in the MGM Grand was voted best in Vegas earlier this year by a panel assembled by USA TODAY. Next to that is it is less-expensive L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.


Exiting the top 10 are Alex at Wynn Las Vegas (it closed); Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare (also at Wynn); and RM Upstairs at Mandalay Bay. The latter two still are in the top 50.


Go to any of the top 10, and odds are you’ll have an amazing dining experience. Just bring a sackful of cash or your platinum credit card. “They’re ridiculously expensive,” Curtis says. He had dinner with three others at Milos, “and it cost $900,” he says. The book and Curtis recommend eating at Milos at lunch, where $20.11 buys three courses of the same great food. Specialties include salt-crusted Mediterranean sea bass and lamb chops.


Speaking of meals costing less than $25, Curtis — also chief of, which lists the toll-free number where the book can be ordered for $9.72 plus $3 shipping — points to seven sure bets in Eating Las Vegas‘ top 50.


Most of them are locals’ favorites unfamiliar to many Vegas visitors, but worth a trip. They are:


*China MaMa (delectable steamed dumplings and more)

*China Poblano (Star chef José Andrés’ mixture of Asian and Mexican in what Curtis calls the strong “Murderer’s Row” restaurant lineup at the Cosmopolitan)

*Los Antojos (a hole-in-the-wall joint for tacos and such, where knowing Spanish helps)

*M & M Soul Food Cafe (barbecue, gumbo, smothered chicken, fried chicken and waffles in simple surroundings)

*Monta (Ramen noodle dishes draw Japanese fans and foodies)

* Settebello (a pizzeria more than 10 miles from the strip at Green Valley Ranch)

*Soyo (Authentic Korean cuisine)

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