It’s no secret that there are exceptional wine restaurants inside casinos, but with all the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, it’s easy to overlook the city’s serious culinary credibility. The kitchens on the Strip certainly embrace the surrounding lavishness, offering caviar, foie gras and extensive wine lists. The dining options—from an unrivaled density of world-renowned chefs such as Charlie Palmer, Emeril Lagasse, Joël Robuchon, Julian Serrano and Guy Savoy—make this city a destination for any discerning food or wine lover.
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Aureole Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (702) 632-7401
Guests enter the dining room at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, housed in the Mandalay Bay Resort, via stairs that wrap around a 42-foot glass-enclosed wine tower, where "wine angels" in silver uniforms pluck your bottle from Lucite bins. These bins hold bottles of the restaurant’s Grand Award–winning 2,700 selections, managed by sommelier Taylor Roth, including standouts from Burgundy, California, Italy, Bordeaux, Germany, the Rhône, Spain and Champagne. This means diners have plenty to choose from to pair with chef Anthony Taormina's progressive American cuisine. There are seafood plates like Alaskan halibut with corn and saffron sauce and diver scallops with squash, as well as meatier entrées such as beef filet with Cabernet sauce and Wagyu ribcap with shishito pepper and black garlic.
The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino
Telephone (702) 414-3737
The man behind the Venetian’s Delmonico Steakhouse is chef Emeril Lagasse, who has honed his flair for showmanship and boldly flavorful food, creating this shrine to premium beef. While chef Daniel Tederous executes New Orleans–inspired steak-house fare, sommelier Dylan Amos oversees the nearly 2,500-selection Grand Award–winning wine list, which includes a wealth of California Cabernet but embraces France (especially Burgundy and Bordeaux), Italy, Australia and Oregon as well. The by-the-glass program is similarly structured, with international picks alongside the primary focus on California, including several premium pours available via Coravin.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
MGM Grand Hotel, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (702) 891-7925
Joël Robuchon Restaurant's seasonally changing menu reflects the late chef’s command of—and fascination with—global ingredients. Located in the MGM Grand, the restaurant boasts a Grand Award–winning wine list of nearly 1,900 selections, overseen by wine director Michael Rone. There are strengths in Burgundy, Bordeaux, California and the Rhône; guests may choose from a wide range of collectible bottles from star names like Château Lafite Rothschild and François Raveneau. It’s all presented in the restaurant’s townhouse-inspired interior, which is adorned with jewel tones, marble floors and chandeliers.
Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (702) 693-8105
At Bellagio’s Picasso, 25 works by the Spanish master—worth an estimated $250 million and watched continuously by 74 miniature security cameras—are incorporated into the decor. Fortunately, the wine and food live up to the impressive setting. Executive chef Julian Serrano, a native of Madrid, has overseen Picasso's French and Spanish–influenced cuisine since the restaurant's founding in 1998. Serrano offers prix fixe and tasting menus, and he excels with seafood of all types. Dishes include poached oysters with caviar, Maine lobster salad with dijon-citrus vinaigrette and seared halibut with hollandaise. Managed by wine director Douglas Kim, the wine list includes almost 1,600 selections, with particularly strong offerings from Burgundy, California, Bordeaux, Spain, Italy and Champagne.
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., S., Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (702) 731-7286
Broadcasting French food to foreign locations such as Las Vegas, Burgundy native Guy Savoy says, is a natural part of globalization. The menu at his Caesars Palace restaurant imports a plethora of luxurious ingredients. Signature items such as the artichoke and black truffle soup with toasted mushroom brioche, now prepared by chef Nicolas Costagliola, have survived the trip across the pond, while certain items on the à la carte menu are unique to the United States. His Grand Award–winning wine list remains loyal to France, with 2,300 selections and strengths in Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, the Rhône, Champagne and the Loire. But there are also exciting bottles from other international locations like a vertical of Italy's Gaja Langhe Sorì San Lorenzo going back to 1988.
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