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When it comes to wine, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners go all in
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Prime Steakhouse is a Best of Award of Excellence-winning restaurant in Las Vegas by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Posted: November 9, 2017

Hundreds of Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners offer top wine experiences in casinos across the globe, including these 13 restaurants. For more world-class casino dining, check out Las Vegas' five Grand Award winners, from chefs like Joël Robuchon and Guy Savoy, in our Restaurant Guide to that city.

To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,500 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 87 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Blossom

Aria Resort and Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas
Telephone (877) 230-2742
Website www.aria.com/en/restaurants/blossom.html
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

MGM Resorts International
Blossom unites authentic Cantonese cuisine with a global wine list.

With seven Best of Award of Excellence winners, Aria Resort and Casino is an ultimate wine lover’s destination in Vegas. Blossom, which has held its award since 2011, features a Hong Kong–born chef serving authentic Cantonese cuisine and a global wine program. Bordeaux stands out among the 645 selections with lengthy verticals from top producers going back to a 1961 Pétrus ($19,950). There are also strong selections from Burgundy and favorite California names like Opus One and Screaming Eagle. Seventy-four wines are available in half-bottles, including three vintages of Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape starting in 2007. The program is overseen by William Moss, wine director for Aria Resort and Casino.


Bouchon Las Vegas

The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas
Telephone (702) 414-6200
Website www.bouchonbistro.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

David Escalante
Thomas Keller showcases his French cuisine at Bouchon Las Vegas in the Venetian.

Bouchon Las Vegas is a fine-dining concept from famed chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller in the Venetian. Under the direction of head sommelier Paul Peterson, the Best of Award of Excellence–winning list is part French and part domestic, with strengths in Burgundy and California. There are 19 wines available by the glass and plenty of values from superstar producers like the Languedoc's Gérard Bertrand. Pair one of the 500 selections with chef Josh Crain’s French bistro fare and a raw bar of oysters, caviar, lobster, ceviche and more. In addition to Bouchon, Keller owns Grand Award winners Per Se and the French Laundry, as well as Bouchon in Napa Valley, and Bouchon in Beverly Hills, which will close at the end of 2017.


David Burke Prime Steakhouse

Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Ledyard, Conn.
Telephone (860) 312-8753
Website www.davidburkeprime.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

David Burke Prime Steakhouse
David Burke Prime Steakhouse in Foxwoods Resort Casino features a two-story wine tower.

Connecticut is home to 18 casinos including the Foxwoods Resort Casino, where David Burke Prime Steakhouse features classic American cuisine and a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine program. Chef Pedro Avila’s extensive steak selection is matched with a list focusing on California bottles with additional strengths in Italy, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Oregon. A two-story glass wine tower holds many of the restaurant’s 6,310 bottles supplying the 800-selection list composed by wine director Jake Yestingsmeier. Most options hover around the $100 to $200 range, but splurges are available, especially with French reds such as a Château Latour Pauillac 1996.


Emeril’s Chop House

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem, Pa.
Telephone (484) 777-7777
Website www emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-chop-house
Open Reopening late November for dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Emeril’s Chop House
Emeril’s Chop House is undergoing renovations to create a more open look and modern feel.

Known for its rich industrial history, Bethlehem has grown into a casino hotspot. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is home to Emeril’s Chop House, one of several Southern-influenced steak houses owned by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. General manager Jason Lonigro selects the 725 wines on the list, highlighting bottles from California, Bordeaux and Italy that pair with chef Victor Bock’s bold fare. Prices span from a broad selection of bottles under $50 to domestic gems like a six-vintage vertical of Harlan Estate Napa Valley. There are also an impressive 35 wines by the glass, most of which are under $20. The restaurant is temporarily closed for renovations but will reopen by late November.


Giada

The Cromwell Hotel, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas
Telephone (702) 777-3771
Website www.caesars.com/cromwell/giada
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Giada
Giana, located in Las Vegas' Cromwell Hotel, is the Food Network star’s first restaurant.

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for bringing a fresh, California flair to authentic Italian cuisine. In the Cromwell Hotel, she showcases her signature style with a self-titled restaurant that’s earned a Best of Award of Excellence two years in a row. Head sommelier James Bremner manages Giada’s 500 selections spanning a wide range of budgets and tastes. The list is strongest in Italy, France and California, and “Giada’s private reserve cellar” features her favorite Napa Valley bottles from top producers like Harlan Estate and Opus One. Chef William Becker executes De Laurentiis’ menu of signature Italian dishes such as white lasagna with jumbo prawn, lemon ricotta and spiced tomato broth and red wine risotto made with dark chocolate. De Laurentiis is also looking to expand with a second Las Vegas project.


Ponte Vecchio

Niagra Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Telephone (905) 374-6928
Website www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Niagara Casinos
Big California reds are a highlight of Ponte Vecchio’s wine program.

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort features two Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurants under food and beverage director Mario Prudente: 21 Club steak house and Ponte Vecchio. Taking its name from a historic bridge in Florence, Italy, the restaurant specializes in traditional Italian plates with a touch of global influence. Chef Alejandro Winzer serves surprises like grilled radicchio with house-made gnocchi and salsa verde with a Piedmontese rib steak. The 730 selections offer plenty of big, California reds to pair with the hearty dishes, plus aged Italian bottles going back to a Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1981. The list is also strong in France and Canada, with 92 local wines all under $120.


Prime Steakhouse

Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas
Telephone (702) 693-8484
Website www.bellagio.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

MGM Resorts International
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse serves indulgent dishes like filet mignon.

The Bellagio hotel is one of the Las Vegas Strip's beacons of luxury. The sprawling property features a golf course, spa, casino and an impressive eight Restaurant Award winners including Grand Award winner Picasso. Wine director Ernie Taketa oversees the programs, most of which have held their titles for more than a decade. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse boasts the largest list of the Best of Award of Excellence winners, with 825 selections. Taketa brings a mix of classic and New World styles to the program, highlighting domestic regions while offering a strong selection of wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italy. In the kitchen, chef Rob Moore showcases ingredients like wagyu beef and cold-water lobster tail.


T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge

Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Telephone (702) 797-7576
Website www.sclv.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Station Casinos
T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge features a mostly red list to pair with its steaks and chops.

On the outskirts of Las Vegas, Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa offers its own array of attractions including multiple nightlife venues and a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine program. The resort’s steak house, T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge, has held a Restaurant Award since 2008. Chef Mike Deas’ steak-house cuisine complements a primarily red list of 700 selections chosen by corporate wine director Thomas Ratcliff. Twenty-five wines are available by the glass, including a few "sommelier selections" like Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2010 ($45). Ratcliff also offers five pages of domestic “cult wines” featuring top California producers. Another Red Rock Casino restaurant, Salute Trattoria Italiana, earned its first Restaurant Award in 2017.


Thirty-Two

IP Casino Resort & Spa, 850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, Miss.
Telephone (228) 432-3232
Website www.ipbiloxi.com
Open Dinner, Wednesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

Jan Doolittle
Thirty-Two’s wine list of 740 bottles has strengths in California, France, Italy and Germany.

A few hours' drive around the Gulf Coast from New Orleans is the small town of Biloxi, Miss., casinos include big names like Hard Rock and Golden Nugget, plus local brands like IP Casino Resort & Spa. IP's Thirty-Two serves high-end steak and seafood fare with a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine program. Food and beverage assistant director John Gaulke manages the list of 740 selections with highlights in California, France and Italy. Germany is another strength on the list, including a 17-vintage vertical of Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Spätlese Mosel Wehlener Sonnenuhr going back to 1994. Chef Matthew Kallinikos offers American staples like dry-aged steaks and local seafood, as well as a full vegetarian menu with creative options like seared tofu “scallops” and button mushrooms braised “escargot style.”


Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak

Mirage Hotel, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas
Telephone (702) 791-7111
Website www.mirage.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak
Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak has wines from affordable values to high-end trophy bottles.

In Las Vegas’ renowned Mirage Hotel, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak has held a Best of Award of Excellence since 2014. Wine director Robert Conlon built the list of 375 bottles with strengths in California, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italy. While there are plenty of gems from top Bordeaux producers going back to 1970, Conlon also offers values such as the Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 ($64). The list is made to pair with the charred, smoky flavors of chef Matt Chacho’s menu. Chacho dresses up steak house staples in entrées like Tabasco-peppered skirt steak and sides like spicy onion rings with white barbecue sauce and truffle risotto with parmesan.


Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J.
Telephone (609) 441-8355
Website www.vicandanthonys.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Vic & Anthony’s serves classic steaks and a strong wine list in Atlantic City.

With glass-paneled shelves exposing some of the 735-bottle inventory, it’s clear that wine is a centerpiece of the experience at Vic & Anthony’s in Atlantic City. All four locations are Restaurant Award winners, and the chain is part of the Landry’s restaurant group, which has more than 100 Restaurant Award winners around the world. The Atlantic City outpost earned a Best of Award of Excellence three years in a row for its program managed by wine director and general manager Anthony Fiorentino. Wine list highlights include California, France, Italy, Oregon and Australia. There is also a variety of large and small bottle formats, as well as 28 wines by the glass, including a sommelier selection. Crafted by chef Norm Reola, traditional steak house fare is served alongside globally influenced dishes like Szechuan pepper crusted tuna and mushroom gnocchi.


Charlie Palmer Steak

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, 2500 E. Second St., Reno, Nev.
Telephone (775) 789-2456
Website www.charliepalmer.com
Open Dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Charlie Palmer Group
The Reno location of Charlie Palmer Steak has earned a Restaurant Award four years in row.

Charlie Palmer Steak has four Restaurant Award–winning locations across the country. In Reno, Nev.’s Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, Charlie Palmer Steak has held an Award of Excellence since 2014. Wine director Matthew Ralston lists mostly California bottles among the 250 selections, with 36 available by the glass. A majority of the list is under $100, but a page of sommelier selections offers prized bottles such as Château Margaux Margaux 1999 ($754). Chef Cliff Denny’s steaks range from a petite New York strip to a tomahawk rib eye for two, accompanied by classic sides like creamed spinach and potato gratin.


Guy Fieri’s Chophouse

Bally’s Atlantic City
Telephone (609) 340-2350
Website www.caesars.com/ballys-ac/restaurants/guy-fieris-chophouse
Open Dinner, Wednesday to Sunday
Award of Excellence

Tom Briglia
Guy FIeri’s Chophouse brings the celebrity chef’s bold culinary style to Atlantic City.

On the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse earned its first Restaurant Award this year for a 90-selection list strong in California. Nearly all bottles are under $100 with the exception of “Guy’s Stellar Cellar,” a reserve list based on the celebrity chef’s favorites, with pricier options such as Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2013 ($399). Chef Giancarlo Generosi presents Fieri’s signature bold fare with playful dishes like a bacon mac‘n'cheese burger, plus plenty of wood-grilled steaks and chops.

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