Las Vegas is a foodie town now more than ever before, thanks in part to the sheer volume of celebrity chefs who have opened up restaurants here. From Wolfgang Puck, whose Vegas version of Spago started the migration of celebrity chefs to Las Vegas, to Giada de Laurentiis, who chose Vegas as her the site for her first-ever restaurant, these names will put stars in your eyes. Their cuisine is exquisite and well worth the splurge. Read on to discover what you need to know about dining at each restaurant—and what dishes you need to try.
When Wolfgang Puck opened the Las Vegas version of his classic restaurant, he became a trailblazer; more and more celebrity chefs followed suit. Still home to the power lunch and a place to be seen more than 20 years after it opened, you'll want to dress to impress when you dine here.
This Food Network superstar chose Las Vegas as the home of her first-ever restaurant, and, true to form, her dedication to healthy yet flavorful cuisine shines through. One of the toughest reservations in town, the restaurant recently added breakfast and lunch options to accommodate diners; reservations for dinner are still a must.
Known as the "Too Hot Tamales," Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger first found success in Los Angeles, then on Food Network, and have authored too many cookbooks to count. Their modern cuisine is a blissful experience for the mouth. Be sure to check out happy hour here, as well as the numerous special menus created seasonally.
A guy who's eaten his way through Vegas since his college days, everyone who comes into contact with the affable chef can't help but smile. You'll want to order a few items to share at the table here, and don't miss the build-your-own Bloody Marys.
Las Vegas' very own rock-star chef, Kerry Simon, is at the helm of this stunning downtown eatery; its long counter is designed to look like you're eating in his home—and that's exactly how this dining experience feels. Reservations are a must.
Another early entry into Vegas' fine-dining scene (1999), this stunner from Charlie Palmer features a four-story-tall wine tower with wine angel stewards, who gracefully ascend the tower on wires to retrieve bottles; outside the main room, Swan Court beckons to romantics. It's won Wine Spectator's Grand Award every year since it opened.
Bam! Globally recognized chef Emeril Lagasse creates specialty menus for the football season geared to each team's city; it'll bring you back again and again. Best bet: host your football party here and rent a private room—you can kick back in comfort while watching the game.
Known for trying different concepts and keeping his menus current and relevant, Michael Mina's exceptional cuisine tops the list of restaurants to try at Aria. A wine connoisseur's nirvana, selections are available from the regions of Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone and Loire Valley. There's also a champagne cart.
Chicago chef extraordinaire Shawn McClain upped Vegas' game when he opened this exquisite restaurant. Not one to complicate things, McClain's genius lies in his use of simple, clean flavors and artisanal ingredients. You'll delight is his divine tasting menu, and don't leave without savoring a selection from the absinthe cart.
Todd English's locations are truly unforgettable—the patio at this Mediterranean sensation looks out over Lake Bellagio, so it's one of your best options in town for watching the Bellagio Fountains (which start at 3 pm M-F and noon Sa-Su). Be sure to sit as close as you can to the edge, lest other patrons get in front of your camera.
One of the most lauded steakhouses that's opened in recent years, this offering from the "Hell's Kitchen" chef is still a hot ticket—if you don't have a reservation, don't show up unless it's real early or real late. Ramsay's don't-miss signatures include the Beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding.
The "Cake Boss" is on the Strip, and his cuisine is as unforgettable as his personality. On the weekends, there's no better place to do brunch; those who dine in the evening will want to sit next to a window for in-the-midst-of-it views of the mid-Strip's neon.
The king of the refined dining experience, it's no wonder Joël Robuchon has been named the Chef of the Century. This is the only place you'll find his refined cuisine in the United States, and you could make a meal of choosing selections from the bread cart. Throw caution to the wind and choose the most elaborate tasting menu.
Creative and eclectic, José Andrés does meat like nobody's business. Gather as large a group as you can muster and try the suckling pig, available whole (must be pre-ordered) or by the quarter. The add-ons really add up (and you'll want to try a little of everything), so a peek at the menu before you go is a good idea.
Fashionable doesn't begin to cover it—this steakhouse courtesy of Tom Colicchio lets you see into its wood-burning ovens and also displays the firewood like artwork throughout. The best time of day to visit is at dusk, when the sky's glorious changing colors can be seen through the restaurant's sky light.
Not only celebrity chef but a DJ, Hubert Keller offers one of the most expensive creations on the Strip, the FleurBurger 5000 (yes, as in $5,000) a foie gras and black truffle-topped Kobe burger accompanied by a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995, served in a flute that can be shipped home to you. It's one of the Strip's best indulgences!
A master of Spanish cooking, Julian Serrano's newest restaurant lets you sample Italian-style small bites—and there are so many delicious things to try. Sit right up against the floor-to-ceilings windows when it's not seasonable to sit on the patio; to say the views of the Bellagio Fountains are dramatic is an understatement.
San Diego chef Brian Malarkey made his way east, to our good fortune, to open this contemporary casual gem. It's adjacent to Omnia nightclub, so on club nights, dine at the restaurant and enter the club through the private walkway that ushers you inside away from the throngs standing in line outside.
Rick Moonen's commitment to sustainable fishing practices makes this chef's mission even more admirable, and the steampunk-inspired design of his dining room adds additional charm. But you've never experienced comfort food like this. Make seafood a major component of your meal—Moonen's is some of the best we've ever had.
Family recipes get a bold update from the bold and brilliant Steve Martorano, whose South Beach-inspired restaurants serve up the best meatball in town. Diners who want a laid-back vibe should dine before 8 pm, after which the scene morphs into that of a nightclub.