If you wish, every day can be Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas. February 14 doesn’t have to be the only night you take that special someone out for a memorable meal at one of the city’s most amazing foodie destinations. Here are some of the restaurants that offer fabulous cuisine and a romantic atmosphere throughout the year.
What could spark a romance more naturally than time spent in Paris? the Restaurant Eiffel Tower (702.948.6937) in Paris is as close to the real thing as it gets, a majestic meal of updated classic French cuisine with elevated views of the Bellagio fountains and the Strip. It’s a great destination to go all out with signature offerings such as Beef Wellington, Whole Dover Sole, Escargots à la Bourguignonne and a Valrhona Chocolate or a classic Grand Marnier Soufflé, but this menu is truly versatile. . You can also sip champagne with a tower of chilled seafood, or go vegetarian with a beautifully composed creation of Swiss chard, squash and marinated tofu.
For a completely different vision of French cuisine and a decidedly modern energy, visit the Joel Robuchon’s work shop (702.891.7358) at the MGM Grand, where the innovative approach of the “Chef of the Century” is showcased through playful interaction and experimentation. Take a few seats at the counter and watch the culinary creativity at work while enjoying colorful dishes such as caramelized kampachi with endive salad, foie gras stuffed quails, kusshi oysters poached in French salted butter and beignets crispy langoustines with basil pesto. If exploration is your love language, this unique destination is for you.
One of the best restaurants for a classic Las Vegas experience is actually in Henderson. Hank’s Fine Steaks and Martinis (702.617.7515) at the Green Valley Ranch has long been one of the Valley’s most beloved steakhouses, and its elegant yet charming decor and regular live entertainment create a special vibe every night. Make a reservation, explore the extensive wine selection, choose your favorite steak from Hank’s national and Japanese cuts, and don’t skip the bananas at Table Foster for two.
Opposite the valley, echo and platform (702.489.3525) at the Tivoli Village is a favorite steakhouse with a more casual atmosphere and an extensive selection of small plates to share on the menu, perfect for an intimate evening. Grab a martini from the downstairs bar before heading up a grand flight of stairs and sharing white risotto with blistered tomatoes, lamb rolls in tzatziki sauce and Maryland crab cakes to start. An expertly grilled steak from the in-house butcher is always a good idea, but if you’re looking for something lighter, check out the prawns and artichokes in a white wine and caper sauce with lemon or organic king salmon with purple sweet potatoes.
Sometimes the most romantic experience is one of familiarity, a return to a place or experience where everything feels right. To meet that bill, look no further than Piero’s Italian cuisine (702.369.2305), the old-school Italian institution near the Las Vegas Convention Center. Generations of Vegas locals and visitors have made this restaurant their favorite spot over the years, and its inimitable surroundings and consistent cooking make it easy to see why. Step back to the days when everything was hotter, easier and absolutely delicious when you take your partner to Piero.
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