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On the Strip and off, the best Las Vegas restaurants are inspiring food-loving tourists to make reservations-and mark their calendars. According to Travel+Leisure, more than 60 restaurants in Las Vegas have just opened, been redesigned, or plan to open soon. Within a decade, Las Vegas has redefined the culinary and wine experience by offering the most comprehensive collection of celebrity chefs, world-class restaurants and Master Sommeliers (12) of any destination in the world.


Southern Nevada is home to more than 5,000 general restaurants and 375 buffets. These numbers are just a small part of the overall food & beverage culture in the region and do not account for the thousands of snack bars, take-out venues and drinking establishments, which also populate the area.


Bon Appétit magazine, a leading authority in the culinary world, cemented Las Vegas' place among U.S. dining capitals by declaring the destination as one of the nation's top five restaurant cities. In fact, the publication has partnered with Las Vegas and the destination's resorts, to host an annual epicurean event called Vegas Uncork'd. The four-day event in the spring provides an intimate connection with legendary chefs, along with epic events featuring their delectable creations.


For one week each year, June 15-26, 2015, more than 100 of Las Vegas' fine dining establishments participate in the city's annual Restaurant Week. Working to end hunger in southern Nevada, a portion of all Restaurant Week sales benefit Three Square Food Bank. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus from three tiered price points.


Las Vegas continues to be recognized year after year for its quality restaurants. For 2015, Las Vegas AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurants include Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Twist at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio. Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA Five Diamond Award winners make up less than one-half percent of nearly 31,000 AAA-approved properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.


Additionally, Las Vegas is home to 25 AAA Four Diamond Award winners and the restaurants can be found throughout the Strip.


What's New?
As the dining scene continues to evolve in Las Vegas, new restaurants continue to open nearly every month, providing unique experiences for repeat visitors. Some of the many new restaurants include the following:


Lago at Bellagio is the newest restaurant by Chef Julian Serrano . Lago is the first Italian restaurant from the award-winning Serrano, whose namesake Spanish tapas eatery at ARIA Resort & Casino and French-inspired fine dining room Picasso at Bellagio are among the most popular dining destinations on the Strip.


Searsucker Las Vegas recently made its debut at Caesars Palace. Known for its growing number of award-winning new American restaurants, Las Vegas will become the fourth outpost helmed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. The restaurant introduces locals and tourists alike to American classic comfort foods with a contemporary spin, set in a laid-back atmosphere.


James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina pays homage to the café culture of Paris with BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino. This classic French brasserie experience offers traditional brasserie fare for dinner and weekend brunch, including roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade, foie gras en croute and more.


Featuring approachable American cuisine, spellbinding cocktails and Las Vegas' first bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker, HEXX kitchen │ bar │ chocolate at Paris Las Vegas is making waves in the Las Vegas restaurant scene. Situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip with unparalleled views of the Fountains of Bellagio from the spacious patio and dining room, HEXX serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24 hours a day.


Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin is the latest restaurant from Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla. The couple, which has already seen success with Las Vegas' Honey Salt and Made.LV, has combined Blau's East Coast design influence with Chef Canteenwalla's bright and modern takes on traditional steakhouse fare to create a truly unique experience.


50 Eggs, Inc. recently opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel and featuring a talented culinary team, 50 Eggs, Inc. has been helping redefine dining in South Florida for the last 10 years, from fast casual to approachable fine dining.


Two Michelin-starred celebrity chef Alex Stratta has opened his hotly anticipated new restaurant, Tapas by Alex Stratta, at Tivoli Village. The restaurant will serve a variety of cultivated and contemporary small plates driven by the flavors of the Mediterranean with prominent Spanish accents.


Fremont East Entertainment District in downtown Las Vegas is home to the new Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky, an intimate Asian restaurant and bar, at the base of The Ogden. The menu is simple, but satisfying, offering a blank canvas for patrons to create their own ramen bowl. Itsy Bitsy features an extensive beverage menu, complete with masterfully mixed cocktails and craft beers.


Also downtown, Chef Bradley Manchester has opened Glutton. The restaurant features an eclectic menu of New American cuisine for lunch and dinner daily. Located on Carson Avenue, across 7th Street from Downtown Container Park, Glutton showcases savory meats, locally sourced produce, house-made pastas and seafood from the Pacific Northwest.


Bōchō Downtown Sushi is also new to the area and offers a great lunch menu with boxes and lunch sets. For dinner plans, the omakase, "chef's choice," special for $75 per person will be the pick for adventurous diners.


The 2014 opening of SLS Las Vegas brought a diverse range of cuisine, including José Andres' Bazaar Meat, a carnivorous reinvention of his famed restaurant The Bazaar. A mix of new and re-imagined concepts include the Mediterranean escape Cleo; Katsuya by Starck; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria; Northside Cafe and Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book, featuring an outdoor patio and a sports book operated by global gaming leader William Hill. The property also introduces all-new concepts like Ku Noodle, a casual Asian eatery also by Andrés and Perq.


New York-New York Hotel & Casino is turning up the flavor on its dynamic new plaza experience with the addition of fan-favorite restaurants Tom's Urban and Shake Shack. Tom's Urban delivers an energetic experience with a fun and modern menu featuring offerings that range from Butter Poached Lobster + Shrimp Tacos and Xiangxiang Crispy Duck Wings to Tailgater Bratwurst Breakfast sliders.


The family behind Las Vegas' longest running family-owned and operated Italian restaurant, Ferrano's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar has opened up a new pizza concept at Sunset Station. Pizza Forte offers New York-style pizza and square, Roman-style pan pizza by the slice and other housemade Italian favorites. The family's goal is to open 10 locations within the next 18 to 24 months. The next location will be at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, scheduled to open later this spring.


Delano Las Vegas brought a touch of South Beach to the Strip when the property opened last Sept.. Guests can savor artisanal teas, freshly squeezed juices and artisan-roasted coffees, including the exclusive Delano blend, in a comfortable retreat at 3940 Coffee + Tea. Historic farmhouse meets urban eatery at Della's Kitchen, blending responsibly sourced ingredients with a chic, industrial aesthetic. The café features a menu centered on local and regional ingredients, including a variety from nearby hydroponic farms and Delano Las Vegas' own greenhouse. At Franklin, rare, premium liquors, more than two dozen craft beers by the bottle and a selection of wines-by-the-glass highlight the cocktail-centric drink menu. Alongside libations, guests enjoy a selection of whimsical small bites and appetizers ranging from fried pig's ears to charcuterie. Soaring high atop Delano Las Vegas and boasting extraordinary views of the Las Vegas Strip, Rivea will debut in 2015 serving French and Italian cuisine from internationally celebrated chef Alain Ducasse.


Border Grill, the second Vegas location from Chefs/Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales," is now open daily for lunch and dinner inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. Located on the first floor and adjacent to the distinctive spiraling escalator, the stylish new restaurant encompasses an open floor plan, including an indoor patio that flows into the cantina lounge, a dynamic ceviche bar, demonstration kitchen, private dining room and bar.


The LINQ Promenade offers a variety of dining options, including Off The Strip Bistro with its popular steaks, chops, seafood and pasta dishes. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar introduces a new concept in Mexican dining, combining a DJ, mechanical bull, tequila and cocktail selection and a blend of authentic and innovative Mexican food. BLVD. Cocktail Company gives new meaning to piano bar. This lounge showcases amazing talent from around the world while presenting unique cocktails in a dazzling atmosphere. Pizza pies and craft beers can be found at Flour & Barley. The restaurant creates individual brick oven-style pizzas with wood-fired crusts and features barrel-aged and handcrafted cocktails along with an extensive beer program. And for those looking for something sweet, Sprinkles Cupcakes is the place to be. Its specialties include 50 cupcake flavors, cookies, ice cream and a 24-hour Cupcake ATM, perfect for Las Vegas' round-the-clock nature. Additional outlets include: Brooklyn Bowl, Tilted Kilt and Yard House.

Palms Casino Resort introduced Lao Sze Chuan in 2014, an authentic Chinese Sze Chuan cuisine restaurant by renowned Chicago chef, Tony Hu. Honored with the Michelin Guide "Bib Gourmand" distinction for two consecutive years, Lao Sze Chuan is one of 16 restaurants owned by Hu. Lao Sze Chuan at Palms is the seventh location of the popular Chicago-based restaurant and Hu's first Las Vegas venture. Lao Sze Chuan offers a robust menu of Sze Chuan cuisine and a selection of popular Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes made especially for the Palms location, featuring the standout quality and remarkable flavor guests have come to expect from the restaurant.


BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas is an interpretation of the American steakhouse with traditional fare and a bistro ambiance. Indulge in its renowned popovers-airy, warm Gruyère-laced puffs of dough-along with the brand's tuna tartare, chopped vegetable salad and specially selected steaks.


Las Vegas now has a new restaurant for casual, creative Mexican cuisine. Mercadito at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa draws from culinary experiences of Mexican markets. It features a wide variety of creative tacos made with corn masa tortillas, five different guacamoles, three choices of refreshing ceviche and classic dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos.


Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar also at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, features a new Rustic American dining experience utilizing simple, seasonal and sustainable ingredients paired with masterfully hand-crafted cocktails.


Making his Strip debut, Steve Martorano's second Las Vegas location is now open at Paris Las Vegas. In typical Martorano fashion, the popular cook, DJ and author brings to the new location his signature dishes and his one-of-a-kind entertainment offerings. Martorano's at Paris Las Vegas features the classics as well as specialty menu items fans have come to know and love. Menu items include the signature eggplant stack, "macaroni" including rigatoni Sunday pork gravy, bucatini carbonara, veal cutlet Martorano and his famous homemade meatballs.


Coming Soon


VISTA Cocktail Lounge, an upscale, interactive cocktail experience will premiere at Caesars Palace May 2015. The Lounge will be located off the main casino floor, complementing the neighboring Hakkasan Group properties OMNIA Nightclub and Searsucker Restaurant. The experiential cocktail bar and lounge will create a cozy, yet still modern atmosphere combining immersive and hi-tech offerings alongside custom-crafted cocktails.


Masaharu Morimoto, renowned Japanese chef and star of Food Network's "Iron Chef America," will soon bring his passion for cooking to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of Morimoto Las Vegas, at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. The restaurant will feature contemporary Japanese cuisine and signature sushi that has earned Chef Morimoto worldwide acclaim.


Gordon Ramsay's Fish & Chips will open at The LINQ Promenade later this year. The chef's fourth Las Vegas restaurant will be located near the High Roller, Caesars Entertainment's 550-foot tall observation wheel, and will serve classic dishes such bangers and mash, chicken planks and seafood dishes.


Chinese restaurant MR CHOW is set to open inside Caesars Palace later this year. This will be the seventh location for the upscale Chinese restaurant. Popular dishes include the chicken satay, green prawns, hand-made pulled noodles and Beijing duck. Once it's completed, the restaurant will overlook the Garden of the Gods swimming pool complex.


Wahlburgers, the popular fast casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg, and the focus of A&E Network's Emmy-nominated reality show of the same name, will open inside the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas later this year. Two other locations will follow within the next five years. Katana-Ya, the Michelin-recommended noodle shop out of San Francisco, has also announced plans to expand to the Grand Bazaar Shops later this year with its famed gyoza, tempura, sushi and ramen.


Hooters has announced plans for a new location at Palms Casino Resort to open this spring. The 15,200 square foot space, alongside the Palms Pool, plans to seat more than 500 guests, claiming the title of world's largest Hooters. The large poolside bar is slated to open in early May, and the two-story main dining room inside Palms will open shortly after.


As part of a property-wide revitalization, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino will open the first all organic café in partnership with Suzanne Sommers. Suzanne's Organic Café will feature recipes from Suzanne's cook books and will be made entirely of organic ingredients. The café is scheduled to debut in May.


In anticipation of a summer 2015 grand opening, Rick Harrison, owner of Pawn Plaza, has announced plans for three culinary outlets: Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern, Poutine Vegas of Ontario's Smoke's Poutinerie and Rita's Italian Ice. Poutine Vegas will serve an exclusive Poutine menu with its Signature Gravy, Fresh Hand-Cut Fries, Squeaky Cheese Curds and an unlimited combination of toppings like double-smoked bacon, flat iron steak, grilled chicken, caramelized onions, sautéed peppers and many more mouthwatering options. Rita's Italian Ice, will feature custom Italian ices frozen custards, and Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern is a Harrison family favorite. Rollin Smoke BBQ is known worldwide for their "Arkansas Style" southern hickory smoked BBQ meats and their "Hand-Rubbed" and Ole Hickory Pits smoked goodness. The restaurant will feature signature sandwiches and smoked meats, homemade sides and competition style BBQ ribs. The upstairs Tavern will overlook the Las Vegas Strip and will pour up to 16 beers on tap.


The Venetian has announced plans for Meizhou Dongpo to open its first location in Nevada and its third in the U.S. at the Grand Canal Shoppes in early 2016. The Las Vegas location will serve as the flagship for the brand in the U.S. in terms of sheer size and décor. The popular and highly regarded Chinese restaurant is a global brand distinguished by its sophisticated Sichuan fare that reflects the storied history of true Chinese culinary tradition.


Rainforest Café will open a new location in Las Vegas in the summer of 2015. The restaurant will open at the intersection of Harmon and the Las Vegas Strip, offering a dining space with outdoor balcony seating.


Celebrity Chefs
Historically, major hotel-casinos featured "gourmet rooms" in order to cater to high rollers' tastes. Each restaurant created an ambience designed to transport diners to a world far away from the casino action. However, by the late '90s, high-end eateries became the rage with their appeal extending far beyond high rollers. Las Vegas hotels recruited some of the top chefs in the world to open and run restaurants inside their properties. Today, Las Vegas has the most comprehensive collection of the world's top chefs and television icons. Continuing to satisfy Las Vegas visitors' appetites, they include - in alphabetical order:


 Paul Bartolotta (Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas)
 Mario Batali (B&B Burger and Beer, B & B Ristorante, Otto at The Venetian Las Vegas and Carnevino at The Palazzo Las Vegas)
 Daniel Bouloud (db Brasserie at The Venetian Las Vegas)
 Kim Canteenwalla (Buddy V's Ristorante at The Venetian Las Vegas, Honey Salt at Boca Park and Made. LV at Tivoli Village, Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin)
 Tom Colicchio (Craftsteak at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Heritage Steak at The Mirage Hotel & Casino)
 Scott Commings (Gordon Ramsey Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace)
 Giada De Laurentiis (GIADA at The Cromwell)
 Alain Ducasse (miX at Delano Las Vegas)
 Joseph Elevado (Andrea's at Encore Las Vegas)
 Todd English (Olives at Bellagio, Todd English P.U.B. at The Shops at Crystals)
 Guy Fieri (Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino)
 Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Forum Shops at Caesars)
 Bobby Flay (Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace and Bobby's Burger Palace at Crystals)
 Pierre Gagnaire (Twist at Mandarin Oriental)
 Devin Hashimoto (Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas)
 Hubert Keller (Fleur at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Burger Bar at Mandalay Place)
 Thomas Keller (Bouchon at The Venetian Las Vegas)
 Emeril Lagasse (Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian Las Vegas, Table 10 and Lagasse Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas)
 Mark LoRusso (Botero Steak at Encore Las Vegas)
 Sirio Maccioni (Le Cirque at Bellagio)
 Steve Martorano (Café Martorano at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and Paris Las Vegas)
 Brian Malarkey (Searsucker at Caesars Palace)
 Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Nobu Caesars Palace)
 Jean-Philippe Maury (Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio and JP Patisserie at ARIA Resort & Casino)
 Maurizio Mazzon (Canaletto at The Venetian and Il Fornaio at New York-New York)
 Shawn McClain (Sage and Five50 at ARIA Resort & Casino)
 Matthias Merges (Yusho at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino)
 Michael Mina (Michael Mina Pub 1842 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, MICHAEL MINA at Bellagio, Strip Steak at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino)
 Tom Moloney (AquaKnox at The Venetian Las Vegas)
 Rick Moonen (RM Seafood and RX Boiler Room at Mandalay Place)
 Charlie Palmer (Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Charlie Palmer Steak at The Four Seasons)
 Francois Payard (Payard Patisserie at Caesars Palace)
 Frank Pellegrino Sr., Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci (Rao's at Caesars Palace)
 Wolfgang Puck (Spago and at The Forum Shops at Caesars, Postrio at The Venetian Las Vegas, CUT at The Palazzo Las Vegas, Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Downtown Summerlin)
 Gordon Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino)
 Joël Robuchon (L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon at The Mansion at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino)
 André Rochat (Alizé at the Palms Casino Resort, Andre's Monte Carlo Resort and Casino)
 Alex Stratta (Tapas by Alex Stratta at Tivoli Village)
 Guy Savoy (Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace)
 Julian Serrano (Picasso and Lago at Bellagio and Julian Serrano at ARIA Resort & Casino)
 Kerry Simon (Simon at Palms Place, KGB at Harrah's Las Vegas, Carson Kitchen downtown)
 Masayoshi Takayama (barMASA and Tetsu at ARIA Resort & Casino)
 Buddy Velastro (Buddy V's and Carlo's Bakery at The Venetian Las Vegas)
 Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Prime at Bellagio and Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Resort & Casino)
 Christina Wilson (Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas)
 Michael White (Fiamma at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino)


Uniquely Las Vegas Dining Experiences
Las Vegas is home to a number of unique dining experiences, from classic era gourmet rooms to one-of-a-kind celebrity chef restaurants.


Giada De Laurentiis' first and only restaurant, GIADA, is located at The Cromwell. The cornerstone of the boutique hotel and casino, GIADA boasts priceless views, signature dishes and a warm and inviting atmosphere, all a reflection of De Laurentiis' vision. Located on the second story of The Cromwell, above the most exciting and dynamic intersection in the world, GIADA accommodates nearly 300 guests and encompasses three dining experiences - a dining room, a lounge and a terrace. The priceless views of the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace make every seat in the space an unforgettable experience.


Chef Daniel Boulud's db Brasserie at The Venetian Las Vegas is an updated version of a French brasserie, with a contemporary twist and international appeal. The April 2014 opening marked Boulud's return to the Las Vegas Strip.


Returning to the home of his Alma Mater, Guy Fieri has opened Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Resort & Casino. The Strip-front location offers guests a taste of Fieri's signature cuisine, featuring bold flavors and unique twists on traditional dishes. Open daily for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining, the 200-seat restaurant features a delicious blend of casual foods, including an extensive variety of burgers, wings, tacos, small bites and shareable food items.


Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon and Managing Partner Cory Harwell have opened Carson Kitchen, the chef's first and only neighborhood restaurant concept at the John E. Carson Hotel. The American gastro-lounge blends the award-winning gourmet flavors of Simon with the funky, hipster vibe of Downtown by offering an ingredient-driven menu at approachable prices.


Carlo's Bakery, the setting of TLC's hit reality show "Cake Boss," opened its very first store west of the Mississippi River right here in Las Vegas. Located just adjacent to Buddy Valastro's first and only Italian restaurant, Buddy V's, in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Las Vegas, Carlo's Bakery features fan favorites, including Buddy's cannoli, lobster tail pastry, Italian cookies and of course, his famous cakes.


Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is Las Vegas' longest running, family-owned and operated restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere, has offered guests a five-star experience, specializing in freshly made pastas and sauces, legendary ossobuco, savory risottos, expertly prepared all-natural meats, Safe Harbor® seafood, as well as an extensive award-winning wine list.


Piero's Italian Cuisine opened its doors in 1982 and quickly became known as the hangout for locals, celebrities, politicians and the famed Rat Pack. The venue seats 345 and has six separate dining rooms. No other restaurant in town has been engrained into the local culture quite like Piero's.


Las Vegas has always been synonymous with opulent food and excellent service. This was the most evident in the destination's luxury gourmet rooms. Most became a casualty of the celebrity chef craze, however, a handful remain, including Michael's at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, Golden Steer on Sahara and Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens in downtown Las Vegas. Step back in time to red velvet banquettes, table captains and cherries jubilee.


Located inside La Vegas' oldest hotel, Dupar's, is the birthplace of the 99 cent shrimp cocktail. Although the price has increased over the years, this traditional diner at The Golden Gate remains a popular stop on many visitors' itineraries.


In the early '40s, the first buffet opened at the original El Rancho Vegas Hotel, the Las Vegas Strip's first hotel. Beldon Katleman, El Rancho's owner, initiated the all-you-can-eat-for-a-dollar "Midnight Chuck Wagon Buffet" in an effort to keep patrons on the property during late-night hours. His idea of treating guests to an elaborate array of food for a small price was copied again and again, and as a result, the Las Vegas buffet has earned its place in the city's history.

Buffets are still popular in Las Vegas, and several properties are taking their buffet experiences to the next level by offering unique and exclusive experiences from all-day passes to gourmet chef's table experiences.


Caesars Entertainment's family of Las Vegas resorts offers guests all-day, unlimited access to dine in six resort buffet restaurants with the Buffet of Buffets pass. Guests may purchase a 24-hour buffet pass from any participating buffet's cashier stations for use at Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo, Flavors at Harrah's Las Vegas, Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas, Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Carnival World Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.


The recent trend in buffet dining in Las Vegas is the gourmet buffet, being kicked off by Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Opening with the property in 2009, the buffet shocked the dining scene with individually plated gourmet items at every station.


Redefining the Roman feast while changing the paradigm of buffets, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace opened in 2014. Overlooking the world-famous Garden of the Gods pool oasis, Bacchanal Buffet serves more than 500 dishes daily in a 25,000 square foot extraordinarily modern and inviting space that seats 600. Helmed by classically-trained chefs, each of the nine distinct areas features at least one live cooking station, a selection of individually-plated dishes and an assortment of small plates. The chefs and cooks become part of the entertainment as they carry out the majority of the cooking directly in front of guests in an interactive setting that invites each guest to take an active role in this culinary experience.


Raising the bar in buffet dining, Bellagio Buffet introduced the first Chef's Table within a buffet. This unique V.I.P. table experience includes a skilled chef team that pampers guests from beginning to end, preparing the finest culinary dishes tableside. Upon arrival to Bellagio Buffet, guests will bypass the main line and go to the front entrance of the restaurant where they are greeted and escorted to the Chef's Table. Bellagio Buffet chefs welcome the group as they are seated and describe the assorted seasonal fruits, varieties of fresh house-baked breads and selections of canapés displayed on the luxurious table. Following, the chefs review a specialty menu, created with care using the finest seasonal products available. The menu may be adjusted based on guests' preferences and dietary restrictions and includes a variety of exquisite culinary selections such as artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and caviar; live-action salad creations with fresh dressings, vegetables and sides; premium meat carvings such as lamb and prime rib; and a house-made chocolate fondue presentation for dipping fresh fruit, brownies and marshmallows.


Entertainment Dining
Dining and entertainment go hand-in-hand at several locations throughout southern Nevada. Dinner theater options include the "Tournament of Kings" at Excalibur where guests are transported to the feasts of the Renaissance while watching a knightly battle.


If you're in the mood for love, try "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding" at Windows inside Bally's Las Vegas. Be a special guest of Anthony Nunzio, Jr. and Valentina Lynne Vitale, an Italian-American couple who come from two slightly dysfunctional families. The wedding is complete with drunken guests, a pregnant maid-of-honor, an impromptu "YMCA" dance and, of course, family bickering. Guests can either participate in the wedding with actors who never step out of character or they can simply watch the family drama unfold.


A rebirth of the social club, Rose.Rabbit.Lie at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a modern twist on clubs of the night - a truly communal venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and entertainment to create a modern supper club.


Themed Restaurants
Las Vegas also boasts a bevy of themed restaurants. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, located near Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is an authentic replica of the Munich Hofbräuhaus. The restaurant features German/Bavarian cuisine, imported Bavarian beer, meat and sausage produced exclusively for Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas and Bavarian pretzels imported directly from Munich. Music connoisseurs can nosh on gourmet hamburgers while soaking up the unique atmosphere and music memorabilia at Hard Rock Café. Planet Hollywood serves up the best Hollywood fare inside the Forum Shops. Parrotheads can get their "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville at the Flamingo Las Vegas and the Harley-Davidson Café serves up chow for Hog aficionados.


Cooking Classes
If you've ever wanted to learn how to prepare cuisine like a world-class Las Vegas chef, now you can as numerous restaurants offer cooking classes. Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is offering a new cooking class series on how to prepare French-inspired recipes and pair them with wine. Executive Chef Terry Lynch and a Mon Ami Gabi wine connoisseur lead cooking demonstrations on select Saturdays throughout the year.


In addition to classes on the Strip, Las Vegas has an outpost of the world's largest hospitality education institution, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas. Classes cover the culinary gamut, ranging from vegetarian cuisine to Thai to Southwest Thanksgiving. Classes are limited in size and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Las Vegas is also home to a one-of-a-kind pastry school. The hands-on experience pairs students with a world champion pastry chef to create colorful, edible, life-size pastry or chocolate art. The School of Pastry Design is the creation of celebrity chef and TV culinary artist Chris Hanmer, the youngest world pastry team champion ever, and one of the few such champions to come from the United States.


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