Las Vegas is not just home to some of the flashiest casinos and fanciest hotels in the world, as it also offers a variety of award-winning restaurants owned by celebrity chefs. Vegas Eater shares that Sin City has more than 40 big-name chefs who have restaurants on The Strip, and they are popular destinations for the city’s 42.9 million tourists each year. If you’re a foodie who’s ready to prowl the streets of Vegas for the finest cuisines, here are some of the top celebrity chef restaurants in Las Vegas for you to check out.
Morimoto at MGM Grand
Morimoto is Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first restaurant in Las Vegas, and it was inaugurated in October of 2016. The restaurant offers an array of Japanese delights. You will be able to find from teppanyaki and sushi to Morimoto’s signature dishes such as ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’. Morimoto also created the unique Wagyu Manhattan cocktail. This beverage is basically the melted fat of Wagyu steak mixed with Japanese whiskey.
Lago at Bellagio
Lago is a Milanese-inspired restaurant from award-winning chef Julian Serrano. Its selection is mainly for sharing small plates, with three to four items on each. However, the restaurant also serves full entrees such as Piedmontese beef tenderloin with Gorgonzola cheese and one-pound ribeye with sea salt. For drinks, there are 750 bottles of Italian, Oregonian, and Californian wine to choose from. As a bonus, the place also boasts some of the best views of The Fountains of Bellagio.
Giada at The Cromwell
Fans of Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis can have a taste of her Italian cuisine at Giada inside The Cromwell. Some of the must-try dishes are lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, and masala herb chicken meatballs. There are also family-style choices and vegan options. Similar to Lago, it has nice views of Bellagio’s fountains.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace
One of the most authentic English pub experiences can be found at Gordon Ramsay’s 290-seat restaurant at Caesars Palace. In fact, it was voted 2015’s Best British Pub by Las Vegas Review-Journal. The centerpiece is its bar, which serves 36 beers on tap plus another 63 bottled brands. The menu contains native English dishes such as shepherd’s pie, sausage platters, and the classic pub fish and chips. It’s a great place to watch football with friends.
TAKEAWAY: If you’re a Gordon Ramsay and/or Hell’s Kitchen fan, then you’re in luck. The English chef has opened this January his fifth restaurant in Sin City. According to Los Angeles Times, the new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant has already gotten 12.000 reservations in 10 days and includes all of the details seen on the tv show. Located in the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, it is the new hottest restaurant in town.
CUT at The Palazzo
CUT is the award-winning steakhouse of Wolfgang Puck. This venue it’s popular for its signature cuts of beef and other entrees such as Kurobuta Pork Chop and Whole Roasted Stonington Maine Lobster. Next to the dining area is a bar that showcases exclusive cocktails, classic drinks, and a list of 500 wine selections from the US, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia.
Las Vegas in 2018
Compared to the 70s, Las Vegas is not entirely synonymous with the word ‘casino’ anymore. These days, there’s more focus on super clubs, five-star dining, and malls. This is because providing just a venue for gaming doesn’t offer enough variety for the modern day traveler.
For a while, a bidding war between casinos intensified. Establishments fought over which perks to offer to get the most patrons through their doors. But eventually, gaming profits dropped, and the Internet also had a detrimental effect on Vegas casino’s revenues. Because of the emergence of online casinos, gaming has become accessible to the mainstream through innovative portals. The live lobbies hosted on Slingo Casino, for instance, allow players to interact with virtual dealers through a computer browser or mobile device, giving a more realistic experience. Although there are still obvious differences between online and real-world sessions, these options are a good alternative for people who want to play classic games like poker and blackjack from the comfort of their home.
Today, Sin City’s approach is different. The luxury integrated casino resorts invest in luxe entertainment, dining options and boutique malls to entice tourists. Hotel revenue is now higher than gaming revenue. This data indicates that hotels and resorts are now the real attraction in Las Vegas. And these places, of course, are usually the homes of celebrity chef restaurants in Las Vegas.
If you ever step foot in Las Vegas, remember to go all out and try some of the award-winning restaurants along The Strip. For more tips, you can check out Travel For Food Hub’s other restaurant recommendations in North America, including our list of best sushi restaurants in Long Island.
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About the Author: Jeannie Marquez is a foodie with a preference for exotic cuisines. She has traveled around the world to sample the most unique dishes, and has since crossed out 16 countries on her bucket list.