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Top 10 restaurants in Las Vegas…

Posted on 01 November 2011


Counter dining is chic at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It made the top 10 in the ‘Eating Las Vegas’ guide.

The recently published Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants, an opinionated guide to Sin City eateries, has a great premise. Bring together three of the town’s restaurant critics and have them dish about where to dine. There’s much disagreement on the pages of the book (Huntington Press, $12.95, visit its shopping area with Vegas books galore, also currently available at for $10.36) but here are the top 10 restaurants according to critics John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini.


Note that the Top 10 list is in alphabetical order, since the three couldn’t agree, and that you’d better start saving now to visit most. But for a birthday, business dinner, anniversary or other special occasion, these eateries are worth keeping in mind. It helps if you win big at the tables before you book.


*ALEX at Wynn Las Vegas (It just closed, but chef Alex Stratta still has a more casual eatery, Stratta, at Wynn.)

*BARMASA at ARIA (Chef Masa Takayama, Japanese)

*Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Encore Hotel & Casino (Paul Bartolotta, Italian seafood)

*CUT at The Palazzo (Wolfgang Puck, steak)

*Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand (Joël Robuchon, French)

*L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand (Robuchon again)

*Picasso at the Bellagio (Chef Julian Serrano, French and Spanish cuisine)

*Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace (Guy Savoy, French)

*RM Upstairs at Mandalay Bay (Rick Moonen, seafood)

*Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at the Mandarin Oriental (Pierre Gagnaire, French)


As you can see, the list is heavy on luxury Strip resorts and French chefs, light on U.S. culinary stars. The book has created lots of conversation and argument. And if you visit most of these restaurants and order wine, be prepared to pay $150 and up for two, probably more. Of the top 10, I have only been to Picasso, and only because my generous brother sprang for a family celebration there. It was “fine dining” with ultra-attentive service, but the prices can give you indigestion.


The book, however, does spotlight some lower-cost locals’ favorites, such as China Mama and Raku in Chinatown, and M&M Soul Food Cafe. Star-watching venues include N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms Casino Resort and the Mon Ami Gabi bistro on Las Vegas Boulevard, part of the Paris resort.

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