Mitchell Wilburn

Top 10 French Restaurants in Las Vegas

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For those seeking an amazing experience of French cuisine, one of these fine dining spots is sure to satisfy the franco-phile in all of us.

Paris has been the international capital of fine dining for centuries, and the subjects of this list are not only following in that grand tradition, but building upon it as Vegas’ future.

Le Cirque

Le Cirque at Bellagio

Photo Courtesy of MGM Resorts

The classic institution from New York, the original being in operation for over 40 years, still is by far one of the most romantic destinations in all of Las Vegas. The menu holds classic dishes from the history of Le Cirque New York, like the lobster and avocado salad, with fresh seasonal vegetables and black truffle vinaigrette. Executive Chef Paul Lee has built a menu that not only excites the palate, but also makes for an invigorating experience between the many fountain shows on Bellagio’s Lake of Dreams, right outside the large bay windows of the dining room.

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 693-8100 bellagio.com

Picasso
This Two-Star Michelin rated restaurant, named after the Spanish painter, is a fine dining French elegance worthy of the Picasso original masterpieces hanging in the dining room. The Executive Chef Julian Serrano is the internationally renowned mastermind, creating dishes like the signature “steak” of foie gras with poached figs and pistachios. Truly a perfect experience for food, wine, and art lovers alike.

3600 Las Vegas Blvd., (866) 259-7111 bellagio.com

Bardot Brasserie

Steak Frites at Bardot

Photo Courtesy of MGM Resorts.

A brand new concept from Michael Mina, they embody the classic French “Belle Epoque” (the beautiful years) by recreating classic recipes from the most esteemed and storied restaurants and hotels of Paris.

Old school dishes like the Lobster Thermidor keep the old guard alive, and there are a couple twists, like the duck a’lorange wings. Be sure to try the brunch for the pastries, and the happy hour for the one of the best (and cheapest) steak tartars in Vegas.

3730 S Las Vegas Blvd., (877) 230-2742 aria.com


Marche Bacchus
A local treasure of off-strip dining, Marche Bacchus is an upscale French bistro with beautiful lakeside patio dining and a connected wine shop (yes, you can have any bottle with dinner). Under the direction of the Consulting Chef Alex Stratta, the quality and unique touches of their menu is something almost unheard of in off-strip restaurants, and firmly cements them as one of the top restaurants in town.

2620 Regatta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702) 804-8008 marchebacchus.com

Guy Savoy
The US wing of the world-renowned Paris restaurant, Chef Guy Savoy is known for his signature dishes as well as his incredible innovative menu. There are actually two degustation menus, one for his classics like the “Colors of Caviar” or the black truffle soup, and one for their newest innovations like crispy quinoa, foie gras, and porcini-bellota ham infusion. Besides the cuisine, their wine list will excite even the most seasoned of oenophiles.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 731-7286 caesars.com

Joel Robuchon

Joël Robuchon Lounge

Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

Joel Robuchon: the Chef of the Century, the Pope of Food, the Mack-Daddy of Fine Dining. Often cited as the finest restaurant in Vegas, it is the picture of French opulence. High-concept dishes like “Le Matsutake” – an open ravioli of matsutake mushroom, white truffle, with a ginger-matsutake tea accompaniment – challenge conventions and open eyes to a world of flavor. Truly a defining experience in any gourmand’s travels.

3799 S Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 891-7925 mgmgrand.com

Bouchon
Chef Thomas Keller (of the famous Napa restaurant, the French Laundry) has an outpost in Vegas, serving up the best in French bistro and patisserie. A special part of the Bouchon is their brunch, unparalleled in class and quality for AM dining options. Everything from Chicken and Waffles in the morning to Gigot d’Agneau (leg of lamb with garlic confit) in the evening, it is two services of great French faire.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 414-6200 venetian.com

DB Brasserie

DB Brasserie at The Venetian

Daniel Boulud has been out of Vegas since the closing of his restaurant Daniel in the Wynn, but he made a real splash when he announced his Brasserie would be coming to the Venetian. Be sure and try classics like the Filet Rossini, a steak with seared foie and a black truffle jus, and the Crispy Duck Confit, a whole confit leg with braised kale and white beans. Their lunch special is also a great deal, with three courses for $32.

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 430-1235 dbbrasserie.com

Eiffel Tower Restaurant
The traditional fine French dining would naturally be in the Paris hotel and casino, and their most dramatic location would be midway up the miniature Eiffel Tower itself. With panoramic views and a menu of classic French dishes, it is a mini vacation to the City of Lights. Their signature dish, a chilled foie gras torchon with salt-cured duck proscuttio and fig compote, is a must-have. Of course, the staples of escargot, caviar, and Loup de Mer fill out a well-rounded menu.

3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 948-6937 eiffeltowerrestaurant.com

Twist
One of Europe’s most well known chefs, Pierre Gagnaire, decided for his only venture into the western hemisphere to be at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and condo tower. His molecular-gastronomy inspired menu is full of high concept items, such as the “surf’n’turf tartare” with vodka agar, sunchoke gelee, and sea urchin custard. The view 23 stories above the strip is one of the best in Vegas, and the high-tech food is the perfect accompaniment.

Mandarin Oriental, 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd., (888) 881-9367 mandarinoriental.com

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