Cupid’s annual celebration might be right around the corner, but when it comes to romantic dining in Las Vegas, any day of the year can feel like Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s mid-February or mid-August there are dozens of romantic restaurants to choose from and most have incredible decórs and views to go along with their gourmet delights.
Here is a quick run-down of a few favorites:
Romantic Restaurants with a View
Guests lucky enough to get a patio seat at Picasso can view the spectacular Bellagio fountain show along with their gourmet dinner. Tastefully decorated, Picasso features the French and Spanish flavors from the regions that inspired Pablo Picasso, as interpreted by master chef Julian Serrano. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 866-259-7111.
One of Vegas’ best epicurean gems is located northwest of the Strip in the Lakes District. About a twenty minute cab ride from either downtown or the Strip Marche Bacchus has been a local’s favorite for years. The patio seating around the man-made lake is so serene and quiet you feel like you’re at someone’s house. Picking out a wine in the attached wine market to accompany your meal means you can afford dessert. Marche Bacchus is small and intimate, so be sure to call (702) 804-8008 for reservations.
Another great option for patio dining that features a moderately priced menu is Mon Ami Gabi located outside Paris Las Vegas. In addition to being open for dinner, the gourmet bistro is also pen for lunch and week-end brunch. Sitting right along the Strip, it offers lots people watching and one of the best views of the Bellagio fountains.
Another quality gourmet restaurant with a view at Paris Las Vegas is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant located atop the iconic tower. Other great views: Nove Italiano in the Palms Fantasy Tower, Top of the World at the Stratosphere and the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay.
(For just a drink with a view, check out Mix atop the THEhotel at Mandalay Bay tower.)
Excellent Italian Restaurants
French restaurants don’t have a corner on romantic fine dining in Las Vegas. For those who love great Italian food, Valentino’s at the Venetian has been winning epicurean awards ever since it opened in 2003. One reason is their attention to detail. For instance they smoke their salmon for 23 days in-house and Chef Luciano Pellegrini uses wild mushrooms, goat cheese and other exotic ingredients in secret, unbelievable top-chef ways.
Nove Italiano at the Palms has a great view and is another excellent choice for Italian food in Las Vegas. Note: like the Palms resort itself, Nove Italiano generally attracts a younger, sexier crowd, due in part to its location just below the Playboy Club in the Palms Fantasy Tower. Call (702) 942-6800 for reservations.
Other gourmet Italian restaurants on or near the Strip are: the exclusive Sinatra’s at the Wynn, Wolfgang Puck’s Trattoria del Lupo inside Mandalay Bay, the old school wise guys and local’s favorite Piero’s at 355 Convention Center Drive and Il Mulino at New York New York.
Excellent French Restaurants
Many of the best French restaurants in Las Vegas also have great the best romantic views (see above). The aforementioned Marche Bacchus in the Lakes District, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant and Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas compete with Le Cirque at the Bellagio for best French food in Las Vegas. Reservations are a must at Le Cirque, (866) 259-7111
Another excellent French restaurant in Las Vegas is Andre’s at the Monte Carlo. It offers an excellent French Nouveau menu along with a separate cognac and cigar bar to continue your conversations after dinner.
Excellent Seafood Restaurants
For gourmet seafood lovers, the exquisite Italian dining experience at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at the Wynn will also make you immediately start planning your return visit. Specializing in Italian seafood, chef Paul Bartolotta uses sea bass, purple snapper, turbot and a host of other types of fish in so many spectacular ways he won the 2009 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef Southwest (that’s best chef for the entire southwestern United States!). Mostly he likes to roast them whole and serve them by weight, but the menu is also full of classic Italian fare. Reservations required, call (888) 352-3463.
Other top quality, romantic seafood hideaways: Sushi Roku at Caesar’s Palace, The Tillerman at 2245 E. Flamingo, the brand new American Fish at Aria and Hugo’s Cellar downtown at the Four Queens.
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For those looking to cover all tastes, check out Charlie Palmer’s Aureole inside Mandalay Bay. Known for their four-story wine rack and award winning blend of European and American cuisine, they feature an excellent Parallel Tasting Menu that will delight your taste buds, fill your belly and make you smile. Whether you do the tasting menu or not, it’s hard to get out of Aureole for anything less than $100/pp ($150/pp with wine), but for those who want to celebrate a special occasion, you won’t be disappointed. (Reservations strongly recommended, (877) 234-6358.) Note: Aureole has added a Happy Hour from 5:30-7PM nightly featuring 2-for-1 pricing on all wine, beer and cocktails in both the downstairs lounge and the upstairs wine lounge!
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